Programme Director, Liberia

Monrovia | Monrovia





Job Title:

Programme Director- Liberia

Contract Grade: C

Contract Length: 2 years

Date Needed By: 15th January 2016

New Post or Replacement: Replacement

Accompanied / Unaccompanied: Accompanied (partner only)

Exact Job Location: Monrovia, Liberia (with frequent travel to the field)

Reports To: Country Director

Responsible For: Programme Coordinators (Education, Health, BRED); Area Coordinators (Lofa); Grants & Information Manager

Liaises With: Systems Director, Country Financial Controller, systems department managers, partners, consortium members, government counterparts, donors, other NGOs, Dublin personnel (RD, Desk Officer, SAL technical advisors, etc).

Job Purpose:

As a member of the Country Management Team (CMT) contribute to the development of the overall country programme, ensuring an integrated multi-sectoral approach in both a development and an emergency context. Reporting to the Country Director (CD), take specific responsibility for coordinating and managing the implementation of Concern’s programme in Liberia in accordance with relevant policies and the country strategy. Represent Concern to relevant external stakeholders as necessary.

Main Duties & Responsibilities:

Senior Management role:

  • Participate in the development of Concern Liberia’s Country Strategic Plan (CSP) and other strategic frameworks (Preparing for Effective Emergency Response (PEER), Security Management Plan (SMP) etc) in collaboration with all relevant staff and third parties as necessary.
  • Participate in the management of the country programme’s strategic issues through involvement in decision making.
  • Produce strategic analysis and plans for programme expansion, including in a new area, if required.
  • In collaboration with the CD identify and secure appropriate sources of funding to support current and new programme activities in Liberia.
  • In conjunction with the Grants & Information Manager and relevant programme personnel, ensure that internal and external reporting requirements are met in an effective and timely manner through effective contract management and monitoring
  • Take a lead role in ensuring that Concern Liberia adhere to international minimum standards of accountability and quality, through the application of external standards such as HAP and internal documents relating to policies and procedures.
  • Disseminate organisational learning through documenting case studies, cross-visits, newsletters/bulletins etc.

Programme management:

  • Ensure high quality programme development by developing in a participatory manner appropriate Project Concept Notes, Proposals and associated budgets, ensuring adherence to Concern Worldwide PCMS, the Liberia CSP, and all relevant global Concern policies & procedures.
  • Provide management support to senior programme staff to ensure effective implementation and monitoring of programme activities.
  • Ensure M&E and analysis is undertaken in a timely and appropriate manner, including overseeing support visits by regional and SAL Advisors and consultants and ensuring that recommendations in mission reports are implemented.
  • Provide technical and management support to the Grants & Information Manager and relevant programme personnel in developing and implementing an effective multi-sectoral M&E system, ensuring that achievements of programme goals and objectives are captured and lessons learned documented.
  • Develop a comprehensive and participatory programme planning process that includes beneficiaries, staff, partners and other stakeholder as appropriate.
  • Oversee the development of Concern Liberia’s Accountability Frameworks and provide management and technical support to the Programme Quality Coordinator and other relevant staff in its implementation
  • Ensure the highest standards of mainstreaming (HIV&AIDS and Equality) by implementing Concern policies and best practices in accordance with the local context.
  • Ensure new projects are launched with appropriate staff training / induction and programme planning activities (recruitment schedule, procurement plan, etc).
  • Ensure any project closures are carried out in compliance with all relevant donor and Concern requirements, working closely with other members of the CMT.

Resource Management:

  • Identify technical expertise gaps in relevant sectors and help ensure those gaps are filled (through consultants, Dublin advisors and / or the creation of new Concern Liberia positions)
  • Work with the Country Financial Controller and the programme budgetholders to ensure close management of relevant budgets & expenditure.
  • Ensure that annual programme budgets (and budget revisions) are complete, realistic and comply with relevant Concern and donor requirements
  • Ensure that project proposal budgets are complete, realistic and comply with relevant Concern and donor requirements.

People Management:

  • Lead and manage staff, contributing to their capacity building and career development.
  • Provide technical support and on-going on-the-job training and coaching to staff, including in particular a thorough induction at the start of their contract.
  • Ensure that all positions have accurate job descriptions and that each member of the team fully understands outcomes which are expected of them, by setting SMART objectives, and that they are aware of the success criteria relating to their work.
  • Ensure that all staff are aware of and comply with Concern’s policies and procedures.
  • Monitor and review performance and hold staff accountable for meeting the success criteria; give corrective feedback where required and take decisive action in the case of poor performance.
  • Ensure that work within the team(s) is planned and organised in a way which will meet the organisation’s needs in the most cost effective manner possible; ensuring that team members are given appropriate workloads and are working efficiently.

Partner Support & Capacity Building

  • Lead on the identification and evaluation of potential partners with a good fit in the country programme.
  • Liaise with the CFC and Systems Director to ensure that finance and systems evaluations are carried out and that appropriate capacity building plans to address identified weaknesses are agreed with the partner and implemented. Ensure that capacity and support is provided from Concern programme and M&E staff to address any other capacity gaps identified.
  • Ensure that each partner’s contract is managed appropriately such that the rights and obligations of all parties are complied with and the relationship between the organisations is progressively strengthened.
  • Identify ways and means for building the capacity of key partner organisations beyond the day to day implementation of specific projects.


  • Stand in for the CD when necessary to represent Concern at relevant government, donor, UN or inter agency meetings.
  • With the CD, contribute to national-level NGO / UN coordination efforts to facilitate effective humanitarian intervention in the country.
  • Ensure that Concern is appropriately represented and participates in relevant coordination structures at the field level


  • Lead or actively participate (as required) in collective exercises such as preparation or updates of the Preparing for Effective Emergency Response (PEER) plan, Security Management Plan (SMP), and Country Strategic Plan when requested.
  • Take active measures to address equality issues, particularly relating to gender, in programme as well as operational (eg HR) activities.
  • Ensure the highest standards of accountability through ensuring good communication and information sharing within and outside the programme and enabling staff, beneficiary and other stakeholders’ participation at all stages of the project cycle.
  • Be aware of, understand and comply with all of Concern’s policies and procedures (finance, logistics etc).
  • Be aware of, understand, comply with and be a model of Concern’s HR policies like P4 and Code of Conduct.
  • Ensure that every member of the programmes team is aware of, understands and complies with all of Concern’s policies and procedures.
  • Fully adhere to security protocols and procedures and ensure that all members of the programmes team also do so. Contribute to on-going security management and planning as necessary.
  • Actively participate in any emergency response if necessary.
  • Undertake other related duties as may reasonably be assigned by the Country Director or the line manager.


Qualifications & Experience:


  • 3rd level qualification in relevant field humanitarian assistance, development, social sciences or other related professional fields
  • Fluent English (written and spoken)
  • At least 6 years overseas experience with an NGO with an emphasis on programming and 2-3 years at a senior management level.
  • Experience of leading and managing a diverse team of senior staff including international staff. Proven strong management ability, including ability to motivate and develop skills of others.
  • Experience of mainstreaming accountability, equality, HIV&AIDS, protection and DRR; ensuring accountability to beneficiaries, staff, partners and other stakeholders; monitoring & evaluation processes, ensuring programme quality.
  • Knowledge of rights based approaches, equality issues and advocacy skills. Strong understanding and commitment to the promotion of equality.


  • Experience of managing USAID funded programmes.
  • Work experience in Liberia or West Africa
  • Knowledge of Concern Policies and Programming Approaches.
  • Experience of managing projects transitioning from emergency response to early recovery and development would be an advantage.

Special Skills, Aptitude or Personality Requirements:


  • Excellent organisational and planning skills. Strong problem solving and analytical skills.
  • Willingness to travel frequently to rural field locations and spend periods of time away from the capital in which the PD position is based and experience fairly basic conditions.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Cross cultural awareness and sensitivity.
  • Good sense of humour
  • Empathy with Concern’s goals and a commitment to capacity building, protection and participation.
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Training / capacity building skills.
  • Demonstrated experience of team building and working in a participatory manner.
  • Proven organisation, planning and management skills.
  • Ability to work on own initiative.
  • Flexible and adaptable approach to working in a changing environment.
  • Ability to work under pressure with numerous deadlines, and priorities.

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

Due to the urgency of this position, applications will be short listed on a regular basis and we may offer posts before the closing date.

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.

Concern has a Staff Code of Conduct and a Programme Participant Protection Policy which have been developed to ensure the maximum protection of programme participants from exploitation and to clarify the responsibilities of Concern staff, consultants, visitors to the programme and partner organisation, and the standards of behaviour expected of them. In this context staff have a responsibility to the organisation to strive for, and maintain, the highest standards in the day-to-day conduct in their workplace in accordance with Concern’s core values and mission. Any candidate offered a job with Concern Worldwide will be expected to sign the Programme Participant Protection Policy and the Concern Staff Code of Conduct as an appendix to their contract of employment. By signing the Programme Participant Protection Policy and the Concern Staff Code of Conduct candidates acknowledge that they have understood the contents of both the Concern Staff Code of Conduct and the Programme Participant Protection Policy and agree to conduct themselves in accordance with the provisions of these two documents.

Concern receives a substantial amount of funding from external donors each year. Increasingly donors are introducing requirements whereby future funding is conditional on Concern ensuring that the names of any new employee or volunteer do not appear on terrorism lists generated by the European Union (List of person, groups and entities to which Regulation (EC No. 2580/2001 applies), the US Government (Office of Foreign Assets Control list of specially designated Nationals and Blocked Persons) and the United Nations (Consolidated List). Any offer of employment (either paid or voluntary) with Concern Worldwide will not be made pending a clearance check being conducted on the applicant. For additional information please consult our web site or contact the Human Resource Division in our Head Office.

Concern Worldwide is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.

Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.
  • Organization: Concern Worldwide
  • Location: Monrovia | Monrovia
  • Grade: Mid/Senior
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Development Cooperation
    • Development Cooperation
    • Development Cooperation
    • Development Cooperation
    • Development Cooperation
    • Development Cooperation
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    • Development Cooperation
    • Development Cooperation
    • Development Cooperation
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    • Environment
    • Management, Administration and Finance
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  • Closing Date: 2016-01-06

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