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Job Title:

Burundi & Rwanda
Country Director (CD)

Date requested: 7th September 2015

Contract Grade: D
Contract Length: Three Years (Negotiable)
Date Needed By: 1st December 2015
New Post or Replacement: New Post (introduction of Shared Services as
countries in transition)
Accompanied / Unaccompanied: Accompanied (partner only no children)
Exact Job Location:
Reports To:

Bujumbura - Burundi

Regional Director (RD)

Responsible For: All Staff & Resources in Burundi & Rwanda Country programmes,
with specific line management of the Country Manager Rwanda;
Systems Director Burundi; Programmes Director Burundi and
Country Finance Controller Rwanda/Burundi
Liaises With:

Regional Director (RD), Desk Officer at head office and other

technical advisors in HQ, Government, Line Ministries & other
donors and stakeholders in Burundi and Rwanda

Job Purpose:
The Country Director for Burundi & Rwanda has overall responsibility for strategic
planning, programmatic direction, and management oversight of all programmes
and operations of Concern Worldwide in Burundi & Rwanda. The Country Director
will ensure effective and professional management of all aspects of the country
programmes, including humanitarian interventions, ensuring compliance with
Concerns organisational procedures, policies and values.
The main duties and responsibilities include Strategic Planning, Leadership,
Security, Programme Development and Management, Programme Quality &
Learning, Human Resource Management, Risk Management & Financial
Accountability, Systems, Policies and Procedures, Representation and Networking.

Concern is in the process of putting in place a joint management structure for

Burundi & Rwanda, and the Country Director will liaise frequently with the Concern
Country Management team in Rwanda and provide support as necessary and travel
to Rwanda frequently.
Main Duties & Responsibilities:
To manage the Burundi & Rwanda programmes in line with organizational policies
and procedures.
To lead on the strategic planning for Rwanda and Burundi, in particular, alignment of
the country strategic plans for Rwanda and Burundi (one overarching strategic plan)
and embedding a joint management structure between the two countries.
Directly managing key senior staff:
Systems Director; Programmes Director;
Country Financial Controller; Human Resource Manager and that support allocations
between Rwanda and Burundi are managed well.
Overall Responsibility for strategic management of the programme, in particular
preparing for & effectively responding to emergency humanitarian situations in both
Burundi and Rwanda.
Oversight of development of joint programmes for Rwandan and Burundi, where
Ongoing developing and management of the funding strategy for the country
Maintain an awareness of the current economic, political and social situation within
Burundi & Rwanda, and the broader Great Lakes Region.
Overall responsibility for security management: ensuring that the security situation
is reviewed constantly, Security Management Plans (SMPs) are updated as
necessary and that staff are aware of security procedures and comply with them.
Representation of Concern in Burundi & Rwanda, maintaining coordination and
networking relationships with the government of Burundi & Rwanda, donors and
other development actors in the country; this includes ensuring Concerns
relationship and formal agreements with the governments are maintained and
updated as appropriate.
Seeking useful areas of collaboration with other international community actors
such as INGOs, networks, NINGO (Network of International NGOs in Rwanda and
RESO in Burundi, and in particular Concerns Strategic partner the Alliance 2015.
Responsible for staff management and development, including training and focus on
programme quality such as project design, proposal & report writing, monitoring
and evaluation and other key areas.

Provide general management support to direct reports and be familiar and ensure
all staff and visitors comply with Concern Worldwide Staff Code of Conduct, the
Programme Participant Protection Policy (4Ps), Anti-Fraud Policy and the Dchas
Code of Conduct on Images and Messages.
Ensuring that support systems (IT, Finance, HR/Administration, Logistics and
Transport) are in place and functioning in accordance with best practice and
organizational policy and procedures in order to ensure transparency and
accountability to government, donors and other relevant stakeholders.
Oversee the Finance Function across the country programmes with overall
responsibility for budgeting, reporting and monitoring of all income and
Overseeing the HR Function across the country programmes and ensure that
policies and procedures reflect global policies.
Ensuring all internal and external reports are sent to Regional Desk at head office in
a timely fashion and adhering to high standards of quality and maintain good,
regular and open communication with the Regional Director and Desk Officer for the
Central Africa Region.
Contribute to organizational learning through liaison with other organizations and
Concern fields and sharing lessons learned.
Perform any other related duties as assigned by the Regional Director or
his / her delegate

