Country Director, Paraguay

Mines Advisory Group

Country Director, based in Paraguay (12-month fixed term contract) and subject to funding. The starting salary package for this position is £53,824 GBP per annum (approx. $68,139 USD) including all allowances

About MAG:

MAG saves lives and builds futures by working with others to reclaim land contaminated with the debris of conflict, to reduce the daily risk of death or injury for civilians, and to create safe and secure conditions for development. MAG shared the 1997 Nobel Peace Prize as a founding member of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines for our work to ban landmines. Our vision is a safe and secure future for men, women and children affected by armed violence and conflict.

About the Paraguay programme:

MAG is looking to begin a Physical Security and Stockpile Management Programme in Paraguay. Subject to funding we are recruiting a Country Director for an initial 12 month project to establish and manage operations within Paraguay, leading a small team based out of Asuncion and working closely with national partner DIMABEL. Applicants must have fluency in both Spanish and English.

About the role:

MAG is looking for a Country Director to provide strategic leadership and representation for MAG in Paraguay and maintain robust oversight of the programme to ensure quality delivery of MAG’s activities.

Reporting to the Regional Director, you will be responsible for the effective integration of strategic, programmatic and operational management, in compliance with contractual obligations and MAG’s mission and mandate. You will have a wide variety of strategic responsibilities including contract management, donor liaison, people management, security management, capacity building and risk management.

About you:

The Country Director will need to be a self-starter with demonstrable experience of new project development, able to work extremely closely with the national authorities as well as networking with potential donors to further develop and extend MAG’s programme of work.As well as demonstrable skills in people, project and financial management, you will need previous experience working overseas in senior management roles and managing and leading projects and/or programmes, from project design through to contract delivery. Prior experience of managing US State department funding and knowledge of Physical Security and Stockpile Management would be highly desirable.You will have demonstrable experience of working in complex political environments that require tact, sensitivity and relationship-building skills.

You will need to have high level planning, organisational and diplomatic skills to negotiate with various political and military stakeholders. You will also have fluency in English and Spanish, and the ability to network with potential donors to further develop and extend MAG’s programme of work. Evidenced experience of project start-up, demonstrating ability to problem solve in a new working environment where there are no existing programme structures is highly desirable.

Please note that as part of MAG’s commitment to safeguarding, this post is subject to background checks before an offer of employment is confirmed. For more information on MAG’s approach to safeguarding and background checks, please click here. You can also find more information in the candidate information pack, available on the MAG website, using the link below.

MAG is committed to the principles of diversity, equality and inclusion. If you think you would be suited to one of our roles we would welcome your application regardless of your background. We strive to provide an inclusive and supportive working environment where all employees feel respected and supported in fulfilling their potential

How to apply

For the further information on the role, the application form and details of how to apply, please visit, the MAG website at the closing date of 17th July 2023, at 9am UK time.

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