Mines Advisory Group (MAG)

Country Director

Mines Advisory Group (MAG)

Job Description

 

MAG vacancy: Director" id="link" class="link">Country Director – Ecuador

The total salary package for this position is £51,396 per annum, comprised of basic salary and cost of living allowance.

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 Ecuador programme:

MAG has had an Arms Management and Destruction (AMD) programme in Peru since 2017, and is due to begin operations in Ecuador as soon as possible. It is recognised that given the current Covid-19 pandemic situation, the start date will be subject to the environment being operationally feasible and entry to Ecuador for international staff being possible.

The aims of the project are to augment the existing Ecuadorian domestic military capacity through provision of a range of Physical Security and Stockpile Management (PSSM) tools and training necessary to ensure long-term self-sufficiency. This will include helping the Ecuadorian capacity to properly store and manage state-held weapons stockpiles and to have the technical expertise and capability to routinely and safely dispose of excess and obsolete weapons. Additionally, this support will mitigate the risk of an unplanned explosion that may threaten or harm the local civilian populace and military personnel. Finally, the Conventional Weapons Destruction (CWD) project will result in more secure stockpiles, thereby eliminating a potential source of weapons for non-state actors and criminal organisations.

About the role:

Reporting to the Regional Director, you will be responsible for the effective integration of strategic, programmatic and operational management and the development of new business, 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. This senior role will provide you with the opportunity to use your people management skills, leading a small team of international and national staff. You will also have the opportunity to use your skills in stakeholder management, to take a leading role in donor development, and working with a wide range of national and international actors.

About you:

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. 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 the ability to engage with high level military contacts. Fluency in English and Spanish is required.**

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