Country Director

  • Executive-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 2 January 2020
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Job Description

The Country Director (CD) is the senior Peace Corps representative in the country of assignment. The position will be located in one of the countries under Peace Corps’ geographic region of operations: Africa (AF), Europe, Mediterranean and Asia (EMA), and Inter-America and the Pacific (IAP).

The Country Director performs the following major duties:

  • Plans, directs and oversees all aspects of strategic, policy, organizational, and program objectives in the country of assignment.
  • Oversees operations and staff in functional areas that include: volunteer support; program, training and evaluation; administration, logistics and financial management; medical services, safety and security; and representation.
  • Ensures that the country operations create a safe and productive environment for Trainees and Volunteers and staff to work successfully and perform their duties and responsibilities.
  • Represents and advocates for the goals and activities of Peace Corps with host country government officials, local private and not-for-profit entities, the U.S. Embassy and other government agencies. With host-country partners, develops a vision for the country program and a plan for achieving the vision.
  • Determines budgetary, facility, equipment, staffing and volunteer requirements. Provides leadership and oversight to ensure that projects are responsive to host country development needs and are consistent with Peace Corps philosophy and Volunteer resources.
  • Negotiates, approves and executes the cooperating agreements between the Peace Corps and host-country partner agencies, in consultation with the Office of General Counsel.
  • Ensures quality project design, training, implementation and evaluation in all areas, making certain that projects address capacity building and sustainability, are in alignment with Peace Corps guidance, and are responsive to host country development priorities.
  • Establishes criteria and oversees program management issues affecting Volunteer personal safety and security, site identification and monitoring, cultural sensitivity for host country people and culture, and other issues affecting Volunteers’ successful service and Peace Corps’ reputation.
  • In coordination with the Office of Health Services, oversees a comprehensive medical care program that supports Volunteers with their health care needs.
  • Provides expert leadership and management over institutional policies and procedures to ensure Volunteer safety and security. This encompasses, but is not limited to, promoting Volunteers’ training and ability to assess and ensure their personal safety; responding to natural or man-made disasters; mitigating the potential threat of political unrest; and supporting the Agency’s response to Volunteer victims of crime, such as physical and sexual assault, theft, among others.
  • Promotes intercultural competence among staff and Volunteers; ensures program’s policies and procedures promote diversity, inclusion and belonging; develops a cohesive organization that promotes respect and dignity towards others.
  • Supervises post’s senior staff and oversees the administrative and human resource functions.
  • Adheres to U.S. federal laws, Peace Corps policies, and local labor laws pertaining to employee hiring, training, treatment, and disciplinary actions. Promotes a collaborative and positive work environment that values employee contributions.
Travel Required
  • Occasional travel
  • This is an overseas position. Travel within country of assignment and other Regions’ posts will be required as a condition of employment.

Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship.
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a top secret clearance.
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a worldwide medical clearance.
  • Ability to travel within and outside of country of assignment.
  • Worldwide Availability for Post Assignment is required.
  • Serves at the Discretion of the Peace Corps Director.

Qualifications

Qualifying experience for the FP-1 grade level includes one year of specialized experience at least equivalent to the FP-2 grade or GS-14 grade level which is in or directly related to the line of work of the position to be filled and which has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position.

Specialized experience includes: Experience leading, managing, analyzing, designing, or providing advisory services for international development programs or domestic non-governmental organizations (NGO), or in the private sector; Experience managing technical assistance and capacity building programs in developing or transitioning countries; Experience developing, negotiating and managing complex international or domestic community development projects; and Experience developing and implementing collaborative approaches with internal and external partners and stakeholders to build coalitions and work on common agency program goals and objectives.

This position has one (1) selective placement factor: Three (3) years of: 1) executive leadership experience in transitioning or developing countries involving international development work, or 2) community development experience working with underserved communities in the United States. Experience may be with private sector, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), or government organizations (local, state, and/or federal). Executive experience must include either an international focus or a focus on domestic communities that are made up of a majority of culturally diverse members.

About the Organization

"Peace Corps staff are passionate and dedicated to the cause of service. They do critical work to support our Volunteers and provide them the opportunity for a life-defining experience. Our staff is energetic, committed, hard-working, and positive. The work they do truly makes a difference."

Top Reasons to Work for Peace Corps! -- (1) Voted in the top 2 Best Places to Work in the Federal Government for mid-size agencies in 2015, (2) the Peace Corps has a unique global mission. (3) Benefits include higher salary caps than the Federal standard with (4) quicker step increases. (5) Peace Corps employees earn non-competitive eligibility after 3 years of service and (6) have the opportunity to pursue leadership development opportunities and many more ... established through President Kennedy's call to service; the Peace Corps asks applicants what you can do for your country ... and the world.

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