Country Director

Position Title:
Country Director, Haiti
Position Location:
Port-au-Prince, World Relief Haiti (WRH)
International Programs
Job Title of Supervisor:
Thomas Spanner, Disaster Response and Asia Regional Director
Starting Date:
April 21, 2014
Length of Opportunity:
2 years
Hours per week:
World Relief has defined a new strategy in Haiti to transition from the earthquake recovery and rehabilitation stage towards Integral Mission and development programming. We are looking for a country director with experience in working through the local church in holistic community development to lead the implementation of this new strategy in Haiti.
General Function:
The Country Director has the overall responsibility to lead the activities, programs, and ministries of World Relief throughout Haiti to implement the new Integral Mission and long-term development strategy in Haiti, in line with World Relief’s mission, vision and values. This includes developing systems and structures, policies, strong financial and programmatic management, building a strong functional team and recruiting qualified staff, overseeing and developing strong partnerships with local institutions, government agencies, donors and other implementing partners that are aimed at enhancing the shared mission of holistic transformation of the most vulnerable.
Strategic Leadership
Lead the implementation of the Integral Mission and development strategy in accordance with WR’s mission of empowering the local church to serve the most vulnerable.
Develop and strengthen appropriate institutional structures, controls, and strategies for all short-term and long-term WR work, with special attention to establishing strong partnerships with existing churches and other national institutions.
Initiate the identification of new opportunities and locations for programming as well as potential donors.
Program Development & Management
Provide strong leadership with direct oversight and management of the senior leadership team.
Ensure consistent funding from bilateral, multilateral and other donors, and U.S. partner churches to augment the resources provided from WR’s general fund.
Provide monthly, quarterly, and annual reports comparing objectives with results achieved.
Develop project design and ensure implementation is taking place as per the design and strategy.
Ensure that program activities are being implemented according to agreements, work plans and schedules.
Oversee the budget entry into the ERP system, as well as pulling down and analyzing monthly reporting in order to manage all expenditures of WR funds within approved budgets and in the best interests of WR and its beneficiaries. Work with Home Office finance to promptly resolve any issues.
Responsible for the preparation of proposals, and reports, which may include writing and editing, and preparing financial reporting.
Review all reporting as prepared by Program and Finance staff to ensure that the programs are accomplishing the objectives as set forth by Grant Agreements and WR Haiti’s strategic direction.
Report immediately to superior and WR Finance Dept any identified cases of fraud, theft, abuse, misconduct, or conflict of interest.
Ensure that WR operations in Haiti conform to all applicable laws and regulations and that all required reports are submitted punctually.
Ensure adherence to World Relief financial management, accounting, and reporting policies and procedures.
Ensure deliverance of monthly, quarterly and annual financial data for consolidation in headquarters, including required audit schedules in a timely manner.
Responsible to approve and verify acquisition and delivery of all major purchases, liquidation of cash advances as well as the execution of sound cash management practices.
Ensure that all donor requirements and restrictions are honored in the implementations of our programs.
Strategic Partnership
Cultivate partnerships with local churches, denominations, and church bodies locally, and oversee and lead relationship building with key U.S. partner churches, including hosting visiting teams.  Actively communicate with U.S. partner churches through email, phone conversations, and visits to U.S. churches.
Initiate and manage relationships with USAID, UN agencies, NGO’s and other Donor agencies.
Represent WR to government, donor, church, and community leaders and other stakeholders.
Serve as WR’s primary representative in Haiti, leading official interactions with the media, government, local partners and other NGO’s.
Organizational Development
Oversee the hiring and retention of strong Christian and professionally qualified staff using an equitable and transparent recruitment process, and dismiss any staff who does not perform according to standards and expectations.
Develop and strengthen WR’s policies, procedures, systems and controls, aimed at promoting accountability and alignment to prevailing laws and regulations of Haiti.
Oversee the safety and security of all program staff including ensuring that Situation Reports (as required) are sent to WR-Home Office in accordance with Disaster Response policy.
Perform any other duties as assigned.
University degree in international development or related field.  Masters degree preferred. Experience in working through the local church in holistic community development, business management, economic Development and leadership are a highly valued.
A minimum of five years experience in International relief and development work with progressive leadership responsibilities and proven resource development skills, or a minimum of ten years experience in business management and leadership with progressively increasing responsibilities.
Proven leadership and management of international donor support programs, with extensive experience in strategic planning, resource mobilization, proposal development, management, supervision and budgeting/financial management in a multi-project and multi-funding environment.
Experience in administration of U.S. government grants and UN grants.
Strong oral and written communication skills in English. Working knowledge of Haitian Creole or French required (Creole preferred).
Ability to represent WR well to partners, donors, churches, and government officials.
A clear understanding of Integral Mission and its implications to the work of WR and how to design and lead Integral Mission Programs.
Passionate commitment to Jesus Christ and to the mission of World Relief, with the ability to transmit this vision to others; and a strong commitment to seeing the local Haitian church empowered and strengthened to serve its local community in the name of Jesus Christ.
For World Relief staff, Christian faith is a prerequisite for employment, based upon United States federal guidelines provided in Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
World Relief is both an equal opportunity employer and a faith-based religious organization. This means that we conduct hiring without regard to race, color, ancestry, national origin, citizenship, age, sex, marital status, parental status, membership in any labor organization, political ideology, or disability of an otherwise qualified individual. The status of World Relief as an equal opportunity employer does not prevent the organization from hiring staff based on their religious beliefs, so that all staff share the same religious commitment.

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