Programs Director

As the Lisbon Project’s Programs Director, you will have the opportunity to lead a team that is making a meaningful impact in the city of Lisbon. You will mobilise people from all sectors of society and inspire positive change! For this role, you must possess knowledge in key areas of management, from setting and implementing strategies to budgeting and reporting.
Your responsibility will involve working closely with program managers in order to implement key practices and processes at a management level. You will oversee the programs department in order to ensure year-round planning, execution and quality control of program activities, organizational administration and overall communication.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Strategy, Program Quality and Growth

  • Drive organizational growth consistent with Lisbon Project’s strategic plan so that our programs reach more people with greater impact.
  • Partner in shaping vision for future projects, providing inspiration to colleagues and team members.
  • Oversee planning of program activities through all stages of the project life cycle.
  • Ensure all programs are accountable and safe following the do no harm policy of implementation.
  • Ensure monitoring and evaluation of all projects are of high standard and support the managers in the maintenance of their databases.
  • Oversee timely reporting on all programs so that relevant colleagues have key information for decision-making and communicating to staff, the Board, and external stakeholders.
  • Discover ways to enhance efficiency and productivity of procedures and people.
  • Liase with Development Manager to pioneer and oversee current and future funding opportunities and partnerships.
  • Ensure strong representation of LP to local and international stakeholders including donors, civil society partners and government bodies.
  • Support in developing the organisation’s safeguarding policies, promoting best practices.
  • Liase with team to respond appropriately to safeguarding concerns.

Team Leadership & Development

  • Manage, mentor, give feedback to and coach Program Managers, inspiring and modeling healthy, collaborative working relationships.
  • Participate in the recruitment, selection, onboarding and training of program teams.
  • Connect teams to ideas, partners and resources to drive innovative solutions for greater impact.
  • Support the development of systems to ensure that team members are trained and properly oriented in Lisbon Project’s policies, systems, procedures and protocols.
  • Execute consistent performance management, providing specific actionable feedback about job task proficiency, responsibilities and professional behaviors; identify performance that doesn’t meet standards and support performance improvement; support professional development of team members.

Financial Management

  • Work closely with CFO to develop LP budget, report on financial needs/expenses and identify any gaps in live budget.
  • Liase with Development Manager to engage with donors to shape and influence their strategies and funding priorities.


  • Passionate about social justice and leading people to create positive change.
  • Minimum of 2 years of experience in relevant management positions in social or corporate organizations.
  • Prior experience working with NGOs in development or humanitarian work highly valued.
  • Prior experience working with migrants and vulnerable populations highly valued.
  • Strong change management skills to promote collaboration and productivity, particularly during times of change.
  • Commitment to diversity, inclusion and the equal participation of team members.
  • Receptive and collaborative leadership approach that contributes to positive team.
  • environment, builds and maintains strong relationships with people from all backgrounds, genders, cultures and viewpoints.
  • Prior experince of building personal networks at a senior level, resulting in securing new opportunities and strategic growth for the organization is highly valued.
  • Prior experience in program conceptualization and design skills.
  • High degree of proficiency in managing relationships with key constituencies, including staff, government representatives, NGOs, funders, corporate sponsors, not-for-profit and for-profit entities, and civil society organizations.
  • Must be fluent in English (Portuguese is highly valued as well as other languages)


  • Flexible working conditions
  • Make a difference in Lisbon.
  • Networking opportunities – getting connected to philanthropists, top-level
    executives and people of all backgrounds
  • Contribution to social impact – self-fulfillment and personal growth in pursuing a
    valuable cause
  • Knowledge growth – learning about immigration related processes, contexts and
    realities as well as other NGO related topics in Portugal
  • Participation in a diverse and unique environment

Salary: to be discussed

Time Commitment: 32-40 hours a week (hybrid remote/office)

Position reports to: Chief Executive Officer

How to apply: Send CV and cover letter to

We can’t do it without you!
Thank you for being a part of our team.