Regional Director of Programmes

at Development Aid
Published November 20, 2022
Location Kampala, Uganda
Category Administration  
Job Type Full Time  


DRS is looking for a Regional Director of Programmes, to work for an INGO whose mission is to enable the compassionate movement of those displaced by natural or man-made disasters to safety, and provide them and their host communities with opportunities to build their lives and thrive for the long term.

Job Title: Director of Programmes

Key Responsibilities:

As Programme Director, oversee NGO’s country programmes:

NGO’s Country Directors line management (in collaboration with HO HR + SMT):

Administration: Recruitment, induction, leave, R&R
Performance: team management, targets set up, evaluation
Capacity building: coaching, mentoring, training
Oversee short-term deployments and new/additional assignments: country opening, project development, interim, technical reinforcement
Participate in a managing crisis situation: fraud, allegations, mismanagement, work permits, government and donor relations, etc.
NGO’s Country Strategic positioning (in collaboration with HO Programme Coordinator + Logistics Coordinator):

Ensure a proper strategy is developed for every NGO country operation:

Country needs assessment
Alignment with government, UN and donors’ priorities
Identification of local and international stakeholders (competition, potential partners)
Targets with measurable objectives
Support positioning for fundraising (in collaboration with HO fundraising + HO programme coordinator):

Participate in donor landscaping
Provide technical guidance and deploy short-term assignments, interim, consultancy, etc.
HO administrative support: due diligence, application, submission, etc.
NGO’s Project Management (in collaboration with Programme Department):

Oversee quality and compliance of new projects (non-UN contracts):

Staffing – with HR
M&E – with PM
Cash flow – with Finance
Reporting – with Prog Co

Soft skills:

Strong leadership and team building skills with the ability to set and communicate vision and strategy.
Ability to work collaboratively with a range of people at all levels, including those from host country governmental and non-governmental organizations, and other counterparts, clients, donors (in particular UNHCR experience), and staff.
Ability to lead and work as a member of teams, including consensus building, communications, and leadership skills.
Ability to demonstrate cross-cultural sensitivity, tact, and poise.
Ability to write clearly articulate proposals, reports, and correspondence.
Strong analytical, communication and problem-solving skills are necessary along with the capacity to identify and articulate potential problems and provide possible solutions in concise and clear manner.


Minimum bachelor’s degree and/or postgraduate degree in Economics


At least 4-7 years of practical experience in humanitarian response.

Experience in the elaboration of humanitarian reforms

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