YEMEN –COUNTRY DIRECTOR -ADEN
Desired start date: 10/09/2019**
Duration of the mission:** 12 months (renewable pending fundings)
Location: Position based in Aden
ABOUT THE MISSION …
SI opened its mission in Yemen in 2017, establishing its coordination in Aden. With the support of the Emergency DESK, SI mission was able to quickly acquire operational capacity, which was first deployed in Lahj Governorate, for implementation of WASH and Food Security Programming. Over the course of 2018, SI expanded the geographical scope of its intervention, and established presence in Al Turbah and Al Mokha in Taizz Governorate. With the opening of Al Mokha base late 2018, SI was one of the first humanitarian actors to start operations on the “West Coast”, which are now covering the southern districts of Hodeidah Governorate, close to one of the main frontlines of the conflict. In Al Turbah, SI is now looking at expanding its programming to recovery-type of projects, as well as its outreach to the city of Taizz, which after Hodeidah has been the second main frontline of the war.
For the year 2019/20; the mission has a forecasted budget of about 8M Euros. It operates from Aden, where the coordination is based, and 2 operational field bases located in Al Turbah and Al Mokha. The mission is currently composed of 15 expatriates and about 100 national staffs and is funded by OFDA, CDC, YHPF, DutchMoFA and ECHO. SI Programming in Yemen focuses on addressing immediate food needs of communities at risk of famine, as well as providing timely response to displacements of population and AWD/Cholera outbreaks. Its portfolio is primarily composed of WASH Emergency projects, along with unconditional cash distribution. Strategic and institutional priorities for the mission in 2019/20 is to strengthen its Emergency Response capacity, and develop operational capacity in Taizz city. In parallel, and where feasible, SI is looking at implementing recovery-type of programming.
ABOUT THE JOB
The Country Director is the Solidarités International official representative in a country.
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 the Solidarités International 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 for Solidarités International HQ.
Responsibilities and main activities:
The Country Director will lead a foreseen team of 20 expatriates’ staff in different bases and 100 national staff. Under its direct line management, the CD has 3 Field Coordinators, 1 Logistics Coordinator, 1 Admin Coordinator, 1 HR Coordinator, and 1 Deputy Country Director – Programs (position to be confirmed, pending on funding).
Specific Stake and Challenges :
Opened in 2017, Yemen mission remains quite young, with associated challenges in terms of national staff capacity, expatriate recruitment and retention, and capitalization (the mission has been experiencing a lot of turnover amongst expatriates, and several gaps in key management positions). While a lot of work has been done to structure the mission, and strengthen local capacities (a Capacity Building Officer has been sent on the mission, and an HR Coordinator is under recruitment), enforcement of established roles and responsibilities, as well as of SI standard procedures, remains a continuous effort. Because the mission is young, turnover high, while the environment is very volatile, respect of security procedures must be constantly monitored.
Priorities for the 2/3 first months :
- Continuous context monitoring, update and enforcement of security protocols, and capitalization on security and access management
- Support the roll out of the newly established Emergency Team and opening of Taizz Sub-base, including support on security and access management (development of SoPs)
- Fundraising based on the revised programming of the mission for 2020/21, and proposal development in support to technical coordinators
Education and Experience
- Third level qualification in humanitarian/development studies, social sciences, management or other related discipline.
- Minimum 4 years overseas experience working with an international humanitarian/development NGO, with strong program management, team management and financial management experience;
- Minimum 2 years in a similar position
- Experience of working and managing security in insecure environments
- Proven management ability, including ability to motivate and develop skills of team’s members. Must be able to make sound management decisions in difficult situations and also be able to work in a participatory manner with colleagues.
- Proven ability to deal with donors and operational partners.
- Proven ability to develop adapted humanitarian vision and strategy.
