Country Program Director

The African Initiatives for Relief and Development (AIRD) is a non-political, non-religious and non-profit making NGO with Country Programme Offices in Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic,  Chad, Democratic Republic of Congo, Liberia, Niger, Republic of Congo, Tanzania, and Uganda. AIRD’s objective is to offer operational support, including but not limited to: supply chain, logistics, construction, infrastructure, environment, livelihoods and WASH in partnership with relief and development organizations that focus on disaster-affected and development oriented areas. AIRD delivers for and through partners including but not limited to UN Agencies, international and national donor organisations and governments

Person Specifications

AIRD is seeking for a dynamic, qualified and experienced Country Program Director to lead AIRD’s work in the Central African Republic. The selected candidate will have the opportunity to work with a devoted team, to Empower Communities, Growing Together.

Key Responsibilities

1. General Duties

  • Build and maintain a strong, innovative senior leadership team and ensure AIRD Policies and Code of Conduct are followed.
  • Lead the design, implementation, and evolution of the Country Program Office strategic plan
  • Promote AIRD’s Vision, Mission, Core Values and key Partnership Standards and Practices among the staff and partners and ensure these are the core foundation of AIRD strategies and work.
  • Direct the mobilization, management, and accounting of all resources in the Country Program
  • Oversee the management and development of the Country Program Human Resources to ensure a diverse, skilled, and productive workforce
  • Provide leadership, strategic direction and support in the development and implementation of an effective Resource Development Strategy.
  • Ensure people issues are front and centre, promoting an office that embraces diversity, gender balance and engagement with all Partnership staff.
  • Implement AIRDs SOPs and partnership agreements signed with Donors
  • And any other duties assigned

2. Specific duties

  • Prepare Project work plans and follow up their executions in the field in coordination with the CMT
  • Coordinate and lead preparation of project documents, budgets and negotiations with funding organizations
  • Identify and evaluate the risks associated with program activities and take appropriate action to control the risks
  •  Follow up with Program Managers on the findings of Audit and Monitoring reports and take steps to improve quality of program activities.
  • Develop and enhance relationships, partnerships, and networks with the Donors, INGOs, NGOs and Government
  • Ensure compliance to all registration requirements of the country program and be AIRD’s legal representative in the country program, accountable for operations and results in an evolving political, economic, institutional and legal/labour environment.
  • Responsible for growing and managing a grant portfolio and ensuring that readiness to emergencies is built into all program planning.
  • Work as focal person for the organization and represent AIRD in different forums, actively participating in national level consultation or committees formed by the government for specific issues where AIRD is invited

Working Conditions

  • Country Program Directors usually work in an office environment but the mission of the organization will take them into the field
  • Country Program Directors work a standard work week but at times will be required to work evenings and weekends to monitor program activities

  Required Languages

Must be conversant in English and French (written and spoken)

 Minimum Qualifications

  • University degree in a related subject
  • Knowledge of project management, client/groups related to the program’s needs
  • 3 to 5 years of experience in a related field
  • Demonstrate the ability to work with multiple partners and collaborate on projects together
  • Proficiency in the use of computers for Word, Excel, PowerPoint other reporting tools, Simple accounting (packages knowledge asset),
  • Databases,  Spreadsheets, E-mail, and Internet
  • Proficiency to use MS Office suite of applications and other IT systems
  • Demonstrate experience in promoting strategic planning
  • Ability to write clearly articulate proposals, reports, and correspondence
  • Strong analytical, communication and problem-solving skills is necessary along with the capacity to identify and articulate potential problems       and  provide possible solutions in a concise and clear manner
  • Experience working with international development partners, international nongovernmental organization (INGOs) and donors (in particular
  • UNHCR experience) is an asset

 Knowledge, skills and abilities

  • Good skill in building teams
  • Knowledge of program management
  • Knowledge of donor groups and/or issues related to the program area

 Personal characteristics

The Country Program Director should demonstrate competence in some or all of the following:

  • Behave Ethically: Understand ethical behaviour and practices, and ensure that own behaviour and the behaviour of others is consistent with these standards and aligns with the values of the organization
  • Build Relationships: Establish and maintain positive working relationships with others, both internally and externally, to achieve the goals of the organization
  • Communicate Effectively: Speak, listen and write in a clear, thorough and timely manner using appropriate and effective communication tools and techniques
  • Creativity/Innovation: Develop new and unique ways to improve operations of the organization and to create new opportunities
  • Focus on Donor Needs: Anticipate, understand, and respond to the needs of internal and external donors to meet or exceed their expectations within the organizational parameters
  • Foster Teamwork: Work cooperatively and effectively with others to set goals, resolve problems, and make decisions that enhance organizational effectiveness
  • Lead: Positively influence others to achieve results that are in the best interest of the organization
  • Make Decisions: Assess situations to determine the importance, urgency and risks, and make clear decisions which are timely and in the best interests of the organization
  • Organize: Set priorities, develop a work schedule, monitor progress towards goals, and track details, data, information and activities
  • Plan: Determine strategies to move the organization forward, set goals, create and implement actions plans, and evaluate the process and results
  • Solve Problems: Assess problem situations to identify causes, gather and process relevant information, generate possible solutions, and make recommendations and/or resolve the problem
  • Willingness to travel as necessary, work the required schedule, work at different locations as required.

Interested Persons may send application and up to date CVs to by 22 December 2019


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