Program Officer, Black Sea Trust for Regional Cooperation

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Program Officer, Black Sea Trust for Regional Cooperation

Department: Black Sea Trust for Regional Cooperation
Location: Bucharest, ROM
Job Type: Full-time

 

Application Deadline: June 1, 2020

Department/Program Summary:

The German Marshall Fund (GMF) Bucharest office serves as the headquarters for the Black Sea Trust for Regional Cooperation (BST). BST is a multi-million dollar, 15+-year grantmaking initiative, which provides grants to indigenous organizations from the Black Sea countries working to strengthen regional cooperation, civil society, and democratic foundations. The broad goals of the BST include building trust among citizens in their public institutions and strengthening this critical set of institutions; affirming the value of citizen participation in the democratic process; promoting involvement of civil society in conflict resolution and fostering regional cross-border ties in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. The countries included in the BST’s work are Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Georgia, Moldova, Romania, Turkey, and Ukraine.

The GMF Bucharest office also conducts policy programs promoting regional views on issues of importance to both the region and international community (security, democracy, European policies toward the neighborhood, conflict resolution, etc.) and deepening the knowledge of the region in transatlantic policy circles. The GMF Bucharest office organizes regular study tours to countries in the region, coordinates research, organizes events on topics pertaining to the region, and works on traditional GMF programming such as the Marshall Memorial Fellowship Program.

Job Summary:

The Program Officer (PO) will manage BST’s grantmaking portfolio in countries from the Black Sea Region, as well as in countries eligible under the Regional program (further designated area of responsibility). This will include reviewing project proposals received from non-profit entities from those countries, preparing proposal summaries and rejections for Grant Review Committee meetings, monitoring the implementation of BST funded projects, and reviewing final reports submitted by BST grantees. Additionally, the PO will manage all aspects of the BST grantmaking programs, monitoring and evaluation, learning and reporting procedures to donors and funders. The PO should have strong working knowledge of civil society in countries of the Black Sea Region, plus fluency in English and at least one language of the Black Sea Region. Strong analytical, writing, communication, and organizational skills are required, coupled with the ability to work in a fast-paced, dynamic, growing, and team-based environment.

Essential Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Manage BST's grantmaking portfolio in countries from the designated area of responsibility:
    • Review project proposals.
    • Prepare proposal summaries and rejections for Grant Review Committee meetings.
    • Monitor the implementation of BST funded projects in the designated area of responsibility.
    • Perform a thorough review of final reports submitted by grantees from designated area of responsibility, in order to close grants.
    • Maintain a good relationship with, and knowledge of, potential and real applicants to BST funding from designated area of responsibility.
    • Maintain constant communication with grantees and potential applicants from designated area of responsibility.
  • Help prepare the Project Proposal Summaries Document to be circulated to the members of the BST Grant Review Committee.
  • Actively participate in the drafting of the final annual reports to donors and funders.
  • Carry out Monitoring & Evaluation and Learning activities as required by donors and funders.

Knowledge and Skills Needed:

  • At least 2 years professional background in grantmaking activities in the Black Sea Region or similar.
  • Strong working knowledge of civil society in countries of the Black Sea Region.
  • Strong working knowledge of the political, economic, social and security context of the countries from the Black Sea Region.
  • Fluency in English and Romanian is mandatory, knowledge of Russian is an advantage.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office, especially with Word and Excel.
  • Strong analytical, writing, communication, and organizational skills are required, as well as a strong attention for details.
  • Be able to prioritize, self-directed, and responsible.
  • Be comfortable working independently and as part of a team in a multicultural environment.

Education:

  • Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Political Science, International Relations, European Studies, Security Studies, or a related field required.

GMF is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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