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INTERSOS is an independent humanitarian organization that assists the victims of natural disasters, armed conflicts and exclusion. Its activities are based on the principles of solidarity, justice, human dignity, equality of rights and opportunities, respect for diversity and coexistence, paying special attention to the most vulnerable people**.**

Terms of reference

Job Title: Head of Program-Roster

Code: SR-999-9423

Duty station: Various countries

Starting date: 01/09/2024

Contract duration: 12 months

Reporting to: Country Director

Supervision of: Technical Coordinators, Project Managers (according to country of assignment)

Functional Supervisor: Deputy Regional Director

Type of duty station: Non-family duty station

General context of the project

We are seeking qualified and experienced individuals to join our roster for deployment as Head of Programmes in various locations around the world. This is a roster position, meaning deployments will be based on need and may occur with short notice.

Selected candidates will be contacted for specific deployments based on their area of expertise and language skills.

General purpose of the position

The Head of Program is responsible for the overall program strategy across the country and for providing technical input to the team within the different sectors.

S/he is also responsible for developing policies, processes and standards within the respective area of responsibility. S/he will enable and oversee the monitoring and evaluation of the activities across the country and s/he is finally responsible for the development of the portfolio, ensuring consistent donors reporting, internal and external representation. Ultimately, s/he will be active in high level and strategic decision-making, collaborating closely with the Country Director and the Head of Operations.

Main responsibilities and tasks

Strategy and vision

  • Contribute to the development and update of the country strategy, within INTERSOS overall global strategic plan, values and principles
  • Work as part of the Senior Management Team to share ideas and program recommendations, supporting and implementing continuous improvement on activities, processes and procedures to optimise results and improve quality of delivery in line with quality standards
  • Determine, set and deliver goals and objectives for the program team in line with the mission strategic objectives
  • Develop in collaboration with technical referents, high quality program strategies and proposals in relevance with context and needs
  • Ensure that program strategies and processes are in place to meet quality implementation and to achieve the targets.
  • Develop holistic and needs-based programs, identifying funding opportunities and strategic partnerships.
  • Design and roll-out creative and innovative programming, lead assessments for rapid response or scale-up programming in existing or new areas of intervention
  • Together with the Country Director and the Head of Operations, create and implement best practice program management vision, strategy, policies, processes and procedures to aid and improve organizational performance
  • Supervise the design of standards and processes with technical referents at Mission level.

Program management

  • Supervise and guide the program team (Program Managers, Grants & Reporting Managers, Technical Coordinators)
  • Ensure program coordination and coherence across portfolio
  • Ensure program and project reviews are regularly and effectively conducted, monitor the delivery of programs based on work plan
  • Together with the Head of Operations, ensure adequate resources allocation are provisioned to deliver programs.
  • Trigger and oversee the design of concept notes, proposals and budgets for cost-related activities, ensuring the coordination with Program Managers, Grants & Reporting Manager, Technical Units and support functions (HR, Finance, Logistics and Security), in line with INTERSOS and donors’ requirements
  • Ensure timely communication and information flow on program achievements to internal and external parties
  • Conduct risk assessments of the program activities and related processes

Accountability and quality control

  • Oversee and support continuous improvement of program quality standards
  • Explore innovative solutions to improve the impact on program
  • Oversee the program development, implementation, ensuring targets and quality are respected in collaboration with MEAL department
  • Ensure the appropriate systems and procedures are established and followed, ensuring best practices in project management are developed and adopted with appropriate program management frameworks in place

Representation and advocacy

  • Together with the Country Director and Head of Operations, establish strong and efficient partnerships with organisations, donors and authorities, in line with the country strategy
  • Represent INTERSOS in relevant coordination forums
  • Contribute to the definition of the country advocacy strategy and represent INTERSOS within national and international media and participate in community activities as appropriate
  • Upon delegation of authority, act as Country Director when needed

People management

  • Lead the program team ensuring daily supervision and regular support to maximize efficient performance
  • Communicate with the program team on program status, risks and issues in an appropriate and timely manner. Ensure regular and timely communication between project team members
  • Monitor the completion of tasks and ensure good performance and record on appropriate systems
  • Motivate and coach the program team. Communicate key performance Indicators (KPIs) to the staffs so that they are aware of the strategic annual plan
  • Consistently promote high standards through personal example and roll out through the team so that each member understands the standards and the behaviours expected
  • In collaboration with the HR Coordinator, undertake continuous training and staffs’ development. Inspire the team and provide technical expertise
  • In collaboration with Protection and/or Medical coordinator, support the identification and deployment of the technical skill sets, resource levels and systems to deliver projects, including the engagement of external resources as required

Required profile and experience


  • BA in relevant field, Master in Business Administration or equivalent

Professional Experience

  • Essential working experience of at least 5 (five years) in related activities at Senior Management level

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Professional Requirements

  • Experience in setting up new projects and programs and of developing and implementing departmental and organisational strategies
  • Experience of planning, budgeting and executing complex strategies
  • Experience in managing medical, protection and interdepartmental technical staffs


  • English or French according to the country
  • Essential computer literacy (word, excel and internet)

Personal requirements

  • Strategic vision
  • Leadership, people management and development
  • Planning and organizational skills and ability to meet deadlines
  • Teamwork and cooperation
  • Negotiation and networking skills
  • Behavioural flexibility
  • Innovation and creativity
  • Decision-making and influence
  • Communication skills written and oral
  • Excellent budget/financial management skills
  • Commitment to INTERSOS principles

How to apply

Interested candidates are invited to apply following the link here

Please note that our application process is made of 3 quick stepsregister (including your name, email, password and citizenship), sign-up and apply by attaching your CV in PDF format. Through the platform, candidates will be able to track their applications’ history with INTERSOS.

Please also mention the name, position and contact details of at least three references: two line managers and one HR referent. Family members are to be excluded.

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted for the first interview.

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