Position Description

Program Development Officer
Location Head Office (US or UK)
Job Code 1837
# of Openings 1
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Title: Program Development Officer

Department: Program Development

Location:      Washington DC, USA or London, UK

Reporting to: Global Program Development Manager

Direct reports: Not Applicable

Budget responsibility: Not Applicable

* This role is classified as requiring advanced pre-employment checks


About Relief International

Relief International (RI) is a leading non-profit organization working in 16 countries globally to relieve poverty, ensure well-being and advance dignity. We specialize in fragile settings, responding to natural disasters, humanitarian crises, and chronic poverty.

RI combines humanitarian and development approaches to provide immediate services while laying the groundwork for long-term impact and resilience. We focus on health/nutrition, education, economic opportunity, and water, sanitation, hygiene (WASH) programming while integrating protection, environment/climate change, and conflict mitigation in partnership with the communities we serve.  We empower communities to find, design and implement the solutions that work best for them.

RI includes the three corporate members of the RI Alliance: RI-US, RI-UK, and MRCA/RI-France. Under our alliance agreement, we operate as a single, shared management structure.


About our Programs

RI is active in 16 countries around the world, including some of the most fragile: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Myanmar, Pakistan, Philippines, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria, Turkey, and Yemen.  Often, RI is the only organization providing assistance to highly vulnerable communities. 

RI employs about 5,000 staff and auxiliary workers

97% of staff are local nationals and there are about 90 international (expat) staff.

2021 programs budget is about $125M 

RI receives funding from a broad range of institutional donors for humanitarian assistance supported by the US, UK, Europe, and the UN, to delivery life-saving and resilience building programming with communities and local and international partners.  RI supports solutions that reinforce and improve upon existing in-country systems. Where such systems do not exist or are chronically underperforming, RI’s crisis response lays the foundation for long-term, sustainable change. 


Position Summary

This position will be responsible for providing a wide range of support to the Global Program Development Team with research, communications, editing, external contacts, data tracking, proposal production, logistics, and other tasks. 

This position will support RI’s strategy and development of winning proposals, targeting humanitarian and development institutional government donors, including but not limited to USAID, FCDO, ECHO, etc.


Key Responsibilities and Duties

  • Support recruitment process of candidates for inclusion in RI proposals
  • Create, update, and/or maintain databases of consultants and proposal candidates
  • Assist in preparation of proposals, including, but not limited to editing and review of proposal narratives, budget preparation, and annexes
  • Conduct research related to specific program sectors, as needed
  • Research and evaluate potential international partners
  • Track and update potential PD opportunities and awards in consult with the Global Program Development Manager and Regional Support Office
  • Provide analysis of donor trends 
  • Coordinate logistics and planning for staff conferences and retreats
  • Organize and fully document periodic and ad hoc departmental meetings and teleconferences
  • Support the collection and synthesis of field office monthly reporting
  • Assist in the analysis of program budgets and expenditure data 
  • Support the editing, review, and finalization of donor reports
  • Provide administrative support including recordkeeping and data management


Other related tasks that may arise from time to time.

  • Uphold and promote RI’s commitment to ensuring the safeguarding and safety of the vulnerable communities we serve.
  • Consistent with RI’s safeguarding and protection policies, contribute to ensuring that all those who come into contact with Relief International staff and the communities we serve can be trusted to work safely with them
  • Support and develop systems that create and maintain an environment that prevents sexual exploitation and abuse and promotes the implementation of the Code of Conduct and safeguarding policies.
  • Work collaboratively with the Global Safeguarding Manager to advocate for the inclusion of safeguarding activities and resources within program
  • Ability to demonstrate knowledge of donor requirements of safeguarding standards and protection from exploitation and abuse



Role requirements

Experience and skills required for the role.

  • Bachelor’s degree –International development or related field preferred but not required
  • Familiarity and demonstrated experience working with one of the following donors required; USAID/Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance (BHA), FCDO, ECHO and/or the United Nations.
  • Excellent communication skills:  oral, written and editing
  • Strong computer skills and experience with Microsoft Office applications, especially Word, Excel and Outlook
  • Ability to communicate in a clear, positive manner with diverse staff and stakeholders;
  • Demonstrated ability to follow instructions and carefully review work for accuracy
  • Excellent organizational skills with the ability to prioritize multiple responsibilities and meet deadlines
  • Self-motivated, ability to act independently to identify and analyze problems and recommend solutions
  • Comfort with multi-tasking, and willingness to work a flexible schedule to accommodate competing deadlines.
  • Knowledge of Sphere Standards preferred.
  • Ability to travel up to 25%, as needed


RI Values

Guided by the humanitarian principles of humanity, neutrality, impartiality, and independence, as well as “Do No Harm,” Relief International Values:

We value

  • Integrity
  • Adaptability
  • Collaboration
  • Inclusivity
  • Sustainability


How to apply.

  • To apply for this post, click on the “Apply Now” button 
  • You will be asked to upload a CV and Cover Letter.  The cover letter should be no more than 2 pages long and explain why you are interested in this post with Relief International and how your skills and experience make you a good fit.


Closing date.

Please apply immediately as we will be reviewing applicants on a rolling basis, therefore may withdraw the position for the job board closing date.

Due to limited resources, only short-listed candidates will be contacted

Relief International has a zero-tolerance policy for unlawful harassment, sexual exploitation and abuse. Relief International is committed to protecting our staff and the communities we work with from abuse and harm including sexual exploitation, sexual abuse and sexual harassment.

All staff are expected to abide by our Code of Conduct.

Recruitment to all roles in Relief International include a criminal records self-declaration, references and other pre-employment checks, which may include police and qualifications checks.

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