Country Director

  • Senior-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 3 March 2020

Job Description

Role and Responsibilities

Oversee all programme and support activities in-country. Representing Medair in all issues relating to the country programme, the Country Director (CD) plays a key role in donor relations, security management and manages the country strategy and the project implementation in conjunction with senior field managers.

Project Overview

Medair, in partnership with World Concern, is currently implementing Shelter, Nutrition and Health programmes in the Kutupalong refugee camp close to Cox’s Bazar.

Workplace & Conditions

Field based position in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh.

Starting Date / Initial Contract Details

April 2020. Full time, 12 months.

Key Activity Areas

Leadership and Management

  • Design, update and evaluate the country strategy, in conjunction with the relevant senior field managers and GSO staff. Take into account community needs, donor criteria and strategies and an exit strategy in order to facilitate the long-term planning and development of the projects in the country.
  • Support and oversee the monitoring, evaluation and reporting on the implementation of the planned activities in accordance with the project proposals and logical frameworks and institutional donor policies and guidelines.
  • Manage the overall programme and support functions, including reviewing and refining the management structures and overseeing the development and maintenance of operational procedures for individual projects and support functions.
  • Analyse humanitarian needs, trends and political developments in the country of operation and the surrounding region in order to anticipate new projects and initiatives.
  • Manage in country relationship with World Concern as Medair Partner in Bangladesh. The relationship with World Concern is a key factor in the sustainability of the Medair programme in Bangladesh, therefore the time dedicated to the relationship is a priority for the Country Director.

Donor Relations Management

  • Develop and maintain contact with the in-country representatives of relevant funding partners (e.g. institutional donors or private donor organisations) in order to secure funding for the country programme.
  • Oversee the drafting and presentation of all proposals, operational and financial reports related to the country programme, in collaboration with the relevant senior field managers and GSO staff.

Communications

  • Develop and maintain relationships with authorities, donors, media, other NGOs and embassies with the objective of raising public awareness and identifying funding opportunities and other potential partnerships.
  • Ensure that the GSO Engagement Department receives appropriate material for communication and fund-raising activities.

Financial Management

  • Support the planning and construction of project budgets, in collaboration with relevant senior field managers and GSO staff.
  • Manage the spending within the programme in-line with the approved budgets. Analyse projected cash flow, decide on the timing of major procurements, oversee audits and anticipate where over or under spending may occur and ensure necessary action is taken.

Staff Management

  • Oversee all HR related issues within the programme including job descriptions, recruitment, performance management, development and training, health and safety, team structures, capability disciplinary action, etc. in collaboration with the relevant staff and managers.

Security Management

  • Manage the day-to-day security and the Security Management Team (SMT).
  • Coordinate, gather information and network with other actors on security issues.
  • Oversee the updating and implementation of country location security plans, guidelines and manuals.
  • Ensure appropriate security procedures and awareness are maintained throughout the country programme.
  • Take the lead on decision making and contingency planning during security incidents or threats.

Team Spiritual Life

  • Reflect the values of Medair with team members, local staff, beneficiaries, and external contacts.
  • Work, live, and pray together in our Christian faith-based team settings. Fully contribute to the rich spiritual life of your team, including team devotions, prayers, and words of encouragement.
  • Encouraged to join and contribute to Medair’s international prayer network.

This job description covers the main tasks that are anticipated. Other tasks may be assigned as necessary.

Qualifications

  • University degree in a relevant subject such as Management / Development Studies / Business Administration or in a relevant technical subject.
  • Security management training desirable.

Experience / Competencies

  • 3 years post-qualification experience in a management position.
  • 1-year post-qualification experience in a complex humanitarian emergency.
  • Advanced leadership and project management skills.
  • Experience in dealing with donors and government officials.
  • Advanced planning, assessment and analytical skills.
  • Networking and advocacy skills desirable.
  • Capacity to work under pressure and manage personal stress levels.
  • Team-player with good inter-personal skills in multicultural contexts.

Before you apply

Please ensure you are fully aware of the:

  1. Medair organisational values.
  2. Profiles and benefits package provided for Internationally Recruited Staff (IRS).
  3. Medair Relief & Recovery Orientation Course (ROC) (which forms part of the recruitment selection process for field positions).

About the Organization

Medair

Medair is a humanitarian organisation inspired by Christian faith to relieve human suffering in some of the world’s most remote and devastated places. We bring relief and recovery to people in crisis, regardless of race, creed or nationality. As signatories of the Red Cross Code of Conduct, we believe that aid should be given to everyone who is in need, regardless of political, social or religious viewpoint. We save lives in emergencies and then stay to help people recover from crisis with dignity—working side by side with communities to leave a lasting impact. We provide a range of emergency relief and recovery services: health care and nutrition; safe water, sanitation, and hygiene; shelter and infrastructure.

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