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Senior Program Officer for the Americas

Status: Closed

Organisation: Internews Network and Internews Europe

Deadline: 15/11/2021

Location: Remote

Internews is seeking a candidate for the position of Senior Program Officer for the Americas. Under the supervision of the Program Manager, the Senior Program Officer for the Americas provides strategic support and oversight on a variety of department tasks, including project management, donor reporting, donor relations, proposal development and communications. The Senior Program Officer is responsible for management level support for a variety of projects within the Americas program unit, primarily South America projects, and may provide technical advice to other subunits within the Americas department as needed.


The ideal candidate for this role is based remotely in Mexico, Ecuador or Peru. All remote candidates in these locations will be considered. However, the candidate must have work authorization in a location that does not require sponsorship from Internews. Additionally, there are locations in which Internews is not able to support fully remote work.

Wherever possible, Internews works to try to find solutions for international hiring that work for both the company and the candidate. This means that some of the particulars around the offer for a role will be dependent on several factors and that the benefits and salary structure that apply to a position will ultimately be based upon the candidate’s location and where the role is hired.


  • Support the development and implementation of annual work plans in close cooperation with the Program Manager for the Americas;
  • Coordinate with other subunits within the Americas, and with other departments within Internews to ensure effective support for technology and media programs in the LAC region;
  • Provide ongoing program management support to the Program Manager as required including overall program design, strategic planning, identifying and selecting consultants, preparing SOWs and liaising on M&E issues;
  • Perform high-level grants and contracts support including reviewing RFA/Ps and tracking, monitoring, and analysis of all grants and contracts in line with operational program plans;
  • Review grants/contracts packages for compliance and accuracy prior to submission and ensure deliverables are in-line with program plans and are cost-effective;
  • Liaise with Internews administration and control staff in the US on all contracts, subgrants, procurement and payments;
  • Maintain the grants tracking system logging status of all grants and contracts tasks managed between the Internews US administrative office in California and the field office(s);
  • Provide reporting on all aspects of grants management to donors as required;
  • File and archive critical business documents in auditable files;
  • Provide limited budget authority for grants, procurements and other payments, as required by the Program Manager;
  • Supervise staff as required by the Program Manager;
  • Manage other country program operations or parts of these programs within the Americas division as delegated by the Program Manager;
  • Write reports and proposals for donors;
  • Work closely with the Program Manager and team to proof and edit quarterly reports and ensure they are submitted on a timely basis;
  • Represent Internews at conferences and events when needed, with funders and with policy experts, as required by the Program Manager;
  • Manage logistics for travel, meetings, including procurement of visas as needed;
  • Produce expense reports and prepare payment documents as needed;
  • Assist in procurement of supplies, services, and equipment for the department and field projects as requested;
  • Carry out research in support of ongoing projects and new initiatives as requested;
  • Support local partners in the Program Unit with proposal development, fundraising, and organizational development;
  • Manage administrative tasks in accordance with project timelines;
  • Prepare and tracks budgets, projections, pipelines and other activities for program unit as required;
  • Build and sustains relationships with donors at the country and regional levels
  • Lead the design of project proposals in conjunction with country teams
  • Provide surge capacity support: assists program units with short-term program tasks including reporting, budget development, and other tasks as needed;
  • In all duties, an understanding of and demonstrated commitment to upholding Internews’ Core Values;
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Minimum 5 years programmatic experience in relevant non-profit organizations – experience in a non-profit media development organization a significant plus;
  • Advanced university degree required;
  • Grant proposal writing experience, and proven text-editing proficiency;
  • Experience in developing or supporting programs;
  • Demonstrated interpersonal skills including diplomacy, tact, and the ability to negotiate;
  • Excellent communication skills in English and Spanish: speaking, writing, and listening;
  • Proven ability to set priorities and manage time effectively;
  • Proven analytical and problem-solving ability;
  • Proven ability to work both independently and as an effective team member;
  • Proven ability to prioritize and handle multiple ongoing assignments;
  • Proficient in MS Office.

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