Education, Qualifications & Experience Required:

Third Level Degree/Masters in NGO management, organizational development,

Administration, IT, or Logistics Qualifications
Minimum of 5 years overseas experience working with an international
humanitarian /development NGO (or similar institution), with strong programme
management; system management, security management and team
management experience.
Proven strong management ability, including ability to motivate and develop
skills of others. Must be able to make sound management decisions in difficult
situations and also be able to work in a participatory manner with colleagues.
Proven experience of development and management of diverse and multisectoral programmes such a livelihood, health, education and HIV.
Ability to work in emergency context as required

Experience of managing a diverse team of senior staff including international

Experienced in management of financial resources and overseeing human
resources, administration and logistics function.
Experience in building relations with donors and securing external donor funding.
Good knowledge and experience of incorporating rights based, equality and
advocacy approaches across development programmes
Strong leadership skills and ability to manage change effectively
Strong communication and interpersonal skills with an ability/confidence to
engage and represent Concern at public fora, media and donors.
Excellent communication and presentation skills, including fluency in written and
spoken English and high degree of proficiency in French
Delegation, time management and prioritizing skills and coping with broad range
of demands
Highly developed listening and conflict resolution skills.
Belief in people and respect for people, interpersonal skills
Affinity with organisational values, mission and vision, commitment to
humanitarian principles
Willingness to travel frequently to rural field locations and spend periods of time
away from the capital in which the CD position is based
Willingness to spend at least 10% of time proving in-country support in Rwanda
Strong understanding and commitment to the promotion of equality

Education, Qualifications & Experience Required:

Post-graduate training in NGO management, organizational development,

Administration or Logistics Qualifications
Minimum of 3 years relevant logistic/systems and management experience in
development context
Previous Concern experience.

All applications should be submitted through our website at

by closing date. CVs should be no more than 4 pages in length.
All candidates who are short-listed for a first round interview will be notified via
email after the application deadline.
Concern Worldwide is an Irish-based non-governmental, international,
humanitarian organisation dedicated to the reduction of suffering and
working towards the ultimate elimination of extreme poverty in the
worlds poorest countries.
Concern has a Staff Code of Conduct and a Programme Participant Protection Policy
which have been developed to ensure the maximum protection of programme

participants from exploitation and to clarify the responsibilities of Concern staff,

consultants, visitors to the programme and partner organization, and the standards
of behaviour expected of them. In this context staff have a responsibility to the
organization to strive for, and maintain, the highest standards in the day-to-day
conduct in their workplace in accordance with Concerns core values and mission.
Any candidate offered a job with Concern Worldwide will be expected to sign the
Programme Participant Protection Policy and the Concern Staff Code of Conduct as
an appendix to their contract of employment.
By signing the Programme
Participant Protection Policy and the Concern Staff Code of Conduct candidates
acknowledge that they have understood the contents of both the Concern Staff
Code of Conduct and the Programme Participant Protection Policy and agree to
conduct themselves in accordance with the provisions of these two documents.
Concern receives a substantial amount of funding from external donors each year.
Increasingly donors are introducing requirements whereby future funding is
conditional on Concern ensuring that the names of any new employee or volunteer
do not appear on terrorism lists generated by the European Union (List of person,
groups and entities to which Regulation (EC No. 2580/2001 applies), the US
Government (Office of Foreign Assets Control list of specially designated Nationals
and Blocked Persons) and the United Nations (Consolidated List). Any offer of
employment (either paid or voluntary) with Concern Worldwide will not be made
pending a clearance check being conducted on the applicant. For additional
information please consult our web site or contact the Human Resource Division in
our Head Office. Concern Worldwide is an equal opportunities employer and
welcomes applications from all sections of the community.