Director of Programs

Port-au-Prince | Port-au-Prince

Director of Programs Habitat for Humanity International and Habitat Haiti are seeking a dedicated and savvy leader in international development to fill the role of Director of Programs for its Haiti national office. This position has a substantial impact on the work that Habitat is undertaking in Haiti to provide the decent shelter that everyone deserves.

Reporting to the National Director of Haiti, the Director of Programs leads the identification of new initiatives and opportunities that respond to identified needs and the country strategy. They will conduct analyses to determine shelter and settlement gaps and how Habitat Haiti should position itself to best serve the needs of beneficiaries and partner families; including the development of sound program design and program strategy. They will lead the development of solicited and unsolicited projects / proposals / concept notes to create a pipeline of program areas and secure funding opportunities.


Coordination and Representation

Establish close and productive relationships with donors, national government authorities, private sector actors, and the UN and INGOs in Haiti, in close coordination with the National Director, and Associate Directors of Program; Represent Habitat Haiti at relevant coordination meetings in Haiti; Coordinate with other NGOs in Haiti to consolidate Habitat Haiti’s strategic niche and comparative advantages, while identifying strategic partnerships Program Management and Coordination Supervise Associate Director of Programs and specialist functional capacity, enabling them to achieve targets while providing effective leadership to teams and partners; Create and sustain a work environment of mutual respect where team members strive to achieve excellence; Provide leadership in all aspects of program coordination to ensure consistent quality, including the incorporation of cross-cutting themes, lessons learned and best practices; Ensure that program implementation is responsive to communities and partners and aligned with Habitat Haiti’s principles, values and strategic plan; Ensure capacity building is integrated into programming, enabling staff to grow professionally; Work with all staff to monitor adherence to grant agreements, Habitat Haiti’s / Internationals policies and procedures and relevant external rules and regulations; Support Associate Director of Programs / Program Managers to oversee performance of partners, sub-grantees, and technical contractors; and Conduct frequent field visits to all project sites for monitoring, quality control and program staff mentoring and coaching.

Program Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning

Ensure that robust design, monitoring, evaluation and learning and quality assurance and control systems are in place, adhered to and used as a decision-making tool, encouraging consistency and best practice across programs; Ensure that the monitoring, evaluation and learning and teams are actively linked to those at HQ to ensure that global indicators (GMT) and practices are considered and adhered to where necessary; and Provide ongoing training and guidance to staff on M&E best practices.

Program Minimal Standards and Reporting

Ensure that program documentation and program minimal standards are consistently adhered to and that comprehensive dashboards are provided; Ensure that a comprehensive reporting schedule is maintained and adhered to according to requirements; and Provide reporting review and/or support to and as required.

Program Support Operations

Work closely with the Finance Director and Compliance team to ensure that operational and financial management systems are responsive to program needs and that program staff are adhering to both donor and Habitat Haiti procedures and regulations.


Ensure that programs are designed and implemented with a clear analysis and understanding of security management priorities.


Conduct him/herself professionally and personally consistent with HFH values and principles. Other duties as assigned.


BA/S or equivalent in social science, management, international development or other relevant field. MA/S preferred At least 10 years of development experience including at least 5 years in an organizational senior management position Experience managing humanitarian relief and/or transitional programs in areas affected by natural disaster and insecurity Previous experience working in Haiti preferred Proven track record in proposal writing and development Experience managing programs in relevant technical area(s) including: Economic Recovery; Housing and Settlements; Community Development; Land Security; Livelihoods; Housing Finance; Value Chain Interventions; preferred Strong M&E skills Knowledge of major donor requirements and compliance issues Strong management skills with good understanding of relevant cross-cultural issues Demonstrated attention to detail, ability to follow procedures, meet deadlines and work independently and cooperatively with team members Fluent written and oral communication in French and English (Haitian Creole preferred) Solid knowledge of security protocols and ability to work effectively in an insecure / unstable environment

The successful Director of Programs will have senior level experience in coordinating and managing programs in complex environments. S/he will have exceptional program development and proposal/reporting writing skills, and an outstanding ability to design, implement and manage innovative programs that respond to current needs and reinforce the future program structure of Habitat Haiti in the region. S/he will have proven experience with cross-cultural teams, with strong leadership, communication and mentoring skills. Multi-tasking, prioritizing, problem solving and simultaneous attention to detail and strategic vision are essential.

Interested candidates should express interest at:

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: Habitat for Humanity
  • Location: Port-au-Prince | Port-au-Prince
  • Grade: Senior
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Management, Administration and Finance
    • Management, Administration and Finance
    • Management, Administration and Finance
  • Closing Date: 2016-12-31

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