Diakonia - People change the world
Man and woman standing in fields in Burkina Faso. Economic empowerment of women, is one of the themes that AEJ works with.

Programme officer and grants compliance officer

Diakonia is a Swedish international development organization with the overall goal to change unfair political, economic, social and cultural structures that generate poverty, inequality, oppression, and violence. Diakonia works with the most vulnerable people, local partners and other strategic actors for the fulfillment of the right of all people to live a life in dignity - irrespective of age, class, disability, ethnicity, gender, nationality, political conviction, religion, or sexual orientation and identity.


Diakonia has about 400 partner organizations in 23 countries. In Sub-Saharan Africa, Diakonia employs 100 staff at country offices in Mozambique, DRC, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Uganda, Kenya, Somalia, Mali, and Burkina Faso and the Regional Office in Kenya. 

Innovative ideas are tested

The Africa Economic Justice (AEJ) is a regional programme supporting regional civil society organizations working in Sub-Saharan Africa. The work of AEJ is divided into three thematic clusters on unfair financial flows; financial and investment regimes and economic empowerment of women.

The strategic programme offers a platform where new practices and innovative ideas on social and economic justice and economic empowerment of women are tested and developed. The programme is managed from the Diakonia Africa Regional Office since 2007. For more information please visit: https://www.diakonia.se/en/Where-we-work/Africa/Regional-programme-Africa-Economic-Justice-AEJ/

Developed a new programme

Given the urgent need for Sub-Saharan African countries to increase their domestic resource mobilization to achieve the SDGs, the AEJ has developed a new programme on Promoting Domestic Resource Mobilisation in Sub-Saharan Africa. The proposed programme aims to address some of the causes for the inability to expand and realize domestic resource mobilization and is designed on the premise that Africa is facing challenges that can well be solved by cooperation between countries through regional integration.

The programme aims to take advantage of existing regional policy frameworks to push for maximization of domestic resource mobilization.  To achieve this, priority is to build the capacity and support regional civil society organizations. The partners will lobby and engage key change agents at the regional and national level to advocate for policies that support increased domestic resources.

To support this, we are looking for outstanding, dynamic, results-oriented and self-driven individuals to fill the positions of Programme Officer and Grants Compliance Officer.

Programme Officer

The Programme Officer will provide key support in planning, formulating and implementing the operations of assigned programme work-plan and budget, monitor expenditures as well as provide technical and management oversight on programme activities implemented by partner organizations to ensure compliance with funding and Global Diakonia requirements. 

We are looking for an action-oriented person who understands the development and civil society context in Africa.  This being a regional programme, we are looking for a person who has Africa regional level experience.  The position requires an understanding of donor compliance and experience in procurement.  Knowledge of French is desirable.

Grants Compliance Officer

The Grants Compliance Officer will provide technical support to partner organizations, ensuring their compliance with Diakonia policies, as well as funding and reporting requirements from inception to contract closure in accordance with grant agreements and other appropriate protocols.  We are looking for an action-oriented person with wide experience in grant management of regional and local partners.  Knowledge of French is desirable.

How to Apply

All applications should be sent to recruitment.africa@diakonia.se on or before Friday 5th October 2018. Diakonia is an equal opportunities employer. This is a national position. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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