Deadline: 06 June, 2022

Location: Mali

Islamic Relief Worldwide (IRW) is seeking applications from eligible applicants for the post of Head of Programme.

IRW is an independent humanitarian and development organisation, serving humanity for over 38 years.

With an active presence in over 40 countries across the world, the organisation strives to make the world a better and fairer place for those effected by poverty, conflicts and natural disasters.


  • Provide strategic direction to the programme, to ensure it works towards reducing poverty in a sustainable manner and responds to emergencies effectively
  • Take a lead role in the annual strategic planning process
  • Design programmes and projects based on the country strategic plan and emergency preparedness plan
  • Proactively identify opportunities to build key stakeholder relationships and take the initiative to follow up with necessary action
  • Develop timely and good quality donor proposals to expand the programme, using a participatory approach involving all relevant stakeholders
  • Work with the country director to diversify the funding base through developing existing or new relationships with donors
  • Make key decisions in relation to the programme implementation, and offer solutions to problems that arise during the implementation of programmes
  • Ensure the programme meets IRW quality standards and international codes of conduct
  • Ensure the programmes are implemented and evaluated in a consultative and participative manner through regular field visits using the organisation’s accountability framework and related appropriate tools
  • Ensure the timely submission of high quality reports to headquarter and donors, according to the appropriate guidelines
  • Actively participate in the country management team (CMT)
  • Facilitate team building across the programme, Islamic Relief Mali and the wider organisation
  • Motivate the programme team and ensure they have clear objectives and receive meaningful feedback on their performance
  • Provide HR management to ensure the short and long-term success of the programme, including recruitment, staff development, security etc
  • Deputise for the country director whenever requested to do so
  • Build relationships with donors and other INGOs in Mali
  • Ensure regular and effective communications are maintained within the programme, and with the regional desk at headquarters
  • Assist the programme team to develop, finalise and closely monitor the programme budget
  • Work closely with the finance department to ensure effective financial and budgetary control of the programmes, according to IRW’s policy and procedures
  • Ensure corrective measures are taken to address over/under spending in the project budgets


  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in Management, Social Sciences, International Development, Public Administration, or a related field
  • Experience of working with various INGOs in developing countries
  • In-depth understanding of national and international development issues, particularly in relation to community development
  • Experience of developing proposals for a variety of donors
  • Experience of successful fundraising and dealing with EC, ECHO, UN, SIDA and DFID
  • Experience of developing links with INGOs, government agencies, institutional donors and other stakeholders
  • Experience of and commitment to participatory management and maintaining a supportive, open environment to ensure the learning and development of all staff members
  • Experience of managing and mentoring local and international staff
  • Familiarity with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), etc
  • Relevant experience in project development
  • Experience of working specifically towards, and reporting against SDGs
  • Knowledge of French language

To apply and for more information, click here.

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