In situations of armed conflict, Geneva Call, as a neutral, impartial and independent international humanitarian organization, endeavors to strengthen the respect of humanitarian norms and principles by armed non-State actors, in order to improve the protection of civilians, while supporting local communities in their efforts to enhance their own protection. Appel de Genève/Geneva Call is a private, not-for-profit, humanitarian organization foundation under Swiss law, founded in 1998.
Geneva Call consists of many diverse nationalities, cultures, languages and opinions. Geneva Call is an inclusive working environment for all its staff. Applications are particularly encouraged from all qualified candidates without distinction on the grounds of race, colour, sex, national origin, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation and gender identity.
Under the guidance and direct supervision of the Head of Region, the Country Director is responsible for the overall leadership, technical oversight, management and strategic vision of the Humanitarian engagement program of Geneva Call in Sudan while strengthening accountability initiatives and ensuring that the financial management and organizational setup is adapted to the operational context, as well as to internal and external compliance demands.
Provide vision and strategic direction to the Sudan program in the related field. This includes the qualitative implementation of Geneva Call’s humanitarian response (humanitarian engagement, research, community-based approach), advocacy, fund-raising and representation.
- Analyse strategic-level trends related to armed conflicts and other situations of violence as well as broader geo-political developments to support the achievement of Geneva Call’s country objectives.
- Develop operations according to Geneva Call’s operational frameworks and means.
- Engage with stakeholders such as ANSA leadership, State authorities, political and religious leaders, international organisations to secure appropriate support for Geneva Call operations.
Budget and HR monitoring
- Ensure that all projects and programmes in the country are being adequately financed.
- Adapt HR set up according to funds available with the support of Operations Coordinator. Anticipate needs to increase or reduce set up.
- Ensures that Geneva Call’s work in Sudan is adequately funded and implemented.
- Initiates and leads the development of new project proposals.
- Build relationships with external donors and proactively identify new donors.
- Develop and implement a country fundraising strategy that contributes to achieving the overall aim of Geneva Call in the field of humanitarian engagement for enhanced civilian protection.
- Develop and update the Sudan security guidelines and contingency plans.
- Ensure field structures are developed in accordance with GC security guidelines.
- With the Head of Region, undertake risk assessment of field offices and project, Advise on mitigation approaches.
- Support Crisis Management Team efforts whenever necessary as per GC security Framework
- Maintain and strengthen Geneva Call’s role as a neutral, impartial and independent humanitarian actor, positioning the organization and its operations within the country to obtain maximum access to ANSAs, influential stakeholders and affected populations.
- Actively contribute to Geneva Call’s public communication, raising awareness about the work of the organization to reinforce GC influence, access and response.
- Ensure that durable and sustainable partnerships are created and developed, in line with Geneva Call’s partnership policy, with other organizations (local) to facilitate and strengthen the work of Geneva Call in the country.
- Identify staff needs, assist in the recruitment process, the selection and management (including coaching and evaluating) staff assigned to the country.
- Ensure a good work environment and management tools are implemented.
- Ensure compliance.
Educational and previous experience
- A graduate degree or equivalent in international relations/another humanitarian field.
- Proven experience in project management including budget, HR process and report management.
- Experience of remote management of staff.
- At least 10 years of relevant experience in a humanitarian organization working in conflict areas, including in managing teams of at least 10 persons.
- Demonstrable experience of engaging with ANSAs would be an asset.
- Proven track record of field work experience with INGOs in development and emergency contexts.
- Experience of successfully fundraising and dealing with institutional / international donors.
- Experience in Sudan.
- Solid project management skills related to organizational development projects and international, cross-functional teams with a proven history of delivering results.
- Excellent dispute resolution, facilitation and team building skills.
- Substantial knowledge of international development systems, institutions and donors, and of procedures, accountability frameworks and best practices.
- Ability to work under pressure and in conflict‐affected settings, and to handle numerous tasks simultaneously.
- Understanding of International Humanitarian Law is an asset
- English (C1-C2)
- Arabic is a plus
- Demonstrated ability to thrive in a matrix management environment.
- Developed interpersonal and communication skills including influencing, negotiation and coaching.
- Strong communications skills (both written and verbal) at a level appropriate for high level external representation and ability to tailor communications to different audiences.
- Interpersonal skills with experience of negotiation with weapon bearers and other stakeholders.
- Entrepreneurial mindset.
- Willingness and ability to travel at short notice.
The Country director will be accountable for the responsibilities and the competencies, in accordance with the Geneva Call Performance Management guidelines. The following documents will be used for performance reviews:
- Job Description
- Action plan
- Performance Review Template
- Position : Country Director Sudan
- 12 months contract
- Preferred start date: August 1st, 2021.
To apply, please send your cover letter, CV, work certificate / recommendation letter and diploma in PDF format to firstname.lastname@example.org, Ref: “Country Director Sudan” no later than 30 June 2021.
All applications will be kept confidential. Please note only shortlisted candidate will be contacted for further processing.
Conflict of interest
Any candidate affiliated to, or openly supporting, one or more interest groups opposed to the Foundation’s principles and values, or whose previous position could engender safety issues for co-workers at Geneva Call, will be excluded from this selection process.