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Program Associate – Middle East and North Africa, Search for Common Ground, Jordan

  • full-time job
  • Amman, Jordan
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
  • Nov 26, 2017 Search For Common Ground

END VIOLENT CONFLICT. It’s our purpose — our call to action.

We are Searchers. 

We are over 600 strong worldwide. We believe in our mission to end violent conflict.  

It’s our purpose- our call to action. 

A Searcher understands our vision of a world where:
Differences stimulate social progress, rather than precipitate violence

Respect for and cooperation with those we disagree with is considered the norm

A Searcher is a dedicated, enthusiastic and passionate individual, committed to our values.
Shared Humanity. Empathy. Impartiality.  Inclusivity. Courage.  Hope. Humility. Audacity.

With headquarters in Washington, DC and Brussels, Belgium, we implement projects from 55 offices in 34 countries, including in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and the United States. You will be joining other highly motivated Searchers with a good team spirit and through commitment and dedication, have opportunities to grow.

We are searching for…

The Program Associate is a member of the support team for the MENA program and will support two country programs. This portfolio may change based on the size of each country portfolio, the need from country teams, and the availability of other MENA team staff to support. The Program Associate works with the country teams to support grants management functions, reporting, project related communications and program development. In this function, the Program Associate supports program design, administration and monitoring, providing input and feedback to the country teams to better target proposals and capture results. The position is involved in representation of the MENA programs in partnership and donor meetings. The position is also responsible for supervising interns, as needed. The position holder will work closely with MENA team members and other staff based in the region, in Brussels and in Washington D.C., as well as direct support to country offices in the region. The position reports to the MENA Program Manager.

Your contribution

The roles and responsibilities include:

Grants Management (70%)

  • Support grants management of portfolio of countries, especially in the start-up and close-out processes of each grant. This includes leading compliance of grants with donor and internal policies.
  • Provide coordination between the MENA programs and other support units, including the Institutional Learning Team, Finance, and Operations departments
  • Work with project coordinators and Country Directors to produce donor reports, ensuring results-oriented focus and quality reporting
  • Manage and oversight of the direct implementation of a small grant in Jordan, including liaising with partners, working with participants, budget oversight and documenting results
  • Produce communications materials on MENA program activities and events for public distribution, including updating and maintaining content for MENA programs on the SFCG website
  • Travel within the MENA regional to provide in-country support when needed
  • Occasionally assist other MENA Program Associates in programmatic support tasks – such as reporting, communications, and grants management – when needed.

Program Development (20%)

  • Develop and write project proposals and concept notes, based on programmatic ideas of the country programs and the MENA program
  • Champion proposal development processes when needed and appropriate
  • Maintain relationships with contacts from major donors and partners
  • Represent SFCG at events and meetings

Administrative Support (10%)

  • Recruit and manage intern staff as required
  • Provide general logistical support as required including support for trainings, special events and hospitality for international guests and staff
  • Be engaged in the continuing development of the organization, its mission and its staff
  • Implement special projects as assigned

As job descriptions cannot be exhaustive, the position holder may be required to undertake other duties that are broadly in line with the above key duties.

You are…
You meet the following qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in relevant field
  • Minimum of 3 years of experience in grants management and/or project design for international organizations, with a preference for focus on conflict transformation and/or international development
  • Strong writing, editing and communication skills in English, with proven ability to write reports and other grants-related materials (required)
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively to work with a diverse team, with attention to mentorship and professional development of staff
  • Ability to work under limited supervision, short deadlines and effectively work in a team spread across the globe
  • A self-starting, detail-oriented and flexible approach to tasks
  • Arabic oral and writing skills required
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • We encourage all qualified candidates to apply, but we will give preference to qualified Jordanian nationals based in Jordan.

Please submit a CV, cover letter and writing sample in English of no more than 2 pages. Please indicate your salary requirement.

Sound good?  To apply, interested candidates should:

  • Send a cover letter, two page writing sample and current resume to our employment website here. Please combine your writing sample with your resume as one document.
  • Include the following in your cover letter
  1. minimum salary requirements (or current salary)
  2. projected start date,
  3. where you found this posting.

This position will close on November 27th. We are looking to fill this position with the right candidate. Only applicants invited for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls please. Please see our website www.sfcg.orgfor full details of our work.

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