Location:
Kabul, Afghanistan
Industry Sector:
International Public Sector
Type of contract:
Contract
Salary:
Competitive

Country Director

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

Project Overview

Medair is currently implementing WASH and Food security projects in Central Highlands (CHL) which also include a Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) focus and Food Assistance (cash for work) when needed.  Medair AFG is also operating in the Southern region of Afghanistan implementing lifesaving nutrition projects through mobile clinics focusing on Internally Displaced People (IDP) and conflict affected communities.

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.

Workplace

Kabul, Afghanistan. Take a look at Medair’s work in Afghanistan.

Starting Date

As soon as possible

Initial Contract Details

Full time, minimum 24 months

Key Activity Areas

Leadership and Management

  • Design, update and evaluate the country strategy, in conjunction with the relevant senior field managers and HQ 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.

Donor Relations Management

  • Develop and maintain contact with the in-country representatives of relevant funding partners (e.g. institutional donors or private donor organisations) 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 HQ 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.

Financial Management

  • Support the planning and construction of project budgets, in collaboration with relevant senior field managers and HQ 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, disciplinary action, etc. in collaboration with the relevant staff and managers.

Security Management

  • Day to day management of security and of the Security Management team (SMT).
  • Coordination, information gathering and networking 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.

Field – Team Spiritual Life

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

This job description covers the main tasks and conveys the spirit of the sort of tasks that are anticipated proactively from staff. Other tasks may be assigned as necessary according to organisational needs.

Qualifications

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

Languages

  • Strong working knowledge of English (spoken and written)

Experience / Competencies

  • 3 years post-qualification experience in a management position
  • 1 years post-qualification experience in a complex humanitarian emergency
  • Advanced leadership and project management skills
  • Experience in dealing with donors and government officials
  • Knowledge of Humanitarian Essentials, Sphere and HAP Standards and other international humanitarian guidelines and protocols
  • Advanced planning, assessment and analytical skills
  • Networking and advocacy skills desirable
  • Capacity to work under pressure and manage personal stress levels
  • Creative, open-minded, flexible, self-learner; self-motivated, energetic, hard-working, servant-hearted
  • Team-player with good inter-personal skills

Profiles generally sought for Internationally Recruited Staff (IRS) roles in the field with Medair

Relief experience

  • Professionals with 12 months or more relevant relief or development experience (Experienced Relief Workers)
  • Professionals with less than 12 months relevant relief or development experience (New Relief Workers)

Professional

  • Experienced professionals in a relevant Medair sector of expertise
  • Overseas intercultural experience

Values

  • Fully committed to the Medair values; to reflect the vision and values of Medair with team members, local staff, and external contacts

Language

  • Strong working knowledge of English, spoken and written
  • Working knowledge of French, spoken and written, for French-speaking field programmes

Personal qualities

  • Able to live and work in a multicultural team under difficult conditions
  • Strong character traits, including emotional stability, adaptability, ability to handle stress, cultural and gender sensitivity, honesty, and physically fit

Availability

  • Single or married (with no children under 18). If married, your spouse must also apply.

Final selection

  • All potential candidates for field positions must successfully complete the Medair Relief & Recovery Orientation Course (ROC).

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