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CESVI – Head of Mission – Venezuela / Colombia

FONDAZIONE CESVI sta selezionando un/a Head of Mission da inserire nella sua operatività in Venezuela Colombia. Durata 6 mesi. Tipo contratto: Scadenza candidature 30/09/2023

Work Context

Cesvi has been working in Venezuela since 2019, implementing projects in the field of emergency and protection including child protection and prevention of SGBV. Cesvi is currently implementing projects in Caracas DC and Miranda State, in Zulia, Falcon, Sucre, and Amazonas in consortium with local and international partners, with institutional funding (UN, ECHO).

In Colombia, Cesvi is currently working in Santa Marta and Barranquilla, focusing on protection and livelihood sectors, providing support to migrants from Venezuela and host communities with institutional funding from AICS.

A new project will start in Buenaventura State funded by AICS.

Job Description

The collaboration will start on the 15 of October 2023 onwards.

The main duty station will be the Country Office in Venezuela (Caracas), with frequent field visits country-wide.

The Head of Mission will conduct quarterly missions to Colombia (Santa Marta) as needed.

The Head of Mission will report to the Area Manager at HQ.

Ø Coordination and overall supervision of the Country’s programmes and procedures

  •  Supervising projects and giving support to the staff in reaching foreseen objectives in a timely manner, with respect to deadlines.
  •  Monitoring activities, both technical and at the administrative level, in coordination with the coordination team and Area Manager

Ø Proposal Writing and Donor Relations

  •  Liaising with potential donors, writing and submitting new proposals
  •  Donors’ relations and promotion of Cesvi’s Programmes
  •  Monitoring of calls and development of new project proposals in the country through assessments realized

Ø Act in accordance with national legislation

  •  Checking and monitoring compliance with national legislation regarding Cesvi’s registration in Venezuela and Colombia and other legal provisions affecting NGOs’ work.
  •  Ensure compliance with local regulations and local labour law.

Ø Lead in the definition and development of Venezuela and Colombia programme strategy

  •  Contributing to the definition of a Country Strategy Paper in collaboration with the Area Manager
  •  Identifying the main intervention sectors, areas and needs in the Country
  •  Keep regularly informed the HQ about risks related to the implementation of the country strategy or the need to review the strategy itself.
  •  Support the evaluation of the activities

Ø Coordination and representation with stakeholders, donors, institutions, local and international partners

Ø Implementation of Safeguarding policies –Adult at Risk/Child Safeguarding/PSEA

Ø Security Management

Ø Human Resources management

Ø Management of Cesvi offices, goods, documentation and procurement, supervision and coordination of potential opening of new offices

Requisiti essenziali

  •  University degree or postgraduate degree, preferably in International Development/Humanitarian sector and/or Psychology/Social Sciences
  •  3 to 5 years of experience of relevant experience in the NGO environment
  •  Extensive experience working within a senior management role within a complex country programme in recovery and emergency response or in a fragile state or protracted crises
  •  Experience in managing multi-donor and multi-site programmes
  •  Familiarity with the following sectors: protection, GBV, livelihoods
  •  Strong project writing skills and the ability to develop policies, plans, and strategies for implementation.
  •  Proven leadership and management experience with a multi-disciplinary team in a cross-cultural setting, including active mentoring and coaching
  •  Skills in developing, delivering, and evaluating training for staff members
  •  Solid diplomatic skills with the ability to manage a variety of internal and external relationships, especially with partners and stakeholders
  •  Self-motivated, proactive, resilient, and able to work independently.
  •  Highly result-oriented with the ability to manage workload and stress
  •  Good capacity for Security management
  •  Fluency in English (written and spoken)
  •  High proficiency in Spanish (written and spoken)

Requisiti desiderabili

  •  Post-degree specialization in international cooperation/protection/GBV.
  •  Hostile Environment Awareness Training (HEAT)
  •  Previous working experience in Venezuela, Colombia, and/or other Latin American countries.
  •  Previous experience in implementing humanitarian projects in partnership with local NGOs and in capacity building of local entities.
  •  Previous experience in risky and hostile countries/environments.


CESVI has a zero-tolerance approach to any harm to, or exploitation of, a child or a vulnerable adult by any of our staff, related persons or partners.

CESVI commitment to being a safe organization begins with the staff recruitment process which includes meticulous checks, such as criminal records checks or check disclosure of previous convictions, to ensure children and vulnerable people are safeguarded and abuse is prevented. Safeguarding checks are part of the selection process performance.


CESVI pays particular attention to safeguarding the health of all the human resources of the Organisation. Therefore, in order to protect its staff, an assessment of their suitability for the position in each mission is carried out before departure. Such assessment is done by the Occupational Doctor of the Organisation.

Please note: due to the high number of applications we receive we are unable to provide feedback if unsuccessful at applicant stage. Only short-listed candidates will be updated on the status of their applications.


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