Programme Director

  • Contract
  • Yemen

Concern Worldwide

About the role: This is a 24 month, new role with unaccompanied terms based in Aden with a grade 5 annual salary of €48,648 to €54,053.

This is a new country programme in response to the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Yemen and you will ensure the design, delivery, management and oversight of emergency programming. You will report to the Country Director and will line manage all programme staff and work closely with systems staff.

We would like you to start asap.

Your purpose: This is a new country programme in response to the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Yemen. The programme is still in the start-up phase and you will be expected to display a high level of flexibility and adaptability in ensuring that programme implementation can begin successfully. You are a member of the Senior Management Team and will provide leadership in programme design and implementation, the management of programme teams, and in the preparation of funding applications and donor reports.

You will be responsible for:

Programme Development & Implementation

  • Identifying emergency interventions and opportunities in accordance with humanitarian need and gap analysis, based on thorough assessments and coordination with other actors
  • Ensuring programmes are designed and implemented in line with Concern Worldwide policies using a results-based management approach
  • Ensuring programmes meet Core Humanitarian Standards of accountability and quality
  • Frequently visiting programme areas and providing feedback to managers and staff
  • Developing effective linkages with Government, donors, clusters and partners
  • Assisting Programme Managers to produce reports in line with donor, government and Concern Requirements
  • Oversee the timely preparation and submission of donor report to a high quality standard in accordance with donors’ requirements.

Security Management

  • Monitoring and reporting on security issues to the Security Focal Person when necessary
  • Ensuring programme staff awareness and adherence to Country Security Management Plan and identifying security training needs where appropriate

Budget Management

  • Identifying potential sources of donor funding
  • Monitoring under and over spending in each budget and advising solutions
  • Coaching, mentoring and assisting budget holders to develop accurate budgets
  • Ensuring budgets and revisions are prepared and submitted on time
  • Reporting any suspected or actual financial irregularities to the Country Director

People Management

  • Ensuring sufficient human resources for programmes to meet their objectives
  • Ensuring staff are adequately trained and understand the objectives for their role
  • Coaching, mentoring and assisting budget holders to develop accurate budgets
  • Monitor and review performance and hold staff accountable for meeting the success criteria; give corrective feedback where required and take decisive action in the case of poor performance.

Networking & Representation

  • Representing Concern at relevant cluster, UN, Government and coordination meetings when requested by the Country Director

Monitoring & Evaluation

  • Ensuring Monitoring & Evaluation plans and mechanisms are developed and rolled out
  • Ensuring Programme Managers coordinate the monitoring and evaluation of all programmes (including partner programmes) within the agreed plans, budgets, time frames and donor guidelines


  • Promote and ensure compliance with the Core Humanitarian Standard (CHS) commitments and quality criteria
  • Ensure that all staff are familiar with the principles underpinning accountability, safeguarding and Concern’s Complaints and Response Mechanism (CRM) and ensure that information about Concern’s commitments on accountability and safeguarding are disseminated among programme participants and communities
  • Ensure that the CRM is functional, effectively implemented and accessible in all programmes’ locations, enabling safe reporting of both programmatic and sensitive complaints, including safeguarding concerns
  • Ensure that complaints are welcomed, managed and responded to in a timely, fair and appropriate manner; ensure that sensitive complaints, including safeguarding concerns, are handled with utmost confidentiality and that the safety of the complainants and those affected is prioritised at all stages.

Your skills and experience will include:

  • Relevant post graduate qualification
  • Five years’ experience in a programming position with an international NGO, with two years at a senior level
  • Emergency assessment and emergency response experience.
  • Management of diverse and multi-sectoral programmes
  • Previous work in a similar context
  • Management of a diverse team of senior staff
  • Working with major international donors and securing external donor funding.
  • Knowledge and experience of incorporating key approaches across programmes
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills and an ability to motivate others
  • Delegation, time management and prioritizing skills
  • Computer literate and good knowledge of Word and Excel.
  • Excellent written and spoken English. Ability to communicate in Arabic would be an advantage.
  • Empathy with Concern’s mission, vision and goals, and our target group

We would also like:

  • You to be flexible and reliable
  • You to be culturally sensitive and empathic to others
  • You to be able to work under pressure and to strict deadlines;
  • You to have some sense of humour
  • You to travel frequently to rural field locations and spend periods of time away from the capital in fairly basic conditions

How to apply

All applications should be submitted through our website at by the closing date and CV’s should be no more than 4 pages in length.

Due to the urgency of this position, applications will be shortlisted on a regular basis and we may offer posts before the closing date.

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