Program Development Manager

Founded in 1979, Action Against Hunger is a global humanitarian organization that takes decisive action against the causes and effects of hunger. Our mission is to save the lives of severely malnourished children while helping communities become self-sufficient. Recognized as a world leader in the fight against malnutrition, Action Against Hunger has pursued its vision of a world without hunger for almost four decades, combating hunger in emergency situations of conflict, natural disaster, and chronic food insecurity. With more than 8,000 staff in nearly 50 countries, our programs in nutrition, food security, livelihoods, water, sanitation, and hygiene, reach more than 20 million people each year.


The Program Development Manager provides oversight to business development processes within the Action Against Hunger Operations Department with a strong focus on Global Affairs Canada development programming. The role is responsible for: coordinating the design of concept notes, proposals and budgets jointly with department heads and project managers; identifying and articulating new business development opportunities for institutional and private donors; supporting the launch phase of new development projects; and supporting the development of a pipeline for new project concepts across our humanitarian and development programmatic areas.


Proposal and Budget Development

  • Coordinate internal design processes with and across teams for concept notes, proposals and budgets for submission to international donor agencies according to opportunities identified.
  • Provide guidance and direct support to country teams for the conceptualization and design of Global Affairs Canada development projects.
  • Ensure business processes are in place to ensure quality proposal development in compliance with donor requirements and Action Against Hunger Canada’s Policies, Procedures and Practices. As a key member of the proposal development team, conduct desk reviews to inform proposal strategy, such as Go/No-go decisions, problem analysis, partnering and staffing decisions.
  • Support Project and Finance Managers to ensure that budgets are prepared according to donor and organizational quality expectations.
  • Ensure all relevant business development tracking tools and guidelines are kept up to date and develop new tools according to needs identified.

Resource Mobilization

  • Identify and analyze global funding opportunities relevant to Action Against Hunger Canada’s programming and scope potential partnerships to complement and strengthen the portfolio.
  • Cultivate new donors with project teams in order to secure new and diversified funding for international projects.
  • Coordinate market studies and/or donor mapping to ensure a strong fundraising pipeline for programmes.
  • Gather relevant and timely intelligence information necessary for grant acquisition and share with relevant departments.
  • Build staff capacity for successful grant acquisition and management.

Project Management and Coordination

  • Provide guidance and overall coordination support to Action Against Hunger country offices for the preparation of Project Implementation Plans during the launch phase of a project.
  • Support Project Managers and country teams for project planning and reporting exercises.
  • Support Project Managers in the initial phases of establishing monitoring frameworks for the projects and ensuring donor requirements are respected.

Representation and Coordination

  • Proactively develop and manage relevant relationships and communications with Global Affairs Canada and other donor agencies based on the portfolio of work assigned.
  • Coordinate with Action Against Hunger network for relevant business development and project implementation processes.


  • Attend planning sessions, team meetings and annual performance reviews as required.
  • Pro-active exchange and collaboration with Action Against Hunger Canada team members and the International Network.
  • Ensure an ongoing process of personal professional development and learning.



  • Master’s degree in a relevant discipline in a field related to social sciences, development or public health and/or equivalent experience gained.
  • Minimum of 5 years working with an international organization in a business development or project management position.
  • Demonstrable business development skills, including concept, proposal and budget development, partnership brokering and donor intelligence.
  • Strong working knowledge of French or Spanish language.


  • Field-level experience of working in emergency and/or development settings and a solid understanding of humanitarian principles and current global sectorial issues.
  • Direct experience in the management of institutional donor funding agreements and the application of compliance rules.
  • Experience in developing projects for and/or managing projects funded by Global Affairs Canada and understanding of GAC rules and expectations for development programming.
  • Experience in developing and maintaining relationships with institutional donor agency representatives.
  • Experience in the development and management of Monitoring and Evaluation frameworks.
  • Experience in the representation of international organizations within multi-stakeholder coordination mechanisms.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the creation of an enabling environment for gender equality and prevention of sexual exploitation and abuse in the workplace and in programming.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills including demonstration of cultural awareness, diplomacy and tact.
  • Ability to work independently and under tight deadlines, and to multi-task.
  • Patience, positive attitude and strong interpersonal and coordination skills.
  • Strong organizational and planning skills.
  • Excellent knowledge of MS Office Applications.


  • Previous experience in a similar position.
  • Knowledge and/or direct experience in gender equality or health and nutrition-related programming.
  • Experience in the development of communication tools and materials relating to international development programming.

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How to Apply:

Action Against Hunger Canada is committed to the creation of a diverse and inclusive workplace. We actively welcome applications from Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, visible minorities, women, persons of all sexual orientations and genders. If you are invited to continue the selection process, please notify our human resources representative of any accommodation or special measures that you may require. To learn more about Action Against Hunger, visit our website at


October 27, 2021


November 20, 2021


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