Country Director NGO Careers – GOAL International

Job
Title:       Country Director
Organisation: GOAL
International
Duty
Station:
Kampala, Uganda
About
US:
Founded in
1977, GOAL works to promote the realization of the fundamental rights of the
poor, the vulnerable, and those affected by humanitarian crisis. GOAL currently
works in 16 countries; Ethiopia, Haiti, Honduras, India, Kenya, Malawi, Niger,
Sierra Leone, Sudan, South Sudan, Syria, Uganda, Iraq, Philippines, Liberia and
Zimbabwe. GOAL’s head office is in Dublin, Ireland with support offices in
London and New York.
About
GOAL Uganda:
GOAL Uganda
uses a systems approach throughout all programming in order to support
sustainable socio-economic development. GOAL work across 21 districts and uses
a mixture of direct implementation and partnerships with national and
international civil society organizations, local government, the private sector
and communities to give effect to our mission. GOAL Uganda has a team of 136
personnel and manages an annual operating budget of approximately €8 million
(2016). GOAL has six established offices in Kampala and Bugiri in the south and
east, Abim and Kaabong in Karamoja, Agago in Acholiland and Lira in Lango
sub-region. GOAL Uganda’s country programme is funded by a number of donors who
include DfID, charity: water, Irish Aid, The MasterCard Foundation, GOAL and a
number of small foundations.
Job
Summary:
The GOAL Country Director (CD) takes overall responsible for the
planning, management and appropriate development of GOAL’s work
in-country.  The incumbent will be s
responsible for ensuring that the programming is context appropriate and
meeting the expressed needs of target beneficiaries. The Country Director is
responsible for ensuring that all programme activities are planned, resourced,
implemented, monitored and evaluated in a timely manner, to ensure that they
are appropriate, necessary, cost effective, targeted, sustainable and in
keeping with GOAL’s mission and philosophy. The job holder will ensure that
GOAL meets its contracted objectives and is accountable to stakeholders. The incumbent
must ensure that there are regular and effective communications within the
country team and with the GOAL Regional office. The CD has ultimate
responsibility for all issues of security.
Key
Duties and Responsibilities: 
1. Programmes: The County
Director will work closely with the Assistant Country Director – Programmes on
all aspects related to programmes;
·        
The Country Director will provide ongoing review
and development of overall country strategy, and of individual programme
objectives. They must undertake, with the Senior Management Team, continuous
review, monitoring and evaluation of the effectiveness, impact and direction of
each programme;
·        
The Country Director will ensure that GOAL
programmes meet the highest national and international standards, and comply
with codes of conduct and agreements to which GOAL is a signatory;
·        
The Country Director must produce and adhere to
the Annual Country Plan. This plan should be drawn up following a one/two day
planning meeting in August/September to properly plan for the following year.
Progress against the plan will be monitored on a quarterly basis.
·        
The Country Director will review all programme
proposals prepared by the Assistant Country Director – Programmes and the
programme team before their submission to donors. And ensure that all proposals
and reports are submitted to GOAL Dublin and approved by the Regional Director
prior to submission to donors;
2. Donors:  The Country Director is the principal point of
contact with the in-country donors.
The
responsibility for securing adequate funds to support GOAL programmes is shared
between the Country Director and GOAL Dublin; it is the responsibility of the
Country Director to secure programme funding from donors in-country where
possible;
·        
The Country Director is also responsible for working
closely with donors regarding all matters related to programmes; including
facilitating visits to GOAL programme sites;
·        
The Country Director should be familiar with the
legal requirements of the donors providing support to GOAL’s programmes as well
as donor country strategies;
·        
The Country Director must be familiar with all
relevant donors present in-country and is responsible for developing GOAL’s
working relationship and maintaining its reputation with them;
·        
The Country Director is responsible for ensuring
that the country team conducts regular Grant Management Meetings to ensure that
projects progress in a timely manner, meeting set targets within the proposed
budget.
3. Financial Accountability:  The Country Director has ultimate accountability
for all financial matters in the field and must review and approve the monthly
management accounts.
·        
The County Director will work closely in close
collaboration with the Financial Controller on all aspects related to finance;
·        
The Country Director must ensure that donor
financial reports are submitted in accordance with specific donor requirements;
·        
The Country Director must ensure adherence to the
financial guidelines as per the GOAL Dublin Financial Manual;
·        
The Country Director must ensure that
comprehensive and timely reports are produced in accordance with schedules
agreed by GOAL HQ;
·        
The Country Director has responsibility to inform
Head Office of budgetary overspends or underspends as they affect programmes
and plan appropriate interventions. As such, the Country Director should ensure
that Budget Monitoring Tools are produced by Finance on a monthly basis and
reviewed by Programmes and Operations.
4. Personnel: The Country
Director is responsible for the health and welfare of staff including
expatriate and local personnel and are empowered to use all available resources
to promote their development in line with GOAL policy.
·        
The County Director will work in liaison with the
Human Resources Manager and/or Assistant Country Director – Systems on all
aspects related to Personnel;
·        
The responsibility for securing adequate qualified
international staff to support GOAL programmes is shared between the Country
Director and GOAL Dublin;
·        
The Country Director must ensure that the policies
and guidelines as laid down in the GOAL Personnel Manual are adhered to by all
staff;
·        
The Country Director, with programme staff, is to
ensure that all staff responsibilities are defined and understood. This
includes the provision of clearly defined job descriptions and up to date
contracts. GOAL Dublin must be provided with all copies of job descriptions /
contracts and contract extensions related to expatriate staff;
·        
Be consistent with GOAL policy
·        
The Country Director has overall responsibility
for the preparation and implementation of in-country personnel policies in line
with overall GOAL and government policy. 
