Programme Development Director

London, United Kingdom | Washington, D.C., United States
Apply by 31 May 2018
Posted on 1 May 2018

Job Description

Please note: Due to the critical nature of this position, applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and candidates will be processed prior to any closing date listed on any job board.

Position: Programme Development Director

Position Location: London, UK with 40% travel (primarily Brussels)

Reports to: Vice President of Program Development

About RI:

Relief International is a leading nonprofit organization working in 20 countries to relieve poverty, ensure well-being and advance dignity. We specialize in fragile settings, responding to natural disasters, humanitarian crises and chronic poverty.

Relief International combines humanitarian and development approaches to provide immediate services while laying the groundwork for long-term impact. Our signature approach — which we call the RI Way—emphasizes local participation, an integration of services, strategic partnerships, and a focus on civic skills. In this way, we empower communities to find, design and implement the solutions that work best for them.

ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES:

Program Design and Proposal Development (50%)

  • Manage the process of development of concept papers, project proposals and responses to calls for proposals, as needed;
  • Lead program design processes, including contributions to logframes and M&E plans;
  • Contribute to technical writing and review of proposals as appropriate; and,
  • Travel to the field as necessary to assist in the aforementioned tasks.

Donor and Partner Engagement (30%)

  • Develop and cultivate relationships with current and potential donors and partners, including DfID, the EC, and other European bilateral and multilateral donors, as well as European/UK NGOs;
  • Serve as Program Development focal point for information on existing and potential European donors;
  • Represent RI in London, Brussels, Geneva (and other locations as necessary) at coordination meetings, conferences, and other external representation opportunities;
  • Contribute to strategic planning in the area of program development; and,
  • Work with program and PD colleagues to develop and maintain strategies for outreach to European/UK donors at the HQ and field levels.

Organizational and Departmental Development (20%)

  • Liaise with and train staff on RI program desks and technical units to ensure that program development work is carried out according to policy and at a high standard;
  • In the event of a possible RI response to an emergency situation, provide direct support to the RI Emergency Response Committee in formulating a strategy for intervention and supporting related program development activities;
  • Serve as acting VP of Programme Development, as needed;
  • Participate in the weekly Program Development Department meeting; and,
  • Provide guidance and leadership to junior staff.

QUALIFICATIONS & REQUIREMENTS:

This position demands a dynamic individual with a demonstrated ability to achieve results in a demanding and fast-paced environment.

  • Strong oral and written communication skills;
  • Successful proposal writing and partnership development track record;
  • Excellent organizational skills with the ability to prioritize and manage multiple responsibilities and meet deadlines;
  • Strong computer skills and experience with Microsoft Office applications, particularly Word, Excel and Outlook;
  • Ability to follow instructions and carefully review work for accuracy;
  • Ability to act independently to identify and analyse problems and recommend effective solutions;
  • BA or MA in related field;
  • At least seven years work experience in a related field showing progressive increases in assigned responsibility; and,
  • Technical background in a specific humanitarian/development sector a plus (e.g., WASH, education, etc.).
  • Familiarity with UK/European donors strongly preferred.

Salary: Commensurate with experience and qualifications

Please note: Due to the critical nature of this position, applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and candidates will be processed prior to any closing date listed on any job board.

RI Values:

We uphold the Humanitarian Principles: humanity, neutrality, impartiality, and operational independence. We affirmatively engage the most vulnerable communities.

We value:

  • Inclusiveness
  • Transparency and Accountability
  • Agility and Innovation
  • Collaboration
  • Sustainability

About the Organization

About RI: Relief International is a leading nonprofit organization working in roughly 20 countries to relieve poverty, ensure well-being and advance dignity. We specialize in fragile settings, responding to natural disasters, humanitarian crises and chronic poverty.

Relief International combines humanitarian and development approaches to provide immediate services while laying the groundwork for long-term impact. Our signature approach — which we call the RI Way—emphasizes local participation, an integration of services, strategic partnerships and a focus on civic skills. In this way, we empower communities to find, design and implement the solutions that work best for them.

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