BACKGROUND ON IMPACT AND REACH
IMPACT Initiatives is a humanitarian NGO, based in Geneva, Switzerland. The organisation manages several initiatives, including the REACH Initiative. The IMPACT team comprises specialists in data collection, management and analysis and GIS. IMPACT was launched at the initiative of ACTED, an international NGO whose headquarter is based in Paris and is present in thirty countries. The two organizations have a strong complementarity formalized in a global partnership, enabling IMPACT to benefit from ACTED’s operational support on its fields of intervention.
Mozambique has been experiencing a multifaceted and enduring crisis over the past several decades. This crisis is characterized by a convergence of climate-driven shocks, poverty, and insurgency in the northern region. In Cabo Delgado, the northernmost province, a conflict has been raging since 2017, instigated by the Ahlu Sunna Wal Jama (ASWJ) Islamist militia and fuelled by pre-existing socio-economic marginalization, political and religious ideologies, as well as the exploitation of valuable natural resources. This protracted conflict has resulted in the displacement of hundreds of thousands of families, straining the region’s limited capacity to address their needs.
In addition to the conflict, Mozambique faces constant risks related to natural hazards, including cyclones, floods, and droughts. The country ranks 11th globally and 3rd in sub-Saharan Africa in vulnerability to natural disasters. Mozambique’s geographical location, topography, weak socio-economic infrastructure, and reliance on rain-fed agriculture contribute to this vulnerability. The population, already burdened by high poverty rates and a low Human Development Index, is particularly susceptible to the impact of these natural disasters. Cyclones and flooding pose significant threats to the coastal population, while droughts disrupt subsistence agriculture, driving food insecurity and malnutrition.
Following two brief missions in 2019 and 2023 in Mozambique, IMPACT will establish an in-country team starting in 2024. This team will be dedicated to delivering essential information regarding key humanitarian needs and supporting in the efficient prioritization of the humanitarian response.
We are currently looking for a Country Coordinator to oversee our team in Pemba, Mozambique.
Position: Country Coordinator/ Representative
Contract duration:12 months
Location: Pemba, Mozambique
Start Date: 1st March 2024
Under the management of IMPACT’s Regional Coordinator, the Country Coordinator is responsible for representing IMPACT and managing and developing IMPACT’s programs in Mozambique. Within their Unit, the Country Coordinator leads the IMPACT team to achieve program excellence and ensure the highest level of impact and accountability, while ensuring compliance to IMPACT’s guidelines and standards. The Country Coordinator contributes to the development and implementation of IMPACT’s country strategy and promotes organizational vision and core values across the mission.
The Country Coordinator will be hosted by ACTED and will fall under the direct responsibility and management of ACTED’s Country Director and their delegates for all Administrative, Security, Logistics, HR and Finance issues. They will therefore fully abide by ACTED’s Security, HR, Administration and Logistics rules and regulations, and, in coordination with ACTED, will ensure IMPACT staff in their unit abide by them.
The Country Coordinator responsibilities include the following:
STRATEGY DEVELOPMENT & IMPLEMENTATION
- Ensure IMPACT has an up-to-date understanding of the country’s socio-economic situation, the impact of the crisis, as well as the aid/humanitarian coordination mechanisms
- Develop and oversee the implementation of a Country Strategy for the mission, and take a lead role in identifying strategic opportunities for strengthening IMPACT’s work in the country, including identify funding opportunities to strengthen country programs
- Ensure each Unit within the mission develops and pursues a Unit Strategy that is aligned with the Country Strategy objectives
- In close coordination with IMPACT HQ, approach donors to identify funding to support IMPACT’s programs in country;
- Oversee project proposal conceptualization, within the framework of the country, regional and global strategy, and budget design, in consultation with ACTED and IMPACT HQ, ensuring the application of IMPACT guidelines on proposal, budget and contract design;
- Negotiate proposal and/or contracts with donors, in close coordination with IMPACT HQ and in consultation with ACTED Country Director (when joint proposal/contract).
