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GOAL is seeking an experienced Regional Director - East Africa. In this role you will be responsible for guiding the strategic development and alignment of GOAL’s existing country programmes in Uganda, Ethiopia, South Sudan and Sudan and strategically developing GOAL’s presence in East Africa.This is an exceptional opportunity to put your skills to use in an international NGO. This could be your next career move if you have strong leadership and decision-making skills and a proven track record of leading senior managers, delivering results and implementing change.

To be successful in this role, the ideal candidate will have:• 7-10 years in senior country program management roles, preferably in an international NGO.• Post-graduate qualification or equivalent relevant experience in a relevant discipline.• A diverse background in programmes, strong analytical skills, and the ability to respond and adapt quickly.• Demonstrated ability to collaborate and work effectively with diverse teams, local government, community leaders, partners (local and international) to deliver agreed goals. • Highly developed interpersonal and communication skills.• Demonstrated ability to work independently with limited supervision. • Strong understanding of the mission and values of GOAL and a deep commitment to adhering and leading the commitment to living those values.• Commitment to regular travel is essential.

Reporting line and team:• Reporting to the Director of International Programmes, the RD East Africa will be responsible for providing leadership and line management to Country Directors of Uganda, Sudan, South Sudan and Ethiopia (1,256 employees) and to be a key link between Country Teams and GOAL’s HQ team.

The key responsibilities of the role are:• Support and guide Country Directors to develop and implement GOAL’s country strategies in Uganda, Sudan, South Sudan and Ethiopia in line with GOAL’s strategic objectives, as articulated in GOAL’s 2019-2020 plan. • Develop a Regional Coordination Plan (which includes: cross country learning, staff development plan, external coordination, targeted engagements with donors, coordination bodies etc.).• Communicate clear expectations, set performance objectives and provide regular and timely performance feedback to Country Directors, including systematic, documented performance reviews.• Develop and expand GOAL’s network of strategic, regional and global partnerships and assist the Country Directors to develop, nurture and expand national partnerships, to allow GOAL to operate smartly and efficiently, promoting better value for money and greater impact.• In coordination with the GOAL’s funding and business development unit, provide focused business development support to Country Directors, in the pursuit of strategic funding opportunities and the completion of high-quality proposals that align with GOAL’s strategic priorities and include multi-annual funding for humanitarian and development programmes.• Facilitate good communications and working relationships between Country Programmes and HQ, including the Senior Management Team, Technical Support Units, Finance, HR, Logistics & Procurement, IT, Fundraising, Communications, Compliance and approve high level and strategic deliverables, submissions, processes generated at country level as described in GOAL’s policies and procedures.

About GOAL

Established in 1977, GOAL is an international humanitarian agency, with a team of 2,400 personnel, dedicated to alleviating the needs of the most vulnerable communities. Currently operating in 13 of the world’s most vulnerable countries, GOAL delivers a wide range of humanitarian and development programmes, ranging from humanitarian relief in disaster situations, to focusing on nutrition, food security, and building greater resilience and sustainable livelihoods.GOAL has an annual budget of an estimated €100 million and is supported by a range of donors including the Governments of Ireland, UK, USA, the European Union, individuals, trusts and foundations. GOAL values the power of partnership and works with local and international partners to achieve its mission.

Accountability within GOAL

A commitment to GOAL values and GOAL’s integrity framework is critical to working with GOAL. Any candidate offered a job with GOAL will be expected to adhere to the following key areas of accountability:• Comply with GOAL’s policies and procedures with respect to safeguarding, code of conduct, health and safety, confidentiality, do no harm principles and unacceptable behaviour protocols.• Report any concerns about the welfare of a child or vulnerable adult or any wrongdoings within our programming area.• Report any concerns about inappropriate behaviour of a GOAL staff or partner.


Children and vulnerable adults who come into contact with GOAL as a result of our activities must be safeguarded to the maximum possible extent from deliberate or inadvertent actions and failings that place them at risk of abuse, sexual exploitation, injury and any other harm. One of the ways that GOAL shows this on-going commitment to safeguarding is to include rigorous background and reference checks in the selection process for all candidates.

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This Job Description only serves as a guide for the position available. GOAL reserves the right to change this document.

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