Head of Programmes

NGO Jobs / UN Jobs Vacancy

Country: Iraq
Organization: Syria Relief
Closing date: 31 Jan 2021

Salary: Based on experience

Location: Duhok, Iraq

Responsible to: Country Director (CD), Iraq

Main responsibilities:

The Head of Programmes is responsible for the strategic development, institutional funding, planning, oversight management and delivery of all Syria Relief (SR) programmes inside Syria mainly North East Syria.

Programmes Management: 30%

· Ensure that SR’s Humanitarian response policy and framework is timely reviewed and implemented.

· Ensure development programmes of SR are in line with the UN sustainable development goals.

· Ensure the delivery of programmes with demonstrable impact and is accountable for overall programme quality and learning.

· Ensure timely and qualitative narrative reports to HQ, funding partners and donors.

· Engage in relevant external networks for learning and sharing of best practice in project and programme management

· Work closely with the CD, programmes staff at SR Duhok and Syria to identify emerging issues and new approaches/innovations which could lead to potential new areas of programme intervention.

· Participate fully in the budget process and programmes financial reporting, leading the programme budgeting process, and provide ongoing oversight and management of programme budgets in the most efficient way.

· Define and manage SR’s Risk framework including risk policies and procedures in order to enable proactive risk management/Compliance.

· Working across departments to ensure visibility of impact made through programmes team.

· Develop, implement and embed, a knowledge management system that will ensure the sharing of knowledge across the programmes.

Programme Strategy Development 10%

· Provide overall strategic and technical leadership in the design, development, planning, budgeting, and implementation of the Programme Strategy.

· Shaping future of SR through the execution of SR’s Strategic Goals.

· Develop SR Iraq strategy in line with the Sr’s Global Programmes strategy and ensure timely implementation.

Institutional Funding and strategic partnerships 40%

· Develop strategy for Institutional Funding through comprehensive donor mapping

· Build strategic partnerships with institutional donors, International NGOs, networks and Corporate Sector organisations and represent SR’s work appropriately.

· Secure funding from institutional donors, foundations and networks (Locally and internationally)

· Identify and maintain call for proposals from institutional donors (local and international) and submit timely quality proposals, budgets and log frames.

· Raising the profile of SR in the sector through networking and representing it on appropriate platforms.

Monitoring and Evaluation - 10%

· Ensure an appropriate monitoring and evaluation (M&E) system is in place and is functioning satisfactorily for both humanitarian relief and sustainable development. This includes developing M&E tools, need assessment templates and reports

· Ensure relevant and timely M&E information is provided in user-friendly formats to key stakeholders, including beneficiary communities, SR senior management and donors.

· Ensure maintenance of records of all project monitoring and evaluation reports, field visit reports, need assessments and baselines.

· Monitor implementation of M&E systems for emergency response and provide technical support where necessary.

· Ensure M&E lessons learnt are in cooperated within programme strategy, planning and implementation.

People management 10%

· Provide high quality leadership and support to Programme team at SR Iraq and Syria

· Manage the programmes team to deliver on the programme strategy, providing leadership and guidance.

· Responsible for Programmes staff performance and learning by ensuring capacity building of with the appropriate technical skills, systems and thematic trainings.

Build high performance culture in the programmes team.

Knowledge and experience

· A minimum of 8 years’ programme management experience in a senior management role, preferably in international non-government organisations

· A track record in analysing, planning and making decisions at a strategic level.

· Experience of budget development and financial management

· Proven track record of donor liaison, proposal development and reporting with institutional donors.

· Proven experience of working in partnership with NGOs and other civil society organisations and networks

· Educated to a Master’s degree level or equivalent experience

· A good understanding of and experience of working in developing countries or humanitarian contexts.

· Experience and knowledge of International Development gained in an international NGO;

· Experience in strengthening organisational processes and systems, including staff development;

· Experience of working with partner organisations and managing partnership relationships;

· Experience in producing narrative reports for donors and internal stakeholders.

· Good understanding and working knowledge of challenges faced by INGOs

· Solid knowledge of and experience in Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning.

· Good understanding of the importance of child protection and safeguarding.

Skills and competencies

· Ability to manage and motivate staff;

· Ability to develop good working relationships with a range of stakeholders

· High level communication skills, including experience of communicating effectively

with diverse audiences, both verbally and in writing

· Excellent written and spoken English**

· Strong people skills, flexible and responsive to the needs of the team as well as the wider organisation;

· Ability to reflect on how to use time most effectively and to manage a complex workload;

· Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines;

· Keen interest in developing own skills and knowledge.

· Ability to travel to various project locations.


  • Must adhere to the national charities policies and procedures.

  • Must adhere to SR’s vision, mission and core values.

  • Must respect the confidentiality of all matters relating to his / her employment and other members of staff.

  • Participate in the appraisal process and ensure that agreed objectives are achieved, taking responsibility for directing own learning and development activities (e.g. private study, e-learning)

  • Attend and contribute positively to meetings, conferences and training courses as agreed with the CD.

  • Assist staff in other departments and regions as required in order to facilitate the work of the charity.

  • Be able to undertake any other duties as per the request of the CD and HQ in the interest of the organisation’s objectives.


The job description is not intended to be exhaustive and it is likely that duties may be altered from time to time in the light of changing circumstances and after consultation with the post holder.

All applicants must provide a cover letter and an updated CV

Note: Due to urgency of this position, applications will be reviewed on rolling basis and vacancy can be filled prior to the stated closing date

How to apply:

Interested candidates can send their updated resumes & cover letters to hr.iraq@syriarelief.org.uk

Apply to Job


Popular posts from this blog

Head Anticipation Hub (m/f/d)

Communications Officer, P3

Escuintla Associate, Guatemala