Area Coordinator - CAR

Ombella M’poko | Bangui

Contract Length: 1 year with possible extension

Date Needed By: ASAP

New Post or Replacement: Replacement

Accompanied / Unaccompanied: Unaccompanied

Exact Job Location: Ombella M’poko

Reports To: Country Director

Directly manages: Programme Managers (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) WASH, Health/Nutrition, Livelihoods), Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E) Officer, Logistician, Finance Officer

Responsible for: Ombella M’poko and Lobaye teams

Liaises With: Programmes Director, Country Finance Controller, Logistics Coordinator, HR/Admin Manager

Job Purpose:

Under the line management of the Country Director, the Area Coordinator will be responsible for the overall management of programmes in Ombella M’poko and Lobaye, including a field base in Ombella M’poko, in the Central African Republic. Key activities include: Coordination of the programme, including strategy, budget and implementation oversight, ensure administration, human resources, finance and logistics effectively support programme implementation. The Area Coordinator is responsible for representation, manages Programme Managers and field based support staff and ensures appropriate security protocols are in place.

Main Duties & Responsibilities:

Programme Development & Implementation:

  • Ensure quality implementation and coordination of Concerns programmes including WASH, Health/Nutrition and Livelihoods, as well as any Emergency programme should it arise.

  • Plan and coordinate all field assessments and surveys ensuring they are compliant with Concern policies.

  • In liaison with the Program Director, ensure that an effective M&E system is in place in the project with particular focus on measurement of results (at the outputs and outcomes level) as defined and established in our results frameworks.

  • Ensure monitoring and evaluation of all project components within the agreed budgets, time frames and donor guidelines & requirements.

  • Analyse and resolve issues in a timely manner that have the potential to jeopardize performance and/or ability to meet agreed upon programme deliverables.

  • Liaise with other INGOs, LNGOs, local and religious authorities, administrative authorities, armed actors and other relevant stakeholders for effective coordination, cooperation and communication for mutual understanding and acceptance of Concern’s mandate, activities and objectives, project progress and implementation.

  • Identify local needs/issues and recommend appropriate adjustments & course corrections to planned interventions

  • Liaise with and brief Country Director on programmes and situational context on a regular basis.

  • Support Programme Director in proposal development/ concept papers

Finance& Logistics:

  • Overall responsibility for the integrity of the Bossembélé base and programme finance systems and ensuring strict adherence to Concern’s Financial Policy and Procedures.

  • Serve as a budget supervisor for the programme implementation budgets once approved, and as a budget holder for systems budgets

  • Monitor budget expenditure providing monthly feedback and prepare budget submissions/revisions when requested.

  • Prepare monthly cash forecasts and coordinate cash transfers; responsible for safe management

  • Ensure that all logistics procedures are in place and adhered to, and support the field logistician (or logistics assistant and storekeeper in his/her absence) to understand and implement correct procedures

  • In collaboration with the Logistician ensure that asset registers are maintained and up to date and that stock controls are in place and adhered to.

Human Resources and Administration:

  • Lead, manage and motivate the team ensuring that staff directly line managed have clear objectives, works plans and receiving meaningful and regular feedback on their performance; ensure the same is done for the overall team

  • Assist with the recruitment of local staff including the development of JDs and liaison with HR for supporting the recruitment process.

  • Identify professional development opportunities for staff in collaboration with the Country Director and HR Department.

  • Ensure all Concern policies and guidelines are adhered to by staff and local partners e.g. Programme Participant Protection Policy, Equality, Anti-Fraud Policy and Accountability standards.


  • Ensure timely completion of programme/field components of internal and donor reports and related documentation adhering to Concern Worldwide standards and requirements of contracts.

  • Responsible for monthly report from the field to the Programmes Director and Country Director.


  • Monitor and report on the security status in the project area to Country Director.

  • Track security incidents in the project areas and submit incident reports in a timely manner.

  • Ensure the implementation of the Security Management Plan, all SOPs including monitoring of movement in the field, and that the local Security Focal Group is functioning.


  • As a commitment to our humanitarian mandate the Area Coordinator will also be responsible for the implementation of any emergency response.

  • Any other related duties as assigned by the CD or his/ her representatives.



  • Bachelor’s Degree in relevant field.

  • At least 2 years' overseas experience in project management of a humanitarian programmes

  • Strong security management skills and experience

  • Fluent oral and written French and working-level English language skills.

  • Demonstrated ability to write concept notes and reports as required by donors and for internal use

  • Cross cultural awareness and sensitivity.

  • Strong interpersonal, motivational, communication and coordination skills.

  • Ability to work under pressure and to strict deadlines.

  • Good coaching, facilitation and capacity-building skills.

  • Empathy with Concern’s goals and a commitment to capacity building, accountability, participation and gender equality.


  • Previous experience of working with Concern Worldwide.

  • Previous experience in Central African Republic.

  • Previous experience managing a field base


The Area Coordinator must be experienced in project management in humanitarian programmes and skilled in security management and project cycle management (planning, budgeting, implementation, monitoring etc.). S/he must have the capacity to work well with others and the capacity to deliver expected results. Good time management skills and the ability to respond positively and constructively to a rapidly changing operational environment. Prepared to live and work in a challenging and somewhat remote location.

All applications should be submitted through our website at by closing date.

CV’s should be no more than 4 pages in length.

Due to the urgency of this position, applications will be short listed on a regular basis and we may offer posts before the closing date.

All applications should be submitted through our website at by closing date.

CV’s should be no more than 4 pages in length.

Due to the urgency of this position, applications will be short listed on a regular basis and we may offer posts before the closing date.

Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.
  • Organization: Concern Worldwide
  • Location: Ombella M’poko | Bangui
  • Grade: Mid/Senior
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Agriculture and Forestry
  • Closing Date: 2016-05-04

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