Country Director

NGO Jobs / UN Jobs Vacancy

Country: Eswatini
Organization: IsraAID
Closing date: 16 Apr 2021


The Country Director will lead the organization's projects in eSwatini by integrating targeted support for Eswatini’s health actors for the COVID-19 vaccination campaign rollout, and providing oversight to all IsraAID operations in the country. The CD will play a leading role in planning, designing, implementation, development, and administration of the program, supervision, and capacity development of staff, and ensuring effective and efficient financial management, donor and legal compliance. The ideal candidate will combine experience in humanitarian aid and management/administration and have a passion for working with the country's population.


IsraAID is a non-profit, non-governmental and apolitical humanitarian aid agency dedicated to supporting populations in crisis around the world, Founded in 2001.

As of 2017, the organization has responded to crises in 50+ countries and has operations span across 17 countries and many different sectors of expertise from both the humanitarian aid and international development arenas.

During IsraAID’s 2-week exploratory mission in Eswatini, the IsraAID team conducted an

assessment to map and understand the various capacities, actors, assets, and gaps relating to

the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccination. Staff deployed included experts in vaccination

campaigns, public health, operations, psychosocial support, and communications. A final

assessment report is forthcoming, to provide an in-depth analysis of the situation on the ground.

Based on these findings, the below plan of action proposes strategic interventions to:

(1) provide tailored guidance to local actors;

(2) Support the facilitation of a successful vaccination rollout campaign;

(3) Identify, highlight and support the mitigation of potential risks throughout the rollout;

(4) build the local health system’s capacity;

(5) and ensure that the vaccination program is utilized correctly, efficiently, and for the benefit of all Emaswati.


Country Vision and Strategy

· Provide leadership in the development and implementation of IsraAID's programming in line with the Country's strategic plan and develop sound methodological and technical support to ensure the use of participatory methodologies, human rights, and social exclusion frameworks.

· Identify, reach out and create collaboration with partners in line with the Country's vision.

· Oversee the dissemination of IsraAID's mission and core values and principles at the country level and lead, coordinate and mentor the country program and its staff according to the country strategy and philosophy.

· Stay up to date on socio-economic and political changes in eSwatini related to IsraAID country's mandate and undertake a timely strategic review of the IsraAID-country program's strategy to respond to a rapidly changing environment.

· Provide on-going support, monitoring, and evaluation of IsraAID in-country programs and existing projects, coordinate program reviews, evaluations, and follow up on the implementation of evaluation findings.

· Coordinate the production of timely quality program reports in line with IsraAID's established policy.

Human Resource Management and Staff Development

· Provide leadership support to country staff and promote best practices in human resources management.

· Maintain effective and appropriate staff recruitment, orientation, appraisal, remuneration, and development practice at all levels to ensure the optimum utilization and development of IsraAID's human resources.

· Provide coaching and mentoring advice to staff when necessary and lead initiatives to develop staff capacity.

Funding and Grants Management

· Develop networks and partnerships with national/regional/international institutions in the Country and promote collaboration and funding.

· Spearhead a funding strategy that maximizes and increases the external funding base, staying up to date on donor trends, and ensures adherence to funding and donor requirements.

· Oversee the production of quality proposals and respond to call for proposals.

· Facilitate and coordinate donor visits, donor meetings, discussions, and evaluations as necessary.

· Promote and encourage a culture of compliance throughout IsraAID. Maintains a clear understanding of donor compliance and adheres to those standards.

Financial and Administrative Management

· Ensure that all financial and administrative procedures are by IsraAID's established policies and maintain the organization's financial and legal integrity.

· Prepare and implement and review the annual country budget.

· Provide progress and financial reports as required by the government and IsraAID HQ and accountability procedures as required by other organizations.

· Ensure the preparation, accuracy, and timely submission of financial reports that comply with grant or contract agreements.

· Check and verify all inventories and promote efficient and effective management of organizational assets.

Security and Risk Management

· Be fully accountable at the country level for security and risk management, keeping abreast of all relevant developments in the Country, and maintain regular communication with national and international security institutions.

· Develop and maintain appropriate security plans and contingency plans when needed.

· Carry overall responsibility for country security planning in collaboration with HQ.

Corporate leadership

· Act as guardian of the IsraAID brand in eSwatini.

· Ensure staff is continuously engaged and aligned with IsraAID's global vision, mission, values, strategic direction, and business plan.

· Actively contribute to IsraAID's reputation and role as a national, international, and regional organization.

· Maintain regular communication with the IsraAID in the country board, IsraAID-Israel HQ, and other IsraAID branches, as appropriate.

· Provide inputs to IsraAID international activities as and when required, participate in task forces, training courses, and conferences.

· Promote IsraAID's organizational identity, culture, and capacity to all stakeholders and partners and ensure IsraAID remains relevant to the country's changing humanitarian and development needs.

Compliance & Ethics

· Understanding of and commitment to the following principles: cultural sensitivity, local ownership, sustainability, inclusiveness, local partnership, non-discriminatory, do-no-harm, and apolitical approach; codes of conduct against sexual exploitation and abuse; and against child exploitation and modern slavery.

· Commitment to abide by IsraAID's and UN's codes of conduct and principles.

· Commitment to abide by IsraAID's security policy.


· M.A. level of academic background in international development, social sciences, or other relevant fields

· Minimum of 5 years experience of working in humanitarian or development settings

· Knowledge and experience of emergency context, especially protection response in emergency settings, strong familiarity with the IASC guidelines for interventions in humanitarian settings;

· Experience in the medical field (vaccination roll out programs) an advantage;

· An excellent understanding of and practical experience with program design, program management cycle, M&E, and Ethics in Programming;

· Substantial experience in the financial management of significant budgets;

· Demonstrated leadership skills and experience managing complex teams;

· Experience in directly managing and supervising a diverse and multinational staff;

· Ability to work independently, exercise judgment and flexibility in a very challenging environment;

· Demonstrated organizational skills;

· Ability to relate to and motivate local staff effectively;

· Highly reliable, able to consistently meet tight deadlines;

· Willingness to abide by all IsraAID eSwatini security and policy guidelines.

Desired Skills:

Solid understanding of the political context in eSwatini, including political, security and economic situation;

Excellent cross-cultural awareness.


Based in, Mbabane, eSwatini

Paid full-time, unaccompanied position

How to apply:

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