Counterpart International, Inc.

  • Program Officer (Latin America & Caribbean Programs)

    Job Locations US-VA-Arlington
    Employment Type
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  • Overview

    Counterpart International is currently seeking a Program Officer (PO) to support our Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) portfolio. This is a full-time position based in Arlington, VA. This position will report to the Senior Program Manager (SPM) for LAC. Under the direction of SPM, the PA will support the SPM in providing backstopping desk support to the field team, international partners, and headquarters’ based technical teams in matters of administrative, report writing, and financial management tasks.


    • Under the supervision of the Senior Program Manager, serve as a primary interface with the Chief of Party (COP) and local staff to support the implementation of projects within budget, established time frames, standards of quality, and donor satisfaction.
    • Provides primary backstopping to field teams based in various countries in the LAC region.
    • Support, monitor and evaluate program performance through regular tracking of financial and programmatic reports, M&E data, and communication with the field teams. 
    • Assists in the administration of ongoing program activities from headquarters through close monitoring of programmatic deliverables and participation in strategic meetings with the SPM regarding programmatic outcomes, realignments, etc.
    • Review sub-recipient grant packages for quality control, and assist local staff where needed, before they are processed for signature.
    • Review procurement packages for quality control, and assist local staff where needed, before they are processed for signature.
    • Provides primary support on program reports and outreach material, in the form of editing donor reports and drafting communication and outreach materials such as one pagers and success stories.
    • Closely collaborates with the field finance team, headquarters based finance and compliance teams, and program staff in conducting proactive financial backstopping and budget tracking.
    • Assists field teams with the editing of program work plans and performance monitoring and evaluation plans.
    • Assists the SPM in preparing briefing material/program highlights/reports on civil society for interested parties; funders, donors, academic circles, key decision makers and development professions.
    • Develops and maintains working relations within Counterpart (Communications, HR, Compliance, Finance, and other program divisions).
    • Represents Counterpart at conferences and other events.
    • Other duties as assigned



    • Bachelor’s degree in international development or related field; Master’s degree preferred.
    • Sound and demonstrated project management experience, including budget and financial management, and monitoring and evaluation.
    • Minimum of four years previous work experience in US Government funded international development programs, including short or long-term field experience;
    • Working knowledge of USAID and USDA Rules and Regulations.
    • Previous work experience in Agricultural development, Food for Progress, Food Security programs, Sustainable livelihoods, or Community Resilience related projects required.
    • Strong internet and computer software skills, including MS Office Suite programs, and web-based research tools
    • Strong written and verbal communication skills
    • Ability to work in multi-cultural and lingual settings
    • Ability to multi-task and work under pressure with attention to detail
    • Ability to travel to provide short-term technical and administrative support as needed
    • Strong inter-personal skills
    • Fluency in English and Spanish required


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