Director of Programmes

Democracy Reporting International (DRI) promotes political participation of citizens, accountability of state bodies and the development of democratic institutions worldwide. DRI analyses, reports and makes recommendations to the public and policy makers on democratic governance. DRI engages with drivers of change on the ground and accompanies political transitions through a long-term in-country presence.

DRI is currently recruiting a:

Director of Programmes (DoP)

As DoP, you will be based in DRI’s Berlin headquarters, and will be responsible for the overall leadership and management of the Programme Unit and its– currently six – country offices across three continents. Working closely with the Executive Director, who leads on strategy and content, your main leadership task will be to ensure that DRI’s programmes achieve the organisation’s mission statement and respect the funding partners’ aims and procedures. The position may evolve to Deputy Executive Director at a later stage, which would include more overall DRI management and leadership functions.

In DRI’s you will find a dynamic team of mostly young colleagues. We are culturally diverse. Some feel progressive and liberal, others more conservative or traditional. In the Berlin HQ you work with colleagues with a dozen different nationalities in a collaborative atmosphere. In addition to our long-standing work to support democratic transformations, we are responding to new challenges such as social media and elections/democracy and the attacks on democracy in EU Europe.

We have flexible work hours, we offer coffee, tea and fruits and recreational activities (such as Yoga).


Your specific tasks as DoP will include:

  • Lead DRI’s team of country representatives and staff in the programme unit in HQ;
  • Overall leadership and management of programmes, in particular: ensuring that programmes are well-designed and efficiently implemented; that programme objectives are being achieved by applying monitoring and evaluation; that programmes are closed properly and that the requirements of funding partners and DRI policies are respected throughout the project cycle;
  • Serve as focal point on security issues and contribute to regular adjustment of policies related to human resources, operational, legal and security aspects in conjunction with Executive Team members;
  • Regular travel to the countries where DRI has ongoing programmes to liaise with country teams and to contribute to programme activities (conferences, workshops, trainings, fact-finding and relations with funding partners) as well as travel to other countries;
  • Fundraising, including outreach and proposal writing in collaboration with other members of the DRI team;
  • Promote a learning and knowledge sharing culture across DRI’s programmes and offices;
  • Contribute to the content of DRI programmes including review of DRI’s public and in-house reporting (briefing papers, monthly reports, media pieces, etc.) and by giving trainings and presentations;
  • Represent DRI at conferences and give presentations on its work.

You will liaise closely with the Head of Finance & Administration and the Head of Project Finances to ensure that the requirements of programmes are aligned with other legal and administrative policies and obligations. The DoP reports to the Executive Director. Together with the Head of Finance & Administration and the Head of Project Finances and the Executive Director, you form DRI’s executive team.


Your profile should include:

  • A degree in law, political science, management or related fields;
  • At least ten years of senior working experience in leadership and management of non-profit or international/regional organisations;
  • Significant expertise in the fields of governance, democracy or human rights;
  • Significant experience and passion for leading and managing teams of culturally diverse staff, including pro-active staff and team development;
  • Experience and interest in distance leadership and management and knowledge of best practice in virtual collaboration;
  • Sound understanding of the significance of building a value-based and collaborative organisational culture, including self-management and self-leadership;
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks efficiently, often to tight deadlines;
  • Excellent English writing skills;
  • Excellent communication skills;
  • Good IT skills.

Additional assets:

  • Knowledge of other languages, in particular German as well as French and Arabic;
  • Experience leading organisations as executive director or similar.

The salary will be determined based on DRI’s salary grid and the professional experience of the selected candidate.

We value diversity and aim to be an equal opportunities employer. Women are encouraged to apply! DRI offers a competitive salary according to donor regulations and incumbent experience. Moreover, DRI offers you flexible working hours and training opportunities.


Deadline for applications: 15 November 2018. The position may be filled before the end of the deadline so early applications are encouraged.

Applicants should send a CV and a cover letter to: [email protected].

Starting Date:  1 January 2019

Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview. If you are one of those shortlisted, we will contact you within one week after expiration of the deadline at the latest.

Organisation responsible for this vacancy:

Democracy Reporting International gGmbH

Prinzessinnenstraße 30

10969 Berlin, Germany

Tel +49 30 27877300

Fax +49 30 27877300-10


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