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The Director of International Programmes will be responsible for the operational management of GOAL’s country programmes and grant portfolio. The successful candidate will maintain the culture of continuous development within GOAL Global by providing guidance and support to the Regional and Country Directors. S/he will also ensure that all international programmes are delivered to the highest quality and achieve the desired impact.

Reporting to the CEO, the Director of International Programmes will serve as a member of the Senior Management Team (SMT), sharing collective responsibility with other SMT members for delivering GOAL’s strategy and vision. The Director of International Programmes will ensure all country programmes and management are of the expected high quality and achieve the desired impact. This role will entail providing leadership and oversight to GOAL’s humanitarian emergency response, including policies, systems, capacity development, partnership and accountability across the thirteen countries.

The role will be based in GOAL HQ, Carnegie House, Library Rd, Dún Laoghaire, Co. Dublin with up to 50% travel overseas.

GOAL is seeking an accomplished leader with a long-standing background in the development and/or humanitarian sector, including significant experience of direct management of country programmes. The preferred candidate will possess the ability to lead/motivate teams and identify learning and development needs within GOAL’s team. S/he will demonstrate the ability to work effectively under pressure in a complex and rapidly-changing environment. The successful candidate will be an innovative and strategic individual, possessing a strong people management skillset and show commitment to GOAL’s values and mission. Demonstrated proficiency with government grants, public/private donors and finance management is also required as is an ability to analyse complex organisational challenges and present innovative solutions. S/he will possess excellent relationship management skills and ability to communicate in all forms (written, verbal, negotiation, presentation skills, etc.)

Established in 1977, GOAL is an international humanitarian agency, with a team of 2,400 personnel, dedicated to alleviating the needs of the most vulnerable communities. Currently operating in 13 of the world’s most vulnerable countries, GOAL delivers a wide range of humanitarian and development programmes, ranging from humanitarian relief in disaster situations, to focusing on nutrition, food security, and building greater resilience and sustainable livelihoods.

GOAL has an annual budget of an estimated €100 million and is supported by a range of donors including the Governments of Ireland, UK, USA, the European Union, individuals, trusts and foundations. GOAL values the power of partnership and works with local and international partners to achieve its mission.

Accountability within GOAL

A commitment to GOAL values and GOAL’s integrity framework is critical to working with GOAL. Any candidate offered a job with GOAL will be expected to adhere to the following key areas of accountability:

  • Comply with GOAL’s policies and procedures with respect to safeguarding, code of conduct, health and safety, confidentiality, do no harm principles and unacceptable behaviour protocols.
  • Report any concerns about the welfare of a child or vulnerable adult or any wrongdoings within our programming area.
  • Report any concerns about inappropriate behaviour of a GOAL staff or partner.


  • Children and vulnerable adults who come into contact with GOAL as a result of our activities must be safeguarded to the maximum possible extent from deliberate or inadvertent actions and failings that place them at risk of abuse, sexual exploitation, injury and any other harm. One of the ways that GOAL shows this on-going commitment to safeguarding is to include rigorous background and reference checks in the selection process for all candidates.

General Terms and Conditions

  • This Job Description only serves as a guide for the position available. GOAL reserves the right to change this document.

Our package includes a competitive salary, 22 days annual leave and the possibility to join our Health care scheme. Additional benefits are available after 12 months of service. Candidates must be entitled to work in Ireland at the time of application.

This Job Description only serves as a guide for the position available. GOAL reserves the right to change this document. Any published closing dates are estimated. Due to the nature of GOAL’s work we aim to fill vacancies as quickly as possible. This means that we will close adverts as soon as we have found the right candidate and this may be before the published closing date. We would therefore advise interested applicants to submit an application as early as possible.

You will need to currently hold a valid work permit/EU citizenship enabling you to work in Ireland to apply for this job.

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