SOIR: Country Director Palestine

IM Swedish Development Partner (IM) is a Swedish development organisation fighting and exposing poverty and exclusion operating in five regions worldwide. The organisation was founded in 1938 to defend human dignity, as a reaction against the fascist ideologies, hatred and violence that spread in Europe at the time. IM has been working in the Middle East since the late 1960s in the area of intellectual disability. At present IM Middle East works with partners in Palestine, Jordan and Lebanon in the areas of disability and women’s rights. A regional office was established in Amman in 2014 and there are country offices in Amman and Ramallah. 

Please note that the organisation is known as The Swedish Organisation for Individual Relief (SOIR) in Palestine. The Palestine office has not yet been able to register the organisation under its new name in English.

Vacancy: Country Director Palestine

Place of duty:    Ramallah with frequent travel to Gaza. No family duty station.
Reporting to:     Regional Director

In Palestine IM is working with partners in the areas of rights of persons with disabilities, economic empowerment and women’s rights. Other components of Palestine program work are inclusive education, sexual and reproductive health and support to civil society. IM is in the process of handing over self-implemented service delivery in the disability field to local partners in the Gaza Strip. 

The Country Director (CD) will be responsible for the successful implementation of IM’s programme. CD will have the overall responsibility for the operational and strategic planning, country budget, partner portfolio and development of work in Palestine.CD will manage a small and dedicated team and should have excellent team-building, interpersonal and communication skills. In addition CD is expected to work actively with resource mobilisation and possible portfolio expansion.

The position requires extensive experience from development cooperation particularly in supporting civil society organizations as agents of change, preferably in the fields of IM Palestine’s areas of work and/or other work experience from the region. A successful candidate will have a strong commitment to fighting poverty and exclusion, sharing IMs approach to partnership and rights-based development cooperation. The position requires the ability to work in both the West Bank and the Gaza Strip as well as having a minimum of 5 years management experience. Strong analytical and networking skills as well as excellent English is essential.

Starting in October, 2016, or otherwise agreed upon. 2 year contract, with possibility for extension. 

Interested in this position? Please send your application consisting of; 1) cover letter and 2) CV before August 28, 2016.We encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible since we may ask candidates for interviews also before August 28. Please write “CD Palestine” as your subject.
We like to thank previous applicants for sharing your applications, we have them filed and no need to resubmit.

For questions please contact Regional Director, Jenny Oskarsson: or call +962 65517694.