Country Director, Azerbaijan (12 month fixed term contract). Start date no later than early January 2022

The starting salary package for this position is £51,396 GBP / approx. $69,290 USD including all allowances

About the Azerbaijan programme:

In December 2021, MAG will establish a start-up project in Azerbaijan funded by the US State Department’s Office for Weapons Removal and Abatement (WRA) and the Canadian government’s Peace and Stabilisation Operations Program. The widespread use of landmines and UXO during the recent fighting between Azerbaijan and Armenia, in November 2020, have created a renewed and urgent need to improve the country’s humanitarian mine action response.

This project will see MAG work to improve the Azerbaijan National Agency for Mine Action’s (ANAMA) ability to deliver an expanded and high-quality humanitarian mine action programme to address the new and legacy contamination, and in turn make affected regions safer for vulnerable communities and internally displaced people. MAG will train ANAMA supervisors in effective team management, as well as delivering a comprehensive review and upgrade of their Standard Operating Procedures.

Crucially, MAG will also work to strengthen relationships with ANAMA, embassies and other implementers in this initial 12-month period, as it looks towards future work in the country.

About the role:

The project has a set 12-month duration and the full team will need to be in place no later than the start of January 2022.

MAG is looking for a Country Director able to set up new working structures and relationships in Azerbaijan, deliver the existing project and also create resource mobilisation opportunities with the national authorities and donors to build a long term mine action programme.

Reporting to the Regional Director, you will be responsible for the effective integration of strategic, programmatic and operational management, 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 range of national and international actors.

Specific responsibilities will include:

• Developing the working relationship with ANAMA and a full understanding of their day to day expectations with a specific view to expanding MAG’s operational scope of work within Azerbaijan.

• Liaising with relevant authorities in all aspects of new programme set-up, including but not limited to appropriate registration for taxation and importation purposes and work permits

• Building strong relationships with all other actors working in the HMA sector in-country, including but not limited to UNDP and GICHD

• Developing a country business plan and risk framework in accordance with MAG’s internal models

• Building a strong working relationship with the US embassy in Baku as representatives of one of the project’s current donors

• Ensuring all external / public communications are coordinated closely with ANAMA and pre-approved before delivery

• In conjunction with MAG’s UK Partnerships / programmes department, proactively working on funding opportunities, building relationships with donor embassies in-country and developing ongoing project concepts to further develop MAG’s operational presence in Azerbaijan

About you:

The Country Director will need to be a self-starter with demonstrable experience of new project development, able to work extremely closely with the national authorities and ministries on all aspects of registration and set-up, as well as networking with potential donors to further develop and extend MAG’s programme of work. As well as demonstrable skills in people, project and financial management (including the ability to manage cash books), 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. Previous experience at a management level in the mine action sector or working within the region would be highly desirable. 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 fluency in English, and the ability to network with potential donors to further develop and extend MAG’s programme of work. Evidenced experience of project start-up, demonstrating ability to problem solve in a new working environment where there are no existing programme structures is highly desirable.

Benefits:

MAG staff are rewarded with generous benefits:

• Salary: The starting salary package for this position is £51,396 per annum including all allowances and this increases with service.

• Accommodation: MAG will provide accommodation in-country.

• Leave: We recognise our staff work hard and need the appropriate time out to stay motivated. You'll have a minimum of six weeks out of the programme per year

• Flights: MAG provides three international flights home per year

• Insurance: All international staff are automatically covered by MAG's comprehensive insurance package including: Personal accident and medical expenses insurance; Death by natural causes insurance and access to 24-hour medical assistance including evacuation and repatriation.

Please see the candidate information sheet in the application pack for further details on these benefits.

Please note that as part of MAG's commitment to safeguarding, this post is subject to background checks before an offer of employment is confirmed. For more information on MAG’s approach to safeguarding and background checks, please click here. You can also find more information in the candidate information pack, available through the link below.

MAG is committed to the principles of diversity, equality and inclusion. If you think you would be suited to one of our roles we would welcome your application regardless of your background. We strive to provide an inclusive and supportive working environment where all employees feel respected and supported in fulfilling their potential.

How to apply

For further information about this opportunity, as well as the application form, please download the candidate information pack, below:

MAG – Country Director, Azerbaijan - Application Pack

Please return the Application form to humanresources@maginternational.org. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, and the advert will close if a suitable candidate is found. Therefore, please submit your application as soon as possible. Due to the high volume of applications that we receive, we are not able to respond to every application. If you have not heard back from us within 3 weeks of applying, it means that your application has not been successful.