HEKS/EPER, Swiss Church Aid is the aid organisation of the Protestant Churches of Switzerland and supports projects to combat hunger, poverty and injustice in over 30 countries on four continents. HEKS/EPER also provides emergency relief for victims of natural disasters and armed conflict worldwide and supports the welfare and social work of the Reformed Churches in Eastern Europe and in the Middle East. In Venezuela HEKS/EPER has been providing humanitarian assistance to affected populations since 2019 and is currently about to scale up its country program.

HEKS/EPER is looking for an experienced and proactive

Country Director Venezuela, 100%
Your responsibilities:

The designated Country Director will play a pivotal role in setting up and leading a multifaceted country program with a diversified technical team. The programmatic work will range from short term humanitarian interventions to longer term solutions. The position will demand strong acquisition skills with major donors such as ECHO, USAID, DIFID, and various other UN-funding instruments (i.e. UNICEF, HCR, UNDP). The ideal candidate must also have very strong networking skills and feel comfortable negotiating and convincing relevant stakeholders about HEKS/EPERs needs-based relief strategy and approaches.

  • Leads the identification, development, implementation and monitoring of new projects
  • Establishes a country office and recruits a strong technical country staff
  • Develops a country strategy including a fundraising strategy for Venezuela
  • Fundraises with institutional donors including ECHO, USAID, DFID, UN and other donors in-country, including intense drafting work of concept notes and project proposals as well as carrying out in-depth assessment in the field
  • Ensures submission of appropriate, timely, high-quality proposals and leads donor negotiations
  • Establishes and leads a qualified technical team of high performing and motivated staff
  • Joins or leads the establishment of consortia
  • Represents HEKS/EPER towards authorities, line ministries, UN clusters and other various coordination meetings
  • Continuously analyses the context in Venezuela
  • Ensures that HEKS/EPER HR, logistic, administrative and financial procedures are fully implemented
  • Oversees the HEKS/EPER Security Protocol in Venezuela and ensures implantation of security procedures
Your profile:
  • University degree or equivalent in a relevant field
  • Minimum experience of 8 years in the humanitarian sector with ideally 3 years as a country director with an INGO
  • A proven track record of acquisition of funding with major donors
  • Strong proposal writing skills, proven financial management, monitoring and evaluation skills
  • Excellent representation, networking and negotiation skills
  • Proven leadership skills. The successful candidate will undergo an external in-depth personality and leadership assessment prior to recruitment
  • Ability to work in insecure settings and under pressure
  • Flexibility to travel on short notice both within and outside Venezuela
  • Ability to work both independently and with teams, excellent facilitation skills, sensitivity for gender & social equity and local culture
  • Language skills: excellent written and oral proficiency in both Spanish and English
We offer:
  • Duty Station: Caracas, Venezuela
  • Duration: 1 year with possibility for extension
Are you interested? We are looking forward do your complete application documents (essentials: motivation letter, CV, copies of work certificates and 3 references). Only online applications will be considered.

Interviews will be held on a rolling basis.

Nathalie Praz, Head of Humanitarian Aid, is at your disposal for further information: +41 44 360 88 94

For further information about HEKS/EPER, please consult our website https://en.heks.ch/.