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Country Director

Date Posted
3rd April 2017
Reference
VAC-25428
Sector
Humanitarian , Management
Job Type
Contract
Location
Port au Prince
Salary
Not Disclosed

Job Summary

The GOAL Country Director (CD) takes overall responsible for the planning, management and appropriate development of GOAL’s work in-country.

Job Description

Description of the Country Programme

GOAL’s has been in Haiti since the devastating earthquake in January 2010 and has since then developed a programme portfolio targeting affected communities and supporting resilience building at household and community level. GOAL’s programmes have so far been in both the urban and rural contexts, in Port au Prince and Gressier, respectively. GOAL is transitioning to a much longer-term programming approach linking relief and recovery to development through an integrated community-led development programme approach built around 3 strategic pillars: Disaster Risk Reduction & Environment; Economic Development & Livelihoods; and Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH).

 

Responsibilities

The GOAL Country Director (CD) takes overall responsible for the planning, management and appropriate development of GOAL’s work in-country. The CD is responsible for ensuring that the programming is context appropriate and meeting the expressed needs of target beneficiaries. The CD will ensure that GOAL meets its contracted objectives and is accountable to stakeholders. The CD must ensure that there are regular and effective communications within the country team and with the GOAL Regional office. The CD has ultimate responsibility for all issues of security. The position is based in Port Au Prince with regular visits to all field sites.

 

Programmes

The Country Director is responsible for ensuring that all programme activities are planned, resourced, implemented, monitored and evaluated in a timely manner, to ensure that they are appropriate, necessary, cost effective, targeted, sustainable and in keeping with GOAL’s mission and philosophy.

Duties

  • The County Director will work closely with the Assistant Country Director – Programmes on all aspects related to programmes;
  • The Country Director must ensure that GOAL programmes meet the highest national and international standards, and comply with codes of conduct and agreements to which GOAL is a signatory;
  • The Country Director must provide ongoing review and development of overall country strategy, and of individual programme objectives. They must undertake, with the Senior Management Team, continuous review, monitoring and evaluation of the effectiveness, impact and direction of each programme;
  • The Country Director will review all programme proposals prepared by the Assistant Country Director – Programmes and the programme team before their submission to donors. And ensure that all proposals and reports are submitted to GOAL Dublin and approved by the Regional Director prior to submission to donors;

 

Donors

The Country Director is the principal point of contact with the in-country donors.

Duties

  • The responsibility for securing adequate funds to support GOAL programmes is shared between the Country Director and GOAL Dublin; it is the responsibility of the Country Director to secure programme funding from donors in-country where possible;
  • The Country Director must be familiar with all relevant donors present in-country and is responsible for developing GOAL’s working relationship and maintaining its reputation with them;
  • The Country Director is responsible for liaising with donors regarding all matters related to programmes; including facilitating visits to GOAL programme sites;
  • The Country Director should be familiar with the legal requirements of the donors providing support to GOAL’s programmes as well as donor country strategies;
  • The Country Director is responsible for ensuring that the country team conducts regular Grant Management Meetings to ensure that projects progress in a timely manner, meeting set targets within the proposed budget.

 

Financial Accountability

The Country Director has ultimate accountability for all financial matters in the field and must review and approve the monthly management accounts.

Duties

  • The County Director will work closely with the Finance Manager and/or Financial Controller on all aspects related to finance;
  • The Country Director must ensure adherence to the financial guidelines as per the GOAL Dublin Financial Manual;
  • The Country Director must ensure that comprehensive and timely reports are produced in accordance with schedules agreed by GOAL HQ;
  • The Country Director must ensure that donor financial reports are submitted in accordance with specific donor requirements;
  • The Country Director has responsibility to inform Head Office of budgetary overspends or underspends as they affect programmes and plan appropriate interventions. As such, the Country Director should ensure that Budget Monitoring Tools are produced by Finance on a monthly basis and reviewed by Programmes and Operations.

 

Personnel

The Country Director is responsible for the health and welfare of staff including expatriate and local personnel and are empowered to use all available resources to promote their development in line with GOAL policy.

Duties

  • The County Director will work closely with the Human Resources Manager on all aspects related to Personnel;
  • The responsibility for securing adequate qualified international staff to support GOAL programmes is shared between the Country Director and GOAL Dublin;
  • The Country Director must ensure that the policies and guidelines as laid down in the GOAL Personnel Manual are adhered to by all staff;
  • The Country Director, with programme staff, is to ensure that all staff responsibilities are defined and understood. This includes the provision of clearly defined job descriptions and up to date contracts. GOAL Dublin must be provided with all copies of job descriptions / contracts and contract extensions related to expatriate staff;
  • The Country Director has overall responsibility for the preparation and implementation of in-country personnel policies in line with overall GOAL and government policy. The Country Director must ensure that all local staff contracts must:

  • Respect local labour laws.

