IECD: Country Manager and Country Representative


Established in 1988 in Paris, France, Institut Europeen de Cooperation et de Developpment (IECD) is a global organization acting in the field of international solidarity, and implementing socioeconomic development programs in partnership with local institutions. The Institution is especially active in the fields of vocational training, support to micro-enterprises, education and health across multiple vulnerable communities worldwide.

IECD has been operating in the Palestinian Territories since 2007, mainly in East Jerusalem, given the sharp decline in socio-economic aspects and lack of tangible improvements. To better serve local families and based on community demand, IECD is currently implementing three programs in the Bethany (Al-Aizarieh) region, a suburb of East Jerusalem: The Bethany Education Center (Al Hamawi), support to micro-businesses, and the vocational training.

In order to ensure a more effective and efficient coordination of its programs, IECD is seeking a Country Manager (M/F) to take charge of operations and act as its representative in the country.


The Country Manager shall assume the following duties:

Specify and implement IECD strategy in Palestinian territories

_    Develop a long-term vision and positioning of IECD within the Palestinian Territories
_    Spot the practical programs accordingly, set their targets and goals
_    Identify potential and new financing sources and opportunities
_    Ensure the implementation of both statutory and legal obligations required by Israel and Palestine

Develop Partnerships

_    Represent IECD in the country through contacts with public institutions, partners, companies and others
_    Reinforce the autonomy of existing partners especially in the human and financial aspects, and ensure the sustainability of partnerships
_    Identify potential new partners, and promote opportunities for developing programs and signing new agreements

Operational management of those in charge of the programs

_    Ensure that programs are properly carried out with a special attention to quality and impact; monitor quantitative and qualitative project indicators, and ensure reporting to donors
_    Develop synergies with other IECD offices in the region and the Head Office; ensure knowledge management and coordination between the various programs upheld by IECD
_    Report internally concerning progress, problems and risk areas
_    Identify problems and provide feasible solutions regarding potential operational risks related to finance, human resources, institutions and partners
_    Define and implement a communication strategy covering IECD and its projects 

Financial management 

_    Supervise the financial flows concerning all programs (expenditure and resources) while ensuring that commitments to financing partners are respected
_    Ensure, in coordination with the finance officer, that the internal and external procedures are properly implemented, and that audits are duly prepared

Supervise and support IECD local team

_    Define team structure and adapt it based on operational requirements and strategy
_    Supervise all project managers and finance officer while continuously developing their professional skills, including but not limited to: recruitment, assessments, training and job motivation
_    Strengthen the team spirit of the IECD local team, and recruit new team members
_    Define and implement IECD internal rules and regulations

Launch the “Seeds of Hope” program

_    Monitor the Electricity-focused training program at a local technical school, including all financial and operational details required by IECD technical partners
_    Prepare the launching of the “Seeds of Hope” program in three more local technical schools and;
_    Recruit a Project Manager to lead and develop the project

Lead the development of the “Jerusalem Hills” cooperative

_    Continuously monitor the Cooperative from both a financial and operational prospective
_    Ensure the requirements of all financial partners are dully followed and respected
_    Assist and supervise the professional skills development of the cooperative team


Training: A strong background in Management, Business Administration, or Engineering is required


_    Minimum 10 years experience in project management with a proven record of assuming responsibilities and delivering results
_    Required experience in NGO or private sector
_    Knowledge of Palestine and the Middle East is a plus

Required Abilities:

_    Ability to manage a profit centre or multiple projects at a time, while launching new activities and delivering results
_    Ability to coordinate and develop a network of partners
_    Good budget and finance skills
_    Excellent Microsoft Office and Excel skills
_    Excellent command in both English and French – knowledge in Arabic language is an asset

Required Personal Skills:

_    Independent, professional, reliable, highly organized and meticulous
_    Excellent leadership and team management skills, 
_    Ability to deal with challenge and produce results
_    Excellent adaptation, integration and interpersonal skills
_    High level of commitment
_    High level of interest in the field of international aid, development and cooperation
_    Adopt, share, and spread IECD values 


Status: Employment contract under French law and includes one training session upon hire in Paris

Mission Period: As of May 2017 for at least TWO years

Location: East Jerusalem-Palestinian Territories, with frequent trips within the region

Direct Reporting Officer: Director of the MENA (Middle East and North Africa) region, based in Beirut. 
Close cooperation with the Head Office in Paris.

Global package for a VSI contract:

_    Salary to be decided based on profile
_    Partial accommodation cost coverage
_    One international trip per year to France included
_    Medical and social package included

Please forward your application (CV and letter of application) – Ref “TPO-Resp operations” to the recruitment office,