Coptic Orphans
  • Fairfax, VA, USA
  • Salary
  • Full Time

In addition to a base salary, employee benefits include medical, dental and vision coverage; life insurance; 403(b) retirement plan; short & long-term disability insurance; and a Health Savings Plan.

Programs Director - Washington, DC 

The Programs Director is a member of the organization's senior management. He/she has strong strategic, design, and analytical skills. He/she leads and oversees the existing development programs of Coptic Orphans, which cover educational, social, and gender programs, serving over 10,000 program participants throughout Egypt at any given time.  He/she also develops new initiatives and programs as the organization grows and expands the number of participants and/or the programs offered. This is a senior-level position working closely with the Executive Director and entails extensive travel to Egypt.  
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 designs, plans, develops, coordinates, and implements new and existing programs.  He/she is responsible for developing and managing implementation phases, and for coordinating implementation with the organization's Egypt office by providing guidance and support to the field staff.  This professional must be results-oriented, and must monitor and ensure program goals and results are achieved.

New Initiatives: 

  • Initiate, design, plan, implement, and lead new innovative, sustainable programs that strategically achieve the long- and short-range goals and mission of Coptic Orphans of developing and educating impoverished, vulnerable children in Egypt.
  • Direct necessary focus, resources, and efforts to substantially promote education initiatives.
  • Seek funding opportunities that can be used to further the mission and goals of the organization.

Building on Current Initiatives: 

  • Direct and oversee continued success and expansion of current programs designed to improve children's lives through education and breaking the cycle of poverty. Among the existing programs are Not Alone, Serve to Learn, International Volunteer, Valuable Girl, and the B'edaya microfinance initiative. These are all are geared towards developing children and improving their success and opportunities.  
  • Seek partnerships with like-minded entities and with goals similar to those of Coptic Orphans. Raise the organization's profile through winning awards and achieving recognition of our programs and initiatives.  
  • Create and maintain a five-year plan, and revise it as challenges and needs change and evolve. 
  • Evaluate program results and make recommendations for future direction. 
  • Compile technical and financial reports for each program, outlining progress made towards the achievement of targeted results, challenges faced, lessons learned, and recommendations for grantors and stakeholders.
  • Effectively work and coordinate with management and program staff in Egypt to: prepare and maintain annual detailed implementation plans for each program, including budget development for each program for all activities to be conducted; carry out assessments, while monitoring field projects with the program staff; support field staff during program implementation.
  • Represent Coptic Orphans and speak at key events, government meetings, conferences, NGO forums, etc.
Supervisory Responsibilities:
  • None
 Required Education, Experience, Knowledge and Skills:

The Programs Director must have advanced technical skills to see new programs through their implementation to successful completion, and to achieve program goals through effective management of resources. He/she must have strong project management skills to advance and support existing programs.  He/she must have an in-depth understanding of Coptic culture, its dynamics, challenges, and needs, in order to make an impact through programs designed to address the challenges.  The Programs Director must have:

  • Masters degree and 10 years experience in the field of human development, particularly in the area of monitoring and evaluation, education, gender and child rights, or closely related field; or a BA degree in the previously mentioned fields with 15 years of experience.
  • Knowledge and experience in transformational development.
  • Experience in program design, monitoring, evaluating, and implementation plans.
  • Analytical skills and experience in data reporting.
  • Strong interpersonal, communications, and team-building skills.
  • Ability to self-direct.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Proficiency in the Arabic and English languages.
  • Fiscal Responsibilities (budgeting responsibilities, approval privileges on purchase orders and check requests, reporting and auditing functions)
  • Responsible for the annual and long-range budgeting for program activities. 
Extent of Public Contact (within and outside the organization):
  • Extensive daily contact with field staff, agencies, HQ and other country offices.
  • Extensive contact with various levels and ranks in partnering organizations, granting entities and other current or potential supporters.
 Physical Demands (walking, lifting, carrying, etc.):
  • Typical office enviornment, walking, sitting, typing and driving; occasional lifting of boxes and luggage during travel.
 Working Conditions and Environment (i.e., necessary travel, unusual work hours, etc.):
  • Required frequent International and Domestic travel; estimated at 25-30% of the year.
  • Must be able to work on weekend and/or evening as necessary.
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