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Country Director – Ethiopia

About Us

GOAL has responded to the world’s major humanitarian crises since its founding in 1977, working with vulnerable communities in 15 countries across the globe with a dedicated team of 3,500 personnel. While GOAL continues to be an agile first-responder to humanitarian crises, it is also committed to working with vulnerable communities to help them survive crises and support them on the road to recovery.

Country ContextSince the early 1980s, GOAL has been working in Ethiopia, implementing a multi-sectoral, countrywide humanitarian and development programme. We now work in 55 districts across six regions in Ethiopia: Afar, Benishangul Gumuz, Gambella, Oromiya, Somali and SNNPP. ;Our programmes focus on alleviating poverty, addressing development challenges, and responding to sudden-onset and protracted humanitarian crises, such as drought, conflict, and displacement. GOAL targets the most vulnerable of communities and groups with specialised programming in key areas, including nutrition; water, sanitation & hygiene (WASH); livelihoods and food security; health, as well as protection interventions.

Job Purpose

GOAL is seeking a highly experienced and energetic individual to join our team as Country Director – Ethiopia. This is a critical role and requires an inspiring leader with a proven track record of successfully managing and growing a large country programme. You’ll be responsible for the strategic direction, development, and promotion of GOAL’s work in Ethiopia. The CD will drive organisational coherence and policy implementation with regular and effective communications within the country team and with GOAL Regional Office

The key areas of responsibility for a GOAL Country Director are:


  • Ensuring all programme activities are planned, resourced, implemented, monitored and evaluated in a timely manner, ensuring that they are appropriate, necessary, cost effective, targeted, sustainable and in keeping with GOAL’s mission and philosophy.

Fundraising / donors

  • Securing adequate funds for GOAL Ethiopia programmes is shared between the Country Director and the Regional GOAL office (secure programme funding from donors in-country where possible)

Financial Accountability

  • Accountability for all financial matters in the field by review and approval of monthly management accounts.


  • Responsible for the health and welfare of all staff and are empowered to use all available resources to promote their development in line with GOAL policy.

Resource Management/Logistics

  • Working closely with the Systems Director on all aspects related to logistics, to ensure that all available and appropriate resources are accessible in their country of assignment.

Safety and Security

  • Be fully informed regarding the political and security environment within their country of assignment.


  • To represent GOAL within their country of assignment this includes Media and visibility, ensuring there is appropriate liaison and negotiation with the relevant Government partners, regional and local authorities; donors; local agencies etc.

The Person

Proven experience at Country Director Level in the overseas humanitarian or development environmentSignificant overseas management experience in humanitarian assistance and development programmesPrevious experience of leading and developing a large in-country teamComfortable liaising with government officials and a variety of donorsFamiliarity with NGO Red Cross Code of Conduct, the People in Aid code, and Sphere Minimum StandardsA willingness to regularly travel to programme sites.

GOAL is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to building an inclusive environment for all employees. We know that the more inclusive we are, the better our work will be.

All employees share in the responsibility for fulfilling GOAL’s commitment to equal employment opportunity and equal treatment. GOAL does not discriminate against any employee or volunteer; or any applicant for employment or volunteering on the basis of age, gender identity, ancestry, political opinion, civil status, medical condition, ethnic background, disability, race, religion, sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by applicable laws.

Accountability within GOAL

A commitment to GOAL values and GOAL’s integrity framework is critical to working with GOAL. Any candidate offered a job with GOAL will be expected to adhere to the following key areas of accountability: 1) Comply with GOAL’s policies and procedures with respect to safeguarding, code of conduct, health and safety, confidentiality, do no harm principles and unacceptable behaviour protocols; 2) Report any concerns about the welfare of a child or vulnerable adult or any wrongdoings within our programming area; 3) Report any concerns about inappropriate behaviour of a GOAL staff or partner.


Children and vulnerable adults who encounter GOAL as a result of our activities must be safeguarded to the maximum possible extent from deliberate or inadvertent actions and failings that place them at risk of abuse, sexual exploitation, injury and any other harm. One of the ways that GOAL shows this on-going commitment to safeguarding is to include rigorous background and reference checks in the selection process for all candidates.

General Terms and Conditions

This Job Description only serves as a guide for the position available. GOAL reserves the right to change this document.

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