Deputy Country Director
Role & Responsibilities
Manage the development and implementation of the projects to facilitate the implementation of the country programme strategy. Providing leadership, strategic direction, management and evaluation of all aspects of the programme, the Deputy Country Director (DCD) also plays a key role in external representation, legal compliance and team leadership.
Emergency health, WASH and infrastructure projects targeting displaced, war affected and vulnerable populations in NE Congo. Projects aimed at long term and sustainable behaviour change in general population and state health employees to improve public health and humanitarian access.
Workplace & Working conditions
Field based in Goma, D.R. Congo with trips to remote field sites where living and working conditions will likely be more basic.
Starting Date / Initial Contract Details
As soon as possible. Full time, minimum contract of 12-24 months.
Key Activity Areas
- Facilitate cross cutting communications with the programme teams supporting programme strategy.
- Responsible for an effective implementation of Medair’s projects in DRC.
- Ensure accurate and timely reporting of activities to Country Director, GSO and donors.
- Ensure the timely development and submission of high-quality concept papers and proposals.
- Ensure regular project monitoring and evaluation against project objectives. Ensure the CD and other relevant staff are kept informed of progress and that corrective measures are taken where required.
- Support field project managers in all aspects of project management, ensuring knowledge of and adherence to applicable operational systems, donor requirements and country programme strategy.
- Prepare and implement policies, procedures and guidelines, with relevant Sector Advisors, field project managers and GSO staff, so as to enhance the smooth running of the programmes.
- Represent Medair at relevant national and local meetings with government officials, contractors, other NGOs, etc., reporting back as applicable to staff, field managers and GSO.
- Supervise the budget management and expenditure for project t and shared costs, in collaboration with field project managers and GSO staff, ensuring budgets are spent according to donor proposals and regulations and within the appropriate time frame. Advise the senior field managers of the financial status of the projects.
- Monitor programme spending, ensuring relevant guidelines and procedures and being followed and that systems are in place for the prevention and detection of possible fraud in cooperation with the Finance Manager and Deputy Country Director (Support).
- Line manage designated staff, including direct supervision and development.
- Assist other managers in their line management responsibilities, including recruitment, appraisal, objective setting, development and training, disciplinary action, etc., and deputise for them during any periods of absence.
- Facilitate regular team meetings and, through a consultative leadership style and a transparent, honest and supportive communication structure, develop and build an effective team.
- Reflect the vision and live the values of Medair at all times and especially when interacting with team members and provide them with leadership, advice and support.
- Develop direct reports to improve their knowledge competence and performance.
- Assist the Country Director in managing security incidents, as required.
- Develop and maintain a transparent, honest and supportive communication structure with colleagues to ensure they are kept informed of support related activities and requirements.
- Develop and maintain positive relationships with suppliers, local authorities, other NGOs and any other stakeholders, representing Medair and ensuring good co-operation and partnerships.
- Promote and use the Medair intranet and other operating procedures, ensuring that all standardised formats are used and guidelines are followed.
- With relevant managers, review, develop and implement (as applicable) systems to improve transparency and to detect and ultimately prevent loss or fraud. Carry-out regular inspections and spot-checks, both on systems and on-going work, to ensure the best use of Medair assets and resources.
Team Spiritual Life
- Reflect the values of Medair with team members, local staff, beneficiaries, and external contacts.
- Work, live, and pray together in our Christian faith-based team settings. Fully contribute to the rich spiritual life of your team, including team devotions, prayers, and words of encouragement.
- Encouraged to join and contribute to Medair’s international prayer network.
This job description covers the main tasks that are anticipated. Other tasks may be assigned as necessary.
- University degree in a relevant subject such as Management/Development Studies/Business Administration or in a relevant technical subject – preferably public health related.
- Excellent working knowledge of the English (spoken and written).
- 2 years of experience in a senior leadership position; experience in the implementation of aid projects.
- Experience in preparing proposals and donor reports.
- Advanced leadership and management skills; committed to consultative and servant leadership.
- Excellent communication skills; coaching and training skills.
- Able to oversee multiple tasks, prioritising and delegating, and to build trust and enforce procedures.
All new deploying international staff to Medair’s country programmes (and other roles which require field travel) should be fully vaccinated with a WHO-approved COVID vaccine, supported with a COVID vaccination certificate as evidence.
How to Apply
Please ensure you are fully aware of the:
a) Medair organizational values
b) Medair is committed to safeguarding the protection of beneficiaries, volunteers, staff and partners, and particularly children. Therefore, we do not employ staff whose background we understand to be unsuitable for working with children. Medair staff are required to give the utmost respect to, and comply with, Medair’s accountability policies and best practices.
c) Medair Relief & Recovery Orientation Course (ROC) (which forms part of the recruitment selection process for field positions).
To apply, go to this vacancy on our Medair Page.
Please do not make multiple applications. We will not review email applications. Only English-language applications / CVs will be reviewed.