This position contributes to the mission of the organization by leading and managing all aspects of Medical Teams’ work in-country; representing Medical Teams to key stakeholders; and overseeing the development and implementation of Uganda’s program strategy and quality. The Country Director will have wide responsibility for the overall development, management, and coordination of field operations, representing Medical Teams to partners and key stakeholders in country, providing financial oversight and accountability of Medical Teams resources and compliance with policies and procedures, and reporting regularly on program activities and finances. The Country Director will report to the Sr. Director, Global Programs based at HQ, and will be supported by a Program Officer, based at HQ.
See below for essential duties and here for the full job description.
- Creates and implements the country strategy and program vision in accordance with the organization’s five-year plan;
- Champions capacity building and team empowerment toward the ultimate goal of a responsible exit strategy;
- Ensures all programs objectives are completed on time and on budget;
- Develops annual operating budgets and work plans and ensures effective budget monitoring, reporting, and financial management;
- Ensures monitoring, evaluation, and learning occurs with regard to planned and implemented programs;
- Ensures project proposals and reports are submitted on time and meet standards required by Headquarters and external donors;
- Ensures all program goals, activities, and personnel demonstrate commitment to national and international humanitarian frameworks and standards;
- Fosters collaborative, transparent, and accountable relationships with partners in the implementation of activities that address the needs of the most vulnerable people.
- Proactively, regularly, and consistently represents Medical Teams to host and foreign governments, humanitarian actors including UN agencies and NGOs, faith-based and partner organizations, media, and other relevant parties;
- Identifies and participates in forums and meetings for the humanitarian community where there may be a strategic benefit to Medical Teams.
Local Resource Acquisition:
- Maintains an ongoing awareness of the operating environment in-country and identifies particular needs in the health sector that fit with our core competencies.
- Proactively facilitates the growth of Medical Teams programs in-country through a local fundraising strategy; maintaining strong links with donors; identifying funding opportunities; and leading the development of program-funding proposals;
- Leads, designs, and analyzes needs assessments and identifies relevant programmatic interventions on behalf of Medical Teams.
- Creates an environment for Medical Teams team members to be Courageous, Tenacious, Accountable, Not Alone, and Selfless.
- Develops a strong team that values accountability, 360-degree feedback, and transparency;
- Ensures that team members are effective, efficient, and diligent in meeting program goals;
- Creates a team culture that is committed to cultural and racial diversity;
- Provides regular feedback to staff to ensure optimal performance;
- Creates a culture of shared learning and professional development within the country team;
- Oversees effective human resource management including the recruitment, onboarding, supervision, performance review, and professional development of local and expatriate personnel; complies with local laws and the personnel policies of Medical Teams; and ensures personnel plan reflects operational needs.
Safety and Security:
- Reviews and oversees implementation of effective safety and security management policies and practices in accordance with Global Safety and Security Policy; including robust information collection practices and systematic testing of safety and security plans;
- Manage major and critical incidents within the country program.
- Champions the importance of safety and security and incorporates safety and security considerations throughout all activities.
- Ensures Medical Teams is compliant with host-government laws and policies, and with Medical Teams’ internal policies and procedures;
- Ensures accountability is integrated into country strategies, program design, monitoring and evaluations, recruitment, staff onboarding, trainings and performance management, partnership agreements, and highlighted in reporting;
- Ensures the Safeguarding of program participants and employees through promoting an environment of awareness and upholding the code of conduct provisions of Medical Teams Protection from Sexual Exploitation & Abuse, and Child & Vulnerable Adult protection policies;
- Ensures Medical Teams maintains a constructive, transparent, and independent relationship with host-government, and ensures Medical Teams has up-to-date registration/accreditation in country;
- Ensures all procurement, warehousing and program expenditures occur in accordance with best practices, and all contractors comply with contractual agreements.