The Country Director must ensure that all local staff contracts must:
·        
Respect local labour laws.
·        
The Country Director must ensure that all
incidents/warnings etc. relating to personnel are clearly documented, and
signed by the relevant parties;
·        
The Country Director must ensure that there are
procedures in place to support and encourage appropriate personal and
professional development of staff within the context of the organisation’s
objectives;
·        
The Country Director is responsible for ensuring
that staff receive the necessary support and supervision they require.  This includes the provision of training for
staff in tasks such as project proposal preparation; report writing etc.;
·        
The Country Director has the mandate to recommend
repatriation of any international staff member in line with the GOAL personnel
policy;
·        
The Country Director must ensure that ongoing
informal review/evaluation of staff performance, and formal written evaluation
of each of the international staff is prepared on a six monthly basis, and sent
to GOAL Dublin in confidence
5. Resource Management/Logistics: It is the
responsibility of the Country Director to ensure that all available and
appropriate resources are accessible in their country of assignment.
·        
The County Director will work closely with the
Senior Operations Manager, Logistics Coordinator or Assistant Country Director
– Systems on all aspects related to logistics;
·        
The Country Director must ensure that the policies
and guidelines as laid down in the GOAL Logistics Manual are adhered to by all;
·        
The Country Director must ensure that there are
appropriate systems in place for the effective utilisation and management of
finance, personnel, supplies, transport, capital assets etc.
·        
The Country Director must ensure that the
reporting requirements outlined in the GOAL Logistics Manual are fulfilled in a
timely fashion;
6. Safety & Security:  It is also the responsibility of the Country
Director to be fully informed regarding the political and security environment
within their country of assignment. And for ensuring that all reasonable
measure are taken to minimise / mitigate the safety and security risks faced by
the programmes and programme staff.
·        
The Country Director must inform GOAL Dublin /
Regional Director (through agreed communications protocols) immediately in the
event of a security incident relating to GOAL staff, assets or programmes.
Regular communications and updates Regular updates and communications on
security must be shared with the RSA and GOAL Dublin as per agreed reports and
protocols and as requested;
·        
The Country Director is accountable for the
overall safety and security of staff and for ensuring there is a culture of
security within the organisation;
·        
The Country Director is accountable for ensuring
that the policies and guidelines, as laid down in the GOAL Safety and Security
Manual and the site specific security guidelines, are adhered to by all staff
at all times. The Country Director is responsible for ensuring staff have
access to the appropriate resources and training to enable them to understand
and adhere to staff security guidelines;
·        
The Country Director is accountable for ensuring
that policies and guidelines related to safety and security are reviewed
periodically and revised to reflect relevant changes in the operating
environment;
·        
The Country Director must work closely with the
Regional Security Advisor when assessing the country security context and
dealing with any potential threats to GOAL programmes or staff.
7. Representation/Visibility:  The Country Director has the responsibility and
mandate to represent GOAL within their country of assignment this includes
Media and visibility.
·        
The Country Director must ensure that there is
appropriate liaison and negotiation with the relevant Government partners,
regional and local authorities; donors; local agencies etc. at all levels of
project implementation;
·        
The Country Director has the responsibility to
provide feedback to Dublin on the possible implications, on programme and staff
security, of any comments or statements being prepared by GOAL Dublin;
·        
The Country Director has sole responsibility for dealing
with the media / press in-country.  All
(political) statements to be issued, and/or policy positions, must be approved
by GOAL Dublin;
·        
The Country Director is also responsible for
ensuring that the visibility of GOAL is promoted appropriately at field level.
8. Risk Management: The Country
Director is responsible for reviewing and updating the Country Risk Register.
The Risk Register is intended as the countries’ operational tool, but
considering only strategic risks rather than the specific issues.
·        
The Country Director must update the Country Risk
Register on a quarterly basis. All risks should be owned and managed in the
programme, as these are risks to the programme. As much as there is an
organisational responsibility to address risk, the owner of risks associated
with the programmes rest within the programme.
·        
The Country Director must discuss the updated Risk
Register with the Regional Director prior to submission to GOAL HQ.
9. Knowledge/Information Management: All Country
Directors must be fully informed regarding the political, security and
humanitarian conditions within their country of assignment.
·        
The Country Director must be fully informed
regarding the humanitarian and relief and development context in their country
of operation.
·        
Appropriate information should be collected,
collated, analysed and forwarded to the GOAL Dublin office on a regular basis.
·        
The Country Director must ensure that there are
regular effective communications within the country programme and with GOAL
Dublin and the Regional Director.  This
includes the submission of weekly and monthly reports to GOAL Dublin.
·        
The Country Director must ensure that GOAL
complies with all the relevant legal requirements of the country.
Qualifications,
Skills and Experience: 
·        
The ideal candidate should preferably hold a relevant
post graduate qualification.
·        
A minimum of five years of previous overseas
management experience in complex development programming.
·        
Programme experience in sustainable systems
approaches, ideally in health, WASH and livelihoods.
·        
Previous experience in performance based staff
management.
·        
Excellent interpersonal skills.
·        
Previous experience in liaising with government
officials and a variety of donors.
·        
Willingness to regularly travel to programme
sites.
·        
Experience in proposal and report writing with a
proven ability to secure donor funding.
·        
Budgetary control and financial management skills
·        
The applicant must be familiar with and abide by
the NGO Red Cross Code of Conduct, the People in Aid code and Sphere Minimum
Standards
How
to Apply:
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