Country Director

War Child
  • Location
    Central African Republic
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Advanced
  • Posted
    Mar 15

Position description

Your Challenge

You will lead the development and implementation of the Country Strategy in line with War Child’s global strategy and relevant to the local context. This includes responsibility for financial health of country operations, security, team management and external representation. The Country Director is ultimately responsible for quality programme implementation, partnership management, and programme sustainability.

The Country Director reports to the Regional Director and you will directly manage the CAR country Management team (CMT).

Your Responsibilities

The incumbent will deliver on the following Key standard responsibilities of the Country Director the context of the above imperatives:

  • Lead the participatory development and updating of the country strategy and annual plans, and oversee the implementation, reviewing, and monitoring of the strategy and plan in line with the War Child Global Strategy;
  • Build strong strategic partnerships and effective relationships with government agencies, local and international non-governmental organizations, and donors to ensure holistic, integrated, quality, and sustainable programs scaling of evidence based interventions and the center of the process;
  • Strengthen existing relationships and build new relationships with strategic partners and donors aiming at institutional fundraising;
  • Represent WCA in coordination platforms, meetings and events;
  • Overall responsible for security management, ensuring continuous context monitoring, risk analysis, regular updating of security plans, security decision making and incident management as needed;
  • Oversee and ensure that HR, Logistics, Supply and Finance management is carried out in accordance with local laws, WCA policies and procedures and applicable donor guidelines;
  • Foster and develop effective leadership within the country office, and a work culture that promotes staff well-being and creates space for staff participation in decision making;
  • Promote and uphold the War Child Integrity Framework and "Do No Harm" principles, aiming at strong awareness and respect by War Child staff and partners of all relevant policies and principles in this regard.

Your Profile

  • An experienced and inspiring leader;
  • At least 15 years relevant experience in an international/humanitarian context of which 8 years in a senior management position (e.g. as Representative or Country director);
  • Experience in security management and context analyses;
  • Experience in the Africa region;
  • Experience in a similar/unstable and/or insecure environment;
  • Proven experience in working with diverse teams in a low resource environment;
  • Relevant academic background e.g. psychology, pedagogy, community development, social sciences, international relations;
  • Familiarity/qualification in any of our key thematic areas is an advantage;
  • Experience in working with local partners and preferably in our field of expertise;
  • Experience in financial management (including management of multiple grants);
  • Fluency in English and French is an absolute must; preference for additional languages such as Swahili, Arabic and Spanish;
  • Strong problem solving and social skills;
  • Proven affinity with War Child’s mandate;

Application instructions

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