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Vacancy announcement: Program Director

P.0.Box 6228 , Bujumbura Burundi
Bujumbura(Mukaza) Rohero I, Avenue Ngendandumwe, No 30
Tel. +257 22 25 42 70



Food for the Hungry is an international Christian Relief and Development Organization. Food for the Hungry operates under a set of guiding principles called “The Heartbeat.” The Heartbeat of FH” includes our Values, Vision, and Purpose, which serve as the explanation of who we are and how we work as an organization. Together we follow God’s call responding to human suffering and graduating communities from extreme poverty.


As a member of Leadership Team, the Program Director (PD) will support the country Director in providing strategic leadership and management of all FH Burundi programs/projects’ activities as well as increasing funding portfolio through proposal development, networking, fund raising and managing donor relation. In close collaboration with the country Director, the PD will lead the programs teams in aligning the FH Burundi programs with Corporate Strategic Plan 2021 while also ensuring program quality across the country.


1. In close collaboration with the Country Director, provide strategic direction of FH Burundi Programs implementation and foster program integration in line with existing Corporate Strategy as well as Child Focused Community Transformation (CFCT) model.
2. Identify new donors and maintain donor relations to secure appropriate resources for national programs in accordance with budget targets and maintaining a diversity of future funding options for the office.
3. Lead in resource development efforts in needs assessments and design of concept notes and proposal development for FH Burundi.
4. Promote coordination and appropriate joint working between stakeholders and the operational programs and to ensure maximum synergy within the programs for maximum impact, influence and scale up of the program.
5. Provide leadership to and management of ideal relief and development programming in Burundi including timing of interventions, program design, targeting, securing of resources, implementation and reporting.
6. Ensure complete, timely and accurate program documentation for all FH Burundi programs, including approved proposals and budgets, annual fiscal and narrative reports, resource requests and capacity statements.
7. Coordinate and direct program planning processes to ensure overall integration of programs, proper understanding of program goals, objectives and intermediary results, and engagement and buy-in of all key stakeholders.
8. Provide program, budgetary oversight and supervision ensuring that all planned activities, outputs and impacts are achieved over the life of each program.
9. Lead and manage staff ensuring clarity over strategy, plans and priorities, providing supervision, guidance and mentoring, identifying training opportunities, develop training curriculums and deliver training, encouraging effective teamwork and inclusiveness and building a team spirit through regular meetings and events.
10. Create structured opportunities to encourage learning from all staff, ensuring internal and external evaluations and reviews are undertaken as appropriate. Ensure recommendations are implemented and learning is shared across the wider FH Burundi team.

Education and Experience:

• A Bachelor’s Degree in development/economy studies, or related field with at least 10 years of experience in managing and implementing programs in the development sector, 5 of which should be in senior management position within an NGOs set up. A Masters degree is an asset.
• Proven experience with USG / USAID/DFID/UN/Corporations and Foundations and general donor relationships.
• Proven strategic planning and program and project management experience in a humanitarian/development environment.
• Experience in treasury activities, establishment and monitoring of budgets, and an understanding of data processing concepts and systems.
• Experience in computer operating skills, including proficiency in Microsoft Office products, Google platform, and virtual technologies such as Skype and / or GoToMeeting;
• Experience working with other cultures and sensitive to the cross cultural issues.
• Experience in proposal-writing, budgeting and financial management.
• Willingness to live and work in a stressful environment


• Ability to represent the organization in high-level meetings with donors, local Church central and local government and technical forums
• Strong people-management and leadership skills
• Commitment to accountability to beneficiaries and transparency, showing dignity and respect, and demonstrating listening and understanding
• Possess analytical and problem solving skills, risk management skills as well as decision- making skills
• Have a vibrant personal relationship with Jesus Christ
• Strong aptitude for organizational change, participatory and servant leadership, innovation, learning, team building
• Willingness to live and work in a stressful environment
• Ability to interact with tact and diplomacy,
• Strong presentation, speaking and writing skills
• Effective Inter- and –Intra personal communication
• Ability to live and travel in rural and urban areas with extreme conditions and limited medical support
• Proven budget management experience coupled with experience in implementing and working in accordance with corporate structures, policies and practices.
• Extensive knowledge of project design and implementation,
• Experience in proposal-writing, budgeting and financial management.
• Demonstrated experience with participatory approaches to development, including capacity building of local institutions
• Knowledge and experience working with other cultures and sensitive to the cross cultural issues

LANGUAGE SKILLS: Proficiency in spoken and written English and French. Ability to read, analyze and interpret technical procedures, or Government regulations, audit reports and financial reports. Ability to write programs reports, business correspondence and procedure manuals. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from staff, partners, beneficiaries and the general public


Interested and qualified candidates should send their applications, updated CV with a copy of their credentials and three referees with their telephone contacts not later than Friday March 23rd2018 via email : [email protected] or mailed to FH Burundi, Headquarter Office,Mukaza Commune, Rohero I, Avenue Ngendandumwe, No 30.

Note :

- The CV, Credentials and the motivation letter should be attached to the email.
- Only short- listed candidates will be contacted for the next stage of recruitment.
- A detailed Job Description can be collected at FH Burundi Headquarters’ Office above

Done in Bujumbura March7th, 2018

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