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Job Title

Programme Director (PD)

Place of assignment

Head office /Addis Ababa with frequent field visits

Reports to

Country Director

Subordinate (if any)

Deputy Programme Director, Heads of Technical Departments, RiPA Team Leader, IFAA Team Leader, Refugee Programme Manager. Portfolio Manager

About GOAL


GOAL works with the most vulnerable communities to help them respond to and overcome humanitarian crises, and to assist those facing poverty and exclusion achieve greater resilience and well-being. GOAL envisions a world beyond humanitarian crises where poverty no longer exists, where vulnerable communities exposed to shocks and stresses are resilient, where barriers to well-being are removed and where everyone has equal rights and opportunities.


GOAL is a non-for-profit organization that has been working in Ethiopia for 40 years, towards ensuring the poorest and most vulnerable in the country and those affected by humanitarian crises have access to the fundamental rights of life, including but not limited to adequate shelter, food and livelihoods, water and sanitation, nutrition, healthcare and protection. GOAL implements a range of integrated multi-sectoral development, resilience, recovery and humanitarian response programmes by being sensitive to cross-cutting issues including gender equity, social inclusion, accountably, child protection, HIV/AIDS. Currently, we work with pastoralist, agropastoral, pastoral dropouts, rural smallholder farmers, rural/urban youth and street children to respond to humanitarian crises and build resilience in Ethiopia, working closely with local communities, local government, donors and other key actors. GOAL’s Humanitarian Response is centered on nutrition, WASH, livelihoods, multipurpose cash, NFIs and protection interventions, while the recovery and development focus are on livelihoods, economic opportunities, health and nutrition systems strengthening, markets systems development and WASH with solid emphasis on integrated programming and community-based approach. Currently, GOAL Ethiopia has programmes in 9 out of the 11 administrative regions of the country with over 800 staff, mostly programme staff and 40 offices with an annual operating budget of over 40 million euros.


GOAL believes that if the inherent capacities of vulnerable people are developed, the systems in which they live and work are strengthened, and positive global action is catalysed, then communities facing crisis, poverty, and exclusion will achieve greater resilience and well-being. GOAL Ethiopia’s main donors Irish Aid, USAID/OFDA, EHF, ECHO, UN and other private donors.


The Programme Director (PD) is a key member of GOAL Ethiopia’s senior management team, who will contribute to the attainment of GOAL’s strategic plan. You will be responsible for the development & humanitarian response programme and for managing the technical team in different sectors like water and sanitation, health, nutrition, livelihoods, children’s empowerment, protection and cross-cutting themes such as safeguarding, gender equity and social inclusion.; Your main objective as an PD is ensuring timely, quality implementation of projects within timelines, budget control and management to minimize overspend and underspends, management of the proposal development process and donor communications on programmes. You will work closely with well-motivated and experienced managers in the field and at head office supporting GOAL’s programmes.


GOAL has an ambitious programme deepening and consolidation strategy and as the PD, you will be responsible for the overseeing relevant proposals, including consortium applications to donors. As an SMT member you will be involved in significant decision making, strategies and discussions affecting GOAL Ethiopia. You will have a key role in determining future strategies and will also be heavily involved in the planning of any new activities.;


You are expected to have a clear understanding of all facets of the organisation, including finance, logistics, and personnel and responsible for making sure the programmes are in line with the ambitions of the CSP, the Global Strategy and donors’ rules and regulations.


Key Responsibilities and Accountabilities


Strategic Management and Transformational Leadership

·;;;;;; Manage and coach the programme team, ensuring a shared vision, teamwork, effective communication, active engagement, transparency, participatory decision-making and management approaches.

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

·;;;;;; Develop annual operational plans to deliver CSP.

·;;;;;; Initiate, coordinate and lead GOAL’s programme in Ethiopia ensuring it delivers on the CSP vision and objectives and championing the new ways of working embodied in the CSP.

·;;;;;; Occasionally deputise for the Country Director as required.

·;;;;;; Transform and motivate the programme team through idealised influence and intellectual stimulation.

·;;;;;; Encourage programme team to develop unique and new ways to challenge the status quo in order to bring innovation and creativity in programmes.

·;;;;;; Lead the shift in project implementation using traditional approaches to systems strengthening.

·;;;;;; Lead the transformation of direct implementation to working with/through local partners and consortia.

·;;;;;; Lead and facilitate local partnership assessments.

·;;;;;; Participate in the annual budgeting process, leading on the programme budget process, and providing ongoing oversight of programme budgets.

·;;;;;; Ensure country level linkages with GOAL’s global frameworks.


Programme Development and Delivery

·;;;;;; Ensure cohesive and integrated programming that delivers the CSP ambitions.

·;;;;;; Work with the SMT to ensure that GOAL Ethiopia’s programme delivery is cost effective by limiting field offices and geographical expansion so as to be operationally efficient and affordable.

·;;;;;; Ensure programme development and delivery, putting GESI at its centre locally and nationally.

·;;;;;; Avoid no-cost extensions unless where absolutely necessary and in consultation with the CD and portfolio manager.

·;;;;;; Overall leadership and management of GOAL Ethiopia’s localisation strategy.

·;;;;;; Lead the development and implementation of programme quality framework.

·;;;;;; Ensure that knowledge management and country level lessons learnt are shared across programmes and teams and feed into Regional and global knowledge hubs.

·;;;;;; Work with the Portfolio Manager to develop and implement a fundraising strategy.

