Country Director

Job opportunity

Country Director

Location : Uvira

Closing date: 06th January 2014


      I.        Context


War Child Canada is a registered Canadian charity based in Toronto. Working with war-affected communities to help children reclaim their childhood through access to education, opportunity and justice, War Child Canada also takes an active role in raising public awareness around the impact of war on communities and the shared responsibility to act.

War Child Canada currently works in Afghanistan, Sudan, South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Sierra Leone and Uganda and will be operational in the Middle East by 2014.

War Child Canada is currently operational in South Kivu, DRC with programming that focuses on the strengthening of the education sector as well as community-based sexual and gender-based violence sensitization. While War Child Canada has been active in the DRC since 2007, both programs are currently in the pilot stage with significant room for growth and expansion both geographically and in programmatic scope.

    II.        Position summary

The Country Director, DRC will be based Bujumbura with daily travel to Uvira and other locations in South Kivu, security permitting. Reporting to War Child Canada’s Senior Manager of International Programs in Toronto, the Country Director, DRC has overall responsibility for leading and managing the War Child Canada in-country team and country program and operations including establishing a country strategic plan and ensuring that War Child Canada programs and operations are consistent with the strategy.

In addition, the Country Director will ensure that the overall country program is effectively implemented, monitored and evaluated while seeking opportunities for fund development and representation among key networks in South Kivu and Kinshasa to ensure the sustainability of the program.

   III.        Responsibilities

Management and oversight of War Child Canada’s country program (25%) :

-        Develop annual plans and provide support and direction for implementation and follow-up of workplans and logframes for all project activities ;

-        Overall responsibility for budget and financial management ;

-        Oversee the fulfillment and contractual obligations of all narrative and financial reporting requirements ;

-        Oversee the development and management of a Country Strategic Plan, in close collaboration with HQ and field staff.


Fundraising (25%)

-        Enhance War Child Canada’s program through donor engagement and proposal development ;

-        Responsibility for in-country fundraising with institutional donors ;

-        Responsible for the development and completion of funding proposals, in collaboration with HQ.

Financial Management (15%)

-        Overall responsibility for in-country financial management, including reporting to headquarters ;

-        Maintain efficient financial controls, accountability standards, procedures and records ;

-        Prepare budget and monitor budget-spending.


Maintain network of contacts and representation (15%)

-        Initiate and engage in extensive collaboration and consultation with local and central authorities, INGOs, national NGOs and local communities ;

-        Ensure appropriate communications, information exchange and sharing with local partners and with headquarters ;

-        Share project 'lessons learned' and support field visits, etc.

-        Represent War Child Canada in meetings and coordination platforms in South Kivu and Kinshasa.


Human Resource Management (10%)

-        Responsible for the oversight of all War Child Canada staff in the DRC ;

-        Oversees the recruitment of local staff as necessary, with support from HQ.


Security and Logistics Management (10%)

-        Maintain internal and external contacts with relevant parties and authorities related to security in order to be well informed about security developments at all times ;

-        Monitor the security context of the country to manage and mitigate security risks ;

-        Regularly update and implement War Child Canada’s security procedures and plans in coordination with HQ.


  IV.        Qualifications


1.    Knowledge

-        Master’s Degree or equivalent in International Development, Social Sciences, International Relations, or Law ;

-        Minimum of 5 years senior management experience including experience in strategic planning processes ;

-        Demonstrable knowledge and experience of gender and diversity issues ;

-        Knowledge of primary or secondary education (including accelerated learning programs), sexual and gender-based violence programming, and/or child rights ;

-        Demonstrated track record in successful fundraising and donor development strategies ;

-        Experience in project, financial and HR management, including mentoring of national and international staff ;

-        Experience managing security in a conflict affected environment.
Previous experience in the DRC strongly desirable.


2.    Skills and abilities

-        Fluency in written and verbal English and French ;

-        Demonstrated leadership abilities ;

-        Detail oriented, strong organizational, analytical and strategic planning skills ;

-        Effective time-management skills with the ability to multi-task and manage multiple time-sensitive priority ;

-        Team oriented with strong interpersonal skills and ability to work with individuals from a range of backgrounds ;

-        Strong writing and project management skills ;

-        Able to work sensitively in challenging and delicate environments.

Personal Attributes Affinity with War Child Canada’s mandate.
Creative, energetic, adaptable and flexible.
Stress-resilient to be able to cope with deadlines and complex problems.
Able to take initiative, work independently and able to travel regularly.

Salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications. Benefits include travel to and from duty sites, vacation, regular R&R leave, accommodation and insurance as per War Child Canada contractual standards.

How to apply


Please ensure your application email has the subject heading of ‘Country Director, DRC – [insert your name]’
Only those applicants selected for an interview will be notified. No phone calls please. War Child Canada is an equal opportunity employer.

War Child Canada is committed to providing a work environment in which all individuals are treated with respect and dignity. Final candidates will be vetted in accordance with War Child Canada’s Child Protection Policy, including appropriate reference and security checks. For more information about War Child Canada, please visit