Programme Director

Aga Khan Agency for Habitat (AKAH)
  • Location
    As Salamiyah, Syrian Arab Republic
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career / Advanced
  • Posted
    Jul 29

Position description

The Program Director will provide strategic and operational leadership to the start-up of a new country unit for Aga Khan Agency for Habitat in Syria.

This will include local set up of operational processes; hiring and managing the country team, oversee the preparation of annual budgets as guided by the CEO and be responsible for the development and implementation of annual and long-term work plans.

  • Responsible to deliver the annual work plans to achieve the M&E AKAH indicators on time and on budget;
  • Develops field unit plans and activities, in line with the global agency strategy and operations;
  • Ensures that the thematic working teams e.g. planning/building and emergency management, work in tandem and coordinate plans and activities to ensure synergy and effectiveness to meet the demands of the population served;
  • Ensures constructive and regular engagement with implementation partners to successfully deliver the program priorities;
  • Responsible to oversee the quality of all construction and operational work carried out including building that are structurally resilient to earthquakes and other natural disasters;
  • Accountable for all training of communities and ensuring they are as equipped as possible to cope with disaster events;
  • Accountable to ensure that the unit, with the support of trained volunteers and others, is able to respond to emergency situations in an effective and timely manner;
  • Fosters collaboration and consultation on implementation issues between AKAH unit and other AKDN units in the country.
  • Prepare and submit grant applications and funding proposals as appropriate and ensures that all donor grants are managed and reported upon appropriately, through quality reports;
  • Inspires, manages and coaches local staff members in the technical and management core competency areas defined by AKAH.


  • A post graduate qualification in a relevant or related field Masters in International Development, DRR Emergency Response, Business Administration,
  • Experience managing field units involved in a significant amount of programme implementation;
  • Experience managing an operation/programs for a minimum of 7 years with a large and diverse (ethnically, culturally, religiously) staff complement;
  • Experience overseeing the preparation of large and complex budgets; and 
  • Proven managerial skills with written and oral fluency in English

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