Country Director – Burkina Faso (International)

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In situations of armed conflict, Geneva Call, as a neutral, impartial and independent international humanitarian organization, endeavours to strengthen the respect of humanitarian norms and principles by armed non-state actors, in order to improve the protection of civilians, while supporting local communities in their efforts to enhance their own protection. Appel de Genève/Geneva Call is a private, not-for-profit, humanitarian organization foundation under Swiss law, founded in 1998.

Geneva Call consists of many diverse nationalities, cultures, languages and opinions. Geneva Call is an inclusive working environment for all its staff. Applications are particularly encouraged from all qualified candidates without distinction on the grounds of race, colour, sex, national origin, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation, and gender identity.


To provide vision and strategic direction to country program in Burkina Faso. This includes the qualitative implementation of Geneva Call’s humanitarian response (humanitarian dialogue, research, community-based approach), advocacy, fundraising and representation.

Core responsibilities

Strategy and program implementation

  • Leads on development of country strategy;
  • Analyses the humanitarian and security situation in country and identify areas of interests of work for Geneva Call;
  • Ensure fulfilment of Geneva Call’s core mission of promotion of IHL with AGDA;
  • Provide leadership, quality delivery, management, monitoring, evaluation and learning of the country program, against Geneva Call tri annual strategy;
  • Manages, supervises and coordinates all the activities related to the implementation of Geneva Call`s projects in Burkina Faso according to the proposal guidelines and indicators, budget and work plans;
  • Ensures that programs are monitored and evaluated;
  • Promotes sharing of learning with others and drawing on learning from across Geneva Call and externally, utilizes the results to inform program decisions and enhance institutional knowledge.

Safety management

  • Overall responsible for Security;
  • Ensure the development of updated context analysis and risks analysis based on reliable networks;
  • Responsible for anticipating and managing risks that could threaten the safety of the staff, operational viability and the organization’s reputation;
  • Responsible for managing security in line with Geneva Call’s Policy.

Mission Management & Coordination

  • Overall responsible for all resources and implementation of programs and activities within Country;
  • Builds partnerships and represents Geneva Call;
  • Manages staff, budget, assets and funding as per procedures and national requirements;
  • Ensures transparent and timely financial management respecting deadline and procedures;
  • Ensures the mobilization of necessary resources (financial, logistics, HR) to implement the country programs and contribute to the growth of the missions;
  • Identify human resources needs, recruit, and ensure induction;
  • Overall development and supervision of country teams (including coaching and evaluating) in accordance with internal policies and procedures and national labour laws;
  • Promotes and creates a culture to ensure knowledge sharing, innovation and capacity building and further professional development opportunities for all staff in appropriate fields;
  • Communicate regularly with staff and promote positive conflict resolution;
  • Ensures that information is properly circulated between Headquarters and the field and ensures that due dates are respected.


  • Represents Geneva Call in Burkina Faso;
  • Ensures that all formalities required by government and other official agencies are properly prepared and punctually presented;
  • Actively participates in meetings and fora organised by the GO/NGO/UN, sectors as relevant to Geneva Call’s work in Burkina Faso with focus on the humanitarian particularly the protection cluster;
  • Liaises strategically with Government representatives as well as with potential in country donors.

Main qualifications

Education and experience

  • A relevant master is required.
  • Knowledge of International Humanitarian Law (IHL) or International Human Right Law is an asset.
  • Minimum 8 years equivalent work experience in managing multi donor humanitarian programs, including in managing teams of at least 20 people including expat.
  • Experience of capacity building and mentoring, team leadership and management.
  • Demonstrated skills and experience in security management.

Technical skills

  • Striving for excellence: Focusing on reaching results while ensuring efficient processes.
  • Collaborating: Involving relevant parties and encouraging feedback.
  • Taking the lead: Taking ownership and initiative while aiming for innovation.
  • Communicating: Listening and speaking effectively and honestly.
  • Demonstrating integrity: Upholding and promoting the highest standards of ethical and professional conduct in relation to our values.


  • Full professional proficiency in French and English.

Personal skills

  • Outstanding interpersonal skills with experience of negotiations with weapon-bearers and other high-level stakeholders.
  • Ability to work under pressure, travel frequently in conflict-affected areas and to handle numerous tasks simultaneously.

Performance management

The employee will be accountable for the responsibilities and the competencies, in accordance with the GC Performance Management p. The following documents will be used for performance reviews:

  • The Job Description
  • The individual Work- and Professional Development Plan
  • The Competency Framework

Conflict of interest

Any candidate affiliated to, or openly supporting, one or more interest groups opposed to the Foundation’s principles and values, or whose previous position could engender safety issues for co-workers at Appel de Genève / Geneva Call, will be excluded from this selection process. The employee will be accountable for the responsibilities and the competencies, in accordance with the Geneva Call Performance Management guidelines.


  • Position: Country Director
  • Workplace: Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
  • Activity Rate: 100%
  • Type of Contract: International contract
  • Preferred start date: 01 September 2024

How to apply

To apply please follow the link:


No later than 07 July 2024

All applications will be kept confidential. Please note only shortlisted candidate will be contacted for further process. Geneva Call is the equal opportunity employer.

Important Note: Our HR team will meticulously evaluate your profile in line with the requirements of the post you have applied for. Since, we receive a good number of applications for all the positions Geneva Call advertises, it is not possible to communicate the results of our decisions with every candidate individually. Therefore, only the short-listed candidates will be contacted by the HR team to invite them for written test – and the steps afterwards if they qualify i.e., interview and other assessments as deemed appropriate.

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