Director of Programmes

Ref: 5843

Medical Aid for Palestinians


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Role Managed by:

Perrett Laver

Primary Practice Group: Social Impact and Environment

Salary & Benefits: £68,888-£74,088

Closing Date: 27/05/2022

Medical Aid for Palestinians (MAP) works for the health and dignity of Palestinians living under occupation and as refugees. We deliver medical and humanitarian aid in an impartial manner to those most vulnerable and at risk, while also developing local capacity and skills to ensure the long-term development of the Palestinian healthcare system. Our overarching goal is to improve the health and promote the well-being of Palestinians, strengthening the capacity of local partners.

We are an international, non-governmental, independent, non-political, non-religious charity that has worked towards this goal for nearly four decades, delivering health and medical care to those worst affected by conflict, occupation, discrimination and displacement. Working in partnership with local and international organisations, UN agencies and academic institutions, MAP addresses a wide range of health issues and challenges faced by the Palestinian people.

Our vision is of a future in which all Palestinians can access an effective, sustainable and locally-led system of healthcare and the full realisation of their rights to health and dignity.

Alongside our work on the ground in the West Bank, Gaza, East Jerusalem, and Lebanon, we are also committed to bearing witness to the injustices caused by occupation, displacement and conflict. We speak out in the UK and internationally, and ensure Palestinian voices are heard at the highest levels, to press for the political and social barriers to Palestinian health and dignity to be addressed.

This is an exciting time for MAP and we are looking for a Director of Programmes to provide leadership, direction, and support to programme staff, ensuring they deliver a high-quality service. As we prepare our new five-year strategy, we are seeking an individual with strong technical and management expertise to lead the planning and delivery of cross-cutting programmatic initiatives. The responsibilities of the Director of Programmes include:

  • Lead the development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of MAP’s programme strategy across all areas of operation, ensuring that MAP’s programme strategy is fully integrated with, and complements, all other components of the organisational strategy and is compliant with statutory requirements.
  • Lead the development, implementation, review and update of MAP’s PMEAL strategy, and provide technical support for the planning and conduct of robust internal/external project and programme evaluations.
  • Help build capacity, through training and mentoring, within all programme teams.
  • Lead the recruitment, briefing, and ongoing support of MAP’s network of volunteer health professionals.
  • Ensure the proper planning and management of programme budgets and programme expenditure forecasts.
  • Identify, monitor and mitigate programme related risk in accordance with MAP’s risk management policy.

The next Director of Programmes will be an individual of exceptional calibre who can work closely with other members of the Senior Management Team to ensure that appropriate processes and systems are in place, that objectives are achieved, and plans are delivered. They will demonstrate the following:

  • Significant experience planning, delivering, managing, monitoring and evaluating humanitarian and developmental health projects/programmes overseas.
  • International health needs assessment expertise.
  • Experience coordinating health projects/programmes with multiple UN, governmental and non-governmental stakeholders. 
  • Proven experience of producing successful proposals for large scale projects.
  • Experience of strategic planning, budgeting, and forecasting.
  • Extensive experience of managing programme staff within the UK and overseas.
  • Experience of working within a SMT and reporting at Board/Trustee level.
  • Empathy towards the main aims and purposes of MAP.

It is desirable that the appointee will be a health professional with MPH or equivalent postgraduate degree. The appointee will be prepared and able to travel regularly within the UK and to Lebanon, Palestine and Israel.

MAP is committed to equal opportunities and encourages applications from anyone who can meet the criteria, regardless of gender, race, age, disability, sexuality or religion.

How to Apply

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To apply, please submit a CV and covering letter, detailing how you fulfil the role description and personal specification quoting reference 5843. The deadline for applications is 9:00am (BST) on Friday 27 May 2022.

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