Assistant Program Officer – Middle East
International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC), headquartered in Baltimore, Maryland, is the official humanitarian aid agency of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America. Since its inception in 1992, IOCC has delivered more than $600 million in relief and development programs to families and communities in more than 50 countries. IOCC is a member of the ACT Alliance, a global coalition of more than 140 churches and agencies engaged in development, humanitarian assistance and advocacy, and a member of InterAction, the largest alliance of U.S.-based secular and faith-based organizations working to improve the lives of the world’s most poor and vulnerable populations.
The Assistant Program Officer – Middle East is a junior program officer position working from IOCC’s headquarters office in Towson, Maryland. The Middle East Area of Responsibility (AOR) presently includes Jerusalem, West Bank, Gaza, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria, but is subject to change in accordance with IOCC strategies. The Assistant Program Officer – Middle East may also be assigned specific secondary duties in support of IOCC’s operations globally, and/or reassigned to a different region or country.
- Be completely familiar and up-to-date with the organization and internal policies of the assigned AOR, to help ensure IOCC's global policies and practices are being properly implemented on the ground.
- Under the guidance of the Regional Program Officer-Middle East assists with the administration and compliance of projects and with all legal and policy requirements of donor rules, regulations and processes.
- Be completely familiar and up-to-date with all plans, ongoing project agreements, operations progress, obstacles to success, needs, and strategies of the assigned country or AOR. Assist with providing information in support of the field offices' goals and needs.
- Stay up-to-date on developments in donor strategies, approaches, policies, and best practices by participating in trainings, workshops, seminars, working groups, and networking events, as assigned.
- Maintain and follow-up on reporting schedules, as assigned.
- Review, critique, and provide guidance on documents to ensure quality and timeliness.
- Assist with the coordination and review of financial reports.
- Support new program development initiatives by researching and participating in writing, reviews and critiques.
- Support, as necessary, the Regional Program Officer-Middle East in the review, critique and clarification of Middle East Proposal Authorizations or Project Applications.
- Assist with the periodic reviews of field offices' activities to generate lessons learned and capture best practices.
- Coordinate and assist with the review of advocacy requests received from the field and process them in accordance with the advocacy matrix.
- Support the Regional Program Officer-Middle East with the development of the Country and Department Operation Plans.
- Conduct research on relevant topics.
- Assist with the review of field offices' potential partners capacity assessments and due diligence.
- Adhere to all IOCC Safety and Security Policy and Procedures; report any concerns and all incidents and near-miss incidents through established channels; model appropriate actions and behaviors and encourage them in colleagues.
- Perform other duties as required or assigned.
- Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Full literacy in Microsoft Office Suite; ability to support administrative systems specific to Operations Department as directed; financial literacy and the ability to read and comprehend budgets and financial management tools; superior written and verbal English; ability to work independently under limited supervision within specific parameters set by the Supervisor; excellent time management skills, ability to deliver when facing multiple projects with tight deadlines.
- Competencies: Cross-cultural sensitivity desired; team-player mentality with desire to learn by doing to contribute to team; detail-oriented focus; creative and proactive critical thinking skills; familiarity with the international humanitarian and development sector, including key donor agencies and implementing organizations; commitment to organization mission and vision; comfort synthesizing large amounts of information, as well as strong written and oral communication skills; familiarity with additional languages is desirable.
- Education: Bachelors' Degree in a relevant field required. Master’s Degree in a relevant field a plus.
- Experience: 1-3 years’ work experience in the humanitarian sector or volunteer/internship experience combined with relevant education and life experiences.
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