Country Director

Country Director

Solidarites International

Aden, Yemen


General objective:

  • The Country Director is the Solidarités International official representative in a country;
  • S/He is in charge of the smooth running of the mission;
  • S/He proposes mission strategy, according to the geopolitical and humanitarian context, and ensures its implementation once it has been validated;
  • S/He monitors projects, ensuring that they are progressing in accordance with the Solidarités International charter and complying with internal and contractual procedures;
  • S/He mobilizes the material and financial resources necessary for the programs to run effectively and supervises the administration of these resources;
  • S/He coordinates the teams in place and ensures their security on the mission;
  • S/He is the direct liaison for Solidarités International HQ.

Responsibilities and main activities:

The Country Director will lead a foreseen team of 20 expatriates’ staff in different bases and 100 national staff. Under its direct line management, the CD has 3 Field Coordinators, 1 Logistics Coordinator, 1 Admin Coordinator, 1 HR Coordinator, and 1 Deputy Country Director – Programs (position to be confirmed, pending on funding).

Specific Stake and Challenges:

Opened in 2017, Yemen mission remains quite young, with associated challenges in terms of national staff capacity, expatriate recruitment and retention, and capitalization (the mission has been experiencing a lot of turnover amongst expatriates, and several gaps in key management positions). While a lot of work has been done to structure the mission, and strengthen local capacities (a Capacity Building Officer has been sent on the mission, and an HR Coordinator is under recruitment), enforcement of established roles and responsibilities, as well as of SI standard procedures, remains a continuous effort. Because the mission is young, turnover high, while the environment is very volatile, respect of security procedures must be constantly monitored.

Priorities for the 2/3 first months:

  • Continuous context monitoring, update and enforcement of security protocols, and capitalization on security and access management;
  • Support the roll out of the newly established Emergency Team and opening of Taizz Sub-base, including support on security and access management (development of SoPs);
  • Fundraising based on the revised programming of the mission for 2020/21, and proposal development in support to technical coordinators.


Education and Experience

  • Third level qualification in humanitarian/development studies, social sciences, management or other related discipline;
  • Minimum 4 years overseas experience working with an international humanitarian/development NGO, with strong program management, team management and financial management experience;
  • Minimum 2 years in a similar position;
  • Experience of working and managing security in insecure environments;
  • Proven management ability, including ability to motivate and develop skills of team’s members. Must be able to make sound management decisions in difficult situations and also be able to work in a participatory manner with colleagues;
  • Proven ability to deal with donors and operational partners;
  • Proven ability to develop adapted humanitarian vision and strategy;
  • Experience working with SI (or a similar organization) is an asset;
  • Prior experience in the Middle East (particularly on Yemen crisis) is an asset.

Skills and Qualities:

  • Strong knowledge of donors’ policies and guidelines;
  • Strong knowledge of the project cycle management;
  • Strong knowledge of principled-based approaches and advocacy skills;
  • Excellent communication, networking skills, organizational and prioritization skills, ability to multi-task;
  • Excellent reporting and writing skills;
  • Extensive knowledge of project cycle management;
  • Used to work in political and security volatile environments;
  • Capacity to adapt and show organizational flexibility;
  • Cross cultural sensitivity, good sense of humor and great team member;
  • Fluent English (written, spoken and read);
  • Knowledge of Arabic is an asset;
  • Knowledge of French is an asset;
  • Computer literacy with very good command of MS Office.

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