Senior Programme Officer

at SEED Madagascar
Published June 28, 2024
Location Fort Dauphin, Madagascar
Category Management  
Job Type Full Time  


This is an exciting position for someone who has some in-field experience to work alongside national and international staff, supporting the development, funding, reporting and evaluation of our programmes. You will be responsible for generating funds across the programmes to maximise impact. This post will partner our national implementation teams, managing donor compliance, ensuring proposals and reports are to a high standard and budgets are appropriately managed.

Duties and responsibilities:
Provision of advice and support in the development of projects including: preparation and editing of funding proposals; preparation and editing of reports for external stakeholders; monitoring and evaluation of current projects; developing and updating guidelines and templates for external-facing materials; liaison with the London project development team and local staff; and support and mentoring of Interns and Officers.

Core Duties

Support Programme Officers and interns in compiling funding proposals based on past evaluation, team discussion and international best practice in an engaging and professional manner
Support Programme Officers and interns in writing project reports that clearly demonstrate the successes and challenges of the projects, learning from the project and providing clear budgetary information
Provide first-stage editing of all proposals and reports across the Department to a high standard and providing detailed, constructive feedback to interns and Officers
Support in the management of donor compliance across several projects, working with the Head of Programmes and the implementation team to ensure that project milestones are being met
Work alongside the Head of Programmes and Head of Department in problem-solving and providing additional support in line with emerging issues from project implementation
Manage pieces of long-term project work that require a higher level of expertise and experience across the Department
Support in the recruitment of new staff and provide support, management, review and professional development to your team of Project Development Interns, Officers and specialists
Foster essential cross-cultural collaboration, providing support to both the national and international teams to bridge gaps in understanding and priorities for project development and implementation
Provide pastoral care, guidance and act as a role model, both professionally and personally, for a team of early career professionals living in country
Work alongside the Head of Department, Head of Programmes and Head of Finance in developing and managing the budgets relating to projects
Develop and update resources to support project development processes, including proposal and budget templates and style guidelines
Assist departmental MEL specialists in developing MEL tools and analysing data, including the writing of MEL reports when needed
Support the development of project development procedures, guidelines, and trainings and provide project-specific information to inform policy development across the organisation
Work with the Programme Officers and interns to ensure that statistics, research, funding trackers, photo database and handovers relating to the projects are accurate
Oversee the project-specific website and social media content
Work with the national team and external partners in increasing their skills and capacity, providing mentoring or training where appropriate

Person specification

Degree-level qualification or equivalent experience in conservation or rural livelihoods
At least two years’ experience with similar programmes
Minimum of 2 years’ professional experience of securing funding, project management, donor compliance and donor reporting
Familiarity with the use of project management tools including Logical Frameworks, Theory of Change models, Budgets, Activity Plans and Monitoring & Evaluation frameworks
Fluency in written and spoken English with excellent written communication skills, to the level of editing English documents for publication to a very high standard
Excellent proposal and report writing and editing skills, with previous experience compiling project proposals and reports and the ability to tailor written information to various audiences
Demonstrate an understanding of and commitment to SEED’s ethos and approach and be a good ambassador for the organisation at all times
Have passion, curiosity and motivation for the job and the ability to enthuse others
Experience of living and working in a developing country with the ability and desire to work with teams from different economic and cultural backgrounds and across multiple language barriers
Demonstrate proven ability to recognise and appropriately deal with challenging situations and problem solve
Demonstrate an awareness of and comfort with increased social and professional responsibility, working at all times with cultural sensitivity and respect
Demonstrate the ability, social skills and confidence to give clear guidance and support to other members of the team in respect of the philosophy and procedures of SEED in order to protect both their safety and the reputation of the NGO
Be able to work to and advocate for all of SEED’s policies and procedures, safeguarding those that SEED works with and reporting any concerns appropriately
Be punctual and be able to work to tight deadlines in an organised manner and to a high standard
Be able to work both independently and as part of a team

Interested applicants should send a CV and covering letter in English outlining how their skills and experience match the requirements in the job description criteria and why they wish to work with SEED to the Director of Programmes and Operations.

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