Country Director


Ankara, Turkey

Job Purpose

The Country Director for GOAL in Türkiye has overall accountability for all GOAL’s work in-country and is responsible for context specific programming and is the main contact for donors and to GOAL’s HQ.

Key Responsibilities

  • Responsible for securing and responsibly growing the portfolio within the Country. The CD leads the process for updating and implementing the Country Funding Strategy; proactively engages existing and future donors.
  • Responsible for aligning the country programme to GOALs Global Strategy through development and implementation of Country Strategic Plans and Annual Country Plans. The CD guides the Head of Programmes (HoP) on programme development, implementation and leveraging of global technical resources for Programme Quality visits and reviews.
  • Responsible for ensuring all programme activities are planned, resourced, implemented, monitored and evaluated in a timely manner, to ensure that they are appropriate, necessary, cost effective, targeted, sustainable and in keeping with GOAL’s mission and philosophy and Turkish law.
  • Responsible for ensuring appropriate and effective support functions for programme implementation. The CD manages and guides the Head of Operations (HoO) to ensure lean supply chain activity; appropriate and compliant procurement functions; fit for purpose IT systems and a service level mindset for support to programmes. The CD will also engage with the Liaison Advisor to ensure the overall safety/security management and appropriate duty of care of the country programme staff.
  • Responsible for managing country-wide financial exposure and leading the annual Country Budgeting process to ensure effective forecasts and resourcing. Responsible for managing and mitigating against risk in country.
  • Responsible for effective governance of the country programme including day-to-day management of the Internal Auditor; maintaining an effective control environment through management action on audit findings; review of Feedback, Complaint Response Mechanism (FCRM) reports and liaising with the Head of Investigation Unit on case-by-case basis.
  • Support regional integration and collaboration with GOAL teams across Turkey.
  • Represent GOAL in key stakeholder and peer networks and coordination mechanisms and with state and local government agencies.

The role

  • Act as a representative of GOAL and demonstrate the highest standards of behaviour towards children and vulnerable adults both in your private and professional lives.
  • Lead by example and coach and development capacity of the GOAL team in Türkiye.
  • Develop GOAL’s network of partnership in Türkiye.
  • Provide strong leadership by motivating, inspiring and building a strong culture of collaboration and accountability while communicating effectively and making hard decisions if and when necessary.
  • Provide troubleshooting interventions and an approach which supports problem solving and team building.

Essential Requirements

  • Proven and significant experience at Country Director Level in the overseas humanitarian or development environment
  • Demonstrated experience in a senior leadership position within an INGO in the Middle East.
  • Demonstrable experience in security and crisis management
  • A record of successful engagement with institutional donors and securing funding
  • Experience leading a large and geographically dispersed team and working in highly insecure locations.
  • Fluent written and spoken English.
  • An interest in capacity building/mentoring of teams
  • Excellent staff management and personnel skills
  • Excellent analytical, writing skills and training skills.
  • Problem solving skills to identify and lead the resolution of issues.
  • Excellent coordination skills and ability to work as part of a team.
  • Patient, flexible, able to improvise and communicate clearly and effectively under pressure.


  • Prior experience working in Turkey or in the Middle East
  • Fluent written and spoken Turkish is not mandatory but desirable for this role.
  • Experience directly managing multi-sector programmes across multiple grants and/or experience in managing qualified programme managers implementing multi-sector activities across multiple grants.
  • Prior experience in programming in protection, resilience, livelihood and humanitarian response as well as refugee programming

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