Director of Programmes

Apply by 12 May 2018
Senior-level , Full-time staff position
Posted on 12 April 2018

Job Description

Location: Erbil with frequent travels to other governorates in Iraq including Ninewa, Salahddin, Anbar, Kirkuk and Baghdad

Starting date: Spring/summer 2018

Duration: 12 months (with the possibility extension)

People in Need (PIN) is an international, non-profit organization established in early 1990s in the Czech Republic. Since then, PIN has grown to be the biggest organization of its kind in post-communist Europe and currently provides humanitarian and development assistance in over 20 countries worldwide.

PIN draws on extensive past experiences and lessons learned across many emergency and post emergency contexts to design, implement and monitor quality programming; and has been active in Iraq since 2003, most recently across Education, Shelter/ NFI, WASH and Cash assistance. Current and past donors include ECHO, IHF, GIZ, EC, UNESCO, UNICEF, Czech and Slovak MFA. Pin currently has over 100 employees and offices in Erbil, Duhok, Ninewah, Salahaddin and Anbar.

Director of Programmes works closely with Country Director on management and development of PIN Iraq humanitarian, early recovery and development programmes portfolio. He/ she is together with Programme Managers responsible for PIN Iraq response efforts to develop and implement programmes that contribute to improved situation on the ground, achieve the greatest possible impact, and hold PIN accountable to beneficiaries, government, donors and partners. Furthermore, Director of Programmes ensures quality of and synergies among existing and new programs, provides support and assistance in donor communication, liaison with government and external representation.

Director of Programmes reports to PIN Country Director in Iraq. He/ she has delegated management responsibility for Programme Managers/Coordinators and MEAL. Head of Programmes works closely with Operations Manager, Security Manager as well as Desk Officer, Relief and Development Department (RDD) Management, Knowledge and Learning Department (KLD), external consultants and other key staff.

  • taking the lead in expansion of PIN’s operations to new areas (possibly Anbar, Kirkuk and Salahaddin governorates)
  • assisting with assessment preparation and conducting assessments in new areas;
  • liaising with main stakeholders present in these areas (INGOs, LNGOs, UN agencies, local authorities, etc.);
  • suggesting appropriate response to the existing needs and supporting its implementation.
  • ensuring quality of project proposals and external reporting
  • ensuring proper consultation with partners and donors;
  • coordination of project proposals’ / reports’ preparation at the mission level, supporting of writing process and/or project proposals’ / reports’ review.
  • providing support during implementation:
  • assisting with preparation of project / program work plan and following the progress throughout implementation;
  • facilitating planning session 3 months before end of each project to ensure successful finalization of the project;
  • ensuring the synergies between ongoing projects and PIN’s strategy;
  • supervising fulfilment of contractual obligations towards donors according to donor guidelines.
  • establishing strategic partnerships with selected partners:
  • ensuring that due diligence process is in place with local partners;
  • suggesting steps towards capacitating local partners.
Quality of PIN programmes:
  • Assisting in formulation of Iraq programme strategies and overall country strategy;
  • Ensuring inclusion of mainstreaming issues (protection, gender, child labour etc.) into all phases of PCM;
  • Ensuring cost-effectiveness and transparency of PIN projects;
  • Promoting synergies among PIN programs, organize regular program management meetings;
  • Promoting of sharing of experiences and lessons learnt within the programs.
  • Ensuring that programs are designed and implemented with a clear analysis and understanding of security management priorities in close coordination of Security department and CD;
  • Ensuring that all the security recommendations made by CD and security department are fully adapted while implementation of activities;
  • Acting as an IMT member in case of any security related incident.
Director of Programmes assists Country Director with: Representation of PIN programs in Iraq towards partners and donors:
  • With consultation of CD, ensuring coordination of PIN´s programmes with partners and donors in a way that fosters linkages, resource and information sharing and avoids overlapping
  • actively participating in strategic discussions of organizations and bring in PIN´s experiences as well as vision;
  • presenting best practices and lessons learnt to donors, partners and other key stakeholders;
  • representing PIN at government, donor, partner and other relevant events in coordination with CD and PMs;
  • ensuring the same voice during the external coordination by doing necessarily consultations within the team.
Staff management and capacity development
  • Mentoring and contributing to environment conducive to professional growth and development of program staff at all levels (taking regular part at the program coordination meetings, giving feedback to the teams when visiting field / project activities, promoting inclusive management, providing understanding and empathy, etc.);
  • Ensuring that all staff have job descriptions which are properly understood and work performed accordingly;
  • Ensuring individual action plans of the staff and their regularly performance appraisals are in place;
  • Continuously working on capacity development of senior management staff.
  • Solid leadership and staff management skills, with a record of managing large, diverse teams and contributing to the capacity building of national and international staff;
  • Experience within the region and understanding of local dynamics highly preferred;
  • Demonstrated capacity in securing institutional funding from donors: OFDA, ECHO, EuropeAid, UN agencies, DFID, GAC, etc.;
  • Familiarity with conflicts settings, experience with working in insecure environments a significant advantage;
  • Strong critical analysis and problem solving skills;
  • Fluent English both spoken and written (Arabic is an advantage).
  • Start –up salary 3.300 - 3.400 EUR (before taxation, including per diem)
  • Possibility to gain interesting working experience within a professional, internationally recognized NGO;
  • Reimbursement of costs of visas and vaccinations;
  • Medical helpdesk and psychological consultation available online;
  • Travel insurance relevant for war zone;
  • Reimbursement of travel expenses to the country of residence once per every 6 months;
  • Travel benefits in the form of two regional flight tickets per year;
  • Accommodation in PIN guesthouse or housing allowance;
  • 25 days of paid leave per year
How to apply:

Kindly send us your cover letter and an updated CV (no longer than four pages) and CL in English via green button “Apply” on following link.

Please note only the shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Thank you.

About the Organization

The People in Need organization was established in 1992 by a group of Czech war correspondents who were no longer satisfied with merely relaying information about ongoing conflicts and began sending out aid. It gradually became established as a professional humanitarian organization striving to provide aid in troubled regions and support adherence to human rights around the world.

Throughout the 25 years of its existence, People in Need has become one of the biggest non-profit organizations in Central Europe. In addition to humanitarian aid and human rights, it now also targets education and helps people living in social exclusion.

We are part of Alliance2015, a strategic network of seven European non-governmental organizations engaged in humanitarian aid and development projects. This collaboration increases effectivity both in working in the target countries and in campaigns aimed at influencing the attitudes of politicians and the general public in Europe.

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