Programme Manager


Demande d'emploi

Programme Manager Recruitment /Re-advertisement


Job Title: Programme Manager
Date of re-advertisement 22nd March 2022
Responsible to: Country Representative
Responsible for: Project Coordinators x 2
Key internal relationships:

Senior Finance Officer (Burundi)

Cashier & Operations Assistant (Burundi)

Driver (Burundi)

Programme Development Team (UK)

Head of Operations (UK)


Key external relationships:

Implementing partners


Project participants (groups, local authorities and community members)

Consultants and service providers

Location: Full time position based in Bujumbura (with provincial travel as needed)
Period:  Initial 18 month fixed term with potential to renew
Salary scale:

Gross salary range: 3m – 3.7m (BIF) monthly inclusive of allowances. Taxes will be deducted.

Other benefits: medical and pension contribution


Job Context

Cord is an international charity working to make peace a reality. We work to build the relationship between those in power and local communities.

We believe that people flourish when all parts of society work together. Peaceful relationships make that possible. The simple act of talking begins a journey of growth which transforms mistrust, includes the excluded and turns adversaries into allies.

This vision, our mission and our values are inspired by the Christian faith and based on these values we work with and employ people of all faiths and none.

Cord has been working in Burundi since 2005 initially responding to vast numbers of returnees entering the country following the election and the hope of democratic process. Returnees experienced a lack of vital services, and the very real risk that former political and ethnic grievances could resurface. Cord sought to address the root causes of potential conflict, responding to immediate practical needs and building economic resilience. Cord’s programmes have focused on building social cohesion between host communities and returnees, different ethnic and socio-economic groups. As individuals begin to realise the power they have for change in their communities, Cord has built the capacity of marginalised groups to be peace actors, capable of reducing tensions before they erupt into violence.

The Burundi programme is currently focused on social cohesion and working with marginalised groups in particular young people, returnees and Batwa. Across these themes Cord’s approach is to develop capacity of civil society, to engage with powerholders, to build cooperation between communities and local authorities and always to promote participation and empowerment of community members.

The thematic focus is

- young people as agents for change by building socioeconomic resilience and resistance to political manipulation, building confidence to advocate for the needs of their communities, and by creating spaces for young people to interact with powerholders.

- reintegration of returnees by strengthening resilience, improving community cohesion between returnees and host communities, training on peacebuilding approaches, and empower community leaders, women and children to become agents of change for sustaining peacebuilding in the community.

- Participation and empowerment of Batwa communities by improving economic standing of Batwa, and building capacity to advocate for their rights and participation in policy.

The Programme Manager is based in Bujumbura with frequent travel to field project sites. S/He contributes to the attainment of Cord’s vision and mission through ensuring the effective management of Programme.

Initially the Programme Manager will lead the start-up and implementation of two projects focused on sustaining peace, socio-economic resilience and mental health & psycho social support. Alongside this, the Programme Manager will play a key role in continuing to develop the programme.

Applications are to be submitted to until 5th April 2022 at 4.00 PM (Bujumbura time). The application will include a motivation letter and curriculum Vitae with 3 persons of reference and not more than 3 pages (only English document will be received). Additional documents will be requested to shortlisted candidate for due diligence check and before closing the process.


Job Purpose

Cord implements peacebuilding projects in challenging contexts with some times limited civic participation space. The programmes are often multi-sectorial with clear peacebuilding components and approaches. The programme manager will bring understanding of peace building approaches to the role.

The primary purpose of the Programme Manager’s (PM) role focusses across 4 main areas: Programme Development, Programme Management, internal capacity development and Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability & Learning (MEAL)

Programme Development – The PM will play a key role in developing new project concepts as part of the Cord programme that align with Cord global and country’s strategy and meeting the needs identified within Burundi. S/He will identify funding opportunities, lead on the development of project proposals and build relationships with key donors in close collaboration with the Country Representative in order to secure new funding for the country programme. The PM will also contribute to match fundraising for projects where required.

Programme Management – The PM will oversee the implementation of multiple projects in the Cord country programme ensuring that design, implementation and reporting of activities are carried out effectively in line with best practices and donor requirements.

Internal Capacity Development – The PM will play a leading role in supporting the Cord implementation team develop their capacity and will lead on training and coaching in identified areas.

Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability & Learning (MEAL) - The PM role will lead the implementation of Cord’s MEAL approach including facilitating Outcome harvesting workshops and ensuring that Cord’s methodologies and impact in Burundi are well documented and effectively shared within the organisation and beyond.

Scope and Limits of Authority

The Programme Manager reports to the Country Representative and liaises closely with the Senior Finance Officer in country and the Cord Global support team.

The Programme Manager will oversee the work of project staff and is responsible for the management of the relationships with implementing partners and sub-contracts in relation to their implementation of projects.

The Programme Manager is authorised to approve expenditures on agreed sections of project budgets up to the limit detailed in the organisation’s Management and Authorisation Policy.


