Country Director, Colombia At Project HOPE

Project HOPE is an international NGO of more than 900 engaged employees and hundreds of volunteers who work in more than 25 countries, responding to the world’s most pressing global health challenges. Throughout our 60-year legacy, Project HOPE has treated millions of patients and provided more than $3 billion worth of medicines to local health care organizations around the world. We have helped build hundreds of health programs from the ground up and responded to humanitarian crises worldwide.

Code of Conduct

It is our shared responsibility and obligation to treat each other with respect, take affirmative steps to prevent matters involving Sexual Exploitation & Abuse and Trafficking in Persons, and to disclose all potential and actual violations of our Code of Conduct, which may include Conflicts of Interest, Fraud, Corruption, Discrimination or Harassment. Together we can reinforce a culture of respect, integrity, accountability, and transparency.


Project HOPE deployed an emergency response team to Cúcuta in late 2018 and established its base of operations in Cúcuta, Norte de Santander department, with activities extending to Villa del Rosario and nearby border communities. HOPE works with Jorge Cristo Sahium Primary Health Care Hospital in Villa del Rosario and the Erasmo Meoz University (HUEM) in Cúcuta as well as peripheral health clinics. Project HOPE has worked closely with hospital and health district leadership, as well as community-based and university partners, to coordinate and jointly develop plans to ensure access to free quality health care services to Venezuelan migrants, refugees and Colombian returnees.

Since then, in close coordination with GIFMM, PAHO and other international and local partners we have supported and built-up health services near the border area to help ease the burden on local health workers, connecting vulnerable incoming populations with care and improving access to essential medicine. Project HOPE continues to provide medical staff surge support at primary, secondary and tertiary care levels; strengthens primary health care facility supply chain management; provides capacity building to front line healthcare workers; supports health outreach services for refugees, migrants and host communities including for MNCH and psychosocial support services; and provides comprehensive support to regional health authorities to curb the impact of emerging and exacerbated health concerns affecting the health system across Norte de Santander.


Leadership and Representation

  • Lead the country program by maintaining open and professional relations with colleagues, promoting a strong team spirit and providing guidance, oversight and resources to enable staff to perform successfully.
  • Work closely with Project HOPE’s HQ technical staff to develop and carry out strategies that result in strong representation with national and regional health authorities at various levels; donors (including institutional, non-institutional and private), UN and other international organizations; international and local NGOs; and networks such as NGO coordination mechanisms and appropriate UN led working groups.
  • Augment Project HOPE’s visibility in country and assist with identifying partnerships with major donors to support Project HOPE health sector programming.
  • Develop and maintain a high level of understanding of Project HOPE Colombia’s program portfolio, develop program strategies for continuation funding; develop an understanding of regional donor priorities and relationships necessary to seek support for planned funding.
  • Maintain strong relationships with Colombian health authorities in close coordination with Project HOPE’s HQ technical staff including Ministry of Health nationally and regional health authorities—including but not limited to Departmental Institutes of Health across Norte de Santander, Santander and La Guajira.

Strategic Direction and Growth

  • Set the strategic vision and direction of the country program in close coordination with Project HOPE’s HQ technical staff to expand health and related services to Venezuelan migrants, refugees and other vulnerable cohorts across the country aligning programming to the country program strategy, sectoral expertise and technical standards.
  • Work with Project HOPE HQ technical staff to ensure program quality through consistent use throughout the country program of: assessments, design, and program development processes; comprehensive monitoring and evaluation, accountability and learning systems.
  • Remain current on national and regional issues (i.e. Venezuelan migrants, refugees, returnees and other vulnerable groups) impacting the country program and partnerships and develop responsive strategies to ensure Project HOPE’s mission can be carried out appropriately in case of contextual changes.
  • Ensure alignment with and involvement in meeting Project HOPE regional strategic objectives.
  • Identify opportunities for appropriate expansion and growth of programs, supported by the acquisition and investment of human resources.
  • Assist with development and submission of competitive, responsive and high-quality proposals, and lead negotiations with donors and regional health authorities.

Staff Performance Management

  • Supervise and mentor direct-report staff, including communicating clear expectations and setting performance objectives.
  • Oversee the management and development of national staff.
  • Offer leadership support for successful adherence by all staff to Project HOPE’s Global HR Operating Policies and Procedures.
  • Work with HR staff to identify and implement recruitment and retention strategies.

Operational Management

  • Oversee the development and utilization of financial and operational policies, procedures, and systems to ensure compliance with Project HOPE and donor requirements.
  • Ensure responsiveness and appropriate levels support, especially in the areas of HR, finance, legal and supply chain.
  • Provide timely and effective oversight of the Colombia country program’s financial position.
  • Maintain effective and coordinated budget monitoring processes for grant funds and discretionary funds.


  • Ensure adherence to Project HOPE global standards, including code of conduct and compliance requirements throughout the Colombia Country Program.
  • Maintain open communications with regional management staff, regional technical advisors, and HQ departmental staff.
  • Project HOPE staff must adhere to the values and principles, enforces policies on beneficiary protection from Exploitation and Abuse, Anti-Workplace Harassment, Fiscal Integrity, and Anti-Retaliation.

Safety and Security Management

  • Take primary responsibility for overall management of safety and security for the country program.
  • Oversee the management of all security issues, including appropriate response to emergencies as they arise.
  • Keep security, evacuation and contingency plans current and accessible to country program staff.

Other duties as assigned.


  • Graduate degree in a relevant field
  • At least ten years of progressively responsible national or international work experience in humanitarian contexts, including at least three years in a leadership role as Senior Manager or Country Director of multi-site, health sector operations in a complex operating environment
  • Experience working on program, country or regional office start up strongly preferred
  • Experience building networks at a senior level, resulting in securing new funding opportunities for the organization
  • Demonstrated successful leadership and management experience with a multi-disciplinary team
  • Experience with representation and fundraising success, including prior experience with UN, US and international development donors. Including USAID/BHA, BPRM among others.
  • Proven ability to negotiate and work with partner organizations
  • Experience with organizational capacity strengthening and partnership building
  • Strong budget and fiscal oversight capacities
  • Established capacity to deal with ambiguity in stressful situations
  • Ability to respond to multiple priorities in a timely manner, producing high-quality outcomes
  • Previous experience working in Colombia or the LACRO region preferred
  • Fluency in English and Spanish required


The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Physical demands:

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee must be mobile in an office environment and able to use standard office equipment.
  • Must be able to communicate in verbal and written form and must be able to travel internationally.
  • Project HOPE employees may be required to travel or work in countries where working conditions are classified as “hardship.”

Work environment:

  • Typical office environment with exposure to a minimal noise level.
  • Emergency deployments may be in resource-deprived environments with austere living conditions.
  • Travel for extended periods may be by air and/or other modes of transportation.
  • While international travel is not a regular part of every job, programmatic needs may require it intermittently.
  • Project HOPE employees may be required to travel or work in countries where working conditions are classified as “hardship.”

Due to the substantial number of inquiries, we receive, only candidates who have met the required experience & qualifications for this position will be considered. No phone calls please.

However, since we are active around the world in the country of public health, we may wish to retain your CV in our database for other/future opportunities, unless you direct us otherwise.

Thank you very much for your interest in Project HOPE.

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