Iraq and Syria Country Director

Iraq and Syria Country Director


Erbil, Iraq


The Country Director will provide the strategic vision and leadership for the country program. S/he is responsible for ensuring the design, planning, implementation, supervision, expansion, development and administration of quality programs; donor, other financers, and government relations; budget management; contractual compliance; security and operations management; and developing a motivated and professional team. Reporting to the VP, Global Operations, the Country Director will work closely with, and receive support from, headquarters program managers, technical units, safety and security services, procurement, contracts, finance and operations staff.

Essential Job Functions:

Strategic Management:

  • Working closely with the VP, Global Operations, develop a strategic direction and plan for the country program;
  • Promote a one-team approach and positive learning environment utilizing headquarters, country program and operations staff and partners to consistently enhance the quality of design and implementation;
  • Develop a positive work environment for all staff supported by a professional level human resource management function;
  • Support and hold management staff accountable for providing staff development opportunities and planning;
  • In consultations with headquarters senior management, assist with the recruitment and selection of qualified program field staff. Recommend promotions and disciplinary actions.

Project Management:

  • Ensure that procedures and systems are in compliance with Blumont standards and that they support program delivery and promote management coordination and efficiency throughout the country program
  • Ensure the delivery of high quality programs through regular project reviews; monitoring, evaluation, accountability and learning systems; and staff and partner development
  • Develop program strategies in accordance with the Blumont mission and program framework
  • Work with program and finance teams to develop and monitor annual and multi-year program budgets
  • Provide timely and effective oversight of the financial position of the country program including identification and implementation of required changes to match funding levels
  • Maintain effective and coordinated budget monitoring processes for grant funds and discretionary funds
  • Working with country senior management team ensure the development, implementation and monitoring of financial and operational policy and procedures to ensure constant compliance with Blumont and donor policies across the program

Business Development:

  • Ensure the consistent use of well managed assessment, design, and proposal development processes;
  • Develop Blumont as a partner of choice for major local and international donors such as USAID and other donors;
  • Develop and maintain a high level of understanding of donor priorities, country plans and planned funding initiatives, as well as their rules, regulations and policies;
  • Maintain and expand participation with key donors, host government, local stakeholders and relevant policy and coordinating bodies;
  • Ensure submission of appropriate, timely high-quality proposals and lead required donor negotiations;
  • Monitor and identify appropriate sources for match-fund requirements and coverage of funding gaps.

Required Skills & Experience:

  • Advanced degree in relevant field is desired;
  • At least 10 years of progressive management experience in international development;
  • Extensive program development experience, prior experience with US and other international donors;
  • Previous budget and fiscal oversight responsibilities; financial management including preparing and managing budgets, banking activities, contracts and negotiations;
  • Deep understanding of local government and political structures, local laws and pressures affecting program implementation;
  • Extensive representational experience with USAID, and other donors;
  • Experience in developing and managing procurement and logistical procedures and policies;
  • Proven capabilities in leadership, with strong negotiation, interpersonal and organization skills;
  • Ability to read, analyze, and interpret technical and non-technical English language documents and manuals;
  • Ability to effectively present information and respond appropriately to questions from senior managers at headquarters, partner counterparts, and senior government and other related regional players;
  • Ability to fluently read, write and speak English and Arabic.

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