Country Manager

Handicap International

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Humanity & Inclusion (Handicap International) is an independent and impartial international aid organization working in situations of poverty and exclusion, conflict and disaster. We work alongside people with disabilities and vulnerable populations, with partners and stakeholders, acting and bearing witness to meet their basic needs, improve their living conditions and promote respect for their dignity and fundamental rights.

In Nepal, sine 2000, HI has been implementing health and rehabilitation, inclusive education, inclusive DRM, disaster responses/recovery, and inclusive livelihood projects. HI supports the inclusion of socially excluded vulnerable groups (particularly people with disabilities, children, elderly and vulnerable women) and promotes their access to services related to health/rehabilitation, social security, disaster risk management, livelihoods, education and others essential services.

HI Nepal announces vacancy from qualified Nepali candidates for the following position: 

Position Title: Country Manager, Nepal

Description of the Mission

Activities: Inclusive Education, Physical Rehabilitation, Inclusive Health, Economic Inclusion, DRR & CCA, logistic preparedness

Voume: 2.7 M€/year- 65 staff 


Main Mission Challenges: Renewal of funding in context where the available funding is decreasing, identifying new funding opportunity as per HI sectoral priorities ,  new partnerships and strengthening partnership collaboration, , government compliance including the renewal the registration, emergency preparedness etc.  

General Mission:  Reporting to the Regional Director, the Country Manager contributes to the implementation of the mandate and 10-year strategy of Humanity & Inclusion in the country where s/he is based. S/he ensures optimal quality and the impact of the projects implemented in the country by means of a delegation system with appropriate oversight mechanisms. With all the other HI managers, s/he shares responsibility for the sound management and effective functioning of the global organisation through paradigm changes. The country manager manages a team of project managers in his/her country.

Location: Kathmandu 

Terms & Conditions: Fixed Term 3 years (Renewable) Contract


Mission 1: Management 

  • Manager as a role model: embody HI's values on a daily basis, and be a role model. 
  • Manager as a coach for meaning: understand the strategy, make it explicit, translate it into operational objectives for his or her team, lead the necessary changes. Give meaning to each management action. Encourage inter and intra departmental exchanges of practice. Encourage innovation and risk-taking. 
  • Operational manager: organise the operational management of his or her team, structure the work around identified processes, steer performance and facilitate the resolution of problems. 
  • First HR & Coach: contribute to the development of his or her staff, creating the conditions for their commitment, professionalism and attachment to HI. Ensure compliance with the code of conduct and institutional policies, the mindset and expected individual and collective behaviour.

Mission 2: Strategy and steering 

Responsibility 1: Contribute to the development of the programme operational strategy, and to its implementation and annual monitoring in the country 

  • Contribute to the process of elaborating the StratOp of the programme and steer the operational aspects of the StratOp 
  • At least once a year, contribute, with his/her portfolio of projects and data, to the annual monitoring of the StratOp and to the following year’s programme planning (support missions and evaluations). 
  • In the event of a crisis/emergency, implement the framework and set-up decided by the HI Operations Director. 
  • Take part in the programme steering committee led by his/her line manager where required.

Responsibility 2: Implement the project part of the Programme’s Operational Strategy 

  • Size and plan necessary resources, recruit the project managers (ensuring a fit between skills and the projects’ challenges and ambitions), developing and monitoring their skills development plan, in conjunction with the corresponding profession sectors and with HR. 
  • Where relevant, develop regular contacts with current and potential donors at field level and liaise with their line manager to check coherence with institutional programming and fundraising strategy. 
  • Within the operational framework defined in the StratOp, identify and transform funding opportunities in his/her country of assignment. Undertake (or contribute to) the design and drafting of new projects, and institutional fundraising for major multi-country projects, based on the decisions taken by the Authority regarding the opportunities. 
  • In conjunction with the [Regional] Technical Unit, identify, develop, and ensure the management and progression of local partnerships and/or consortia with CSOs, NGOs, institutions, companies; on technical priorities or important topics in the area and going beyond the project timeframe.

Responsibility 3: Contribute to organisational transformation, particularly through changes to managerial practices, continuous improvement, and contribute to the improvement of working processes

Mission 3: Standards and expertise 

Ensure deployment and compliance with HI global frameworks, institutional policies and standards 

These include: the mandatory reference frameworks (such as HI Mission & Values or HI Theory of Change: Access to services), all HI's institutional policies (Security / Code of Conduct and Safeguarding / Anti-fraud, bribery and corruption / PME and Project Quality Framework / Age-Gender-Disability), all institutional directives and processes; delegation thresholds; security levels.

Mission 4: Operational implementation 

Responsibility 1: Ensure the sound management and monitoring of projects under his/her responsibility 

  • In conjunction with the [Regional] Technical Unit and the [Regional] MEAL Unit, ensure that HI quality standards (including technical standards) are applied in the projects, and monitor the implementation of recommendations from support missions, evaluations and audits. 
  • Ensure compliance with project donors’ rules and adherence to contractual commitments: consolidation, oversight and reporting to his/her line manager operational and organisational information in his/her area (dashboards, corrective action, use of own funds, beneficiary data, etc.) 
  • In relation with the concerned departments, deploy all appropriate tools to enable projects monitoring (operational, financial, logistics, human resources and technical monitoring) respecting HI and donors’ financial framework and in compliance with HI’s policies and frameworks. 
  • Undertake expenditure and manage the project activity-specific budget lines according to the delegation he/she received based on the programme signature delegation table 
  • Facilitate audits (operational, financial and organisational), and ensure that their recommendations are implemented in their area of responsibility.

