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Country Administrator

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COOPI is looking for a Country Administrator in Gambia

COOPI has started its experience in The Gambia in 2017 with several feasibility missions to assess migration patterns and youth vulnerabilities, their causes and devise possible solutions which led to the opening of its offices in December 2018, both by Banjul and in North Bank. It is currently working on one ongoing project tackling the roots causes of irregular migration through psychosocial support of returnees and livelihood support to young Gambians in the North Bank (NBR) and Central River Regions (CRR).

We are looking for a highly qualified Country Administrator with overall responsibility for supervision, management and quality implementation of all aspects of COOPI financial and administrative operations in The Gambia. The Country Administrator will be part of the senior management team and is expected to contribute to the future strategic development and professional dynamics of COOPI in The Gambia.



  • Safe and bank account management: He/she ensures the correct management of the safes and the project’s bank accounts, by directly managing or by regularly controlling the project accountant, if available.
  • Accountancy management: he/she ensures the correct project accountancy and all accountancy documents filing. He/she does this by monitoring the accountants or by directly performing the accountancy, in case there was no accountant.
  • Administrative management: In collaboration with the project manager he/she verifies the correct administrative management of the projects (contracts, goods and services purchase, calls for  tenders etc.) in compliance with COOPI and the donor’s procedures (AICS, EU, ENABEL). He/she ensures the correct filing of all project’s administrative documents.
  • Expenses planning and monitoring: In collaboration with the Project Manager (and the logistician if present) he/she makes the project’s financial planning. He/she monitors expenses, in accordance with the budget. He/she provides the accountancy data to the Project Manager so as to allow him to monitor and plan the expenditures and to request funds.
  • Contract modifications and administrative documents: He/she collaborates with the Project Manager in the elaboration of contract modifications (including the budget), and in the preparation of all necessary  projects documents.
  • Financial reporting: In coordination with the Head of Mission and with the Project Manager he/she prepares the intermediate and final financial reports for the projects under his/her responsibility.
  • Budget preparation: Support the Head of Mission and Project Managers in budget preparation as well as proposals development.
  • Staff management: He/she plans the work, supervises, and collaborate to train the staff of the project’s accounting-administrative area upon request by the Head of Mission. Upon request her/she collaborates to staff evaluation activities. She/he will be the focal point of the complaint mechanism and the code of conduct
  • Procurement: He/she provide technical oversight to the procurement process and ensure proper supply chain management procedures are in place and that standard logistics and related administrative systems are established and implemented within COOPI country programme.




  • At least 3 years’ work experience in a similar role within a international non-governmental organization (NGO), donor or multilateral agency;
  • Substantial experience working with International NGO’s, UN agencies and networking and negotiating with authorities;
  • Very strong financial analysis skills and an extensive practical experience working with financial tools, highly proficient with excel such as using pivot table, developing macros, etc.;
  • Experience with capacity building of national staff;
  • Excellent English language skills both written and spoken.


Soft skills

  • Ability to work under pressure in a rapidly changing and sometimes insecure environment;
  • Ability to motivate and guide staff working in a complex conflict environment, preferably experience from an African context;
  • An excellent interpersonal skills (good analytical, negotiation, advocacy and communication skills) and demonstrated ability to establish effective team and external relations.



Previous experience in The Gambia.


We reserve the right to close the vacancy prior to the application closing date, once a sufficient number of applications have been received.


COOPI Cooperazione Internazionale is a humanitarian, non-confessional and independent organization founded in 1965 in Milan, Italy. For more than 50 years we have been dedicated to breaking the cycle of poverty and to supporting populations affected by wars, socio-economic crises or natural disasters in their path to recovery and sustainable development, by making use of the professionalism of local and international operators, and through our partnerships with public and private bodies and civil society organizations.