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A Country Director Sierra Leone & Liberia

Duration : 12 Months
Start date : ASAP
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© Agnès Varraine-Leca pour Action contre la Faim

Work context

Action Against Hunger has had a long history of presence in Sierra Leone since 1991 and in Liberia since 1990, and has been operational since then throughout the civil wars, the Ebola crisis. For the last few months, ACF has supported the countries fighting Covid-19 and its consequences, while pursuing longer term, structural interventions. ACF has currently a portfolio of programs primarily consisting in health system strengthening, food system and WASH, including WASH epidemiology. Throughout its activities, ACF is committed to support the national civil society.

In January 2018, the two countries were clustered and have since then operated under a single management structure. Action Against Hunger has approximately 130 staffs and works with 10 partner organizations from the non-profit and private sectors across the two countries. 

You will based in Freetown where the living conditions are good, and social activities are available with several organisations based there. The security context remains stable but supervising both countries with regular movements to all our bases in Sierra Leone and Liberia.

© Claudine Jacquemet pour Action contre la Faim

Responsibilities

As Country Director, you are responsible for overseeing the development, funding and implementation of the mission's strategy and the growth of program portfolio that effectively addresses the underlying causes and effects of malnutrition in line with ACF's values (Charter), Programming Principles, and Strategy. Youa lso ensure that systems / procedures are in place and being properly implemented, and that they ensure the proper management, well being and safety of ACF staff, and the proper use of ACF resources.

More precisely you also lead the Country Strategy process: ACF country strategy documents are meant to be developed by each country office by the end of 2021’s first quarter, in order de provide a synthetic overview of the country office’s strategy for the next five years (2021-2025) and its coherence with the ACF network International strategic plan for 2021-2025. 

Requested profile

You have about 10 years of experience, including senior level experience. 

You have advanced leadership and project management skills, able to manage a multi-sectoral team in achieving humanitarian and development goals

You are able to represent the country program at a national government and coordination level, including with media

You have strategic development and implementation skills, including management and goals setting for a large senior management team. You are experienced in leading a multi-cultural team implementing a complex national program, and ensuring systems are in place to ensure a suffecient level of quality control to ensure program objectives are being achieved

You are able to demonstrate knowledge of creating staff, management and program structures that ensure quality in program impact and acievment of goals. If you can demonstrate networking and advocacy skills and or if you have  management qualification, it would be advantageous. 

Specific conditions / Salary

Contract:

 12 months fixed term contract under French legislation 

Conditions for French Contract:

  • Monthly gross salary from 3 370 to 3 895€ upon experience 
  • Per diem and living allowance: 343€ + 186€ net, field paid.
  • + 150€ of monthly gross salary as country allowance.  
  • + 16% of monthly gross salary as reimbursement of retirement insurance for non-French citizen.
  • + Child allowance, limited to 5 children. (1500€/year / child)  

Transportation and accommodation:

  • Coverage of transportation costs to and in the mission.
  • Individual room in guesthouse covered  

Medical coverage:

 100% coverage of medical expenses + repatriation insurance. 

Leaves and RnR: 

  •  25 days of paid leaves per year. 
  • + 20 RnR per year.   
  • + 215 € at each RnR period (averagely every 3 months)
  • Coverage of the transportation expenses to the RnR area of reference (Ghana)

Training: 

  • Free and unlimited access to the certifying e-learning platform Crossknowledge ©.
  • Intermission Workshop once a year.
  • Participation to external trainings costs upon eligibility of the request.

Manager word:

This is an exciting and challenging opportunity to work with a team of national/international staff and partner organizations in a clustered mission. Both countries went through a nationalization process during 2017-18 and now most of the staff on key positions are nationals from both Liberia and Sierra Leon. The country director leads a dynamic team spanning both countries, fostering innovative approaches in health, WASH and food security based on system strengthening, public private partnership and community participation. There is a lot of learning space together with a need of concerted efforts and leadership to risk management and capacity improvement to ensure adherence to donor's and AAH compliance

© Agnès Varraine-Leca pour Action contre la Faim