The Program Officer will be part of the Project Team consisting of two diplomatic staff and two other local staff. The Program Officer will be responsible for monitoring and managing development cooperation projects. The position is available for 1 year during the unpaid leave of the incumbent. The ideal candidate would be available starting September/early October 2021.
Norway is supporting governments, international organisations and civil society in the Western Balkans 6 region in accelerating reforms necessary to achieve EU membership. Norwegian development cooperation in WB6 amounts to approx. 30-35 million EUR per year. Most of the funds are managed in regional agreements by MFA in Oslo. The Embassy in Belgrade manages the bilateral portfolio in Serbia, North Macedonia and Montenegro (approx. 5-6 million EUR per year) consisting of approx. 10-12 grant agreements. Information about Norway’s priorities is available here. Information about ongoing grant agreements is available here.
The Program Officer will be responsible for managing a portfolio of 5-6 development projects. The Program Officer will also be responsible for monitoring and reporting on some of the regional agreements at the country level. The portfolio is likely to consist of economic and social development, innovation and environmental affairs. The Program Officer will also have a particular responsibility for visibility activities for all development projects (managed by the Embassy).
The Program Officer must work well both independently and in a team. While necessary introductory training will be provided, the Program Officer is expected to transition into the team swiftly. The ideal candidate has experience from a similar position at an embassy/delegation/international organisation. The ideal candidate is creative, dynamic and has knowledge of Norwegian culture and priorities. The Program Officer is expected to adhere to the highest ethical standards.
The Embassy is accredited to and responsible for Norway’s diplomatic relations with Serbia, Montenegro and North Macedonia. The Embassy has a total of 6 diplomatic staff and 10 local staff.
Responsibilities of the Program Officer:
- Plan, implement, monitor and manage the Embassy’s development cooperation project portfolio in Serbia, North Macedonia and Montenegro in line with all applicable grant management regulations and guidelines.
- Contribute to the preparation of the Embassy’s annual work plans and policy directions.
- Represent the Embassy in project-related working groups and meeting with relevant authorities, partners and other stakeholders and maintain close contact on all aspects related to Norwegian development cooperation in Serbia, Montenegro and North Macedonia.
- Monitor and report on trends/developments in priority sectors, and draft speeches, reports and background documents for Embassy Management/MFA.
- Prepare visibility events and material for publishing on electronic media, and provide substantive input to the Embassy’s website and social media, both independently and in close cooperation with partners.
- Monitor and report on media coverage and communicate directly with the Embassy’s media contacts in Serbia, Montenegro and North Macedonia.
- Other tasks as instructed by Embassy Management.
Requirements for the position:
- Relevant university degree.
- At least four years of relevant working experience.
- Demonstrated experience with grant management in accordance with OECD DAC regulation.
- Sector knowledge about and a network of contacts within economic and social development, innovation and/or environmental affairs in Serbia/Montenegro/North Macedonia, and relevant clusters/chapters of the EU accession negotiations, would be beneficial.
- Demonstrated experience from visibility and media activities and social media would be beneficial.
- Fluency in English and Serbian languages, both written and spoken.
- Excellent IT skills and in particular proficiency using MS Office, Outlook and Internet search engines (web publishing is an advantage).
- Valid driver’s license (B).
- Availability for travel, including overnight stays
Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the application deadline at 11 am on 23 August 2021. Applications should include a cover letter, a CV with references and, if applicable, reference letters and should be sent electronically in 1 file (PDF format) to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Application Program Officer – LASTNAME First name”.
Clearly indicate your availability for a 1-year period and your first possible/preferred starting date.