Programme Manager

International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is the world’s largest humanitarian organization, with a network of 192-member National Societies. The overall aim of the IFRC is “to inspire, encourage, facilitate, and promote at all times all forms of humanitarian activities by National Societies with a view to preventing and alleviating human suffering and thereby contributing to the maintenance and promotion of human dignity and peace in the world.” The IFRC works to meet the needs and improve the lives of vulnerable people before, during and after disasters, health emergencies and other crises. The IFRC is part of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement (Movement), together with its member National Societies and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). The work of the IFRC is guided by the following fundamental principles: humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntary service, unity, and universality. The IFRC is led by its Secretary General, and has its Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. The Headquarters are organized into three main Divisions: (i) National Society Development and Operations Coordination; (ii) Global Relations, Humanitarian Diplomacy and Digitalization; and (iii) Management Policy, Strategy and Corporate Services. The IFRC has five regional offices in Africa, Asia Pacific, Middle East and North Africa, Europe, and the Americas. The IFRC also has country cluster delegation and country delegations throughout the world. Together, the Geneva Headquarters and the field structure (regional, cluster and country) comprise the IFRC Secretariat.

Detailed Job description / requirements:

Job description

Job Title
Programme Manager
Classification Level
Grade 8

Organizational Unit / Duty Station (Department   /   Zone   Office   / Delegation..... etc)

British Red Cross Delegation Nepal working under IFRC delegation in Nepal, Kathmandu
Immediate Supervisor’s Title
Country Manager
Technical Manager’s Title (if applicable)
Number of Direct Reports (if applicable)
Number of Indirect Reports (if applicable)

Organizational context (where the job is located in the Organization)

British Red Cross (BRC) a member of the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement (RCM) is committed to increasing impact of the RCM by supporting communities and individuals to better prepare for, withstand and recover from disasters, conflicts and other crises. Under the 2019-24 Corporate Strategy BRC has been increasing its support to the RCM’s disaster response operations around the world in the areas of disaster preparedness, health and social care, water, sanitation and hygiene, disaster risk reduction, and organisational development.

In Nepal BRC is supporting Nepal Red Cross Society (NRCS) in implementation of various donor and internal supported funding project/ program aligned with its regional action plan to strengthen disaster preparedness, DRR/M, Cash Preparedness, population and migration, Humanitarian response and recovery, National Society Development, to improve the disaster resilience of local governments, the Nepal Red Cross Society (NRCS) and citizens, including specific vulnerable groups.

This role is based in country with regular field visits to programme areas and will work in coordination with other programme team members, as well as PMEAL, Finance and Administration & Logistics. The Programme Manager will report to the Country Manager.

Job purpose

The overall purpose of the position is to support Nepal Red Cross Society (NRCS) in their quality and timely delivery of donor and internal funded projects in country. This position will act as a direct counterpart to the Nepal Red Cross Programme Manager / focal providing technical guidance on DRR, project management and documentation. The PM is also responsible to support the development of project concepts, documents, management and budget control, including monitoring and evaluation, timely reporting, and review in line with programme objectives, indicators, work plans. S/he is required to produce guiding documents / communication materials for donors as requested/ delegated by his/her line manager. The position is also required to support in fundraising for the country programme working with the Country Manager and fund-raising team of BRC and NRCS through development of innovative concepts, proposals, with safe and inclusive approaches and having evidence-based documentation that are in line with the BRC international, regional and NRCS strategies. In addition, the PM will support ad-hoc disaster operations (if any) as requested by NRCS and Country Manager.

Job duties and responsibilities

Programme Management

  • Provide oversight and guidance for the assigned projects to ensure the technical quality of the activities as well as projects’ progress as per programme documents, logframe, budget, action plans, donor requirements and risk management analysis including:
    • Provide technical support to NRCS programme team in planning, revisions and implementation of project work plans and activities.
    • Support NRCS in development and implementation of project quality assurance system, ensure technical quality of programme activities and jointly with NRCS, monitor the impact of activities and jointly feed this back into the project design and implementation.
    • With the assistance from the Senior CEA/GESI/PGI Officer, support NRCS to ensure consistent application of Community Engagement and Accountability (CEA), Gender Equality and Social Inclusion (GESI), Protection, Gender and Inclusion (PGI) and Child Protection policies and the Core Humanitarian Standards.
    • Support NRCS to ensure compliance with BRC and donor requirements in all aspects of the projects and compliance requirements as outlined in various agreements.
    • Responsible for completion of the projects under her/his responsibility, organizing value-added trainings, monitoring budgets, preparation of reports and project management notes.
  • Oversee implementation of network-based approach to disaster resilience, Humanitarian disaster preparedness to respond, along with target vulnerable group approach, address missing maps through advocacy and behavioural change models and collaboration and cooperation to reduce duplication.
  • Ensure mapping of technical needs to deliver the assigned projects and coordinate with BRC technical advisors for support.
  • Support NRCS to ensure quality and integrity of implementation, including adherence to relevant professional standards, technical guidelines, administrative systems, etc.
  • Support NRCS facilitation monthly programmatic operational meetings, senior management meetings and advisory board meetings, tracking issues, escalating issues when necessary and ensure management input is incorporated into decision making processes.
  • Ensure programme delivery meets donor procedures and policies and that programme activities are consistent with the
  • Red Cross Code of Conduct and uphold the Fundamental Principles of the RC/RC Movement, along with BRC’s
  • International Management Methodology and Programme Cycle Methodology.


