Program Director Cordaid, Central African Republic

Bangui | Bangui


Cordaid believes in a world without poverty and exclusion. We strive for just and sustainable societies where every person counts. We stand for knowledge and talent sharing between North and South, between farmers and businesses, between activists and policymakers. Where poverty, conflict and exclusion divide societies, we connect people and communities. We stand for professionalism, expertise and solidarity across borders. We aim at maximizing our social impact and contributing to systemic change. We operate where natural disasters strike, where conflicts tear up communities and where lack of opportunities and service delivery keep families in extreme poverty.

Cordaid is one of the leading CSO’s in the Netherlands, working in fragile contexts on Health, Resilience, Economic opportunities, Humanitarian aid and Security & Justice. Apart from our work abroad we also contribute to new forms of job creation and social innovation in The Netherlands.

Cordaid is a member of the international Catholic networks Caritas and CIDSE and we are active in worldwide civil society networks. We work in around 30 countries in Africa, Middle East and Asia.

For the Cordaid Country office in Central African Republic, Bangui**,** Cordaid is looking for a

Program Director


Cordaid has 30 years of experience in the Central African Republic, working with civil society partners and the Catholic Church on both emergency relief and long term development programs. In 2008 Cordaid decided to become operational itself in CAR, and opened offices in the provinces (Nana Mamberé) as well as in Bangui to carry out health programs through the performance based financing approach. The health program gradually expanded and was fledged out by activities in the field of Education, Security and Justice, Relief, Resilience and Food Security. The office was temporarily suspended in the fall of 2015 due to a periodically worsening security situation. In northern parts of the country relief operations are still necessary, whereas in other parts a shift can be made to longer term development. Donors (EU, Dutch Government, DFID, World Bank, UN agencies) now make larger funds available to enable flexible operations. Cordaid is known as a reputable partner and stands to attract significant donor funding.

The program, therefore, is expanding with investments in 2015 to the tune of € 5 mio expected to grow towards € 8 mio in 2018, staffing now at 6 expats (1 vacancy) and 100+ national staff over 4 offices, including the central office in Bangui.

Position and responsibility

The Program Director is responsible for realization of Country Office Program targets. He/she will be supervised by the Country Director in CAR and reports directly to him. He/she supervises the Program Managers and the Project management Unit managers.

Specific objectives

Network Representation

Creates partner relationships with local authorities and with strategic partner organizations working in the same field as CORDAID with the purpose to achieve the program results.

Program Strategy

In collaboration with the Country Director and the Program Managers determines the general program strategies within the integrated country strategy (ICS) and its multi-annual plan, ensuring synergy between the different program units.


Is responsible for the fundraising strategy, regular checks on open tenders and other potential opportunities in Country, and supports the program managers in identifying funding opportunities and preparing proposals.

Program Management

Supervises project and program development, eventually proposing adjustments to the organizational structure and tasks of the staff, thus ensuring program quality and effectiveness.

Civil Society and partner strengthening

Support the capacity building of partners ensuring that they themselves can manage their organizations, programs, finances, and are capable to lobby and advocate.

Planning and reporting

Ensure the timely implementation of projects, find solutions for eventual deviations, monitor the results, and assure quality reports according to the donor standards.

Human Resources Management

Manage staff under his/her supervision according to the culture, policies, and procedures of Cordaid, ensuring the productivity, perspectives and satisfaction of these staffs.


  • Proven knowledge on academic level of relevant subjects (social development, public health, entrepreneurship, governance, gender);
  • At least ten years experience as a manager in the field of international development;
  • Proven knowledge of the development cooperation, program management, logical frameworks, requierements of major donors (EU, UN, Bilateral Donors);
  • Social skills in managing intercultural and intergender teams in difficult conditions;
  • Writing skills to clearly formulate strategy proposals including expected impact;
  • Commitment to the mission and goals of the Cordaid program and the security policy;
  • Excellent French and English language writing and communications skills are required

Specifics of station

The Program Director will be based in Bangui, in the Cordaid CAR main office. He/she will travel regularly to partner organisations in identified regions in CAR. The safety and security situation in CAR remains volatile, but is constantly monitored by Cordaid and appropriate policies are in place. This is a non-accompanied posting.

Contract information

The contract period is for one year starting as soon as possible, with the intention to extend for a longer period. We offer a Cordaid contract with a competitive salary and a benefit package which includes R&R, a comprehensive insurance cover, social security and pension contribution, a holiday allowance, 13th month, hardship allowance and cost of living allowance (if applicable).

Further information & how to apply

Applications including a motivation letter and extensive CV in English, including the contact details of at least three professional references, should be forwarded on attn. of mister Remco van der Veen before

9 December 2016.

An assessment might be part of the procedure.

Please note that we accept applications through our website only:


Further information & how to apply

Applications including a motivation letter on attn. of mr Remco van der Veen, Director Programs in the Head Office and extensive CV in English, including the contact details of at least three professional references, should be forwarded before 9 December 2016..

Please note that we accept applications through our website only:

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: Cordaid - Catholic Organisation for Relief and Development Aid
  • Location: Bangui | Bangui
  • Grade: Senior
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Management, Administration and Finance
  • Closing Date: 2016-12-09

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