Program Director - Palestine

Job Type

Full Time



Application Deadline:






THE MIDDLE EAST CHILDREN’S INSTITUTE (MECI) addresses the educational, psychosocial, health and other critical humanitarian needs in conflict-affected and disadvantaged communities. MECI transforms the lives of children and women giving them opportunities to rebuild their lives. MECI was founded in 2005 and operates in Palestine and Jordan in partnership with the respective Ministries of Education. MECI is registered as a public non-profit charity in Switzerland and the USA, and as an international NGO in Jordan and in Palestine. MECI’s child-centered community development model has been running in Palestine since 2007 in the village of Beit Rima.



MECI Palestine is seeking a Program Director to head the newly established MECI office in Ramallah and provide overall direction and oversight for the management and expansion of MECI’s integrated, multifaceted child-centered community development model and MECI’s Scholar Program. The Program Director is responsible for the programmatic and operational management in adherence with the relevant authorities and government requirements. S/he will take a leading role in developing, overseeing implementation, reviewing and monitoring of MECI’s community development model in Beit Rima Municipality; expansion and rollout of the model to other villages, ensuring the same is in line with MECI’s global strategic directions and overall thematic focus which includes children and youth education programs, women’s empowerment and community engagement.

The Program Director is the key stakeholder contact for Palestine, responsible for maintaining existing partnerships, developing new program initiatives, new partnerships and actively leading key phases of ongoing programs. S/he is responsible to promote fundraising initiatives, ensuring the smooth running of the MECI Palestine Program and its financial & grant management as well as the Program’s sustainability. S/he is also responsible for overall financial and human resources management of the MECI Program. 

The Program Director will lead, direct and work as part of a small MECI Palestine team in line with the organizational goals and strategy. S/he will keep abreast on socio-economic and political issues related to children and youth in the communities that MECI provides its program and across Palestine.

In addition to leading the MECI team, the Program Director will also manage and support project staff (women’s association, education specialist, psychologists) and ensure proper coordination between them. S/he will deliver community workshops and awareness sessions on education-related issues and will oversee the work of the Education Specialist’s implementation of educational practices, etc.

S/he will be responsible for implementing MECI’s monitoring and evaluation system to measure program success and provide reporting to MECI. S/he will support MECI’s Educational Specialist in managing staff training workshops, attend project events like school graduations, community education workshops.

Required qualifications and experience

  • A Relevant Degree combined with 15+ years of experience in managing education programs for women and children in Palestine
  • Experience in leading and managing staff
  • Experience in developing innovation in education practices, training and technical supervision in field of education with NGOs, preferably in a development context
  • Experience in working on donor funded projects and compliance, financial and business management, leading and managing challenging environments with diverse issues
  • Fluency in English and Arabic, both written and verbal
  • Proficiency in Excel and other Microsoft Office programs
  • Proven track record as a leader, team player and mentor demonstrating flexibility, a passion for working with children and youth and a commitment to learning.

The position is a key member of MECI’s leadership team. Please note that the selected candidate must be able to start immediately, working from Beit Rima for the first few months.

Level of Language Proficiency

Fluency in English and Arabic, both written and verbal 

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

2-year degree

How To Apply

To apply, please send a CV and cover letter clearly stating the expertise and passion you will bring to the position, and including three references (no longer than 4 pages) with the subject line: Program Director to

MECI thanks everyone for their interest but only short-listed candidates will be contacted.