Program Director

Program Director

ADRA - Adventist Development and Relief Agency

Lao People's Democratic Republic (Laos)

Position Summary

The Program Director is responsible for providing strategic leadership and effective management of the program portfolio and related personnel. The Program Director reports to the Program Advisor and will contribute to strategy and policy development, program growth, and lead program design development, project implementation, and monitoring and evaluation responsibilities.

Core Behavioural Competencies


  • Provides others with a clear direction; motivates and empowers others; recruits staff of a high calibre; provides staff with development opportunities and coaching; sets appropriate standards of behaviour, gives regular feedback.


  • Works strategically to realise ADRA’s goals; sets and develops strategies; identifies and develops positive and compelling visions of ADRA’s future potential through increasing ADRA’s programming portfolios; takes account of a wide range of issues across and related to ADRA.


  • Sets clearly defined objectives; plans activities and projects well in advance and takes account of possible changing circumstances; identifies and organises resources needed to accomplish tasks; manages time effectively; monitors performance against deadlines and milestones.


  • Focuses on stakeholder needs and satisfaction; sets high standards for quality and quantity; monitors and maintains quality and productivity; works in a systematic, methodical, and orderly way; consistently achieves project goals.

Operational Process Roles


  • Lead programs and projects team and personally reflect ADRA’s core values by displaying a high standard of conduct and care for each member;
  • Recruit, orientate, capacity build, coach, mentor and manage programs and project personnel;
  • Conduct bi-annual and annual performance discussions and reviews with programs team and project managers and raise any concerns with management that may arise;
  • Promote a culture of learning and identify professional development opportunities for ADRA personnel;
  • Participate and contribute to core management responsibilities such as being an active ADCOM member and presenting program updates to the Board when required.

Strategy and Policy Development

  • Support the development and implementation of ADRA’s Strategic Plan and Program Strategy and help the organization meet its strategic and programmatic targets;
  • Strategically assesses donor and development trends and undertake visioning for future needs such as identifying project locations, potential donors and ADRA supporting offices, multi-actors and multi-country partnerships and possible programming opportunities;
  • Develop policies, procedures, guidelines, frameworks for program/project related matters including evidence-based preferred approaches and models.

Program Implementation and Business Development

  • Lead and increase ADRA’s programming portfolio through designing and developing project outlines, concepts, proposals, project logic, theories of change, budgets and monitoring frameworks for projects or programs;
  • Provide programmatic technical advice and ensure compliance of project interventions to meet international/national standards, donor policies and guidelines, and government policies and priorities;
  • Lead the start-up of new projects and the closure of existing projects;
  • Oversee the Programs team and Project Managers in developing and tracking annual Development Implementation Plans (DIP), monitoring project progress and budget expenditure against the approved proposal, budget, and logic model;
  • Oversee the coordination of the Programs team and Project Managers timely submission of high quality monthly, quarterly, biannual, annual reports, and prepare these reports for Country Director, donors, and government partners to review and provide feedback, make changes, and then finalise all reports;
  • Focal point for Emergency responses and review and update the National Emergency Management Plan (NEMP) annually and prepare a Response Activation Notification for any emergency response in Laos that ADCOM and the Board may approve;
  • Support the Programs team to lead the international volunteer programs such as Connections, or community/church groups.

Monitoring and Evaluation

  • Review the MEL system annually and provide technical support and training to staff who implement the MEL system;
  • Lead the process of developing and implementing project/program baseline, annual, midterm, end of project surveys, assessments, tools, and develop and update performance management frameworks (PMF) and Indicator Tracking Tables (ITT) in accordance with donor and government requirements;
  • Lead project surveys and assessments in the field, train data collectors and prepare reports that outline a thorough analysis of evaluation findings;
  • Support the programs team to conduct quarterly M&E trips to the field to hold focus groups and interviews and prepare human interest stories for the donor and social media;
  • Coordinate donor M&E visits;
  • Support project staff to be more reflective in their practice and create a learning environment by researching new development strategies or learning approaches, tools, processes that can value add to project implementation and encourage and train project teams to adopt new approaches/tools.

Networking and Relationships

  • Establish effective networks and good working relationships with staff, partners, and stakeholders and be the focal point for ADRA management at the provincial and district level;
  • Network and represent ADRA in Laos and within the ADRA Asia Region on technical and sector wide working groups, forums, and platforms and establish strong working relationships for potential future collaboration with development partners, INGO, or CSOs;
  • Undertake other activities and responsibilities as assigned by the Program Advisor or Country Director.

Key Selection Criteria

In an application, candidates are expected to provide a written response in their cover letter of how they qualify for each of the KSC below:

  • Masters’ qualifications in International Development, Management, Agriculture, Climate Change, Public Health, or relevant sector;
  • Minimum of 7 years’ development practitioner and management experience with an INGO or community organisation;
  • Proven experience in monitoring and evaluation systems and able to improve development practice and measure program impact;
  • Experience in increasing an organisation’s program portfolio, highly regarded;
  • Demonstrated technical knowledge in agriculture, health, nutrition, or livelihoods;
  • Sound conceptual knowledge of current development practices, project design and proposal development requirements for donors;
  • Demonstrated strategic management, organizational, and planning skills;
  • Experience in capacity building and mentoring others;
  • Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills in English;
  • Proficient in MS office software programs.

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