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Programme Officer

Christian Aid
Location: Accra, Ghana
Last Date: August 26, 2011
Email:  (Reference:

1 year fixed term contract with possibility of renewal
Salary: GHS 30,768 p.a.
Based: Accra, Ghana
Closing Date: 12 noon, Friday 26 August 2011

Christian Aid is the official relief, development and advocacy agency of 41 sponsoring churches in Britain and Ireland and is part of the world-wide church community. The essential purpose of Christian Aid is to expose the scandal of poverty, to help in practical ways to root it out from the world, and to challenge the structures and systems which favour the rich and powerful over the poor and marginalised.

A three year European Union funded governance programme will start in October 2011, working across 18 districts in Ghana. Christian Aid (CA) requires a Programme Officer (PO) to provide technical support, monitoring and programme management input to the CA partners engaged in this and other governance programmes. He/she will ensure that implementation, monitoring and programme reporting are carried out in accordance with CA and donor requirements.

The PO will be responsible for results based monitoring and documentation of change and the sharing of best practice amongst partners and work as part of a dynamic programme team contributing to the achievement of the Ghana programme goals. The post-holder will be required to spend up to 30% of their time outside Accra.

The post-holder will also support the Christian Aid Ghana team to manage contracts and partnerships, ensure the effective disbursement of funds and contribute to proposal development and fundraising. This includes providing capacity development support to partners in the area of organisational development, governance, policy and advocacy, in line with CA standards.

Candidates must be educated to at least degree level in a development related discipline, preferably social science, governance or public policy, and have at least 5 years experience of supporting advocacy and governance work at local level. Experience of contract and budget management, proposal development as well as providing support to NGOs/community based organisations in governance programming is essential. Technical knowledge of taxation, youth policies and action orientated research and learning would be an advantage, as would experience of managing EU-funded contracts. The candidate should have a valid driversí license, strong writing skills and be computer literate.

Please show your suitability for this post by giving answers to the following questions:

Delivery of goals and objectives
Describe a time when you had to deliver an ambitious project at a time when your team/organisation was going through a process of significant change.

Impact and Influence
Describe a time when you had to convince someone else to see your point of view.

Team working
While working in a team, have you ever volunteered to take on proactively additional tasks in order to support the groupís efforts?

Attention to detail
Describe a multi-faceted project that you worked on or a complex report you wrote.

We value the contribution each person makes to the success of our organisation. Thatís why you can expect a wide range of rewards and benefits and flexibility that will ensure you enjoy a good work/life balance.

You will require current and valid permission to work in Ghana.
Please note that CVs will not be accepted and that only electronically submitted application forms will be accepted.
To apply for this post, please download an application pack and role profile from and email your completed form to: quoting the reference number.

Job reference: GH/004/PO-G
Closing date: 12 noon, Friday 26 August 2011
Interview date: September (to be confirmed)

Christian Aid values diversity and aspires to reflect this in our workforce. We welcome applications from people from all sections of the community, irrespective of race, colour, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, religion or belief.


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