Program Director (PHINLA)

Pasig City
International Role - Yes
2+ Years

*This position will be based in The Philippines or Sri Lanka


Program Director oversees the implementation of all aspects of the program in the three countries together with the management of WV Germany, in-country project coordination teams composed of leadership from three WV National offices (Philippines, Indonesia, Sri Lanka) and three partner NGOs. Management duties will include budget administration and monitoring, staff management, and responsibility for daily operations, carrying out policies and programs as related to both daily and strategic interests in consultation with the country project coordination team.The program manager is responsible for the close cooperation with and among all country implementors and diverse stakeholders upon synergies. He/she initiates government meetings and supports further advocacy efforts. He/she overseas the accurate implementation of projects at national and cross-border level in alignment with the overall program. He/she is responsible to review and compile narrative reports - reporting back to WV Germany upon donor regulations. He/she ensure the objectives are met and activities are implemented in accordance to program work plans and contract agreements.


Overall Management and Leadership

  • Provide line management for project coordinators in each country, M&E Manager, and Finance Manager, including performance management, coaching and capacity building

  • Ensure the achievement of overall objectives and oversee responsibilities of the implementing organizations and smooth implementation of program activities.

Networking and Coordination

  • Lead and Represent the Program to internal and external stakeholdersat regional and globallevel;bringing the correct messages about Organization’s stance, causes, and work.

  • Together with the project coordinators and in-country project management team, maintain partnerships with multi-sectoral stakeholders such as government line agencies, academe, private companies in the field of solid waste management and labor market to facilitate and promote an environment (virtual and physical) in which peer-learning and experience-sharing can occur and raise the profile of the project.

  • The Program Director is responsible to initiate and support macro level approaches with existing and potential stakeholders within a multi-sectoral environment and ensures committees are strengthened and program beneficiaries and initiators are represented in relevant forums

  • Develop robust networks and excellent relationships with Government, Heads of international and local NGOs, and UN institutions, FBOs, in support of key advocacy messages and to increase understanding and support for the program.

  • Work closely with the WV regional office and support office in relation to knowledge sharing and collaborative learning between the GC, APRO and NO.

Strategy Development and Planning

  • Ensure that program priorities and approaches (vis-à-vis Design Document and Annual Operating Plan) are based on community and partners’ capacities, needs, resources and opportunities and in alignment with the proposal and other established standards

  • Works together with the three project coordinators in each country throughout the implementation upon commonly developed work plans along the budgets and Log- Frames while not sacrificing the strategic direction of the project.

  • Provide a strategic link between the three countries to ensure effective communication and mutual support and maximize the achievement of the program overall objectives.

Accountability and Quality Assurance

  • Conduct regular field monitoring in the 3 countries to ensure implementation in alignment with proposal, technical standard, and BMZ/WV Standards.

  • Ensure that the processes of planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation in 3 countries are performed on time and with high quality from inception to project closeout

  • Ensure availability of resources needed (people, funding and technical support) for the program implementation.

  • In partnership with the Program M&E Manager, facilitate and monitor the operations teams reporting requirements to donors are in alignment with ministry and donor requirement and standards.

  • Manage operational risk and facilitate the removal of constraints that inhibit team innovation and are a barrier to team performance and results

  • Coordinates the three teams build out of 6 partners through close work relations physically and virtually. Plans and facilitates meetings with the project coordinators and ensures further cross-border and in-country cooperation are being held/implemented

  • Adaptive management for effective and efficient program implementation

Financial Management

  • Leads and oversees the implementing activities are in accordance with program or activity and budgets.

  • Closely liaise and consults with program finance manager

Capacity Building

  • Ensure for technical coherence and consistent approach in the capacity building of all program staff, enhancing their commitment, character, competence, and critical thinking.

  • The program director will work with his direct reportees to ensure that capacity building plans are in place to enable staff to meet their respective goals.

  • Promote ongoing reflection and learning among staff in the three countries (virtual and physical)

  • Develop dynamic organizational culture for the program that conveys the principles of a “Learning Organization” and applies principles of our Core Documents, policies, manuals, and procedures.

  • Coordinate with project coordinators to disseminate lessons learned of program implementation with communities, development partners and other WV Partnership stakeholdersin regional and global level.

Resource Acquisition and Management

  • Identify new funding opportunities for program replication or scale up.

Facilitate appropriate and effective operations input into the development of funding proposal and concepts, ensuring they are contextually appropriate and operationally achievable


  • Advanced degree in environmental science/engineering, the social sciences, or other related degree

  • 5+ years of experience managing environmental, international development and/or civil society projects (livelihood).

  • Strong leadership skills with ability to assign tasks and supervise delegated work of remote staff in other countries.

  • Previous experience or understanding the contexts of solid waste management/ livelihood developments. Familiarity with working on solid waste management/and or livelihood in either of the three Asian countries is desirable.

  • Proven Institutional donor funded project management skills with experience managing multiple projects and/or working for an international Nonprofit organization.

  • Proficiency in English (must be perfect)

  • German skills would be an asset

Preferred Skills, Knowledge and Experience:

  • Firm with virtual and remote partnering

  • Prior experience on BMZ funded projects would be an asset

  • Possess the ability to interpret laws, rules and regulations governing solid waste and other environmental codes and in determining that information listed is accurate.

  • Strong interpersonal skills and mentoring skills to work effectively with partners/clients

  • A track record that demonstrates energy and creativity, and the ability to successfully prioritize and manage competing priorities.

  • Demonstrated success in project planning, financial management, program monitoring, report writing, and identifying and procuring technical assistance.

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including public speaking and presentation skills.

  • Experience in governmental/ private sector advocacy approaches

  • Experience in virtual and remote management (tools and methodologies)

  • Excellent language skills in English (German would been an asset)

  • Strong communication and networking skills within a multi-sectoral environment

  • Readiness to creatively encourage further development opportunities towards up-scale

  • Strong personal and motivational skills to encourage ownership processes among staff and beneficiaries

  • Readiness to live and travel frequently within the region

  • Strong personal skills to drive and steer the remote staff group of 50 together with committee members

  • Intercultural sensitivity in promoting a healthy work environment within multi-disciplinary teams of diverse backgrounds

  • The position requires ability and willingness to travel domestically and internationally up to 30%of the time.