COUNTRY DIRECTOR – CARE
CARE is an international NGO with local staff and community partners in 100 countries. We create local solutions to poverty and inequality and we seek dignity for everyone every day and during times of crisis. These solutions have a broad range, from disaster response to food and nutrition to education and work for women and girls to healthy mothers and children. CARE puts women and girls at the center of everything we do because when they have equal access to resources, they lift their families and communities out of poverty. Our staff live where they work, which makes us effective at understanding the challenges they face. We’ve been doing this for 75 years, since World War II. It started with the world’s first CARE Package® of food for the post-war hungry in Europe. Our work today is as important as ever, we believe that poverty and inequality are historic injustices that we can end within a generation, for good. If you share our core beliefs: poverty is an injustice; poverty is solvable; and together, we have the power to end it, join us, and Fight with CARE.
|Work Location||Sudan – Khartoum|
|Type of Post||Accompanied – Family|
|Expected Travel||up to 30%|
|Employee Duration||Active Full-Time|
CARE is seeking a dynamic and driven individual to assume the role of Country Director for Sudan. The Country Director will lead CARE’s strategy and operations and ensure impactful programming that enhances the lives of poor and vulnerable women and girls and addresses injustice and discrimination.
It is a time of great change; we are at a moment of historic significance for Sudan. The Country Director will be responsible for working with the CARE team, our key partners, allies and the communities whom we serve, to inspire appropriate action and build a new vision for CARE’s role in the next stage of Sudan’s development journey. The CD will also be responsible for guiding the CARE program through the many risks and hazards ahead, offering responsible stewardship for our current important work.
CARE has been part of Sudan’s development journey for almost four decades, with a growing program, including work in East and West Darfur and South Kordofan that reaches over half a million people through work on economic empowerment, health, nutrition, and water. All our programs, supported by a team of more than 100 staff, focus on women and girls’ empowerment as a primary route to change.
The values that we hold are core to our work – Transformation, Integrity, Diversity, Excellence and Equality. We are committed to the promotion of equality and diversity within our organization and program.
As the country leader, the CD will continuously enhance ways of working to support the Country Office to meet and exceed goals, innovate, deliver impactful programming and work in effective teams, coalitions and networks. S/he will be a great representative, role model and motivator for the Country Office and will be an advocate for the team, especially during times of change. The Country Director will oversee the development, funding and implementation of the Country Office portfolio and will be responsible for adequate emergency preparedness and effective humanitarian response. S/he will be an accomplished representative to external partners.
Country Directors are a critical part of the CARE’s global work, and as part of that will contribute to CARE International’s global program strategy by contributing ideas, sharing knowledge and evidence from your country programming. The person we select for this role will also lead the Country Office fundraising strategy and ensure the program’s financial viability.
1.Build and maintain a strong, innovative senior leadership team. Build a strong, innovative senior leadership team and effectively manage all direct reports.
- Manage direct reports towards high standards of performance through clear roles and responsibilities, on-going feedback and appraisals. Proactively address performance issues through timely constructive feedback and coaching.
- Notice talent and maximize the use of available talent through on-going staff development and career management.
- Prepare successors for senior roles (including CD role) and oversee the recruitment and orientation of new senior staff.
- Foster accountability, leadership, diversity and transparency of operations with the Senior Leadership Team as well as other CO-based advisory and decision-making bodies.
2.Lead the design, implementation, and evolution of the Country Office strategic plan. Lead the design, implementation and evolution of the CO strategic plan in sync with the country and regional context, and in line with the CI vision and mission.
- Develop a high quality and innovative strategic plan, based on thorough contextual analysis, and using an inclusive and participatory process. Monitor and revise as required.
- Ensure proper alignment with CI and regional plans and priorities as well as with CARE’s strategic initiatives (Gender Equality and Diversity, Rights Based Approach and advocacy).
- Ensure sound understanding of strategic plan and approaches by all stakeholders.
- Oversee the development of an Annual Operating Plan (AOP) in line with the CO Strategic Plan. Ensure proper implementation and monitoring of the AOP.
- Oversee periodic analysis of the operating environment and ensure CARE’s role and operating model are in line with that environment.
- Design and lead organizational change processes to leverage opportunities and evolve towards the CARE 2020 vision.
3.Oversee Country Office programming to advance CARE’s vision and mission, in line with CARE’s Program Strategy and standards for program quality. Oversee CO programming to advance CARE’s vision and mission, in line with CARE’s standards for program quality. Work in partnerships with others inside and outside of CARE to achieve broad scale impact.
- Ensure staff and systems are in place to guarantee that CO programs are designed and implemented based on sound analysis (including gender analysis), address the underlying causes of poverty and are in line with CI Programming Principles and the program approach.
- Work with senior staff to generate a viable program pipeline in line with CO strategy and lead the development of an appropriate fundraising strategy for those programs. Ensure effective and efficient implementation of all programs and projects.
