United Mission for Relief and Development
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Country Representative - Yemenis Only

Job Description and Requirements

Job Title: Country Representative for Yemen

Reports to: Regional Representative for the Middle East.

About United Mission for Relief and Development (UMR): 

United Mission for Relief and Development is a fast-growing nonprofit organization working
in various regions around the globe, headquartered in Washington DC. UMR’s mission is to
relieve poverty, ensure the well-being and advance dignity. We specialize in fragile settings,
responding to natural disasters, humanitarian crises, and chronic poverty.
United Mission for Relief and Development combines humanitarian and development
approaches to provide immediate services while laying the groundwork for long-term
sustainable impact. UMR’s approach is to emphasize local participation, youth integration in
relief efforts, integration of services, strategic partnerships, and a focus on civic skills. In this
way, we empower youth and communities to find, design and implement the solutions that
work best for them.

Position Summary:
United Mission for Relief and Development is seeking experienced candidates for the
position of Country Representative (CR), based in Sanaa -Yemen. The CR will have
significant management and international experience, a passion for humanitarian relief and
development work, and be capable of successfully starting up organizations, manage
partners, leading program team and operations in Yemen, and help to establish branch
offices and improve the quality of fields operations and programs management and the
results of our work.
The CR will provide guidance, supervision, and support to future program managers.
He/she is directly responsible for the overall country strategic planning, successful program
delivery and performance management of country programs within his/her region, as well as
oversight of the program support operations (security, finance, HR, operations). In addition,
the CR is responsible for strengthening country level external relations and coordination.
The CR will have a successful track record of building partnerships with academia,
government, potential donors and private sector organizations in country level. He/she will
collaborate closely with all departments and the Regional Management Unit (RMU), in order
to ensure that programs meet stated objectives, are in line with UMR’s mission, approach,
and strategy, meet the needs of partner communities, and are implemented to the highest
standards, on time, and within budget. The CR leads country-level program development,
ensuring that new programs fit within UMR’s strategy, are technically sound and meet
budgetary requirements.

In close coordination with the RR, The CR will be building the Yemen office and will provide
insight and guidance on the country strategy, situation analysis, approach, systems
effectiveness, improvements, and provide to RR and senior management at HQ a vital field
perspective of UMR’s work, impact, and efficiency. The CR will ensure and help to build,
strong leadership of all members of the UMR’s Country team so as to build team spirit,
cohesion, motivation, commitment, quality performance and fulfillment of all agency
functions and compliance with all agency policies and procedures, as well as commitments
to our stakeholders.

Skills, Experience, Knowledge:
 Demonstrated belief in UMR’s core values
 Five years’ experience in relevant management positions in development or humanitarian
organizations with a focus on Humanitarian Assistance, FSL, and Wash.
 Proven leadership skills and experience of managing multidisciplinary teams;
 Practical experience of applying development issues at a project or community level
coupled with impact assessment and evaluation of poverty reduction and social change.
 Proficient English language writing and verbal skills. Arabic language skills is highly
 Substantial experience in the financial management of budgets, including preparing
financial projections, general financial management, and reporting.
 Proven expertise in business development and fundraising.
 Demonstrated success at proposal writing as well as management of large and complex
 Evidence of understanding the challenges of donor and grant/contract management and the
implications for program management
 Demonstrated team leadership experience, particularly multi-cultural teams.
 Experience of working effectively as a team member with colleagues based outside the
 Sufficient computer comfort level to learn new relevant software tools.