Country Director Nicaragua

Country Director Nicaragua

FH - Food for the Hungry

Managua, Nicaragua

Position Purpose

The Country Director (CD) serves as FH’s chief representative in Nicaragua. The CD provides leadership to and manages all FH programs and staff in Nicaragua. Within the framework of the FH Heartbeat, the CD develops and is responsible for delivering on plans that contribute to the achievement of the Strategic Plan goals, summarized by the graduation of communities, moving people out of poverty, and increasing relief capacity. The CD will travel periodically to project sites and internationally as needed to attend meetings.


*Please note: this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

Key Result #1 – Oversee and manage high quality FH Nicaragua programs and provide timely and accurate status updates and financial reporting (50%).

  • Manage, oversee, and be responsible for the financial and administrative activity of all FH programs within the individual’s jurisdiction and provide reports in accordance with FH procedures and standards;
  • Identify and secure the appropriate resources (personnel, funds, and materials) needed to accomplish the Field strategy through Field, Affiliates, and other donor contacts;
  • Lead the Field staff in the development and implementation of overall Field and specific program strategies to achieve FH vision and purpose, lead staff in the monitoring and evaluation of programs and provides timely communication and reporting;
  • Give careful attention to all legal requirements affecting FH's position in country and promptly notifies FH Enabling Services of any problem or change affecting FH operations;
  • Prepare timely and accurate project and budget reports.

Key Result #2 – Oversee staff management and development (15%)

  • Ensure the proper recruitment, orientation, training, development and care of all FH staff assigned to this field;
  • Model leadership to all staff and intentionally develop the leadership potential of key staff in the field;
  • Demonstrate, motivate, monitor and evaluate an understanding of and commitment to FH’s Vision and Purpose;
  • Keep abreast of environmental, economic, social, political, and religious conditions in the field, and report on such conditions as needed;
  • Represent FH as “chief of mission” at official functions, and as necessary, speak on behalf of FH, always in accordance with stated FH positions;
  • Provide coaching and feedback on strengths and areas of improvement for staff to enable their development;
  • Responsible for the safety and security of all staff and FH representatives in country;
  • Responsible for security management: Ensure that systems, policies, and procedures are properly developed and implemented in order to strengthen safety and security of all staff and FH resources;
  • Responsible for incident response and follow-up. Works directly with Global Security to manage all critical incidents.

Key Result #3 – Provide strategy, design and implementation for FH Nicaragua (35%)

  • Lead the field staff in the design and implementation of overall field and specific program strategies to achieve the FH Vision and Purpose;
  • Lead, coordinate, and assist with proposal development. This includes, but is not limited to: researching funding opportunities, communicating with donors, traveling to the field for assessments and proposal design and writing, coordinating the overall proposal development process, ensuring up-to-date capacity statements, participating in content provision, and working with field leadership on new program strategy;
  • Oversee management and administration of the emergency and development programs;
  • Backstop and/or lead emergency response, support team selection, capacity-building prams processes and identification of funding;
  • Represent FH and the Nicaragua country program to external audiences and serve as a spokesperson to media. Assist the field with production of public relations materials as needed;
  • Coordinate all logistical and technical needs to the Field, including the identification, contracting, deployment and payment of consultants and relocation of international staff;
  • Identify, establish and maintain relationships with Key Field Partners related directly or indirectly to overall field and specific program strategies in order to achieve the FH Vision and Purpose;
  • Identify, establish and maintain relationships with Regional Leadership, Affiliates, and the Global Leadership Team who become part of the overall Field and specific program strategies.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty/function satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Vibrant personal relationship with Jesus Christ and Christian commitment to serving the poor and in full agreement with FH’s Christian foundation and beliefs as expressed in The Heartbeat: our Values, Vision, and Purpose;
  • Excellent people skills including warmth and sensitivity, conversational, able to relate to and effectively communicate (at various levels within the organization) and to manage and supervise people and projects with humility and confidence and with a relational style that promotes teamwork and unity;
  • High integrity and a strong sense of professional ethics with the ability to keep and work with highly confidential information;
  • Able to self-manage a diverse and dynamic set of responsibilities, proactively solve problems and / or suggest viable solutions while advancing goals and objectives;
  • Demonstrated computer operating skills, including proficiency in Microsoft Office products, Google platform, and virtual technologies such as Skype and / or other virtual meeting software;
  • Excellent organizational skills; ability to plan and coordinate work, ensure the efficient flow of projects and processes, flexible, dependable, organized, resilient, self-motivated, servant leader, effective within various levels of society, good team player, and compassionate with humanitarian attitude;
  • Strong people management skills / interpersonal skills with the ability to motivate, teach and mentor staff, and resolve conflicts;
  • Comfortable and persuasive when speaking before both large and small groups;
  • Ability to interact positively with all levels of the organization and across organizational and cultural boundaries;
  • Ability to negotiate with national and international governments and non-governmental organizations, community groups and organizations in a culturally acceptable as well as professional manner;
  • Experience in proposal development with a proven ability to secure funding from different donors;
  • Experience in managing large, multi-sector donor programs and successful cultivation of relationships with private and public donors;
  • Skills in human resources management, budgetary control/financial management, systems and internal control including policy development and enforcement;
  • Leadership and project management skills with ability to plan, lead and follow through on complex projects and relationships;
  • Knowledge and endorsement of organizational policies;
  • Knowledge of general budgeting procedures;
  • Ability to calculate figures and amounts in strategic business circumstances;
  • Strong expertise and experience in managing complex, virtual, intercultural teams;
  • Medical fitness to live and travel in rural and urban areas with extreme conditions and limited medical support;
  • Ability to travel up to 35% of time per year in the US and internationally, to insecure countries or locations.

Education and Experience

  • Master’s degree in Business Administration or related to international relief and development from a College or University; At least 5 years overseas management experience in senior positions, managing complex and multi-sector programs; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Supervisor Responsibilities

  • Directly supervises staff. Carry out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization’s policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints, resolving problems, etc.


  • Proficiency in spoken and written English and Spanish. Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or government regulations. Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public.

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