Project Officer – Africa and Middle East

Association of Volunteers in International Service, USA, INC.
September 12, 2019
Silver Spring, Maryland
Post Type
Experience (minimum)
2-5 Years
Education (minimum)
Travel Required?
Base Salary
Not specified


Project Officer – Africa and Middle East

Are you passionate about development in Africa and the Middle East, have strong communication and writing skills, and possess extraordinary ability to stay focused on the big picture while managing many details and streams of work? Do you crave a role that combines administrative backstopping with direct contact and technical support on a cutting-edge development project? AVSI-USA offers you the chance to work with amazing colleagues, impact lives of vulnerable people with big dreams, and enhance your skills in project management, and specifically with USAID funded projects.


AVSI-USA ( is seeking a full or part-time new hire to be based at our DC area office, located in Silver Spring, MD. This position will be for 12 months, with the possibility of extension.

AVSI-USA is a small non-profit organization whose mission is to promote human dignity through long-term development projects and partnerships in contexts of vulnerability and poverty around the world. AVSI-USA works through and with the AVSI network, which is present in 30 countries both directly and through partnerships with hundreds of local, community-based organizations. AVSI-USA leverages US based resources, both financial and technical, to further this mission.

As the Project Officer – Africa and Middle East you will provide management support and technical oversight for at least one USAID or State Department funded project implemented by AVSI Foundation in Africa, Latin America and/or the Middle East.

At least 50% of your time will be to support the Kamwenge Graduation Pilot – also referred to as Graduating to Resilience –implemented in Uganda, 2017-2024, and funded by USAID’s Office of Food for Peace. For this project, the primary task will be to function as AVSI’s primary Point of Contact for the USAID/FFP Agreement Officer’s Representative (AOR) at USAID HQ in Washington, DC ensuring timely, professional and complete responses to requests and fulfillment of reporting tasks.

In addition, the Project Officer – Africa and Middle East will:

Graduating to Resilience:

• Maintain close communication with the Chief of Party and other key staff in Uganda to stay abreast of implementation progress, delays, and challenges, through weekly calls and frequent email exchange;

• Review all publications and reports before submission and provide editing support as needed to ensure high level of professionally and accuracy;

• Maintain schedule of required reports, including tracking approvals and timelines to prepare reports, and ensure that the entire team is working together to meet all deadlines;

• Keep Graduating to Resilience Technical Advisor abreast of the developments of the project, in particular any challenges or problems, and pro-actively facilitate problem solving when challenges arise;

• Become familiar with USAID FFP’s online data entry system and support data entry on quarterly and annual basis;

• Coordinate and lead as needed the coordination meetings for the Graduating to Resilience consortium including monthly Partner Coordination calls and quarterly Senior Advisory Team meetings; prepare agenda, take and share notes, and oversee follow-up on emergent action points;

• Ensure that communication with the Partner organizations and with AVSI HQ is fluid and that all key stakeholders are kept informed of key dates, planning processes and other needs as they come up;

• Participate in DC based meetings of relevance to the project, share notes with project team, and follow-through with relevant contacts;

• As needed, facilitate the collaborative work on communications activities and external outreach among AVSI offices as well as with partners; and

• Take on special projects to support the Chief of Party and key staff as they arise.

Other projects:

• As assigned, support the preparation of quarterly, annual or end-of-project technical reports, including editing for other US Government funded projects;

• As assigned, support the development of communications materials for other US Government funded projects;

• On occasion, contribute to business development activities.

Travel to Uganda and possible other project sites will be required, at least twice per year for an estimated 10 days per trip.

Profile and Skills Required:

1) Excellent English writing and communication skills, including critical thinking and ability to synthesize information, and excellent level of precision with editing in English for formal, professional documents and reports.

2) Master’s degree in relevant field, with experience related to economic development, food security and/or nutrition highly desired.

3) At least 2 years of experience in a project management or technical backstopping role with USAID or similar donor required; field experience in Africa would be an additional benefit.

4) Experience with budget monitoring, preparation and analysis, and keen attention to detail with planning and invoicing.

5) Personal characteristics such as openness to understand, learn and collaborate with others, enthusiasm to communicate the AVSI mission and experience, and seriousness in front of work.

6) Inter-personal skills which enable development of positive relationships built on trust.

7) Pro-active and energetic personality, ability to ask good questions, seek information and answers independently, and exercise prudent judgement about when to seek input before making decisions.

8) Self-confidence to openly discuss problems or concerns and to receive constructive criticism and eagerness to learn new skills.

9) Solid work ethic expressed in the willingness to take on tasks which may not necessarily be spelled out in the job description and to support the overall mission of AVSI-USA and special projects as needed, including a strong sense of responsibility to get the job done and meet deadlines.

Supervision: Initial supervision and training will be provided by the AVSI-USA Managing Director.

Remuneration and Benefits: To be determined based on salary history, full or part-time contract and past experience.

Length of Commitment: 12 months (start-date October 1, 2019) with the possibility of extension.

Application Process: Interested candidates should email Jackie Aldrette, Managing Director and Focal Point for USG Relations, ( with a letter of interest and a resume, including at least 2 professional and 1 personal references. Your one-page letter of interest should indicate your knowledge, skills, and abilities specific to the position. You should also indicate if you are seeking a full-time or part-time position. Please also enclose a resume, that includes the following information at a minimum:

o Your education history, areas of study, and degrees.

o Your work history

o Highlights of relevant work experience and job training.

o Licenses, certificates and language skills

Applicants will be contacted for an interview if they meet the desired qualifications and if the position is still open.

Applications will be received and reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.





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