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Somalia Country Director


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Finn Church Aid (FCA) is seeking for a Country Director based in Somaila. This position has an important role to carry out development and humanitarian work in Somalia. This is an internal and external recruitment at FCA. This exciting  and challenging position will be for two years to start, with an extension possibility.

Duties and responsibilities:

Primary responsibility of the Country Director (CD) is to provide leadership and strategic direction of FCA`s development and humanitarian operations in Somalia.

  • Be responsible for developing FCA country strategy based on FCA Global Strategy 
  • Be responsible for staff security 
  • Leading overall FCA’s program work and quarantee its sustainable impact
  • Be a supervisor for FCA’s Senior Management team of Somalia
  • Lead logistics, HR and financial management of the country office according to the applicable Statutory Requirements as well as ensures that policy and guidelines issues by the SAC are followed
  • Lead people: Create an open and empowering working culture and leading people in a fair and trust-building way
  • CD Is the ultimate responsible for compliance of the office with set FCA standards. He/she  is responsible for implementing locally the complaint mechanism according to the rules and procedures of FCA
  • Lead the organization: Striving to achieve sustainable impact through FCA’s Global and Country strategies 
  • Lead innovations: Identify and lead innovation opportunities and manage the people side of innovation by tapping into the creativity of the FCA team and partners, in order to have sustainable impact and growth for the country program
  • Effective communications: Ability to deliver messages that inspire effective team work and taking action, while promoting accountability and strategic alignment; active listening to beneficiaries staff and stakeholders; ability to communicate concisely and persuasively
  • Demonstrating quality and accountability at all work areas: Acting in line with FCA’s vision, values and quality & accountability standards

Competence and Personal Requirements:

  • Minimum 10 years of experience in senior leadership role, special emphasis on program management, with strong focus on humanitarian work
  • Preferably CD has leadership experience either from Somalia or from nearby location in region
  • Strong asset is if the candidate has already existing networks and relationship with Somalian government, development, humanitarian and advocacy community and partners
  • In depth understanding on nexus-programming 
  • Preferably experience in FCAs thematic areas: Right to Quality Education, Right to Livelihoods and Right to Peace 
  • Experience in partnership building and management with local CSO partners, donors and national government
  • Experience in leading self-implemented, partner-implemented and consortium operations
  • Results-oriented and effective decision-maker
  • Cultural sensitivity, diplomatic, positive and constructive approach.
  • Experience of leading efficient and transparent financial management processes
  • Preferably previous experience in working with Finnish donors, like Ministry for Foreign Affairs
  • Excellent writing and speaking skills in English, other languages are an asset

The contract duration is for two years; extension of contract is negotiable. The compensation is based on FCA Compensation System and depends on prior work experience. Start date for this position: as soon as possible. 

For more information please contact Director for International Program, Mrs. Marja Jörgensen: marja.jorgensen (at) See more on FCA website: or watch the following video 

Please apply by using the link no later than on  4th of April  2023. Applicants will be short-listed and contacted for an interview on a progressive basis. 

Finn Church Aid (FCA) is Finland’s largest development co-operation organisation and the second biggest organisation in Finland working in humanitarian aid. FCA is a founding member of the international aid alliance of churches, ACT Alliance. We seek positive change by supporting the most vulnerable people in fragile contexts. We specialize in supporting local communities’ right to peace, livelihoods and quality education. Qualified and interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, race, religion or ethnic affiliation are encouraged to apply for the vacancy.

FCA practices zero tolerance against child abuse. FCA’s Child Safeguarding Policy applies to all FCA staff. FCA has zero tolerance concerning aid diversion and illegal actions and may screen applicants against international lists to ensure due diligence and compliance with Anti-money Laundering and Combating the Financing of Terrorism requirements. 

FCA is certified against the Core Humanitarian Standard on Quality and Accountability (CHS).

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