‘An experienced, strategic leader with excellent networking, fundraising and people skills’

War Child Holland in Burundi

War Child has been officially operational in Burundi since 2011 where it is known for its integrated community-based approach, building capacities of community structures and connections between them so that they can offer integrated and coherent services to children and youth. During its ten years of existence in Burundi, War Child has successfully implemented several projects, both development and humanitarian, in partnership with local and international organizations and but also with state institutions belonging to the Ministry in charge of Education and the Ministry in charge of human rights.

WCH Burundi Country Office is part of the WCH Africa region, which also includes Country Offices in DRC, South Sudan and Uganda besides a Regional Hub in Kampala, which provides support to the country offices in the region. Close relations also exist and intensive collaboration takes place with the WCH Home Office in the Netherlands.

Your challenge

The current country strategy that ends in 2023 has been developed to continue the War Child response that started in 2011 at the height of the conflict, with thousands of children experiencing conflict related violence and displacement. Signs of a changing context abound in Burundi.

While observing the trends in the country from a political, economic, and humanitarian context and reflecting these against internal shifts that relate to the realisation of the organisation’s global strategy, War Child Holland is seeking to recruit a Country Director to steer the Country Programme over the next 3 years with the following as the key directional imperatives:

  • There will be need to redesign the country strategy with clarity on the organisation’s value-add to the responses by the sector in the country.
  • In line with the Global Localisation Agenda, War Child commits to the building of capacities of local actors. Among other aspects this speaks to receding direct implementation by international organisations, including WCH.
  • Against the background of changing leadership on the country programme, the organisation plans to seize this moment to review its Country Strategy to put the Scaling of its evidence-based interventions at the centre of its operation in the country.
  • From the changing context, the organisation perceives and opportunity to reconsider its physical presence in the country and migrate to an operation that is not predicated on the existence of a large operational office/team in-country. The incoming management team (led by the CD) in Burundi is tasked with the responsibility to design and implement the gradual shift with the support of the Regional and Global teams.
  • Building a new image of the organisation in the eyes of government, the International and local non state actors. This requires us to educate our donors and other key stakeholders so as to drum up commitment to the EBI scaling model of the organisation.
  • To enhance cost effectiveness, the country team will need to pursue the efficiency that comes from the adoption of global programmes and other EBIs with wider reach (mostly indirectly).
  • Aggressive, sustained and (regionally) orchestrated resource mobilisation forms the 7th imperative that will shape the priorities of the Country Management Team and the CD.
  • Active engagement with the regional team and other countries to capitalise on all opportunities for synergy and contribute to a regional presence that has scaling of EBIs at its core while meeting expected standards of accountability.

Key roles – The incumbent will deliver on the following Key standard responsibilities of the Country Director the context of the above imperatives over a 3-year period:

  • Lead the participatory development and updating of the country strategy and annual plans, and oversee the implementation, reviewing, and monitoring of the strategy and plan in line with the War Child Global Strategy.
  • Build strong strategic partnerships and effective relationships with government agencies, local and international non-governmental organizations, and donors to ensure holistic, integrated, quality, and sustainable programs scaling of Evidence based Interventions and the center of the process.
  • Strengthen existing relationships and build new relationships with strategic partners and donors aiming at institutional fundraising
  • Represent WCH in coordination platforms, meetings and events
  • Overall responsible for security management, ensuring continuous context monitoring, risk analysis, regular updating of security plans, security decision making and incident management as needed
  • Oversee and ensure that HR, Logistics, Supply and Finance management is carried out in accordance with local laws, WCH policies and procedures and applicable donor guidelines
  • Foster and develop effective leadership within the country office, and a work culture that promotes staff well-being and creates space for staff participation in decision making
  • Promote and uphold the War Child Integrity Framework and "Do No Harm" principles, aiming at strong awareness and respect by War Child staff and partners of all relevant policies and principles in this regard

Your profile

  • Relevant university degree
  • A result focused, dynamic and inspiring leader
  • At least 10 years relevant experience in an international, humanitarian and/or development context of which 4 years in a senior management position (e.g., as Representative or Country director, Head of Programs, Operations Manager/Director)
  • Proven experience in Africa and the Great Lakes Region in particular (in the humanitarian/ development sector) preferred.
  • Proven experience in fundraising, networking, and developing strategic partnerships in challenging fundraising environments
  • Experience in developing strategic partnerships, working with international and local partners and preferably in WCH field of expertise and aimed at scaling (joint) programming and impact
  • Solid experience in context analysis and security management
  • Relevant experience in human resources and finance management
  • Strong social, communication and coaching skills
  • Excellent command of English and French (oral and written)
  • Able to assess social/ political situations and able to act in a diplomatic way in delicate situations
  • Stress-resilient to be able to cope with complex problems, security issues and deadlines;
  • Affinity with War Child’s mandate.

We offer

  • An interesting and challenging job, within an inspiring and motivated team of people and the backup of a professional War Child team at the Home office in the Netherlands and the Regional hub in Uganda.
  • A fair salary and comprehensive secondary benefits that includes free housing, good insurances (including health, travel and disability) and opportunities to develop and learn professionally.
  • Job Location: Bujumbura, Burundi , occasional travel on field for projects monitoring and also occasional travel to the Home office in the Netherlands and the Regional hub in Uganda.
  • Contract: At least 2 years in this position, starting with a 1-year contract with the intention to prolong.

Starting date: ASAP, negotiable for the right candidate

Please not that this role is an unaccompanied assignment

War Child strives to create an inclusive work environment. International candidates from all backgrounds, cultures, and personal experiences who judge that they can fill all or most of the essential requirements for this role are encouraged to apply.

How to apply

Interested and qualified candidates are invited to apply before 16 August 2022. Applications submitted afterwards will not be considered. Make sure to upload your English CV (max. 2 pages) and cover letter as well as fill in our online questionnaire here:

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Equal opportunity

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Application process

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