Country Director - South Sudan

Job posted by: Medair - Switzerland - Thu, 27 Mar 2014

Job Details:

Organisation: Medair - Switzerland

Deadline Wed, 4 Jun 2014

Job type: Contract

Location: South Sudan

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Role and Responsibilities

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


Project Overview

Multi-sectoral relief programme including: Rapid emergency water and sanitation and health response, provision of Primary Health Care; Health and Hygiene promotion; Safe water provision; to assist in reducing morbidity and mortality in vulnerable populations of South Sudan.



Medair brings life-saving relief and recovery in disasters, conflict areas, and other crises by working alongside the most vulnerable. Its Internationally Recruited (IRS) and HQ staff are inspired by their Christian faith to care for people in need, providing practical and compassionate support, regardless of race, religion, or politics. Medair has achieved the ISO 9001:2008 certification, worldwide. This certification signifies that Medair effectively delivers goods and services with a focus on beneficiary needs. Founded in 1989, Medair’s unwavering commitment continues to bring hope to the world’s most vulnerable.



Based in Juba, South Sudan.


Starting Date

As soon as possible


Initial Contract Details

Full time, minimum 2 years


Key Activity Areas

Leadership and 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 activities in accordance with project proposals, 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 for individual projects and support functions.

  • Analyse humanitarian needs, trends and political developments in the country of operation and the surrounding region in order to anticipate new projects and initiatives.


Donor Relations Management

  • Develop 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.



  • Develop 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 HQ Communication and Fundraising (CFR) Department receives appropriate material for communication and fund-raising activities.


Financial Management

  • Manage spending within the programme in-line with the approved budgets.

  • 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 in 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.


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 programme.

  • Take the lead on decision making and contingency planning during security incidents or threats.


Quality Management

  • Ensure country programmes are implemented in line with donor proposals and requirements and in accordance with Medair, donor, country and international standards e.g. Sphere and HAP standards, WHO recommendations, etc.

  • Ensure frequent and appropriate monitoring and evaluation of programme activities and outputs, implementing corrective actions as required.



  • University degree in a relevant subject such as Management / Development Studies / Business Administration or in a relevant technical subject



  • Strong working knowledge of English (spoken and written)


Experience / Competencies

  • 6 years’ post-qualification experience in a management position; 1 year’s post-qualification experience in a complex humanitarian emergency; experience in the design, monitoring of implementation and evaluation of humanitarian / emergency programmes

  • 3 years’ overseas work experience, preferably in a management position with a relief and recovery NGO desirable

  • Experience in dealing with donors and government officials; experience of representation at national and local levels; excellent communication skills

  • Advanced leadership and project management, planning, assessment, and analytical skills

  • Knowledge of Humanitarian Essentials, Sphere and HAP Standards and other international humanitarian guidelines and protocols

  • Committed to team-building and able to develop and support other team members

  • Self-motivated, energetic, hard-working, servant-hearted


Medair Standard Working Requirements for the Field

  • Experienced professionals in a relevant field; Overseas intercultural experience

  • Committed Christians; commitment to the Medair values

  • Strong working knowledge of English, spoken and written

  • Working knowledge of French, spoken and written, for French-speaking field programmes

  • Single or married (with no children under 18). If married, your spouse must also apply.

  • Successful completion of Medair Relief & Recovery Orientation Course (ROC)

  • Reflect the vision and values of Medair with team members, local staff, beneficiaries, external contacts

  • 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



  • A salary based upon the grade of the position and the experience of the position-holder

  • Comprehensive briefing at our Swiss headquarters, as well as an in-country briefing

  • Security training for those going to particularly insecure environments

  • Accommodation, food, and transportation in-country

  • Return flights to and from the country programme (one return flight for every year of service)

  • Rest and recuperation (R&R) leave (including travel, accommodation, and food allowance)

  • Annual leave; Death and disability allowance

  • Contribution matching programme for retirement savings (for experienced relief workers)

  • Additional contract benefit allowance for those who commit to longer contracts

  • Comprehensive medical and emergency rescue insurance, with up to 60 days post- assignment coverage, including debriefing


Working Conditions

  • This is a field-based position and working and living conditions may be very different to that previously experienced.


Application Process


Follow this link:, check if you are an Experienced or New Relief Worker and that you fit our standard working criteria, then:

  1. apply for this vacancy (or another position that matches your profile), or

  2. apply for a Medair ROC (where we can try and match your competencies to our vacancy needs).


Please do not make multiple applications. We will not review email applications. Only English-language applications / CVs will be reviewed. Medair does not set closing / deadline dates for applications; recruitment is on-going until the position is filled.

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