Responsibility 2: Keeping both potential opportunities and risks in mind, contribute to the monitoring and analysis done by the line manager, and propose mitigation measures where relevant 

  • In conjunction with the line manager, implement analysis and monitoring of risks & opportunities related to HI’s presence and activities; implement risk mitigation actions at his/her level; and ensure the implementation of a humanitarian watch and (when decided by the Regional Director) of an emergency preparedness plan in the area.

Responsibility 3: Act as the legal representative for the whole of HI internally and externally, and foster an excellent reputation and positive image of HI in the country. This includes: 

  • The responsibility of representing the employer and compliance with local labour laws. 
  • Communications on behalf of HI, working with the Regional Director. 
  • Representing HI to the local, national, traditional, political, military and diplomatic authorities and bodies. 
  • Representing HI to international organisations, and the coordination systems and mechanisms. 
  • Negotiation, signing and monitoring of partnerships, in conjunction with the Regional Director.

Responsibility 4: Develop HI’s external influence (forums, operational and strategic alliances, etc) and the external representation of the organisation (events, media) in the country. 

  • May represent HI to the local, national, traditional, political, military and diplomatic authorities and bodies; and international organisations and humanitarian mechanisms and coordination bodies. 
  • As part of his/her role, convey HI’s global advocacy messages to all the relevant external partners.

Responsibility 5: Coordinate the teams in the country

  • Facilitate coordination meetings between his/her direct team of project managers and the support services located in the area when necessary. 
  • Follow up teams in his/her area in conjunction with their direct managers. 
  • Ensure that project managers and the support teams (shared and technical services, in particular) work well together in order to facilitate project implementation in the country; conduct regular project reviews with the project managers and relevant departments.

Responsibility 6: Support the Regional Programme Director in monitoring security in the country and ensure adequate resources according to the context 

  • Monitor and analyse the security context in his/her area of responsibility on a regular basis (if required). 
  • In tandem with the Regional Programme Director, take the decision to deploy or withdraw teams from sensitive areas. 
  • Report all incidents directly to the Programme Director. 
  • Develop a network of contacts with security staff from fellow NGOs, represent HI in access, security and safety meetings (at the request of the Programme Director). 
  • Provide feedback and give advice about security risks, as well as on the existence and use of security management resources, such as SOPS, and project proposals. 
  • Working with the Regional Programme Director and Senior Management Team, update the security and contingency plans as and when the context develops. 
  • Support the Regional Programme Director on exploratory mission assessments, identification of guesthouses, and the opening of new areas. 
  • Assist the Regional Programme Director in raising the awareness of HI staff (national and international) about security risks and ensuring that security documents are understood and implemented.

Mission 5: Emergency Preparedness and Response 

  • Lead the emergency preparedness actions in his/her department and, in the event of an emergency, reorganize the priorities of his/her team according to the humanitarian priority, in order to ensure a quick and efficient response by HI.

Qualification and Skills Required:

  • Master’s degree in in management/international relations/ political science/development studies or any other relevant field with at least 8 years of experience including at least 5 years of experience at senior management position (leading the country programme autonomously) with international like minded organizations.
  • Proven experience in leading and managing humanitarian and emergency programs
  • Proven experience of fundraising and programme development
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Motivated by constant program adaptation to an evolving context 
  • Excellent organizational skills, co-ordination and transfer of knowledge
  • Excellent communication skills and commitment to team work
  • Proven experience in negotiations with institutional donors, project writing and reporting
  • Shows accountability, leadership, diplomacy and pragmatism
  • Proficient in written and spoken English.

To Apply: 

Send a motivation letter mentioning position applied for and expected salary and an updated CV including 2 referees with contact number and e-mail address to no later than  2nd April, 2024. HI Nepal Programme reserves the right to cancel, postpone or modify the whole recruitment process and reject any application without specifying any reasons whatsoever.  

Handicap International (HI) is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified women, people with disability, and members from disadvantaged communities are strongly encouraged to apply. 

HI firmly believes in the importance of inclusion and diversity within our organization. This is why we are committed to a disability policy to encourage the inclusion and integration of people with disabilities. Please indicate if you require any special accommodations, including participation in the first interview.  

Candidates applying for a job with HI must be ready to comply with our Child Protection Policy, and Policy on Prevention of Sexual Exploitation, Abuse and Harassment. HI Nepal has a zero tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the values and mission of HI, hence, all selected candidates are expected to adhere to these standards and principles.


Category Development and Project, Development / NGO
Openings 1
Position Type Full Time
Experience 5+ years, 8+ years
Education Post Graduate / Masters in related field. , Master’s degree in development studies, Masters in Management
Posted Date 22 Mar, 2024
Apply Before 02 Apr, 2024
City Kathmandu