Country Director

Norwegian People's Aid

  • Full Time

Norwegian People’s Aid is seeking a Country Director for our operations in Rwanda

The vision of Norwegian People’s Aid (NPA) is Solidarity in Action. We are a politically independent membership-based organisation working in Norway and in more than 30 countries around the world. Founded in 1939 as the labour movement’s humanitarian solidarity organisation, NPA aims to improve people’s living conditions and to create societies that are more just and more democratic. NPA’s international work covers three core areas: Mine Action and Disarmament, Democratisation and Just distribution of power and resources and Humanitarian Action and Crises Response.

The position is based under the NPA Department for Development and Humanitarian Cooperation (DHC). We work in partnership with local organizations with the aim to strengthen their ability and to fight for a more equitable distribution of power and resources in their communities. Currently, NPA DHC has Programmes ongoing in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East.

Do you want to join our professional and committed global team in our work for a more equitable distribution of power and resources?

NPA has been present in Rwanda for almost 30 years. The programme is NPAs third largest DHC country programme with an annual budget of about 4 million USD per year. Donors include Norad, Sida and the Swizz embassy. The programme has 21 staff members, including the Country Director (CD), and 18 civil society partners. The CD has the overall responsibility for all NPAs activities in Rwanda.

Duty Station: Kigali, Rwanda

In this position your main responsibilities will be:

  • Overall responsibility and management of the Rwanda country programme and to lead the NPA Rwanda Management Team.
  • Provide leadership, advice and support to staff and partners, and facilitate synergies between partners.
  • Ensure that relevant strategies, policies, management systems and routines are in place, adhered to and updated.
  • Overall financial, logistical and human resource management.
  • Ensure a good working relationship with national authorities, NPA partners, donors and international organisations.
  • Ensure that the country programme maintains a comprehensive understanding of the country context, monitor developments, and provide analysis and advice to NPA Head Office.
  • Safety and security of NPA staff, assets and resources, in close coordination with NPA Head Office.

To be succesfull in this role you must have:

  • Relevant higher education.
  • Excellent leadership skills with the ability to achieve results through others.
  • Minimum 5 years’ experience as a successful upper level manager in a complex international organization.
  • Previous experience in a multi-national environment, preferably in Africa.
  • Experience in supporting partnership through work with local partner organisations.
  • Experience of using Monitoring and Evaluation systems.
  • Written and verbal proficiency in English and preferably Norwegian.

We consider it an advantage if you also have:

  • Experience in fundraising and donor relations.
  • Experience from Rwanda.

In this position, the following personal qualifications are required:

  • Good communication-, networking- and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability and readiness to work under pressure and dealing with difficult and complex conditions.
  • Good political intuition and an understanding of political processes and ability to process sensitive information with discretion.
  • Ability and willingness to work and live under difficult circumstances.
  • Strong analytical skills and ability to be systematic and structured.

Preferred starting date: 1 August 2022

Before you apply:
We kindly ask you to carefully read NPA’s Code of Conduct, Safeguarding Policy, and Anti-Corruption Policy before you submit your application. If you are the selected candidate for this position, you will be asked to complete and sign a Safeguarding self-declaration as well as our Code of Conduct.

In return we offer:

A position in the Norwegian labour movement’s global humanitarian solidarity organisation. NPA strives for diversity and gender equality, and encourages candidates of all nationalities, backgrounds and gender to apply. We aim for an inclusive working environment where all employees feel respected and supported. In addition, we are continuously working towards reducing our environmental impact in all our interventions.

We offer a comprehensive salary package which includes country specific allowances You will be covered by our comprehensive insurance scheme. We offer five weeks annual holiday plus one additional week off for expats. NPA provides three international flights home per contract year. We offer a two-year contract with the possibility of renewal, and the possibility of family posting. The position requires frequent travelling in the country to visits partners and project sites.

* Please note that salary and allowances are subject to income tax according to NPA’s Tax Policy.
** Terms for annual leave follow the Norwegian Annual Holidays Act
*** Terms apply according to NPA’s internal regulations

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How to apply

Please apply online.

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