Country Director

International Medical Corps
  • Location
    South Sudan
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career / Advanced
  • Posted
    Nov 07

Position description

The Country Director is directly responsible for the overall strategic planning, human resources, program design and implementation, program support operations, finance, administration, monitoring and evaluation supervision, expansion/development, and required reporting for the country program.

Main Responsibilities

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function with or without reasonable accommodation. The tasks listed are representative of the nature and level of work assigned and are not necessarily all-inclusive.

Program Management

  • Coordinate country program managers and staff to ensure quality achievement of project objectives;
  • Provide technical inputs and assistance to programs with particular reference to financial management and reporting systems;
  • Participate in and/or ensure that IMC is represented in UN sector cluster coordination to ensure programs playing a vital role and to secure required support from the cluster coordination mechanism and the UN funding instruments;
  • Monitor, evaluate and report regularly to headquarters and donors providing timely updates of all situational and project development;
  • Oversee the preparation of annual work plans and budgets.

Compliance

  • Oversee program operations and reporting, ensuring compliance with agency policies and procedures, donor regulations and local laws;
  • Create and maintain an environment that prevents sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA) of beneficiaries, by clearly defining the standards of behavior that are expected of IMC staff, as described in the organizations Code of Conduct; Ensure that mechanisms supporting these standards and principles are promoted, disseminated, and integrated into personnel requirements, and that the organizations SEA complaints procedures are in place and functioning properly.

Program Development

  • Produce IMC’s country strategy for South Sudan;
  • Lead and develop the strategic planning process for programs that will successfully transition our relief programs to early recovery and transition to more long-term development programs;
  • Primarily responsible for expanding country portfolio;
  • Remain abreast of donor funding intentions;
  • Pursue new sources of donor funding and maintain adequate donor funding levels to sustain identified program and support activities;
  • Participate in writing and reviewing proposal applications.

Human Resources

  • Oversee the recruitment and selection of qualified program field staff, recommend promotions, disciplinary action and termination of staff in consultation with supervisors and in accordance with local law; ensure key positions are filled in a timely manner;
  • Collaborate with security staff to maintain security of staff in the field locations;
  • Make frequent site visits to program locations to ensure that appropriate care and training are being conducted and to offer support to field staff;
  • Maintain open lines of communications with all field staff.

Training/Capacity Building

  • Determine training needs for the field staff;
  • Advocate and plan for professional development for expat and national staff
  • Train senior national staff to increase their responsibilities in order to build capacity and ensure sustainability of programs.

Working Relationships

  • Maintain frequent communication with HQ Program Manager and Senior Director and regional/HQ staff supporting South Sudan to ensure program activities and objectives are communicated and support from HQ is requested;
  • Work with and line manage the Finance Director, Technical and Program leads, Security Manager and Logistics Manager to ensure the coordination of programs;
  • Represent the organization at task force meetings, assessment missions, UN coordination meetings, INGO coordination meetings/fora;
  • Interface with national government and relevant agencies to ensure mutual understanding of programs and maximize resource distribution and allocation of available funds;
  • Represent the organization and liaise with local and national authorities, UN, NGO, and donor agencies to promote the organizations programs, facilitate successful coordination of activities and ensure transparency and accountability to all stakeholders.

Representation

  • Serve as the principal liaison with donors on matters related to the program to ensure financial and programmatic accountability to donors;
  • Establish and update contact details of potential donors in-country;
  • Participate in donor meetings and communicate relevant information to HQ;
  • Work with key donor staff to develop and maintain optimum financial and programmatic relationships;
  • Ensure maximum visibility of the agency amongst the NGO community;
  • Lead the production of reports and ensure the timeliness and accuracy of information provided, as well ensuring confidentiality of sensitive information;
  • Contribute to the creation of a positive image and overall credibility of the organization, notably through the application of the organizations Code of Conduct, ethics, values and stand-point with regard to internal and external actors.

Security

  • The Country Director is ultimately responsible for the security management of staff, operations, assets and directs country-specific response to security threats and incidents, up to and including management of evacuation;
  • In cooperation with the Security Manager, monitor security level and consult with the Director of Global Security to upgrade or downgrade level;
  • Responsible for ensuring that Incident Report Forms are completed and submitted to HQ Security in a timely manner (within 12 hours);
  • In cooperation with the Security Manager, responsible for ensuring all staff are given a security briefing, and required documentation upon entry into the country;
  • Ensure application and compliance of security protocols and policies;
  • Ensure that country security guidelines, SOPs and policies are updated twice annually (July 31 and January 31) including contingency planning for evacuation, in accordance with agency protocols and respected by all staff;
  • Ensure adequate security funding is budgeted;
  • Collect and document local security related information (social and political context, external players, presence/reasons for conflict, military developments, political economy of armed groups), and communicates to the Director of Global Security at HQ;
  • Establish a reliable communication chain to disperse important information, whereby once the CD communicates a message, it is systematically passed on from one person to the next, with each person knowing who they are responsible for informing;
  • Collaborate with local agencies to aid with security management.

Qualifications

  • Master degree in Development studies, MPH or related subject;
  • Project management certification.

Experience

  • Expertise through managing large, complex programs across multiple regions and experience in driving program improvement;
  • Excellent track record of innovation in programming, funding, building alliances and consortia with other actors;
  • Minimum of 10 years’ experience in senior leadership role in not for profit Sector of which 5 years’ field experience in the sector at Senior management level is essential;
  • Experience in dealing with complex organization settings with different headquarters;
  • 10 years’ relevant experience;
  • South Sudan working experience.

Competency

  • Strong multi-stakeholder engagement skills in order to build strong relationships with donors, affiliates and partners;
  • The ability to work effectively at the most senior levels in a complex organizational set up, exerting influence through collaboration and inspiring others to achieve results;
  • Ability to effectively analyses complex problems and suggest solution that would have positive impact on the organisation’s needs;
  • Ability to build, motivate, facilitate and engage a team, and play a key part in the wider management of an organization, towards delivery of key goals;
  • Excellent external relationship, communication, diplomacy, negotiation, influencing and conflict mediation skills and the ability to apply these across a range of diverse audiences;
  • A high capacity in setting vision, developing strategy and the ability to implement;
  • Advanced resource implementation, financial acumen, project and process management;
  • Revenue generation through institutional, private and UN donors.

Application instructions

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