Programs Director

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Job Posting –  Programs Director

Closing Date:  20th March 2018

Organization:  Right To Play International

Department/Division: Country Office

Work location:  Mali – Bamako


Right To Play is a global organization committed to improving the lives of children and youth affected by conflict, disease and poverty. Established in 2000, Right To Play has pioneered a unique play-based approach to learning and development which focuses on quality education, life skills, health, gender equality, child protection and building peaceful communities. With programming in 18 countries, Right To Play transforms the lives of more than one million children each week, both inside and outside of the classroom. In addition to our work with children, Right To Play advocates with parents, local communities, and governments to advance the fundamental rights of all children.​

Right To Play is headquartered in Toronto, Canada and has operations in North America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. Our programs are facilitated by more than 550 international staff and 15,800 local volunteer Coaches.

The Africa Regional Office located in Kampala, Uganda, supports 8 country offices including; Mali, Burundi, Ethiopia, Ghana,  Mozambique, Rwanda, Uganda and Tanzania.

The Mali Country Office is currently searching for a qualified and self-driven candidate to join a team of professionals in Mali as Programs Director. 


The Programs Director (PD) reports directly to Country Director (CD) and technically to the Regional Program Director (RPD), where applicable. The incumbent is responsible for the development and implementation of a complex, multi-donor, multi-sector program in the country of operation. In addition, the Programs Director supports the Country Director in resource mobilization and setting the strategic direction for the Country Office. 


In accordance with Right To Play (RTP) approved policies and procedures, the incumbent:

Job Responsibility #1: Program Strategic Planning 35% 

  • Leads the programmatic management of all in country projects.
  • Leads the design and development of program strategies and plans with the program team and ensures their alignment with RTP strategies, in particular, the Country Strategic Plan.
  • Ensures that program activities comply with all relevant legislation and professional standards.
  • Ensures the program team stays abreast of the current program goals and objectives and participates in the program expansion plans.
  • Ensures the program teams are implementing program activities in line with donor requirements to achieve project outcomes.
  • Coordinates the preparation of timely and cost effective operational plans, budgets and strategic plans with the program team.
  • Acts as advocacy manager, in close coordination with the Country Director, ensuring the influence of Right To Play on the policies and practices of key stakeholders in line with Right To Play’s vision and mandate.
  • Supports the CD in identifying new funding opportunities and developing project proposals in line with the Country Strategic Plan.
  • Plans programs from start to completion involving deadlines, milestones and management processes.

 Job Responsibility #2: Program quality, accountability and reporting 30% 

  • Works closely with the Monitoring & Evaluation Team to maintain the internal monitoring, evaluation and learning system of Right To Play.
  •  Oversees of the use of program funds in line with donor agreements and Right To Play policies.
  • Oversees the development and submission of quality narrative reports in line with donor requirements.
  • Provides quarterly updates of lessons learned and best practices to CD’s and stakeholders ensuring that program lessons are being used to promote improved program delivery.
  •  Identifies opportunities to develop high quality communications products such as case studies and success stories.
  •  Conducts regular program monitoring visits to project locations.
  • Regularly reviews program implementation against program plans and identifies strategies to address potential bottlenecks and implementation issues.
  •  Ensures the highest technical quality of Right To Play programs, in line with Right To Play’s program manual, and identifies opportunities for innovation and integration of global best practices.
  • Identifies and evaluates the risks associated with program activities and takes appropriate action to mitigate risks in close coordination with other functional leads and the Country Director.
  •  Ensures the meaningful integration of Right To Play cross-cutting themes such as gender equality and child protection into program design and implementation.

