Global Communities

Program Director, Humanitarian Assistance, Yemen

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Field - Chief of Party/ Program Director


The Program Director will oversee daily program operations and coordination of all aspects of Global Communities’ humanitarian programming in Yemen. The Continued Recovery, Emergency Assistance and Training Engagement in Yemen (CREATE Yemen) Program is intended to implement an early recovery program in southern Yemen that will include the distribution of livestock and agricultural inputs, hygiene training, and livelihoods activities. Global Communities is also implementing the Northern Support to Yemen for Infrastructure, Cash Assistance and Livelihoods (NSYNC Livelihoods) Program that distributes agricultural inputs, provides hygiene training, and conducts water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) infrastructure rehabilitation projects in northern Yemen. The Program Director will collaborate with the Yemen Country Director and the Department of Humanitarian Assistance (HA) in the ongoing development of an overall humanitarian/early recovery programming strategy for Yemen.


This position is based in Global Communities’ office in Sana’a, Yemen or Aden, Yemen, or may be based remotely from Amman, Jordan depending on the security situation. This position reports to the Yemen Country Director. This is an unaccompanied post.


  • Collaborate with Country Director to provide strategic vision and leadership for Global Communities’ humanitarian portfolio in Yemen.
  • Oversee day-to-day implementation of all OFDA humanitarian programming.
  • Ensure transparency of bidding processes and beneficiary selection; provide input on program selection and implementation.
  • Supervise Deputy Program Manager(s) and technical component leads to identify and develop strategies to respond to any acute programming challenges or shifts in programming that could affect its successful completion.
  • Work with the Deputy Program Manager(s), Finance Manager(s) and Director of Finance and Administration to track program budget and expenditures, ensuring that program is being implemented on-budget.
  • Responsible for coordinating timely OFDA program reporting, including bi-weekly, monthly and quarterly reports, to the Country Director and HQ as per Global Communities and donor requirements.
  • Participate and lead in the development of communications materials, such as fact sheets, success stories and case studies.
  • Ensure M&E staff are actively monitoring the program, and work with the program team to adjust activities as needed.
  • Develop and continuously review workplan and deliverable targets with Deputy Program Manager(s) and technical component leads.
  • Represent Global Communities at relevant cluster/sector working group meetings as appropriate.
  • Support and strengthen country office procedures and policies as necessary for effective program implementation.
  • Directly supervise a team of 27 local staff.
  • Establish work plans and annual performance goals for staff, ensuring timely and quality execution of deliverables.
  • Make recommendations concerning employment, termination, performance, and other personnel actions.
  • Ensure adherence to Global Communities Standards of Conduct, Employee Handbook, and other corporate and applicable policies and procedures.
  • Works with the Country Director and HQ to expand and develop new humanitarian programming in Yemen.
  • All other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Proven success overseeing start-up and implementation of humanitarian response programs.
  • Proficient in USAID/OFDA and FFP rules and regulations.
  • Willingness and ability to travel to and work in high threat environments.
  • Strong staff and program management skills with proven experience in humanitarian negotiation.
  • Strong diplomatic and interpersonal skills negotiating and working with foreign experts, managers, government and non-government officials, local staff, and target populations.
  • Fluency in English, working knowledge of Arabic highly desirable.


  • A Master’s Degree in a related field.
  • A minimum of 5 years of international development experience, at least 3 of which are specifically focused on program and/or operations management.
  • A minimum of 3 years prior supervisory experience.
  • A minimum of 3 years prior experience working in emergency, conflict, post-conflict, or post-disaster settings.
  • Experience working on USAID/OFDA-funded programs.
  • Experience managing humanitarian response and recovery programs.
  • Experience working with local national staff and building local capacity, as well as remote management.
  • Experience working with sub-grantees and/or local partner organizations.
  • Prior experience in the MENA region preferred.


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