Program Officer, Bahamas

from American Red Cross
Closing date: 01 Nov 2019

The American Red Cross prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors. In response to the devastating hurricane that made landfall on the Bahamas on September 1st, the International Services Department (ISD) of the American Red Cross (AmRC) launched a response and early recovery program and is seeking a Program Officer (PO) to support field programs to carry out the objectives of the American Red Cross’ response, relief, and early recovery efforts in the Bahamas.

The Program Officer is based in Washington, DC and is part of the larger Program Support Unit (PSU). The PO serves as the focal point at HQ supporting the American Red Cross field team in the Bahamas and collaborates extensively with various units to ensure programs and projects are implemented in compliance with quality standards, organizational policies, guidance, donor agreements and applicable rules and regulations. The PO serves as the point of contact between the country delegation and other HQ units and is responsible for supporting and coordinating program requirements for planning, technical support, human resources, and budget. The position reports to the PSU Manager.

This is a full-time, term limited position for 365 days with the possibility of extension.


  • Serve as the program support focal point for AmRC Bahamas Delegation and other AmRC units across ISD and the organization, for assigned portfolio; primary field interface with HQ, for assigned portfolio, coordinating with ISD HQ and other units on their behalf.
  • Work closely with Operations counterparts to ensure region, and country teams can meet department standards in areas such as proposal and sub-award development, sub-award compliance monitoring, data management, and project management
  • Facilitate grant management including support to concept and proposal development, agreement negotiation, analysis of resource requirements and performance metrics, and monitoring and evaluation plans.
  • Facilitate close collaboration between HQ support units and field teams to provide and coordinate guidance in the design, implementation, monitoring, evaluation and reporting of programs.
  • Work with the Operations, Grants & Agreements unit at HQ to ensure adherence to procedures, policies and best practice.
  • Coordinate with the field and implementing partners to ensure programmatic and reporting compliance.
  • Monitor budget spending and analyze together with the Delegation and Finance implications for achievement of program goals and objectives.
  • Ensure compliance in programmatic and financial reporting from partners, as outlined in funding agreements.
  • Provide additional program support as requested by the Field.
  • Provide support areas including data input for portfolio monitoring and dashboards, drafting and/or copy-editing proposals and donor reports, and coordinating the process for developing specific concepts, proposals and sub-awards.
  • Work closely with field and HQ program clients to ensure quality, timely support is received and to prioritize requests for surge support from other clients as needed.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in a relevant field required; Master’s degree preferred.
  • Minimum of five years relevant experience required.
  • Field experience working in developing countries, and working with disaster response, preparedness, or recovery programs strongly preferred.
  • Experience working with international local partner organizations preferred.
  • Program and proposal development experience required.
  • Prior track record in successful grant management required.
  • Strong experience managing complex programmatic portfolios on tight timelines essential.
  • Proven track record delivering programs on time, scope and budget.
  • Must have excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively and in a collegial fashion with people from a wide range of backgrounds and cultures.
  • Must be responsible, self-motivated, and work well in both team and matrix structures.
  • Must be willing to maintain a flexible schedule to accommodate time zone differences, deadlines and responsibilities related to surge assignments.
  • Up to 25% international travel required with possible long assignments to support country or regional priorities.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills in English are essential.