Country Director

Search for Common Ground, Jordan

Skill Required:, Project ManagementProject/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
5 years
Closing Date for Applications: 
21st April, 2020

Job Description

Position Summary

The Country Director manages the overall program in Jordan from a programmatic and operational perspective, as well as leading on fundraising and donor relations. Principle tasks will be to manage the entire portfolio, determine appropriate implementing mechanisms to achieve projects’ strategic goals, serve as the primary program liaison for donors, partners and stakeholders in the country, oversee planning and budgeting, and reporting/evaluations, ensuring compliance with management and financial procedures. The position will report to the MENA Regional Director also based in Amman.

Search-Jordan program portfolio seeks to foster cohesion and resilience by empowering a wide set of stakeholders, including national and local government, civil society, local communities, and the media, to come together across their differences to find common solutions, with a particular emphasis on the inclusion of marginalized voices such as women and youth. The Country director will manage a current team of 7 staff, including core operational and financial personnel as well as program delivery teams.

Key Responsibilities

Roles and responsibilities include:

Program Development and Implementation

  • Define program priorities, plans and long-term strategy (in close collaboration with the Search Regional Director); manage and adjust implementation as necessary.
  • Oversee continuous development of Search’s office in Jordan
  • Manage the country program with the highest quality standards and well-documented results
  • Ensure that program planning and management reflects the available resources, and respond to gaps with fundraising and/or operational adjustments as needed
  • Reporting to donors based on a credible monitoring and evaluation system for overall program results as well as for specific projects
  • Stay abreast of the international conflict resolution field to ensure that the program’s work remains innovative and professional
  • Be directly engaged in the continuing development of the organization, its mission and its staff, through the sharing of experience and knowledge, particularly contributing to its Institutional Learning efforts
  • Strengthen existing funding relationships and identify and pursue new potential donors in collaboration with headquarters in Washington, DC and Brussels, Belgium

Financial Management

  • In partnership with the Country Finance Coordinator, ensure financial compliance both with the Jordanian laws, donor requirements and Search procedures across the organization.
  • Identify potential shortfalls and strategize with the organization’s senior management as necessary to ensure the program’s financial sustainability.

Staff Management and Development

  • Develop and manage a team of diverse staff members and partners, modeling the kind of multicultural cooperation that Search aims to promote widely
  • Participate in the recruitment and selection of highly qualified staff
  • Strengthen the capacity of national staff and partners
  • Ensure compliance with Search Operations Manual policies and procedures
  • Ensure that country policies, contracts, and disciplinary procedures and processes conform to local labor laws
  • Oversee the security management in the Country Office and ensure that an updated security and evacuation plans are in place

Organizational Representation

  • Serve as Search’s country representative in Jordan
  • Develop and maintain proactive, positive and professional relationships with partner organizations, other NGOs, donors, clients, key government officials, civil society groups, etc.
  • Maintain responsible media coverage of program events and issues related to Search mission
  • Maintain regular written and oral reporting to Washington and Brussels on key country, regional, program, security and staff issues
  • Establish a direct line of communication with other MENA Country Directors in the region for program learning and cross-fertilization towards strategic initiatives


  • You meet the following qualifications:


  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in relevant field (eg. conflict transformation, international development, security studies, media and communications, sociology, political science, or related fields)


  • At least 7 years’ experience in managing teams and projects with multiple grants and donors, experience managing a program, both programmatically and operationally, preferably on conflict transformation-related issues
  • Knowledge of the conflict dynamics in the region, and specifically in Jordan
  • Track record in successful fundraising Experience with donor regulations
  • Experience in capturing results and overseeing reporting, monitoring and evaluation systems
  • Experience in managing multicultural teams, preferably in MENA
  • Professional-level competency in English
  • Arabic fluency is highly desirable

Skills and Competencies

  • Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills
  • A problem-solving approach to challenging situations
  • Ability to multitask while leading a complex team
  • Willingness to regularly travel on short notice around the country


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