San Salvador, El Salvador | San Pedro Sula, Honduras | Tegucigalpa, Honduras
Apply by 6 April 2018
Senior-level , Full-time staff position
Posted on 7 March 2018

Job Description


The Country Director (CD) is the leader for LWR’s staff, offices, and programs in the assigned country/ies. The CD supervises the country team which can range in size depending on funding. The CD’s primary responsibility is to represent and promote LWR as a leader in innovative, values-based, international relief and development to external networks and audiences and generate external funding for LWR programs in the country/ies of assignment that align with LWR’s short-term and long-term strategies for sustainable development. The Country Director will also provide direction to office staff and coordinate with peer international NGOs in alignment with LWR’s vision, values, and strategy. S/he plays a key role, working with other LWR Departments, to link programs and partners to donors and constituents. The CD also has overall responsibility for ensuring that the office is efficiently and effectively managed according to policies and local laws, ensuring safety and security of staff. S/he develops and manages average annual budgets of approximately $1 million to $5 million for the country with the expectation of growing the portfolio, and ensures compliance with donor, host government, and LWR rules and regulations.


  1. Representation:

־ Identify and develop relationships with people, organizations, and institutions that can enrich country programs and help achieve LWR’s strategy.

־ Participate in relevant networks, forums, and other coordination and learning spaces.

־ Represent the country program to host government authorities, U.S. Embassy and USAID, peer agencies, representatives of the ELCA, LCMS; to national Lutheran church bodies; and to ecumenical forums (e.g. ACT)

  1. New Business Development:

־ Help identify and pursue new funding opportunities with institutional donors including U.S. Government or other bilateral or multilateral donors, foundations, and corporate philanthropies.

־ Work with the Country & Regional team to develop an annual grant-seeking strategy and facilitate contacts between partners and funders based in country

־ Support and/or lead the development of proposals to donors in coordination with the Regional team and NBD unit

־ Coordinate with External Relations on organization-wide fundraising efforts, constituent engagement efforts, and related information

  1. Strategy, Planning & Program Oversight:

־ Provide leadership in developing and managing a program that is consistent with LWR’s strategy.

־ Ensure high quality and timely implementation, including key deliverables, of all projects in close coordination with the Country Program Manager, Project Coordinators, and Project Directors.

־ Develop pipelines of potential partners and projects for future opportunities

־ Ensure high quality M&E and technical assistance is available to country staff in designing, implementing, and evaluating relief and development programs.

־ Serve as LWR’s in-country lead in assessing and proposing/ developing humanitarian response to emergencies in coordination with Emergency Operations unit.

־ Guide LWR’s accompaniment work and program staff in identifying, building, maintaining, and evaluating partner relationships.

  1. Human Resources Management:

־ Oversee and develop a strong country team; ensure team learning and individual and team performance standards and accountability; provide frequent feedback to and support for regional team.

־ Supervise and conduct regular performance reviews for country team

־ Oversee hiring and termination of country staff and performance management plans as necessary, under supervision of Regional Director.

  1. Safety and Security Oversight:

־ Ensure familiarity and compliance with LWR’s safety and security procedures and protocols.

־ Oversee country office safety security policy compliance and updates

  1. Financial / Office Management & Compliance:

־ Ensure compliance with LWR policies and procedures

־ Oversee the development and/or updating of country program specific policies for personnel, finance, administration and security and assure compliance with local law

־ Develop annual budgets in line with guidance provided by F&A and Regional Directors.

־ Monitor the implementation of budgets and cash flows.

־ Commission audits of partners as necessary.

־ Coordinate with F&A on country office financial and budget management and monitoring, and address audit findings

־ Ensure that all restricted fund requirements are met in regard to compliance and allowable costs. Ensure that country offices are in compliance with host government rules and regulations regarding registration, taxation, payroll/human resources, and reporting.

־ Ensure that staff comply with donor regulations for all projects funded by restricted grants.

־ Ensure the smooth functioning and security of the country office.

  1. Communications:

־ Maintain fluid communications with Country, Regional team and other HQ staff.

Inform Director or delegate of all changes in operating environment (risks, opportunities, etc.) that may affect staff security, operations, approved projects, annual operating plan, or strategy

  1. Professional Development:

־ Engage in ongoing professional development.

  1. Others:

־ Other duties as assigned by supervisor.


  1. Commitment to LWR’s core values and ability to model those values in relationships with colleagues and other partners
  2. At least 10 years’ experience in international development with increased level of responsibility
  3. Post-graduate degree in relevant field or Bachelor’s degree and 8 or more years of experience
  4. Significant experience in rural development sector required, preferably with direct project experience in cocoa or coffee sectors, climate smart agriculture, and/ or resilience;
  5. Demonstrated experience in humanitarian response preferred
  6. Successful track record in developing, submitting and negotiating proposals for different donor agencies such as USAID, US State Department, UN agencies, bilateral or multilateral donors, foundations, or corporations.
  7. Prior supervisory experience.
  8. Experience developing and managing budgets from both restricted and unrestricted revenue sources.
  9. At least 5 years of direct program and financial management experience from multiple funding sources.
  10. Proven track record on effective leadership and management of diverse teams.
  11. Practical and intellectual familiarity and experience in country of work required.
  12. Sound practical experience with country level strategy planning.
  13. Experience addressing key development, economic and social justice issues at a practical and policy level.
  14. Demonstrated experience in the design, management, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of emergency and sustainable development projects.
  15. Fluency in English with excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  16. Fluency in Spanish
  17. Excellent interpersonal skills.
  18. Willingness and ability to travel internationally, at least 50% of the time to countries where LWR works. Travel may be to countries that are experiencing political instability and have poor infrastructure including poor road conditions, limited amenities and poor housing accommodations. In addition, the travel may be to countries where infectious diseases or vector-borne diseases are present. Travel may be required to locales that experience extreme temperatures (either hot or cold) and high altitudes
  19. Experience with and commitment to working in a very diverse workforce.
  20. Familiarity with Lutheran theology, church structures, and U.S. Lutheran motivations and sensitivities preferred

Applicants MUST upload a CV (in Spanish). Applicants should also cut and paste a cover letter (in English) in the space provided on the application.

About the Organization

Lutheran World Relief (LWR) is a non-governmental organization founded in 1945 to respond to the needs of communities devastated by World War II. Since then, it has evolved from a relief agency shipping material resources to war-torn Europe to an agency that works with partners worldwide to respond to emergencies, seek lasting solutions to rural poverty, and work for peace and justice for all. LWR works to promote equity, strengthen organizational capacity, and empower communities to have a voice in decisions that affect their lives, while continually learning to increase our impact. Headquartered in Baltimore, Maryland, LWR works to reduce poverty and injustice by helping communities increase and expand the resources they need to live productive, healthy and empowered lives.