·;;;;;; Oversee the development of programmes, projects, implementation plans, and frameworks for effective and timely implementation and in line with the CSP.

·;;;;;; Work with programme teams to develop procurement plans for timely assistance by logistics team.


Resource Mobilisation and Compliance Management

In consultation with the CD, and with support from the Portfolio Manager and FBD unit at HQ, ensure:

·;;;;;; All fundraising efforts are aligned to the CSP ambitions.

·;;;;;; The development of a realistic fundraising strategy and annual targets.

·;;;;;; The development of programme implementation budgets in line with donor and partner contracts.

·;;;;;; The monitoring of budget use and efficient re-allocation between budget lines as required.

  • Lead the programme team to create the culture of best practice of value for money and operational and financial efficiency.
  • Provide budget management guidance to the project managers.


Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL)

·;;;;;; Together with the Head of MEAL, set up and manage a MEAL system for programmes in accordance with the MEAL framework.

·;;;;;; Lead programme teams to ensure the proper implementation of the global MEAL framework.

·;;;;;; Lead/support project/programme evaluations and learning.

·;;;;;; Ensure project inbuilt MEAL systems are responsive to donor and GOAL requirements.

·;;;;;; Support organisational learning through documentation and sharing of programme learning.


Budget Monitoring and Management

·;;;;;; Work closely with the systems team to support programmes team develop, manage and monitor programme budgets through monthly Grant Management Meetings.

§; Ensure budget compliance and donor requirements in the entire budget management cycle.

§; Liaise with systems unit to develop financial strategies, budgets and systems which ensure optimum efficiency and effectiveness.

§; Ensure cost effectiveness, full cost recovery in reviewing and recommending proposals, budgets and giving timely feedback on programmes and partners’ reports.

§; Lead in annual reflection, planning and grant management meetings of the programme team.


Representation & Networking

  • Engage with key stakeholders from relevant clusters, local authorities and government agencies on programme implementation issues and relevant sector forums.
  • Meet donors on a regular basis to inform programme progress and challenges.
  • Create a link between GOAL Ethiopia and local CSO/National Platform that aim to exchange programme information and coordination within the humanitarian/development sectors.
  • Ensure GOAL’s participation at relevant fora- such as sector working groups, conferences etc to raise GOAL’s profile.
  • Work closely with the Country Director/Communications team to develop a media strategy that projects GOAL’s multi-sectoral and coordinated impact on policies and practices.


People Management and Development

  • Manage the program team to deliver on the CSP, providing leadership and guidance and in accordance with GOAL’s HR policies and procedures.
  • Agree on performance objectives and targets, including probation targets for newly recruited programme staff and conduct performance and development reviews for all direct reports.
  • In accordance with the staff manual and support from the HR unit, deal with disciplinary issues of programme staff.
  • With support from the HR unit, identify and develop a succession plan for programme supervisors.



Qualification ( Education, Experience , key qualities, skill and competence)

·;;;;;; Master’s degree in development studies or other relevant discipline.

·;;;;;; Minimum of seven years’ experience in managing complex development and humanitarian programmes in fragile environments.;

·;;;;;; Ethiopia specific experience in working in the development/humanitarian sector strongly preferred.

·;;;;;; Experience of engaging with the private sector for improved developed outcomes and sustainability.

·;;;;;; Experience in innovative refugee programming.

·;;;;;; Senior management experience of consortium type projects, funded by USAID, ECHO, FCDO and other similar donors.

·;;;;;; Must have excellent presentation, oral and writing skills and significant experience in proposal development and donor report writing.

·;;;;;; In-depth understanding of market system strengthening and a working knowledge of M4P methodologies.

·;;;;;; Comprehensive understanding of management experience of climate change and climate change mitigation and adaptation programming.

·;;;;;; Ability and experience in managing senior management personnel.

·;;;;;; Demonstrated analytical and conceptual skills to plan projects, timetable agreed activities and oversee staff activities.

·;;;;;; Demonstrated management skills to deal with a large team and a myriad of tasks, sometimes ambiguous ones.

·;;;;;; Outgoing personality with excellent communication and training skills.

·;;;;;; Good team player, flexible, adaptable management style and capable of working with an international country team.

·;;;;;; Ability and willingness to travel to locations outside Addis Ababa.

·;;;;;; Good computer skills, including familiarity with Microsoft Word and Excel.

·;;;;;; Sensitive to cross cutting issues like gender, HIV/ADIS, child protection and accounting and Gender.

·;;;;;; Strong financial capacity.



The job duties and responsibilities as set out above are not exhaustive and the post holder may be required to carry out additional duties within reasonableness of their level of skills and experience.


GOAL has a Staff Code of Conduct, Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy, which have been developed to ensure the maximum protection of programme participants and children from exploitation. GOAL also has a confidentiality policy ensuring the non-disclosure of any information whatsoever relating to the practices and business of GOAL, acquired in the course of duty, to any other person or organisation without authority, except in the normal execution of duty. Any candidate offered a job with GOAL will be expected to adhere to these policies and other GOAL and Donor policies.


GOAL’s Conflict of Interest Policy applies to all recruitment processes. Staff will be required to declare Conflict of Interest during the process.


Note: If you have any serious concern over wrongdoing please report it at or email . All information is treated confidentially by Safecall and you may remain anonymous if you wish


This Job Description only serves as a guide for the position available. GOAL reserves the right to change, revise, omit, and add in part /in whole this document any time without giving any reason thereof.


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