Areas of Responsibility

As outlined in the job purpose, the Programme Manager has responsibility across 4 key areas, namely programme development, programme management, internal capacity development and MEAL.

Programme Development

? Work closely with the country team, Country Representative & Programme

Development team to strategically develop the programme, this includes designing programme concepts, identifying funding opportunities & securing new programme funding.

? Actively preparing submissions & funding proposals.

? Liaise with key donors in collaboration with the Country representative and establish strong relationships.

? Build and maintain strategic partnership between Cord and various potential partners (INGO and local Partners) as well as government representatives.

? Support and contribute in shaping the overall strategy of Cord’s

programme in Burundi, and to develop and implement the agreed country plans.

Programme management

? Manage and drive project implementation; supervise project leaders to

ensure the programme delivers results that contributes to Cord’s global


? Develop donor reports as prescribed by the donor requirements.

? Manage the project budget(s) and plan expenditures and

upcoming costs in line with budgetary regulations.

? Ensure that appropriate documentation of the project is completed by the

staff in a timely manner in compliance with Cord's approach to learning,

knowledge management and donor requirements.

? Contribute to the development of relationships with implementing project


? Facilitate and coordinate project(s) partners meetings.

? Be accountable for the performance of the programme, compliance with Government protocols in relation to country operation and Cord policies and procedures.

? Identify synergies between the projects.

Capacity Development

? Contribute to building the capacity of staff (knowledge, skills and


? Assess the support necessary for organizational development of partners.

Develop and implement strategies to provide such support.

? Provide induction, training, coaching and advice to ensure the project

leaders are appropriately motivated and deliver on performance objectives.

Learning and M&E

? Lead on developing and implementing an M&E plan for each project and

ensuring appropriate data is collected to demonstrate evidence of impact.

? Lead on the implementation of Cord’s OMEAL and Outcome Harvesting

approach in Burundi, liaising with the Cord global team.

? Work closely with the Cord global team as appropriate to share learning,

M&E tools, best practices and resources in view to increase the effectiveness

and efficiency of Cord’s approach globally.

? Contribute to documenting and generating best practice as required.

? Support and / or facilitate M&E activities (including ensuring collection of monitoring data) to increase the understanding of the peacebuilding impact of the Cord’s programmes.



Knowledge and Qualifications

·         A relevant qualification or equivalent experience in project management (project cycle management, baseline, log frame analysis, theory of change, monitoring and reporting)

·         Experience & qualifications in peacebuilding will be a substantial advantage

·         A relevant qualification or equivalent in International development, Management Education, Social Sciences. A Master Degree is preferred.

·         At least 5 years work experience in project and/or grant management, capacity development and organizational development

·         Solid project management skills that include the ability to design and monitor project budgets

·         Understanding of the contemporary socio-political context of the country

·         Knowledge of good practices in people management

·         Understanding of the strengths of participatory methodologies, and a proven track record of partnership management

·         Understanding of the theory and practices of institutional development, capacity development, and learning an advantage

·         Background in Human Rights an advantage


·         Project management, including good planning and strong M&E skills

·         Experience of working for a peacebuilding organisation and/or on peacebuilding projects and programmes desirable

·         Experience of programme cycle management

·         Demonstrated experience of developing successful fundraising proposals

·         Demonstrated experience in successful negotiation of complex and diverse partnerships

·         Experience of working in partnership with cooperation agencies, other international NGOs, and local authorities as well as grassroots organizations

·         Development and use of monitoring and evaluation systems

·         Experience of reporting to donors

·         Experience in budget preparation and grant management

·         Experience in developing the capacity of team members and partners



·         Excellent project management skills

·         Demonstrated leadership skills including capacity to develop and promote shared values, a common perspective, respect and trust

·         Excellent negotiation and communication skills

·         Fluent in English & French; able to speak confidently and write clearly

·         Good interpersonal skills and the ability to collaborate effectively and non-confrontationally with a wide range of different people and to build a common language with diverse stakeholder groups.

·         Excellent report writing skills

·         Ability to conceptualise inter-relating programme elements

·         Good level of self-management, prioritization and time management

·         Computer literacy and good command of digital virtual tools

·         Ability to act as a facilitator in implementation activities


Personal Qualities

·         A strong commitment to Cord’s values and operating principles

·         Demonstrated commitment to peace and a vibrant civil society

·         Concern for the needs of vulnerable and disadvantaged people

·         Willingness to actively support democratic participation and an active engaged civil society

·         Sensitive to issues of gender and marginalized groups

·         Willing to live and work as part of a multi-cultural team in basic conditions

·         Proactive and emotionally mature individual who is able to adapt to varying situations

·         Flexible and adaptable

·         Results focused

·         Strategic thinker

·         Creative and participative approach to problem solving

·         Team player

·         Honesty and integrity

·         Patience and persistence to develop relationships with a range of stakeholders

·         High standards of professionalism