Director of Program Development and Impact – Generic Posting

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CARE established its presence in Lebanon in 2006 and has been responding to the Syrian Crisis since late 2012. Among CARE’s key imperatives is putting people it serves first through implementing cutting edge programming in areas it operates. CARE currently carries out activities in Beirut, Mount Lebanon, Akkar, North Lebanon, South Lebanon, and the Beqaa Valley. CARE implements both emergency and development projects contributing to livelihood, food security, protection, gender, shelter, and water, sanitation and hygiene. It targets the most vulnerable people and populations, both host communities and refugees. Over the course of 7 years, it has supported over than half a million beneficiaries.

In Lebanon, CARE’s program strategy for the upcoming years will focus on strengthening and expanding its emergency response and capacity to provide basic assistance services while pursuing development projects in areas of food security and livelihood support, gender and protection. CARE intends to maintain its presence in all areas of Lebanon.

CARE Lebanon has scaled up rapidly over the past few years and today it has about 90 staff members, with more than 15 different local/international partner organizations. 90% of the team is composed of national staff, with a symbolic number of international members.

Member of the Senior Management Team, the post holder will be expected to lead on strategizing at program level, specifically regarding program development, donor positioning, program integration and finally developing sustainable reach capacities in the area of Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning.


More than 5 years’ experience in a similar role with successful management experience

More than 10 years’ experience working in INGO programs

Very good knowledge of Lebanon, Middle East context and its communities

Excellent knowledge of donor expectations, networking and relationship building

Strategic and program development experience

Experience in working in partnership with local and international organizations

Experience in budget designs

Strong analytical skills and excellent documentation and communication skills are essential.

Demonstrated ability to work under pressure, excellent planning skills and provide timely quality information and reports

Ability to work well with a team and establish relationships with other teams/offices

Cultural awareness and ability to work well in an international environment with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures with highly developed interpersonal skills and fluency in English


  • Demonstrated experience in strategic programme development
  • Ability to build and update donor landscaping documents and related fundraising strategies. Familiar with major donor compliance standards
  • Knows well INGO programming cycles and has a sense of how aid is reshaping (i.e. partnership opportunities and challenges).
  • Strong analytical skills, and ability to design and direct sector/area plans
  • Ability to work independently with minimum supervision and with open leadership
  • Strong sense of ownership and able to see through the completion of task assigned
  • Demonstrated managerial and practical experience
  • Excellent time management skills, ability to organize and prioritize tasks, and meet deadlines
  • Sense of diplomacy and negotiation
  • Ability to operate effectively in a stressful environment
  • Flexible and adaptable
  • Ability to improve and institutionalize approved program development and grant reporting processes
  • Adapt to changing environment
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with ability to ensure Program Development and Impact department objectives and understanding among all teams
  • Decision-making skills
  • Demonstrate fairness, integrity and impartiality

Responsibilities and Tasks:

Responsibility #1: Strategic Planning & programme development

  • As member of the SMT, contribute to the development, maintenance, and review of programme strategy for CIL.
  • Take a lead role in developing program strategies
  • Ensure integration of relevant technical inputs to country strategy, proposals and reports
  • Lead on conceptualizing and designing cost effective, innovative and high quality programs
  • Ensure that programs are consistent with strategic CIL documents like Rapid Gender Analysis, Country Program Strategy, and with the CARE International program objectives globally.
  • Initiate new project concepts and possibly lead small pilot projects which will transition later to the implementation team.

