Program Director Burundi

Program Director Burundi

FH - Food for the Hungry

Bujumbura, Burundi

Job Summary

Responsible to support the Country Director (CD) in providing strategic leadership and management of all FH Burundi programs/project activities, as well as increase funding portfolio through proposal development, networking, fund raising and managing donor relation. In close collaboration with the CD, 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.

Principal Responsibilities

Strategy Development and Program Design

  • In close collaboration with the CD, 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;
  • Identify new donors and maintain donor relations to secure appropriate resources for national programs in accordance with budget targets, and maintain a diversity of future funding options for the office;
  • In close collaboration with the CD and program coordinators, develop and maintain an up-to-date country funding strategy to optimize income, and plan to prioritize approaches to donor;
  • Lead in resource development efforts in needs assessments and design of concept notes, and proposal development for FH Burundi;
  • Promote coordination and interaction between stakeholders and the operational programs to ensure maximum synergy within the programs for maximum impact, and to influence and scale up of the program;
  • 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;
  • 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.

Provide Leadership and management of FH Burundi Programs

  • 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;
  • Provide program, budgetary oversight and supervision to ensure that all planned activities, outputs and impacts are achieved over the life of each program;
  • Ensure complete, timely and accurate program documentation for all programs, including annual fiscal and narrative reports, resource requests and budgets;
  • In coordination with the Monitoring & Evaluation Manager/Coordinator/Officer, support active monitoring and evaluation of all programs and making adjustments to improve program quality and or effectiveness;
  • Take lead in establishing agreements and protocols with all technical partners (government line ministries, consortium partners, local partners, etc.;
  • Line manages the Sector/Project Managers and Coordinators in the management and implementation of projects, ensuring adequate monitoring, reviewing progress, reviewing beneficiary feedback, identifying corrective actions required and capturing learning;
  • Facilitate the submission of quality program reports, ensuring timely submission in accordance with required reporting formats;
  • Provide support in partner capacity assessments and developments, especially in areas where programs are implemented through partners.

Representation and External Relations

  • Support the CD with representation to the government at different government levels, helping to ensure constructive working relationships are maintained to allow expansion and growth of FH’s transformation development in Burundi;
  • In conjunction with the CD and other staff, represent FH Burundi at relevant interagency technical networks and working groups as necessary;
  • Support the CD in policy influencing (advocacy related to development initiatives) activities at the country and provincial/state/county level;
  • Ensure effective communication and feedback between FH Burundi and donors.

Staff and Financial Management

  • Lead and manage staff ensuring clarity over strategy, plans and priorities, providing supervision, guidance and mentoring, encouraging effective teamwork and inclusiveness and building a team spirit through regular meetings and events;
  • Provide management support to direct reports in their management of others, and their implementation of objectives, work plans and budgets;
  • Provide spiritual leadership support to direct reports and other staff where appropriate;
  • Contribute to developing and modeling a team culture characterized by a shared vision, commitment and mutual accountability that reflects FH’s desired corporate values being servant-hood, Christ-centered, excellency, stewardship, grace, and holistic;
  • 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;
  • Support and participate in staff recruitment, induction and training as required.

Job Level Specifications

  • Vibrant personal relationship with Jesus Christ, a Christian commitment to serving the poor and in full agreement with FH’s Christian beliefs expressed in The Heartbeat;
  • Proven strategic planning, and program and project management experience in a humanitarian/development environment;
  • Ability to work effectively in a team and contribute positively to the development of that team;
  • Excellent people skills including warmth and sensitivity, conversational, able to relate to and effectively communicate with people from different cultures (at various levels within the organization);
  • Strong analytical (tactical & strategic), organizational, and problem-solving skills;
  • Excellent organizational skills; ability to plan and coordinate work, ensure the efficient flow of projects and processes;
  • High integrity and a strong sense of professional ethics;
  • Able to self-manage a diverse and dynamic set of responsibilities, proactively solve problems and/or suggest viable solutions while advancing goals and objectives;
  • Commitment to accountability to beneficiaries and transparency, showing dignity and respect, and demonstrating listening and understanding;
  • Strong aptitude for organizational change, participatory and servant leadership, innovation, learning, team building;
  • 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;
  • Proven experience with USG/USAID/DFID/UN/Corporations and Foundations and general donor relationships;
  • Demonstrated computer-operating skills, including proficiency in Microsoft Office products, Google platform, and virtual technologies such as Skype and / or GoToMeeting;
  • Medical fitness to live and travel in rural and urban areas with extreme conditions and limited medical support;
  • Ability to travel up to 50% of time per year in the regionally and internationally, to insecure countries or locations.


  • Ten (10) years of experience in managing and implementing programs in the development sector;
  • Five (5) years of which should be in senior management positions within an NGO.


  • Master's degree from four-year college or university, in development studies or related fields or equivalent combination of education and experience.


  • Proficiency in spoken and written English. Fluency in either French and/or Portuguese is an added advantage. Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public.

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