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18-181: Deputy Country Director
Country:South Sudan
Department:International Programs
Essential Job Duties/Scope of Work:
International Medical Corps is a global, humanitarian, nonprofit organization dedicated to saving lives and relieving suffering through health care training and relief and development programs. Established in 1984 by volunteer doctors and nurses, International Medical Corps is a private, voluntary, nonpolitical, nonsectarian organization. Its mission is to improve the quality of life through health interventions and related activities that build local capacity in underserved communities worldwide. By offering training and health care to local populations and medical assistance to people at highest risk, and with the flexibility to respond rapidly to emergency situations, International Medical Corps rehabilitates devastated health care systems and helps bring them back to self-reliance.


In South Sudan, International Medical Corps is implementing programmes in humanitarian assistance, refugees and migration and longer-term development with a current portfolio of $22m, 8 field offices and 700 staff.


As a member of the South Sudan Senior Management Team reporting to the Country Director, the Deputy Country Director will line manage the Program Officer, Site Managers and main budget holders for the country programmes.  The DCD will be the technical professional programme leader for the country mission. The DCD will conduct frequent visits to the field program sites and line manage the programmes and programme staff to ensure effective and high quality programme implementation.


1. Strategic planning and programme management:

· Ensure the management and implementation of high quality programs, ensuring all programs are completed within time, on budget, achieving program objectives and responsive to the communities, as well as in line with International Medical Corps principles, values and strategic plans and following donors and International Medical Corps compliance procedures
· Promote an environment of continuous learning, where staff are encouraged and supported to grow and develop and are willing to be held accountable for their commitments.
· Promote the culture of high performance in the organization through monitoring program and operations and taking corrective action.
Provide policy guidance, training and ongoing guidance to all program staff
· Keep abreast with and contribute to International Medical Corps international global initiatives and global trends
· Understand the operational and programmatic environment inside South Sudan and its implications upon International Medical Corps programming and operations
· Ensure all activities are conducted in a timely, cost and quality effective manner
· Prepare monthly, quarterly and other reports according to donor requirements and internal procedures
· Provide technical leadership and guidance to programs
· Prepare work plan and budget that identify key objectives, responsible staff, deliverables and potential roadblocks

2. Compliance

· Oversee program operations and reporting, ensuring compliance with International Medical Corps internal policies and procedures, donor regulations and local laws
· Monitor, evaluate and report on all program activities to Country Director

3. Program Development

· Identify new projects and make recommendations to the Country Director
· Lead the team in writing and reviewing proposal applications
· Stay aware of the major changes and strategies of the key donors working in South Sudan. Actively engage with the donor community.
· Pursue new sources of donor funding and maintain adequate donor funding levels to sustain identified program and support activities

4. Human Resources & Security

· Oversee the recruitment and selection of qualified program field staff, recommend promotions, disciplinary action and termination of staff in consultation with supervisors
· Collaborate with security team/CD to maintain security of staff in the field locations
· Maintain open lines of communications with all field staff

5. Working Relationships

· Maintain frequent communication with Country Director and other staff to ensure program activities and objectives are well communicated
· Work with Technical, Finance, Security, Logistics and other staff to ensure the effective coordination of programs
· Represent the organization at task force meetings, assessment missions, field coordination meetings, UN coordination meetings, INGO coordination meetings and similar fora
· Interface with national government and relevant agencies to ensure mutual understanding of programs and maximize resource distribution and allocation of available funds

6. Representation

· Serve as a liaison with donors on matters related to the program to ensure financial and programmatic accountability to donors
· Participate in donor meetings and communicate relevant information to CD and staff
· Work with key donor staff to develop and maintain optimum financial and programmatic relationship
· Ensure maximum visibility of International Medical Corps amongst the NGO, donor and partner community
· Contribute to the creation of a positive image and overall credibility of the organization, notably through the application of the organization’s Code of Conduct, ethics, values and stand-point with regard to internal and external actors

7. Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse

· Actively promote PSEA (Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse) standards within International Medical Corps and amongst beneficiaries served by International Medical Corps

Other duties as assigned. The duties and responsibilities listed are representative of the nature and level of work assigned and are not necessarily all inclusive.

Compliance & Ethics:  Promotes and encourages a culture of compliance and ethics throughout International Medical Corps. As applicable to the position, maintains a clear understanding of International Medical Corps’ and donor compliance and ethics standards and adheres to those standards.  Conducts work with the highest level of integrity. 



· Master’s level degree in health or a related professional field relevant to the technical sectors of the country programme preferred, will consider candidates with equivalent field experience
· 5+ years of senior level leadership and project management experience (management, planning, staff development and training skills) in emergency / development programs, mainly in the health and related fields
· Comprehensive knowledge and working experience with USAID, UN, EU, DFID and other donors
· Substantial financial management experience including preparing and managing budgets, contracts and negotiations
· Experience in developing and managing procurement and logistical and compliance procedures and policies
· Skills and knowledge in program sustainability and capacity building, public-private partnerships and project monitoring and evaluation (both quantitative and qualitative methods)
· Strong writing, presentation and program development skills
· Fundraising and representational experience
· Proven capabilities in adaptive and collaborative leadership required
· Strong negotiation, interpersonal and organization skills


  • Work experiences in Africa or regional experiences,
  • High level of communication and public relations skills