Deputy Country Director for Programs (M/F) needed at Solidarites International

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Job title : Deputy Country Director for Programs (M/F)

Job Location : Borno

Deadline : December 15, 2023

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General objectives

  • In close collaboration with the Country Director (CD), the DCD’s prime objectives are to provide leadership and management of the strategic programming, overseeing the strengthening of SI’s programme development, quality and accountability.
  • The DCD ensures the internal coherence between program activities and is responsible for ensuring that programs are driven by needs, based on evidence, adaptable to contextual changes and conflict sensitive, monitored closely and resourced appropriately.

Main Responsibilities:

  • Strategic Direction
  • Donor, Grant, Relationship management and representation
  • Program Development & Quality Management MEAL Coordination
  • Institutional knowledge building
  • Personnel management

Priorities for the 2/3 first months

  • Follow up on the proposal to be submitted early 2024.
  • Follow-up on ongoing implementation projects.
  • Develop and strengthen partnerships with NGO and INGO based on the recommendations of the consultant and Desk Program manager following their visits late 2023.
  • Ensure the Strategic orientation are followed and taken into consideration in the programmatic development.
  • Ensure a proper Coordination set up between the different components of the program department (MEAL, Technical expertise), and in link with the Grant Department.
  • Facilitate the programmatic outlook at mid-term goal, to make propositions to the Country Director.



  • Master’s degree in humanitarian/development studies, social sciences, management or other related discipline.


  • Minimum 4 years overseas experience working with an international humanitarian/development NGO, with significant program, team and financial management experience.
  • Minimum 2 years in a similar position.
  • Experience of working and managing security in highly volatile security contexts
  • Experience in monitoring activities remotely
  • Proven management ability, including ability to motivate and develop skills of team’s members. Must be able to make sound management decisions in difficult situations and also be able to work in a participatory manner with colleagues.
  • Previous experience and achievements in managing a consortium and strong partnerships with other NGOs (MoUs, negotiations, governance?).
  • Proven ability to deal with donors and operational partners.
  • Proven ability to develop adapted humanitarian vision and strategy.
  • Technical knowledge in SI sectors of expertise (WASH, FSL, Shelter) is an asset.
  • Experience working with SI (or a similar organization) is an asset.
  • Prior experience in Nigeria would be considered as an asset.

Technical skills and knowledge:

  • Strong knowledge of donors’ policies and guidelines
  • Strong knowledge of the project cycle management
  • Strong knowledge of principled-based approaches and advocacy skills
  • Excellent communication, networking skills, organizational and prioritization skills, ability to multi-task
  • Excellent reporting and writing skills
  • Capacity to adapt and show organizational flexibility
  • Capacity to engage and manage technical staff and curiosity towards their expertise
  • Cross cultural sensitivity and great team player
  • Mature and solid leadership
  • Fluent English is a must
  • Computer literacy with very good command of MS Office

Soft skills and spirit:

  • Respect for safety/security rules.
  • Stress management skills: the ability to work under pressure to meet tight deadlines, with peaks of heavy workload.
  • Team player, capacity to give a positive dynamic to a young team whilst being fully part of the base’s management team.
  • Commitment to the fundamental principles of SI’s charter and ethics.

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