Emergency Response Roster – Country Director

  • Anywhere
Organization: GOAL
Closing date: 13 Feb 2022

Established in 1977, GOAL is an international humanitarian agency, with a team of 2,400 personnel, dedicated to alleviating the needs of the most vulnerable communities. Currently operating in 14 of the world’s most vulnerable countries, GOAL delivers a wide range of humanitarian and development programmes, ranging from humanitarian relief in disaster situations, to focusing on nutrition, food security, and building greater resilience and sustainable livelihoods.

GOAL has an annual budget of an estimated €100 million and is supported by a range of donors including the Governments of Ireland, UK, USA, the European Union, individuals, trusts and foundations. GOAL values the power of partnership and works with local and international partners to achieve its mission.


The GOAL Country Director (CD) takes overall responsibility for the planning, management and appropriate development of GOAL’s work in-country. The CD is responsible for ensuring that GOAL’s work contributes effectively and efficiently towards meeting the short, medium and long term needs of the poorest of the poor, within the framework of GOAL’s organisational and regional objectives, in a co-ordinated manner and in accordance with GOAL’s guidelines and principles. The CD must ensure that there is regular and effective communication within the country team, with the Regional Director, and with GOAL Dublin. The CD has ultimate responsibility for all issues of security.

Location – Dublin Ireland or any GOAL location namely UK, Sierra Leone, Niger, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Ethiopia. Sudan, South Sudan, Uganda, Haiti, Honduras, Colombia, Turkey & Iraq

Scope of the role

The GOAL Country Director (CD) has overall accountability for all GOAL’s work in-country and acts as legal representative of GOAL. The CD is responsible for context specific programming and is accountable to beneficiaries, donors and to GOAL’s HQ.


  1. Responsible for securing and responsibly growing the portfolio within the Country. The CD leads the process for updating and implementing the Country Funding Strategy; proactively engages existing and future donors.
  2. Responsible for aligning the country programme to GOALs Global Strategy through development and implementation of five (5) to 7 (seven) years Country Strategic Plans and Annual Country Plans. The CD guides the Assistant Country Director – Programmes (ACDP) on programme development, implementation and leveraging of global technical resources for Programme Quality visits and reviews.
  3. Responsible for managing country-wide financial exposure and leading the annual Country Budgeting process to ensure effective forecasts and resourcing.
  4. Responsible for effective governance of the country programme including day-to-day management of the Internal Auditor; maintaining an effective control environment through management action on audit findings; review of Feedback, Complaint Response Mechanism (FCRM) reports and liaising with the Head of Investigation Unit on case by case basis.
  5. Responsible for ensuring appropriate and effective support functions for programme implementation. The CD manages and guides the ACDS to develop lean supply chain processes; appropriate and compliant procurement functions; fit for purpose IT systems and a service level mindset for support to programmes, manage the overall safety/security management and appropriate duty of care of the country programme staff.


  • 5-7 years at Country Director level in an overseas humanitarian or development environment or 5-7 years’ experience as part of a Senior Management Team in a humanitarian assistance programme.
  • Experience in directly managing multi-sector programmes across multiple grants and/or experience in managing qualified programme managers implementing multi-sector activities across multiple grants.
  • Relevant post-graduate qualification in business, administration, management, social science, international development etc. or relevant degree level qualification alongside 3-5 years professional management experience in a leadership role
  • Experience in leading a large and geographically dispersed team under challenging circumstances.
  • Experience in engaging with national level government line ministries and donor agencies.

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