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Country Director

Medair

Kabul, Afghanistan

Key Activity Areas

Leadership & 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) 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 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;
  • Live, 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 sought for Internationally Recruited Staff (IRS) roles in the field

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.

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.

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