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Head of Program Development and Quality


  • Organization: Deutsche Welthungerhilfe
  • Location: Gaziantep
  • Grade: Senior level - Senior
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date: Closed

Are you aiming to work for an organization where it is worthwhile investing your personality, your skills and your time? Are you looking for a job that is exciting and has clear goals? Welcome to Welthungerhilfe!

We are one of the largest and most respected private organizations for development cooperation and humanitarian aid in Germany. As a politically and confessionally independent organization, our value-oriented actions are always based on ethical principles. Our vision is clear: "Zero Hunger by 2030" - If you want to become part of our global community to end hunger around the world, we look forward to receiving your application as:

Head of Program Development and Quality*

in Gaziantep 

The position is to be filled as soon as possible, with an initial contract duration of one year. There are very good prospects for an extension. Employment location will be Gaziantep, Türkiye. 

Welthungerhilfe (WHH) has been engaged in the Syria Response since 2013 working in the fields of development cooperation and humanitarian aid. We seek to improve the access of persons affected by the Syria crisis and domestic crises in Türkiye and Lebanon through life-saving and life sustaining humanitarian assistance and strengthen basic services including protection services, whilst building on their inherent capacities and facilitating access to livelihood opportunities to reach our objective to improve their well-being and resilience.

As Head of Program Development and Quality you will be a key member of the strategic management group of the Syria Response implemented in Türkiye, North West Syria and Lebanon. You will have responsibility to drive innovation in program development and ensure program quality, evidence and learning, as well as extending the donor portfolio across the three country programs. The program team consists of the technical program coordinators including the food security/ livelihoods advisor; grants and communication coordinator, grants and reporting officer, senior communication advisor, partnership coordinator, learning and reporting officer and the MEAL unit. The programatic focus in the coming three years according to our countries’ strategies is increasingly on improving the resilience of vulnerable communities ensuring systems-based analysis and sustainable approaches based on a robust understanding of the conflict sensitivities of the specific context and with accountability to the affected populations.

Your responsibilities

  • Lead the programme and project development for Syria, Türkiye and Lebanon by ensuring the strategic vision and sectoral expertise
  • Oversee technical staff and provision of support for increasing projects quality in implementation
  • Lead the development of multi-annual countries’ strategies and annual action plans
  • Execute the countries strategies and annual plans along with the CD and Area Managers
  • Manage the Programme Quality and Development Unit to ensure technical support and quality assurance as well as synergies across the projects using relevant and applicable tools, guidance, monitoring frameworks and communities of practice
  • Manage the learning component in conjunction with MEAL and HR departments with strong support for evidence generation and its use
  • Along with the grants function, oversee the reporting exercise and ensure submission on time of all reports: thematic, progress reports, 4/5 Ws, 3 RP, etc.
  • Manage WHH specific accounts on different donors’ platforms such as OCHA, AFNS, ECHO, PRM
  • Keep abreast of programmatic trends and ensure coherence with national plans through engagement with research bodies, and participation in clusters and sectoral working groups
  • Develop programmatic and advocacy positions for major external trends and disruptors
  • Strengthen WHH partnership approach to improve the outcomes through capacity exchange, whilst increasing the resilience and sustainability of a diverse civil society to enhance their capacity and deliver better quality services and assistance to affected people
  • Liaise with current and potential future donors present in Türkiye, Syria and Lebanon in consultation with the HQ Donor Unit and the Country Director

Your profile

  • A university or college degree in Management, International Development, Rural Development or equivalent
  • A minimum of 5 years relevant working experience in programme development and implementation, ideally in the MENA region
  • Technical background in triple nexus programming including livelihoods, sustainable/ regenerative agriculture using systems based approaches with a belief in the value of reaching results through multi sector integrated programming and via multi stakeholder engagement
  • Experience in large displacement contexts, ideally the Syria response and ability to deal with programmatic and technical complexity
  • Experience with major donors (EU, ECHO, BMZ, German Federal Foreign Office, KFW, BPRM, BHA, UN Organizations)
  • Robust experience in programme design, proposal development, Theory of Change, donor reporting, work-plan and budget development
  • Proven success in grant acquisition and institutional donor relations
  • Experience in leading country programme strategy processes
  • Good at setting direction with a strategic mindset and demonstrated experience in planning, coordinating and leading processes that include multiple stakeholders
  • Readiness to receive necessary vaccinations for traveling to Welthungerhilfe's programme countries
  • Excellent spoken and written English; German, Turkish and/or Arabic language skills are an advantage

Our offer

We offer you the opportunity to work in a responsible and interesting field as part of an extremely dedicated team. Welthungerhilfe attaches great importance to the personal and professional development of its employees and the balance of their work and private life. Remuneration is based on our gender-independent salary scale. In addition, Welthungerhilfe offers numerous other benefits, which are listed under "Our benefits".

Please send your application via our online recruiting system by June 16, 2024. Your contact person is Nawid Ketabi.Welthungerhilfe is committed to fighting terrorism in all its activities. Accordingly, any applicant who is offered employment will be screened against lists of known and suspected terrorists.

*Welthungerhilfe values diversity and ensures an inclusive, non-discriminatory working environment. We welcome applications from suitably qualified people from all sections of the community.

This vacancy is now closed.