Country Director, Angola

Norwegian People's Aid, Angola, Angola

Skill Required:, Education ManagementHR and AdminProject/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
Above 10 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
3rd December, 2017

Job Description

Norwegian People's Aid is a humanitarian organisation rooted in the Norwegian Labour Movement. We work with International Development Partnerships, Humanitarian Mine Action, Rescue Service and First Aid, and Asylum and Integration. Norwegian People's Aid has about 12000 members in Norway and 2400 staff worldwide. We work in 36 countries around the world, and in 2017 we will have an expected turnover of 1000 MNOK.

Norwegian People's Aid (NPA) has been involved in humanitarian mine action since 1992 and is one of the leading humanitarian demining organisations worldwide. NPA works closely with national authorities and other stakeholders on resolving the challenges faced by the local communities caused by landmines and other explosive remnants of war. In 2017, NPA will have over 20 Mine Action Programmes in the Balkans, Southern Africa, The Horn of Africa, Central Asia, South East Asia, and The Middle East.

NPA seeks an experienced Country Director for our presence in Angola which currently consists of an established mine action programme. The programme currently conducts survey and clearance of landmines in Malanje Province, and aims to complete mine clearing in Malanje province in 2018. The Country Director must be prepared to also initiate and implement capacity development activities as well as arms management and distruction activities in Angola. The programme cooperates closely with national authorities and other stakeholders and aims to be a catalyst for improving policy dialogue, productivity, impact, and efficiency in humanitarian disarmament in Angola.

The Country Director is the senior representative of NPA in Angola, in addition to being the overall responsible for all aspects of the mine action programme including operations, policy work, personnel, finance, logistics and donor relations, as well as deliveries of delegated tasks. Other regional or global responsibilities and tasks may be included subject to instructions from Department for Humanitarian Disarmament. All responsibilities including overall planning and donor reporting have to be carried out in accordance with the strategic objectives, donor approved plans and corresponding deliverables in close collaboration with the Desk Officer at HO.

General Responsibilities:
• Responsible for the design and implementation of the programme, including capacity building of national mine action authorities when relevant.
• Developing and maintaining a proper document hierarchy.
• Coordinate closely with all relevant stakeholders, local and national authorities.
• Responsible for the development, monitoring and management of the programme, annual plans and budgets in accordance with overall NPA guidelines and with emphasis on relevance, quality, cost efficiency and impact.
• Responsible for resource mobilisation for the NPA Mine Action Programme in Angola, including donor strategies and fundraising.
• Motivate synergy and further cross-utilization of resource between the NPA projects within the region and globally.
• Stay updated on key trends in Mine Action and Humanitarian Disarmament.
• Put in place and maintain calibrated quality management of all aspects of the programme.
• Responsible for management, tasking and supervision of expatriate and locally employed staff.
• Responsible for the security of programme staff and programme assets, including ensuring that evacuation plans and the External Office Crisis Management Plans are updated and relevant for the programme activity.
• Responsible for transition into capacity development activities as well as arms management and destruction activities.
• Responsible for closing the program if decided by Department for Humanitarian Disarmament management.

Desired qualifications:
The position requires management experience as well as good operational understanding. Good communications and diplomacy skills are required as is a proven track record of constructive stakeholder dialog and fundraising. Relevant experience would encompass the following:
• Relevant higher education or equivalent qualifications (result-focused mine action NGO or commercial EOD work, overseas relief and development programmes or military qualifications with international deployments).
• Experience from managing operations.
• Education and/ or experience from logistics, finance and human resources are assets.
• Experience and knowledge from policy work in development countries and/or humanitarian aid is an asset.
• Previous working relations or experience of liaison and networking with UN, national authorities, military forces, partner organisations and donors.
• Good knowledge of computer handling and data acquisition.
• Written and verbal proficiency in English.

Personal competencies:
• Proven ability to develop, manage, motivate and lead a team.
• Excellent communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to meet deadlines and work calmly under pressure and limited supervision.
• Ability to work in and adapt to difficult and complex contexts and conditions.

NPA offers:
• Salary: In addition to base salary, our salary package for this position includes post allowance and hardship allowance.*
• Accommodation: NPA will provide free accommodation
• Leave: We offer five weeks annual holiday** as well as an extra expat week off.
• Flights: NPA provides three international flights home per year in addition to contract start and end flights*
• Insurance: You will be covered by NPA's comprehensive insurance package which includes travel insurance, group life insurance, accident insurance and worker's compensation insruance.
• Health checks: Will be provided in connection with assumption of duty, and on a yearly basis.
• Contract: A one year contract with possibility for renewal.

Place of service: Malanje, Angola
Starting date: as soon as possible
Closing date for applications: December 3rd 2017

In general:
We emphasise the importance of strong health, cross-cultural communication skills, innovation and the ability to work under pressure and difficult conditions. One of NPA's overall objectives is to promote gender equality in the organisation. Thus, female candidates are encouraged to apply.
NPA reserves the right to redraw the vacancy before any employments has been made if needed. If this occurs all applicants will be notified by e-mail that the vacancy is no longer valid.
* Terms apply according to NPA's internal regulations
* Terms for annual holiday follow the Norwegian Annual Holidays Act*
Contact person
Sturla Gadeholt
Desk Africa
Helene Ystanes Føyn
Head of Programmes
+47 469 21 585



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