Senior Programme Officer

at SEED Madagascar
Published September 1, 2022
Location Fort Dauphin, Madagascar
Category Management  
Job Type Full Time  


Position Overview


Based in Madagascar, this position will work across SEED’s Public Health Department including maternal and child health, SRHR and Food distribution. We use community-led, participatory approaches, working with local communities to identify and implement projects that meet their needs and priorities. It is a superb opportunity for a development professional to be part of a team of national and international staff supporting the development, funding, reporting and evaluation of our public health programme. 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.


SEED Madagascar is a British Charity working in partnership with communities in the southeast of Madagascar. We integrate high-quality community health, sustainable livelihoods, education infrastructure and conservation programmes to support long term, sustainable change while adding to International best practice through research and publication.


It is essential that the post holder has grant writing experience and is able to work in English to a high standard. Candidates who do not meet these criteria will not be considered.


*Title:*SeniorProgrammes Officer Location: Fort Dauphin, Anosy Region, Madagascar *Timeframe:*18 months extendable Contract Type: Local salary, contribution to flights and insurance (current out of country allowance also available until borders reopen) Reporting to: Head of Programmes


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 Programme 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 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

Take an active role in project management meetings, leading discussions and standing in for the Head of Programmes where appropriate

Ensure all of SEEDs policies and procedures are evident throughout the work of the department, including those for safeguarding, whistleblowing and anticorruption, and undertake continual training to ensure these are promoted at all times

Form part of the team representing projects or SEED when required

Liaise closely with the UK team in London ensuring clear communication at all times

Complete any other tasks required by the Head of Programmes or Director of Operations and Heads of Departments commensurate with this role.

Person specification


Degree-level qualification or equivalent experience in international development, health or have equivalent experience

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 SEEDs 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

Excellent listening and verbal communication skills and a flexible and patient attitude

Ability and desire to develop and support a team of volunteers and staff and to support the Project Development internship programme

Proficiency in Microsoft Office, particularly Word, Excel and PowerPoint



The successful candidate will need to have their own laptop computer (non-tablet).


How to apply


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 to SEED Madagascar Director of Programmes and Operations, Lisa Bass by email.

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