War Child International

‘An experienced, strategic leader with excellent networking, fundraising and people skills*’*

Our Organisation

War Child Alliance (WCA) is a dynamic organization. We try to keep an informal ambiance within our office, with a lot of room for creativity, inspiration and self-initiative from employees. We practice what we preach: dynamic, innovative, integrity focused, and a drive to reach the highest possible results against the lowest possible costs. War Child offers a challenging job in an inspiring workplace.

Your Challenge

You will lead the development and implementation of the Country Strategy in line with War Child’s global strategy and relevant to the local context. This includes responsibility for financial health of country operations, security, team management and external representation. The Country Director is ultimately responsible for quality programme implementation, partnership management, and programme sustainability.

The Country Director reports to the Regional Director and you will directly manage the CAR country Management team (CMT).

Your Responsibilities

The incumbent will deliver on the following Key standard responsibilities of the Country Director the context of the above imperatives:

  • Lead the participatory development and updating of the country strategy and annual plans, and oversee the implementation, reviewing, and monitoring of the strategy and plan in line with the War Child Global Strategy.
  • Build strong strategic partnerships and effective relationships with government agencies, local and international non-governmental organizations, and donors to ensure holistic, integrated, quality, and sustainable programs scaling of evidence based interventions and the center of the process.
  • Strengthen existing relationships and build new relationships with strategic partners and donors aiming at institutional fundraising.
  • Represent WCA in coordination platforms, meetings and events.
  • Overall responsible for security management, ensuring continuous context monitoring, risk analysis, regular updating of security plans, security decision making and incident management as needed.
  • Oversee and ensure that HR, Logistics, Supply and Finance management is carried out in accordance with local laws, WCA policies and procedures and applicable donor guidelines.
  • Foster and develop effective leadership within the country office, and a work culture that promotes staff well-being and creates space for staff participation in decision making.
  • Promote and uphold the War Child Integrity Framework and “Do No Harm” principles, aiming at strong awareness and respect by War Child staff and partners of all relevant policies and principles in this regard.

Your Profile

  • An experienced and inspiring leader;
  • At least 15 years relevant experience in an international/humanitarian context of which 8 years in a senior management position (e.g. as Representative or Country director);
  • Experience in security management and context analyses;
  • Experience in the Africa region;
  • Experience in a similar/unstable and/or insecure environment;
  • Proven experience in working with diverse teams in a low resource environment;
  • Relevant academic background e.g. psychology, pedagogy, community development, social sciences, international relations;
  • Familiarity/qualification in any of our key thematic areas is an advantage;
  • Experience in working with local partners and preferably in our field of expertise;
  • Experience in financial management (including management of multiple grants);
  • Fluency in English and French is an absolute must; preference for additional languages such as Swahili, Arabic and Spanish;
  • Strong problem solving and social skills;
  • Proven affinity with War Child’s mandate;
  • Preference for local or regional candidates,

Our Terms & Conditions

A challenging job, within an inspiring and motivated team of people and the support of a strong and professional organisation in the Netherlands.

A fair salary and comprehensive secondary benefits and opportunities to develop and learn professionally.

  • Job location: Bangui, CAR
  • Contract type: Local contract, salary grid and Terms & Conditions will apply. Expats will be offered an expat package.
  • Contract duration: War Child Alliance will offer a 1 year contract with the intention to prolong into an open ended contract depending on mutual agreement and performance.
  • Working hours: Full time, 40 hours per week.
  • It is an unaccompanied role.


This position to be based in Bangui, CAR. This role is open to national, regional and international candidates. National and regional candidates are highly preferred and encouraged to apply for this position.

How to apply

Interested and qualified candidates are invited to apply before March 31st, 2024. Make sure to upload your English CV (maximum of two pages) and cover letter using this link:

N.B. War Child will be reviewing applications on a rolling basis and reserves the right to close the vacancy if a successful candidate is identified prior to the closing date.

By submitting your application you certify that all of the statements made in your application are true, complete, and correct and are made in good faith. You understand that falsifying, misrepresenting or intentionally withholding information will be grounds for rejection of your application or withdrawal of any offer of appointment or, if an appointment offer has been accepted, this will be ground for employment sanctions, such as, but not limited to, instant dismissal. In addition, you understand that you need to submit a Criminal Record Certificate and that, if you fail to submit it, no employment relationship can be established.

War Child is an international organisation, and we are committed to be a diverse and inclusive employer, placing human and child rights at the centre of our existence and work. We hire our new colleagues based on their talents, competences and shared values; we do not distinguish them based on their age, gender and gender identity, race, color, ethnicity, religion, culture, sexual orientation, disability etc.

The safety of children and youth is a paramount and essential to War Child’s work. War Child has a zero tolerance policy towards any form of abuse. To prevent placing children and youth at any risk this subject is addressed in our recruitment and selection procedures. Moreover, the accepted candidates will be required to state their commitment/ intent to be aware, consider and adhere to the minimum standards applicable in development and humanitarian settings, such as humanitarian values and principles, Sphere Humanitarian Charter, Standards in the Humanitarian Standards Partnership, Core Humanitarian Standard, International Humanitarian Law, Code of Conduct for the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) in Disaster Relief and IASC Six Core Principles Relating to Sexual Exploitation and Abuse.

• Only applications received via our website are processed.
• If we appoint a suitable candidate before the given closing date, we reserve the right to remove the vacancy from our website before that date. In such a case, any responses received after that time are not processed.
• It could be that during our selection process the closing date for the vacancy is extended. If so, and you have not yet heard from us, your application will remain active.

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