War Child, is a charity for children affected by war. We are delivering high-impact programmes that are rebuilding lives across Afghanistan, Iraq, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the Central African Republic and Yemen. We understand children’s needs, respect their rights, and put them at the centre of the solution – from supporting Yemeni children to access education to reintegrating child soldiers in the Central African Republic and upholding the rights of children caught up in juvenile justice in Afghanistan. We look forward to a world in which the lives of children are no longer torn apart by war. This is a vision that can only be realised through the collective actions of children themselves, communities and their leaders, organisations like War Child, governments and key decision-makers.
War Child UK has worked in Yemen since 2017 with partners and local authorities to support improvements in child protection, education and livelihoods. Programmes have largely been focused in the north of the country in Sana’a, Al Hodeidah, Ibb and Taiz but we also have a smaller programme in the south.
We are recruiting a new Country Director for our Yemen programme. We are seeking an experienced NGO leader who is familiar with the challenges of operating within the constraints of a context such as Yemen. You will ensure that the War Child team remains safe and that our security protocols are well maintained. We want to further grow our programme, and central to this role will be the ability to build networks and alliances with local and international partners and to represent effectively a wide range of donors. We place a very strong emphasis on national advocacy as part of our theory of change, and you will need the representational and relationship skills to ensure that War Child is connected to the appropriate national and local authorities across our areas of operation. War Child has a clear vision and approach to programme quality, and you will have a track record in ensuring effective monitoring, accountability, and learning.
Leadership and team-building skills are paramount. The Country Director will inspire results and performance across the team. The post also forms part of War Child’s dynamic and experienced Extended Leadership Team, with the ability to share experience across our country programmes. The Country Director will lead the Senior Management Team for War Child UK in Yemen, focusing on growing the programme to meet needs, developing the vision and strategy and taking overall responsibility for HR, Financial and Security decisions. The role also ensures information from the country programme is shared across departments and will represent War Child at the highest levels; donors, national authorities, clusters and national partners in Yemen. The role is managed by the Director of Programmes and Advocacy based in London.
These duties provide a framework for the role and should not be regarded as a definitive list. Other reasonable duties may be required consistent with the grade of the post.
Our work with children to keep them safe is the most important thing we do. We are committed to the safeguarding of children in all areas of our work. Successful applicants will be expected to be compliant and sign up for our Child Safeguarding policy, which you can read here: https://www.warchild.org.uk/whats- happening/news/our-child-safeguarding-policies-and-procedures
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How to Apply
Closing date: 14th May 2023
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