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A Country Director - Sanaa, Yemen


Duration : 24 months
Start date : 03/02/2020

Our work in Yemen  Salary & Benefits Living & Security conditions in this base


General description of the position

Action Against Hunger has been operating in Yemen since 2012, upscaling its emergency activities in 2016 due to the conflict between Al Houthi and the Saudi-led coalition. Yemen is currently facing one of the world’s worst humanitarian crises, with 80% of the population in need of humanitarian aid. Action Against Hunger has responded to multiple large-scale and interconnected emergencies: conflict, famine and a cholera epidemic, using a multisectoral approach (Nutrition & Health, Food Security, WASH and Mental Health programming) and by piloting the country’s first Rapid Response Mechanism alongside UNICEF. Donors supporting these programs are the EU through ECHO and DEVCO, UN agencies (UNICEF, WFP, UNOCHA, UNFPA), GAC, DFID, SIDA and private foundations. Focus is now on providing life-saving quality health and nutrition services, addressing the causes of hunger and undernutrition and promoting evidence-based programming through surveillance, analysis, and advocacy. 



Main responsabilities

Under the supervision of the Regional Operations Director, you ensure the effective leadership of one of Action Contre la Faim's largest, most complex and high profile Country Offices in the world. You will be an effective Country Office leadership building the capacity and motivation of the team.

You have significant maturity and experience in working with complex national stakeholders including excellent negotiation skills.

You have an ability to absorb and understand the context (security, cultural, political) and ensure that ACF's programs effectively consider those factors.

You have a strong understanding of Donors and of their requirements. You are making sure that their policies and procedures are effectively put in place at field level to ensure the highest levels possible of compliance and accountability to the beneficiaries, donors and ACF.


Do you fit the requested profile ?

You hold a master degree in Humanitarian, Social Sciences or similar fields, with minimum 7 years of progressive humanitarian experience, including at least 12 months as a Country Director. Of the above, you have at least 12 months experience in particularly complex humanitarian environments (e.g. Afghanistan, Somalia, South Sudan, RDC, CAR etc….). You have demonstrate strong leadership skills in complex humanitarian setting. You have interpersonal, organizational, multitasking and communication skills and a high capacity of work, able to overcome stress and work under pressure, with high degree of flexibility.


More precisely, you have:

  • Excellent level of written and spoken English,
  • Solid experience in representation, negotiation, liaison with stakeholders,
  • Strong analytical and conceptual thinking,
  • Knowledge about programs (WASH, Health and Nutrition, Rapid Response Mechanism, FSL),
  • Previous working experience in the Middle East and / or Yemen an advantage,
  • Knowledge of Arabic an advantage.

Specific conditions / Salary

Status: Long-term contract, provided by ACF according to the French legislation.

Transportation and accommodation

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

Medical coverage100% coverage of medical expenses + repatriation insurance. 

Leaves and RnR

  • 25 days of paid leaves per year. 
  • + 20 RnR per year.   
  • Coverage of the transportation expenses to the RnR area of reference. 

Training :

  •       Free and unlimited access to the certifying e-learning platform Crossknowledge ©.
  •       Technical trainings at HQ or regional level (averagely 1 per year).   
  •       Intermission Workshop once a year.
  •       Opportunity of coaching (DP) or mentorship. 
  •       Participation to external trainings costs upon eligibility of the request.

Work context

ACF is the leading implementer of Health and Nutrition Programs accross the country. ACF leads a large RRM consortium and has programming equally in the domains of WASH and FSL.


Manager word:

Action Contre la Faim seeks a highly motivated and experienced Leader for the management of this key country office.   A significant level of support is available from the HQ to ensure that the chosen candidate is successful in completing this role.


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