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Country Director Ethiopia 

Position Title: Country Director, Ethiopia

Client: Nutrition International - https://www.nutritionintl.org/our-work/our-global-projects/africa/ethiopia/  

Location: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Reports Directly to: Regional Director, Africa

 

Overall Purpose/Broad Function:

Overall leadership of the NI Country Team and program in Ethiopia. Lead the management of relations with the Government of Ethiopia and with other key local stakeholders.  The CD will also oversee the work of the country team in developing, mobilizing resources for, managing, monitoring and reporting on NI programs in Ethiopia, and will manage NI’s country operations including ongoing compliance with legal and financial regulations in the country.

 

He/she ensures that the programs of NI Ethiopia are aligned effectively with both the needs and priorities of the Government of Ethiopia and with NI’s global strategy.

 

Key Duties and Responsibilities:

 

External Relations

·       Collaboration: lead the representation of NI at external meetings and on the process of building, maintaining, and strengthening relationships with key stakeholders                (including National, State and Local Government, private sector, donors, NGOs, academia and communities), and seek opportunities for collaboration.

·       Profiling: to enhance the profile of NI and its work in Ethiopia, in the region and globally.

·       Positioning: to position NI with stakeholders as a key actor in nutrition and public health, including representation of NI on national (and as needed at international)              conferences/fora and playing an active role on national level task forces and alliances.

·       Influencing: to engage in policy advocacy both directly and/or in partnership with others so as to influence Government policies and investments by partners and                    donors.

·       Coordinating: to ensure that NI programming activities are harmonized with those of others and facilitate government leadership and ownership in line with the Paris            Principles.

·       Opportunities: to identify opportunities for NI to leverage and mobilize additional resources to expand NI’s work.

·       Stewarding: to ensure that staff of donors to NI (who are based in Ethiopia are kept well informed of progress on NI programs and are appropriately recognized for                their support.

 

Planning and Program Development

·       Maintaining a thorough knowledge of the local landscape in terms of unmet national needs and opportunities for NI to have an impact on nutrition and public health.

·       Generate innovative ideas, initiatives and strategies to achieve additional impact. Specifically, in:

        o   Landscape analyses: consulting with key stakeholders, documenting needs, trends, relevant new developments, and opportunities, and sharing knowledge with             country, regional and HQ colleagues.

        o   Negotiating NI’s role: consulting with key stakeholders to define NI’s scope of work, and general arrangements for steering and oversight of planned programming             activities.

        o   Innovation: encouraging innovation and entrepreneurial thinking in program development.

        o   Planning: developing and proposing costed country strategic, implementation, and annual operational plans which are informed by, and responsive to, needs and             opportunities in the local landscape.

        o   Budgeting and Targets: propose country budgets and results targets for key indicators on the basis of costed plans.

        o   Documentation: ensure that all planned and expected programming activities, costs and results with timelines are recorded and maintained up to date in NI’s systems             (contracts database; BOARD; SharePoint etc.)

 

Program Management

·       Oversee the management of grant funded programming activities in Ethiopia: so as to achieve agreed results, high program quality and the timely utilization of funding:

·       In close consultation with relevant staff (including subject matter experts or other advisors) in Regional and HQ Office, lead, guide and oversee the work of the country         team.  This includes:

        o   Developing enabling agreements: consulting with key stakeholders and collaborating partners to agree management arrangements for planned program activities,             including drafting Memoranda of Understanding or other documents that clarify the relative roles and expectations of NI and of other partners.

        o   Developing specifications for goods and services: drafting the scope of work, terms of reference and terms and conditions for invitations (including RFPs; RFQs etc.)             to vendors (individuals, institutions or suppliers) to submit proposals to NI to provide goods and/or services needed for NI programming activities and for delivering             required results.

        o   Identification of resources: identifying potential vendors with the capability and capacity to offer required goods and services.

        o   Procurement and selection: overseeing and managing the process of procurement and selection of vendors in compliance with NI’s Policies and Procedures, and in             close consultation with collaborating partners.

        o   Negotiating agreements: negotiating agreement TORs and terms with vendors.

        o   Briefing and inception: ensuring that all vendors are appropriately briefed and that they clearly understand their specifications/TOR, reporting requirements,             activities, process, deliverables, milestones and standards.

        o   Performance management: monitoring the performance of vendors against agreements and negotiating corrective actions by vendors as needed to ensure that             deliverables, milestones and standards are met; assessing value for money obtained from vendors.

        o   Program Monitoring: monitoring progress of activities against annual operating plans, and against results and disbursement targets; accounting for variances and             taking action to correct them.

