Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

American Friends Service Committee Hiring Country Rep

American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) is now hiring a full-time Country Representative for their work in Haiti. Benefits are included. Details below. Learn more about AFSC on their site, here.

Department: International Programs

Location: Port au Prince, Haiti

Application Deadline: June 21, 2015

Summary of Principal Responsibilities

The Country Representative is responsible for the overall management and program direction, legal obligations, reporting, and stewardship of all AFSC resources. The Representative serves as official representative of the AFSC; manages contacts in Haiti with government ministries, UN agencies, and local and international NGOs. He/she reports to Regional Director for Latin America and Caribbean, supervises Haiti program staff; consults and collaborates with Philadelphia based staff and others as appropriate.

Essential Functions/Responsibilities: The key responsibilities of the Country Representative, Haiti include the following:


Program Development and Management

  1. Plan, develop and provide overall management and coordination for AFSC’s longer term relief, recovery and development programs in Haiti, within the context of the AFSC, International Programs and Latin America and Caribbean strategic plans.
  2. Ensure programs are developed and implemented adhering to AFSC principles and internationally accepted program quality standards.
  3. Incorporate and adapt regional strategies into program approaches and contribute to regional and organizational learning.
  4. Working with AFSC U.S. based staff, seek and nurture opportunities for collaboration and joint programming as appropriate.
  5. Participate in regional strategic planning activities and other joint planning and program review meetings as required.
  6. Establish regular program monitoring and evaluation procedures in close collaboration with the Regional office, the International Programs unit and others in the AFSC central office.
  7. Ensure timely and accurate annual and semi-annual narrative reports, reports to appropriate Haitian authorities and regular correspondence and written reports to the Latin America and Caribbean Regional Director.


    Representation and Networking 

  1. Develop, strengthen, and expand AFSC contacts in Haiti. Articulate AFSC’s basic philosophical and faith-based commitments as appropriate, including the organization’s commitment to a nonviolent approach to conflict and long-term strategy for peacebuilding.
  2. Establish and strengthen institutional relationship and partnerships with Haitian institutions, government ministries, international NGOs, coordinating bodies, and UN agency officials.
  3. Develop familiarity with government reconstruction, and urban security plans, and other INGO and local NGO peace-building, relief, and development efforts. Participate in INGO coordinating meetings as appropriate and relevant.
  4. Provide to LAC Regional Director timely information on changes in the national/regional context or program locations that affect AFSC work.


    Stewardship of Resources

  1. Ensure sound fiscal management of supervised programs including oversight of budgeting and accounting procedures defined by AFSC and donor partners; preparation and timely processing of monthly financial reports; oversight of contracts, equipment and materials.
  2. With the guidance of the LAC Regional Director, the Development and Communications Departments in the AFSC central office, contribute to the planning and implementation of fundraising and communication strategies including preparation of materials, periodic donor visits in Haiti, speaking tours in the U.S. and Europe as agreed upon.


    Administration and Supervision 

  1. Develop country-relevant personnel and administrative policies and procedures; establish salary structure and benefits; oversee registration of the offices with government agencies as needed, consistent with AFSC guidelines and in consultation with LAC Regional Director.
  2. Recruit, hire, and supervise national staff, including staff development, performance planning and review. Ensure that all staff are familiar with and work toward the long-term vision and strategic goals of AFSC and incorporate the organization’s values and principles in their work.
  3. Following the guidelines of AFSC’s security policies, develop security protocol, manage emergency situations as they arise, and make recommendations to the LAC Regional Director regarding security and emergency response.

Minimum Qualifications

Education: Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience. Master’s degree in international development, peace studies or urban studies is desirable.



  1. Six years of experience with increasing responsibility in international development work, including planning and managing humanitarian assistance, recovery and development programs and budgets.   Experience with peacebuilding programs a plus.
  2. Fluency in written and spoken English and French; demonstrated ability to report orally and in writing; ability to write and edit materials for publication in English. Knowledge of Creole a plus.
  3. Experience working and living outside of one’s own country in the global south.
  4. Experience supervising staff in multi-cultural settings.


Other Required Skills and Abilities:

  1. Commitment to Quaker values and testimonies. Understanding of and compatibility with the principles and philosophy of the American Friends Service Committee including non-violence and the belief in the intrinsic worth of every individual.
  2. Understanding of and commitment to the principles, concerns, and considerations, of AFSC in regard to issues of race, class, nationality, religion, age, gender and sexual orientation, and disabilities. Demonstrated ability to work and communicate with diverse staff.
  3. Proven ability to work with diverse staff and to reach out collaboratively to individuals, groups and organizations.
  4. Track record of managing complex programs, ideally with an emphasis in conflict resolution or transformation and peacebuilding, and in urban settings. Demonstrated experience in strategic thinking, fundraising, grant writing, program planning and implementation.
  5. Ability to work independently in an unstructured setting and program, yet within a framework of long-distance communication, consultation, and decision making.
  6. Capacity for coping in situations of high risk and in compliance with security measures, to work under pressure, and to organize time effectively.
  7. Demonstrated administrative ability, including experience with staff supervision, financial management, narrative and financial reporting, and budgeting
  8. Understanding of macroeconomic and political developments in the world and the ability to interpret their impact within the context of regional issues and concerns.
  9. Experience with peace-building, conflict transformation programs, and nonviolent approaches to problem solving highly desirable.
  10. Ability to travel regularly, nationally and internationally, and to attend frequent evening and weekend meetings, working overtime as needed.
  11. Excellent computer skills.

Compensation: Salary range starts at $60,440 – Exempt – Comprehensive medical and hospitalization plan; term life, accident and salary continuation insurances, defined benefit pension plan, plus fringe benefits.

The American Friends Service Committee is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Qualified persons are encouraged to apply regardless of their religious affiliation, race, age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation or disability.

“AFSC’s Central Office and some of its offices in the U.S. are unionized workplaces. This position is not represented.”

The American Friends Service Committee is a smoke-free workplace.

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