Country Director – Liberia | ReliefWeb


World Hope International (WHI) is a faith-based global relief and development organization operating in 12 countries, including affiliated fundraising entities in Australia, Canada and the United States. WHI’s expertise is in global health, social protection and water and energy, serving approximately 1 million people a year, regardless of ethnicity, gender, race and race. religion.

For more than 25 years, WHI has pursued the vision of a just, safe and equitable world. Our history demonstrates that there are effective and practical solutions to complex problems. Transformative change occurs when marginalized communities experience opportunity, hope and dignity supported by innovative partnerships between government, community and the private sector.

Purpose of the position:

The principal representative of WHI in the country, the Country Director embodies the mission and values ​​of WHI and has overall responsibility for the country strategy, team and partnerships.

The Country Director is responsible for the growth, development and management of the Liberia Country Program portfolio and day-to-day operations. This includes aligning programs with the WHI Global Strategy; recruitment of required personnel; evolutionary development of policies, systems and structures; continuous training and support for staff; ensuring the quality of monitoring and evaluation processes; spearhead resource development efforts locally and internationally; and the development of strong strategic partnerships in water and energy, protection and health interventions.

Successful WHI employees are innovators with new technologies. The Country Director will have excellent business development skills and experience in maintaining relationships with partners. They will effectively lead diverse teams, mentor leaders and hold all staff to high levels of professional responsibility. They will prioritize clear, honest, and persuasive written and verbal communication in all situations.

WHI is seeking a Country Director with the courage, innovation and drive to grow the Liberia program with a focus on grants and institutional donors.

Essential functions:

Strategic direction:

  • Actively provide strong leadership to the Country Team in all aspects of its oversight, team building and operations, assigning and delegating tasks as necessary.
  • Implement the five-year national strategy in line with WHI’s programmatic competencies and integral global mission strategy, aimed at contributing to the social, spiritual and developmental transformation of the most vulnerable.
  • Ensure the implementation of programs in alignment with WHI values ​​and the program pillars of water and energy, protection and health.
  • Provide overall leadership of the proposal development process in coordination with business development and partnership teams for WHI programs with churches, individual donors, charities, foundations, UN, government, foundations , private donors and institutional donors such as USAID, EU, SIDA, Irish Aid, etc.
  • Develop appropriate institutional structures and strategies for all of WHI’s long-term work, with particular attention to building strong partnerships with in-country sector coordination mechanisms with government, international and local NGOs, civil society groups, local churches and other national institutions.

Program management:

  • Provide overall management and technical direction of WHI’s in-country programs
  • Develop and strengthen appropriate institutional structures, controls, strategies and work plans for all short and long term programs.
  • Ensure consistent funding from bilateral, multilateral and other donors to augment the resources provided by WHI’s private funding.
  • Identify and develop new business and growth opportunities and geographic locations for programming and potential donors. This will include, on a case-by-case basis, one or more of the following to attract new donors: writing sections or components of a proposal, coordinating a proposal effort, and editing a proposal, including contributing to the development logical framework and budget preparation.
  • Ensure that program activities are implemented according to agreements, work plans and schedules in coordination with the management team.
  • Ensure the quality, accuracy and timeliness of quarterly metrics and program reporting by comparing targets with actual results in accordance with donor and WHI requirements
  • Maintain WHI’s registration and compliance with legal and statutory requirements as an international NGO in the country. This includes business registration, industry accreditation, tax compliance and national social security as required by Liberian laws.
  • Supervise and manage country finance and operations staff to ensure overall budget transparency and the health of country finances, including accurate budgets, spend on budget and in accordance with procurement policy and procedures, coordination with management of headquarters financial systems and accurate, timely financial reporting in accordance with globally accepted accounting practices
  • Liaise with HQ for regular financial consolidation including required audit schedules.
  • Approve and verify the acquisition and delivery of all major purchases in accordance with grant agreements and national policies and apply sound cash management practices with all vendors
  • Oversee the maintenance and implementation of site security for each project site. Make informed decisions regarding personnel safety and potential evacuations from project sites whenever necessary. This requires regular attendance and involvement in Country Director and LINGO meetings, including country-level security forums.
  • Immediately report to the COO and International CFO/COF and Legal Counsel any identified cases of fraud, theft, abuse, misconduct or conflict of interest.

Strategic partnerships:

  • Cultivate strategic relationships and partnerships in alignment with leadership, guidelines and policies.
  • Initiate and manage relationships with institutional donors such as USAID, EU, UN agencies, FCDO, SIDA, NGOs and other donor agencies to leverage in-country funding opportunities.
  • Under the direction of WHI’s business development and fundraising team, help lead the building of relationships with crucial US partner churches, including hosting vision visit teams, work and ministry teams. Actively communicate with US partner churches through email, phone conversations and US church visits.
  • Represent WHI Liberia well to government, donors, church, community leaders and other stakeholders.
  • Act as WHI’s primary representative in Liberia, leading official interactions with the media, government, sector coordination forums, local partners and other NGOs, including through the LINGO forum.

Organizational Development:

  • Provide leadership and guidance in the recruitment of competent and qualified team members using a fair and transparent recruitment process and dismiss any staff member who does not perform to standards and expectations in accordance with the “Labour Law decent” and national labor policies and practices.
  • Develop a staff development and training plan.
  • Develop and strengthen WHI’s policies, procedures, systems and controls to promote accountability and alignment with applicable country laws and regulations.
  • Periodically review existing WHI Liberia policies and procedures and direct changes to policies and procedures in consultation with relevant WHI Head Office departments as necessary.
  • Oversee the safety and security of all program staff, including the development and implementation of emergency and disaster contingency plans.
  • Review existing HR manual, including ongoing formal and informal review/evaluation of staff performance, including written assessment of each direct report on an annual basis.
  • Perform other duties assigned by the COO.

Minimum training/experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field. Favorite master. Business development and leadership experience are highly valued.
  • 7+ years of experience in international relief and development work with progressive leadership responsibilities and proven resources
  • Experience in West Africa is preferred.
  • Evidence of entrepreneurial initiatives and proficiency in deploying new technologies.
  • Experience in administering donor-funded projects, including in-depth knowledge and expertise of the Liberian or West African context in the main thematic areas of water and energy, protection (including against child labour, gender-based violence and human trafficking), and Health.
  • Proven skills in budgetary and financial management.
  • Strong oral and communication skills in English. Knowledge and understanding of simple local Liberian English an asset.
  • Ability to communicate WHI’s vision to partners, donors, churches, government agencies and non-government stakeholders.
  • Ability to lead multidisciplinary teams with strong interpersonal skills.
  • Passionate commitment to WHI’s Christian missions, vision and values.
  • Must be able to adapt and reside in Liberia under prevailing conditions.

Equal Opportunity Employer

World Hope International (WHI) is both an equal opportunity employer and a faith-based organization. We hire employees without regard to race, color, ancestry, national origin, citizenship, age, gender, marital status, parental status, union membership, political ideology or the disability of an otherwise qualified person. We hire international employees in our countries of operation in accordance with the law of the country where we hire the employees.

Working environment:

Standard desktop environment. Requires approximately 40% local and international travel.


  • Fixed term contract of one year renewable
  • Salary range 65,000 – 85,000 USD
  • Health insurance
  • Funded opportunities for continuing education

Specific advantages for expatriates:

  • International health insurance
  • Assignment travel and annual home leave
  • All visas and work permits required for the position

How to register

Please send a CV and cover letter to [email protected] to apply. The position is open until filled.

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