RET International is an independent, impartial, non-partisan, non-for-profit organization headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland.
Founded in 2000 by Mrs Sadako Ogata (former United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees). RET International acts a managing and implementing partner for all projects funded by UN entities, Swiss Government, Principality of Liechtenstein, Cantons, Foundations, Corporations, and private individuals in Switzerland.
RET is committed to working in emergencies, in protracted crises, and in fragile contexts to alleviate the deepest sufferings, build people’s resilience and enhance their self-reliance.
We believe we are amongst the leading NGOs to provide tailor-made solutions and relevant programs to bridge the gaps and respond to the real needs and challenges of the communities.
We assume a decisive catalytic role in sustainable development. We aim to provoke significant positive change, enabling particularly vulnerable youth and young women to take control of their lives and fulfill their social and economic rights.
We stand with people, with refugees, returnees, Internally Displaced Persons (IDP’s), alongside the host communities adopting the fundamental principles of humanity, impartiality, neutrality, and independence.
Under the overall leadership of the Vice President-Americas Region, the Venezuela Country Director reports to the Director of Operations - Americas Region*.
S / he also works in close coordination with the Strategic Planning & Technical Director - Americas Region on specific topics under his / her responsibility.
The Country Director (CD) Venezuela is based in Caracas with frequent missions to the field, and also occasional international travel, as required.
𝗛𝗼𝘄 𝘁𝗼 𝗶𝗻𝗰𝗿𝗲𝗮𝘀𝗲 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗰𝗵𝗮𝗻𝗰𝗲𝘀 𝘁𝗼 𝗴𝗲𝘁 𝗮 𝗷𝗼𝗯? 𝗥𝗲𝗮𝗱 𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗥𝗲𝗰𝗿𝘂𝗶𝘁𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝗚𝘂𝗶𝗱𝗲 𝘁𝗼 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗨𝗡 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗨𝗡𝗗𝗣 𝟮𝟬𝟮𝟬
To direct, manage and administer the full implementation of plans, strategies, write project proposals processes, programs and projects and the overall organization's operations in the country;
To ensure full compliance with the RET's Code of Conduct and RET's PSEA and all Policies and Procedures Manuals;
To contribute to and implement RET’s strategy in a timely, effective and efficient manner;
To ensure full compliance in line with internal RET and donor audits and evaluations requirements and recommendations (technical, strategic, programmatic and financial).
To build a strong staff team;
To direct and manage the RET offices in Venezuela (National and Local Offices).
To represent and build / strengthen relationships with donors, embassies, multilateral actors, private sector, UN agencies and other national and local strategic partners and donors;
To represent RET before national and local entities related to RET country operation;
To coordinate, harmonise and link the work with the implementing partners when applicable;
To follow the relevant trends in the country, ensuring timely needs assessment and risk analysis updates;
To identify and present new partnerships and funding opportunities to the Headquarters, and pursue them as required.
To write project proposals (narrative and financial) to address the identified needs according to the institutional procedures.
To guarantee the efficient technical, programmatic and financial implementation of RET programmes and projects in the country in line with the respective project management tools : work plan, M&E plan, budget, procurement plan, security plan, communication plan, among others, and the internal RET and donor policies and procedures;
To coordinate activities among the local staff and field staff to ensure that programmatic and financial tools and activities are harmonised;
To be responsible for recruitment, performance management and staff’s development and ensure compliance with local labour laws and RET’s HR Policy and Procedures.
This will include ensuring that all staff members have performance objectives and are managed according to performance and also all of them are provided with the necessary tools, resources and information to fulfil their assigned responsibilities.
To ensure a positive work environment in compliance with RET’s Core Values, Code of Conduct and PSEA.
To follow up budget expenditures and disbursements, and review the financial data before submission monthly information to the Administrative Center and Headquarters as well as provide quarterly projected expenditures;
To produce quality and timely technical, programmatic and financial internal and donor reports, ensuring the flow of information between field operations, the Administrative Center and Headquarters.
To ensure the full compliance with the communications plan and facilitate the access to timely and relevant information.
In coordination with the Administrative Center and Headquarters , oversee the development, dissemination and improvement of RET technical materials.
To ensure the project monitoring and evaluation in strict adherence with internal RET and donor policies and procedures;
and ensuring the full compliance with KPIs requirements and recommendations.
To update and disseminate the Safety & Security plan information and implement appropriate security responses to crisis, in coordination with the Headquarters and national UN established security systems;
Organize field visits of the Administrative Center and Headquarters Staff and occasionally other visitors.
To perform other duties as assigned by the Director of Operations.
In addition, like all RET Staff
To work as a team member to achieve RET’s global goals;
To manage in a transparent way RET’s resources, fulfilling effectively and efficiently the tasks entrusted;
To propose, timely and constructively, alternative solutions to problems that arise in the work area.
Qualifications and Requirements
Master’s Degree in Social / Political Science, Development or International Studies.
A minimum of ten (10) years of experience with the UN Agencies, Inter-agency humanitarian coordination, NGOs and other organizations, specifically in contexts of crisis and violence and the humanitarian response settings;
a minimum of five (5) years’ experience managing large teams and country programs.
Experience in education, protection, gender, diversity, community-based and human rights approaches and work with vulnerable populations.
Experience writing project proposals, developing and implementing project objectives, indicators and budgets.
Experience in representation and negotiation in multi-stakeholder contexts
Experience overseeing procurement and logistics procedures and budget and accounting software is a plus.
Oral and written fluency in English and Spanish required.
Proficiency in Office 365 (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Project, Outlook).
Excellent strategic thinking and problem-solving skills; a flexible, creative and collaborative working style.
Flexibility to manage different tasks effectively and willingness to put in extra hours when required.
Ability to travel throughout Venezuela and internationally, as required.