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3 Feb 2021

Head of Programmes

Job Description

Key Accountability 1: Programme Development

  1. Provide strategic direction to programme to ensure it works towards reducing poverty in a sustainable manner and responds to emergencies effectively.
  2. Take a lead role in the annual strategic planning process.
  3. Design programmes and projects based on the country Strategic Plan and emergency Preparedness Plan.
  4. Proactively identify opportunities to build key stakeholders’ relationships and take the initiative to follow up with necessary action.

Key Accountability 2: Implementation and Quality of the Programme

  1. Make key decisions in relation to the programme implementation, and offer solutions to problems that arise during the implementation of programmes
  2. Working with MEAL coordinator, develop, implement, and embed, a knowledge management system, that will ensure the sharing of knowledge across the programme, other country programmes, and the broader IR partnership.
  3. Ensure the programme meets Islamic Relief Worldwide Quality Standards and international Codes of conduct
  4. Ensure the programmes are implemented and evaluated in a consultative and participative manner through regular field visits

Essential Experiences:

  • Experience of working with various international NGOs in developing countries.
  • An in depth understanding of national and international development issues in relation to community development.
  • Experience of developing proposal for a variety of donors
  • Experience of successfully fundraising and dealing with EC, ECHO, UN, and DFID
  • Experience of developing links with INGOs, Government agencies, Institutional donors, and other stakeholders
  • Experience of and commitment to participatory management and maintaining a supportive, open environment to ensure the learning and development of all staff.
  • Familiarity with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), sphere standards, Do no harm policy, Red Cross/ Red Crescent Code of Conduct, CHS, Humanitarian Accountability Programme etc.


  • Good interpersonal skills including the ability to listen, sensitivity to other peoples’ views and perspectives, and conflict resolution.
  • Strategic leadership skills
  • Good organisational skills and a practical knowledge of support service management
  • The capacity to develop and maintain an understanding of and be sympathetic to the social, cultural, and political context of the post
  • Ability to represent, liaise and negotiate at different levels (national, provincial, and local).
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Knowledge/familiarity/expertise in programme areas: e.g., Emergency Response, community Development, Microfinance, etc.
  • An ability to work under pressure with limited support
  • Knowledge/familiarity with country/region
  • Excellent written and spoken English
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel
  • Commitment to Islamic Relief Worldwide values and Code of Conduct.


  • University degree or its equivalent in management, social sciences, international development, public administration, or a related field
  • Relevant experience in project management

Deadline: Febraury 12, 2021

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