Relief International Country Director Jobs in South Sudan

Relief International Country Director Jobs in South Sudan

Position Summary:

The Country Director will ensure strong leadership of all members of the RI-South Sudan Senior Management Team that builds team spirit, cohesion, motivation, commitment, quality performance and fulfillment of all agency functions. He/she is directly responsible for the overall strategic planning, program design and implementation, program support operations (security, HR, procurement, logistics), country-level external relations and coordination, finance and budget compliance, administration, monitoring and evaluation, staff supervision, and required reporting on grants.

He/she will ensure that programs meet stated objectives, are in line with RI’s mission and strategy, meet the needs of beneficiaries, and are implemented to the highest standards, on time, and within budget. The CD will lead in obtaining funding, and identifying and pursuing new program opportunities. The CD will continually assess, identify and address gaps and weaknesses so as to improve overall country program performance, efficiency, and effectiveness.

Position Responsibilities and Duties:

Program Planning, Development, and Resource Acquisition

  • Lead the process of developing medium and long-range country strategic plans maintaining program focus in areas congruent with RI's program objectives and core sectors

  • Pro-actively ensure effective ongoing direct communications and networking with donors that produces actionable and timely business intelligence.

  • In collaboration with Program Development team and country staff, lead and ensure that preparation of funding proposals are of the highest quality and closely responsive to donor requirements

  • As needed personally draft entire, or substantial parts of funding proposals and budgets

  • Track funding and program trends to understand specific donor priorities and resources.

  • Cultivate relationships with new donors.

  • Actively identify and pro-actively pursue new opportunities for program growth and start-up, in coordination with relevant country, regional and GSO Program Development, and Program.

  • Assess other organization's activities to identify geographic or sector gaps and to map competitors.

  • In close collaboration with regional and GSO management, participate in negotiation of contracts and agreements with donors, ensuring both programmatic and financial relevance.

    Program Management

  • Supervise and ensure quality project implementation through interactive management of project/program managers, including ensuring appropriate allocation of resources and that controls are maintained at all levels.

  • Fully responsible for actively monitoring of projects to ensure they are on track with deliverables and quantitative targets, on time, and on budget without overspending or underspending and that they fully meet goals as committed in project documents.

  • Take the lead, with program management team, in sufficiently early identification and diagnosis of off-track projects and actively determining feasible strategies to correct such problems.

  • Ensure that all project modifications, adjustments, or no-cost extensions are fully justified and appropriately communicated and agreed by donors.

  • Ensure that operations in support of projects, in particular procurement and logistics, are efficiently and effectively carried out.

    Personnel Management and Development

  • Responsible for ultimate leadership and management of national and expatriate staff in country.

  • Assess staffing requirements for programs and country office and supervise recruitment in coordination with country HR manager, and as needed, in consultation with the RD.

  • Ensure complete orientation process for all incoming staff covering RI goals and objectives, country and program background, vision and future plans, policies and procedures and security.

  • Assess staff training and capacity building needs and ensure training opportunities are provided.

  • Act as a Point of Contact for Safeguarding (Child Protection, Sexual Exploitation and Abuse and Harassment, and Code of Conduct policies), and train staff and beneficiaries on reporting misconduct mechanisms.

    Safety and Security

  • Overall responsibility for the safety and security of all RI country staff, volunteers and visitors

  • Overall responsibility for all RI assets in country.

  • Ensure the appointment of an appropriately qualified staff member as Country Security Focal Point while still maintaining overall responsibility and working closely with the Focal Point.

  • Ensure that all country staff are adequately familiar with,
    and trained in RI Security Policy and in particular the country-level security plan and procedures.

  • In coordination with the global and regional security staff, ensure the development and/or bi- annual update of a RI country security plan.

    External Representation

  • Maintain an appropriate image of RI to all external entities and protect RI's interests and assets.

  • Maintain best possible relations with relevant government authorities and ensure RI registration, permits, and clearances are all up to date and enable effective program implementation.

  • Conduct effective ongoing liaison with donors.

  • Represent RI by active participation in meetings of the humanitarian and development community.

  • Facilitate visits by donors, RSO and GSO staff, Board members and others, as requested.

    Financial Management

  • Supervise the Country Finance Manager and ensure, through close collaboration and follow-up, that all elements of the CFM’s Terms of Reference are fully met.

  • Ensure timely and appropriate country level and project level budget preparation and monitoring

  • Actively and personally verify that the national office and sub-offices maintain complete, up to date and accurate financial records for all transactions, and that full and appropriate supporting documentation, signatures, stamps, are available, using proper forms and templates.

  • Verify that that all records are adequately stored, and backed up to prevent losses of any kind

  • Verify on-time reporting and uploading of all financial data to RI accounting system by finance staff.


  • Oversee program operations and reporting, ensuring compliance with RI policies and procedures, donor regulations and local laws.

  • Ensure that programs have appropriate legal representation and GSO is informed of all legal cases

  • Oversee all internal and external audits.

  • Oversee the preparation of annual work plans and budgets.

  • Report regularly to RD, providing timely updates of all situations and project developments

    Minimum Qualifications & Requirements:

    This position demands a dynamic individual with a demonstrated ability to achieve results in a demanding and fast paced environment.

  • Master’s degree in a relevant field or Bachelor’s degree with commensurate work experience;

  • Minimum of ten (10) years professional experience in lead management implementing emergency response programs in a conflict setting with at least 5 years of senior management experience

  • Master’s degree in a relevant field or Bachelor’s degree with commensurate work experience;

  • Specific knowledges and experience with RI implementation and the ability to demonstrate results consistent with RI organizational values and goals;

  • Ability and willingness to travel as needed;

  • Previous experience as a CD in South Sudan is a plus;

  • Solid background and knowledge of Rules and Regulations of USAID, ECHO, EC, DFID;

  • Demonstrated record in collaborating with local governments, rural communities, other NGOs U.N. Agencies and other international emergency response and development actors;

  • Excellent interpersonal, communication, public speaking, and strategic planning skills required;

  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple priorities, deadlines, tasks efficiently;

  • Excellent time management skills and resourcefulness with strong attention to detail;

  • Proven leadership skills and experience of managing multidisciplinary teams;

  • Practical experience of applying development issues at a project or community level coupled with impact assessment and evaluation of poverty reduction and social change.

  • Evidence of understanding the challenges of donor and grant/contract management and the implications for program management

  • Proficient English language writing and verbal skills

    How to Apply

    For more information and job application details, see; Relief International Country Director Jobs in South Sudan

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