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CBM - Christian Blind Mission

Country Director – Haiti

About CBM

CBM (Christian Blind Mission) is an international Christian development organisation committed to improving the quality of life of people with disabilities in the world’s poorest communities. Based on its Christian values and over 100 years of professional expertise, CBM addresses poverty as a cause and a consequence of disability and works in partnership to create an inclusive society for all.

The Asia & Americas region encompasses all the partnerships, programmes and projects in Asia, South and Central America, and the Middle East. Reaching over 19 countries, CBM in America have programmatic work in Honduras, Guatemala, Haiti. In 2020, over 2.2 million people received services in core activities from CBM partners in Asia & the Americas. CBM partners with government and non-government organisations and Disabled People’s Organisations (DPOs) to develop and implement programmes and projects such as low vision medical eye work, ear care, assistive devices development, mobility prosthetics and orthotics, community-based rehabilitation and inclusive development, disability-inclusive disaster risk reduction, community mental health, parent mobilisation, and DPO strengthening.   

About CBM in Haiti

For over 38 years CBM Haiti has continuously worked to reach those at risk of disabilities through a direct implementation model. In 2022, CBM will implement ten projects through local partners such as governmental agencies, hospitals, and local NGOs. CBM Haiti works in Jérémie, Port-au-Prince and Les Cayes and in the South, Nippes, South, Grand-Anse and North-East. There currently is a budget of under one million Euros to maintain CBM’s programmatic effort and infrastructure.

CBM’s programme work in Haiti is transforming its implementation model: 

  • Transitioning from a primarily direct implementation model to a partner implementation model.
  • The project portfolio needs to be expanded to over 2 million euros by 2024.
  • The programmatic focus needs to develop towards more service delivery orientation and a robust and inclusive eye health programme.
  • The capacity of the office to respond to humanitarian disasters needs to be strengthened.

The Haiti country office thus requires a new country plan (a five-year strategic plan) that identifies how to go about these course corrections. Projects will be developed, and partnerships will be identified and strengthened to successfully match with funding resources from CBM and its target institutional and foundational donors. The organisational structure of the Haiti country office is also due to be evaluated and strengthened. 

Purpose of the Role

The Country Director (CD) delivers CBM’s Disability and Inclusive Development work in Haiti. They are responsible and accountable for leading the development and effective implementation of CBM’s country plan and its operational requirements within the country, ensuring high-quality performance and alignment with CBM’s strategy. They take responsibility for a robust financial discipline within the country office and ensure with partners the fulfilment of CBM’s operational and financial reporting requirements. The CD identifies programme opportunities and areas where the organisation can demonstrate its value and relevance. 

The CD will introduce, position and represent the vision and the country plan of CBM within external stakeholders. This entails developing effective relations with partners, local and national governments, development organisations, voluntary agencies, in-country media, donor agencies, and local communities, among other stakeholders. The goal is to influence the country’s development agenda towards inclusion and poverty alleviation. The CD establishes a high-quality workforce.

Duties and Responsibilities

Strategy development and implementation

  • Provide leadership in developing and implementing the CBM Haiti country strategic plan (programmatic and organisational priorities).
  • Ensure effective communication of CBM’s vision, mission, and values.

Partnership and programme development and management

  • Identify suitable organisations for new partnerships and ensure proper and adequate initial assessments are completed and/or regularly updated to ensure partners meet CBM’s standards. 
  • Manage relationships with CBM partner organisations, foster two-way accountability and identify new partnership opportunities. 
  • Ensure partners and programmes work accordingly to CBM standards and principles and specific donor requirements. 

Financial Management

  • Ensure compliance with CBM financial standards and that management controls are maintained and improved for accountability and efficient use of funding by partners and the country office.
  • Oversee active management of cash balances at the country office level and monitor transfer and implementation rates per project.
  • Ensure annual budgets and multi-year plans are produced to agreed standards and timeframes.

Advocacy and Representation

  • Lead the development, implementation and monitoring of the advocacy components of the country plan to influence the national inclusive development policy agenda.
  • Oversee and coordinate the delivery of Disability Inclusive Development mainstreaming advice to government, partners and other organisations in line with the country plan.
  • Coordinate CBM’s involvement in country-level forums, alliances, planning bodies with relevant stakeholders.

Communication and Fundraising

  • Promote the organisation and its mission to local partners and authorities and maintain a positive organisational public profile. 
  • Provide quality and timely project information and content to support CBM’s internal and external communication, enabling it to demonstrate impact in their donor communication.
  • Establish and maintain in-country donor relationships in coordination with CBM’s funding strategies.

Skills and Experience

Education, Knowledge & Professional Experience

  • Professional experience of at least five years at senior management level in a large INGO or international development organisation with a strong track record in successfully developing, leading, and managing programmes and/or institutions in disability, development or other relevant fields.
  • Professional experience in the field of social inclusion with disability or inclusion related experience is an added value.
  • Proven experience in strategic planning and project cycle management.
  • Significant experience in organisational development, change management and capacity building.
  • Proficiency and proven experience in financial management, systems and controls, including institutional grant management.
  • Proven skills in advocacy with a track record of building and managing effective partnerships and strategic alliances, and influencing policy change.
  • Excellent people and team management skills, including motivating, empowering, coaching, delegating, team development, establishing focus, managing conflict and intercultural skills.
  • Strong communication skills and experience in managing media crises.
  • Preparedness to travel nationally and internationally.
  • Commitment to CBM’s mission, vision and values.

Languages

  • English (professional proficiency)
  • French (professional proficiency preferred)