Country Director in Mongolia

Country Director in Mongolia

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People in Need (PIN) launched its programming in Mongolia towards the end of 2009, when it provided emergency assistance to herders affected by dzud, an extremely harsh winter. With the goals to save lives and protect dignity, empower people and support sustainable living, PIN established its permanent presence in Mongolia in 2011. Today, apart from providing emergency relief, PIN’s programs in Mongolia support urban sustainable development, support rural livelihoods through building the capacity of cooperatives and providing DRR and resilience programs for herders, build the capacity of civil society organizations (CSOs) and local authorities, strengthen higher education, promote environmental protection and raise awareness on air pollution.

The country program is currently staffed with 2 international and 14 local colleagues, and 1 international volunteers. The Country Director will have to demonstrate a good balance between independent management and consultation with HQ, and team work to ensure compliance with PIN processes and allow for supervision in relation to organizational and donor rules.


Location: Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

Starting date: ASAP

Duration: 18 months with the possibility of extension


The main tasks and responsibilities are:

  • Is responsible for fulfilling the strategy, vision and mission of the Relief and Development Department and compliance with the core values of People in Need
  • With support from HQ, ensures that the required human, financial and other necessary resources are available and used for their intended purpose
  • Strives for the diversification of financial resources and leads or supervises proposal development processes (this role can be delegated to the Head of Programmes)
  • Overall management of both international and national employees
  • Country programme‘s progression in accordance with PIN‘s strategy
  • Support the Project/Programme Managers on quality program implementation, and ensuring appropriate MEAL and CRM activities are in place
  • Ensures a high quality of submitted proposals; according to the size and structure of the Country Programme, contributes to project development and proposal writing
  • Planning HR needs of the country programme and taking part in the process of selection of new staff, supervision of capacity building and ensuring sufficient human resources for the projects to meet its objectives together with HR department
  • Strengthens “a local identity” of the country programme and ensures compliance with local rules and regulations
  • Ensures the relevance of PIN’s presence in the country; follows the country development, its politics and the trends within the donor environment
  • Is responsible for contingency planning and emergency preparedness; with support from HQ, manages/supervises new emergency responses
  • Supervises the economy of the country programme
  • Adhering to the PIN Safety and Security Policy and country-relevant procedures
  • Strives for the maximum safety and security of staff and beneficiaries and ensures an awareness of the risks
  • Ensures information sharing and coordination between project teams and the country programme - HQ communication flow
  • Ensures that all PIN’s internal procedures and partner/donors' requirements are met
  • Relationship management of local and international implementing partners including working in joint and consortia programming
  • Is formally as well as informally networking and developing partnerships with all relevant stakeholders in the country, especially the Alliance 2015 (if PIN is a leading agency of the Alliance 2015, ensures Alliance coordination mechanisms are in place)
  • Is responsible for the PIN brand at the country level, visibility and external communication
  • Takes initiatives in joint programming or advocacy efforts; personally advocates for the interests of our beneficiaries.


Suitable candidates for this position should possess:

  • Proven working experience in development and/or humanitarian context, especially with program and/or country program management and staff management
  • Strong leadership and staff management skills, with a record of managing diverse teams and contributing to the capacity building of national and international staff
  • Experience with strategic planning, donor relations, and working in partnerships/consortia
  • Sound understanding of principles of humanitarian and development work
  • Excellent working knowledge of English
  • Excellent communication skills and cultural sensitivity
  • Knowledge/experience of the region and understanding of local dynamics is a significant advantage
  • Mature, well-balanced personality able to work independently in challenging environment


PIN offers:

  • Salary 3100 - 3450 EUR (before taxation, including per diem), based on experience and seniority
  • Type of contract:
    • Consultancy contract (contract for providing services), mandatory health, social insurance and taxes must be paid by consultant in country of residency him/herself
    • For European union citizens possibility of Czech employment contract (mandatory health and social insurance contributions and taxes advances paid from the gross salary in Czech Republic)
  • Possibility to gain interesting working experience within a professional, internationally recognized NGO
  • Reimbursement of costs of visas and vaccinations
  • Medical helpdesk and psychological consultation available online
  • Travel insurance
  • Reimbursement of travel expenses to the country of residence once per every 6 months
  • Accommodation in PIN guesthouse on PIN expenses (housing allowance in the amount of up to 515 EUR)
  • 25 days of paid leave annually (compensational leave: if it occurs absolutely necessary work over weekend or on holidays is compensated proportionally 1:1)


How to apply:

Are you interested in this position? Send us your CV and short cover letter via this link. Please note only the shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

People in Need staff are expected to perform job duties and responsibilities in accordance with People in Need Code of conduct and key policies (available at: