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Regional Programmes Officer (Middle East)

Closing: Date: 31/12/2024

One Ummah (UK)

Job Description and Person Specification


Job Title: Regional Programmes Officer (Middle East)  

Hours: Full Time 

Salary: TBC

Location: Middlesbrough, England, UK

Responsible to: International Programmes Manager (PM)



One Ummah Charity (OU) is a faith-based international relief and development agency, established with the hopes and dreams of bringing the world’s communities together and uniting against poverty. We aim to put the true light of Islam in practice by tackling poverty, changing lives and answering the calls of those in need. One Ummah has grown to be a key international relief and development agency working in over 18 countries worldwide on programmes such as water and sanitation, food, education, orphans support, healthcare, shelter, income generation and emergency disaster relief. 



The Regional Programmes Officer for Middle East has a vital role in shaping and implementing the strategic vision of the regional programmes. They work closely with the Programmes Manager to align programme goals with organisational objectives, fostering continuous improvement and long-term sustainability. This dedicated approach directly benefits vulnerable communities in Middle East.



The Regional Programmes Officer for Middle East is responsible for overseeing and implementing regional programmes in Middle East in collaboration with international partners, country offices, and the head office. This role involves providing guidance and direction to stakeholders, conducting needs assessments, developing proposals, planning and managing programmes, monitoring progress, and reporting. The Officer plays a crucial role in ensuring the well-being and support of communities in Middle East through effective coordination and execution of the programmes.



CEO, Operations Manager, International Programmes Manager (IPM), Communications Officer, Staff and International Partners.




Programme Strategy & Development

  • Collaborate with international partners and country offices in Middle East to conduct comprehensive needs assessments aligned with programme objectives.
  • Analyse and evaluate data collected during needs assessments to inform intervention strategies and inform the development of proposals.
  • Identify priority areas of work and propose new programme initiatives to the Programme Manager (PM), contributing to proposal development.
  • Assist in the preparation of the strategy for regional programmes in Middle East, following guidance from the Programmes Manager.

Programme Implementation & Management

  • Oversee the overall implementation of regional programmes in Middle East, ensuring the achievement of goals and objectives.
  • Provide guidance and support to international partners and country offices in Middle East in planning, implementing, monitoring, evaluating, and reporting on the programmes.
  • Develop programme work plans in collaboration with key stakeholders, ensuring alignment with strategy objectives.
  • Monitor programme activities and ensure adherence to allocated budgets, reviewing expenditures in consultation with the Senior Management.
  • Establish effective oversight, support, quality control, and reporting systems in collaboration with international partners and country offices.
  • Ensure compliance with organisational policies, procedures, and donor requirements throughout programme implementation in Middle East.
  • Continually audit, evaluate and  improve all relevant paperwork related to any programmes.

Capacity Building

  • Support capacity-building initiatives for international partners and country offices, including providing training and technical assistance.
  • Facilitate knowledge sharing and learning within the programme, promoting a culture of continuous improvement and innovation.

Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning

  • Provide guidance to stakeholders in decision-making processes related to programme implementation and partnership development.
  • Facilitate regular field monitoring visits and collaborate with stakeholders to make necessary modifications to programme activities.
  • Contribute to the preparation of regular programme reports, including progress reports, donor reports, and programme evaluations.
  • Ensure all completion reports and associated paperwork is fit for purpose.

Technical Expertise

  • Support the development and adaptation of tools for programme implementation and monitoring in Middle East.
  • Ensure strict adherence to relevant standards and principles, including child protection and humanitarian guidelines, throughout the programmes.
  • Stay updated on emerging trends, research, and best practices in regional development and humanitarian work to inform programme strategies and approaches.
  • Collaborate with the Programmes Manager and other relevant stakeholders to identify and address programme challenges and propose solutions.


PERSON SPECIFICATIONE = Essential | D = Desirable


The ideal candidate will demonstrate that they have the necessary management, administrative, professional, and technical skills and experience.




  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field (international development, project management, social sciences) (D)
  • Additional certifications/training in programme management, regional development, or related areas (desirable) (D)




  • Minimum 2 years of professional experience in international development, regional programmes, or related fields (D)
  • Experience in planning, implementing, and monitoring programmes in similar contexts (D) 
  • Conducting needs assessments, data analysis, and proposal development (D)
  • Collaboration with international partners and stakeholders (D)
  • Familiarity with monitoring, evaluation, and budget management (D)


Knowledge and Skills:


  • Considerable understanding of regional development principles and international frameworks (D)
  • Considerable understanding of international development and humanitarian work (D) 
  • Excellent project management, analytical, and problem-solving skills (D)
  • Effective communication and interpersonal abilities (E)
  • Proficiency in data analysis, report writing, and MS Office (E)
  • Teamwork, adaptability, and leadership skills (E)
  • Knowledge of community empowerment and participation principles (D)
  • Familiarity with monitoring and evaluation methodologies (D)
  • Understanding of financial matters related to regional development programmes (E)
  • Knowledge of Islamic financial matters i.e. Zakat, Sadaqat, Waqf etc. (D)



  • Commitment to One Ummah’s visions and values (E)
  • Commitment to One Ummah’s ethos (E)
  • Hardworking and self-motivated (E)
  • Understanding of the basic teachings and values of Islam (E)