Grants Program Officer, Albania, L5

  • Added Date: Tuesday, 11 February 2020
  • Deadline Date: Wednesday, 11 March 2020

Organization Profile

Every year, millions of people around the world go missing as a result of conflict, human rights abuses, disasters, organized crime, irregular migration, and other causes. This is a complex global challenge that can be tackled effectively through cross-cutting programs that address a variety of difficult, interconnected issues.

ICMP’s Albania Program

An estimated 6,000 persons went missing under the 1944-1991 Communist regime in Albania. Systematic violations of human rights included executions with or without court orders with no remains returned to the victims’ families for burial. The remains of political prisoners who reportedly died in prisons or labor camps as a result of torture or other causes also are missing.

In November 2018, the Albanian Parliament ratified a Cooperation Agreement between the Council of Ministers of the Republic of Albania and ICMP. This enables ICMP to offer technical assistance to the Albanian authorities in their efforts to search for and identify persons missing from the Communist era. ICMP is the only international organization currently working with Albanian authorities to address the country’s legacy of missing persons issues.

The overall objective of the program is to increase participation by civil society groups and family members of missing persons, especially women, in Albania’s transitional and reconciliatory justice processes. ICMP and the Albanian Authority on Information of the Former Secret Service Files (AIDSH) will work towards this objective by raising awareness among families of missing persons of their rights, thereby enabling them to influence how the country addresses the issue of persons missing from the Communist era.

Position Background

Under the overall guidance and supervision of the Senior Program Officer (Albania) and in coordination with the ICMP CSI Program, the duties and responsibilities will include, but will not necessarily be limited to, the following:

  • Contributing to the design and planning of the Small Grants cycles in Albania in full compliance with ICMP policies and ensuring adequate gender mainstreaming;
  • Coordinating and monitoring a grants portfolio, including explanation to grantees to develop proposals, conducting organizational assessments, undertaking periodic reviews of progress with grantees, and reviewing financial and narrative reports;
  • Coordinating training for grantees in project management and ICMP procedures;
  • Identifying problems and request the necessary political, legal, programmatic and administration advice as appropriate;
  • Contributing to the development of communications and visibility plans of small grants projects;
  • Preparing the necessary reports and documentation for internal, donors or general use related to the Small Grants program;
  • Identifying opportunities for interaction, coordination and knowledge-sharing other grant-making organizations;
  • Promoting and participating in fostering open-mindedness, a culture of learning and gather independent and rigorous data and evidence about effectiveness of ICMP and grantees’ strategies, and help adapt policies and practice as needed;
  • Encouraging a collaborative, service and human rights-oriented approach towards grantees;
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Education with specialization on Human Rights, Law, International Relations, Sociology and other social sciences, business or non-profit administration or relevant discipline, and with specialized education on gender issues;
  • At least five years of experience in rule-of-law, human rights, development or related areas at a grant-making organization, international organization, an international or national non-governmental organization;
  • A minimum of two years of experience in the management of grants for civil society and community organizations at an international grant-making institution;
  • At least two years of field experience in gender sensitive programming;
  • Thorough understanding of the context of operation of civil society organizations in Albania with the particular focus on Associations of the Formerly Politically Persecuted;
  • Experience in financial management of grants;
  • Excellent planning and prioritization skills, including the ability to think and operate strategically;
  • Detailed oriented and superb planning and project management skills.

Mandatory requirements

  • Legally entitled to work in Albania;
  • Professional fluency in written and spoken English and Albanian;
  • Proficiency in Microsoft applications, including Word, Excel and Power Point;
  • Proven ability to interact positively with colleagues regardless of culture, nationality or gender;
  • Ability to travel at short notice and to work flexible hours including weekends and evenings;
  • Commitment to the underlying objective of helping the authorities and families of the missing to account for missing persons in an impartial and transparent manner.


In addition to an attractive base salary, this position is eligible for up to 8 weeks of paid time off each year and generous social security insurances. This position is at the LES 5 level on the ICMP salary scale and is not eligible for expatriate allowances. For more details, please see the ICMP website.

Review of applications will begin on 19 February 2020; however, the position will remain open until filled.

ICMP is committed to maintaining an environment of mutual respect, where equal employment opportunities are available to all applicants. ICMP believes that diversity and inclusion among our staff are critical to our success as a global organization, and we seek to recruit, develop and retain the most talented individuals from a thoroughly diverse range of candidates. ICMP is proud to be part of the International Gender Champions network.

This vacancy is archived.

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