POSITION TITLE: Program Development Advisor
HQ DEPARTMENT or COUNTRY PROGRAM: HQ - International Programs
RESPONSIBLE TO: Director of Program Development and Technical Services
STATUS (Full time, Part time, Temporary): Full Time


The ARC Program Development and Technical Services Team works in four priority areas: 1) Strengthening the ARC programmatic quality via expert technical assistance and guidance to better work with the community, 2) Strengthen specific programs related to technical areas such as health and economic opportunities through assistance and monitoring and evaluation to ensure quality, 3) Development and innovation of proposals and subsequent funds, 4) Integrating ARC’s global approach with awareness of global trends.
The Program Development Advisor will serve as the leader on ARC’s long-term program development strategies, proposal quality assurance, and donor outreach. In this capacity, s/he will set the team’s program development agenda based on needs identified in the field and in close coordination with the field, the technical units and the advocacy team. Furthermore, s/he will support the field teams and the technical units in strengthening their capacities to secure diverse and multi-year funding.
To fill this role, ARC is looking for a seasoned, independent and motivated self-starter to join the Program Development and Technical Services Team at ARC as the team focuses strategically on securing a diverse range of donors and multi-year funding with the goal of increasing ARC’s overall impact. The Program Development Advisor will be responsible for cultivating a portfolio of existing donors, as well as developing strategies that lead to the identification and cultivation of new funding sources. S/he will be responsible for fostering new relationships that result in the development of program initiatives and that further ARC’s global leadership priorities. In addition, this individual will serve as a focal point for liaising with the ARC field staff and HQ departments on researching, developing and responding to new opportunities for funding. The Program Development Advisor will be committed to fostering organizational learning and will use creative approaches to facilitate learning in his/her technical area.
A major component of securing funding is building credibility. The Program Development Advisor will work with various staff at ARC to ensure the documentation of best practices and select the best methods to document and provide evidence supporting these best practices.



- Support team members in identifying, cultivating and developing new funding opportunities.

- Write and edit high quality proposals to potential donors. Develop proposal protocols and coordinate the review process with the field, within International Programs, Finance and Human Resource departments.

- Establish and spearhead an internal Program Development Committee that will research, review and prioritize programmatic directions and proactively seek continued and new funding for ARC programs.

- Monitor requests for proposals and review and disseminate donor guidelines.

- Create proposal writing guidelines, tools and tips for field staff and technical staff and conduct trainings on this areas.

- Budget creation in coordination with other members of International Programs and the field.

- Represent ARC International with internal and external entities.

- Serve as the focal point for troubleshooting and problem solving as it relates to proposal development.

- Coordinate the technical teams’ review of program reports to donors.

- 30% Travel to donor agencies and ARC field sites


Education and Training

- Masters Degree in an international and relevant field


- 5-10 years in international and relief programming
- Solid knowledge of relief programs and methods
- Strong experience in proposal development and programmatic design
- Familiarity with research and analysis
- Experience working in emergency, conflict, or post-conflict settings
- Experience working for a private voluntary organization
- Experience in donor relations
- Strong experience in proposal development

Technical Skills: Required
- Relevant experience in crisis settings
- Knowledge of Government donors including a good understanding of donor regulations and budgeting processes
- Excellent verbal and written English skills, particularly communication skills for diverse audiences
- Demonstrated ability to conceptualize and operationalize program strategies
- Demonstrated ability to work in team and/or facilitate teamwork
- Ability to establish and maintain effective partnerships and working relationships with donors, community leaders and others
- Fundraising, including proposal development

- Fluency in French or Arabic
- Familiarity with working a diverse range of donors
- Successful use of participatory, adult training techniques. Ability to introduce and gain acceptance for these and other alternative training/capacity building strategies and approaches among national counterparts;



Respect, Integrity, Diversity, Excellence

- Political Acumen – Understanding the socio-cultural, historical, political, and economic context within with ARC operates; integrating understanding of ARCs global approach with awareness of global trends
- Initiating Action – Taking prompt action to accomplish objectives; taking decisive action to achieve goals in times of uncertainty or in fluid contexts; being proactive.
- Building partnerships – identifying opportunities and establishing effective strategic relationships between one’s area and other areas, teams, departments, units, or external organizations to help achieve ARC’s objectives
- Communicating with Impact – Clearly conveying information and ideas through a variety of media to individuals or groups in a manner that engages the audience and helps them understand and retain their message.
Vacancies Contact
Please apply online at www.arcrelief.org

Location: United States of America (the) (Minneapolis OR Washington DC)
Closing date: 01 Oct 2008