Colombia Country Director

Medical Teams International
  • Location
    Santa Marta, Colombia
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Nov 05

Position description

The Country Director – Colombia, supports the mission of the organization by leading and managing MTI’s work in-country; representing Medical Teams to key stakeholders; and overseeing the development and implementation of the country’s strategy and quality programs.

Country Leadership:

  • Creates and implements the response strategy and program vision in accordance with the organization’s five-year plan;
  • Champions capacity building and team empowerment toward the ultimate goal of a responsible exit strategy.

Program Leadership:

  • Ensures strong community acceptance among the diverse populations being served and that assistance is delivered according to humanitarian principles;
  • Ensures all programs objectives are completed on time and on budget;
  • Develops annual operating budgets and work plans and ensures effective budget monitoring, reporting, and financial management;
  • Ensures monitoring, evaluation, and learning occurs with regard to planned and implemented programs;
  • Ensures project proposals and reports are submitted on time and meet standards required by Headquarters and external donors;
  • Ensures all program goals, activities, and personnel demonstrate commitment to national and international humanitarian frameworks and standards, like the Core Humanitarian Standard;
  • Fosters collaborative, transparent, and accountable relationships with partners in the implementation of activities that address the needs of the most vulnerable people;
  • Incorporates organizational values into their team leadership.


  • With support from the Grants & Information Manager, proactively, regularly, and consistently represents Medical Teams International to host and foreign governments, humanitarian actors including UN agencies and NGOs, faith-based and partner organizations, media, and other relevant parties;
  • With support from the Grants & Information Manager, identifies and participates in forums and meetings for the humanitarian community where there may be a strategic benefit to MTI;
  • Develops strong collaboration with Integral Alliance partners working in the region.

Local Resource Acquisition:

  • Maintains an ongoing awareness of the operating environment in-country, as well as in the wider Venezuela crisis, and identifies particular needs in the health sector that fit with Medical Teams’ core competencies;
  • Proactively facilitates the growth of Medical Teams International programs in-country; maintaining strong links with donors; identifying funding opportunities; and leading the development of program-funding proposals;
  • Leads, designs, and analyzes needs assessments and identifies relevant programmatic interventions on behalf of Medical Teams International.

Human Resources:

  • Creates an environment for MTI team members to be Courageous, Tenacious, Accountable, and Selfless;
  • Develops a strong team that values accountability, 360-degree feedback, and transparency;
  • Ensures that team members are effective, efficient, and diligent in meeting program goals;
  • Creates a team culture that is committed to cultural and racial diversity;
  • Provides feedback to staff to ensure optimal performance;
  • Creates a culture of shared learning and professional development within the country team;
  • Oversees effective human resource management including the recruitment, onboarding, supervision, and performance review, and professional development of local and expatriate personnel; complies with local laws and the personnel policies of Medical Teams International; and ensures personnel plan reflects operational needs;
  • Utilizes the Medical Teams Field Operations Manual to ensure policies and procedures are developed appropriately for the country office.

Safety and Security:

  • Reviews and oversees implementation of effective safety and security management policies and practices in accordance with Global Safety and Security Policy; including robust information collection practices and systematic testing of safety and security plans;
  • Champions the importance of safety and security and incorporates safety and security considerations throughout all activities.


  • Ensures Medical Teams International is compliant with host-government laws and policies, donor regulations, and with Medical Teams International’s internal policies and procedures;
  • Ensures Medical Teams International maintains a constructive, transparent, and independent relationship with host-government, and ensures Medical Teams International has up-to-date registration/accreditation in country;
  • Ensures all procurement, warehousing and program expenditures occur in accordance with best practices, and all contractors comply with contractual agreements.


  • Ensures accountability is integrated into country strategies, program design, monitoring and evaluations, recruitment, staff on boarding, training and performance management, partnership agreements, and highlighted in reporting;
  • Ensures the Safeguarding of program participants and employees through promoting an environment of awareness and upholding the code of conduct provisions of Medical Teams Protection from Sexual Exploitation & Abuse, and Child & Vulnerable Adult protection policies;
  • Utilize volunteers whenever possible.
  • Additional duties as assigned.



  • Master’s degree or higher in a field relevant to international humanitarian work, or equivalent proven work experience;
  • Medical qualification (MD or MPH) preferred.


  • Minimum seven years progressively responsible experience in humanitarian health programming and personnel management;
  • Minimum five years office management experience in a developing country;
  • Work experience in Spanish-speaking South America preferred;
  • Demonstrated growth of a humanitarian response in a complex environment.


  • Dedication to the mission of Medical Teams International:
    • Commitment to organizational strengthening and programmatic growth in accordance with humanitarian needs;
  • Proven ability to produce successful program proposals and develop strategic donor relationships;
  • Strong organizational and program skills and experience, including strategic planning;
  • Excellent financial management skills, including ability to prepare, monitor, and control budgets, reports, project proposals and partnership agreement documents;
  • Strong working knowledge of health-sector issues in humanitarian programming;
  • Commitment to working in a manner that respects local religious and cultural sensitivities;
  • Demonstrated experience managing a high-performing work team;
  • High level of initiative with a strong results-orientation;
  • Very resourceful;
  • Verbal and written fluency in English essential;
  • Verbal and written fluency in Spanish essential.

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