Job Responsibility #3: Program financial management 5% 

  •  Coordinates with finance team to provide financial training for non-financial staff in effective country program financial management, including procurement, project implementation, compliance and project financial reporting.
  • Supports the budget planning processes to ensure that program funds are expended according to procedures and plans.
  • Provides quality assurance, from the program perspective, on financial reports and supporting documentation in accordance with funding agreements.
  •  Ensures that programs operate within the approved budget and coordinates with the relevant office/fundraising centre to seek necessary clarifications and pre-approvals of any major budgetary revisions

Job Responsibility #3: Team management, compliance and capacity building 10%

  • Communicates the program vision to the program team, leads and directs them toward achieving program goals and objectives.
  • Ensures that the program team have a clear understanding of their roles, responsibilities and accountabilities; supported by clear job descriptions to ensure quality performance.
  • Conducts program staffing needs assessment, presents recommendations to the CD and participates in the recruitment of the program team.
  • Facilitates the capacity building of program team to ensure they have the appropriate skill levels for their positions and are developing to their full capacity; provides the necessary feedback to the program team and completes their performance appraisals.
  • Provides direct support to the program team in the form of systems and tools.
  • Implements policies and procedures that guide and support RTP activities, ensures compliance with RTP code of conduct, gender and child safeguarding policies.
  • Develops and strengthens the program team’s understanding of project cycle management.
  • Establishes and implements a performance management process for all program staff.

Job Responsibility #4: Representation and collaboration 15%

  • Builds and maintains highly collaborative working relationships with counterparts in other Right To Play offices, including the regional office, national offices and headquarters.
  • Facilitates linkages, collaboration and networking with other civil society organizations and government and other relevant institutions to enhance Right To Play visibility and program activities.
  • Represents Right To Play in various platforms and maintains positive relationships with government and other relevant stakeholders regarding Right To Play activities.
  • Identifies and develops new partnerships with international and local NGOs and Community Based Organizations (CBOs)
  • Communicates with clients, including children, and other stakeholders to gain community support for Right To Play programs and to solicit input to improve the program.
  • Oversees the management of existing partnerships in line with good partnership principles and Right To Play policies.
  • Ensures ownership of the program by local partners and stakeholders.
  • Meets with government representatives, partners’ staff, community leaders and children to discuss program improvement as needed.
  • Joins the CD in meetings and represents him/her when required.

Job Responsibility #5: Performs other duties as assigned by the CD. 5% 


The incumbent is expected to plan the activities for the entire program in coordination with the team and in line with the approved Country Strategic Plan. However, the incumbent is required to have some flexibility in the plan to respond to urgent needs.



Master’s degree in social sciences, development studies or other related disciplines OR an equivalent combination of education, professional development and relevant work experience.


A minimum of 7 years’ experience managing international development programs and liaising with government officials and donors. Proven experience in project planning, proposal development, report writing, resource mobilization, networking, partnership-building and working with NGOs.


  • Superior organizational skills and ability to multi-task on a constant basis
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills to build rapport with staff, partners, government officials, donors and community leaders
  • Ability to work under pressure meeting deadlines in a fast paced fluid environment
  • Creative and flexible with problem solving skills
  • Demonstrated professionalism and diplomacy
  • Ability to confidently represent oneself and RTP to high level officials
  • People management particularly coaching and influence management


  • Strong MS Office and project management tools
  • Budgetary control and financial management, including ability to understand and analyse financial data
  • Project management skills
  • Understanding of the concept of play-based learning
  • Understanding of community development processes
  • Proven success in developing project proposals for potential funders/donors
  • Understanding of project/program management techniques and methods.
  • Outstanding knowledge of data analysis, reporting and budgeting.


Fluency in written and spoken in French and local languages. English skills (written and spoken) is strongly required for this position.


  • Experience working in at least one of the sectors/themes included in the Country Strategic Plan
  • Sport and play experience
  • Experience in strengthening civil societies
  • Coaching, mentoring and/or training experience
  • Gender mainstreaming background

Compensation:  We offer a competitive salary and benefits package

Employment Start Date:   Immediately

Contract Duration: Long term engagement based on performance and availability of funds


If you are interested in applying for this position, please send your resume and cover letter to: and kindly include “Programs Director” and your name in the subject line or please, deposit hard copies at the national office of Right To Play Mali located in Hamdallaye ACI 2000, 6ème rue à gauche, ouest après monument « bougieba »Tél: 20 21 10 24 before 20th March 2018 at 5pm (Mali time). While we thank all applicants for their interest, only those selected for interviews will be contacted. Right To Play is a child-centered organization.

Women applications are strongly encouraged.

Our recruitment and selection procedures reflect our commitment to the safety and protection of children in our programs.

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