Country Director

South Sudan


Field based position in Juba, South Sudan.

Starting Date & Initial Contract Details

ASAP. Full time, 24 months 

Role Overview

Leading a diverse team who are committed to serve the world’s most vulnerable with practical and compassionate care, the Country Director oversees all programme and support activities in-country. Representing Medair in all issues relating to the country programme, the Country Director plays a key role in donor relations and grant management, external representation, legal compliance, they manage the country strategy, project implementation and evaluation in conjunction with senior managers. 

Project Overview

The purpose of Medair’s multi-sector relief programme in South Sudan is to save lives and alleviate human suffering by working in fixed and emergency response locations, with vulnerable populations and providing essential life-saving health, nutrition, WASH, NFI/ES and mental health and psychosocial services  

Our Culture

Key Activity Areas

Programme Leadership 

  • Implement country strategy with managers and GSO staff. Consider the political and security context, community needs, donor criteria and strategies to facilitate the long-term planning and development. 
  • Ensure the implementation, monitoring, evaluation and reporting of the planned activities  
  • Manage the overall programme and support functions, including reviewing and refining structures  
  • Analyse humanitarian needs, trends and political developments in the country of operation and surrounding region to anticipate new projects and initiatives, ensure needs driven, life-saving focus. 
  • Maintain strong relationships with donors so that Medair is a partner of choice 
  • Ensure all programme activities and support functions comply with applicable national and international laws  

Operations Management 

  • Oversee programme implementation in consultation with the relevant senior managers. 
  • Ensure projective objectives are met within the required time frames and budgets.  
  • Ensure good communications with all country teams. 
  • Ensure that the structures are in place to support managers to comply with all applicable operational systems, donor requirements and to meet the country programme strategy. 
  • Prepare and implement policies, procedures and guidelines to enhance the running of the programmes  
  • Ensure the development of a comprehensive activity plan. 
  • Represent Medair at relevant national and local meetings with government officials, contractors, donors, … 

Financial Management 

  • Supervise project budget management and expenditure, in collaboration with: finance manager, project coordinators, project managers and GSO staff, ensuring budgets are spent accordingly.  
  • Ensure the management of spending within the programme is in-line with the approved budgets.  
  • Ensure sufficient and appropriate controls are in place to prevent fraud and that relevant staff receive the required information and training to minimise the risk of occurrence within the country programme 

Security Management 

  • Overall responsibility for the safety and security of Medair staff and assets 
  • Oversee the updating and implementation of country location security plans, guidelines and manuals 
  • Ensure appropriate security procedures and awareness are maintained throughout the country programme 
  • Take the lead on decision-making and contingency planning during security incidents or threats. Chair the local Crisis Management Team if/when required  

Staff Management 

  • Line manage designated staff, including direct supervision and development. 
  • Hold regular team meetings and, through a consultative and transparent leadership style. 
  • Ensure compliance and safeguarding policies and practices are in place in all locations 
  • Reflect the vision and values of Medair when interacting with team members and provide them with leadership, advice, support and appropriate communication.   

Quality Management 

  • Review, develop and implement (as applicable) systems to improve transparency and to detect and ultimately prevent loss or fraud. 
  • Ensure country programmes are implemented in line with donor proposals and requirements. 
  • Reflect vision and values of Medair with team members, local staff, people we serve, and external contacts. 
  • Fully contribute to the rich spiritual life of your team, including team devotions, prayers, and words of encouragement. 
  • Live, work and pray together in our Christian faith-based team settings. 
  • Instigate and contribute to prayer times with national and internationally recruited staff. 
  • Encouraged to join and contribute to Medair’s international programmes and GSO prayer network. 

This job description covers the main tasks that are anticipated. Other tasks may be assigned as necessary. 


  • University degree in Management / Development Studies / Business Administration or relevant technical subject 
  • Post-graduate degree in the humanitarian sector desirable 
  • Security management and/or Leadership training desirable 
  • Strong working knowledge of English (spoken and written). 

Relief & Recovery Orientation Course (ROC)

What is the ROC and why is it required?


  • 5 years post-qualification experience in a management position 
  • 3 year post-qualification experience in a complex humanitarian emergency 
  • 1 year experience in managing projects in insecure environments 
  • Experience in dealing with donors and government officials 
  • Knowledge of Humanitarian Essentials, Sphere and CHS 
  • Strategic thinker, change oriented 
  • Advanced planning, assessment and analytical skills 
  • Advanced leadership and management skills; ability to build trust and enforce procedures 
  • Experience and willingness in training/mentoring staff 
  • Team-player with good inter-personal skills; committed to team-building and able to develop and support other team members 
  • Self-motivated, energetic, hard-working, servant-hearted 
  • Capacity to work under pressure and manage personal stress levels 

All new deploying international staff to Medair’s country programmes (and other roles which require field travel) should be fully vaccinated with a WHO-approved COVID vaccine, supported with a COVID vaccination certificate as evidence.