Country Director - Yemen

24 Jan 2023
21 Dec 2022
Sana's, Yemen

Your role

War Child UK has worked in Yemen since 2017 with partners and local authorities to support improvements in child protection, education and livelihoods. Programmes have largely been focused in the north of the country in Sana’a, Al Hodeidah, Ibb and Taiz but we also have a smaller programme in the south.

We are recruiting a new Country Director for our Yemen programme. We are seeking an experienced NGO leader who is familiar with the challenges of operating within the constraints of a context such as Yemen. You will ensure that the War Child team remains safe, and that our security protocols are well maintained. We want to further grow our programme, and central to this role will be the ability to build networks and alliances with local and international partners and to represent effectively with a wide range of donors. We place a very strong emphasis on national advocacy as part of our theory of change, and you will need the representational and relationship skills to ensure that War Child is connected to the appropriate national and local authorities across our areas of operation. War Child has a clear vision and approach to programme quality, and you will have a track record in ensuring effective monitoring, accountability, and learning.

Your responsibilities

  • Programme Development:  Leadership on participatory programme planning and development, in line with WCUK’s organisational strategy; time frames, risk appetite and budgets as well as development of new concept papers and liaising with in-country donors. 
  • Partner liaison:  Work with national partners to achieve shared programme objectives and build strong and accountable partnerships.
  • Representation and Networking: Provide effective representation and profile of War Child UK and high level networking in forums and strategic engagement with a wide range of national and international stakeholders
  • Financial Management: Ensure rigorous financial and administrative management: ensure grant management and expenditure information is received in an accurate manner on a monthly basis.
  • Security Management:  Effectively manage all staff and programme security within the guidelines of security Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).
  • Safeguarding: Responsible for creating a culture committed to the safeguarding of children and adults, and compliant to WCUK’s Safeguarding policies.
  • Grant Management, and Donor Compliance: Ensure timely quality reporting to donors and compliance with donor requirements, including leading your programme and grants team to build a compliance and performance focused management system.
  • Donor Engagement and Funding: Lead on donor engagement within country and with regional donor. Contribute to efforts to identify and secure in-country funding and providing the programme funding to deliver on the Yemen country strategy. Support the team with the information necessary to help develop proposals and reports, in line with donor schedules. Provide final country level approval of concept papers, proposals and budgets
  • Team leadership:  Lead the SMT, develop country strategy and build a culture of shared responsibility. Ensure team wellbeing and effective performance management as well as ensuring that WCUK’s standards and values are known and followed within the mission.
  • People management: Take ultimate responsibility for Human Resources and Development, ensuring War Child is a fair and responsible employer. Leading and motivating all WCUK staff, promoting effective cohesion and team identity across the various offices and projects. Ensuring that WCUK’s standards and values are known and followed within the mission.
  • Reporting: Ensure adherence to organisational requirements, including safeguarding policy, minimum standards for quality programme cycle management and regular programme reporting.