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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 14 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.

JOB DESCRIPTION

The GOAL Country Director (CD) takes overall responsibility for the planning, management and appropriate development of GOAL’s work in-country.  The CD is responsible for ensuring that GOAL’s work contributes effectively and efficiently towards meeting the short, medium and long term needs of the poorest of the poor, within the framework of GOAL’s organisational and regional objectives, in a co-ordinated manner and in accordance with GOAL’s guidelines and principles. The CD must ensure that there is regular and effective communication within the country team, with the Regional Director, and with GOAL Dublin. The CD has ultimate responsibility for all issues of security.

Location - Dublin Ireland or any GOAL location namely UK, Sierra Leone, Niger, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Ethiopia. Sudan, South Sudan, Uganda, Haiti, Honduras, Colombia, Turkey & Iraq

Scope of the role

The GOAL Country Director (CD) has overall accountability for all GOAL’s work in-country and acts as legal representative of GOAL. The CD is responsible for context specific programming and is accountable to beneficiaries, donors and to GOAL’s HQ.

General:

  1. Responsible for securing and responsibly growing the portfolio within the Country. The CD leads the process for updating and implementing the Country Funding Strategy; proactively engages existing and future donors. 
  2. Responsible for aligning the country programme to GOALs Global Strategy through development and implementation of five (5) to 7 (seven) years Country Strategic Plans and Annual Country Plans. The CD guides the Assistant Country Director – Programmes (ACDP) on programme development, implementation and leveraging of global technical resources for Programme Quality visits and reviews.
  3. Responsible for managing country-wide financial exposure and leading the annual Country Budgeting process to ensure effective forecasts and resourcing.
  4. Responsible for effective governance of the country programme including day-to-day management of the Internal Auditor; maintaining an effective control environment through management action on audit findings; review of Feedback, Complaint Response Mechanism (FCRM) reports and liaising with the Head of Investigation Unit on case by case basis.
  5. Responsible for ensuring appropriate and effective support functions for programme implementation. The CD manages and guides the ACDS to develop lean supply chain processes; appropriate and compliant procurement functions; fit for purpose IT systems and a service level mindset for support to programmes, manage the overall safety/security management and appropriate duty of care of the country programme staff.

Requirements:

  • 5-7 years at Country Director level in an overseas humanitarian or development environment or 5-7 years’ experience as part of a Senior Management Team in a humanitarian assistance programme.
  • Experience in directly managing multi-sector programmes across multiple grants and/or experience in managing qualified programme managers implementing multi-sector activities across multiple grants.
  • Relevant post-graduate qualification in business, administration, management, social science, international development etc. or relevant degree level qualification alongside 3-5 years professional management experience in a leadership role
  • Experience in leading a large and geographically dispersed team under challenging circumstances.
  • Experience in engaging with national level government line ministries and donor agencies.

 

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: 1) 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; 2) Report any concerns about the welfare of a child or vulnerable adult or any wrongdoings within our programming area; 3) Report any concerns about inappropriate behaviour of a GOAL staff or partner.

Safeguarding

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.

Equal Employer Statement

Consistent with GOAL’s core values of humanitarianism; integrity; respect; partnership and courage, we place a significant emphasis on equality in our working environment.

GOAL is committed to treating all its employees with dignity and respect and values diversity, which it believes enriches an organisation. To reinforce this commitment, all company activities, policies, practices and procedures are to be carried out in accordance with this global standard.

All employees share in the responsibility for fulfilling GOAL’s commitment to equal employment opportunity and equal treatment. GOAL does not discriminate against any employee or volunteer; or any applicant for employment or volunteering on the basis of age, gender identity, ancestry, political opinion, civil status, medical condition, ethnic background, disability, race, religion, sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by applicable laws.

GOAL believes that our strong commitment to equal opportunity and equal treatment helps to ensure that there is no unjustified discrimination in the recruitment, hiring, training and development, promotion, compensation, benefits, retention, and discipline of staff and volunteers.

GOAL aims to provide a work environment that fosters fairness, equity, and respect for social and cultural diversity, and that is free from discrimination, harassment [and vilification] as determined by applicable laws.

 

General Terms and Conditions

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

 

 

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GOAL does not discriminate against any employee or volunteer; or any applicant for employment or volunteering on the basis of age, gender identity, ancestry, political opinion, civil status, medical condition, ethnic background, disability, race, religion, sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by applicable laws.

GOAL is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to building an inclusive environment for all employees. We know that the more inclusive we are, the better our work will be.

Candidate Privacy

GOAL ensures data privacy for all job candidates during the recruitment and selection process. Please also kindly note that GOAL will never solicit money for interviews.

Candidates who apply will only be contacted through a verified GOAL email address. E.g if you are liaising with a member of GOAL's Irish based Global Talent Acquisition Team, the email will be coming from a @goal.ie address.

If you are liaising with a member of our recruitment team from a country office (e.g. GOAL Uganda), the email will be coming from a @ug.goal.ie email address. All emails will originate from a goal.ie address.