Country Director - Sierra Leone

Oxfam, Freetown, Sierra Leone

Job Description

Closing date: Friday 24 November 2017

Interview date: W/C 11 December 2017. As part of the interview process, we will be asking shortlisted candidates to complete an Occupational Personality Questionnaire.

Fixed Term Contract: 4 years

40 hours per week

Salary: $51,667 - $74,160 USD per annum

Location: Freetown, Sierra Leone

Oxfam, one of the leading global development organizations, mobilizes the power of people against poverty. We are a diverse confederation of 17 strongly interconnected national affiliates working in over 90 countries, either directly, or with partners to enable transformational change, using a unique combination of long-term development, campaigning and humanitarian programs.

In Sierra Leone, the threats to people living in poverty and to human rights are many, varied, and complex. Sierra Leone is ranked 181 out of 188 countries according to the 2015 Human Development Index (HDI), and is one of the most unequal countries. The richest 20 per cent of the population account for half of all income. Patterns of inequality in access to services, gender, geographical location, income level and ethnic identity all reinforce and deepen each other. In 2007 Sierra Leone passed a set of “gender laws” i.e. the Domestic Violence Act, the Registration of Customary Marriage and Divorce Act, and the Devolution of Estates Act and A Child Rights Act. Despite some policy reform and shift in social attitudes, there has been slow progress in practice and behavioural change.

Are you the exceptional leader we’re looking for?

The Country Director will be responsible for implementing the Oxfam 2020 Vision which aims, to create a stronger Oxfam that is globally coordinated and relevant in every country in which we work. Aiming to create a future where Oxfam is a more interdependent network, driven more by knowledge, organized for more simplicity internally and more globally balanced.

In order to help drive and deliver this ambitious vision in Sierra Leone, we are currently seeking an outstanding and distinctive Country Director. This leader will have demonstrable strategic and creative leadership, management and coordination skills in a network setting, a multi-cultural worldview and understand the systemic challenges and strengths of being a global organization. Excellent communication skills, including fluency in English, is essential.

The Country Director will contribute to and implement Oxfam’s Global strategy, by providing vision and strategic direction to all of Oxfam’s work in the Country. This includes Oxfam’s humanitarian responses, long-term development programme design and implementation, advocacy and policy and influencing. They will be responsible and accountable for the strategic direction and effective management of the Country, ensuring development, continued improvement in quality and impact, and effective financial and human resource management in line with Oxfam Policy.

We particularly welcome applications from women and those from the global south, as they are under-represented at senior management level.

In addition to a competitive salary, of which Oxfam will pay 100% of any tax and social security liabilities relating to your employment, you will receive benefits tailored to your individual contract. Such benefits include annual leave, flights home, accommodation allowance, rest and recuperation, education allowance, pension, medical plan and insurance.

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