Job Country Program Director - African Initiatives for Relief and Development

Organization: African Initiatives for Relief and Development
Closing date: 07 Mar 2018


Organizational Description:

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, 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 country of operation. 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
Qualifications, experience and skills

A Bachelors degree in Project Planning and Management, International Relations or in a related field with 5 years of experience or a Masters Degree in the same fields with 3 years of experience. Proven track record of applying new technologies to programming or make use of existing technologies to innovatively influence program design and delivery; Significant senior leadership and management experience in the development and delivery of high quality program influencing and humanitarian strategy with and through partners or directly, in one or more challenging locations; A high degree of self-awareness and an understanding of how to drive and support excellent team performance and Individual development in line AIRD's values and policies. Must be conversant in French and English (written and spoken).

Mode of application

Please send your application letter stating your qualification and experience, and why you’re suitable for the position, together with latest updated C.V. by email to: [email protected] The deadline for applications is Wednesday, March, 7th 2018. Kindly note in the email subject line: Country Program Director - post.

Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted

How to apply / To contact us, please use the email below:
[email protected]