Shelter for Life Employment Opportunity

Program Officer

Shelter For Life International (SFL) is a Christian relief and development organization with over 30 years of history in providing humanitarian assistance to post-conflict countries. SFL is currently operational in Afghanistan, Liberia, Senegal and Tajikistan. SFL provides support and assistance in the following areas:

1. Shelter and Population Settlement
2. Development of Small and Medium Size Enterprises
3. Agriculture Development and Food Security
4. Reconstruction of Public and Market Infrastructure, e.g., farm-to-market roads, irrigation systems, food storage, etc.

SFL’s mission is to demonstrate God’s love by enabling people affected by conflict and disaster to restore their lives and rebuild their communities.

Job Description: Full time, 40 hours per week, based in Minnetonka, MN. Rate of pay: Salaried

Purpose of this position: To provide support to SFL field and headquarters teams with program management and proposal writing, monitoring and evaluation, operations support, communications and donor relations.

Scope of Position: The primary role of this position is to monitor funding sources, provide proposal writing and program development support, and develop monitoring and evaluation plans. Additionally, the Program Officer monitors compliance to ensure effective qualitative and narrative reporting for project activities in coordination with the project’s field management team and headquarters- based management. The Program Officer also manages communications through social media and news releases, and develops and maintains relations with donors.

Major Responsibilities
- Monitor US Government sources for funding announcements and pre-announcements
- Develop a communications portfolio inform the public, donors, and friends of SFL regarding SFL’s field activities including human interest stories, past achievements, and new project opportunities through social media, newsletters, SFL’s website, and occasional press releases to media outlets.
- Further develop and maintain SFL’s donor base, identify prospective private and institutional donors, engage foundations, churches and other civic groups for potential funding of new and ongoing projects.
- Be available for occasional public speaking opportunities.
- Follow developing humanitarian crises and develop fundraising campaigns in response
- Research potential new projects, both those in line with SFL’s core competencies and new, innovative ones, and engage possible funding sources for project development.
- Contribute to project conception, research, and the proposal writing process.
- Maintain regular communication with field staff leadership and headquarters management, and provide guidance and support to field staff to ensure new project development follows a methodical process, and that existing project progress is compliant with project schedules, goals, and requirements.
- Be able to travel, both domestically and internationally, particularly to less developed countries, for operations support and business development. 

Education and Experience
- Bachelor or graduate level degree (latter preferred).
- Experience in program development and monitoring and evaluation.
- Experience directing a development project in a foreign setting a strong plus.
- Excellent verbal and written English language communication skills.
- Understanding of quantitative and qualitative data, data collection, and statistics; GIS knowledge a plus.
- Experience in fundraising and business development.
- Experience in public communications, including graphic arts.

Candidates must have the necessary quality of enthusiasm for the mission and ethos of Shelter For Life International and compliance with our faith-based work ethic.

If interested please email your cover letter, resume/CV, and writing sample to info@shelter.org.
For more info on other positions as well visit https://www.shelter.org/get-involved/hq-positions/

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