Country Director, Lilongwe (with travel to Nsanje), Malawi
GOAL JOB DESCRIPTION
Job Title Country Director Job Location Lilongwe (with travel to Nsanje – programme location) Start Date Required ASAP Contract Length 12 months Reporting To Operations Manager GOAL Dublin
General Description of Programme: Malawi is one of the poorest countries in the world. There are chronic problems of hunger and alarming HIV and AIDS prevalence rates. Over one fifth of all people are not able to meet their minimum nutritional requirements while approximately 12% of the adult population (15 to 49) are living with HIV/AIDS. With one of the highest adult HIV prevalence rates in the world, the epidemic has exacerbated social problems as diverse as food security and human resource capacity.
GOAL has been implementing programmes in Malawi since the food crisis in 2002 when the organisation ran food distribution programmes as part of a consortium of agencies. GOAL's current programme sectors in Malawi include HIV and AIDS; Nutrition; Livelihoods; WATSAN; and Disaster Management.
The GOAL programme in Malawi operates in the impoverished Southern District of Nsanje and GOAL head office in Malawi is in Lilongwe, the capital city, for donor liaison and administrative purposes.
The Malawi Country Programme is supported by a range of donors including Irish Aid, UNDP, UNICEF, European Union, and some trusts and foundations
General Description of the Role: The Country Director will be responsible for the overall management, implementation and development of the GOAL Malawi programme
Identify and vigorously pursue funding possibilities in-country – this includes responsibility for preparation of project proposals and all aspects of donor liaison;
Strategic guidance of the Country Programme through the development and implementation of the Malawi Country Strategy Plan;
Ensure that the GOAL Country Programme meets the highest national and international standards, and complies with Codes of Conduct and agreements to which GOAL is a signatory;
Ensure that GOAL complies with all the relevant Malawi legal requirements;
Direct management of the GOAL Senior Management Team in Malawi
Maintain ultimate accountability for all financial matters in the field and review and approve the monthly management accounts;
Represent GOAL to Malawian government departments, donors, the media and other NGOs and stakeholders;
Ensure the safety and security of GOAL Malawi staff and property;
Remain fully informed regarding the political, security and humanitarian conditions within Malawi and provide timely briefings to HQ;
Ensure that all narrative and financial reports are presented in a professional manner in the format and timeframe specified in donor contracts.
Master's degree in development studies or other relevant discipline.
A minimum of 5 years of previous development and/or humanitarian overseas experience, with a minimum of 2 years in a senior management role.
Strong practical experience in all aspects of the Project Management Cycle;
Experience managing projects and programmes funded by major institutional donors and agencies such as the EC, the UN, DFID and Irish Aid.
Excellent administrative, financial, personnel and logistical management and coordination skills;
Proven track record in securing funding from international and institutional donors ;
Strong representational skills and experience liaising with donors and government agencies.
Practical strategic management experience;
Ability to work under pressure and to strict timelines;
Adaptability and flexibility.
This Job Description only serves as a guide for the position available. GOAL reserves the right to change this document. This is an unaccompanied position. Interviews will be held in Dublin or London. Unfortunately GOAL cannot contribute to financial costs incurred when attending interview. Note: GOAL is an equal opportunities employer
If you would like to apply for the above position, please send your CV and covering letter ensuring that the job title and location of the role are clearly stated in the subject line of your email. Thank you.
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