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Head of Programmes


  • Organization: Deutsche Welthungerhilfe
  • Location: Goma
  • 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 Programmes*

in Goma 

The position is to be filled as soon as possible, with an initial contract duration of two years. There are good prospects for an extension. Employment location will be Goma, Democratic Republic of the Congo, with frequent travel to project locations in the country.

Welthungerhilfe's (WHH) country programme in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is focusing on humanitarian aid as well as on integrated multi-sectorial development activities within the sectors of agriculture incl. value chain development, WASH, nutrition and infrastructure. The programme is funded by the German Government (GFFO, BMZ, GIZ, KfW), EU and USAID. As Head of Programmes, you will lead the development of the country programme under the supervision of the Country Directors and contribute to its implementation and monitoring in order to maximise the impact. In doing so, you will take into account the overall WHH strategy and quality standards and represent the organization both internally and externally as required. With your background in capacity building, you will strengthen and harmonize the quality of interventions and will coordinate proposal writing processes to expand our donor portfolio.

Your responsibilities

  • Coordinate programme development by leading or contributing towards needs assessments, concept notes and project proposals

  • Lead the programme team in supporting field managers (Area Managers and Heads of Project) and other project staff as needed with technical and project management guidance, including support to ensure successful completion of projects and compliance with WHH quality standards

  • Lead and support the MEAL Coordinator to ensure the production and use of M&E data and analysis, implementation of the accountability system and programme learning

  • Further develop the fundraising strategy of the DRC country programme

  • Develop an advocacy strategy for the DRC country programme

  • Develop a strategy to promote the triple nexus for the DRC country programme

  • Promote gender equality at programme level

  • Prepare, coordinate and facilitate strategic country meetings and other workshops in coordination with the Country Directors

  • Monitor contextual developments, including the humanitarian debate, and share relevant information with the DRC team and Head Office

Your profile

  • A university or college degree in humanitarian/development studies or an equivalent degree related to the position

  • At least 5 years of relevant working and project management experience (regional working experience would be an asset)

  • Relevant professional experience in programme coordination and capacity building

  • Proven reporting and organizational skills and a diverse donor relation experience (EU, USAID, FCDO, German donors)

  • Excellent and open communication, good teaming and networking skills

  • Readiness to receive necessary vaccinations for working in Welthungerhilfe's programme countries

  • Excellent spoken and written English and French

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 23, 2024. Your contact person is Peter Doerr.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.