The Senior Regional Director (SRD) for Africa is primarily responsible for the leadership and management of LWR Africa offices, staff, and programs, in a manner that is consistent with LWR's vision, values, and strategy. The Africa region covers 13 field offices in 6 countries (Burkina Faso, Niger, Mali, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda) with French and English being the working languages. The Africa program comprises a varied portfolio of grants funded by the U.S. Government, European bilateral donors, foundations, and other funders. The SRD oversees overall program growth and expansion per LWR's strategic plans. S/he represents LWR to donor agencies, peer organizations, U.S. and host government authorities, as well as to U.S. constituents, church bodies, and other networks. S/he plays a key role in the development and monitoring of regional strategies and in the identification of new business opportunities and strategic alliances. S/he holds authority for development and management of multi-million-dollar annual budgets, for overseeing security of personnel and assets in the region, and for ensuring that LWR management and programs are innovative and of high quality. S/he is responsible for the stewardship of all LWR funds and assets in the region and in ensuring compliance with host country labor and other relevant legal requirements and codes. S/he is responsible for hiring and firing decisions in field offices and supervises directly 7 staff and indirectly approximately 100 staff. S/he is responsible for overseeing LWR's work and in both mitigating and investigating instances of fraud, corruption or mismanagement of LWR and other donor resources and assets. The SRD also plays a key role, working with other departments, in linking programs and partners to LWR's donor, constituent, and advocacy targets. Note that as LWR's programs in Africa grow and expand, the Africa region may be split into two (East and West); in this event, the current position may retain authority for West Africa. The successful candidate will have a track record of work in Africa, including the Sahel, as well as fluency in both French and English.
Strategic Leadership • Contribute to development of regional strategy and annual operating plans and ensure that regional and country staff adhere to plans and monitor results against expected outcomes and indicators. • Explore opportunities for LWR expansion or engagement in new geographic and/or programmatic sectors.
New Business Development • Maintain and grow LWR's portfolio of donor-funded projects. • Lead regional identification and pursuit of new funding opportunities with institutional donors including U.S. Government or other bilateral or multilateral donors, foundations, and corporate philanthropies. • Lead positioning efforts including development of consortia, negotiation of (pre)teaming agreements, and negotiation of roles/scope of work for LWR as part of consortia for NBD. • Contribute to development of corporate capability statements and public relations materials for donors on key LWR sectoral areas and signature approaches.
Representation • Represent LWR to key stakeholders including donors, USG and host government officials, peer agencies (including primes/subs), etc. • Participate in relevant NGO forums or other networks. • Represent the regional program to LWR's Board of Directors, leadership, and staff
Human Resources Management • Oversee and develop a strong regional team; ensure team learning and individual and team performance standards and accountability; provide frequent feedback to and support for regional team. • Supervise and conduct annual performance appraisals for all direct reports, including Deputy Regional Directors, Regional Program Managers, Regional Program Associates, the West Africa Regional Representative, and East Africa Country Directors. • Oversee hiring and termination of regional staff, and performance management plans as necessary.
Safety and Security Oversight • Ensure familiarity and compliance with LWR's safety and security procedures and protocols. • Oversee country office safety security policy compliance and updates.
Financial Management • Provide guidance to and oversight of regional offices in the development of annual budgets. • Monitor the implementation of regional budgets and cash flows. • Coordinate with F&A on regional office financial and budget management and monitoring, address audit findings, and ensure that externally funded grants comply with donor and LWR regulations.
U.S. Lutheran Engagement • Collaborate with Strategic Partnership/External Relations colleagues to engage US Lutherans effectively in the work of LWR, ensuring that the work of LWR is made visible to our constituents and that Lutheran constituents interested in the region receive information on our programs.
Professional Development • Engage in ongoing professional development.
Other • Other duties as assigned by supervisor.
1. Deep commitment to LWR's core values and ability to model those values in relationships with colleagues and partners. 2. Master's Degree 3. 15 years of experience in international relief and development. 4. Demonstrated familiarity with the assigned region including a minimum of 5 years of work in the region. 5. Proficiency with Microsoft Outlook, Word and Excel software. 6. Written and verbal fluency in French and English. 7. Successful track record in developing, submitting and negotiating proposals for different donor agencies such as USAID, US State Department, UN agencies, bilateral or multilateral donors, foundations, and corporations. 8. Prior supervisory experience, managing a large team located in different countries. 9. Experience developing and managing budgets from both restricted and unrestricted revenue sources. 10. Ability to balance providing strategic leadership and contributing to accomplishing specific tasks. 11. Experience with and commitment to working in a very diverse workforce. 12. Excellent intercultural and interpersonal skills, including proven experience in working with different cultures within the region. 13. Willingness and ability to undertake 6-8 international trips per year, often to remote regions. Ability to withstand travel in difficult and/or insecure environments. 14. Familiarity with Lutheran theology, church structures, and church member motivations and sensitivities preferred.
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