Regional Program Officer

Water for People

Denver, CO, US

About the Position

Water For People is a global nonprofit working across nine countries, bringing together communities, local entrepreneurs, and governments to build and maintain water and sanitation services that will last. We have a sustainable solution to end the global water and sanitation crisis, and our employees across the world help drive this solution.

Water For People is currently recruiting for the position of Regional Program Officer – Africa to support the overall development, implementation, promotion, and evaluation of Water For People’s global program work for Africa. The position is critical to the coordination and consolidation of information flows from country programs throughout the rest of the organization. The Regional Program Officer (RPO) supports the activities of the Regional Director, represents, communicates and promotes Water For People’s programs in communications and fundraising efforts, and provides grant management, research, and programmatic support to Country Programs. The RPO also supports the Regional Financial Manager with understanding the link between budgets and secured and potential funding.

As a member of the Global Programs team, it is important that the RPO demonstrates clear understanding of organizational priorities, mission, vision, values and strategic goals and objectives, as well as trust and teamwork in all aspects of Water For People business.

Essential Job Functions and Duties

Program administration and international support

  • First point of external contact with Global Programs team for programmatic information
  • Central point of contact for Country Programs
  • Supports external visits to Country Programs with support from Global Program Coordinator, including planning and periodically co-leading week-long annual Impact Tours to Africa Country Programs.

Facilitates business planning in the region(s)

  • Organizes the review of:
    • Operational plans and budgets
    • Bi-Annual reports
    • Tracking spreadsheets (quarterly)
    • Reflection reports and tools
  • Works with Regional Directors and Chief of Programs to update Reflection Workshop reporting process and tools annually
  • Leads process of updating Operational Plan, Biannual Report, and Tracking Spreadsheet formats annually in coordination with Regional Directors and Chief of Programs
  • Supports process of developing Country Strategies

Maintains organizational information on programs, current and historic

  • Main link to Business Development (BD) team from the Global Programs Department for all programmatic information needed for pitching to donors, answering donor questions, proposals and grant reports (40% of position’s time).
  • Main link to the Marketing and Communications team to review and support creation of content for all external communications and marketing, including web, annual reports, human interest stories, marketing campaigns, in-country marketing assets, and the EF Tracker platform
  • Main point of Denver contact for internal questions relating to Country Programs
  • Develops and leads onboarding sessions for new hires
  • Prepares staff traveling to Country Programs for the first time with programmatic, logistical, and safety information
  • In general, provides up to date information on programs for the organization including:
    • Up to date status of programs
    • Up to date status on progress towards organizational goals
    • Good understanding of key learning points

Understands program funding in Africa and manages grants and select donor relationships

  • Advises finance team on understanding funding picture for the region
  • Understands current programmatic funding and link between budgets and secured and potential funding
  • Reviews quarterly financial projections
  • Supports Regional Financial Manager with other tasks such as wire transfers, monthly financial packets and contract development
  • Advises Business Development team on understanding funding gaps and explaining program work
  • Leads program design, concept notes, proposals and report writing; monitors program implementation, and serves as donor contact for complex programmatic grants in close coordination with Country Program staff, for grants valued at up to $4m, as assigned
  • Leads development of select proposals and review of all proposals for unrestricted funds in the Africa region
  • Writes select grant reports and reviews all grant reports for unrestricted funds in the Africa region

Understands and communicates organizational approach, in different contexts to different internal and external audiences, including current and potential donors, and domestic and international partners

  • Represents Water For People at conferences and meetings
  • Represents Water For People program to various audiences and partners

Promotes organizational learning and sharing between headquarters and country programs, and between country programs

  • Manages Regional Learning Initiative for Africa with support from Regional Director
  • Guides development of the Global Programs Newsletter (monthly) which compiles news from nine country programs and Program Quality team

Other duties assigned by the Regional Director for Africa, including:

  • Plans annual regional meeting
  • Supports country program legal registration renewals and power of attorney documents

Behaviors and Competencies

  • Connects to the Mission – embraces the mission of Water For People and is passionate about advancing the dynamic role it plays leading social impact in international development
  • Demonstrates Ethics and Integrity– understands ethical behavior and business practices, and ensures that own behavior is consistent with these standards and aligns with the values of the organization
  • Demonstrates Cultural Awareness – shows empathy, a high comfort level in the developing world, and unquestionable integrity; able to engage the wide range of stakeholders from a variety of backgrounds and cultures
  • Connects with Others – demonstrates exceptional communications and interpersonal skills, exceptional networker, key influencer, and be comfortable representing Water For People across a wide variety of audiences
  • Action-oriented – has an unwavering commitment to delivering quality work products
  • Manages through Ambiguity – demonstrates flexibility and adaptability in responding to change and ambiguity
  • Self-confident – handles tough questions or critique in a professional manner assuming the best intentions; open to feedback and coaching.

Qualifications, Knowledge, and Skills Required

  • Bachelor’s Degree in international development or related field
  • Master’s Degree in relevant field preferred
  • At least 5 years of progressively responsible experience in related field
  • At least one year field experience in a developing country desirable, preferably Africa
  • Good “people skills” and situation judgment in dealing effectively with a variety of constituencies, such as staff, donors, volunteers, and representatives of related organizations
  • High degree of commitment to programs in international development
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Experience in or familiarity with the water and sanitation fields; with international development organizations and foundations; and with partner organizations
  • Flexible and able to meet tight deadlines and function in a high stress environment while maintaining congeniality and professionalism
  • Demonstrated experience coordinating and monitoring multiple projects, with the aptitude to problem solve and respond creatively to adjustments to the project approach
  • Ability to be a creative thinker, energetic and demonstrate enthusiasm and leadership in this role
  • Experience with program planning, reporting and communications
  • Practical experience in effectively relating to people of all levels and professions and experience and working successfully in multi-cultural environments
  • Experience managing grants
  • Strong understanding of Microsoft Office programs including Word, Excel, Power Point and Outlook.

Physical Requirements/Working Conditions

  • Ability to travel domestically and internationally to developing countries, where travel is rugged, up to 25% of the time.
  • Required to work outside of normal business hours while traveling and when hosting visitors.
  • Ability to work in an open office environment.
  • This position is based at Water For People Headquarters in Denver, Colorado.
  • Personal vehicle and driver’s license required and willingness to transport visitors to and from airport and other destinations during visits.

Note: This job description is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, or qualifications associated with the job.

Further Information

Deadline for submitting your application is 5 pm MDT, Tuesday, April 18, 2017.

This is a full time, exempt position with a comprehensive benefits package. Salary is competitive and commensurate with level of experience.

Water For People cannot provide immigration sponsorship for this position.