Head of Mission Mozambique (f/m/d) at Johanniter-Unfall-Hilfe

For our office in Mozambique, the Johanniter-Unfall-Hilfe e.V. International Assistance, is looking for a

Head of Mission

1 Year Contract (with possible extension)

Organisation Description: Johanniter-Unfall-Hilfe e.V. is a German Christian non-governmental organisation, dedicated to excellence in the field of first aid, ambulance service, social service programmes and other projects in the medical and social field. The Federal Headquarters are based in Berlin, Germany. Johanniter International Assistance (JIA) is the operational unit for humanitarian aid, development co-operation and emergency relief, implementing and supporting projects in Health, Nutrition, WASH as well as Food Security & Income Generation worldwide


Johanniter started their activities in Mozambique in 2019 and intends to expand its program in Mozambique in the short to medium term. We plan to implement projects to support the affected population in the province of Cabo Delgado. The projects focus on WASH, Nutrition and Health and will be implemented with local partners and through self-implementation. Funding will be secured through UN organisations (UNICEF), German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, USAID as well as a variety of other donor agencies.

In a Nutshell

You will:

  • be accountable for the delivery and effective management of the country programme
  • be responsible for the development, implementation, monitoring and review of the country strategy and operational plan to ensure relevance to the country context and alignment to Johanniter Global Strategy
  • work closely with staff and partners in Mozambique, head office, and regional actors to develop and deliver high quality regional and multi-country programmes
  • develop and maintain strong national, local and regional relationships with local partners, NGOs, local authorities and donors, ensuring accountability, resource mobilisation and networking
  • lead and nurture a high performing team creating and supporting an environment that prevents abuse and fraud in the workplace, resulting in strong partnerships, knowledge sharing, learning, and innovation
  • be responsible for talent development, overseeing professional development and management of staff
  • be the ultimate responsible person for all security related matters in Mozambique
  • work closely with the Global Support Unit (GSU) and head office in Berlin

What you will do:

Strategy and Vision

  • Actively support the values of Johanniter thus shaping the country programme accordingly
  • Contribute to the management and leadership of Johanniter International Assistance as a member of the Johanniter International Management Group
  • Develop and implement the country strategy in line with the global JIA strategy
  • Explore, evaluate and present new country and project funding opportunities
  • Develop long-term programming as well as exit strategies

Country Programme Management

  • Be accountable for the effective and efficient management of the country programme, including planning, monitoring, evaluation and learning
  • Follow trends and developments in the country, and consider these for the country programme
  • Monitor humanitarian developments and manage the emergency response
  • Develop and implement a multi-annual, annually reviewed business plan for the country strategy
  • Develop, monitor, and forecast the annual budget
  • Ensure financial feasibility of the country programme, greatest impact and value for money

Safety and Security

  • Be accountable for the Safety and Security of all staff, ensuring adherence to security plans and procedures, monitoring the safety situation, analysing and providing recommendations

Accountability & Compliance

  • Ensure that robust transparent internal control systems are in place that all staff are fully aware of and able to comply with
  • Ensure adherence to CHS commitments
  • Ensure that all policies and procedures are implemented, reviewed and understood by all
  • Be responsible for all legal matters in country (taxation, labour law, registration, insurances; ensure fiscal and policy controls are carried out
  • Be accountable to follow-up all internal/external audit recommendations for the country program
  • Work with HQ to ensure donor compliance requirements are understood and training provided


  • Be accountable for the country programme funding strategy
  • Seek new funding opportunities with institutional and private donors

Human Resources

  • Line manages national and international staff
  • Manage operations in Mozambique, staffing, recruitment, budgets, funding and programme, in line with JIA’s policies and procedures, Code of Conduct, Performance Management, Security, Health & Safety and local legislation
  • Develop and maintain an organisational culture of learning and reflection
  • Ensure that the country senior management team is effective, mutually supportive and involved in key decision-making processes
  • Maintain an open and trust-based dialogue
  • Promote accountability, communication and feedback, fostering good performance reviews
  • Ensure capacity and talent management
  • Exercise all necessary measures for Duty of Care


  • Create an environment built on integrity, respect and accountability, in which all staff and volunteers, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, age, religious affiliation or nationality are comfortable to work and feel safe

What you bring:

  • Academic degree (MA / MSc) in a relevant field
  • 7-10 years’ experience in a humanitarian context with 3-5 years in a leadership position
  • Context related experience in disaster response, humanitarian-, development cooperation programmes
  • Programme and business strategies experience
  • Knowledge of current debates & trends incl. donors
  • Relevant experience in representation, networking at senior level, networks, clusters, donors, Government
  • Highly developed relationship building, influencing, negotiating and interpersonal skills
  • Adaptable working style; effective in situations that may appear ambiguous, clear thinker, remains calm & focussed under pressure
  • Extensive people management skills (remote, matrix)
  • Strategic and analytical thinking
  • Ability to deal with conflicts, manage resistance
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Willingness to travel and work in high risk contexts
  • Fluent in English and Portuguese

What we offer:

Remuneration: 58,354 – 61,425€ /annum gross (Johanniter AVR DWBO Annex Johanniter internal tariff and relevant previous experience)

Benefits: 13th cheque, Social security (lump sum 485€/month for expats not under German social security); rental contribution 300 €/month; international insurance package; 29 days annual leave; yearly home flight (for contracts > 1 year); Cost of Living Allowance (930€/month). Please note that this position is unaccompanied.

If this is what you are looking for, please submit your application via staff@johanniter.de (cover letter, CV, reference contacts of 3 former supervisors, job certificates if available), with your earliest start date indicating “HoM Mozambique” in the subject line

Deadline for applications: 24.08.2022

Interviews planned for: 05.-21.09.2022

Johanniter is an equal opportunity employer that values diversity, irrespective of cultural, religious, social background, gender, age, disability or sexual orientation. We encourage qualified females to apply.

Please note that this position is unaccompanied.

Only short-listed candidates will be notified.

We may start shortlisting before the closing date.

Please note Johanniter requires background checks (incl. criminal record and reference checks) to protect the vulnerable and prevent abuse


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