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3 Feb 2021

Programme Director

Job Description

General Description of the Programme/GOAL

Established in 1977, GOAL is an international humanitarian agency, dedicated to alleviating the needs of the most vulnerable communities. Currently operating in 13 of the world’s most vulnerable countries, GOAL delivers a wide range of humanitarian and development programmes, ranging from humanitarian relief in disaster situations, to focusing on nutrition, food security, and building greater resilience and sustainable livelihoods.

GOAL has an annual budget of an estimated €100 million and is supported by a range of donors including the Governments of Ireland, UK, USA, the European Union, individuals, trusts and foundations.

GOAL has been working in South Sudan since 1985 with a focus on health, nutrition, WASH, food security and livelihoods. GOAL currently implements a mix of health, nutrition, food security and livelihoods and emergency response programmes in Agok, Baliet, Gogrial East, Kajo-Keji, Kuajok, Melut, Twic and Ulang, with its head office in Juba. GOAL is continually adapting and responding to the context to support the communities where we work.

Job Purpose

The PD is responsible for developing the programmatic and funding approaches, guiding the programmes team in implementation and ensuring GOAL delivers high-quality programming to our beneficiaries. The PD is expected to promote evidence-based programme design adopting a systems approach where possible while maintaining the flexibility to react to rapidly evolving contexts and sudden onset emergencies. The successful candidate will line manage both technical and programme coordinators as well as MEAL and is responsible for ensuring donor reporting is clear, concise and timely. From time to time the PD will be expected to deputise for the CD. The role has an over-arching responsibility for ensuring that GOALs cross-cutting agenda (Protection, Gender, Partnership and the Environment) is embedded throughout programme design and implementation.

Duties and responsibilities Proposal Development & Reporting

  • Lead evidence-based proposal development; coordinate, manage and where necessary contribute to proposal writing
  • Oversee all aspects of GOAL’s programme reporting internally (headquarters) and with donors. Ensure GOAL produces high quality interim and final donor reports which effectively monitor and communicate programme progress and successes,
  • Promote the development of high-quality publicity materials, including project and programme brochures, case studies and press releases
  • Actively promote, and participate in, donor and/or media visits to field activities

Programme Delivery

  • Oversee all aspects of programme implementation across all GOAL portfolios. Work with Technical coordinators and programme managers to ensure programmes are well delivered; follow a safe programming approach are on time and on budget, are appropriately monitored and evaluated and deliver as expected to our communities and in line with our commitments.
  • Ensure partner implemented projects are fully integrated into the overall GOAL programme and implemented in accordance with project management best practice
  • Maintain a solid understanding of the needs, challenges and priorities of beneficiaries ensuring current and future programmes are implemented to best respond to these needs,
  • Ensure GOAL projects integrate with each other to build synergies in serving beneficiaries promoting cross learning between implementation locations and programme disciplines,
  • Support the development of in country expertise in key sectors as part of the broader national staff capacity building agenda,


  • Ensure GOAL maintains a robust MEAL team capable of, and committed to, all aspects of the MEAL portfolio including critical analysis of data to establish the evidence base for proposal development,
  • Support the development and implementation of appropriate monitoring, evaluation and programme management tools and systems
  • Work closely with the MEAL Co to develop GOAL South Sudan internal mechanisms for knowledge management integrated with the broader GOAL knowledge base,

Financial Management & Accountability

  • Work closely with the Financial Controller, Country Director and Individual Budget Holders to establish and maintain rigorous oversight of programme expenditure and providing clear, accurate and timely projections on all aspects of programme spend.
  • Carry out detailed reviews of monthly management accounts and donor status reports with the FC.
  • Ensure programme Budget Holders complete regular budget reviews and forecasts and have promote a culture of responsible and responsive financial planning and transparency.
  • As and when required assist with in-country donor and financial audits.
  • Ensure that programmes are implemented in accordance with GOAL and donor policies, practices and procedures and that all grant specific donor requirements are complied with as needed to ensure only eligible costs are incurred.

Representation & Senior Management

  • Deputise for and represent the Country Director as needed in communication with local and regional authorities; donors; implementing partners, the NGO Forum, the UN and clusters etc. at all levels of project implementation in collaboration with and as determined by the CD
  • Actively participate in strategic planning as the lead programme figure within the Senior Management Team providing overall leadership, guidance and direction to the programme team,
  • Support in the development, adaptation and adoption of GOAL policies with a particular focus on those aimed at improving quality and efficiency of programmes

Key Performance Objectives

  • Ensure that the GOAL South Sudan programme continues to respond to evolving circumstances around Covid-19 and remains well positioned to support additional response demands as needed,
  • Position GOAL in South Sudan as the partner of choice to international and national NGOs, consortia and for-profit agencies within the humanitarian and development spheres
  • Ensure that core GOAL policies, values and behaviours linked to the protection of vulnerable individuals are prioritised, systems are strengthened and institutionalised.
  • Foster an environment which promotes the development and retention of a cadre of strong technical specialists with core competency in GOAL programme thematic areas

Behaviours (Values in practice)

The ACDP is a senior representative of GOAL and must demonstrate the highest standards of ethical behaviour at all time and in all circumstance. GOAL is committed to the safeguarding of vulnerable individuals (children and adults) and communities and the ACDP is expected to embody this in both in their private and professional lives;

The successful candidate will need to be a multitasker, capable of and confident in working to changing priorities. (S)he will need to be a team player committed to leading by example with a clear and proactive communication style that responses to the demands of a dynamic work environment. Ideally (s)he will be an accomplished and experienced presenter, communicator and trainer capable of translating complex ideas and concepts to non-technical staff in a clear, understandable engaging fashion.

Requirements (Person Specification)


  • Degree in a relevant discipline.
  • 5+ years experience working in humanitarian, recovery or development settings.
  • 3+ years experience working in a senior management role
  • Experience engaging with government at all levels, institutional donors, UN agencies, cluster system and NGO coordination mechanisms
  • Management skills with the ability to adapt quickly to meet the demands of the programme;
  • Interpersonal and facilitation skills with the ability to lead teams to reach consensus on complex and/or divisive issues
  • Excellent presentation, oral and writing skills
  • Enthusiastic and willing to work as necessary to meet the needs of the programme.


  • Experience of programme implementation through partners by distance management.;
  • Commitment to capacity building staff and nationalising positions

GOAL has a Staff Code of Conduct and a Child Protection Policy, which have been developed to ensure the maximum protection of programme participants and children from exploitation. GOAL also has a confidentiality policy ensuring the non-disclosure of any information whatsoever relating to the practices and business of GOAL, acquired in the course of duty, to any other person or organisation without authority, except in the normal execution of duty. Any candidate offered a job with GOAL will be expected to adhere to these policies any job offer made is also subject to police clearance. GOAL is an equal opportunities employer.

DEADLINE: This job posting has no deadline. Application is open until position is filled.

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