Center for Civilians in Conflict (CIVIC) is an international nonprofit with offices around the world working to improve protection for civilians caught in conflict zones. CIVIC envisions a world in which no civilian is harmed in conflict. Our mission is to support communities affected by conflict in their quest for protection and strengthen the resolve and capacity of armed actors to prevent and respond to civilian harm. We are advocates who believe that no civilian caught in conflict should be ignored, and advisors who provide practical solutions to preventing and responding to civilian harm. Learn more at civiliansinconflict.org.
About the Position
CIVIC is seeking highly qualified applicants for the position of Country Director, Yemen who will lead the in-country team and implementation of CIVIC’s programming in Yemen. The Country Director will report to the Director, MENA/SA and work closely with other staff members at HQ.
The CD has overall responsibility and accountability for implementation of CIVIC-Yemen programs and management of the office and staff, to achieve CIVIC’s mission to improve the protection of civilians.
Location: Aden, Yemen
Travel: Up to 40% required (domestic and international)
Staff Reporting: Yemen staff in-country
Program Management and Team Leadership
- Provide strategic vision and direction for in-country programming, responding to new opportunities and adapting to obstacles to advance CIVIC’s mission of strengthening the protection of civilians.
- Represent CIVIC in formal and informal meetings with government and security officials, international organizations, donors, and national civil society groups pertinent to CIVIC’s objectives and in-country activities.
- Lead all aspects of program management to ensure that CIVIC delivers on time, on budget, and at the level of quality that CIVIC has become known for. This includes overseeing the development and update of the workplan and activity plans; the creation and utilization of the MEL plan and system; execution of in-country activities and fulfillment of grant deliverables; internal and donor reporting; financial planning and budget management; human resource planning and management; and grant compliance.
- Lead design of new programs and contribute to the development of proposals to generate funding to sustain CIVIC’s work, in collaboration with national, regional, and headquarters staff.
- Recruit, hire, and manage personnel for Yemen projects in compliance with CIVIC policies and procedures. Mentor and build staff capacity including supporting their induction, performance evaluation, and professional development.
Technical and Thought Leadership
- Provide technical input to the government, security forces, international donor agencies, and civil society groups to advance CIVIC’s objectives and activities.
- Oversee research design and execution, as well as the production of analytical products and reports and dissemination of research findings.
- Develop, update, and oversee advocacy and influence strategies to promote institutional and policy change.
- Foster partnerships and coalition building to ensure the highest level of project quality and accountability, while fostering continuity through building local capacity.
- Ensure the quality and effectiveness of CIVIC’s programming, especially in regards to technical assistance and training on civilian harm mitigation for security forces.
- Develop and oversee CIVIC’s community based protection efforts, paying close attention to do no harm and conflict sensitivity principles.
- Leverage MEL tools and other opportunities to maximize program impact and results on behalf of conflict-affected civilians, including through the discovery and implementation of lessons learned and best practices from CIVIC’s work elsewhere and innovation across the sector.
- Disseminate findings from CIVIC’s work that are of importance to decision-makers in a position to fund or influence projects in Yemen.
- Keep the international and national partners and others informed about progress of the projects, plans for the development of new programs/projects/activities, and donor involvement in the overall program.
Financial and Administrative
- Provide oversight to finance and administrative services including procurement, property management, human resources management, vehicle and facilities management, and staff safety and security.
- Work with CIVIC headquarters to manage the development and implementation of annual country budgets.
- Ensure the preparation and accuracy of financial reports that comply with grant or contract agreements and ensure compliance with all aspects of donor funding and CIVIC policies.
- Ensure timely submission of financial reports within the established CIVIC guidelines.
- Authorize expenditures for grant or contract allocations and ensure compliance with procedures required by grant or contract agreements.
- Minimum eight years of field experience in protection of civilians, international security, human rights, advocacy, and/or other related programs.
- Minimum eight years of experience in program development, implementation, and evaluation, especially for an international NGO.
- Knowledge and experience managing compliance for a diverse set of donors (DFID, Germany, EU, etc.).
- Master’s degree or equivalent combination of education and experience.
- Passion for CIVIC’s subject matter and willingness to take on the responsibilities and duties as a senior member of our team.
- Track record of technical expertise in CIVIC’s subject matter including the protection of civilians, civilian harm mitigation, working with security forces, engaging with conflict-affected civilians, conducting research and analysis, and planning seminars, trainings, and events.
- Demonstrated ability to undertake high-level representation and advocacy.
- Demonstrated capacity to mobilize program funding including donor cultivation and grant writing.
- Excellent interpersonal skills, including an ability to effectively lead a team, communicate a vision, make timely and transparent decisions, and manage conflict.
- Excellent oral and written English and Arabic language skills, including the ability to quickly synthesize complex technical and programmatic issues into concise communications.
- Demonstrated leadership and management skills that effectively motivate staff and support team building in a multi-cultural environment.
- Computer literacy, including use of internet, word processing, and excel spreadsheets.
- Experience with staff security and safety issues is desirable.
- Ability and willingness to travel within Yemen, and periodically internationally.
- Availability for a period of 8 months (renewable pending funding);
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