Program Officer for Angola/Swaziland

Location: TBD - Southern Africa
Salary: Competitive and Commensurate with Experience
About the Opportunity

FSVC has received a grant from USAID/Southern Africa to strengthen anti-corruption efforts and procedures in Angola and Swaziland.  Specifically, FSVC’s program will seek to improve the management of public financial resources by government officials to promote fiscal transparency and accountability.  The program will work with permanent parliamentarian staff, the Supreme Audit Institution and civil society organizations (CSOs) in Angola, and Members of Parliament (MPs) and CSOs in Swaziland.  The objectives of the program are to help strengthen governments’ ability to understand, approve and audit national budgets, while simultaneously helping CSOs develop the capability to engage the government to influence budget priorities and monitor public expenditures.

FSVC is seeking to hire a Program Officer ideally already based in Luanda or the region to manage program activities in Angola and Swaziland, with potential trips to the U.S. Mission in Pretoria, South Africa, as necessary.  This program will last 16-24 months.

Key job functions include
  • Manage multiple field aspects of technical assistance delivery by volunteer experts, including program and project activity design, logistical arrangements, implementation, post-project follow-up, program monitoring & evaluation and reporting to funders;
  • Build relationships and represent FSVC with key counterpart organizations, including donors, financial sector partners, public and private sector groups, and potential technical assistance recipients to support FSVC’s programs and seek new business opportunities;
  • Continue to strengthen FSVC’s relationship with the Angolan Ministry of Finance’s Public Finance Training Institute (Instituto de Formação de Finanças Públicas – INFORFIP) and ensure it is the center of all government training activities in Angola;
  • Establish new relationships with Swaziland counterparts, including MPs, the Coordinating Assembly of Non-Governmental Organizations (CANGO), and the U.S. Embassy in Mbabane, among other relevant actors;
  • Liaise closely with FSVC NY headquarters team and other field staff to ensure effective program implementation and project management;
  • Pursue business development activities in Southern Africa, and contribute to proposal writing for additional program funding, including by providing information and reporting on legal and economic developments in the region, which impact FSVC’s program activities;
  • Travel as needed in the Southern African region for project implementation, and to build relationships with key counterparts and donor institutions; and
  • Proactively improve FSVC’s effectiveness and impact in the region.
Preferred qualifications
  • Five to seven years of experience in international development, particularly financial sector topics (e.g., public financial management, civil society development and advocacy);
  • Experience managing the delivery of international technical assistance programs;
  • Graduate degree in international development, finance/economics, business, international relations or other program-related field;
  • Excellent English speaking and writing skills and fluency in Portuguese preferred;
  • Excellent organizational and project management skills; and
  • Ability to work independently and proactively.