Cordaid Head of Programmes (National Position) Jobs in Ethiopia

Cordaid Head of Programmes (National Position) Jobs in Ethiopia

CORDAID is a Dutch, international non-governmental organization which combines 100 years of experience and expertise in emergency aid and structural poverty eradication.

CORDAID believes in a world without poverty and exclusion. We strive for a just and sustainable society where every person counts.

We stand for knowledge and talent sharing between North and South, between farmers and businesses, between activists and policymakers.

Where poverty, conflict and exclusion tear up societies, we connect people and communities. We also stand for professionalism, expertise and solidarity across borders, to make a difference where it is most needed.

Reporting line

The Head of Programmes reports directly to the Country Director.

The function holder provides leadership to the country programme and collaborates with technical focal points of the Humanitarian Aid and Resilience programme units at Cordaid Global Office in The Hague.

S/he will line manage the country level Programme Managers and Coordinators for each sector of operations.

Purpose of the position

The Head of Programmes is responsible for the overall programmatic strategy across the entire country operation and ensures strategic coherence and vision of the whole country programme, based on active participation in the development of the Cordaid Strategic Programme Plan document.

S/he takes responsibility for the effective planning, implementation, coordinating, standardization and monitoring the efficient delivery of Cordaid’ emergency preparedness and response, and the resilience programmes in Ethiopia.

Working with the program managers and coordinators s/he maintains strategic donor relations management, executes resource mobilizing strategy with current and potential donors.

S/he continuously work on improving quality of products and services by formulating the strategies and program developments.

Responsibilities and Accountability

  • Support the Country Director to develop, implement and update the humanitarian strategy and profile positive Cordaid visibility, representation and participation in the humanitarian sector in Ethiopia.
  • Lead programme team managers and coordinators, providing relevant technical guidance on humanitarian, resilience nexus approaches, and support with specific technical guidelines, tools and the Project Implementation Manual (PIM) and manage the humanitarian programme cycle management (identification, formulation, monitoring, and evaluation, learning and reporting).
  • Manage strategic donor relations management, and with the team of program managers, execute resource mobilizing strategy with current and potential donors, mainlining up-to-date donor intelligence profiles, and monitors and delivers on fundraising plans.
  • Ensure capacity and risk assessment of national/local partners and enforce dialogue with partners on (strategic) relation between Cordaid and local partners.
  • Conduct regular on-site visits to project sites to build relationships, and continuously support and monitor the progress of projects funded by Cordaid and donors.
  • Ensure that Resilience programme are sensitive to gender and vulnerable groups (incl. women, girls and boys, children, people with disabilities and older adults) and incorporate identified risks reduction measures into the full life cycle of the Program design, operations & maintenance etc.,
  • Manage disaster risk reduction and resilience projects in Ethiopia and lead the expansion and growth of disaster risk reduction and resilience programming and ensure value addition in the conflict-affected areas
  • Guide and participate in report writing to ensure accuracy in evidence harvesting, consistency, high quality documents submitting them on time to donors.
  • Ensure organisational program accountability and transparency and produce all key program documents, reports and the Annual Country Report submitting them to Cordaid CO and GO on time
    Strategy, Program Development & Management
  • Ensure to appropriately represent Cordaid in all relevant forums a) donors, government, and other key actors; b) Cordaid partners
  • Maintain strong focus on leadership and people management, ensuring the most capable and competent
    staff members are in place to implement the programme strategy and operational plans.
  • Lead and manage Cordaid’s team to facilitate high-performance culture, open trustworthy relationships and integrity.
  • Ensure all programme-based needs and requirements are timely and efficiently shared with support services for best coordinated implementation.
  • Provide excellent standards in the management of the human, financial, capital and technical resources of the organization, which includes inspiring and maintaining high standards of work and clear accountability to stakeholders.
  • Establish a consultative and participative management environment that engages and develops Cordaid project teams to deliver on donor obligations hence meeting program commitment priorities.
  • Maintain a close liaison on programmatic issues with the current programme donors beyond contractual reporting requirements.
  • Ensure quality adherence, contractual compliance and timely reporting on all projects.
  • Lead the coordination of grant opening and closing meetings and propose resource mobilizing strategies.
  • Provide capacity building to managers to strengthen the organizational practices that result in successful financial and operational audit scores and take lead in the implementation of risk management, risk mitigation, and in executing audit recommendations.
  • Maintain management accountability, reporting and updating the line manager on all Cordaid business and organizational performance and progress in program, including resource mobilizing processes, decisions and actions.
  • Undertake functions and roles delegated by the line manager.
  • Attend to other duties as directed and instructed by the line manager.

    Qualification and skills
  • Masters or post-graduate in International Relations, Humanitarian Programs Management, degree, international development, Disaster Risk Management and/or similar field
  • Min 5 years’ management experience, of which at least 3 should include management of a portfolio of programmes across multiple sectors.
  • At least 7 years proven experience with strategy and program development and management of humanitarian aid programmes.
  • Demonstrable experience of driving integrated advocacy, communications, and fundraising approaches.
  • Proven skills in leading strategic programming and planning processes
  • Ability to live and work under pressure in a rapidly changing and sometimes insecure environment
  • Team player with excellent communication and strong participatory leadership skills

    Knowledge and Experience
  • Understanding the workings of the Humanitarian Sector in Ethiopia, knowledge of working with humanitarian concepts, principles, approaches and standards, guidelines frameworks and tools; this includes competent working knowledge on how to link of humanitarian aid to development programming.
  • Proven competencies and experience in representation externally to key stakeholders, including donors, embassies and clusters.
  • Experience of managing program systems and tools to oversee complex project portfolios across different sectors and locations as well as within consortium
  • Experience in working with national/local actors and capacity building of national and local organisations in emergency preparedness and response.
  • Experience with maintaining donor relations and policies in particular ECHO, UN funding mechanisms, CAP and cluster approach.
  • Competence in resource mobilizing, and working knowledge on how to meet requirements for call for proposals, and the relevant attendant pre, in situ, and post proposal procedures; including skills for adapting to different donor requirements and procedures for funding.
  • Strong experience in programme quality, MEAL, programme development and proven fundraising abilities with key donors.
  • Experience with using relevant humanitarian international standards such as sphere.
  • Proficient in micro-soft office packages such word and excel

    How to Apply
  • Interested and qualifying applicants can submit their application letter and CV in English, with both phone and email contact details of at least 3 professional references, to the following email
  • Mention the vacancy reference number in subject line.
  • Deadline for submission is by the 16th June 2019.
  • CORDAID is an equal opportunities employer and women are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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