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Regional Director, Africa - Nutrition International

Regional Director, Africa

Client: Nutrition International -

Reports to/Position Title: VP Program Operations

Duty Station: Nairobi (preferred), Addis or Dar es Salam

Overall Purpose/Broad Function: 

Within the framework of Nutrition International's Global Investment Case and operating plans for Africa, directs the delivery of Nutrition International’s programs in NI’s core countries in the Africa Region (currently: Kenya, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Senegal and Nigeria).  This executive position is additionally responsible for contributing to the strategic direction in Africa and for expanding the scale and scope of NI’s influence and work beyond our core countries of operation.


3.    Key Duties and Responsibilities:

3.1 Planning & Budgeting:  Working with each Country Director (CD), co-ordinates the development of annual plans and budgets for the Africa region for inclusion in annual Program of Work and Budget.  Ensure that project development, approval and implementation is carried out in accordance with Nutrition International policies and procedures. Approve programming proposals within delegated authority.


3.2 Program Assessment: Maintains an up-to-date understanding of the situation of nutrition within Africa; possess a comprehensive knowledge of the opportunities and barriers to Nutrition International programming in the region; contribute to determining Nutrition International's Programmatic and Resource Development priorities within Africa.


3.3 Financial Management: Working closely with the Vice-President - Corporate Services & CFO, manage the financial resources in the Africa Unit by ensuring that all offices are operating within their approved budgets and following all Delegations of Authorities. Keep up-to-date with all budget variances on a monthly basis and ensure that the donor database is being utilized and regularly updated for all activities as appropriate. Issue financial approvals within delegated authority limits


3.4 Line Management of Country Directors: Coach and mentor all NI CDs in the regional, supporting them to effectively lead their teams to carry out NI’s mandate. 


3.5 Advocacy & Communications: Represent Nutrition International at external meetings as required, including meetings with government officials, the general public, and the media and Nutrition International partner network meetings. Working with other regional and head office colleagues support the development of communications materials and actions within Africa to ensure widespread dissemination and promotion of information on Nutrition International program activities and achievements.


3.6 Organizational Role: Provide input to the operational management and Strategic Direction of Nutrition International through participation in the Executive Management Committee, and, as required, assist the President with engaging Board members.


New Business Development:  Support country directors to steward current donors and to unearth opportunities for new programs.  Support the development of donor proposals, working closely with Global Portfolio Directors and the BD Unit in Headquarters. 


3.7 Human Resources: Responsible for the management of human resources in the Africa region and ensure that all employees are effectively and fairly managed.  Ensure global HR policies are adhered to and take action as needed in coordination with the People and Culture unit.


Other duties and responsibilities may be required.

4.    Supervisory Responsibilities:

·       Directly supervises all Country Directors within region and the Finance Director plus 2-3 regional team members.

5.     Education/Professional Designations/Experience:

·      Minimum of ten (10) years in a senior leadership role in international development work with demonstrated experience in program development, design and         management (with field experience in one or preferably more countries in Africa);

·       Demonstrated experience in working collaboratively with public, private sector and civil society organizations

·      Significant experience managing financial resources

·      Post-graduate academic qualification in nutrition, public health, food sciences, international development or a related field preferred.


6.    Language Skills:

·       Excellent fluency in English. Ability to speak French an advantage.

7.     Travel Requirements:

·       Prepared to travel up to 30% of time. Duration would vary between 1 day and 2 weeks.

8.    Other Specific Skill Requirements:

·       Requires broad understanding of public health and development approaches and delivery strategies; including concepts of impact and cost effectiveness

·       Understanding of global international agencies and organizational strategies and structures

·       Understanding of specific considerations in the operating environment of Africa;

·       Excellent program management skills including strong analytical skills, and experience in strategic, operational and program planning and budgeting

·       Good interpersonal and negotiation skills within international environment

·       Strong financial management skills

·       Strong human resource management skills, especially working across cultures

·       Must be highly self-directed


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

Senior Recruiter Global Recruitment Specialists

"Positioning You for Success"

Norwalk, CT 06851 USA

Apply via the following link 

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Please mention the post applied in the subject line of your email. Due to the volume of applications received, only shortlisted candidates will be notified.