Humanitarian Program Manager

NGO Jobs / UN Jobs Vacancy

Country: Bangladesh
Organization: Relief International
Closing date: 7 Jan 2021

Position: Humanitarian Program Manager

Location: Cox’s Bazar

Duration: One Year Contract

Reports: Program Director

About RI: Relief International (RI) is a home to teams of humanitarian activist-professionals committed to transforming adversity into renewal for the world’s most vulnerable populations. By partnering with beneficiaries and communities on the front-lines, RI innovatively bridges the gap between immediate relief and long-term community development.

Position Summary: The Humanitarian Program Manager will oversee daily program operations and coordination of all aspects of Relief International’s programming in Cox’s Bazar. He/she will collaborate with the Program Director in the ongoing implementation of projects. He/she will directly supervise RI’s technical leads: including a Health & Nutrition Program Manager; a Protection Program Manager; a Program Officer; a Disaster Risk Reduction Coordinator; and a FSL Manager. He / she will also oversee business/program development, manage the technical program managers and sector leads, and track spending and implementation to ensure quality program management. This position is based in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh.


  • Collaborate with the Program Director and technical program managers to provide strategic vision and leadership for RI’s portfolio in Cox’s Bazar
  • Meet with donors and potential new partners at the field level identify potential funding opportunities in collaboration with senior management
  • Manage and supervise technical program managers (including a Protection, Health, DRR, and FSL Manager) to ensure timely and quality implementation
  • Oversee a Program Officer, who will be responsible for leading program development process in Cox’s Bazar – provide quality assurance throughout this process
  • Oversee reporting and communications, providing final review and quality assurance before submission of external reports, updates, and other publications for external audiences
  • Represent RI at the field level and serve as primary organizational focal point for program-related issues both internally and externally

Program Management & Operations (50%)

  • In collaboration with technical program managers, lead mobilization process with field and technical teams upon receiving a new award, and ensure spending projections and forecasts, procurement and recruitment plans, and work plans, are all developed at the offset
  • Monitor/track spending across projects, reviewing projections compiled by program managers and area managers at the field level
  • Maintain, update, and regularly review RI’s master country operational analysis, consolidating inputs from programs and finance
  • Develop and regularly review program work plans, projections and spending, and achievements towards targets with technical component leads and finance to ensure timely and quality implementation
  • Organize periodic project review meetings (mid and final) following initial mobilization meeting to ensure progress is on-track
  • Responsible for overseeing reporting and M&E staff to ensure reports meet internal quality standards and donor requirements

New Business Development & Representation (30%)

  • Pro-actively seek and identify new funding opportunities, initiate and lead donor negotiations, and act as field representative / acting head of office in absence of Program Director during discussions both internally and externally on strategic opportunities
  • Review all proposals and program budgets, when necessary compile proposal inputs from technical leads, and assemble final proposal documents prior to donor submission
  • Ensure timely submission of high quality proposals and supporting documentation
  • Ensure compliance with proposal requirements, RI processes, and donor policies and regulations
  • Strengthen current donor relations and build partnerships with new donors to support continued donor/portfolio diversification
  • Develop and maintain effective working relationships with stakeholders in Cox’s Bazar, including NGOs, ministries/local authorities, and UN agencies
  • Represent RI Cox’s Bazar in external coordination, networking, donor relations, and other forums

Budget & Grant Management (20%)

  • Serve as the primary budget approver for operational and program costs
  • Review procurement documentation to ensure audit-readiness
  • Responsible for ensuring all costs charged to the project are allowable, reasonable and correctly allocated, providing oversight and quality assurance on technical program managers
  • Ensure effective and coordinated budget monitoring/spending reviews occur on a regular basis, coordinating with finance and program teams
  • Assist programs and operations teams in monitoring and tracking burn rate to ensure proper management


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

  • University Degree required, Master’s level preferred in International Development, Community Development or related discipline; the educational as well as professional background & expertise in Health, Nutrition or Food |Security is strongly preferred.
  • Previous experience as head of office
  • 5+ years demonstrated management experience in development and implementation of emergency Relief programming, preferably in developing country (s).
  • Experience in grant writing and fund raising, experience working with the major donors: OFDA, ECHO, DFID, UN Agencies etc.
  • Demonstrated ability to create and maintain effective working relations with host country government personnel, stakeholders, NGO partners, and international donor agencies, local and international staff.
  • Ability to understand complex security situation and advise program design accordingly
  • Excellent written and spoken English; ability to draft high quality proposals as well as donor reports
  • Willingness to travel in and out of field at short notice.  Team player, committed to motivating and leading staff  Organizational and time management skills.
  • Able to work and manage effectively in a hardship post

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

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