Country Director, South Sudan

The starting salary package for this position is £68,346 GBP / approx. $94,500 USD including all allowances

About the South Sudan programme:

South Sudan is one of the youngest, poorest and least developed countries world-wide. The 2016 outbreak of hostilities has led to thousands of people being killed or wounded, and hundreds of thousands of people being displaced by the violence. MAG has been successfully working in South Sudan since 2004, to clear landmines/unexploded ordnance and deliver mine risk education to at-risk populations in a constantly challenging environment. We are seeking to recruit a dynamic and driven Country Director to lead our programme in South Sudan, who will have overall responsibility for the delivery of MAGs activities in-country.

About the role:

This is an excellent opportunity to join our established team in South Sudan, which currently has a staffing profile of approximately 100 (this is expected to stay stable for the foreseeable future). We are looking for an experienced manager to lead on our vision to capacity build staff and structures at community, district and national levels, within our team and also with our wider partners. This will support the Government of South Sudan to deliver it’s commitments under the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention 2026. As Country Director, you will be partly based in Juba, with extensive and frequent travel to the field sites to support our teams for up to three weeks at a time. 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, business development, 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 large team of staff operating across a complex and varied environment. You will also have the opportunity to use your skills in stakeholder management, to take a leading role in donor development, identifying funding opportunities in a demanding donor environment.

About you:

You will have experience working overseas at a senior management level in large-scale programmes in the protection and/or humanitarian field. It is essential that you have strong programme management skills, preferably with experience of managing large scale, multi-year projects, ideally from project design through to contract delivery. We are looking for an exceptional people manager to inspire, lead and guide our capable managers, and deliver - as well as oversee – our capacity building strategy. You will have experience developing and monitoring individual and group training plans. You will also need demonstrable skills in financial management, as well as previous experience working overseas in complex political environments that require tact, sensitivity and relationship-building skills. You will have experience working in conflict areas within sub-Saharan Africa, preferably in East Africa. You will also have experience managing daily field site security, as well as the development of country security strategies (such as site evacuation plans). You will have a strong commitment and demonstrable experience of promoting and driving forward change in relation to gender, equity, and diversity issues across our teams, fostering a positive working environment which is highly inclusive of different cultures and backgrounds. We welcome applications from experienced managers from any development sector including the broader disarmament, protection and humanitarian fields.

In line with our policy of promoting gender balance within the programme, female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.


MAG staff are rewarded with generous benefits:

• Salary: The starting salary package for this position is £68,346 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, plus an additional 10 days as South Sudan is categorized as a ‘Hardship’ location.

• 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, South Sudan - Application Pack

Please return the Application form to by the closing date of 1 August 2021. 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.