Country Director


Helvetas is an organization specialized in development cooperation and humanitarian response, anchored in Switzerland. Our vision is a just world in which all men and women determine the course of their lives in dignity and security, using environmental resources in a sustainable manner. Helvetas has been working in Nepal for more than 63 years. Currently, it runs more than ten…

Job Information

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    Duty Station Kathmandu
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    Type of Appointment Full time
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    No. of Openings 1 opening
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    Salary Competitive /
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    Job Level : Senior Level
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    Job Experience : 10 Years
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    Job Category NGO | INGO | Charity
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    Job Qualification : Master
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    Posted Date : Mar 12, 2021

Job Description

The position as Country Director requires a visionary leader who is an accomplished credible and very experienced manager with a high-level understanding of development issues in Nepal, the region, and the global level. S/he will work closely with the Programme Coordinator at the Helvetas head office in Switzerland.


Lead to develop and review Helvetas Nepal’s strategic planning and ensures its effective execution

Provide strategic guidance for the Helvetas Nepal country programmes

Guide senior staff and Team Leaders to achieve the organization’s and individual project objectives, Motivate, coach, and manage the Helvetas Nepal’s diverse team

Foster an atmosphere of cooperation and cohesive relationships among colleagues in the team

Take a pro-active role in the development policy dialogue with the Government of Nepal and the donor community with reference to Helvetas experiences in Nepal

Maintain and further strengthen networks and relationships with central and local governments, strategic donor partners and non-governmental development partners

Promote acquisition activities, innovation, learning and knowledge sharing

Ensure efficient human resources, financial and administrative management and compliance with organisational policies and guidelines.

Required Qualification & Experience


Post graduate degree in any relevant field, course in international development cooperation will be an advantage

More than 10 years of experience in similar leadership and senior management positions in development cooperation in Nepal and abroad

Experience in leading organisational strategic planning and ensuring its effective execution

Proven record in leadership: motivating, coaching and developing individuals and facilitating knowledge sharing

Track record of successful acquisition

Experience in efficient human resources, finance and administrative management of a development organisation

Track record of developing, leading and managing multi sector projects

Experience in policy dialogue with government and external support agencies

High level of negotiation and influencing skills and capacity to develop and maintain strong relationship with all stakeholders

Strong motivator and mentor; proven record in building organisational talent by nurturing and encouraging empowerment and developing staff and partners

Excellent analytical, conceptual and programmatic competencies

Strong diplomatic and communication skills; ability to communicate with a broad spectrum of individuals and organisations with command of English and Nepali languages

Sound knowledge and understanding of the development context, social, political, ethnic and economic fabrics of Nepal

Good understanding and knowledge of political economy of development cooperation and federalism

How to Apply


A contract of two years with possibility of extension. Attractive working conditions, a satisfactory and challenging job in a multicultural team. Helvetas strives for an equitable work force diversity and gender balance among its staff.

Interested Nepali citizens are requested to send their complete application – including motivation letter, CV, work certificates and diplomas – together with three referees via our online recruiting portal (

Application submission through any other form will not be entertained. The application deadline is April 11, 2021. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for further screening process. For additional information, please visit our website or