Coptic Orphans
  • Cairo, EGY
  • Salary
  • Full Time

Programs Director - Cairo, Egypt

The Programs Director is an experience and skilled professional, whose work is critically important to implementing Coptic Orphans' development programs in Egypt.  He/she, in collaboration with the Headquarters Program Director and other management personnel, leads and directs specialized programs that cover education, social, and/or gender issues; continually seeking improvement and further development.  He/she must be ahead of the curve of organizational growth in program implementation, and may propose new initiatives as the organization grows.
The incumbent must be results-oriented, and monitor and evaluate programs to ensure that goals are achieved.  He/she communicates progress to all stakeholders such as management, grant-making entities, etc.  This is a senior level position working closely with the organization's top management. The position entails extensive travel to oversee programs.  
Our strong commitment to excellence in service delivery means that we seek only the best people to carry out our mission. 
At Coptic Orphans, we are committed to a Child-Safe environment as the children's dignity, safety, and well-being are at the center of all we do. As such, all selected candidates will be required to submit to a criminal background check, or working with children check, as part of of their hiring process. Continued employment is contingent upon the check indicating clear records of any child-related violations. Check may be repeated as required by each country's laws and provisions.
Essential Functions and Responsibilities:
The Programs Director directs and oversees all aspects of the implementation of new and existing programs; designs, plans, develops, and coordinates monitoring and evaluation systems and instruments.  
  1. Direct and oversee project/programs.  Monitor and evaluate the progress of the work to ensure achievement of program/project goals, objectives and results; making use of strong training component.
  2. Ensure complete and comprehensive documentation of program policies and processes and the communications of these policies and processes to the field.  
  3. Compile and oversee technical and financial reporting on programs, outlining progress made towards the achievement of targeted results, challenges faced, lessons learned and recommendations for future direction.  
  4. Network and seek partnerships with entities that share Coptic Orphans' goals in order to reap mutual benefits, and to promote the organization's visibility through awards and other recognition of our programs.  
  5. Serve as the lead officer with all stakeholders, internal and external, such as the church, partners, grant-making entities, etc., and liaise with external clients and partners concerning assigned projects and/or programs.  
  6. Effectively coordinate and work with Headquarters Program Director, other management, and program staff (in Egypt and HQ) to: 
    • Prepare and   maintain detailed implementation plans including budget development 
    • Monitor and realign plans for all activities as necessary 
    • Carry out assessments;
    • Monitor field projects with the program staff
    • Manage and support program staff throughout all phases of program implementation  
  7. Represent Coptic Orphans and speak at key events, government meetings, conferences, NGO forums, churches, etc. as called for by assigned project(s). 

Required Education, Experience, Knowledge and Skills:

  1. MA and 10+ years of professional experience, with at least 7 years in the field of human development, particularly in the areas of education, gender and child rights or closely related field; or a BA in the previously mentioned fields, with 15 years of work experience, including 10 years of relevant experience.
  2. Proven knowledge and experience in human and social development work.
  3. Experience in project management, program design, monitoring, evaluation and plan implementation.
  4. Advanced analytical skills and experience in data reporting.
  5. Outstanding leadership and management skills a must.  Minimum of 7 years of management experience.
  6. Strong interpersonal, communication and team building skills, ability to direct self and others.
  7. Excellent verbal and written communication skills and proficiency in the Arabic and English.
  8. Emotional intelligence and cultural sensitivity are essential.   
  9. Experience in managing grants from U.S. funding bodies is very favorable and will be highly regarded.
Fiscal Responsibilities:
  • Responsible for the annual and long-range budgeting for program activities, in collaboration with other management personnel as appropriate.  

Extent of Public Contact (within and outside the organization):

  • Extensive daily contact with field staff, agencies, HQ and the staff of Coptic Orphans' other country offices.  
  • Extensive contact with various levels and ranks of partner organizations, grant-making entities and other current or potential supporters. 

Working Conditions and Environment:

  • Requires frequent in-country travel, and occasional international travel; estimated at 10-30% of the year.
  • Must be able to work on weekend and/or evenings as necessary.
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