We are recruiting a new Country Director to lead the team, build the programme and continue
the strong focus on innovation, advocacy and quality. The programme works with donors such
as the IKEA Foundation and is pursuing innovative programme interventions around tablet
Job Description & Person Specification
based learning and Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD).
War Child UK works with children whose lives are affected by conflict and who live with a
combination of poverty, exclusion and insecurity. This includes children who have been
displaced by armed conflict, street children, child headed households, children conscripted
into armed groups, and children in conflict with the law. Our mission is to support and improve
the care and protection of vulnerable children whose lives have been disrupted by conflict.
We look forward to a world in which the lives of children are no longer torn apart by war.
War Child UK has worked in Jordan since early 2013 working with partners to support
improvements in child protection and education, and is registered with the Ministry of Social
Development. Our programmes are focussed on the needs of children and their families who
have been displaced from the conflict in Syria, both in refugee camp and host community
settings. As the war in Syria enters its sixth year, the prolonged humanitarian crisis shows
no sign of abating. War Child has scaled up its programmes over the past two years, and we
now have a staff team of over 60 in Jordan, with 5 local partners, a 2017 budget of almost £2
million, and a projected reach of up to 20,000 children, young people and their caregivers.
• Team leadership: Lead the SMT, building a culture of shared responsibility. Ensure team
wellbeing and effective performance management
• Representation: Ensure effective high level networking, profile and representation with
local and national authorities, donors and peer agencies.
• Partner liaison: Work with national partners to achieve shared programme objectives
and build strong and accountable partnerships
• Financial Management: Ensure rigorous financial and administrative management:
supply UK Finance Department with grant management and expenditure information in an
accurate manner on a monthly basis.
• Security Management: Effectively manage all staff security within the guidelines of
• Child Safeguarding: Ensuring compliance by all staff and partners with WCUK’s Child
Protection Policy and providing training to staff and partner staff when needed.
• Programme Development: Participatory programme planning and development, in line
with WCUK’s organizational strategy and programme quality vison, as well as
development of new proposals and liaising with in-country donors.
• Grant Management, and Donor Compliance: Ensure timely quality reporting to donors
and compliance with donor requirements.
• Reporting: Ensure adherence to organisational requirements, including child
safeguarding policy, minimum standards for quality programme cycle management and
regular programme reporting.
• Fundraising: Contribute to efforts to identify and secure in-country funding from Jordan
based donors, and providing Programme Development Coordinators with the information
necessary to help develop proposals and report to donors, in line with donor schedules.
Provide final country level approval of concept papers, proposals and budgets.
B) PERSON SPECIFICATION – ESSENTIAL CRITERIA:
The Programmes Team is looking for a dynamic team builder who can engage the staff and
partners to build protective environments for children. He or she must have strong programme
management skills and can lead a team in a challenging operational environment.
• Significant experience of managing:
- Child protection, education and livelihoods projects
- Combining direct service delivery, capacity building, and advocacy
- Through direct implementation and partnerships with state and non-state actors
- In conflict-affected countries
• Team leadership and management
• The ability to think and manage strategically
• Rigorous budget expenditure management
• Sound knowledge of participatory approaches
• Research and development
• Development and management of partnerships with state and non-state actors
• Capacity building state and non-state actors
• Security management
• Risk management
• Excellent IT skills
• Demonstrable successful track record in securing funding from institutional donors and
• Grant management and reporting – experience of working on EC funded projects
would be an advantage
• Setting up monitoring and evaluation systems, including the use of logical frameworks
• Master’s Degree in Humanitarian Studies, International Development, Social Work,
Psychology or related fields.
• Eligible to work in Jordan and travel to the countries in which War Child operates.
• Clean driver’s license
Competencies (Soft Skills):
• Excellent analytical skills with a systematic approach and an eye for detail
• An effective problem solver
• Measured and responsive
• A self-starter
• A good listener and thoughtful with excellent interpersonal skills
• Sensitive to the diverse needs of a diverse team, while being able to take effective
decisions and negotiate commitment to them in the face of disagreement
• Ability to be administratively self-sufficient and work in challenging operational
environment and a small, dynamic organisation with limited resources
• Effective negotiator and diplomatic
• Transparent and accountable
• Willingness and ability to travel to War Child country programmes
• Commitment to War Child’s aims, values and mission
• Proficiency in Arabic is desirable.
• Experience and knowledge of working on projects assisting survivors of sexual
• Experience of working in Jordan or related country
• Experience in the delivery and supervision of child protection or GBV projects in conflict
and post conflict environments
• Download the War Child application form from https://www.warchild.org.uk/who-we-are.
All applications must reach firstname.lastname@example.org by 07 May 2017. Please note
CVs will not be accepted.
• Due to limited resources, War Child HR will contact only the shortlisted candidates
• First round interviews will be held on w/c 15 May 2017.
• Any offer made will be conditional on receipt of 3 favourable written references, (from your
most recent employer, any other previous employer and a character reference). War Child
reserves the right to call the referees, in case clarification is required post the receipt of
complete reference forms.
• The successful applicant will be expected to undergo a DBS Police check and/or
international police check, a medical check for overseas travel purposes, be compliant and
sign up to War Child’s Child Safeguarding Policy prior to a final offer being made.