Senior Program Officer

World Vision , Goma, Congo

Skill Required:, Monitoring and EvaluationProject/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
3 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
1st April, 2020

Job Description


The Senior Program Officer (SPO) plays a critical role in supporting World Vision’s emergency, resilience & development and advocacy programming in Eastern DRC for the sustained well-being of children, particularly the most vulnerable through grant acquisition and management. The portfolio had a $10 million annual budget turnover and total portfolio value of $57 million in fiscal year 2019/2020.

By mobilizing a cross-functional team to support grant acquisition and management objectives for the eastern Zone, the SPO will directly contribute to WV DRC reaching more than 5 million children with life-saving relief and development by 2021. The right person for this role will be able to deliver high-quality project proposals that result in portfolio growth, maintain and position positive relationships with key donors, and travel frequently to support WV DRC’s teams throughout North and South Kivu, and other places as required. The SPO serves on the East Zone Senior Management Team.


Grant Acquisition:

  • Lead on the development and submissions of proposals to donors in line with WV’s strategy.
  • Work with the GAM Director and Eastern Zone Director to identify key opportunities for portfolio growth in alignment with WV DRC priorities and capacity.
  • Review all proposals before submission for quality, consistency, clarity, and strategy alignment.
  • Conduct program design workshops during proposal process.
  • Ensure the input from various WVDRC departments for comprehensive programme design.
  • Lead concept generation meetings and progress review meetings.
  • Oversee grants management processes for quality assurance, including report review.
  • Travel, as needed, within the SHR zones for face-to-face proposal development.

Donor Coordination:

  • Lead on pre-positioning with selected key donors for strategy and proposal alignment at the field level.
  • Support Director of Grant Acquisition in the National Office in providing program updates to key WV support offices and the regional office.
  • Lead the engagement with donors and local delegations and keep Response Director and NO GAM unit.
  • In coordination with the response team (Sustained Humanitarian Response, Ebola Response, and others) participate in UN led cluster meetings, and other relevant coordination meetings.
  • Monitor implementation of the grant and compile reports back to donors and Support Offices.


  • Provide programmatic support to project and field personnel.
  • Support building the capacity of local program, grant acquisition and DM&E staff.
  • Review monthly, annual and end-of-project narrative reports.
  • Prepare donor reports as per donor requests.
  • Provide information on context and programs for ‘situation reports’ and other communications.
  • Participate in joint agency assessments, task - force teams, workshops, etc.
  • Assist in annual operating plan preparation including: design, needs assessment, proposal writing, marketing, evaluation and reporting.
  • Monitor program's progress ensuring goals and objectives are achieved and non-financial grant requirements are adhered to.

Design, Monitoring & Evaluation (DME):

  • Support the implementation of the programme monitoring system including external and internal reporting.
  • Assist DME team to plan, implement, analyse and share findings from assessments and programme monitoring.


  • Ensure reporting and programming meets WV minimum quality standards and supports improvement, reflection and learning (includes RTE and Lessons Learned events).

Information Management:

  • Compile and analyse relevant information to inform programme design, programme management, operational improvement and promote learning.


  • Masters Degree in relevant area (Int’l Development, Humanities, Social Work, Business Administration, etc)
  • OR Bachelor's degree with equivalent work experience (minimum 3 extra years).
  • At least 3 years of previous experience in project design, proposal writing and donor relations for an INGO in a relief and / or development context. At least one year of field - based work in a similar, conflict-prone environment is required.
  • Solid experience negotiating with Government, Bi / Multi-lateral Agencies(US Government, German Government, Dutch Government, UN Donors…), and private donors.
  • Must speak/write fluently in English and have a working knowledge of French and willingness to improve.
  • Strong writing and analytical skills with a focus on clarity, brevity and research.
  • Monitoring and evaluation knowledge.
  • Public speaking and meeting facilitation skills.
  • Technically conversant in either Education, Child Protection, WASH, Nutrition, Food security and Cash based programming.
  • Excellent knowledge of MS Office.
  • Strong planning and time management skills.
  • Work collaboratively with team members when assigned to work as part of a team.
  • Must have strong English and at least intermediate French skills (reading, writing, speaking).

Preferred Skills, Knowledge and Experience:

  • Familiarity with statistical analysis software (SPSS, R, etc.) preferred.
  • Work experience in international relief and development in various geographical areas, or extensive experience in one area; minimum of 3 years, preferred 5 years.
  • Direct work experience acquiring and/or managing grants from UN, Private or Government agencies, institutional foundations or major individuals preferred.
  • Proven proposal writing experience leading successful proposal of various sizes and scopes.
  • Program development and management.
  • Nonprofit fundraising and/or donor relations.
  • Experience working in a cross-cultural environment.


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