Programme Manager || Caritas Zimbabwe – Diocese of Mutare

  • Mutare

Caritas Zimbabwe - Diocese of Mutare

DUE : 01 SEP 2022

Reports to Diocesan Caritas Development Coordinator
Start Date TBA
Caritas Zimbabwe is celebrating 50 years as the official Catholic Agency for humanitarian and development work in Zimbabwe. Having been established in 1972 the organisation has continued to provide a beacon of hope for hundreds of thousands of women, men and children in times of hardship and contributes to the development of social justice in times of peace. Caritas Zimbabwe is registered in Zimbabwe as a Private Voluntary Organisation (PVO 25/2014) in terms of subsection (5) of section 9 of the Private Voluntary Organization Act (17:05). The organisation is a member organisation of Caritas Internationalis (CI) (, an international confederation with a network of more than 165 Catholic relief, development and social service organisations in over 200 countries and territories. working to build a better world, especially with and for the poor regardless of their religion, race, gender or ethnicity.

The Programmes Manager Position
The Programmes Manager is an innovative, visionary and mature leader responsible for resourcefully developing and managing all programming and operations of Caritas Zimbabwe in the dioceses of Mutare herein called Caritas Mutare. The Programmes Manager Coordinates Caritas to oversee the delivery of high-impact, multi-sector programming that is accountable to both program participants, donors and the government, while prioritizing strategies for team work, thoughtful growth, external influence and partnership building. Placing a high value on innovative solutions to development issues and creative partnerships, the PM will position Caritas Mutare to drive forward strategic programming connecting programs into a cohesive diocesan portfolio. The Programmes Manager has full supervisory responsibility for the diocesan Caritas Team and is responsible for building a cohesive team that works together to deliver high-impact programming across the diocese.

The programmes Manager reports to the Diocesan Development Coordinator and give technical support and strategic direction in the following areas

Refine and articulate a clear and compelling vision of Caritas strategy in Mutare diocese that inspire team members, donors, government stakeholders and partners to support the dioceses’’ initiatives and develop impactful and relevant programming within our partner communities.
Develop grant winning proposals and secure resources for high-impact programs that are aligned to community priorities.
Remain current with development thinking, including resilience approaches, systems thinking, nexus approaches, social impact, value for money, etc.
Set direction for the diocesan team by prioritizing and organizing integrated multi-sectoral actions and resources to achieve set objectives.
Build strategic partnerships and relationships, recognize opportunities for innovative action resulting in unique intervention models.

Commit to preserving an organizational culture of trust, transparency, diversity, equity, and inclusion across the team.
Uphold a culture of integrity through ethical decision-making, safeguarding and compliance with the Caritas Code of Conduct
Lead by role modelling self-awareness to foster an environment of mutual respect, diversity and inclusion so that all team members are included, supported and can thrive.
Create a culture of accountability for highly effective communication systems and relationships to ensure every voice matters.

Recruit, manage, motivate an informed, skilled and efficient team with an emphasis on high quality impact, creativity & innovation.
Incorporating a culture of continuous feedback, development and performance management.
Establish credibility within the team by demonstrating personal accountability, flexibility, resilience and dedication to quality programming by creating positive relationships and having composure in complex situations.

Ensure people-focused human resource systems are in place and consistent with Caritas Mutare policies, position descriptions, team member on boarding, performance management, professional development plans and reporting mechanisms.
Contribute to country team-building efforts, help team members identify problem-solving options and ensure the integration of all team members into relevant decision-making processes.

Oversee program quality and impact by ensuring programs are based on sound design principles and utilize donor required M&E systems.
Facilitate and coordinate implementation of multi-sectoral thematic areas covering health, shelter, WASH, education, protection, food security ,livelihoods, disaster preparedness Emergency response etc.
Review periodic donor & partner reports and continuously mentor staff to produce high quality results-oriented reports.
Ensure that implementation of cross cutting thematic areas is measurable and clearly articulated in the project’s logic of intervention.
Ensure all interventions adhere to Caritas Mutare Gender Policy, Do No Harm principles, and program participant accountability standards, including an effective Community Accountability Reporting Mechanism and safeguarding mechanisms across all programs.

Lead Caritas Mutare’s engagement with key donors, partners, think tanks, government, UN bodies and private sector in order to pre-position the organisation for funding.
Build partnerships with leading organizations, private sector, government, foundations, community representatives, and other critical partners to enhance collective impact, voice, and opportunities for securing funding.
Set up systems to stay abreast of contextual changes, anticipate needs, and contribute to shaping donors’ views on humanitarian and development priorities in ways that are responsive to changes in the context.

Coordinate Caritas Mutare budgets; manage budget within approved spending levels and establish an annual cash flow plan to ensure a steady and adequate supply of funds for program activities.
Build and maintain operational structures that ensure proper segregation of duties between finance, administration and logistics and enable the timely, compliant and effective delivery of field programs.
Build and maintain an environment of collaboration among program, finance & administration team members resulting in optimal support for program activities.
Ensure program implementation is on time, target and budget, using effective M&E systems to reach desired impacts.
Create and maintain systems ensuring effective and transparent use of financial resources for timely and informative reporting in line with donor and Caritas Mutare policies and procedures.
Ensure compliance with donor and Caritas Mutare regulations, policies and procedures, and the implementation of appropriate risk mitigation measures to reduce Caritas exposure to potential risk.

Master’s degree in a field related to Development studies, Strategic Management, Project Management, and/or social sciences. Training in M&E / Protection / Livelihoods/ / DRR, Disaster Preparedness, international humanitarian tools eg SPHERE, CHS will be values. Experience in working with Faith based environment is an added advantage

At least 10 years of field and management experience in international relief and development programs, including demonstrable success in managing large and complex programs multi-sectoral projects. Have at least 5 years of senior-level leadership, capacity building and field management experience. Must have previously developed and managed an EU, ECHO, BHA, UNHCR and CI funded project.

Proficient in project management and team management, demonstrate strong knowledge in donor requirements and expectations, particularly ECHO, EU, WFP, UNICEF and have excellent writing skills (especially for proposals and reporting).

Strong leadership skills and ability to make decisions, a sense of analysis (discernment, pragmatism) and synthesis. A good negotiator and communicator, both in writing and orally. Able to demonstrate organization skills, rigor, flexibility, capacity to remain calm and level-headed.

Those who meet the criteria in the job descriptions are invited to submit their applications letter and detailed Curriculum Vitae of not more than 3 pages that includes the names and email addressed of three traceable references. Please submit your applications by Wednesday, 2nd of September 2022 at the following email address

Note that we will be shortlisting as we receive applications. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.
Caritas Zimbabwe is an equal opportunities employer. Recruitment and selection procedures reflect our commitment to safeguarding of vulnerable adults and children. All offers of employment will be subject to satisfactory references, and appropriate screening checks can include criminal records and terrorism finance checks. By submitting an application, the job applicant confirms his/her understanding of, and consent to, these recruitment procedures.