Head of Programmes

Christian Aid

About us

Christian Aid is a humanitarian and development organization that insists the world can and must be swiftly changed to one where everyone can live a full life, free from poverty. We work globally for profound change that eradicates the causes of poverty, striving to achieve equality, dignity and freedom for all, regardless of faith or nationality. We are part of a wider movement for social justice. We provide urgent, practical and effective assistance where need is great, tackling the effects of poverty as well as its root causes.

About the role

The Head of Programmes leads the development and technical delivery of an impactful strategy and programme in Malawi, whose goal is to contribute towards the reduction of poverty by reducing inequality and promoting productivity and resilience, in line with “Standing Together for dignity, for equality, for justice”, Christian Aid’s global strategy.  He/she will lead the delivery of a high-quality Malawi programme which is focused on four strategic impact areas: health, climate change, economic justice and markets, and gender inclusion and inequality.  This role includes managing a team of technical experts to deliver on the key strategic objectives and ensures that Christian Aid’s local partnerships have the right mix of skills to deliver the strategic plan and ensures that implementing partners have adequate capacity and support to deliver excellent programmes and policy work with real world impact for poor people.

About you

Are you a Malawian national with the passion, knowledge, and experience to support Christian Aid in eradicating poverty in Malawi? Do you have the leadership and programme development skills to take a successful country programme to new heights of performance and impact? Can you build effective partnerships across all sectors – civil society, faith institutions, local and national government, private sector, aid community?

You could be working for a multi-national company and looking for a job which is just as challenging but infinitely more rewarding.  You may be working somewhere else in the world and want to return to Malawi.  Or you could be feeling your ambition and entrepreneurial flair are being stifled by a traditional NGO environment. Whatever you are doing, wherever you are, this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for a natural leader and skilled professional to use your talent to mobilise people and resources and make a very real difference to those living in poverty.

As Head of Programmes, you will bring proven skills in designing and managing development programmes with local partners and excellent relationships and networks across civil society, private sector, government (nationally and locally) and faith based institutions.  You will be passionate about delivery and getting results that transform the lives of poor Malawians.  You will have a strong track record in programme compliance, financial management and driving value for money, promoting excellence in programming.  You will love the detail of CA policy and donor requirements as much as you love developing strategy, learning from evidence and adapting programmes based on results. Your will demonstrate strong leadership skills to inspire technical experts and project managers and officers, ensuring the CA Malawi is much more than the sum of its parts, and upholds the Core Humanitarian Standards.  You will be committed to mobilising funds with zeal, and developing yourself and your team to implementing Standing Together in Malawi.

You will need to demonstrate the ability to build team spirit and the ability to work to tight deadlines while undertaking multiple priorities. You will also have excellent planning and organizational skills and have good interpersonal skills, including verbal and written communication, and making decisions regarding the day to day running of the administrative and financial functions within the country office.  A minimum of a tertiary degree in development studies or related field is required, post graduate training is desirable.

Further information

This role requires applicants to have the right to work in Malawi where this position is based.

We value diversity and aspire to reflect this in our workforce. We welcome applications from people from all sections of the community, irrespective of race, colour, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, religion or belief.

You can expect a wide range of rewards and benefits, including a generous holiday allowance, a season ticket loan, and flexibility that will ensure you enjoy a good work/life balance.

Competency questions

To demonstrate your suitability for this post, please answer the following three questions, using the guidance notes to structure your answers.

Build partnerships

Describe a time when you identified fundamental conflicts and disagreements in a work group and took action to redirect its energy towards common goals.  What was the context and what was your role?  What actions did you take and how successful were you?

Deliver results

Tell us about a time when you ensured that all of the objectives for your team or department were achieved on time and within budget.  What was the situation and what were your responsibilities?  What actions did you take what lessons did you learn?

 Continual improvement

Please tell us about a time when you demonstrated your commitment to keeping abreast of new thinking and developments in the economic, social and political environment.  What was the context? What was your task or responsibility? How did you test out your thinking and what was the outcome?