  • Be consistent with GOAL policy

  • The Country Director must ensure that all incidents/warnings etc. relating to personnel are clearly documented, and signed by the relevant parties;

  • The Country Director must ensure that there are procedures in place to support and encourage appropriate personal and professional development of staff within the context of the organisation’s objectives;

  • The Country Director is responsible for ensuring that staff receive the necessary support and supervision they require. This includes the provision of training for staff in tasks such as project proposal preparation; report writing etc.;
  • The Country Director has the mandate to recommend repatriation of any international staff member in line with the GOAL personnel policy;
  • The Country Director must ensure that ongoing informal review/evaluation of staff performance, and formal written evaluation of each of the international staff is prepared on a six monthly basis, and sent to GOAL Dublin in confidence.

 

Resource Management/Logistics

It is the responsibility of the Country Director to ensure that all available and appropriate resources are accessible in their country of assignment.

Duties

  • The County Director will work closely with the Logistics Coordinator on all aspects related to logistics;
  • The Country Director must ensure that the policies and guidelines as laid down in the GOAL Logistics Manual are adhered to by all;
  • The Country Director must ensure that the reporting requirements outlined in the GOAL Logistics Manual are fulfilled in a timely fashion;
  • The Country Director must ensure that there are appropriate systems in place for the effective utilisation and management of finance, personnel, supplies, transport, capital assets etc.

 

Safety & Security

It is the responsibility of the Country Director to be fully informed regarding the political and security environment within their country of assignment. And for ensuring that all reasonable measure are taken to minimise / mitigate the safety and security risks faced by the programmes and programme staff.

Duties

  • The Country Director is accountable for the overall safety and security of staff and for ensuring there is a culture of security within the organisation;
  • The Country Director must inform GOAL Dublin / Regional Director (through agreed communications protocols) immediately in the event of a security incident relating to GOAL staff, assets or programmes. Regular communications and updates on security must be shared with the RSA and GOAL Dublin as per agreed reports and protocols and as requested;
  • The Country Director is accountable for ensuring that the policies and guidelines, as laid down in the GOAL Safety and Security Manual and the site specific security guidelines, are adhered to by all staff at all times. The Country Director is responsible for ensuring staff have access to the appropriate resources and training to enable them to understand and adhere to staff security guidelines;
  • The Country Director is accountable for ensuring that policies and guidelines related to safety and security are reviewed periodically and revised to reflect relevant changes in the operating environment;
  • The Country Director must work closely with the Regional Security Advisor when assessing the country security context and dealing with any potential threats to GOAL programmes or staff.

 

Representation/Visibility

The Country Director has the responsibility and mandate to represent GOAL within their country of assignment this includes Media and visibility.

Duties

  • The Country Director must ensure that there is appropriate liaison and negotiation with the relevant Government partners, regional and local authorities; donors; local agencies etc. at all levels of project implementation;
  • The Country Director has sole responsibility for dealing with the media / press in-country. All (political) statements to be issued, and/or policy positions, must be approved by GOAL Dublin;
  • The Country Director has the responsibility to provide feedback to Dublin on the possible implications, on programme and staff security, of any comments or statements being prepared by GOAL Dublin;
  • The Country Director is also responsible for ensuring that the visibility of GOAL is promoted appropriately at field level.

 

Knowledge/Information Management

All Country Directors must be fully informed regarding the political, security and humanitarian conditions within their country of assignment.

Duties

  • It is the responsibility of the Country Director to be fully informed regarding the humanitarian and relief and development context in their country of operation.
  • Appropriate information should be collected, collated, analysed and forwarded to the GOAL Dublin office on a regular basis.
  • The Country Director must ensure that there are regular effective communications within the country programme and with GOAL Dublin and the Regional Director. This includes the submission of weekly and monthly reports to GOAL Dublin.
  • The Country Director must ensure that GOAL complies with all the relevant legal requirements of the country.

 

Requirements:

  • 5 + years of previous overseas management experience in humanitarian assistance programmes, at least 2 years of which must be at senior management level.
  • Programme experience in disaster risk reduction and environment, economic development and livelihoods and water, sanitation and Hygiene (WASH).
  • Fluent in French and/or Haitian Creole
  • Proficient in reading, writing and understanding French
  • 1+ year experience in a Haitian context is advantageous
  • A relevant post graduate qualification.
  • Experience of managing security in a fluid and high pressure environment, as it relates to staff and programme activities.
  • Experience of managing large, multinational teams of people.
  • Experience of liaising with donors and government officials, and of donor proposal writing and reporting, with a proven ability to secure donor funding.
  • Flexibility to adapt to changing requirements.
  • Experience and knowledge in linking relief and development as well as change management and organisational development.
  • A willingness to accept basic living conditions.
  • Budgetary control and financial management skills.

 

GOAL has Standards of Integrity and a Child Protection Policy, which have been developed to ensure the maximum protection of programme participants and children from exploitation. GOAL also has a confidentiality policy ensuring the non-disclosure of any information whatsoever relating to the practices and business of GOAL, acquired in the course of duty, to any other person or organisation without authority, except in the normal execution of duty. Any candidate offered a job with GOAL will be expected to adhere to these policies any job offer made is also subject to police clearance. GOAL is an equal opportunities employer.

 

This Job Description only serves as a guide for the position available. GOAL reserves the right to change this document. Any published closing dates are estimated. Due to the nature of GOAL’s work we aim to fill vacancies as quickly as possible. This means that we will close adverts as soon as we have found the right candidate and this may be before the published closing date. We would therefore advise interested applicants to submit an application as early as possible.

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