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Programme Officer - Eritrea

  • Bachelor's degree
  • Project, program management
  • Expert (non-managerial)
  • Full Time
  • Permanent
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Job Summary

The post-holder will be responsible for building effective working relationships with peers across the International Development Group, as well as with colleagues in the Emergency Response and Advocacy Groups, and the International Programme Funding Unit. This is in order to develop and maintain horizontal links between programmes, learning, innovation, good practice, and fundraising within and between regions or areas of work. The role has also a number of cross-divisional and cross-organisational functions linked to work with CAFOD’s Education, Communities & Supporters, Fundraising, Finance and Media teams. The post-holder will be expected to undertake frequent travel (approximately 12 weeks per year).


Programme management and development in line with the direction set by the CSP
  • In co-operation with partners, develop and manage CAFOD-supported programmes (this includes long-term development and advocacy), contributing to the development and review of CAFOD’s Eritrea strategy and programme frameworks;
  • Jointly responsible with partners for the effective implementation, monitoring, evaluation (including facilitating external evaluations) and reporting on programmes, in line with jointly agreed standards programme cycle management (PCM) & donor requirements;
  • In agreement with partners, jointly develop programme and project proposals and assess the existing capacities to manage and implement the work. This includes leading on preparation of high quality programmes and projects in line with the Eritrea strategy and programme frameworks; and reports for external funders, in liaison with the Programme Manager, Eritrea, and the development of partner capacity development plans to address capacity issues;
  • Contribute to the development of resource development plans, as well as to identifying new funding opportunities through donor mapping exercises;
  • Keep up-to-date with donor policy developments and trends, both within the relevant country/sub-region/sector, and more generally, and represent CAFOD in funding review groups/networks in the countries/sub-regions as appropriate.
  • Promote, capture and disseminate learning from partners and programmes, and ensure that this informs future programme development;
  • Realise CAFOD’s principles by acting in line with CAFOD’s partnership standards, and by promoting and supporting partners’ adherence to jointly agreed accountability, gender, safeguarding children, supply chain management/procurement good practice, and other standards, as these emerge;
  • Contribute, where appropriate and in agreement with partners, to advocacy and information work in support of partners efforts, with relevant stakeholders in the region and/or globally;
  • Oversee and support (where appropriate) the work of Programme Accompaniers and consultants working on CAFOD-supported programmes;
  • Respond to emergencies as they occur, as requested by the Programme Manager, Eritrea, and in co-ordination with CAFOD’s Emergency Response Group;
  • Keep up-to-date with development issues and trends, both within the relevant country or sector, and more generally;
  • Monitor the political and security context to contribute to CAFOD’s organisational risk assessments and security plans.

Programme funding and partners’ fundraising capacity
  • In agreement with partners and the Country Programme Manager, assess existing partner capacities and systems to manage and implement institutionally funded programmes and, jointly develop programme and project funding proposals;
  • Lead, co-ordinate or support the preparation of funding applications with donors such as: ECHO, DEC, DfID, EC, UN, Comic Relief, Big Lottery Fund, etc.;
  • Contribute to investing in partners’ capacities, by jointly identifying funding needs, developing plans to strengthen capacities, e.g. proposal writing, programme development, monitoring & evaluation, etc., or identifying sources of support. This can be through identifying who is best placed to offer such support or by the direct provision of specific capacity strengthening initiatives;
  • Support partners in accessing the tools and support required to secure and effectively manage institutional funding, as well as strengthening partner capacity in donor mapping and developing donor engagement strategies;
  • To work with CAFOD’s Country Programme Manager on designing a partners’ institutional funding capacity strengthening initiative/strategy.

Contract Management
  • Working with Country Programme Manager and partners to manage various contracts, including financial and narrative reporting, and monitoring and evaluation (including facilitating external evaluations) of institutionally funded programmes, in line with jointly agreed standards (Programme Cycle Management), donor requirements, and CAFOD’s value of Stewardship;
  • Responsible for reporting to donors – including financial reporting and ultimately responsible for the quality of those reports before submission.
  • Support programme staff and partners on the development of plans, accounting frameworks and work plans, etc.

Managing effective relationships with partners
  • Develop, nurture and manage relationships with CAFOD’s partner organisations in line with the principles and standards set in our Partnership Policy, guidance and tools, and in agreement with the Country Representative or Programme Manager;
  • Work with partners to regularly assess the quality of the relationship, ensuring that effective communication channels are in place, and that any shortcomings are addressed;
  • Invest in partners’ capacities, by jointly identifying needs, developing plans to strengthen capacities, identifying sources of support, and allocating resources. This can be through a facilitator or by direct provision of specific capacity strengthening support;
  • Support partners in accessing the tools and support required to successfully implement capacity development plans;
  • Organise (and where relevant accompany) partners’ visits.

Internal and external representation
  • In co-ordination with the Country Programme Manager develop, nurture and sustain relationships and effective communications with relevant stakeholders, including local government, national networks, other agencies working in/on Eritrea including other Caritas/CIDSE agencies; donor organisations, and create opportunities to share CAFOD’s programme experiences with donor staff;
  • In agreement with the Country Programme Manager, sustain relationships with relevant bi-lateral agencies, including DfID and the EC, seeking opportunities for programme funding, where applicable;
  • Communicate with other teams within CAFOD to ensure that the programme is well understood, and that information is available for fundraising and other communication, including publications, media briefings, education, etc. This may involve participation in sessions/events with Supporters, communities of practice, working groups, etc., as agreed with the relevant manager.
  • Where appropriate, liaise with the International Programme Funding Unit to ensure coherent donor engagement strategies are developed and maintained;
  • Work with partners to regularly assess the quality of the relationship, ensuring that effective communication channels are in place, and that funding-related issues are timely addressed;
  • In agreement with partners, contribute to raising the profile of partners’ work with relevant donors in the region and/or globally.

Financial management and monitoring of programmes and projects
  • In close co-operation with the relevant roles in the finance, prepare, manage and monitor budgets relating to both CAFOD and partner-led expenditure, as agreed with the Country Programme Manager;
  • Deliver the programme within agreed budgets or instigate budget revisions according to evolving needs, in line with CAFOD’s finance guidelines and procedures;
  • Develop relevant risk registers and monitor them in conjunction with the Country Programme Manager;
  • Where appropriate, commission and manage (with partners) audits for programmes and projects;
  • Carry out partner financial profiles and reviews, in co-operation with the finance team.

Systems and compliance
  • Effectively use CAFOD’s programme management information systems to ensure programme and project information is up-to-date. This will include producing management information to support decision making;
  • Ensure compliance with agreements, regulations and requirements attached to our work, including liaising with IPFU donor leads on donor compliance requirements.
  • Ensure compliance with agreements, regulations and requirements attached to our work.

General Information

Salary rangeNot specified
Additional informationNot specified
Contract type: Permanent
Job type: Full Time
Location: Nairobi
Area of work: Project, program management
Seniority: Expert (non-managerial)

Job Requirements

Required education: Bachelor's degree
Required relevant work experience: 5 years
Required skills: Compliance; Partnerships; Programme management; Bidding and proposal generation; Project Financial Management; Contracting
Required languages: English (Spoken: fluent | Written: fluent)

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Cafod International

Non-profit, social workCompany size: 50-100 people

We are the official aid agency for the Catholic Church in England and Wales. Guided by the values of compassion, solidarity and hope, we are rooted in the Catholic community. Together, with the help of our volunteers, we put our faith into action to help our sisters and brothers living in extreme poverty to reach their full potential, regardless of religion or culture.