The Country Director reports to the Regional Director for West Africa (based in Dakar) and works closely with colleagues at all levels of the organization, including global management staff at both the Africa regional office and the US headquarters. The CD leads the Country Management Team. External collaboration includes working with representatives of governmental, international, university and non-governmental organizations within Côte d’Ivoire, as well as some donors.
HKI has a matrixed reporting structure that respects both the line management and authority within geographical hierarchies; and the accountability and oversight duties of subject matter experts and multi-country program managers wherever they are located. Regular communication and a spirit of teamwork among colleagues, both hierarchically and laterally, are essential to make this structure thrive.
Scope of the Position
The Country Director provides strategic leadership and develops action plans that further the mission of HKI and meet the needs of Côte d’Ivoire. The CD has overall responsibility for ensuring technical and operational excellence in the delivery of all activities to achieve the objectives established in grants and strategic plans; and representing HKI to disseminate findings and secure and expand funding for project activities in Côte d’Ivoire. This position is based in Abidjan with travel to project sites required.
Overall Management and Leadership
- Provide strategic vision and direction for overall program design, implementation, and proposal development; Work closely with the country team to accomplish the strategic goals;
- Lead and oversee the implementation of HKI-Côte d’Ivoire programs and the management of the office;
- Represent HKI in formal and informal meetings with government officials, international donor agencies, and national technical advisory groups pertinent to HKI project activities;
- Identify opportunities and generate funding from international and bilateral agencies and donor agencies;
- Develop and nurture in-country donor relationships and identify potential partners to participate in joint proposals;
- Lead and prepare concept papers and proposals and provide other information as needed for submission to donors and others for fundraising and marketing purposes.
- Oversee and coordinate the program portfolio to ensure the highest level of project quality and accountability, while fostering continuity through building local capacity;
- Provide technical input to the government, international donors, and technical advisory groups pertinent to HKI project activities;
- Ensure implementation of strong program monitoring, evaluation, and learning functions;
- Oversee research design, methodology, and dissemination of information needed to monitor and evaluate project activities and/or advance programmatic and policy changes;
- Disseminate findings from HKI projects that are of importance to decision-makers in a position to fund or implement projects in Côte d’Ivoire and internationally;
- Keep the national partners and others informed about progress of the projects, plans for the development of new programs/projects/activities and donor involvement in the overall program.
Financial and Administrative
- Provide oversight to finance and administrative serves including procurement, property management, human resources management, vehicle and facilities management, and staff safety and security;
- Work with regional office and headquarters to manage the development and implementation of annual country budgets;
- Authorize expenditures for grant or contract allocations and ensure compliance with procedures required by grant or contract agreements;
- Ensure the preparation and accuracy and timely submission of financial and narrative reports that comply with grant or contract agreements and ensure compliance with all aspects of donor funding and HKI policies;
- Hire and manage personnel and lead initiatives to develop staff capacity.
- Minimum seven years of field experience in international public health, nutrition and/or Neglected Tropical Disease programs including demonstrated experience in program development, implementation and evaluation, plus a minimum master’s degree in public health, nutrition, development or related field, or equivalent combination of education and experience;
- Experience in designing and implementing workshops, seminars, surveys, monitoring systems, and evaluations. Experience in research design, data analysis, and interpretation;
- Technical knowledge in an area related to HKI’s mission and programs;
- Demonstrated ability to undertake high-level representation and advocacy;
- Experience working in Africa, with Ministries, international and local NGOs, and donors based locally, is a substantial asset;
- Demonstrated experience and skills in leadership, staff management, program development and management, strategic planning, monitoring and evaluation and public speaking;
- Demonstrated ability to develop and create budgets and monitor financial status;
- Demonstrated capacity to mobilize program funding including donor cultivation and grants writing;
- Knowledge and experience managing compliance to diverse donors (e.g., USAID, GAC, EU, UNICEF, foundations, etc.);
- Excellent emotional intelligence and interpersonal and people management skills, including an ability to effectively lead a team, communicate a vision, maintain morale, make timely and transparent decisions, and prevent and manage conflict;
- Very good oral and written English and French language skills, including the ability to quickly synthesize complex technical and programmatic issues into concise communications;
- Well established and practiced organizational and planning skills;
- Computer literate in use of word-processing, spreadsheet and statistical software; experience in data analysis and interpretation is highly desirable;
- Experience with ensuring safety and security at the national office and field levels;
- An ability to remain balanced and constructive when operating under stress;
- Ability and willingness to travel often within Côte d’Ivoire and occasionally internationally;
- Personal commitment to HKI’s mission and goals and the values embodied by HKI co-founder, Helen Keller: compassion, grit, and optimism.
Qualified candidates should submit a cover letter and resume noting the position title in the subject line. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
Helen Keller International values diversity and inclusion in all its human resources and programming practices. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national or ethnic origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status.
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