Post:South Sudan - Head of Mission - Juba
Solidarités International is an international humanitarian organization which provides aid and assistance to victims of war or natural disaster. For over 30 years the association has focused on meeting three vital needs - water, food and shelter - by carrying out emergency programmes followed by longer-term reconstruction projects. Whilst fully respecting the assisted populations’ customs and culture, Solidarités International’s programmes are implemented through the joint expertise of around 200 expatriates and 1500 local managerial staff and employees.
Solidarités International is currently present in Africa (Central African Republic, South Sudan, Kenya, Somalia, Mali, Niger, Mauritania, Chad, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ivory Coast), in Asia (Afghanistan, Thailand, Bangladesh, Myanmar and Pakistan), in the Middle East (Syria and Lebanon) and in Haiti.
SI is operating in South Sudan since 2006, and it developed activities in emergency and post emergency context, particularly in rural and semi-urban areas. Its expertise in running emergency WaSH intervention is highly acknowledged by all WaSH actors and donors.
SI’s South Sudan mission grew very quickly in 2012 and the trend continued in 2013 as a consequence of the emergency interventions launched in response to Sudanese refugees influxes into South Sudan in April and May 2012. The first 9 months of 2013 have been extremely challenging due to the workload in the 3 bases working on refugees assistance programs, including the opening of a new base where SI was the first NGO settling there. The budget for 2014 should be of about 5 M€, with 4 operational bases + the coordination team in capital, and the team should be made of around 20 expats and 200 national staff.
The main challenges for 2014 will be:
- To implement the refugee camps exit strategy that is part of the mission strategy
- To ensure the development of other emergency interventions in the country (short term intervention through the Emergency Preparedness and Response (EP&R) project, or longer term if more than 3 months intervention)
- To initiate the development of livelihoods emergency and/or longer term programs in South Sudan
In addition, the key tasks for the country director will be: - To maintain and continue the improvement of efficient, productive and appropriate communications within the members of the SI team (particularly between Juba and the bases) and between the mission and the HQ - To actively represent SI in NGO forums, clusters, and other coordination bodies, and to encourage the coordination team to do so in their own sector of activity.
- The HoM is in charge of the smooth operation of all mission activities.
- S/He is responsible for the safety and security of all staff and assets on the mission.
- S/He proposes mission strategies, according to the geopolitical and humanitarian context and ensures implementation once it has been validated.
- S/He monitors projects, ensuring that they progress in accordance with the Solidarités International Charter and Code of Ethics and Conduct and comply with internal and contractual regulations.
- S/He mobilizes the material and financial resources necessary for the programs to run effectively and supervises the administration of these resources.
- S/He is the direct liaison for Solidarités International HQ.
Masters’ degree or equivalent in law, political science, international organization management or project management or a relevant field
8-10 years of professional experience, including 4-5 years in the humanitarian environment
Minimum of 2 years of experience as Country Director or equivalent, developing and managing sustainable relief programs (conflict and post-conflict settings), with specific skills in strategic planning, assessment, program design and development, and monitoring and evaluation+ 2-3 years as coordinator of humanitarian actions
Proven experience in conflict/post-conflict contexts and insecure environments, with consequent experience in supporting emergency response
- Excellent communication, organizational and prioritization skills and the ability to multi-task and support and/or fill multiple positions at one time
- High management abilities, and particularly team management skills and capacities to provide distance technical support
- Significant experience of building and supervising large and culturally diverse teams of expatriate and national staff, and interest in capacity building of people.
- Significant knowledge and experience of grant writing and management for major institutional donors, including: OFDA/USAID, ECHO, UN Agencies (UNHCR, UNICEF, etc.) and pooled funding mechanisms, such as CHF
- Ability, acquired through experience, to professionally and appropriately represent the organization and negotiate and defend SI’s interests with a diverse range of government officials, departments and ministries, civil society organizations, and other international organizations
- Strong initiatives and improvisation capacities
- Demonstrated attention to detail and ability to follow procedures, meet deadlines and work both independently and cooperatively with team members
- Good stress management
- Important flexibility and adaptability
- Used to work in political and security volatile environment
Fluent English (written, spoken and read), essential for numerous external coordination and representation meetings with other NGOs, UN agencies, donors and governmental bodies.
Knowledge of Arabic is an asset
Computer literacy with very good command of MS Office Suite.
Salaried post: According to experience from 2300 euros gross per month, plus 10% annual leave allowance paid monthly, and a monthly Per Diem of 600 USD.
Solidarités International will cover accommodation and travel expenses from the expatriate’s home country to the site of the assignment.
Social and medical cover: Expatriates benefit from an insurance package which reimburses all healthcare expenses (including medical and surgical expenses, dental care and ophthalmological expenses, repatriation) and a welfare system including war risks. Essential vaccination and antimalarial treatment costs are refunded.
Vacation: During the assignment, a system of alternation between work and time off is implemented at the rate of one break every three months. For a one-year assignment, the expatriate will have a 7-day break during the 3rd and the 9th month (with 500 euros allocated by Solidarités). He or she will also be entitled to go back to his or her home country for a 14-day period after six months spent on the mission (Solidarités will cover travel costs).
12 months - Beggining: 15/10/2013
Corinne LORIN - Chargée de Recrutement et de Suivi
How to apply:
CV & Cover Letter
Closing date: 11 Nov 2013