University Research Co. – Program Officer A/MENA – USA

September 23, 2022

Job Description

Job title: Program Officer A/MENA

Company: University Research Co.

Job description: Hours: Regular Part-time; Up to 40 hours/week; Not eligible for overtime.

Location: US – Maryland – Chevy Chase – Corporate HQ

Reports to: Portfolio Director

Minimum Salary: Commensurate with required experience and qualifications

University Research Co., LLC (URC)

Guided by a strong vision of equitable and resilient systems that respond to people’s needs and emerging threats, URC helps countries and local actors to build, implement, and sustain science-driven, scalable solutions. Established in 1965, URC offers a range of technical expertise to empower governments, communities, and service providers toward strengthening their own health and social systems and improve service quality. We aim to expand access to and improve the quality of services, addressing maternal, newborn, child, and adolescent health; global health security and infectious diseases, including HIV/AIDS, TB, and malaria; reproductive health and family planning; nutrition and water, sanitation, and hygiene. In our interactions with each other and our clients, we stay true to our values for transformative change by focusing on:

  • Creativity: by unleashing our creativity, we enhance engagement and interaction to improve problem-solving.
  • Collaboration: not

our work towards the same vision and mission instill staff with a strong sense of purpose, but also enable us to complement each other’s skills and allocate work to maximize everyone’s strengths. * Accountability: we hold ourselves responsible for accomplishing goals, completing assignments, and making decisions.

  • Diversity, equity, and inclusion: we embrace the importance of a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment, where our leadership and staff model behavior that enriches our organization, demonstrates respect for all people, and supports opportunities for all staff.
  • Transparency: we understand that when employees deeply trust one another and their leaders, they will be more engaged in their roles because they will not be worried about unfair treatment.

Division Overview:

URC’s Technical Programs Team encompasses all of URC’s technical projects and activities, organized under one department to facilitate integration, collaboration, and agility in technical program implementation and business development.

Through our practice areas and expertise – Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child, and Adolescent Health (RMNCH); Infectious Diseases/Global Health Security; Health Service Delivery (HSD); and Monitoring, Evaluation, Research, and Learning (MERL) and approaches – Quality Improvement (QI), Health Systems Strengthening (HSS), Social and Behavior Change (SBC), and Research & Evaluation (R&E) – our technical programs teams provide critical support for project implementation, and URC signature products development across the world for the success and advancement of the communities we serve.

Roles and Responsibilities:

The Program Officer is responsible for carrying out technical support and overall operational implementation for their designated project(s) within the A/MENA Region portfolio. Under the supervision of the Portfolio Director, he/she will work closely with HQ and country-level technical and management staff to provide programmatic support and operational guidance to field programs, requiring frequent coordination. This includes supporting headquarters and field teams in work planning, results monitoring, documenting milestones, promoting achievements, report writing, identifying opportunities for knowledge sharing and learning. Primary responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:

  • Provide direct support to

A/MENA Region’s projects to ensure quality implementation and compliance with company and donor policies and procedures. Backstopping will be provided through both in-country support to the field team and regular backstopping from the HQ office. * Foster collaborative, meaningful, and productive partnerships and relationships with project teams, internal and external URC stakeholders, and partners through effective coordination and communication.

Technical Delivery

  • Responsible for coordination with project teams including the HQ and field-based technical and management staff to ensure necessary program planning and to mobilize program inputs to support the achievement of project deliverables, whether through consultants or through home office technical assistance.
  • Ensure high-quality project deliverables to include periodic reports and knowledge management products through effective management of production timelines, quality standards and reviews, and compilation. These deliverables may require writing, editing, proofreading.
  • Facilitate performance reviews including progress against deliverable milestones with program and technical staff including developing plans to address implementation gaps in coordination with relevant staff.
  • Support continuous learning within the project and sharing project learning and results with appropriate URC teams. Ensure those project technical products are shared through the URC CONNECT Knowledge Center and that project accomplishments are shared with the URC Communications team and USAID’s Development Exchange Clearinghouse (as required).
  • Support senior technical and program staff in the development of high-quality, results-focused annual country work plans, including accompanying budgets and monitoring, evaluation, and learning (MEL) plans.
  • Ensure that necessary staff, partners, and stakeholders (both at HQ and in-country) are included in sharing of information and knowledge and that the flow of information is multi-directional.
  • As needed, attend and represent the organization in various events, seminars, and functions to represent the project.


  • Responsible for providing overall operational support for field-based programs to ensure timelines and completeness of operational, administrative and financial requirements.
  • Provide operational, administrative, and financial management support to field-based projects and staff. This involves monitoring project expenses and providing detailed analyses for decision-making, reviewing, and processing monthly field reports, preparing, and analyzing quarterly financial reports, and developing various iterations of project budgets for different audiences.
  • Ensure implementation and management activities function smoothly and efficiently and that appropriate coordination occurs with HQ finance/contracts, procurement, and human resources support functions.
  • Coordinate and track project start-up and close-out activities, including supporting mobilization, developing of key start-up l deliverables, and tracking all the components of project implementation in coordination and partnership with field team and relevant HQ counterparts.
  • Ensure compliance with URC’s policies, procedures and guidelines.

Business Development

  • Support new business development, including assisting in the development of technical strategies and writing technical and management inputs for proposals.
  • Develop scopes of work and provide oversight to regional business development consultants.
  • Contribute to business development strategies and proposals.
  • Other tasks as required.


Required Experience & Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in health-related specialization, public health or administration, or related area/program of study such as business administration, accounting, international development, or related area/program of study.

with financial management, including experience reviewing expenditure vouchers and accompanying receipts and determining allowability, allocability, and reasonableness of back-up documentation for expenditures. * Demonstrable background in budgeting, including experience with and aptitude for creating budget scenarios, projecting expenditures based on clear assumptions, and tracking actual expenditures against projections.

  • Flexible and able to handle multiple tasks and work collaboratively with others. Able to work independently in a fast-paced organization by prioritizing and managing multiple priorities. Strong attention to detail and follow-through required.
  • Excellent communication skills (verbal and written) in English are required.
  • Computer literacy is required with intermediate skills in Word, Excel, PPT a must.

Desired Experience & Qualifications

  • A Master’s degree highly preferred and may substitute for three (3) years of relevant work experience.
  • International field experience in developing country setting (such as Peace Corps service or equivalent) preferred.
  • Experience working with donor-funded programs in an organization focused on international development is desired.
  • Fluency in other major languages such as French, Spanish, Arabic, and others considered a major advantage.
  • Experience in or demonstrable ability to present and brief diverse audiences with varying backgrounds and learning styles highly desired.
  • This position operates in a professional office environment and routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, filing cabinets and fax machines.
  • This position would require opening filing cabinets and bending or standing on a stool and may require the ability to lift files/folders/boxes, as necessary.
  • This position may require travel up to 30% time to international locations with varying distances, duration, and modes of transport.

Expected salary:

Location: USA

Job date: Fri, 23 Sep 2022 04:22:16 GMT


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