Deputy Country Director for Programs at Solidarites International (SI)

Solidarites International For over 35 years, the humanitarian aid organization SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL has been committed to providing aid in the event of conflict and natural disasters. Our mission is to provide aid as quickly and as efficiently as possible to endangered populations by meeting their vital needs: drinking water, food and shelter.SI has started activities in North-eastern Nigeria in August 2016 in the fields of Wash and is now intervening in 4 areas of the state for Wash and Shelter activities.We are recruiting to fill the position below:Job Title: Deputy Country Director for ProgramsJob number: SRH03014Location: Maiduguri, BornoContract Type: Short term contractDesired Start Date: ASAPDuration of the mission: 12 months renewableAbout the JobUnder the supervision of his Country Director and with the support of headquarters teams, the Deputy Country Director for Programs is responsible for:Structuration: The mission is rather young (summer 2016) and has grown very rapidly, it is reaching a moment where it needs to be structured and strengthened to ensure a serene continuous evolution. This process is currently ongoing, but needs to be continued. Considering his strategic position in the organogram of the mission, the DCD is in daily contact with the whole coordination team, and has to ensure that all those departments are working in good cooperation with the program teams.Implementation: Important delays have been taken in the implementation of the current projects, because of internal and external factors. The DCD has to ensure that all the program teams are not reproducing the same past mistakes.Reporting and proposal writing: the DCD, with the support of the Grants manager, is in charge of the drafting of the reports to donors (interim, final…), or ad-hoc reports. S/he is the one responsible of the redaction of the proposals: strategic orientations in cooperation with the other members of the coordination especially the Country Director, organization of assessments, division of the tasks between the departments involved in the redaction…Quality Follow up: as head of the Program Coordination department, the DCD is in charge of the improvement of the quality of the intervention, thanks to the supervision of a MEAL and technical department (shelter advisor, water analyst…).Partnerships and representation: the mission is working in partnership with various partners within 3 consortia (2 with ALIMA, 1 with PUI, ACTED, REACH, INTERSOS and TDH). The governance/management of these consortiums must be closely monitored and improved. A regular participation in coordination meetings (Abuja and Maiduguri) must also be ensured.The Main Challenges of the PositionSpecific stakes and challenges:Security: the volatile security context can lead to delay/suspension of activities and reduce the access to the areas of implementation. Furthermore, the regular clashes between the different stakeholders of the conflict are causing important movements of population. Thus, the programs, and more globally the mission, should show a strong adaptation and reactivity capacity.Contractors: SI’s activities are sometimes requiring strong technical skills and heavy machinery (borehole drillings…). Thus, SI has to rely on contractors to conduct those works which should be very closely monitored.Lack of coordination: the several organizations active on the field are not coordinating enough, which has an impact on the implementation of the activities.Management: Head of a team of six persons, the DCD has the direct management of four staffs: one grants manager (expatriate), one WaSH Coordinator (expatriate), one Shelter advisor (national) and one MEAL Coordinator to be recruited (expatriate). As functional manager of the program team at base level, the DCD should have regular exchanges with the Program managers, without overlapping the Field Coordinators.A key management point is that in Maiduguri are located both an operational base and most of the coordination team. It will be important to ensure that communication schemes are in place and that there is no confusion between base and coordination (decision making, roles and responsibilities).National HR: the strong profile of some key staffs allowed to recently launching the nationalization of several expatriates’ position.Priorities for the 2/3 First Months:Capitalization on the lessons learnt of the past projects recently finished and follow up of the redaction of the final reports.Supervision of the 2018 programs recently launched to make sure that the activities are on track.Reinforcement of the role of the Program Coordination team, in order to increase the quality and the monitoring of the activities implemented.In case of any new opportunities, follow up of the redaction of new project proposals.Living Conditions:In Maiduguri the base offers a comfortable environment, in spite of limited movements outside of the compound for security reasons. 

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