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Country Director: Yemen

Location:Aden, Yemen
Employment Type:Full Time
Department:Other
Description:
Country Director: Yemen
 

The Country Director is the leader-manager for LWR and MA\'s office in Yemen and the official representative for LWR and IMA in the country. Her/his primary responsibility is to build programs, represent LWR AND IMA in the country, networks, and relations with peer organizations, local communities, the host government, and donor agencies; to develop a strategy to pursue and acquire donor funding; and to provide direction and vision to LWR AND IMA operations and staff, in a manner that is consistent with LWR AND IMA\'s vision and values. S/he as the senior LWR AND IMA employee in the country, has a mandate to expand LWR AND IMA\'s work to the north through registration in Sanaa, and build and expand LWR AND IMA\'s staffing, structures, and programs in the country based on successful fundraising efforts.


The Country Director will initially be based in Aden but may be required to relocate to Sanaa in the future - pending LWR AND IMA\'s registration with the relevant authorities in the North. Also, the Country Director is required to frequently travel between Aden and field locations, as required by the program.

Duties:

 

• Initiate and strengthen relationships with host Govt. authorities, UN Agencies, Donors, community of international organizations, local partners and other local NGOs, community- based organizations, and grassroots organizations in Yemen. Represent LWR AND IMA in the local coordination mechanism, including the ACT Alliance Forum and during drafting and implementation of Appeals. Coordinate non-appeal projects with ACT members to ensure non-duplication of efforts.
• Emergency Operations and in close coordination with the Senior Regional Director of Asia and The Middle East, represent LWR to authorities, donors and other audiences in other countries of the Middle East, on an occasional basis.
• Work with the LWR AND IMA Emergency Operations, Health and Emergencies, and Asia and the Middle East Regional Team to develop a New Business Development strategic plan.
• Build on and expand the country program portfolio. To this end, he/she will aggressively and strategically pursue new sources of donor funding and maintain adequate donor funding levels to sustain program activities. He/she is responsible for in country fundraising with institutional donors including U.S. Government, UNOCHA or other bilateral or multilateral donors, foundations and corporate philanthropies.
• Support and or lead the development of proposals to donors working with the Emergency Operations unit, and in coordination with the AME Regional team, the New Business Development department, and the External Relations team on organization-wide fund raising efforts, constituent engagement efforts, and related information.
• Provide leadership in developing and managing a program that is consistent with LWR AND IMA\'s regional and country strategies.
• Provide technical assistance and oversight in designing, implementing, and evaluating programs activities in the areas of humanitarian assistance, recovery and stabilization, including in sectors such as health, livelihoods, capacity strengthening, pscyho-social support, or others.
• Monitor, evaluate, and distill lessons learned from project and program implementation. Report to EOPs team at LWR AND IMA HQ on lessons learned and use that information to improve practice and to inform the next planning cycle. Promote learning among LWR AND IMA staff and partners in the country.
• Work in close coordination with the relevant units in the region and at HQ in the US and other locations to ensure highest standard of program implementation and new business development and use of LWR AND IMA resources and best practices.
• Oversee the preparation and monitor implementation of the budget and cash flow for the office; ensure that generally accepted accounting principles are adhered to in areas including: (a) authority and approval, (b) proper documentation, and (c) physical security.
• Ensure compliance with LWR AND IMA policies and procedures. Oversee the development and/or updating of country program specific policies for personnel, finance, administration and security and assure compliance with local law.
• Coordinate with relevant Finance and Administration unit on country office financial and budget management and monitoring, and address audit findings.
• Ensure that country operation is in compliance with host government rules and regulations regarding registration, taxation, payroll/human resources, and reporting. Ensure that staff comply with donor regulations for all projects funded by restricted grants.
• Under guidance from the Senior Director of Global Security and Senior Director Emergency Operations, develop country safety and security plan and ensure compliance with LWR AND IMA security protocols and policies.
• Oversee and develop a strong office team, organized around operational outcomes and priorities. Ensure team learning and individual and team performance standards and accountability. Provide frequent feedback to, and support for, the country office team. Identify training needs, and plan training opportunities for team members to enhance their skills and expertise.

Qualifications:

 

• Master level education in a relevant field
• At least seven years of progressively responsible professional experience with humanitarian assistance, livelihoods, gender & youth, post-conflict programs and/or peace building programs.
• Fluency in English is required, knowledge of Arabic languages is highly desired
• Prior work experience in Yemen with multi-sector development and track record of donor funds acquisition is required to be successful in this position.
• Familiarity and experience addressing key development and economic and social justice issues
• (including humanitarian assistance, minority support programming, long-term development that includes rights-based and gender programming) at a practical and policy level.
• Demonstrated experience in the design, management, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of humanitarian assistance and long-term sustainable development programs.
• Experience and understanding of systematic approach to holistic programming approach, such as integration of Health-WASH, and Food Security- Nutrition programing.
• Deep commitment to LWR AND IMA\'s core values and ability to model those values in relationships with colleagues and partners.
• Excellent interpersonal skills.
• Demonstrated ability to manage an office, program, and budget and to supervise staff.
• Keep abreast of, and report on social, political, environmental, and economic trends in Yemen. Building up on the network and contacts established by LWR AND IMA in the country, explore options for LWR AND IMA\'s expansion to the northern parts of the country, including registration with the relevant authorities in the Sanaa.
• Identify and develop relationships with people, organizations and institutions that can enrich country programs and help achieve LWR AND IMA\'s strategy.

Core Values:

1. Gratitude: CD should recognize the contributions of time, money, labor, skills and wisdom from various sources, both constituents and donors, as well as partners, communities and staff. Communications with these audiences should be framed from a position of appreciation.
2. Calling: The CD should be someone who feels called to work towards justice, dignity and peace for marginalized and impoverished communities overseas. S/he should seek to work collaboratively with others of similar calling towards the agency\'s mission and vision.
3. Accompaniment: LWR AND IMA work is often carried out through local partners, primarily small non­governmental organizations and farmer cooperatives. The CD ensures that our partnerships with these counterparts are respectful and mutually beneficial, and that our accompaniment to partners goes beyond mere financial support to look at the development of their capacities in the areas of management, administration, stewardship, governance, etc.
4. Stewardship: The CD is responsible for ensuring the good use of budgets and compliance with LWR AND IMA finance & administration policies and procedures, as well as donor regulations. At the same time, the CD should ensure that projects supported in Yemen have high standards of both financial accountability, as well as environmental sustainability.
5. Innovation: The CD, to the extent possible, is expected to keep abreast of developments in the key sectoral areas of international relief and development, and to seek new approaches to problems, new funding opportunities, new strategic alliances with other organizations, and to promote the documentation and sharing of LWR AND IMA\'s nascent signature approaches.

 

 



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