Country Director

Country Director


Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh

Key Activity Areas

Leadership and Management

  • Design, and evaluate the country strategy. Take into account community needs, donor criteria and strategies and an exit strategy in order to facilitate the long-term planning of the projects;
  • Support and oversee the monitoring, evaluation and reporting on the implementation of the planned activities in accordance with the project proposals, logical frameworks and guidelines;
  • Manage the overall programme and support functions, including reviewing and refining the management structures and overseeing the development and maintenance of operational procedures;
  • Analyse humanitarian needs, trends and political developments in the country of operation and the surrounding region in order to anticipate new projects and initiatives;
  • Ensure all programme activities and support functions comply with applicable national and international laws and regulations, including in-country registration.

Donor Relations Management

  • Develop contact with the in-country representatives of relevant funding partners (e.g. institutional donors or private donor organisations) in order to secure funding for the country programme;
  • Oversee the presentation of all proposals, operational/financial reports related to the programme.


  • Develop relationships with authorities, churches, donors, media, other NGOs and embassies with the objective of raising public awareness and identifying funding opportunities;
  • Ensure that the HQ Marketing & Relations Department receives material for communications.

Financial Management

  • Support the planning and construction of project budgets;
  • Manage the spending within the programme in-line with the approved budgets. Analyse projected cash flow, decide on the timing of major procurements, oversee audits, etc.;
  • Ensure sufficient controls are in place to prevent fraud and that relevant staff receive the required information and training to minimise the risk of occurrence within the country programme.

Staff Management

  • Oversee all HR related issues within the programme including job descriptions, recruitment, performance management, development and training, health and safety, team structures, capability disciplinary action, etc. in collaboration with the relevant staff and managers.

Security Management

  • Oversee the updating and implementation of country location security plans, guidelines and manuals;
  • Ensure appropriate security procedures and awareness are maintained throughout the programme;
  • Take the lead on decision making and contingency planning during security incidents or threats.

Quality Management

  • Ensure country programmes are implemented in line with donor proposals and requirements and in accordance with Medair, donor, country and international standards e.g. Sphere and HAP standards, WHO recommendations, etc.

Team Spiritual Life

  • Reflect the values of Medair with team members, local staff, beneficiaries, and external contacts;
  • Work, live, and pray together in our Christian faith-based team settings. Fully contribute to the rich spiritual life of your team, including team devotions, prayers, and words of encouragement;
  • Encouraged to join and contribute to Medair’s international prayer network.

This job description covers the main tasks that are anticipated. Other tasks may be assigned as necessary.


  • University degree in a relevant subject such as Management/Development Studies/Business Administration or in a relevant technical subject;
  • Strong working knowledge of English (spoken and written).


  • 5 years post-qualification experience in a management position;
  • 3 year post-qualification experience in a complex humanitarian emergency;
  • Experience in dealing with donors and government officials. Knowledge of Humanitarian Essentials, Sphere and CHS. Advanced planning, assessment and analytical skills;
  • Advanced leadership and management skills; ability to build trust and enforce procedures;
  • Team-player with good inter-personal skills; committed to team-building and able to develop and support other team members. Experience and willingness in training/mentoring staff;
  • Capacity to work under pressure and manage personal stress levels.

Working Conditions

  • This is a field-based position and working and living conditions may be very different to that previously experienced.

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