Position at World Concern International
Position: Country Director
Reports To: Area Director
Supervises: Finance, HR, Admin, Program, Project & Technical Leadership Positions
Length of Contract: One year-renewable
Position Start Date: April 19, 2021
Purpose: Provide strategic leadership and management to World Concern’s relief and holistic development work in Myanmar. Advocate on behalf of organization’s development goals, building institutional relationships and promoting cooperative program activities. Lead the country team in formulating and executing a country strategy in line with World Concerns global strategy. Maintain current and develop new funding streams to ensure growth and financial stability.
- Infuse World Concern’s mission, vision, values and transformational development direction into every aspect of WC Myanmar operations.
- Lead the country team in a way that builds trust, transparency and integrity while developing a culture of prayer, learning, accountability and good stewardship.
- Develop and carry out the strategic plan for World Concern Myanmar that aligns with WC global strategies, incorporates humanitarian best practices and is feasible based on resource levels and context.
- Serve as Head of Mission and legal representative for World Concern in Myanmar.
- Lead the country team in developing new program and funding opportunities ensuring the financial health of the organization.
- Network with and maintain good working relationships with key UN agencies, government authorities, churches, NGO’s, public & private entities, USAID/OFDA, Integral Alliance members and others , to capitalize on funding opportunities and ensure collaboration, acceptance and awareness of WC programs.
- Represent WC in strategic meetings, conferences, forums and other public events that contribute towards raising the profile of WC.
- Active member of the Asia regional leadership team.
- Provide strong operational management to all aspects of WC’s work in Myanmar ensuring programs are carried out in manner that meets WC’s commitments to beneficiaries, donors and other stakeholders.
- Ensure sound financial management of programs and operations through data driven analysis to guide key decisions by hiring and developing key financial staff, monitoring and controlling program income and expenses in relation to program deliverables and ensuring appropriate financial systems and processes are in place and being followed.
- Ensure WC Myanmar recruits and retains appropriate qualified staff to carry out high impact programs while maintaining cost efficiency; seeks secondments and deputations to add specific technical value and capacity transfer to national staff; manages relationship with secondment agencies to build diversity
- Monitor the political, socio-economic and security situations in the country/region and ensure country security plans are well written, revised periodically to reflect the context and that staff are trained on essential protocols.
- Provide life-saving support to victims during times of disasters and secure funds to make this possible.
Provide direction to staff during periods of heightened security risk and implement security protocols to respond appropriately. Assemble and lead a crisis management team to respond to threats or incidents.
- Oversee program design, proposal development, program delivery and reporting cycles to ensure high quality, accurate outputs are delivered to the relevant stakeholder(s) in a timely manner.
- Develop and monitor performance metrics to ensure accuracy, professionalism and timeliness of outputs.
- Make sure WC is compliant with internal policies, local and national laws and regulations related to country registration, Memorandums of Understanding, employment, taxation, banking, etc. and that systems are in place to monitor any changes to requirements.
- Build a culture of transparency by opening lines of communication and soliciting feedback from all staff, beneficiaries and other stakeholders and ensure that feedback mechanisms are available and functional.
- Exemplify World Concern’s Code of Ethics and Conduct in all personal and professional dealings.
- Identify emerging risks, mitigation strategies and inform supervisor as soon as possible.
- Assess staff capacity, identify those with management potential and actively work to develop their skills to create a strong management structure.
- Habitually encourage and provide opportunities for staff to grow spiritually and professionally building on their God given strengths and talents.
- Promote a culture of continuous learning and application.
Required Education, Skills & Experience
- Spiritually mature follower of Jesus Christ and committed to World Concern’s values and mission. Personalizes, inspires and contextualizes the Greatest Commandments and the Great Commission into daily life and into the country mission.
- Grant writing experience history of acquisition growth
- Minimum 4-year University degree in related field.
- Demonstrated knowledge of Humanitarian principles and best practices.
- 5 years’ experience managing multi-sector international relief and development programs with 2 years in a senior leadership role.
- Fluent in English (written and verbal). Myanmar language advantageous.
- Demonstrated ability to scale country profile based on funding opportunities/realities.
- Organizational strategic planning experience.
- Demonstrated experience in building and leading a diverse, multi-cultural and multi-national team to achieve performance success through and trusting relationships.
- Experience networking and building alliances with UN agencies, USAID/OFDA, ECHO, DFID, SIDA, other institutional donors and private partnerships.
- Experience managing USG funded programs.
- Proficiency in MS Office Suite.
- Ability to analyze budgets and financial reports for effective management decisions.
- Strong public relations, diplomacy and negotiation skills.
Preferred Education, Skills & Experience
- Master’s Degree in related field such as International Development, Nutrition, Protection, Peace Building and Partner Organizational Development.
- Experience in transformational approaches to humanitarian and community development programming.
- Strategic Thinking - Ability to set goals, plan and prioritize.
- Personal Integrity - Trustworthy, conscientious.
- Initiative - grasps opportunities and proactively ensures issues and people are not forgotten.
- Ambiguity Tolerance - Operates effectively with little information, makes connections between apparently separate issues, sees patterns, trends or relationships and is willing to take measured risk even when outcome is uncertain.
- Stewardship - Makes the best use of resources while striving for high standards and a balance between effectiveness and efficiency.
- Requires periodic travel to remote field locations where basic services may be limited.
- May involve traveling in small boats, planes or driving on rough roads that are not maintained over long distances.
- May encounter armed military or militia groups.
- Periodic interruptions of power or communications.
- May require working on weekends or holidays to meet critical deadlines.
- May require travel to the United States and other locations in the Asia region.