- Ensure that proper monitoring and evaluation systems are in place to demonstrate impact on Underlying Causes of Poverty including gender inequality and that program lessons are being used and shared for learning and advocacy. Promote continuous learning in the CO.
- Ensure that disaster risk management is integrated into all programs and that an appropriate emergency preparedness plan is updated regularly. Respond to emergencies when they occur and lead operations in line with CI’s emergency strategy.
- Ensure the development and implementation of a CO advocacy agenda that supports country office programs and, if possible, is in line with CO and CI priorities.
4.Direct the mobilization, management, and accounting of all resources in the Country Office. Direct the mobilization, management and accounting of all resources in the CO in compliance with CARE policies and donor requirements.
- Identify and secure adequate funding for ongoing and future program activities on a timely basis. Ensure good stewardship of the funding, negotiating acceptable terms and conditions.
- Monitor the CO’s financial position and ensure the best use of available resources. This includes overseeing the development and review of CO annual budget, proper allocation of shared program costs (cost pools), development of unrestricted requests, review of financial transactions and reports, maximizing cost recovery from restricted grants and follow-up on audit recommendations.
- Ensure that qualified staff and appropriate policies, procedures and systems for finance and other strategic support functions (e.g procurement, transport, inventory, etc.) are in place and functioning throughout the CO.
- Ensure adequate risk analysis and internal controls are in place to protect the CO’s assets and to ensure the resources are used in accordance with donor terms and conditions.
- Ensure the CO operations are conducted in accordance with all statutory and tax requirements.
- The CD oversees safety and security for all staff and visitors in the CO and upholds CARE International Safety and Security Principles.
- Ensure management structure of CO is proportional to CO income.
5.Oversee the management and development of the Country Office human resources to ensure a diverse, skilled, and productive workforce Oversee the management and development of CO human resources to ensure a diverse, skilled and productive workforce. Promote an organizational culture where CARE Core Values are practiced, team work is encouraged and all staff have a clear understanding of their role and contribution.
- Establish a strong Human Resource strategy in line with the CO Strategic Plan and ensure that systems are in place and being properly implemented for recruitment, staff development, performance management and compensation.
- Lead talent management and succession management in the CO through the implementation of a comprehensive leadership development plan.
- Ensure Gender Equality and Diversity policies and processes are in place and monitored.
- Ensure appropriate workplace policies including to ensure fairness and equity are developed and used (e.g. policies related to staff security, to HIV/AIDS, sexual harassment, and sexual exploitation, etc.)
- Actively promote staff wellness by monitoring staff morale and taking action as needed.
6.Establish and sustain productive relationships with government officials, donors and strategic partners. Develop and enhance relationships, partnerships and networks between the CO, other parts of CARE and external organizations to maximize CARE’s impact on poverty and social justice.
- Proactively analyse the actors who have the potential to contribute to the achievement of the CO program goals within the broader context including government, private sector, donors and foundations, international and local civil society, academic institutions. Establish and actively sustain productive relationships with relevant actors (inside and outside the country).
- Play a key role in identifying issues to be addressed to heighten donor and government accountability and maintain CARE’s image and visibility amongst these groups.
- Contribute to national dialogue on poverty reduction strategies and advocate for change in policies and practice in line with program goals. Support and work effectively in coalitions, networks and social movements to achieve broader impact.
- Actively participate in the Regional Leadership Team and ensure that the CO contributes to regional and institutional initiatives/priorities.
- Ensure effective media relations. Act as CARE spokesperson as required.
7.Ensure full compliance with CARE’s and donors’ rules and regulations.
8.Develop and enhance relationships, partnerships and networks between the Country Office, other parts of CARE and external organizations to maximize CARE’s impact on poverty and social justice.
9.Ensure CARE’s stance on Protection, Sexual, Harassment Exploitation and Abuse [PSHEA] is monitored and adhered to by both staff and our Partners and individuals/organizations held accountable for violation.
1. Bachelor’s Degree in related field
2. 6-8 years in senior management position in development field
3. Demonstrated experience in leading strategic and operational planning
4. Extensive conceptual skills including strategic analysis
5. Demonstrated management skills in a complex international setting
6. Demonstrated self-awareness, leadership and interpersonal skills
7. Strong human resource management skills including capacity building, coaching and conflict management
8. Experience supervising and developing a multi-disciplinary team in a cross-cultural setting;
9. Demonstrated interest and ability to give feedback, develop, motivate and lead a diverse team to achieve results
10.Demonstrated use of positive coping strategies in stressful environments
11.Knowledge and experience with financial management as demonstrated by ability to:
- Manage a complex budget
- Effectively follow-up on internal and external audit recommendations
- Ensure donor compliance and reporting
12. Must possess the ability to establish a learning and innovation culture within the Country Office and to facilitate knowledge sharing across CARE
13. Experience in successfully managing various forms of partnerships with national and international NGOs, etc.
14. Experience in establishing and maintaining collaborative relationships with donors and government counterparts
15. Strong representation, influencing and negotiation skills
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