Programme Technical Director

International Role - No - Only National applicants will be considered.
2+ Years

*Position location to be determined by home country of successful candidate within a jurisdiction (country or US State) where WVI is registered to operate.


The Program Director’s primary role (50%) is deployment to humanitarian emergencies to lead the Programming team which consists of Programme Officer(s), MEAL (DME, Accountability & Learning) and Information Management. In responses, the Programme Manager serves on the Senior Leadership Team and leads the design of the response strategy and operations plan with the Response Director as well as the functions reporting to his/her position.

Outside of responses, this position will lead the following in collaboration with the other Programme Director:

  • Key programme strategic initiatives that link global strategy with field practice.

  • Build capability in the organization to deploy and undertake programming function in responses.

  • Serve as a senior member of the Strategy, Effectiveness and Digital Capabilities Team and be a primary point of integration across other functions on the team in responses.


Deploy and lead the programming function in humanitarian emergencies to achieve the following:

  • Establish, resource and staff the programmes unit which consists of programming, MEAL (DME, Accountability, Learning), and Information Management functions.

  • Facilitate programme planning process to ensure alignment with context, humanitarian needs, response strategy as well as operational feasibility and technical quality.

  • Donor liaison and advocacy is undertaken to resource operations plan.

  • Support Finance in the allocation and tracking of response funding to ensure response priorities are funded.

  • Develop and submit project proposals to donors to resource operations plan (in collaboration with relevant team members).

  • Support Finance to establish grant management system to ensure fulfillment of donor requirements.

  • Plan, implement, analyse and share findings from assessments and program monitoring.

  • Ensure critical MEAL functions including assessments, monitoring, learning, evaluations and humanitarian accountability as well as information management are undertaken.

  • Ensure all data from assessments, baseline, monitoring, feedback mechanisms is communicated to communities as appropriate and continuous improvement processes are in place for programme adaptation.

  • Manage WV’s relationship with ACAPs to leverage their resources for our programmes and to contribute WV support and expertise.

  • Build and maintain a roster of deployable programming staff and resources to support them.

  • Lead key programme strategy initiatives.



  • A minimum of 5 years in leadership role in the humanitarian assistance and/or development sector, with a significant portion of this in INGOs.

  • 8 years’ experience in humanitarian assistance work including significant field presence.

  • Demonstrated understanding of key humanitarian principles, standards and best practices.

  • University degree in Humanitarian Studies or relevant field. Master’s degree preferred.

  • Experience in program management and implementation of multi-sectoral emergency response projects.

  • Strong background in programme quality – MEAL – and information management.

  • Strong experience in working with bi-lateral and multi-lateral donors, grant management and proposal development.

  • Intensive experience in leading a multi-cultural team of professionals.

  • Experience working in a cross-cultural environment.

  • Experience working in war zones / fragile contexts.

  • Experience in engaging with governmental institutions and multilateral agencies.

  • Experience in managing humanitarian operations/ programmes’ teams that facilitate innovation and calculated risk taking.

  • Work experience as Snr. Program Officer or Programme Manager at least for 1-3 years in a country other than the home country.

  • Understand Humanitarian Industry and have proven experience within a relief/ Disaster Management setting.

  • Effective in written and verbal communication in English.

  • Ability to express ideas and concepts clearly and persuasively with senior internal and external stakeholders.

  • Effective in written and verbal communication in English, French, additional skills in Spanish, Arabic or other languages preferred.


  • Previous experience working in complex emergency/rehabilitation settings.

  • Experience coordination with INGO’s and other key stakeholders-High degree of negotiation and persuasion skills.

  • Ability to work with a reasonable level of comfort in high tension and high security risk situations.

  • Ability to maintain performance expectations in diverse cultural contexts psychologically stressful environs and physical hardships.

  • Ability to facilitate the creation of cross-functional project teams and the development of national strategies.

  • Excellent time-management and prioritization.

  • Demonstrates openness and transparency.

  • Experience in leading “ad-hoc” teams accommodating multiple and frequent staff transitions in emergency response without undermining effectiveness and output of Programme Team.

Work Environment:

  • The position requires ability and willingness to travel and deploy domestically and internationally up to 50% of the time, often at short-notice.