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ARC International is hiring

ARC International is calling for applications for the Programs Director position.

Job context

The Programs Director will direct the programmes, working strategically and operationally. In brief, they will lead the development and implementation of a comprehensive program management process at strategic and operational levels. They will be responsible for the delivery and quality of all programme results, for sound financial management, human resources and accountable to uphold ARC International values and principles.

The Programs Director is the principal account manager for the donors and other key stakeholders and represents the organisation on all levels with regard to the results in policy, advocacy, expertise & learning, both internally and externally. They will report to the Executive Board of Directors. 

The Programs Director holds overall responsibility for the leadership and management of all ARC International programs, leading delivery of organizational strategy and driving country programs toward responsive, high-impact and high-quality environment programming and significant, measurable results. They guide and oversee program level strategic planning, successful program delivery, and performance management. 

Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Programs Director collaborates with ARC’s partners to support and inspire partners to bring innovative ideas and approaches to fruition and create meaningful impact. The Programs Director develops and maintains productive relationships with external constituents such as donors, governments, partner organizations, corporations and universities. With the support of ARC staff the Programs Director identifies and takes steps to mitigate organizational risk, including security management.

Your Responsibilities

Leadership and Management of partnerships

  • Provides strategic and inspirational guidance, and promotes teamwork across the  partners towards the fulfillment of ARC International values and core principles, including on local ownership, and reflects these into the way of working of the organisation.

Leadership and Management

  • Leads, motivates, trains, appraises, supports and guides a team of staff members in multiple locations, and enables effective teamwork towards agreed objectives.

  • Responsible for the operational and strategic relationship and contract management with the donor, including compliance with contractual agreements. 

  • Drive organizational growth consistent with ARC’s strategic plan so that our programs reach more people with greater impact.

Program planning & delivery of results

  • Guides and oversees timely, effective program planning, in which local rights holder organizations and partners actively participate. 

  • Lead, supervise and support ARC’s staff on programmatic, partnership and project management matters. Provide guidance and troubleshooting on management issues. Build capacity to ensure grant portfolios are implemented on time and on budget, and can flexibly respond to growth or contraction.

  • Oversee timely reporting on all projects so that relevant colleagues have key information for decision-making and communicating to staff, the Board, and external stakeholders.

  • Monitor and analyze political trends so that ARC is positioned to adapt to changing contexts. Ensure that our global footprint is consistent with our mission and strategy through timely and well-managed program expansion and closure as appropriate.

Program accountability

  • Oversees and ensures compliance of ARC International, partners and other organizations with agreements made, and promotes dynamic accountability.

  • Ensures transparent and accessible reporting against results framework and planning, including financial and progress reports and evaluations. 

  • Directly support at-risk projects, including donor communications on compliance issues, as needed.

Program knowledge, learning and quality improvement

  • Maintains and updates learning across the programs and the partnerships, as well as stimulating internal and external knowledge exchange and integrating learning into practice.

International level LGBTIQ+ advocacy and campaigning

  • Provides leadership in and ensures visibility of LGBTI2Q+ people and issues.

External positioning

  • They are the ambassador of the programs; applies account and partner management with donors and stakeholders; and promote ARC International agenda in professional forums by sharing and profiling practice-based results and experiences. 

  • Position ARC as a partner of choice for major donors in the human rights space. Contribute ARC’s business development and fundraising efforts by cultivating a strong network of donor contacts, engaging with the Development and Communications teams, and ensuring that program teams build and maintain strong donor relationships.

  • Develop and nurture external relationships and networks to ensure optimum communication and program success.

  • Ensure strong representation of ARC International to local, regional and global stakeholders including governments, donors and civil society partners.

  • Promote thought leadership by ensuring that program innovations and successes are tested, analyzed, documented and effectively communicated externally and internally.

  • Participate in drafting peer-reviewed papers and articles.

Financial, Operational & Risk Management

  • Leads the efforts to identify and mobilize potential donors and funding mechanisms to grow and amplify the scope and results of the program. Ensure that country-level operations are appropriately resourced and managed in accordance with ARC and donor policies and standards.

  • Exercise oversight of program budgets and the financial health of individual grants. Identify and communicate gaps or concerns in a timely manner, and proactively seek out viable solutions.

  • Model and drive good stewardship of ARC and donor resources, and compliance with applicable laws, policies and requirements.

  • Foster a balanced and diligent approach to risk management across all programs: ensure that ARC fully meets our obligations, including compliance, to donors and governments. Identify and monitor the various risks in countries where ARC International operates, ensure the Board is regularly informed, and implement mitigating actions as appropriate.

Your profile

  • 10 – 12 years’ knowledge/experience in management of large, complex global programs with global, regional and local partners, preferably in LGBTI2Q+ programs and/or working on economic development, and relationship management with donors.

  • Believes in / embodies what ARC International stands for, acknowledges LGBTI2Q+ leadership and local ownership, and is inspired by and willing to be accountable to its values and principles.

  • More than 5 years of relevant international work experience especially in the global East & South regions.

  • Professional expertise coupled with up to date knowledge on LGBTI2Q+ programs, social inclusion, marginalization, economic development, lobbying and advocacy.

  • Experience in applying an adaptive management approach.

  • Proven leadership skills, based on inspiration, trust and influence rather than hierarchy.

  • Highly skilled in external relationship management, including with donors, government and the wider governance and accountability field.

  • Strategic thinker, able to link operational learning to wider program outcomes.

  • Sense of humor, brings good energies and positive vibes, and is dynamic.

  • Imaginative, able to make unorthodox connections to solve challenging problems.

  • Full professional proficiency in English is a requirement and at least one of the following languages : French, Spanish, Arabic, and/or Portuguese are desirable.

  • Able and willing to travel regularly.

  • Master’s degree (or equivalent demonstrable experience) in international development, law, political science, public administration or another relevant field.

  • Lived experience as an LGBTI2Q+ person in one of the program regions is an asset.

What We Offer

We particularly encourage applications from LBQ women, trans and/or intersex people (in the broadest sense of each of these terms) people of color, people living with a disability and/or people with a minority background . We offer a contract based on CANADIAN local labor conditions. Reasonable relocation costs will be covered. 


It is the policy of ARC International to provide equal opportunity for all qualified persons and not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, religion, sex, gender or gender identity, age, national origin, veteran status, disability, sexual orientation or any other protected status.


This is a full-time position. Work is performed at a desk in an office environment, with the exception of travel. Applicants must live in CANADA or be willing to relocate.


Email a resume and cover letter as a single attachment to Do not apply through an online job aggregator – such applications will not be reviewed. Please indicate “Programs Director” in the subject line. Applications will be reviewed and considered as received.

Interviews will be held in September. Only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted. No phone calls will be accepted.

The start date is flexible based on the selected candidate’s availability but is expected to be no later than October 30th 2021.