Country Director

Norwegian People's Aid, Dushanbe, Tajikistan

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
2 years of relevant work experience
Closing Date for Applications: 
14th March, 2018

Job Description

Norwegian People's Aid is a humanitarian organisation rooted in the Norwegian Labour Movement. We work with International Development Partnerships, Humanitarian Mine Action, Rescue Service and First Aid, and Asylum and Integration. Norwegian People's Aid has about 12000 members in Norway and 2400 staff worldwide. We work in 36 countries around the world, and in 2018 we will have an expected turnover of 1000 MNOK.

Humanitarian Disarmament's vision is a world where people and communities are safe, resilient and protected before, during and after armed conflict. Together with national authorities and other stakeholders, we are working to resolve problems faced by local communities caused by landmines and other explosive remnants of war. Currently NPA has more than 25 Humanitarian Disarmament Programmes ongoing in the Balkans, Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East.

The Tajikistan programme has a total of 60 employees, both national and international. We are looking for someone with strong leadership capabilities, strategic and analytical skills and good understanding for and experience in mine action. This position will provide you with the opportunity to lead and engage in an exciting and challenging programme. The overall long-term goal of the Norwegian People's Aid Programme in Tajikistan is that mines, cluster munitions and other explosive weapons no longer expose civilians to unacceptable risk or hinder economic, social and political development in Tajikistan.

Duties and responsibilities:

The Country Director has the overall responsibility for all aspects of the programme: operations, personnel, finance, logistics and security. Other regional or global responsibilities and tasks may be included subject to instructions from the Department for Humanitarian Disarmament. The Country Director will be stationed in Dushanbe, Tajikistan.

General responsibilities

  • Overall management and development of the NPA HD Programme in Tajikistan.
  • Consolidation and development of NPA's relationship with all relevant stakeholders, including donors and national authorities.
  • Resource mobilisation for the NPA HD Programme in Tajikistan.
  • Leading the NPA Tajikistan management team.
  • Motivate for synergy and further cross-utilisation of resources between the NPA projects within the region and globally.
  • Liaising with NPA head office in Oslo.
  • Any other task or duty as assigned by the Department for Humanitarian Disarmament.

Required qualifications:

The position requires management experience as well as good operational understanding. A proven track record of constructive stakeholder dialogue and fundraising is required. Furthermore the position requires:

Must have:

  • Relevant higher education or equivalent qualifications (result focused mine action NGO or commercial EOD work, overseas relief and development programmes or military qualifications with international deployments).
  • Proven ability to develop, manage, motivate and lead a team.
  • Experience from managing operations.
  • Education and/or experience in logistics, finance and human resources are an asset.
  • Previous working relations or experience in a multi-national environment, and with partner organisations and donors.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to work in and adapt to difficult and complex cultures and conditions.
  • Good knowledge in computer handling and data acquisition.
  • Written and verbal proficiency in English.

Desirable: Experience and knowledge from policy work in development countries, humanitarian aid and/or humanitarian disarmament/mine action sector is an advantage. The ideal candidate has good political intuition, an understanding of political processes and ability to process sensitive information with discretion. It is also desirable with knowledge of Tajik or Russian language.

Personal competencies:

  • Good communication, cultural understanding, diplomacy and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to adapt to harsh environment and work calmly under pressure and with limited supervision.

In return, we offer:

An interesting, challenging work environment and a salary package which includes country specific allowances. You will be covered by our comprehensive insurance scheme. We offer five weeks annual holiday and one additional week off per contract year. NPA provides three international flights home per contract year. We offer a one year contract with the possibility of renewal.


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