Head of Mission - UMCOR, Colombo

Closing date:  01 Jan 2012

PURPOSE: The Head of Mission (HoM) is to lead and manage all programming, human resources, business development and Mission operations in Sri Lanka for UMCOR NGO.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: The Head of Mission, (HoM), based in Columbo, will be responsible for country office supervision, program development, and overseeing all aspects of UMCOR’s presence. Central to the position will be the establishment and development of relations with key players, including donors, international and local NGOs, UN agencies, government offices, local partners, faith-based and United Methodist Church stakeholders and other stake-holders.

The HoM will be responsible to ensure that all aspects of UMCOR’s programs in Sri Lanka are implemented in compliance with grant agreements, budgets, schedules as per donor and UMCOR internal requirements. The HoM will develop and manage programs in tandem with staff. As part of program development, the HoM is expected to examine the funding situation in the country and solicit funding for programs. In addition, the position will be responsible for office and management procedures, assessing the security situation, and recruiting/supervising expatriate and national staff.

Primary Responsibilities: • Oversee all aspects of UMCOR Sri Lanka operations, including administration, human resources, security, project management and implementation. • Lead the coordination of programming for UMCOR in Sri Lanka. • Coordinate with HQ in the establishment and management of the mission strategy for UMCOR’s work in Sri Lanka. • Develop work plans, in conjunction with program staff, for implementation of all programs; oversee implementation of all program activities and ensure work plans are followed or adjusted as needed. • Design, prepare and negotiate project proposals and budgets, while maintaining oversight of the program, budget and expenditures to ensure timely use of funds. • Ensure compliance with UMCOR and donor policies and procedures as they relate to personnel, security, procurement and financial management. • Collaborate with and support the coordination of UMCOR efforts with all major and relevant stakeholders in Sri Lanka, including with the Methodist Church of Sri Lanka (MCSL). • Collaborate with the Finance Director in the administration of finance, including budget preparation and submission of financial reports, funds transfers, accounting, and related functions and also prepares and submits required narrative reports to UMCOR HQ, including project development and monthly reports. • Ensure consistent high quality outputs and comprehensive monitoring, documenting and evaluation of all activities and their impacts. • Actively coordinate program activities with other humanitarian and government agencies working in the area. • Provide regular situation reports to HQ and timely program reports according to donor and internal
UMCOR requirements. • Monitor developments throughout Sri Lanka and assess local contextual needs with the view of new program development and expanding programming. • Must be willing to travel extensively to conduct regular site visits for all programs • Responsible for field office personnel recruitment, management and staff development. • Communicate with HQ’s Program Unit on all aspects of programming. • Other tasks as assigned by the Executive Director.

QUALIFICATIONS: Master’s Degree in international development or related field and five or more years of international experience. A solid background in leading and managing multi-faceted integrated programming, with strong program development and multi-donor networking and acquisition skills. Requires pro-active leadership, while possessing experience working in an insecure environment.

Excellent written and oral communication skills in English required. Strong networking, management and financial skills required. Experience working with faith-based organization and constituency. Strong knowledge and abilities in socio-economic development issues/approaches. Proven skills in working with international donors in program development, proposal writing, grants management and program implementation. Prior experience in Southeast Asia highly desirable. Local language skills are desirable.
How to apply: 
Submit your cover letter and resume through our website. Application deadline is January 1, 2012. Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls please. We appreciate your interest in the United Methodist Committee on Relief. The United Methodist Committee on Relief, NGO is an Equal Opportunity Employer.