        o   Program Coordination and Steering: convening or participating in program progress review meetings with Government and other key stakeholders; advocating for             corrective actions by key stakeholders; proposing and/or negotiating adjustments to project plans and budgets as a result of steering decisions.

        o   Gender equality: Ensure NI programs mainstream gender equality according to NI’s global Program Gener Equality strategy.  Oversee the implementation of Sex             and Gender Based Analysis as needed and ensure follow up on any recommendations

        o   Program quality: ensure program processes and plans allow for ample time for technical advice and support from NI’s nutrition experts

        o   Grant management: Working with different NI units ensure the development of high quality donor reports according to NI’s contractual obligations with each             donor

 

Financial Management:

·       Financial resources: In close consultation with the Regional Finance Director, ensure that the financial resources in the Ethiopia country office cost centre are properly         managed in line with NI’s Delegation of Authorities and within overall approved budgets. In addition, lead, guide and oversee the work of the country team in:

        o   Costing: preparing reliable costings for programming activities.

        o   Budgeting: developing reliable project and activity budgets based on programming costs.

       o   Financial management and tracking: managing all aspects of the contracts database, including maintaining and regularly updating expenditure forecasts for             programming activities in the contracts database; setting and updating milestones etc.

        o   Variance analysis: accounting for variances and developing plans to correct them.

        o   Value for money: reviewing (and as needed reporting on) the value obtained from External Relations

        o   Collaboration: lead the representation of NI at external meetings and on the process of building, maintaining, and strengthening relationships with key stakeholders             (including National, State and Local Government, private sector, donors, NGOs, academia and communities), and seek opportunities for collaboration.

        o   Profiling: to enhance the profile of NI and its work in Ethiopia, in the region and globally.

        o   Positioning: to position NI with stakeholders as a key actor in nutrition and public health, including representation of NI on national (and as needed at international)             conferences/fora and playing an active role on national level task forces and alliances.

        o   Influencing: to engage in policy advocacy both directly and/or in partnership with others so as to influence Government policies and investments by partners and             donors.

        o   Coordinating: to ensure that NI programming activities are harmonized with those of others and facilitate government leadership and ownership in line with the             Paris Principles.

        o   Opportunities: to identify opportunities for NI to leverage and mobilize additional resources to expand NI’s work.

        o   Stewarding: to ensure that staff of donors to NI (who are based in Ethiopia are kept well informed of progress on NI programs, and are appropriately recognized for             their support.


General operating environment

·       Office space: Ensure that the NI office space and environment is appropriate for the number of NI staff in the Ethiopia Office; work within established parameters to         ensure that NI office space meets country standards for a safe work environment.

·       IT Systems: In liaison with Regional Finance Director, ensure country IT systems are functional and effectively supporting country operations.

 

Safety and security:

·       In liaison with the Regional Director and Global Security Focal Point, ensure safety and security procedures at the country office are in place and functioning.

 

Supervisory Responsibilities:

·       Direct supervision of Program Director and Finance Officer

 

Education/Professional Designations/Experience:

·       Master’s degree from a recognized university in management, international development, public health, nutrition or related area;

·       Additional post graduate certification in project or general management desirable;

 

Experience

·       At least 10 years’ experience in the management of complex programs in public health, nutrition, international development or a related field;

·       Significant experience managing complex budgets in different currencies and large, diverse teams in progressively more senior leadership roles;

·       At least 5 years’ experience in networking at a high level with international partners and country government, desirable;

·       At least 5 years’ experience of working in Ethiopia; regional and/or global experience highly desirable;

·       Understanding and experience managing operations in fragile and/or conflict contexts in Ethiopia or East Africa; and

·       Previous experience as a Country Manager or Program Director or equivalent role in scope and responsibility for an international organization/NGO highly desirable.

 

Language Skills

·       Fluent written and spoken English; local languages desired

 

Travel Requirements:

·       Based in Addis Ababa, the position travels 30% of the time in country and regionally with occasional international travel

 

Other Specific Skill Requirements:

·       Effective leadership and management skills;

·       Ability to build positive working relationships with government officials, partners, multi-lateral bodies and donor representatives

·       Strong critical thinking and problem-solving skills

·       Strong consultative and negotiation skills

·       Integrity and commitment to NI values;

 

TO APPLY Nutrition International has hired Global Recruitment Specialists to assist with sourcing applicants for this position. Candidates are welcome to contact GRS with inquiries or to apply directly with a cover letter and CV to:

 

Jill Solomon

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Norwalk, CT 06851 USA

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Equal Opportunity Employer offering employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, national origin, citizenship, physical or mental disability, or protected veteran status. The client complies with all applicable laws governing nondiscrimination in employment.

 

This job description can and will be amended as required from time to time.