Flying Deputy Country Director for Programs (OSS - Operational Support Service)

Flying Deputy Country Director for Programs (OSS - Operational Support Service)

Solidarites International

Multiple Locations


The flying Deputy Country Director for programs (DCD) from the OSS team (Operational Support Service) may be deployed on any country where a DCD-related position is of major strategic interest.

By nature, the flying DCD is deployed primarily on DCD gaps but may also be called upon to respond to emergencies, project launches, to replace a Program Coordinator, to reinforce the skills of the Program teams on a country or to support strong positioning issues related to programs.

The flying DCD, as part of the country senior management team, oversees the development of SOLIDARITES INTERNATIONAL's (SI) programs in line with the association's mandate and global strategy, and ensures their design are driven by needs, have a demonstrable impact, are adaptable to contextual changes and are conflict sensitive.

He/she accompanies the positioning of SI in its different sectors of intervention.


OSS members respond to the support needs of missions through SI's geographic desks. Their deployment is under the supervision of the Director of Operations.

  • In deployment: Under the hierarchical authority of the Country Director.

In close collaboration with the geographical desk of assignment, and in addition to the terms of reference specific to each deployment:

  • Collaborate with the Country Director (CD) to implement the set country and program strategy;
  • Support fundraising efforts and donor and partners’ relationship management and representation;
  • Oversee Program Development by providing cohesive leadership to SI programming, ensuring support to Program Coordination team and timely communication on program issues to the CD and HQ;
  • Provide guidance for the Quality Management of the programs by ensuring quality criteria and indicators are monitored and lead to decision making;
  • Ensure that procedures, guides and tools are updated and implemented in accordance with HQ recommendations;
  • Support on lessons learning and using the findings to guide future strategic direction;
  • Being proactive in proposing new activities based on the context evolution.



  • Master's degree in Humanitarian Program Coordination, International Development, International Relations, or equivalent.

Experience and skills required

  • Minimum 5 years work experience in similar setting (emergency, protracted crisis, and/or development);
  • Minimum 2 years work experience in a similar position (senior management, head of programs, programs’ director);
  • Experience in implementing/supervision emergency, early recovery and development programming;
  • Experience in "surge capacity" positions appreciated.


  • English: fluent;
  • French: fluent;
  • Spanish: would be an asset.

Soft skills and spirit

  • Enjoys working in a team environment;
  • Flexibility and ability to adapt to different cultural contexts;
  • Adaptability to different work environments and volatile security contexts;
  • Stress management: Ability to work under pressure within imposed deadlines and to manage large increases in workload;
  • Proactive and sense of initiative.

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