Monday, February 17, 2014

Country Director Kenya - Somalia, Vétérinaires Sans Frontières Suisse

Vétérinaires Sans Frontières Suisse (VSF-Suisse) is a humanitarian, politically and religiously neutral organization with its head office in Berne, Switzerland. 

VSF-Suisse engages in the fight against hunger, poverty, distress and disease on behalf of people who depend on livestock for their daily survival. VSF-Suisse works at the crossroads of humanitarian aid and development cooperation.

For its country office in Nairobi, as of 1 April 2014, VSF-Suisse is looking for a:

Country Director Kenya - Somalia (full-time)

Duties and Responsibilities

The Country Director is a dynamic leader who ensures the achievement of VSF-Suisse’s goals in Kenya and Somalia and who guides the staff with his/her extraordinary commitment. 

In close collaboration and under the supervision of the Programme Manager Greater Horn of Africa based in Berne, Switzerland, he/she leads the Kenya-Somalia programme. 

In particular the Country Director will:
  • Have the overall responsibility of the VSF-Suisse project activities of the Office Nairobi.
  • Contribute to the further development of VSF-Suisse in Kenya and Somalia with a strong focus on project acquisition and institutional fundraising (calls)
  • Supervise and guide the programmatic and project work
  • Work closely with the Programme Manager Greater Horn of Africa and the staff in the field, to coordinate the identification of new projects
  • Mobilise and allocate financial resources in the most efficient and effective manner
  • Have the financial responsibility of the project-portfolio, the final control of the accountancy and the cash flow along with the control of the monthly and annual financial closures
  • Lead and coordinate a team of approximately 50 collaborators
  • Strengthen the internal communication and promotion of dialogue between the field team and the head office in Berne
  • Represent the organization with donors, partners and the general public
  • Develop and maintain partnerships and networks with other stakeholders.
  • S/he has a long-term experience in the management of a country programme of an international NGO, sound knowledge in the field of humanitarian aid and development cooperation and a strong ability to communicate and network with collaborators, partners, donors and the general public.
  • University degree in political, agricultural, environmental science, geography, veterinary medicine or any other relevant field a must
  • Further training in management and finance (e.g. relevant MBA, MAS) a must
  • 7 to 10 years experience in the management of an NGO or a country programme and strong leadership qualities a must
  • Proven experience in financial management (budget control, financial and cash flow planning and control) a must
  • Thorough knowledge and experience in planning, implementing, monitoring and evaluating humanitarian aid and development programmes and projects in areas such as food security, rural development and health in Kenya and Somalia a must
  • Proven experience in organisational development, change and/or crisis management along with strong motivation skills a very strong asset
  • Facility in communicating and negotiating with institutional and private donors (UN, EU) as well as good knowledge of the donor landscape in Kenya and Somalia
  • Experience in working within in a multicultural environment
  • Willingness to make regular field trips
  • Mother tongue English or any local Kenyan or Somali language with a proficient knowledge of English and/or Kiswahili/Somali; German and French a strong advantage
  • Age ideally above 45 years
  • Kenyan resident (this position is for local staff only, no expat compensations).
What we offer
  • A qualified, dynamic and highly motivated team
  • A unique and extremely relevant project portfolio
  • Opportunity to actively contribute to the future of a middle sized NGO in Kenya and Somalia
  • A job in a demanding and challenging environment with the possibility to get strongly involved
  • Competitive local salary
Location: Nairobi, Kenya

Entry date: 1 April 2014

Further information and application procedure

Marc Raphaël Dietrich
Programme Manager Greater Horn of Africa

We look forward to receiving your application in English! 

Please include a strong motivation letter stating why you are the right person for this position (max. 1 page), a recent CV, scanned copies of your work certificates and relevant diplomas/certificates, three references to contact. 

Send your application only by e-mail to by 24 February 2014 (midnight, CET). 

Interviews are planned between 25 February and 7 March 2014 in Nairobi. 

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.