- Experience working with SI (or a similar organization) is an asset
- Prior experience in the Middle East (particularly on Yemen crisis) is an asset
Skills and Qualities
Strong knowledge of donors’ policies and guidelines;
Strong knowledge of the project cycle management;
Strong knowledge of principled-based approaches and advocacy skills;
- Excellent communication, networking skills, organizational and prioritization skills, ability to multi-task
- Excellent reporting and writing skills
- Extensive knowledge of project cycle management
- Used to work in political and security volatile environments
- Capacity to adapt and show organizational flexibility
- Cross cultural sensitivity, good sense of humor and great team member
- Fluent English (written, spoken and read)
- Knowledge of Arabic is an asset
- Knowledge of French is an asset
- Computer literacy with very good command of MS Office
SI WILL OFFER YOU
A salaried post:
According to experience, starting from 3300 euros gross per month (3000 base salary + 10% annual leave allowance paid monthly) and a monthly Per Diem rate of 750 USD a month. SI also covers accommodation costs and travel expenses between the expatriate’s country of origin and the place of assignment.
Vacation: during the assignment, a system of alternation between work and time off is implemented at the rate of one break after every two months spent on the mission. For a one-year assignment, the expatriate will have a 7-day break during the 2nd, 4th, 8th and 10th months (with 750 USD allocated by SI). He or she will also be entitled to go back to his or her home country for a 14-day period after six months spent on the mission (SI will cover travel costs).
Social and medical cover:
Expatriates benefit from an insurance package which reimburses all healthcare expenses (including medical and surgical expenses, dental care and ophthalmological expenses, repatriation) and a welfare system including war risks. Essential vaccination and antimalarial treatment costs are refunded.
The Country Director is responsible of the security for the entire mission, with the support of the Logistic Coordinator, and assisted by the Humanitarian Access and Security Officer.
The situation in terms of security remains tense in Aden and its surrounding Lahj governorate, due to the proximity of the frontline, the political unrest and the presence of armed opposition groups such as IS and AQAP. Main identified threats for Aden are crossfire (wrong location at the wrong moment), kidnapping or hostage taking (even though there is no proven history of kidnapping of expatriates in recent period), crowd mob and road accidents.
The living conditions in Aden are good and are being constantly improved for expatriate staffs. The guesthouse and office are in the same building, which has limited outdoor space except for a very large rooftop. Because of the context and nature of threats, security rules are restrictive: curfew at 8PM, movements allowed only within limited perimeters, few places authorized for expatriates. Local supermarkets are supplied with most food items we can find in Western countries, except for cheese. Most INGOs in Aden have permanent expatriate presence, and, within the limits of the curfew, social gathering can/is taking place. Trips to the field is possible for expatriates under certain condition but are limited to keep the presence of international staff low profile.
Ash Shamaytayn district, Taizz governorate, is currently divided into two parts by the war frontline with the northern part under the control of the Houtis and the southern part under the control of the government and the so called popular forces. Al-Turbah city remains out of reach of pro-Houthi fighters, the nearest frontline at Hifan is at 25 km, however there is no easy road access due to the mountains. SI access Taizz city (700 000 people) from Al Turbah.
The Saudi Led Coalition and the Yemeni west coast forces liberated Al Mokha city in February 2017. Displacement of population occurred in December 2017 with the liberation of Al Khokha (100 km north of Al Mokha) and the heavy fighting in Hays in February 2018. The overall situation remains relatively calm in coastal areas of Al Mokha and Dhubab districts as they are not anymore close from the frontline. From Al Mokha, SI intervene in Khawkha, Hays, Tuhayta, Mawza and Ad Durayhimi districts, close to the frontline. Recent ceasefire ease the access, despite multiple violations. The situation can change very quickly and access decrease, but SI developed a strong network which ease intervention in difficult situation. However there are some risks of landmines in some areas.
The city is controlled by the Security Belt – southern forces backed by the Emiratis. All shops are open and people carrying out business as usual. Currently, there are 37 road checkpoints between Aden and Mokha cities.
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