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Country Director at Medair in D.R Congo

Role and Responsibilities
To design and manage the strategy, implementation, development and evaluation of the Medair D.R. Congo programme. To represent Medair for all key issues related to the D.R. Congo Programme.
Project Overview
There are currently 3 main programmes that are being run in D.R. Congo from the bases Bunia, Isiro, Dungu and Ango. Medical: Improving access to vulnerable populations, mostly IDPs and improving quality of care through training, provision of medicines and medical equipment and rehabilitation of health centres; also involved in epidemic response; Reconstruction: Bridges and roads; Water, Sanitation, and hygiene (WASH): construction of hygiene and sanitation facilities at health centres, improving access to drinking water, hygiene training.
Medair brings life-saving relief and rehabilitation in disasters, conflict areas, and other crises by working alongside the most vulnerable. Its staff are inspired by their Christian faith to care for people in need, providing practical and compassionate support, regardless of race, religion, or politics. Medair has achieved the ISO 9001:2008 certification, worldwide. This certification signifies that Medair effectively delivers goods and services with a focus on beneficiary needs. Founded in 1989, Medair’s unwavering commitment continues to bring hope to the world’s most vulnerable.
Based in Bunia, D.R. Congo
Starting Date
November 2011
Initial Contract Details
Minimum two years, 100%
Key activity areas
Planning and Strategy
• In coordination with the HQ Desk Officer (DO) and field team, design, evaluation and updating of the Country Strategy and Exit Strategies.
• Ensure that monitoring, evaluation and reporting on the implementation of the planned activities in accordance with the project proposals and logical frameworks is carried out. Financial Management
• To be ultimately responsible for the oversight of all financial management of Medair in DR Congo. Communications and Reporting
• To develop and maintain a transparent, honest and supportive communication structure within the DRC programme so as to uphold a spirit of unity and mutual respect between the field sites and the base.
• Responsible for the finalisation of surveys, project proposals, monthly, quarterly & final reports for all projects, regular communication to HQ, correspondence and reports to counterpart organisations and donors. Donor Relations Management
• To present, in conjunction with the DO, all proposals, operational and financial reports related to the country programme under his/her control. Security Management
• To be ultimately responsible for the oversight of all security in the DRC programme. Staff Management
• To line manage the DCD programmes, DCD Support, FCO and Medical Advisor. Coordination
• Ensure good coordination with other NGOs and OCHA and UN agencies.
• University degree and/or relevant professional experience
• Postgraduate degree in the humanitarian sector desirable
Experience / Competencies
• 2 years of experience in senior management position in international NGO
• 2 years proven experience in senior management position of a similar size of programme
• Advanced skills in project, finance & strategy planning
• Experienced proposal & report writer
• Excellent negotiation skills
• Working knowledge of French (spoken and written)
Medair standard working requirements for the field
• Experienced professionals in a relevant field
• Commitment to the Medair values (faith, hope, accountability, integrity, dignity, compassion)
• Minimum three months of overseas intercultural experience
• Strong working knowledge of English (spoken and written)
• Working knowledge of French (spoken and written) for French-speaking field programmes
• Single or married (with no children under 18). If married, your spouse must also apply.
• Competent with Office Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook
• Successful completion of Medair’s Relief and Rehabilitation Course (ROC)

• Reflect the vision and values of Medair when interacting with team members, local staff, beneficiaries and external contacts
• Able to live and work with a multicultural team under difficult conditions
• Strong character traits, including emotional stability, adaptability, ability to handle stress, cultural and gender sensitivity, honesty, and physically fit
• A salary based upon the grade of the position and the experience of the position-holder
• Full briefing at our Swiss headquarters, as well as an in-country briefing
• Security training for those going to insecure environments
• Accommodation, food, and transportation in-country
• Return flights to and from the country programme (one return flight for every year of service)
• Annual leave, plus rest and recuperation (R&R) leave (including travel, accommodation, and food)
• Additional benefits for those who commit to longer contracts: up to four weeks additional paid leave every 12 months, and re-entry allowance
• Comprehensive medical and emergency rescue insurance, with up to 60 days post- assignment coverage, including debriefing
Working Conditions
• This position is based in Bunia with regular visits to Isiro, Ango and Dungu. The Medair house is very comfortable.
• Bunia is a town with quite a large international community. Security in Bunia is good.
• Ideally, the CD should travel to Kinshasa twice a year to meet with donor representatives, UN agencies and other NGOs.
Application process For more information on this and other positions, please follow this web link: and check the Field Vacancies.
We request that you complete all applications on-line at Only English-language applications and CV’s will be reviewed. We will not review email applications. Medair does not set closing / deadline dates for applications; recruitment is ongoing until the position is filled. We review every online application. Applicants will be contacted only if they are selected as a potential candidate.

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