War Child Holland: Country Director – South Sudan

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Opportunity closing date: 
Friday, 15 June, 2012
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The country
The Republic of South Sudan recently became the world's newest nation. Due to decades of conflict and mass displacement of communities during the war, access to basic services is severely limited and the country has some of the lowest rankings in human development indicators. War Child Holland has been working in South Sudan since 2006. The programme purpose is to ensure that children, youth, communities and government are able to promote awareness on child rights, protect children from abuse, exploitation and all forms of violation of their rights. The programme achieves this by ensuring a protective environment for children and promoting access to good quality basic education in the Central and Eastern Equatorial States. War Child Holland in South Sudan has its country office in the capital Juba and field offices in Juba and Torit. Until recently the South Sudan programme was supervised by a Country Director based in Khartoum. Through this appointment, the South Sudan programme will be established as an independent country programme

The duty station
Juba is the Capital of the new Republic of South Sudan and is connected by flights to the neighbouring countries. It is a fast growing town of several hundred thousand inhabitants with a booming construction industry and fast expanding informal settlements. Power supply is erratic and other problems of the too rapid growth include an increasing level of crime. Supplies and consumer goods are generally available, though expensive. In spite of limited services, Juba has a wide range of restaurants and a growing number of recreational facilities of reasonably good standard. There is a relatively large International NGO community in Juba with a strong NGO forum that provides a platform for coordination. Yei, where some programme activities take place, is several hours drive from Juba.

The position
As Country Director (CD) you will have overall responsibility for War Child's country programme and team in South Sudan.
Key responsibilities will include: chairing the Management Team and leading and controlling the cohesion between the different departments and disciplines;  Program implementation in Field locations Torit and Juba;  Program development and quality control  through the Programme Development Unit as well as financial, operational and security Management through the Operations Support Manager. As CD you  will directly supervise the management team (4) and indirectly a team of local staff (app 40). You will report to the Deputy Director of Programmes based at headquarters in Amsterdam.

We are seeking a visionary,  an experienced senior development professional who  is inspired and excited by the challenge of building a new station and has the following attributes:

  • A strong leader with at least 5 years relevant experience in an international/ humanitarian context of which 2 years in a senior position (e.g. as Representative or Country Director)
  • Relevant academic background e.g. international relations, social sciences, business administration
  • Ability to manage a large and diverse teams on a distance
  • Knowledge of child development and children's rights issues
  • Knowledge of financial management & control, grant management and human resource management
  • Results- focused, good problem solving and social skills
  • Stress-resilient to be able to cope with deadlines and complex problems
  • Excellent written & oral expressions skills
  • Affinity with War Child's mandate
  • Required: fluency in English, both written and verbal

War Child offers a challenging job, within an inspiring and motivated team of people and the backup of a strong and professional organisation in The Netherlands. War Child offers good remuneration and excellent benefits including good R&R arrangements. 

Candidates can view the the specific job description on the Vacancies page on www.actionappointments.co.za.
To apply, email your CV, a motivation letter and a completed bio summary form (download from Vacancies page on the website) by Friday  15th June 2012 to lisa@actionappointments.co.za.

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