Head of Mission (Various Locations)


Job Description

INTERSOS is an independent humanitarian organization that assists the victims of natural disasters, armed conflicts and exclusion. Its activities are based on the principles of solidarity, justice, human dignity, equality of rights and opportunities, respect for diversity and coexistence, paying special attention to the most vulnerable people.

Terms of reference

Job Title: Head of Mission Code: SR--1479 Duty station: Various locations Starting date: 19/02/2021 Contract duration: 1 year (renewable) Reporting to: Regional Director Supervision of: Depends on the mission's set-up Dependents: /// General context of the project /// General purpose of the position /// Main responsibilities and tasks

The Head of Mission represents the Organization and is responsible for the planning, management and implementation of the country program on the basis of defined strategies and indications.

The HoM manages and coordinates the operations and Human Resources in the country and is responsible to: Communication and representation
  • Establish and maintain collaborative relations with Local Authorities and Institutions, Donors, International Agencies, NGOs and other stakeholders
  • Follow up, guarantee and monitor government recognition procedures for the organization in compliance with the host country formalities
  • Tmonitor donor’s priorities and intervention strategies in the country as well as to map and approach new donors
Planning and implementation
  • Define country priorities based on context and needs analyses; monitor donor intervention strategies in the country; Design, promote and elaborate new interventions
  • Assess, promote and submit new projects, following the procedures defined and promoting a spirit of participation among beneficiaries at all management stages, ensuring the transparency of the intervention
  • Supervise, monitor and evaluate the implementation of the country operations - and all related administrative, financial, human resources, logistics and security aspects - ensuring timely and quality assistance delivery, as well as cost efficiency and accountability, in compliance with INTERSOS and donors guidelines, regulations and procedures
Information and Reporting
  • Continuously assess, analyze and evaluate the impact of the country operations, also through periodic visits to the areas of intervention
  • Define the mission financial plan, ensuring self-sufficiency and consistency of expenses, and assume responsibility for the mission funds management, including bank accounts
Human Resources
  • Coordinate, guide and supervise the mission staff, and evaluate their performance
  • To ensure the respect for the values, Code of Ethics and Organization Management and Control Model of INTERSOS within the mission
  • Ensure personnel compliance with procedures foreseen by INTERSOS’ Organization Management and Control Model
  • Proactively participate in relevant Coordination meetings
  • Validation of all the mission security plans (Capital and projects)
  • Interaction on the Country Security issues with HQ (Security Referent) and relevant actors
  • To hold final responsibility for any decision concerning security
Required profile and experience


  • University Degree in Social Sciences, Political Sciences, International Relations, Humanitarian and International Cooperation or related field.
Professional Experience

  • At least 5 years of professional work experience as Head of Mission or other management/ coordination positions in humanitarian/development contexts.
  • Proven experience in management of UN and ECHO funds.
  • Proven experience in management of large staff teams and good leadership**
Professional Requirements

  • Excellent communication skills (both verbal and in writing)

  • Proficient knowledge of English is required. French is an asset
Personal Requirements

  • Proactive attitude
  • Ability to work in insecure remote contexts and to adapt to basic living conditions in remote/isolated areas
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