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AMREF Southern Sudan Country Director Job Vacancy

AMREF is recruiting a Country Director to provide leadership and strategic direction to the country office and field based staff in the AMREF South Sudan Country Programme.

The incumbent will be in charge of country performance and programme growth; and will ensure that adequate monitoring, evaluation and accountability mechanisms are in place.

The Country Director is a key position and part of AMREF’s senior management team, reporting to the Director General with a critical role to play in the accomplishment of AMREF’s mission and strategy.

Management Responsibility
  • Provide leadership for country programme and staff
  • In charge of country performance and programme growth

  • Participating and member of AMREF’s senior management team (SMT) with responsibility for representing the country programme on the SMT and for supporting collective SMT decisions back into the country programme.
Description of Duties
  • Providing leadership for the dissemination of AMREF Africa values, vision and mission at the country level;
  • Directing and managing Southern Sudan programme to deliver the AMREF’s and country specific strategic objectives in line with overall mission and strategy;
  • Promoting AMREF's organisational identity to all national stakeholders and partners in Southern Sudan and ensuring AMREF remains relevant to the changing needs of disadvantaged people in the country;
  • Developing networks, partnerships and liaisons with national/regional/international institutions working in Southern Sudan and spearhead donor collaboration and programme/project development at country level.
  • Spearheading project fund raising from traditional and non-traditional donors and for local fund raising campaigns; leveraging the resources of national government and partners;
  • Together with the Finance/Administration, HR, IT and Communications and Fund Raising functions at Headquarters, ensuring that the country programme implements appropriate policies, procedures, operational guidelines and standards within the AMREF Africa framework;
  • Ensuring that the country SMT functions as a strong and mutually supporting leadership team;
  • Leading, supporting, developing and mentoring AMREF Southern Sudan staff to deliver high quality programmes and projects;
  • Mentoring and developing the senior manager designated by the Director General as the deputy;
  • Encouraging interactions and collaboration with other AMREF Country Programmes and with AMREF Programme Leaders, and supporting participation of country programme project staff in AMREF regional projects where appropriate;
  • Together with the monitoring and evaluation function at Headquarters, is responsible for ensuring that adequate monitoring, evaluation and accountability mechanisms are in place and are used effectively within AMREF country office.
  • Ensuring that reports from Southern Sudan programme are generated and disseminated.
  • Ensuring that the knowledge gained from AMREF Southern Africa is documented and shared with the other AMREF Country Programmes and Headquarters, and with external partners and users, and that Country Programme staff participate in AMREF Africa activities.
  • Facilitating and supporting development of the AMREF Country Advisory Committee; providing relevant levels of information to enable this committee to optimise their support to the country programme
  • Working with AMREF Headquarters, liaise with AMREF National Offices to build awareness of the country programme needs, of country programme priorities and for project funding.
  • Participating fully as a member of the AMREF Africa SMT.
  • Leading the process of organisational strengthening within AMREF Southern Sudan;
  • Representing AMREF at country level and is responsible for the management of host country relations. Ensuring that AMREF Southern Sudan adheres to national laws and regulations governing the functions carried out by AMREF in Southern Sudan.
  • Supervision: Works independently under the authority of Director General and within strategy and policy guidelines
  • Decision Making: Has full responsibility of decisions at country level.
  • Responsibility over data or information: Has access to important and highly confidential country data and information.
  • Responsibility over assets: Overall responsibility for Country budget and assets.
  • Responsibility over Staff: All Country staff
Professional Qualifications: Post-graduate qualification, preferably in Public Health or related field.

Relevant Experience
  • Progressive experience at district or national level particularly in fieldworks in conflict/post conflict situations in Africa;
  • A strong understanding of managing operations in the developing world, preferably within the health development sector
  • Developing country experience and experience of developing and managing a diversified country programme.
  • Extensive hands-on experience in implementing primary health care in
  • Familiarity with the health development needs of disadvantaged people.
  • Demonstrable network of contacts and high standing in his/her profession.
  • Proven track-record of managing staff and building effective partnerships and strategic alliances.
  • Proven tract-record of managing staff and building
  • Proven experience in managing a major programme and/or institutional group.
Length of Experience: 8 years progressive experience, 3 of which are at a senior management level

Key Skills
  • Demonstrated initiative and creativity; strategic analytical thinker; excellent inter-personal and communication and negotiation skills.
  • Team player and team builder/leader.
  • Progressive experience of management with a proven track record as a senior manager and leader, including experience in developing and implementing strategic plans.
  • Proven results-based programme development and management
  • Strong management and organizational skills, including comfort in delegating authority and responsibility
  • Demonstrable ability to anticipate emerging needs and integrate them speedily into priority setting.
  • Proven people management skills in a multi-cultural environment and strong track record of developing people.
  • Is personally comfortable fundraising and has a proven record in raising substantial research/development funds.
  • Excellent English language communications skills, both oral and written (e.g., proposal writing), including public speaking; knowledge of Arabic language will be an advantage;
  • Basic understanding of electronic communications and standard office computer software.
  • Knowledge/familiarity with African and other international development organisations
  • Strong communications skills in a multi-cultural and multi-national work environment
Personal Attributes: Ability to work and to perform under pressure; willingness and ability to travel nationally and internationally.

Environmental Conditions: Extreme climatic conditions

This is an internationally recruited position attracting a competitive salary and attractive package of benefits. Please note that this is a non accompanied post.

Applications are invited from AMREF employees looking for growth and new challenges in providing better health for the communities in Southern Sudan.

We welcome those interested to quote the above reference number: - CHR/10/10-13 and send applications to The Director of Human Resources, AMREF Headquarters by email to

We encourage interested candidates to submit their applications by October 18, 2010 although the search will remain open until the position is filled.

AMREF is an equal opportunity employer and has a non-smoking environment policy.

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