PROGRAMME PLANNING AND IMPLEMENTATION
Ensure that all IMPACT programs contribute to supporting better aid planning and are aligned with IMPACT global and country strategies;
Supervise all stages of program implementation, receiving regular updates from team members providing inputs when required, and conducting field visits to program sites for monitoring, quality control and program staff mentoring and coaching;
Maintain regular link with ACTED (as relevant) to facilitate the provision of logistic, administrative and security support to facilitate program implementation, as well as ensuring that IMPACT teams comply to ACTED’s security and other relevant FLAT regulations during program implementation;
PROJECT CYCLE MANAGEMENT
Grant and Project Management: ensure that contractual obligations are met in terms of deliverables as well as narrative and financial reporting requirements, provide ad-hoc support to project implementation through trouble shooting and eliminating blocking points and ensure adequate contribution to project and proposal follow up tools through the timely submission of monthly updated Reporting Follow Up (RFU) tool
Finance Management: Control project budgets to avoid under/over spending, ensure accurate and timely financial tracking, forecasting and reporting and anticipate financial risks and gaps in funding;
TEAM MANAGEMENT AND LEADERSHIP
- Provide leadership across the mission, as well as within the country Senior Management Team, transmitting IMPACT’s values and vision
- Staff Management: Ensure that all staff have clear and regularly updated TORs, workplans and Key performance Indicators against which their performance will be appraised, promote the growth and development of staff within the organisation and manage interpersonal conflicts (internal and external);
Administration and HR management: Ensure transparent and timely recruitment of national staff and contribute to international staff recruitment upon HQ identification, proactively adapt the staffing structure to needs and funding and ensure regular performance appraisal and career management
INTERNAL COORDINATION AND COMMUNICATION
- Facilitate internal communication within the team and information sharing, ensure regular reporting to IMPACT HQ through the Monthly Coordination Report, as well as direct reporting to HQ grants management, finance, HR and program departments. Ensure that any risk to IMPACT programming, projects or staff is as soon as possible communicated to and understood by IMPACT director of country programmes and relevant HQ head of departments
- Ensure regular coordination with ACTED’s Country Director, Project Development, Finance and other FLAT departments at all stages of project development and implementation, including consultations for donor discussions, participation in project kick off and lessons learnt meetings, joint drafting of monthly internal updates and drafting of donor reports or amendment requests. Ensure that all IMPACT staff is aware and fully abide by ACTED’s regulations in terms of administration, logistics and security
- Establish, maintain and improve active and regular working relationships with coordination platforms (clusters, sectors, working groups, NGO forum, HCT, etc), UN agencies, donors, NGOs, consortia, academia, and key decision-making forums;
- Identify potential opportunities and develop donor relationships, as relevant
- Years of work experience At least 5 years of relevant working experience in the humanitarian field or proven progression within IMPACT.
- Management experience Previous experience in a senior management role in an INGO at field level. Proven track record in successful management of international and national teams in humanitarian contexts.
- Familiarity with aid system Good understanding of the aid system and the research community.
- Research skills Excellent research and analytical skills an asset. Experience in assessments. M&E, field research, evaluations an asset.
- Communication/reporting skills Excellent communication and drafting skills for effective reporting, including proven experience in contributing to high level presentations/briefings.
- Experience in geographical region Past experience in the region/supporting is desirable;
- Academic qualifications Excellent academic qualifications, including a Master’s degree in a relevant discipline (International Relations, Political Sciences, Social Research, Economics, Development Studies, or similar)
- Software skills Proven knowledge of the Microsoft Office Suite, to include Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Familiarity with R, SPSS and/or STATA or other statistical analysis software an asset.
- Multi-tasking skills Ability to multitask with tight deadlines, on numerous research cycles in complex environment;
- Level of independence A self-starter with a proven ability to work independently;
- Cross-cultural work environment Ability to operate in a cross-cultural environment requiring flexibility;
- Language skills English and Portuguese required.
COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS
- IMPACT salaries are strictly determined by our salary grid depending on the grade of the position and the level of education of staff. A location-dependent security and/or isolation adjustment is then applied as a recognition that some staff are required to work in difficult places where living and working conditions are much more difficult than elsewhere.
- Accommodation and food provided in a guesthouse. Depending on the country situation, a contribution to a housing allowance of up to 75% of country-specific benchmark can be considered instead. NB – IMPACT is hosted by ACTED in this country.
- Enrolment in Swiss private pension fund (Swisslife – approx. 9.975% of staff gross salary), health insurance, life insurance and repatriation assistance
- On a case-by-case basis, accompanied status and relevant benefits can apply (health insurance and flight tickets for dependents, education allowance for children).
- Flight tickets every 6 months & visa fees covered (in-country travel costs and professional expenses are fully covered)
- Contribution to the luggage transportation: between 20 and 100 kgs, depending on the length of the contract (+ luggage and personal property insurance)
- Annual leave of 36 days per year. Public holidays of the country of assignment. Family/compassionate leave when applicable.
- Predeparture induction – 3 days at IMPACT Initiatives’s HQ in Geneva + one week pre-departure training in ACTED HQ in Paris, including a 4-days in situ security training;
- Enrolment in IMPACT Initiatives Research Foundational Learning Programme within the first 3 months from the start of contract.
- IMPACT prioritizes the psychological safety of its staff and the health insurance provided covers, among others, up to 1000 € per year of psychosocial counselling fees.
How to apply
Please apply at the following link: Country Coordinator for Mozambique, based in Pemba | Impact (impact-initiatives.org)
Deadline: 31 Mar 2024