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Programme Director (PD)


This position is open to female candidates only

About the role: This is a 12 month, fixed term role based in Islamabad with frequent travel to programme areas in Sindh, Balochistan, Punjab and KP (incl. ex-FATA).

You will report to the Country Director and will line manage: the Grants Coordinator, Senior Health and Nutrition Advisor, Senior Humanitarian/DRR Advisor, Livelihoods Specialist, the M&E Specialist and Programme Managers in Sindh and Punjab. You will work in close collaboration with the General Systems Manager, the Country Financial Controller to ensure quality implementation of Concern’s programmes in Pakistan. You will closely liaise with Programme Director – RAPID and Team Leader – BDRP.

Your purpose: As a key member of the Pakistan Country Management Team (CMT), the Programme Director is responsible for quality implementation of all of Concern’s programmes, internal/donor reporting and for the development of new programmes. Specifically the Programme Director:

  • Leads quality & control in programmes through improving programming methodologies, techniques and through a mentoring programme with managers on programme management tools and approaches
  • Leads the improvement of the M&E system through reinforcement of the team’s capacity and improving review systems and processes.
  • Leads fundraising efforts with the development of high quality proposals and building links with key in-country donors
  • Builds a network of key technical and peer agencies which allows for shared learning and identifying potential consortium partners
  • If/When required, deputizes for the Country Director (CD) and undertakes any additional duties as mutually agreed with the CD
  • Supports the implementation of the Country Strategic Plan

You will be responsible for:

Programme Design, Implementation and Development

  • Ensure that programming meets high standards in design, monitoring and evaluation through Concern Worldwide’s Programme Cycle Management System (PCMS)
  • Support the programme teams (advisors, managers, coordinators) in programme implementation, providing critical guidance
  • Lead the programme review meetings/process with the programme managers/teams and the M&E Specialist to ensure programmes are managed according to Results Based Management
  • Work with the Country Director and the Desk Officer based at head office to develop and maintain a funding strategy to ensure future funding streams are known and developed to the greatest extent possible
  • Maintain good donor relations through the production of high quality and timely donor proposals and reports
  • Ensure effective and timely response to any humanitarian crisis in Pakistan in line with Concern’s emergency response strategy. Ensure that Concern Pakistan develops and maintains its capacity to respond to emergencies.
  • Support the programme advisors and managers in programme design, providing critical guidance, programme concept note (PCN) development oversight and proposal development support
  • Identify areas of research required to inform programming and promote learning, influence and impact
  • Ensure that cross cutting issues - Equality, DRR, HIV and AIDS - are mainstreamed into all programme activities
  • Lead the process of implementation of Concern Pakistan Core Humanitarian Standards (CHS) plan.   With the support of the Humanitarian Advisor and General Systems Manager (GSM) ensure that all staff understand the requirements of the CHS for good quality programming. Support the managers apply CHS practice in all community engagement and programme design.
  • Liaise and closely work with the Programme Director -RF and Team Leader-BDRP, and provide support as required.

Staff Development and Organisational Learning

  • Develop a mentoring and skills development plan and directly coach managers at the field level in addition to facilitating or sourcing other training as required.
  • Proactively seek, receive, synthesise and disseminate programme relevant material to all programme managers, advisors and senior systems staff
  • Build clear processes in each programme to ensure organisational learning is prioritised and systematically used in the programmes, external exchange and advocacy

Country Strategy and Networking

  • Support the CD in monitoring implementation of the Country Strategic Plan (2017-2021) and planning for beyond 2021.
  • Develop national level networks relevant to increasing Concern’s learning; provide for potential funding/consortium work and joint advocacy efforts
  • Support the CD in representation at the national level and ensure active purposeful participation in donor/implementing partner groups and relevant Government forums
  • Lead the development of a partnership strategy and partnership agreements for Concern Pakistan
  • Lead the appraisal of potential partners’ technical competencies and work with finance and logistics on CLOFAT and CLOSAT reviews[1]
  • Serve as the national level focal point for contact with National Partners including ensuring that effective controls and the monitoring of partners’ finances are in place
  • Support to develop and implement an effective communication strategy which increases Concern’s profile and contributes to advocacy actions
  • Work with CD and in-country communication staff, to develop international communication pieces to promote learning and influence


  • Responsible for the planning and management of programme budgets as approved, with the support of the Country Finance Controller and Programme Advisors and Managers
  • Responsible for the efficient and effective use of resources
  • Responsible for financial forecasting in line with the budget and projected expenditure
  • Ensure that all Concern and donor financial and logistical procedures are followed


  • Prepare monthly activity reports for the CD
  • Prepare high quality and timely narrative reports for donors as per donor contracts
  • Provide input to Country Management Team as necessary

Your Education, Qualification, skills and experience will include:

  • Postgraduate degree in Development or Humanitarian Studies, Social Sciences, Management, or other related discipline
  • At least 5 years’ experience in similar or related senior management positions with reputable international NGOs
  • Experience of working on major donor funded programmes (e.g. USAID, EU & DFID) on livelihoods, food security, water & sanitation and nutrition sectors
  • Excellent written and spoken English
  • Experience of programme development, management and participatory planning methodologies
  • Experience of leading proposal development processes
  • Experience of managing donor relationships
  • Experience of staff development
  • Knowledge and experience of Resilience/DRR Strategies and emergency preparedness
  • Knowledge of mainstreaming Equality, DRR and HIV & AIDS
  • Strong staff management skills and awareness of Performance Development Review/ Appraisals
  • Strong training and mentoring skills
  • Excellent communication skills both verbal and written
  • Ability to work with culturally diverse groups of people
  • Excellent organisational and planning skills
  • Ability to work under pressure often to strict deadlines
  • Empathy with organisational goals
  • High level capacity of working independently
  • Good networking skills

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

All candidates who are short-listed for a first round interview will be notified via email after the application deadline.

Concern Worldwide is an Irish-based non-governmental, international, humanitarian organisation dedicated to the reduction of suffering and working towards the ultimate elimination of extreme poverty in the world’s poorest countries.