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Country Director for Sri Lanka

Are you the one we are looking for? As the Country Director for Diakonia in Sri Lanka is retiring, we are seeking an exceptional candidate to lead our country team.

Diakonia Asia Regional Office is recruiting a Country Director for Sri Lanka

The Country Director will be responsible for implementing Diakonia’s country strategy for Sri Lanka and take our next steps on the road towards a sustainable long-term presence where we can support programmes with local organizations in Sri Lanka over the longer-term partnership. The work is under delegation and supervision by the Regional Director. The Asia Regional Office is located in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Placement: Colombo, Sri Lanka, but international travel will be required. 
Duration: Permanent 
Planned starting date: November 1st, 2020
Report to: Regional Director 

Main Responsibilities:

Lead and direct strategic development and implementation of Diakonia’s country strategy in Sri Lanka.

Represent Diakonia with personnel and managerial responsibility, and working environment responsibility for all employees within the country as well as meetings and conferences within the country. 

Manage and oversee grants to partners, including developing sustainable funding of the country programme.

Ensure partners are provided with capacity building and technical assistance needed in a timely manner, including facilitating workshops with program partners and helping to enhance advocacy efforts.

Be responsible for the country budget, for developing and monitoring annual operational budgets, and reports on the country strategy internally within Diakonia and with external donors.

Initiate and lead the resource mobilization for the country programme, in collaboration with the regional and head offices.

Coordinate with all other Diakonia teams as may be required to support, document, and/or review the implementation of the Diakonia regional strategy.

Ensure that the Sri Lanka country strategy team upholds Diakonia’s shared values in all aspects of their work.

Manage and oversee staff and administration of the Sri Lanka country office.

Competence and Experience:

Master degree or higher in a relevant field, including experience in management and financial control.

At least 5 years’ experience of working with an INGO.

Deep understanding of the local context.

Independent and creative problem-solving beyond well-known guidelines, within diverse areas of activity.

Thematic knowledge and experience of working with Human Rights, Democracy, Gender Justice or Environment.

Distinct ability to think strategically and conceptually.

Excellent English writing and speaking skills, and good knowledge of local languages.

Good social skills and experience from working in a multicultural setting.

This position is open to Sri Lanka nationals. 

How to apply: Please download the Application Form to be filled in English and submitted to keren.coilpillai@diakonia.se no later than August 8, 2020.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview. Diakonia is an equal opportunity employer. All Diakonia representatives are explicitly prohibited from engaging in any activity that may result in any kind of child abuse. In addition, it is Diakonia’s policy to create and proactively maintain an environment that aims to prevent and deter any actions and omissions, whether deliberate or inadvertent, that place children at the risk of any kind of child abuse