Responsibility #2: Program Design and Technical Assistance

  • Ensure that the CIL Country Office has a quality, multi-sectoral program activity reflecting all major technical and sectoral aspects of the CARE International global strategy
  • Ensure the design and development of woman focused emergency and development programs of a high quality that contribute to the Country Office’s strategies and plans, informed by CARE International global standards and principles
  • Ensure that the different technical coordinators of the Country Office are coordinated, integrated and support each other to optimize programs and projects
  • Ensure that technical staff provide input into proposals and proactively and regularly communicate planned requirements for program design and implementation to relevant Country Office departments/functions
  • Support the Director of Programme Implementation and team in ensuring adequate resources for program activities from various in country and international, institutional donors.
  • Ensure excellent coordination and cooperation with Implementation teams

Responsibility #3: Assessment, Monitoring and Evaluation

  • Maintain a robust M&E system to measure achievement and progress toward program goals and results
  • Measure achievement and progress toward program goals and results through the M&E system
  • Contribute to grants/projects reporting and total reach annual compilation
  • Lead on internal and external program/project evaluations as necessary and ensure the execution of baseline, periodic, and final evaluations as necessary in coordination with the programme implementation team
  • Oversee CARE International Lebanon research programs

Responsibility 4: Sector Coordinator Support and Oversight

  • Provide guidance and leadership support to Sector Coordinators in Gender-Protection, FSL, Shelter and WASH
  • Ensure Sector Coordinators have sufficient technical and management guidance and resourcing support from CIL to effectively represent in respective forums/WGs.
  • Engage with UN Agencies on a sectoral or cross-sectors basis

Responsibility 5: Knowledge Management

  • Ensure learning by the country program from relevant best practice and assess performance regularly against agreed program objectives and indicators
  • Ensure learning by the country program from relevant best practices internally and externally both nationally and globally and make learning from CIL available for other CI offices.
  • Engage in relevant national and global networks
  • Ensure the establishment and operationalization of an online system that will enable CIL staff to access a centralized data and information system

Responsibility 6: Engagement with Partners to develop effective partnerships

  • Assess the current partnerships portfolio identifying strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats, to inform strategic decision-making
  • Develop CARE International Lebanon Partnership strategies based on CARE’s Programme strategies and consultation with partners and CARE staff
  • Facilitate partner involvement in CARE proposals and input directly to ensure partner design and costs are appropriately represented and adequately resourced
  • Propose, design and pilot innovative approaches to working in effective partnerships to deliver upon CARE programmes and partnerships strategies
  • Support, guide, and oversee a full menu of capacity assessment and building support for partners as identified/requested by partners.
  • Provide support to partners’ proposal development from an organizational and operational standpoint

Responsibility #7: Staff Management, Mentorship, and Development – Program Development

  • Ensure appropriate staffing within Program Development and MEAL
  • Ensure that all staff understand and are able to perform their role
  • Manage Program Sector Coordinators, Partnership Manager, MEAL Manager and SPO team; define expectations, provide leadership and technical support as needed, and evaluate direct reports regularly
  • Ensure the recruitment, training, and promotion of staff as appropriate and ensure availability of appropriate professional development opportunities for staff
  • Incorporate staff development strategies and Performance Management Systems into team building process. Establish result-based system and follow up
  • Manage the performance of all staff in the Program Development and Impact work area through:
  • * Effective use of the country office’s Performance Management System including the establishment of clear, measurable objectives, ongoing feedback, periodic reviews and fair and unbiased evaluations;
    • Coaching, mentoring and other developmental opportunities;
    • Recognition and rewards for outstanding performance;
    • Documentation of performance that is less than satisfactory, with appropriate performance improvements/ workplans


Master’s degree in Social Sciences, International relations or related fields.

A minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in social sciences, etc

Requirements: Valid Driving License

Posting Restrictions: Flexible

How to apply

PSEA and Save Guarding Child policy

CARE International in Lebanon is an Equal Opportunity Employer and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any kind. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status.

CARE International in Lebanon and its employees and stakeholders abide by the CARE International Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (PSEA) and Child Safeguarding Policy.


Candidates will only be further screened if the application form and resume are submitted through the above link. Interviews are being conducted on a rolling basis.

After you submit your application and resume, if you are further shortlisted based on your qualifications and sector, you will be scheduled for an test/ interview. Once you pass the interview, you will then become part of the CARE Lebanon roster pool. Once in this pool, when the needed position is vacant, you will receive a private request of the position. You can choose to apply to the position or not. If you are not being approached by our Human Resources team, please consider your application automatically registered in our database.

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