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Senior Director for East and Southern Africa

Location:Baltimore, MD or Washington DC, MD
Employment Type:Full Time
Department:International Programs


The Senior Director (SD) for East and Southern (E/S) Africa is primarily responsible for the leadership and management of Corus International's and its subsidiary agencies' (Lutheran World Relief (LWR) and IMA World Health) offices, staff, and programs, in a manner that is consistent with CI's vision, values, and strategy. The E/S Africa regional portfolio consists of active health, agriculture, economic growth, and humanitarian assistance programming in Uganda, Kenya, South Sudan, Tanzania and includes grants and contracts funded by the U.S. Government, European bilateral donors, foundations, and other funders. The Senior Director supervises head office staff and Country Directors, oversees project implementation to ensure quality programming, develops and manages annual budgets, and works with the Operations team to oversee security of personnel and assets in the region. S/he provides technical input to programs and new business development, and contributes to country, regional, and global strategies for growth and investment. S/he represents Corus International to donor agencies, peer organizations, U.S. and host government authorities, as well as to U.S. stakeholders and constituencies. The Senior Director also plays a key role, working with other departments, in linking programs and partners to CI's donor, constituent, and advocacy targets. The successful candidate will have a track record of living and working in Africa.

The competencies required to be successful in this position include a theoretical and practical understanding of health and/or livelihoods practice areas; people and project management skills; the ability to lead or contribute to the technical approach in health and/or livelihoods on new business; the ability to motivate and lead teams; the ability to interact with donors and other development partners; and demonstrated ability to operate at advanced levels of authority and accountability for achieving results.




● Represent the organization to donors, implementing partners, host country governments, project stakeholders, and counterparts in the public and private sectors.
● Develop and maintain relationships with potential donors and partners with a high degree of independence
● Participate in relevant NGO fora or other technical or coordination networks.
● Represent the regional portfolio to CI's leadership and staff.

Technical Program Implementation

● Manage multiple health, livelihood and humanitarian assistance projects within his or her portfolio, including financial accountability, staffing, work planning, and reporting.
● Ensure compliance with award documents on technical deliverables (workplans, annual budgets, M&E plans, reporting, etc.)
● Act as a facilitator between head office and country programs to ensure high quality program delivery/implementation.
● Build strong working relationships with CI's support departments (e.g, Finance, HR, Contracts and Grants, External Relations, Internal Audit, Procurement, IT, etc.) to ensure smooth project implementation.
● Coordinate with Quality Impact and Learning team to identify, document and share best practices and important innovations in field programs within the organization for replication and scale up.
● Coordinate with the external relations team and with the country offices to produce communications materials about regional programs for business development and various external audiences.

New Business Development and Fundraising

● Support resource mobilization for the region by identifying opportunities and cultivating partnerships in support of regional growth strategy.
● Lead proposal development in concert with Business Development Team, analyzing and recommending bid decisions, and conceptualizing teaming, technical approaches, and cost strategies to maximize competitive advantage.
● Serves as proposal leader and/or technical writer, providing vision and leadership to proposal team, and mentoring and supervising the application of best practices
● Collaborate with Strategic Partnership/External Relations colleagues to engage US constituencies effectively in the work of CI.

Management and Operations

Human Resources Management

• Oversee and develop a strong regional team; ensure team learning and individual and team performance standards and accountability; ensure staff receives regular constructive performance feedback, prompt resolution of problems, and time and opportunity to grow and develop in key competency areas.
• Supervise and conduct annual performance appraisals for all direct reports.
• Leads the coordination with HR, Operations, and country teams on hiring, performance management, and termination of field staff as necessary.

Financial Management

• Provide guidance and oversight of country and regional offices in the development of annual operational budgets and use of unrestricted funds.
• Monitors budget spend down and cash flows for unrestricted and restricted funding streams.


• Coordinates with security team and Operations team to ensure familiarity and compliance with safety and security procedures by field teams and HQ backstop team.
• Leads coordination between the field and HQ to address issues around internal compliance (policy, programmatic, and financial internal audits and spot checks)



● Master's in international development and/or a Master's degree in a related field
● At least 15 years of experience in international relief and development.
● At least 10 years of professional experience managing large, donor-funded health and/or economic development projects in developing countries.
● Demonstrated familiarity with the region including a minimum of 5 years of residence/work in the region.
● Track record of progressive responsibility leading diverse, multi-cultural teams and managing international health and/or economic development programs that achieve results.
● Experience developing and managing budgets from both restricted and unrestricted revenue sources.
● Strong working knowledge of USG, UN, World Bank, and DFID priorities and regulations; demonstrated experience managing to DFID and USG regulations.
● Demonstrated ability to solve complex technical, managerial or operational problems in a timely and successful manner.
● Demonstrated experience leading successful proposal design and development
● Experience developing and implementing monitoring and evaluation (M&E) and knowledge management strategies for development programs.
● Demonstrated versatility and integrity as well as leadership, mentorship, management, organizational, and decision-making skills.
● Ability to work effectively both independently and as part of a team.
● Fluent English oral and written communication skills is required; fluency in a second language relevant to the work is preferred.
● Willingness and ability to undertake 6-8 international trips per year, often to remote regions. Willingness and ability to travel to difficult and/or insecure environments.

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