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National Programme Officer (NPO)

The Embassy of Switzerland in Skopje has the overall responsibility for the design, oversight and strategic management of the ~€17m per annum Swiss Cooperation programme in North Macedonia. More information about the programme can be found here.

The Embassy is currently seeking a highly motivated and skilled professional to join our team in the position of

National Programme Officer (NPO) 

The successful candidate will have responsibility for the management of a portfolio of development projects in the Democratic Governance and/or Employment and Economic Development domains of the Swiss cooperation programme in North Macedonia. This includes the identification, elaboration, tendering, operational and financial monitoring, steering, and evaluation of at least two large projects with annual budgets of ~€1m each as well as the monitoring of a number of smaller projects. 

Job descriptions (main roles and responsibilities)

  • Lead responsibility for the full project cycle management, including identification, elaboration, tendering, operational and financial monitoring, steering, and evaluation of projects in the Democratic Governance and/or Employment and Economic Development domains of the Swiss cooperation programme in North Macedonia

  • Active support to policy dialogue with policy-makers (leadership in the parliament, ministries, other institutions) on issues related to the projects

  • Advice to the Head of Mission and Deputy Head of Mission on conceptual domain-related matters

  • Coordination of project-related activities with institutions, international organisations, other donors and implementing partners in North Macedonia 

Required candidate profile

  • University degree in relevant field

  • At least 7 years professional experience, including at least 3 years working with a state institution, a donor organisation, an NGO or a private sector organisation on development projects elaboration, implementation, operational and financial monitoring or evaluation in North Macedonia

  • Proven project and financial management skills

  • Proficiency in MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint

  • Excellent command of English and Macedonian; other official languages of North Macedonia and/or Switzerland will be considered an asset 

Required core competences 

  • Understanding of the context: ability to analyse North Macedonia’s development context in its full complexity, to recognize opportunities for taking action, and to take advantage of the dynamics of political processes to achieve projects’ goals

  • Personal responsibility and loyalty: ability to take responsibility for tasks given, to act with a high degree of independence within existing rules and procedural requirements, and to behave in accordance with the values and principles of the Swiss development cooperation

  • Innovative and solution-oriented thinking: ability to analyse systematically large quantities of complex information, think open-mindedly about issues, and take an active and creative approach to solving problems in the course of project design and implementation

  • Communication skills: ability to communicate clearly, credibly and effectively orally and in writing with a broad range of stakeholders of the Swiss cooperation programme, including senior representatives of institutions, international organisations, other donors and implementing partners

  • Work in a team: ability to integrate into the existing team of the Embassy and to contribute constructively to the collaborative achievement of the Swiss cooperation programme’s objectives

Type of post: Full time job position

Application deadline: 1st of September 2019

Start date: 1st of November 2019 or sooner

Documents required: Interested candidates with the required profile should send their CV, a one-page motivation letter, and two reference letters at email: skopje.chef@eda.admin.ch

Nota Bene: We thank all applicants for their interest, however only candidates who are considered for the position will be invited for written and oral interview.

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