Country Administrator – COOPI


Job Description

OrganizationCOOPI Cooperazione Internazionale
ROLECountry Administrator
DURATION12 months
POSTED ON09-12-2021

COOPI has been present in Sudan since 2004. The recent history of Sudan is marked by strong disorders and violence, expressions of a civil war that on several occasions has shaken the country since its independence. 
COOPI’s interventions focused in the Darfur region that for a long time has been the scene of armed clashes and particularly hit by periods of severe drought. Since 2019, COOPI’s interventions focused also in the Kassala region. To allow the management of these activities and to ensure access to basic services for the population, different interventions were carried out, in the field of water-hygiene and food security both on humanitarian and development perspective.

Purpose of the role

The Country Administrator ensures the correct administrative/financial management and the sustainability of the Country Coordination, and  Area  Coordination if  available,  by  preparing  the  coordination  budget  and  by  controlling  the  projects’  budgets preparation.  He/She  controls  all  final  balances  and monitors  the  correct  predisposition  of  all  financial  reports,  in compliance  with  COOPI  and  the  donors’  procedures.  He/She  guarantees  the  information  correctness  and completeness to the headquarters


Planning and coordination budget control

  • Prepare,  in  cooperation  with  the  Head  of  Mission,  and regularly verify the trend of the general coordination and any area coordination’s budget;
  • Monitor the sustainability of all coordination and field offices under the country coordination responsibility and verify the correct distribution of fixed costs to the projects;
  • Monitor the coordination and projects’ non deductible costs.

Budget preparation and projects’ economic-financial control

  • Supervise  the  new  project’s  budgets  in conformity  with  the  programming  and  the  Country Coordination/Milan’s  Headquarters  sustainability;
  • In cooperation with the Project Managers, Area Administrators and the Head of Mission, regularly identify the economic and financial engagements, which are necessary to carry out the project activities

Staff and Vehicle Goods managements

  • Verify the sustainability and correct management of all goods owned by COOPI, in collaboration  with  the  country’s  logistic  function;
  • Verify  the correct application of the organization’s procedures in relation to purchases and goods management

Financial management

  • Supervise and control the cash management (safes and bank accounts) and the cash flow to the projects according to the requests;
  • Manage and supervise all funding by donors to the projects (anticipations and tranches reception), updating the information for transmission to the central Headquarters;
  • In agreement with the Head of Mission to guarantee the correct timing of tranches reception;
  • In agreement with the central headquarters’ Administrative Desk, propose the priorities for the financial reports submission schedule to the Head of Mission;
  • Ensure the correct management and the general coordination/field offices/area coordination cash control and related costs;
  • Has the right to signature on all the organization’s bank accounts.

Projects’ economic-financial monitoring

  • In  collaboration  with  the  Project  Managers  and/or Administrative Coordinators  and  Head  of  Mission/Area  Coordinators, to regularly  check the  economic-financial performance of projects: final balance, expenditure excess, expenditure projections, and financial forecast.

Financial reporting and audit

  • Finalize and control all intermediate and final financial reports to be transmitted to the donors, before transmitting them to the central headquarters;
  • Is responsible for the correct financial reporting and she ensures the correct filing of all projects’ data;
  • Is responsible for the preparation and carry out of audits conducted in the country and for the transmission to the central headquarters of all project documents to be audited in Italy;
  • Is responsible for the preparation of annual audits, if expected;
  • Guarantee the correct functioning of the field offices, coordination and areas, also by going on verification missions on field

Staff management

  • Manage and supervise the administrators / local accountants who work in the Coordination;
  • Ensure the training for the Field office / Area Administrators under the Country Coordination responsibility, and for all the expatriate staff involved in the administrative process;
  • Support the Head of Mission in the elaboration of local staff management standards(local staff regulation)and guarantee the correct management of all documents related to staff management



  • University degree in financial/Administrative subjects;
  • minimum of five years of relevant working experience is required;
  • At least three years of demonstrated successful experience in international relief and development in a similar position is required;
  • Demonstrated effective verbal and written communication, negotiation skills, multi-tasking and organizational skills;
  • Experience in liaising with governmental/local authorities, IOs and NGOs;
  • Demonstrated ability to work in stressful environments and under pressure;
  • Fluency in English language;
  • Computer literate


  • Previous work experience in Sudan is a plus;
  • Experience in logistics, procurement and security matters is a strong advantage;
  • Experience in managing staff;
  • Demonstrated ability to work in stressful environments and under pressure;
  • Experience in working in conflict-prone environments

We reserve the right to close the vacancy prior to the application closing date, once a sufficient number of applications have been received.
Please note that only the shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Interviews will be conducted on rolling basis and the vacancy will be closed when filled, thanks for understanding.

Cooperazione Internazionale (COOPI) is an Italian humanitarian non-governmental organization founded in Milan in 1965. For more than 50 years of long-term support and constant presence in the field, COOPI has been engaged in breaking the cycle of poverty and responding to specific emergencies in numerous sectors, including Food Security, Humanitarian Aid, Health, Socio-Economical Services, Water and Sanitation, Human Rights, Education and Training, Migrations and Sustainable Energy

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