CALL FOR APPLICATIONS FOR THE CONSTITUTION OF TALENT POOL JRS WEST AFRICA AND GREAT LAKES

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Jesuit Refugee Service

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS FOR THE CONSTITUTION OF TALENT POOL JRS WEST AFRICA AND GREAT LAKES

In order to build a talent pool for its operations in the West Africa and Great Lakes region, JRS is launching a call for applications for the profile of the Country Director in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Central African Republic (CAR), Chad, Cameroon, and Nigeria.
This position is open to any candidate with the desired profile regardless of status or nationality. The advantages and conditions offered for each position will be communicated to the successful candidates during the interviews. Salaries will be aligned with the JRS salary grid.

Main responsibilities:
Under the supervision of the JRS Regional Director West Africa and the Great Lakes, the Country Director directs and supports JRS operations in the country of intervention.

General objective of the position:
Make JRS-related staff and systems efficient and effective, and create a motivating, inclusive and productive working atmosphere.
Expected results:

  1. Development, coordination, supervision, and capitalization of current and future projects according to the needs of the populations and funding opportunities;
  2. Represent JRS and strengthen professional relations with different religious communities and in particular the Jesuit community, civil authorities, international organizations, NGOs, UN agencies and other humanitarian actors;
  3. Improvement and optimization of the functioning of the coordination and continuity of JRS bases in the country of intervention;
  4. Ensure the execution of the fundraising strategy to ensure the financial stability of the operation;
  5. Support theProgram Officer in managing the development of proposals and facilitate the implementation of the practical/logistical/administrative aspects of the interventions;
  6. Coordinate with all stakeholders at the security management level to ensure the safety and well-being of personnel.

1. Development, coordination, supervision, and capitalization of current and future projects according to the needs of the populations and funding opportunities:

  • Coordinates the development, drafting and preparation of the documents necessary for the presentation of new projects (narrative and budget), with the support of the regional and international office;
  • Supervises the preparation of narrative and financial reports, the implementation of internal audits and/or external evaluations in accordance with the deadlines set;
  • Carries out field missions to supervise activities;
  • With the support of the Program Officerof the country office, checks the updating of monitoring tools (indicators, activities, financial) in conjunction with the project managers;
  • Measures the impact of projects on populations;
  • Ensures proper compliance with donor procedures and contractual obligations, particularly with regard to procurement, human resources and accounting.

2. Represent JRS and strengthen professional relations with different religious communities and in particular the Jesuit community, civil authorities, international organizations, NGOs, UN agencies and other humanitarian actors:

  • Represents JRS in meetings with the authorities or technical services of the State;
  • Ensures the active participation of JRS in coordination meetings (clusters, general coordination);
  • Maintains good relations with operational partners (national and international NGOs) and other humanitarian actors;
  • Maintains good relations with the Jesuit community and the various religious communities;
  • Ensures good communication and collaboration with all humanitarian and non-humanitarian partners;
  • Intensifies relations with donors, especially those with whom JRS does not currently work, and ensures the promotion of our actions in the field.

3. Improvement and optimization of the functioning of the coordination and continuity of JRS bases in the country of intervention:

  • Accompanies the team in the achievement of their annual objectives and in their professional development through continuous support;
  • Supervises local and expatriate staff, and supervises all administrative, technical, financial, and logistical functions in the countries with the support of the regional office;
  • Serves as a model/example of good communication, information sharing and intense team collaboration, and ensures that the rest of the team follows the example;
  • Be reassured of the sharing of information and the continuity of the functioning of the office by ensuring that all data is regularly updated in SharePoint;
  • With the support of finance staff, oversee the economic and financial management of bases and all projects;
  • Participates in the selection of personnel in collaboration with the Human Resources Officer of the national office and supervises the correct management of personnel;
  • Carries out or supervises the evaluation of all staff to guide the renewal or not of contracts and to promote their professional development;
  • Disseminates internal regulations, code of conduct, and other procedures to ensure the well-being of staff and our populations served.

4. Ensure the execution of the fundraising strategy to ensure the financial stability of the operation, support the Program Officer in his management of the development of proposals and facilitate the implementation of the sides practical/logistical/administrative interventions:

  • Supervises the coordination of the process of presenting new projects (narrative and budget) with the support of the regional and international office;
  • Raise funds for projects, through contacts with “local donors” (embassies, representations of international agencies, United Nations agencies);
  • Supervises the preparation of narrative and financial reports, the implementation of internal audits and/or external evaluations in accordance with the deadlines set;
  • Carries out field missions to monitor activities;
  • With the support of the program officer and the regional office checks the updating of monitoring tools (indicators, activities, financial) in conjunction with the project officers;
  • Measures the impact of projects on populations;
  • Ensures proper compliance with donor procedures and contractual obligations, particularly with regard to procurement, human resources, and accounting;
  • Works on improving the logistical aspects to facilitate the timely implementation of activities (means of transport, means of communication, etc.).

5. Coordinate with all stakeholders in terms of security management to ensure the safety and well-being of personnel
Work on improving the logistical aspects for the safety of personnel (means of transport, means of communication, etc.);

  • Ensures compliance and application of the SOPs and the security plan by all team members, starting with himself;
  • Facilitates security capacity building for the entire team;
  • Ensures JRS participation in security meetings (UNDSS, INSO) and informs the regional and international office of any change in the security context;
  • Updates the security plan, ensures its dissemination/understanding and its proper application by the teams;
  • Informs the regional and international offices of any security incident at JRS bases, and follows the advice of the Chief Security Officer.

6. The National Director is also responsible for any other task necessary for the proper and timely execution of the projects. A monthly report is to be sent to the Regional Director on the work carried out in the field.

Qualifications and experience:

  • Higher education in political science, development/humanitarian aid, or equivalent;
  • Experience of at least 3 years in a similar position and/or in the international cooperation sector;
  • Experience in managing the development and emergency projects;
  • Excellent sense of organization, management, and planning;
  • Excellent computer skills and the main software;
  • Perfect command of French and English (written and spoken);
  • Knowledge of the Procedures of the main donors (EU, UNHCR, ECHO, UNICEF, BPRM, and Other major donors.)
  • Good reporting capacity;
  • Good management and personnel management skills;
  • Flexibility and ability to work in a difficult context, under pressure and in an often-uncomfortable environment;
  • Ability to work in a team and in a multicultural context;
  • Respect for the values and mission of JRS;
  • Develop the sense of advocacy;
  • Willingness and ability to travel in the field.

How to apply

All applicants are requested to submit the following documents no later than 31 January 2023 at 3:00 p.m., Cameroon time:

  1. A cover letter describing the candidate’s desire and motivation to work for JRS and how her/his qualifications and experience are a good fit for this position
  2. Curriculum Vitae (CV) in English, including three (3) professional references with contact information, phone and email address including the direct supervisor.

Applications should be sent to the following address: [email protected] and with copies to [email protected] and [email protected]

Consideration of candidates and interviews will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

NB: Female candidates are encouraged.

Thank you for your interest in joining JRS


Closing date: 31-Jan-23