National Director

Type of contract: 2 years renewable (with Probation Period)

Start Date: Immediately or January 2020

Application Deadline: 8 November 2019

Reporting to: EMEA Operations Director

Number of positions reporting to this role: 27 (Twenty-Seven) across 4 locations

About the organization

Founded in the 1970s on Christian biblical principals, our client is a faith-based global non-profit organization that advances basic human rights in more than 70 countries, around the world. Anchored by the conviction that safe and affordable housing provides a critical foundation for breaking the cycle of poverty, they help to build: 1) Simple, Affordable housing for Vulnerable Groups; 2) Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) systems to empower and improve the health and living conditions of Vulnerable Groups and Slum Dwellers; 3) Disaster Risk Reduction, Response and Resilience capacity.

With the support of a large volunteer base, our client has served 54,000 families helping them achieve strength, stability, and independence throughout Ethiopia. Their programs have the potential to scale up and make a positive impact on the housing conditions of low-income people in the country.

Position Objective

Reporting to Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA) Operations Director with dotted line relationships to a global Senior Management Team (SMT), the National Director (ND) is the most senior position in the Ethiopia Country Office. The ND supports, guides and informs the global SMT to articulate, communicate and advocate for the country office’s mission and vision in Ethiopia.

This involves providing overall leadership with accountability and responsibility for the strategic, programmatic, financial and management Operations. Key functions in this role include developing and implementing strategy for the country program, overseeing internal policies and financial systems, building strategic partnerships and resourcing the organization’s work to ensure the sustainability of both programs and a large supporter base.

The Ideal Candidate profile

As a versatile leader, you are capable of translating the “big picture” and championing the link between the EMEA leadership team and a country office team of up to twenty-seven staff. You have a passion for helping the less fortunate live a better life, understand field programs, empathize with and support volunteers working in different contexts including some with limited resources and have knowledge of how to achieve results that demonstrate positive change for the underprivileged.

This will require discipline and rigor to take on administrative tasks in “getting the job done”; or recognizing when to re-organize your team’s responsibilities; while keeping a “bird’s eye view” on the details necessary to achieve the organization’s sustainability. Your experience (in a not-for-profit context) demonstrates strategic and global thinking, a passion for service to communities backed by a solid track record. You are systems and detail-oriented with a “roll up your sleeves” work ethic.

The ideal candidate would also be an Ethiopian citizen.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Ability to project our development mission and accomplishments within and outside the organization.
  • Knowledge of housing issues and affordable housing solutions in Ethiopia.
  • Fluency in English and at least one other language (Amharic is an added advantage).
  • Academic qualifications in international development, public administration, business administration, housing and urban development, civil engineering and/or social sciences.
  • Experience in developing organizational strategies and translating these strategies into effective implementation plans
  • A strong understanding of NGO operational requirements with at least 10 (ten) years related management experience relevant to human settlement and community development in Ethiopia and/or East Africa, reporting to Senior global and EMEA Teams in an international not-for-profit organization
  • Extensive experience working with communities and volunteers in a donor funded development context, including acquiring and managing large scale grants/projects (USD 2M+) and compliance with diverse donor requirements (USAID, DFID, UN agencies, etc.).
  • Demonstrable network of contacts with a proven track record of building partnerships with stakeholders, including government bodies, donors, corporate entities, other NGOs/INGOs and bilateral donors.
  • Strong Human Resources, administration, Finance and Logistics oversight experience with proven managerial skills in leading and growing country teams.
  • Capacity to build trust, teamwork and ensure accountability among staff.
  • Willingness to travel extensively in Ethiopia and internationally.
  • Good communication skills, both written and verbal, as well as strong analytical skills.
  • Sensitivity in working with diverse cultures with an emphasis on cross-cultural sensitivity and diplomacy.
  • Outcome focused.
  • Good sense of humour and positive attitude.
  • Effective “roll up the sleeves” work ethic with attention to detail.

Additional Preferences:

  • Understanding and/or experience in developing micro-finance initiatives.
  • Experience and skills in developing government relationships for policy change.
  • Experience of working with / development of boards of directors.
  • Understanding and/or experience with construction or large-scale infrastructure projects.

How to Apply

To apply for this role, kindly attach your CV (in English) and a motivation letter (of 350 words or less) which summarises how your profile aligns with the key requirements, skills and abilities of this role. Please send these to us as MS Word files only. PDFs will not be considered.

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