Head of Mission

INTERSOS, Burkina Faso

Skill Required:, Monitoring and EvaluationProject Management
Preferred Experience: 
3 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
30th June, 2020

Job Description

General context of the project

INTERSOS is a non-governmental, non-profit Humanitarian Organization, which aims to assist the victims of natural disasters and armed conflicts. INTERSOS bases its action on the values ​​of solidarity, justice, human dignity, equal rights and opportunities for all peoples, respect for diversity, coexistence, attention to social groups the most vulnerable.

Burkina Faso is facing an increased crisis due to the increase in violence, which, since the beginning of 2019, has led to a sharp deterioration in the humanitarian situation in the country. The contamination of the conflict has spread to all border regions from West to East starting from the Boucle de Mouhoun, the North, the Sahel, the East, Center East and in addition the continental region of Center North. The presence of different endogenous and exogenous armed groups and the consequent insecurity has caused forced displacements of populations, inside the same region as well as towards other, safer regions of the country. The number of IDPs increased from 87,000 in January to 500,000 in October 2019. This situation also worsens the living conditions of the host population, which first assist and welcome IDPs. This trend is likely to be confirmed and further increase the number of IDPs and the territories of the country interested in displacement. This number of IDPs is in addition to 30,641 Malian refugees, most of whom have been hosted in the Sahel region, since the start of the Mali crisis in 2012. 7,717 new asylum seekers (6,331 in the North and 1,386 in the Loop) de Mouhon) were listed from February to June 2019. The humanitarian community estimated at 473,000 the numbers of people who will need assistance in Shelters and AME.

The crisis caused by the conflict adds to the chronic food and nutrition crisis that began in 2012. According to the revised HRP, 1,475,689 people are directly affected by the crisis, of which 1,251,427, or 85%, need '' multisectoral humanitarian assistance.

INTERSOS arrived in Burkina for a first mission in August 2019. INTERSOS was selected by UNHCR as a partner to carry out protection monitoring in the North, Boucle de Mouhoun and East regions. The project started on November 1 and will continue throughout 2020.

General objective of the position

The general objective of the Head of Mission is to represent INTERSOS and act in accordance with specific directives and under the supervision of the Emergency Unit based in Rome.

Main responsibilities and tasks

Communication and representation:

  • Represent INTERSOS at national level and be the reference person for the press and the media;
  • Establish and maintain relationships with local institutions, donors, NGOs, international agencies and other stakeholders;
  • Establish, guarantee and control government recognition procedures for the organization and formalities of the host country.

Planning and implementation of project (s):

  • In coordination with the Emergency Unit define the country's priorities according to the context and needs analyzes. Monitor donor intervention strategies and priorities in the country and assess, promote and develop new projects;
  • Plan mission activities and verify their implementation; supervise, monitor and evaluate the implementation of projects also by periodic visits to the areas of operation;
  • Approve project reports and interim and final financial reports and assume responsibility for presentation to donors;
  • Guarantee the respect of INTERSOS procedures (eg the supply of goods, works and services).

Information and reporting:

  • Transmit the information received from headquarters to the field teams;
  • Responsible for the continuity and quality of field-to-head office reports;
  • Write monthly reports (including humanitarian analyzes) on INTERSOS operations in the country and on the development of the humanitarian situation.


  • With the support of the Country Administrator, check the monthly mission expenses and guarantee their conformity with the financial planning;
  • Assume responsibility for the management of mission funds (including bank accounts);
  • Coordinate with the Country Administrator the economic and financial planning of the mission;
  • Guarantee self-sufficiency and consistency of spending.

Human ressources:

Be ultimately responsible for the management of expatriate and national human resources:
For expatriate staff:

  • Identification of human resources needs, development of job profiles validation of the organizational chart of the individual monitoring mission: support, advice and evaluation of his team (intermediate and end of mission review);
  • Ensure regular evaluation by line managers.

For local staff:

  • In coordination with the head office, definition of the national personnel management policy ensures the implementation of the internal regulations of the mission.


  • Drafting and validation of mission security plans (capital and bases);
  • Interaction on security issues in the country with the head office (Security Referent) and with the actors concerned;
  • Responsible for all decisions regarding security.

Profile required


  • General higher education: Economics, Administrative and financial management, Political Science
  • University degree in humanitarian matters. Alternatively solid field experience.

Professional experience

  • At least 5 years of experience as head of mission or other coordination and management position in emergency humanitarian contexts.
  • Experience in implementing activities funded by UN or ECHO / OFDA donors and / or other donors

Professional requirements

  • Experience with donor compliance and reporting
  • Strong technical skills in protection and education in emergencies;
  • Strong representation and negotiation skills
  • Demonstrated leadership and interpersonal skills
  • Previous experience in personnel management,
  • ITC knowledge required;
  • Budget management skills
  • Strong experience with monitoring tools and systems


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