  • Actively support the BRC country programme in fund raising through leading on the development of innovative project ideas, writing of proposals aligned with the BRC’s international/ regional and NRCS strategies and that addresses community needs.
  • To ensure the donor proposals includes safe and inclusive approaches, participatory approaches and having references to evidence-based and other guiding documents/ communication materials.

Monitoring, Evaluations and Reporting

  • Monitor delivery of SURE & other donor/BRC funded programme to ensure that outputs, outcomes and impacts are delivered in a timely and integrated manner using an adaptive management approach, including the quarterly review of plan of actions and budgets,
  • Ensure targets are met and variations are tracked and monitored through updated issue trackers, decision logs and other appropriate management tools.
  • Responsible for development of quality of donor reports, quarterly presentations of progress to donors, regular communication with the BRC HQ/ Asia region technical teams and other Partner National Society operation in country.
  • With the assistance of the PMEAL, relevant local and external advisors plan and coordinate for final evaluations, end-line assessments, and final reports for the assigned projects with all relevant stakeholders.
  • Coordinate use of technical advisory support, external academic, research organisations and learning partner to facilitate cross learning in disaster resilience.

Documentation, Learning and Knowledge Management

  • Responsible for documentation of best practice, case studies, sharing of learning and external engagement in coordination with the PMEAL and technical team.
  • Ensure that learning is an integrated component of programme, creating a supportive learning environment that allows discussion of learning, failure, innovation and solutions across the BRC and NRCS teams and other stakeholders, BRC technical unit at HQ.
  • Ensure coordination and synergy between the different programme components in Nepal through sharing of experiences, tools, methodologies, approaches and lessons learned.
  • Contribute to synergise in projects and share learning across projects with other PNSs.

People Management and coaching

  • Line-manage Senior Urban DRR, PMEAL, CEAL and Research officers.
    • Manage, motivate, develop and oversee the performance of all line reporters in line with the organization’s systems, rules and regulations for HR management including staff evaluation, training and career planning.
    • Coach and mentor BRC and NRCS teams in strategic and technical oversight of programme and project management. Ensure all line reporters receive orientation and appropriate training in accordance with organizational standards. 
    • Responsible for ensuring delegation of tasks and securing priority of tasks and time for the individual staff.
    • Perform annual staff appraisals for the line reporters and develop a HR development plan to be presented to the Country Manager.
  • In coordination with the Country manager, contract/manage consultants as needed throughout the programmes with clear deliverables and uptake of outputs.

Financial Management and Compliance

  • Responsible for overall financial and compliance oversight of projects inluding
    • Budget holder for the assigned projects.
    • Work with NRCS HQ and BRC finance team to develop overall, annual and quarterly project budgets. Support NRCS in participatory budget revision and
    • reconciliation of activities and expenditures.
    • Monitor programme resource allocation and utilization at all levels (NRCS HQ, District Chapter, municipality, community).
    • Support for timely and accurate preparation and submission of accurate fund transfer requests and projects’ monthly, quarterly, annual and final financial
    • reports that meet internal (BRC) and donors’ requirements.

Other Tasks

  • Provide support to NRCS in the event of any disaster and subsequent response operations.
  • Represent BRC as requested by Country Manager.
  • Any other tasks specific to this position to be identified and agreed upon by the job holder and line-manager

Duties applicable to all staff

1.Actively work towards the achievement of the BRC country and Asia region’s goals through effective managerial and lateral relationship and teamwork
2.Produce timely reports based on defined templates and indicators
3.Abide by and work in accordance with the Red Cross/Red Crescent principles
4.Perform any other work-related duties and responsibilities that may be assigned by the line manager

Position Requirements

Master’s degree in international development, disaster management, social science, management or other relevant field
Project Management Professional (PMP) designation

Minimum of 8-10 years of solid project management experience of large, multi-year donor funded programmes in the humanitarian and development sector
Experience of working within the Red Cross/Red Crescent Movement

Demonstrable experience of managing human and financial resources
Proven track records of conceptualisation of project ideas, quality writing funding proposals and reporting targeting different donors
Proven track record of working through, and in support of, partner organisations (e.g. local Red Cross or Red Crescent National Societies, or NGOs, CBOs) including working to develop their organisational capacity.
Considerable experience of programme design, planning and revising plans
Experience of analysing humanitarian contexts and operations, identifying pertinent issues, making operational and strategic recommendations
Experience with active learning methodologies, documentation and knowledge of PMEAL
Experience of working with local governance structure
Knowledge and Skills
Comprehensive understanding of the urban disaster resilience sector

Strong understanding of the accountability requirements and standards of a major institutional donor (ideally DFID)*
Sound understanding of project cycle management in the international development / humanitarian sectors
Understanding of budgeting, forecasting and monitoring of multi-million and multi-year budgets
Understanding of public sector engagement, social accountability mechanisms, municipal government engagement in developing country contexts
Working knowledge of using computers and IT systems
An understanding of the various standards that are applied to humanitarian operations (e.g. SPHERE, HAP, the Red Cross Code of Conduct, etc.)

Knowledge of Nepal country context and DRR landscape
Overall project management of large and complex programmes, including adaptive management processes, risk management and planning
Demonstrable strategic thinking and leadership
Financial management, budgeting and forecasting
Generating evidence-based documentation and communication
Excellent writing and analytical skills
Trust building and relationship management of programme teams and donors
Leadership, coaching and mentoring of staff
Organisational development of partner organisations
Embracing diversity and working cross-culturally
Fluently spoken and written Nepalese and English

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Job Overview

Category Development and Project
Openings 1
Position Type Full Time
Experience Please check vacancy details.
Education Please check vacancy details
Posted Date 02 Sep, 2021
Apply Before 19 Sep, 2021
City Kathmandu