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Polish Humanitarian Action (PAH) is currently looking for Country Director to ensure responsive programme development, implementation and strategical direction in Yemen.

General information: 
Organization: Polish Humanitarian Action (PAH), Warsaw-based international non-governmental organization with a representation office in Yemen;
Position: Country Director (CD) ÔÇô International Position
Position reports to: Field Operations Manager in PAH HQ
Location: Aden, Yemen with travels inside Yemen
Type of employment: Full time, employment contract
Starting date: ASAP.               


Job responsibilities:

  • Lead country office activities in strategic direction, program quality and growth:
  • Set the strategic vision and direction of the country program to serve more people with responsive, high quality programming, and secure the necessary resources;
  • Align programming to the strategy action plan;
  • Identify opportunities for appropriate expansion and growth of programs.
  • Ensure efficient staff performance management and staff development:
  • Supervise and mentor direct-report staff and lead annual performance reviews.
  • Provide constructive feedback and counsel on appropriate career paths and professional development.
  • Promote and monitor staff care and well-being.
  • Support appropriate interventions in response to identified needs of the country office staff.
  • Ensure leadership and representation:
  • Lead the country program by maintaining open and professional relations with colleagues, promoting a strong team spirit and providing guidance and resources to enable staff to perform successfully.
  • Develop and maintain relations with all stakeholders such as donors, local authorities and other INGOs.
  • Take a primary responsibility for a safety and security management on a country office.
    • Monitor the security situation in the region and take proper decisions according to PAH internal rules.
    • Closely cooperate with Security Manager at the country office level and Security Advisor at the HQ level.
    • Keep security, evacuation and contingency plans up-to-date and accessible for the country office staff.
  • Ensure effective operational management on the country office:
  • Provide optimal efficiency and cost-effectiveness in all functions and operations of the country program.
  • Coordinate budget monitoring process.
  • Develop, review and update policies and procedures in order to achieve compliance with donor and PAH requirements.
  • Provide and develop culture of open and constructive communication in the office:
  • Ensure healthy and empowering job environment.
  • Maintain open communication with staff members, advisors and colleagues in HQ.
  • Report to HQ in terms of country office activities in timely manner.


The successful candidate will be selected based on the qualification requirements described below:

  • MasterÔÇÖs Degree in International Development, Humanitarian Assistance, Management or any other related field required*.
  • At least 3 years of experience in INGO management/coordination (including security management in complex security situations, human resource management).
  • Proven experience in Project Cycle Management and strong project management skills.
  • Solid experience in representing the organization in front of local authorities as well as international donor agencies.
  • Previous extensive experience in staff management in cross-cultural environment required, including capacity building, training and facilitation skills.
  • Previous experience in the region or conflict/ post-conflict setting highly desirable.
  • High resilience to stress, ability to work effectively under pressure in a hardship duty station.
  • Ability to perform and oversee multiple tasks concurrently.
  • Excellent communication, presentation and interpersonal skills.
  • Strong planning and organizational skills.
  • Strong sense of personal and professional integrity.
  • Strategic mindset, strong analytical and problem solving skills.
  • Languages: Full proficiency (C1) in spoken and written English required, knowledge of Arabic will be an asset.
  • Proficiency in MS Office package.

*Additional years of professional experience may substitute for some education; additional education may substitute for the experience


What PAH offer:

  • A full time position with a probationary period of 6 months.
  • Free cost of accommodation in a shared guesthouse in Aden and in the field locations.
  • R&R benefit.
  • Annual leave of 26 working days and 5 additional days of free leave per year.
  • Flights home covered at the beginning and at the end of the deployment.
  • Medical insurance.
  • Psychological support package.

How to apply:

Please fill in the online application form and submit your resume and cover letter in English no later than June 20th.

Due to the urgency to fill the post, applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. PAH reserves the right to close the job opening before the deadline. Please note that only short-listed candidates will be notified.

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