Country Director

Country Director

Solidarites International

Juba, South Sudan


The Country Director is the head of the South Sudan mission and is SI’s official representative in South Sudan. As such,

  • 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 SI’s 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 with HQ
  • S/He is under the direct management of the Head of Desk at HQ, with whom s/he collaborates closely on a daily basis.
  • S/He has 7 direct reports, including the Senior Management Team at coordination level.

Daily activities

  • Coordination and strategic orientation
  • Relevance and operational quality/operations monitoring
  • Resource management
  • People and team management
  • Security management
  • Relationships with financial donors / fund-raising and partners
  • At the moment, SI’s potential partners are NRC, NP, Intersos, DRC, IMC, Malteser International
  • Internal and external communication
  • External representation

Strategic axis of SI’ SSU/Country programming :

  • Preparedness and response to acute multi-sectorial needs, with an integrated approach
  • Improvement of the basic services and livelihood opportunities through multi-sectorial/integrated programs to increase resilience via mid-term projects

Security situation in SSU:

  • Volatile scenario, especially in Jonhglei and Upper Nile
  • Access challenges, especially during rainy season, due to underdeveloped road infrastructure as well as local authorities seeking to benefit from NGO presence
  • Presence of multiple armed actors and inter-communal violence in the different parts of the country
  • Criminality is high in Juba, some movement limitation in Juba

Key priorities:

  • To continue looking for the funding of activities in all 3 areas of implementation to stabilize the coordination and field bases until the end of 2022 and beyond.
  • Identify new possible areas of intervention, based on needs, analysis of SI’s added value and funding prospect.
  • Identify new donors to diversify the funding portfolio.
  • Continue looking for funding for emergency response (axis 1)
  • Support the Senior Management Team in their coordination roles
  • Oversee the implementation of the annual strategy of 2022-2023
  • Regularly represent SI with donors, local authorities and Coordination forum
  • Be the main security focal point for the whole mission


Education & experience

  • Masters’ degree or equivalent in law, political science, international organization management or project management or a relevant field
  • 5-6 years of professional experience, including a minimum of 3 years in the humanitarian environment
  • Minimum of 1 year of experience as Country Director or equivalent, developing and managing sustainable relief programs (conflict and post-conflict settings), with specific skills in strategic planning, assessment, program design and development, and monitoring and evaluation + 1-2 years as coordinator of humanitarian actions
  • Proven experience in conflict contexts and insecure environments, with consequent experience in supporting emergency response
  • Experience with SI is an asset.
  • Experience in South Sudan is a plus.

Specific skills

  • Excellent communication, organizational and prioritization skills and the ability to multi-task and support and/or fill multiple positions at one time
  • High management abilities, and particularly team management skills and capacities to provide distance technical support
  • Significant experience of building and supervising large and culturally diverse teams of expatriate and national staff, and interest in capacity building of people.
  • Significant knowledge and experience of grant writing and management for major institutional donors, including: EU, BHA/USAID, ECHO, UN Agencies (UNHCR, UNICEF, etc.) and pooled funding mechanisms, such as CHF
  • Ability, acquired through experience, to professionally and appropriately represent the organization and negotiate and defend SI’s interests with a diverse range of government officials, departments and ministries, civil society organizations, and other international organizations
  • Strong initiatives and improvisation capacities
  • Demonstrated attention to detail and ability to follow procedures, meet deadlines and work both independently and cooperatively with team members
  • Good stress management
  • Important flexibility and adaptability
  • Used to work in political and security volatile environment

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