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Offer: Employment opportunity in the Democratic Republic of Congo

General Description:

The Programs Officer for Operation Smile in the DRC plays an important role by building and maintaining relationships to further strengthen the self-sufficient structures of Operation Smile’s programmatic and fundraising goals. The Programs Officer is responsible for fundraising, partnership-building, managing and supporting the Operation Smile DRC (OSDRC) office and other foundation employees, supervising of volunteer and mission logistics as well as public relations/ marketing and events. The Programs Officer is charged with creating, and implementing new, innovative fundraising techniques, identifying and pursuing new sponsors in-country, and maintaining relationships with current sponsors through ensuring all benefits of funding levels. The Programs Officer is responsible for the registering of Operation Smile as a local NGO in the DRC and maintaining relationships with the Ministry of Health and other governmental offices.

Essential Functions:
• Locating and setting up an office, ideally through pro bono support of a partner.
• Fundraising and partnerships (developing relationships with corporates and other NGOs or aid agencies, using existing relationships in Africa while also building new ones.)
• To begin creating corporate partnerships that are not project-based but year-round relationships that allow for growth and flexibility.
• Leverage existing contacts and build new ones to create strong donor relationships with key philanthropic funds, corporations and individuals in DRC
• Facilitate necessary legal contracts with partners, and the signing thereof, with existing pro bono legal support.
• Plan and implement yearly fundraising events.
• Building a good local team in the office, ensuring that the staff are appropriate for their jobs and doing what is necessary, and above and beyond it in order to grow the foundation.
• Ensuring some of the best practices from other foundations are utilized during programs and development efforts to ensure successful awareness campaigns, the strengthening of training initiatives, and the raising of local funds to support local programs.
• Working with a local accountant to ensure proper financial reporting of all cash and in kind support and the creation of annual budgets for the country.
• Providing the preparation, execution, and reporting of all surgical and training programs in DRC. At the same time, spearheading efforts to incorporate sponsors in missions through employee volunteer programs and press conferences to promote the relationships and push or media presence.
• Oversee and support the OSDRC office and Finance Department to ensure all operations are legally and financially transparent by providing estimated budgets pre-trip or program and actual budgets and receipts post program. All monies needs to be accounted for within two weeks post trip/program
• Working with a local accountant to ensure proper financial reporting of all cash and in kind support and the creation of annual budgets for the country.
• Oversee and maintain general office items, including overseeing timely payment of rent (if necessary) and monthly bills as well as ensuring that office supplies are adequately maintained.
• Readily accept new tasks and responsibilities as deemed necessary as the organization develops.

Experience Required (education/work):
• Bachelor’s Degree in a relevant business or international field. Master’s Degree in related field considered a strong plus.
• Two to four years experience with an international agency or corporation.
• Experience and success in development, events or project managing.

Characteristics/Skills Required:
• Highly organized and self motivated
• Able to work diplomatically in a global team-based environment that includes board members, medical professionals, and volunteers.
• Able to accept newly assigned projects or duties as they become necessitated.
• Oral, written, and presentation language skills are required in English and French, and preferred in Lingala and/or Swahili.

Send your CV to opsmiledrc@gmail.com or Nawej.Mukomena@operationsmile.org (please note that this position is only open to Congolese nationals)

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