Head of Programmes

Salary: £35,867 per annum

Location: Malawi

Contract Type: Fixed Term, 12 months

Hours: Full Time

The Vacancy

Islamic Relief Worldwide is an independent humanitarian and development organisation, serving humanity for over 40 years. With an active presence in over 40 countries across the globe, we strive to make the world a better and fairer place for those affected by poverty, conflict and natural disasters.

IRW’s International Programme Division is recruiting for the position of ‘Head of Programmes’ on a full-time, fixed term basis for 12 months.

The Head of Programmes will be responsible:

  • To provide strategic leadership and expertise to the programme in Malawi.
  • To ensure the programme meets Islamic Relief Quality Standards
  • To provide timely and high-quality proposals and reports to donors
  • To ensure the development and utilization of best practice for technical interventions
  • To network with, and represent Islamic Relief to partners (government authorities, donors, INGOs, local NGOs, CBOs etc)

The successful candidate must have or be:

  • Bachelor’s degree or its equivalent in management, social science, international development, public administration, or a related field
  • Experience of working with various International NGOs in developing countries in similar position.
  • An in depth understanding of national and international development issues in particular in relation to community development.
  • Experience of developing proposals for a variety of donors
  • Experience of and commitment to participatory management and maintaining a supportive, open environment to ensure the learning and development of all staff.
  • Experience of managing and mentoring local and international staff
  • Knowledge/familiarity/expertise in programme areas: e.g. Emergency Response, Disaster Risk Reduction, Community Resilience, Development, Microfinance, Food Security/Nutrition, Water and Sanitation, etc

For more information, please click on the Documents tab below to view the full Job Description.

If you are talented, reliable, service-minded, resilient and a highly motivated professional looking for a meaningful career, with a strong commitment to IRW’s mission and values of sincerity, excellence, compassion, social justice and custodianship, please apply by completing our online application form.

For more information on the excellent company benefits we offer our employees, please visit:

PLEASE NOTE: Interviews are expected to take place in MID June 2024.

Pre-employment Checks:

Any employment with Islamic Relief will be subject to the following checks:

  • screening clearance
  • receipt of satisfactory references

Our values and commitment to safeguarding

IRW is committed to preventing any type of unwanted behaviour at work including sexual harassment, exploitation and abuse, lack of integrity and financial misconduct; and committed to promoting the welfare of children, young people, adults and beneficiaries with whom IRW engages. IRW expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment through our code of conduct. We place a high priority on ensuring that only those who share and demonstrate our values are recruited to work for us.

The post holder will undertake the appropriate level of training and is responsible for ensuring that they understand and work within the safeguarding policies of the organisation.

All offers of employment will be subject to satisfactory references and appropriate screening checks, which can include criminal records checks. IRW also participates in the Inter Agency Misconduct Disclosure Scheme.

In line with this Scheme, we will request information from job applicants’ previous employers about any findings of sexual exploitation, sexual abuse and/or sexual harassment during employment, or incidents under investigation when the applicant left employment.

By submitting an application, the job applicant confirms his/her understanding of these recruitment procedures.

Islamic Relief is an equal opportunities employer

How to apply

Interested candidates to visit and apply online