Country Director

Medair, Beirut, Lebanon

Skill Required:, Business Development/ Resource MobilizationMonitoring and EvaluationProject/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
5 years
Closing Date for Applications: 
16th October, 2020

Job Description

Role Overview

Oversee all programme and support activities in-country. Represent Medair in all issues relating to the country programme, play a key role in donor relations and manage the country strategy and the project implementation in conjunction with senior field managers. Ensure constructive engagement in Medair’s regional programme in the Middle East.

Project Overview

In the Middle East region, Medair has programmes in Lebanon and Jordan (since 2012) Syria and Yemen.

In response to the ongoing crisis in Syria, Medair’s programme in Lebanon responds by delivering multi-sector humanitarian assistance to Syrian refugees and host communities in the Bekaa Valley and Mount Lebanon. Sectors of expertise are Health, Shelter, and Information Management including IAMP Mapping.

The Health programme (currently) comprises the delivery of primary healthcare services by supporting and capacity building of Ministry of Social Affairs- Social Development Centres in the Bekaa Valley.

The Shelter programme comprises of assessment of shelter needs in the Informal Settlements in Bekaa Valley and the distribution of shelter kits to Syrian refugees. Medair’s team were very quickly on the ground after the Beirut explosion, distributing nearly 40% of all shelter kits in the first month.

Medair is the leading agency for the Inter Agency Mapping Platform in the whole of Lebanon. It collects daily data on informal settlements, which serves as a common baseline and means of coordination for all humanitarian response in all informal settlements across Lebanon. A global IM team is embedded with the programme, developing new IM tools and providing support to Medair International programmes.

Key Activity Areas

Leadership & Management

  • Design and evaluate the country strategy, in line with Medair’s International People to People Strategy. Take into account community needs, donor criteria and strategies, the regional context, and an exit strategy.
  • Analyse humanitarian needs, trends and political developments in the country of operation.
  • Provide inspiring leadership for the Lebanon country programming, managing a team of sector specialists, managers and financial and logistics and IM support staff, approximately 60 people.
  • Ensure the country programme contributes constructively to Medair’s overall regional programme in the Middle East, be in contact with the other Country Directors to discuss regional impacting issues and contingencies, sharing information and contribute to regional launched initiatives.

Donor Relations Management

  • Develop contact with the in-country representatives of funding partners to secure funding for the country programme, sharing information with other country programmes in the region as appropriate.
  • Present new projects for approval by the Head of Regional Programmes.
  • Oversee the drafting and presentation of proposals, operational and financial reports.
  • Enable frequent visits to the programme by representatives of foundations, private funders and influential visitors and support innovative funding strategies.


  • Develop and maintain relationships with authorities, donors, media, other NGOs and embassies.
  • In line with the Regional Communications Strategy, and via the Regional Communications Manager, ensure that the GSO Engagement and Communication Department receives appropriate material for communication and fund-raising.

Financial Management

  • Support the planning of budgets. Manage spending with approved budgets.
  • Analyse cash flow, decide on the timing of procurements, oversee audits and anticipate where over or under spending may occur and ensure action is taken.

Staff Management

  • Oversee HR related issues including job descriptions, recruitment, performance management, and training, health and safety, team structures (within the agreed regional framework) etc.
  • Provide final approval for field visit requests, in consultation with the Head of Regional Programmes.

Security Management

  • Ensure security procedures and awareness are maintained throughout the country programme.

Quality Management

  • Ensure activities are implemented in line with donor proposals and requirements and in accordance with Medair, country and international standards. Ensure monitoring and evaluation of programme activities and outputs.

Team Spiritual Life

  • Reflect the values of Medair with team members, local staff, beneficiaries, and external contacts.
  • Work, live, and pray together in our Christian faith-based team settings. Fully contribute to the rich spiritual life of your team, including team devotions, prayers, and words of encouragement.
  • Encouraged to join and contribute to Medair’s international prayer network.
  • This job description covers the main tasks that are anticipated. Other tasks may be assigned as necessary.


  • Degree in a relevant subject such as Management / Development Studies / Business Administration or in a relevant technical subject (such as engineering, WASH, Public Health or Information Management)
  • Strong working knowledge of English (spoken and written). Knowledge of Arabic is a plus.


  • 2 years post-qualification experience in a relevant management position.
  • 4-5 years post-qualification experience in a complex humanitarian emergency.
  • Experience in the design, monitoring of implementation and evaluation of humanitarian programmes.
  • Experience in dealing with donors, government officials and with partner organisations.
  • Committed to team-building and able to develop and support other team members.
  • Self-motivated, energetic, hard-working, servant-hearted.


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