Program Officer - Latin America & Caribbean (LAC) Team

Counterpart International
  • Location
    Arlington, Virginia
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    May 05

Position description

Counterpart International currently seeks a Program Officer (PO) to assist the LAC Team with programmatic management, financial and administrate oversight of the programs in the region. The PO will liaise with all departments to provide timely and high-quality backstop support to field operations ensuring all transactions meet financial, administrative and compliance requirements. Additionally, the PO The will be responsible for providing quality technical review of programmatic deliverables (e.g. reports, workplans, and so forth.). This is a full-time position based in Arlington, VA, and will report to the Senior Program Manager.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Under the guidance of the Senior Program Manager, provide financial, administrative, and programmatic backstopping support while complying with Counterpart and donor requirements, policies, and regulations observed in all phases of program implementation.
  • Monitor program finances and monthly pipelines, and provide guidance to field teams concerning program expenditures and budget projections, working closely with HQ accountants and field finance managers.
  • Maintain regular communications with field to stay current on program activities; facilitate and coordinate communications between HQ and field; and proactively identify and recommend solutions or options for resolution of problems.
  • Plan and execute procurement processes in close collaboration with the field team and other relevant HQ business units. Draft consultant and vendor agreement scopes of work with clear lists of deliverables and in coordination with the other departments, provide support in monitoring executed agreements and processing payment processing.
  • Draft and/or review program reports on current programs for internal and external use.
  • Review and evaluate program workplans, performance of monitoring and evaluation (M&E) plans ;ensuring timely implementation.
  • Review and evaluate reports, including deliverables such as quarterly and final program reports.
  • Collaborate with field teams and other business units on an as need basis to support development and implementation of program workplans, performance of M&E plans, and budgets. 
  • Assist in collecting and documenting program best practices, lessons learned, success stories and impacts.
  • Assist in the preparations of budget realignments and/or modifications to existing awards, as necessary.
  • Liaise with the Communications team to develop program outreach materials.
  • Maintain all relevant program data, ensuring accurate and up-to-date records and information are kept in physical files and electronic drives and systems.
  • Represent Counterpart at events and other external meetings as necessary.
  • Organize international travel and logistics for the team.
  • Other duties as assigned.



  • Bachelor’s degree in public administration, international development, political science, international relations, or related field with a minimum of 5 years previous work experience in international development or relevant experience, and/or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Previous work experience in civil society, capacity building, and Democracy and Governance programming. 
  • Familiarity with USAID or similar USG programs, rules and regulations.
  • Strong internet and computer software skills, including MS Office Suite, and web-based research tools.
  • Strong written and verbal communication and inter-personal skills and ability to work in multi-cultural and lingual settings.
  • Ability to multi-task and work under pressure with attention to detail.
  • Willingness to travel to program countries.


  • Master’s Degree in relevant field.
  • Professional Proficiency in Spanish.



USAID Grants Management


Computer Proficiency


Communication Skills




Team Player: Works well as a member of a group

Leader: Inspires teammates to follow them

Dedicated: Devoted to a task or purpose with loyalty or integrity



Flexibility: Inspired to perform well when granted the ability to set your own schedule and goals

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