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Country Director

Khartoum

  • Organization: Medair
  • Location: Khartoum
  • Grade: Senior
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date:

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Location

Medair field-based position in Khartoum, Sudan.

 

Starting Date & Initial Contract Details

July 2022. Full time, minimum 12 months.

Role Overview

The Country Director Leads diverse team who are committed to serve the world’s most vulnerable with practical and compassionate care, the Country Director oversees all programme and support activities in-country. Representing Medair in all re issues relating to the country programme. The Country Director plays a key role in donor relations, strategy and project implementations in conjunction with senior field managers.

Project Overview

Medair’s emergency response team was deployed in Sudan in February 2020 with the objectives of re-applying for country registration and to re-establish relationship with government authorities, donor agencies, UN partners, and INGOs. Medair has a large shelter project working with Ethiopian refugees in Gedaref State and delivering COVID-19 vaccinations and community mobilisation programming in Khartoum, and is planning to extend into Blue Nile State with a Health and Nutrition programme in the coming months. The team has also been assessing gaps and priorities on further expansion into other states.

Our Culture

Key Activity Areas

Leadership and Management

  • University degree in a relevant subject such as Management / Development Studies / Business Administration.
  • Design, update and evaluate the country strategy, in conjunction with the relevant senior field managers and GSO staff. Consider 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.
  • Analyse humanitarian needs, trends and political developments in the country of operation and the surrounding region in order to anticipate new projects and initiatives.
  • Ensure all programme activities and support functions comply with applicable national and international laws and regulations, including in-country registration.

 

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 staffs.

 

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. Ensure that timely programme reports are updated and submitted to GSO.

 

Financial Management

  • University degree in a relevant subject such as Management / Development Studies / Business Administration.
  • Support the planning and construction of project budgets, in collaboration with relevant senior field managers and GSO staffs.
  • 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.
  • Ensure sufficient and appropriate controls are in place to prevent fraud and that relevant staff receive the required information and training to minimise the risk of occurrence within the country programme.

 

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.
  • Reflect the vision and values of Medair when interacting with team members and provide them with leadership, advice, support and appropriate communication.

 

Security Management

  • 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.

 

Quality Management

  • Promote and use the Medair e-library and other operating procedures, ensuring that all standardised formats are used and guidelines are followed.
  • Implement country programmes in line with donor proposals and requirements and in accordance with Medair donors, country and international standards such as Sphere and CHS standards and WHO recommendations.
  • Ensure frequent and appropriate monitoring and evaluation of programme activities and outputs, implementing corrective actions as required.

 

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.
  • Post-graduate degree in the humanitarian sector, security management training or leadership training.
  • Excellent working knowledge in English (speaking and writing) and Arabic will be an advantage.

Relief & Recovery Orientation Course (ROC)

What is the ROC and why is it required?

Experience

  • 5 years post-qualification experience in managerial positions and 3 years in a complex humanitarian emergency.
  • Advanced planning and analytical skills with a good report and proposal writing including negotiation skills.

All new deploying international staff to Medair’s country programmes (and other roles which require field travel) should be fully vaccinated with a WHO-approved COVID vaccine, supported with a COVID vaccination certificate as evidence.

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.
Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.
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