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Director, Programs (Internationally recruited)

Rome (Italy)

  • Organization: IDLO - International Development Law Organization
  • Location: Rome (Italy)
  • Grade: Band C - Executive Management level - Senior Executive level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Legal - International Law
    • Development Cooperation and Sustainable Development Goals
  • Closing Date: 2020-01-20

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The Department of Programs is responsible for the overall management and coordination of IDLO’s program development, delivery and reporting. The Department ensures implementation of IDLO’s global program portfolio through country (project) offices or from Headquarters or other locations, in line with the organizational strategy. It actively participates in program design and development in coordination with the relevant country offices and Departments, and contributes to driving the program lifecycle to promote innovation, learning, thought leadership, and quality in IDLO’s work; coordinates and supports monitoring, compliance, quality control, and reporting; engages stakeholders and donors in the implementation of IDLO’s work in order to maintain and build IDLO’s profile and relationships, in collaboration with other functional areas within the Organization. It supports the capacity development function of IDLO’s programs. It manages systems and databases to ensure project compliance on deliverables and donor reporting; provides administrative and logistical support for the implementation of IDLO’s program portfolio.

In 2019 the Department managed a global program portfolio of 150 million euro with support of 17 country offices.

Reporting directly to the Director-General, the Director, Programs is responsible for leading the development of innovative and complex programs overseeing the Program Department in Headquarters and ensuring strategic guidance and oversight of all IDLO’s country programs. He/she will be expected to:

  • Lead the development of IDLO’s programs, in close coordination with the Director for Program Development and Strategic Initiatives, oversee their timely and effective management and implementation, and ensure that a coherent strategy is in place to integrate the different program/thematic areas and advance IDLO’s work in rule of law;
  • Ensure that IDLO’s programming integrates IDLO’s cross-cutting priorities and competencies (e.g. gender, human rights, capacity development etc.) as well as the organizational values and lessons learnt to maintain the distinct IDLO programming brand;
  • With support from the Deputy Director Programs, supervise the Regional or Thematic Program Managers, as well as other Units in the Programs Department;
  • Provide strategic oversight, guidance and support to IDLO’s Country managers to advance programs, government relations and partnerships in line with the goals and objectives of IDLO’s Strategic and Annual Management Plans;
  • Coordinate efforts, in line with best practices, to develop key performance indicators and metrics for success and hold managers accountable for meeting such targets; as well as knowledge-gathering and management to enable validation or re-examination of IDLO’s approach to delivering successful programs and projects;
  • Lead, design, and manage internal work processes, instituting work plans and timelines; coordinate and monitor use of internal resources, ensuring appropriate compliance and reporting;
  • Collaborate closely with the Strategic Communications Department to ensure the Organization is disseminating the most informative and accurate messaging concerning its activities; act as a key spokesperson of the Organization in this regard;
  • In collaboration with the Director for Policy Research, Advocacy and Learning, represent IDLO in external events and with external stakeholders (e.g. governments, development partners, civil society, etc.) to advocate IDLO’s policies and positions on rule of law issues;
  • Support the Director-General in her accountability to the IDLO’s governing bodies, by ensuring appropriate and timely contributions to reports and meetings, as requested;
  • Support the Director-General, and work in collaboration with the Director, Program Development and Strategic Initiatives, and Strategic Partnership Unit, to engage the donor community and funding partners with a view to enhancing IDLO’s political and financial support;
  • Build institutional relationships/partnerships and expand networks of collaboration that positions the IDLO as an established and trusted partner in international development and as a critical contributor to the area of rule of law;
  • Serve as a member of the IDLO Senior Leadership Team and contribute to the shaping, defining and implementing IDLO’s vision and strategy;
  • With delegated authority from the Director-General, chair the Security Management Team/HQ and lead in creating a culture of security and safety throughout the Organization in line with the Security Risk Management Policy Framework.;
  • Effectively lead staff by providing clear direction, addressing staff development, and implementing performance management through ongoing dialogue, feedback, and mentoring; motivate and support staff with a view to fostering a teamwork approach in meeting objectives and goals; address possible conflicts in a positive and constructive manner; encourage initiative and maintain effective working relationships within a multi-cultural setting;
  • Develop and oversee the implementation of an annual program of work and budget for the Department.


Education and Professional Experience

  • Advanced university degree in International Relations, International Law, Political Science, Social Sciences, International Development or related field;
  • Minimum 15 years of experience in relevant senior positions of increasing scope and responsibility in Program Development, Program Implementation and/or Capacity Building in the Rule of Law sector, peacebuilding, human rights and development or related sectors;
  • Successful experience in senior leadership roles at Headquarters level;
  • Strong international development credentials and demonstrated committed to the rule of law;
  • Highly networked to drive resource mobilization as well as international program development and expansion;
  • Relevant experience and gravitas to be able to work with officials at a senior level in development partner organizations governments and other stakeholders;
  • Proven field experience in progressive leadership roles, as well as extensive knowledge of intergovernmental organizations, international NGOs and bilateral and multilateral donors.


  • Outstanding written and verbal skills in English. Fluency in other current working languages (French or Spanish) would be highly desirable.

Skills, Knowledge and Technical Competencies

  • Strong people skills: Is accessible, acts as a role model and provides constructive feedback and offers guidance to colleagues. Takes initiative to learn, share knowledge, experiences and information with others. Accepts and gives constructive feedback (up, down and across) to develop and motivate others.
  • Collaborative approach: Works well with others and actively participates in building and leading teams across the organization, using participatory and inclusive approaches. Shares information, contributes, encourages and motivates others to become involved in team activities.
  • Strong commitment to gender equality, cultural diversity and inclusive approaches
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Familiarity with standard program and data management tools, as well as results-based management and monitoring and evaluation principles;
  • Good knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Proficient use of other ICT and internet software.
  • Proven ability to see through tasks set and deliver results.
  • The ability to work under pressure with tight deadlines, flexibility and an entrepreneurial spirit.
  • Ability and willingness to travel including to hostile environments, if necessary.
  • Keen sense of ethics, integrity, and commitment to IDLO’s mandate and values.


For this internationally recruited position, IDLO will offer the selected candidate a Professional Fixed-Term Contract of 24 months, with the possibility of extension subject to performance and availability of funding, at an annual basic salary of EUR €105,000, a comprehensive leave and benefit package, including home leave, provident fund, and health insurance in accordance with IDLO Employee Regulations and Rules.

Salaries paid by IDLO to employees are exempt from taxation in Italy. IDLO employees are responsible for compliance with income tax laws of their country of nationality or residence and/or any other relevant fiscal jurisdiction.

Relocation, installation, expatriate and educational allowances are also available for internationally recruited employees in accordance with IDLO Employee Regulations and Rules.


The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of the work being performed by the staff member assigned to this work. This is not an exhaustive list of all duties and responsibilities.

The Director-General of IDLO reserves the right to amend and change responsibilities or even to cancel the recruitment to meet business and organizational needs as necessary.

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