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  • Organization: DCA - DanChurchAid
  • Location: East Jerusalem
  • Grade: Senior - Internationally recruited position - Senior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Public Health and Health Service
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date: 2019-06-25

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Country Director Palestine re-advertisement

East Jerusalem (Palestinian Territory)

Are you looking for an opportunity to lead a professional team of development/humanitarian experts working with civil society organisations in a challenging Middle East environment? Then this might be just the opening you are looking for!

DanChurchAid (DCA) and Norwegian Church Aid (NCA) are working together to make positive change in Palestine, through the implementation of a Joint Country Programme.

Our vision: Palestinians enjoy equality, self-determination, democracy, as well as access to justice in accordance with IHL and IHRL.

DCA and NCA Palestine Country Programme comprises a diverse portfolio of activities including active citizenship, economic empowerment, humanitarian response, capacity building and international advocacy. The position entails the overall responsibility to lead and manage the joint programme, including 15 staff, a turnover of activities of 5 million USD implemented by a portfolio of 20 partners.

We expect you to:

  • Provide strategic leadership of the DCA- NCA joint country programme in Palestine and to further develop the programme in line with DCA and NCA’s strategies and priorities by working together with partners, build capacity and continually support staff’s development.

  • Be responsible for the strategic guidance of the office and country programme, which includes an oversight of all financial and administrative matters as well as of the staff.

  • Represent DCA and NCA and proactively build and strengthen relationships in Palestine towards embassies, donors, partners, authorities and other stakeholders.

  • Meet DCA-NCA organisational performance benchmarks and related deadlines.

  • Engage in proactive communication and media work with constituencies in Denmark and Norway.

  • Communicate with DCA and NCA headquarters on relevant policies and strategies.

  • Liaise with institutions, forums, donors, UN Clusters, constituencies in Denmark/Norway and DCA/NCA resource persons.

  • Identify new donors, maintain existing donor relationships and ensure financial compliance with donor requirements.

  • Lead, develop and motivate the joint DCA-NCA team to maximum performance with joint identity and culture.

  • Overall responsible for risk and security management

We are looking for:

  • Demonstrated strategic leadership experience in development and humanitarian programming in complex working environment.

  • 5-7 years leadership & management experience in complex and dynamic environments and an ability to lead a diverse team of 15 staff.

  • A good combination of stamina, charisma and constructive critical attitude.

  • Knowledge and experience with Israel-Palestinian political, cultural, and economic spheres.

  • Analytical and strategic thinking, with a commitment to a long-term development process.

  • Experience with a gender equity and rights-based approach.

  • Understanding of International Humanitarian Law and its application.

  • Experience working with faith-based organisations and religious actors.

  • Strong negotiation skills, diplomatic tact and ability to nurture relations.

  • Ability to identify with and practice management values: respectful, participatory, strategic and vision driven, efficient and accountable.

  • Master's degree in social science or another related field, work experience within development or humanitarian response.

  • Proven experience with project cycle management and implementing donor guidelines.

  • Openness for innovation and creativity.

  • Good communication skills, fluency in English – oral as well as written.

  • Detailed knowledge and understanding of the Danish and Norwegian contexts and policies about Israel/ Palestine.

  • Working knowledge of Danish and/ or Norwegian languages.

  • Knowledge of Arabic an advantage.

For further information, please contact Cecilie Bjørnskov-Johansen, DCA Programme Director

Expected starting date is mid August 2019. The contract is for three years with the possibility of extension. Terms and conditions are as per the DCA Handbook for Family duty stations.

To apply use the following link: Only online applications consisting of as a minimum a CV and a cover letter will be considered.

Closing date for applications will be 25 June 2019. First Interview will be held on 28 June 2019 and second interview will be held on 2 July 2019. Please indicate in the application if you are not available on the above dates. Should you be chosen for the second interview, you will have to fill out a behavioural analysis on 29-30 June 2019.

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, disability, religion or ethnicity are encouraged to apply for the vacancy.

Everyone applying for a job with DCA must be ready to comply with our Staff Policy on Prevention of Sexual Exploitation, Abuse and Harassment and our Child Safeguarding Policy.

We do our best to provide you the most accurate info, but closing dates may be wrong on our site. Please check on the recruiting organization's page for the exact info. Candidates are responsible for complying with deadlines and are encouraged to submit applications well ahead.
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