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 – 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.
About the role.
Working closely and reporting to the CEO, the Chief Program Officer serves as the leader of the Programs Development, Quality, and Surge Support (PDQS) Department, focused on setting the standards and metrics for global program excellence in the project management cycle This is a relatively new role within RI and the CPO will be leading a seasoned, professional team and working with the team and the Senior Management Team (SMT) to rollout RI’s updated strategy. This position is part of the SMT.
The department includes the following teams: program development and design; technical excellence in RI’s core sectors; MEAL, and surge support including humanitarian/emergency response. The department is also responsible for internal and external learning and representation leadership in cross cutting themes and strategic areas – core humanitarian standards, climate change/environment, conflict, communities at the center, nexus work, gender, protection mainstreaming, and cash programming.
Key Responsibilities and Duties.
Strategic Leadership and Program Development
Quality Program Delivery
People Management and leadership
Ethics and Compliance
Incident Reporting and Management
Culture and leadership
Other duties as agreed upon between CPO and CEO.
You will bring the following experience and skills
Guided by the humanitarian principles of humanity, neutrality, impartiality, and independence, as well as “Do No Harm,” Relief International Values:
Location: Washington DC preferred location (Other RI Location could be
considered), frequent travel to RI countries of Operations estimated at 20- 30% of time (dependent on developments with COVID-19)
Reports to: Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
Direct Reports: Program Development, Program Surge Support Staff, Technical Assistance Department and Humanitarian/Emergency Response Leads
Budget responsibility: Oversee a portfolio of programs with global spending equivalent of $130 Million
* This role is classified as requiring advanced pre-employment checks
How to apply
Closing date: 3rd January 2022 @ 23:59 GMT
Please click on the ‘apply for job’ button to submit your application. For this role, kindly submit a MS Word version of your CV and a cover letter detailing your motivation and how you are suited to this role.
We invite you to download full details about the required qualifications, skills, and experience for the role from the link below
Please name your submitted files with the following reference: RI_CPO
Please note that the interview dates for this role will be confirmed with you should your application be successful.
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 Relief International’s 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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