Country Director

  • Executive-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 10 July 2018

Job Description

We looking for a highly qualified Country Director to lead, manage and further develop operations in Nigeria.

About The Job

You’ll contribute to ending world hunger by leading the continuous strategic development and ensures growth of the Country Program, integrating program and operational structure into a coherent country office and representing Action Against Hunger at country level and with donors and is responsible for building the Action Against Hunger brand and reputation at country level.

Key Activities Include:

  • Lead the preparation, updating, implementation of the country strategy appropriate for the country and regional context and in line with the Action Against Hunger global vision and mission.
  • Oversee country programming to ensure the effective and efficient design, implementation and evaluation of Action Against Hunger programs and projects.
  • Develop and enhance relationships between the country office and donors’ representatives, civil society, private sector, government agencies and other organizations, acknowledging diversity as an asset of the humanitarian community, so that Action Against Hunger can maximize its impact on malnutrition and its prevention.
  • Lead the preparation, regular updating and implementation of the security plan in line with Action Against Hunger standards and procedures.
  • Oversee the management and development of country office human resources and create a shared vision, among all staff, of Action Against Hunger’s values and program’s aims and their role in achieving these.
  • Oversee and direct the appropriate mobilization, use and management of financial and logistic resources in the mission in line with Action Against Hunger policies and donor requirements.
  • Key actor between the field and HQ, the Country Director contributes to maintain good working relationships with HQ by complying with information demands and using HQ’s expertise to optimize the country’s strategy implementation.

About You

You are enthusiastically pursuing a career in senior management

· You have a minimum 10 years humanitarian work in an emergency and/or a development context

· You have at least 5 years of senior management experience

· You have advance knowledge of donor guidelines and procedures (ECHO, EU, UNICEF, DFID, BPRM, GAC and others.)

· You have high level financial management skills and are accustomed to steering an organizational budget

You are passionate about leading ambitious programming that has impact

· You are able to see past the inevitable day-to-day emergencies to set & reinforce a long-term strategic vision for the country office

· You eagerly engage your teams & promote the development & implementation of innovative approaches to solve core humanitarian problems

· You’re comfortable coaching & developing the skills of your direct reports, adapting your leadership to professionals who may, or may not, be familiar working in humanitarian action

· Your knowledge of the donor community ensures projects respond to the most pressing humanitarian needs & that activities remain compliant with grant requirements

· You’re able to analyze changes in your context & discuss the implications with senior operational staff. You are comfortable communicating HQ decisions to your team & relevant partners

· You intuitively adapt how you communicate context analysis, strategy, policies & procedures to suit different audiences - both verbally & in writing

· You are diplomatic but tenacious. You recognize that advocating for change & innovative programming requires building strong relationships with donors, local authorities & other partners, while retaining the space to speak confidently about Action Against Hunger’s programs & our knowledge of the humanitarian needs

Your work style builds confidence with others

· You are an astute negotiator and know how to reach Win-Win outcomes

· You are a tactful speaker & expert listener

· You believe that every problem has a solution. It is the way we approach the problem that makes the difference

· You are able to remain calm under pressure and can easily adapt to changing circumstances

· You are able to continuously motivate yourself and your teams to deliver high standards of work

· You demonstrate strong self-awareness and are not afraid to take responsibility for your actions.

· You are ready and willing to integrate into hard working and fun team that believes in doing ordinary things extraordinarily well.

Our Core values.

In this position, you are expected to demonstrate Action Against Hunger-USA’s five core competencies

Respect- we work with compassion and dedication, treating everyone the same way we expect them to treat us.

Integrity-: we believe that being honest and fair is integral to every aspect of our work. conducting our work with a spirit of sincerity, truthfulness and transparency is imperative.

Creativity-we encourage new ideas, embrace innovative solutions, and create opportunities for meaningful and exciting ways to do our jobs and provide solutions to address the needs of the populations we serve.

Excellence- we strive to provide services that meet and even exceed the expectations of our stakeholders (populations in need, staff, communities and donors).

Empowerment- we are committed to fostering an environment in which our staff, partners and communities where we work have the space to grow, develop and feel confident about participating.

What we offer.

Action Against Hunger values its employees and offers a comprehensive remuneration and benefits package. These include but are not limited to: -

  • Health Insurance
  • R&R Breaks
  • Paid annual leave (vacation)
  • Training opportunities
  • Child allowance

For an all-inclusive list of benefits check the Action Against Hunger Website

Application Process.

Interested? Then apply for this position follow the link and apply by clicking on the “apply button” All applicants must upload a cover letter and an updated resume and both must be in the same language as this vacancy note. Closing date for applications: 18th of July 2018 at 5pm EAT.

We provide equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees & qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, ancestry, sexual orientation, national origin, age, handicap, disability, marital status, or status as a veteran. Action Against Hunger-USA complies with all applicable laws governing nondiscrimination in employment.

For further information about Action Against Hunger, please visit our website

About the Organization

Action Against Hunger is a global humanitarian organization that takes decisive action against the causes and effects of hunger. We save the lives of malnourished children. We ensure families can access clean water, food, training, and health care. We enable entire communities to be free from hunger. With more than 6,500 staff in over 45 countries, Our programs reached 14.9 million people in 2015.

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