Women for Women International is an INGO headquartered in Washington DC and operating in eight countries around the world. Its mission is to provide women victims of war and other conflicts with tools and resources to move from crisis and poverty into stability and self sufficiency, thus promoting a viable civil society.

Women for Women International (WfWI) is seeking to hire a Country Director for its country offices in Rwanda (to be based in Kigali), and South Sudan (to be based in Rumbek).

The Country Director has broad responsibilities for shaping the vision and strategy for the Country Office, providing high level oversight over all areas of program implementation and operations, conducting fundraising and advocacy, cultivating strategic partnerships and playing a leadership role in the local, national, regional and international movements for women’s advancement.

Main Duties and Responsibilities
  • Accountable at the highest level for the action and activities of the Country Office.
  • Provide strategic oversight to the design and successful implementation of all programs offered by Women for Women International including sponsorship and direct aid, rights and life skills training, business and vocational skills training and other pilot projects as applicable.
  • Responsible for facilitating annual operational planning and budgeting and 3-year strategic planning for the Country Office in collaboration with the local staff and HQ.
  • Responsible for the Country Office’s adherence to all policies and procedures established by Women for Women International. Oversee the design and implementation of special projects and initiatives such as the Women’s Opportunity Center.
  • Ensure that all data collection, monitoring, evaluation and reporting on any aspect of the program is conducted in a timely manner and according to the highest possible standards.
  • Work closely with the senior managers on all aspects of programming to ensure efficiency and accountability and to appropriately address challenges as they arise.
  • Ensure country office compliance with all organizational policies, procedures and program guidelines. Ensure that financial and administrative systems are in place and adhered to, manage costs to budgets.
  • Work with senior managers to develop new budgets and monitor existing ones, create, communicate and periodically review office and staff security plans.
  • Ensure that systems and processes are in place and adhered to for recruitment, compensation and benefits, labor law & taxation compliance, staff health and safety, staff training and development, employee relations and performance management.
  • Ensure that country office staffing is maintained at appropriate level and within budget.
  • Supervise senior managers in line with WfWI’s performance management framework, including the setting of annual performance objectives and development plans, annual performance appraisal and regular 1:1 meetings regarding progress throughout the year.
  • Develop fundraising opportunities and cultivate new donor relationships, lead and represent the organization to external audiences and stakeholders. Develop and maintain working relationships with local and international partners, relevant government agencies and community leaders.
Required Skills & Minimum Qualifications
  • Master’s level degree or equivalent post-graduate qualification in relevant field (or 15+ yrs experience in lieu of advanced degree)Minimum of 10 years relevant work experience, of which at least 5 years at senior managerial level (prior experience as Country Director highly desirable)
  • Demonstrated leadership skills and ability to manage a large, complex, ethnically mixed team of people through a participatory and enabling management style
  • Understanding and experience of gender issues in South Sudan, or Rwanda and proven commitment to addressing gender inequalities in all key areas of responsibility
  • Successful at establishing internal and external relationships, building trust, and inspiring others
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication and teambuilding skills
  • Familiarity with managing budgets, financial reporting, grant writing and reporting, excellent administrative, organizational and time management skills
  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills, high level of maturity and cultural sensitivity, strong computer skills in MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Email applications
  • Fluency in written and spoken English is required; French & local language skills an added advantage
  • Must be a citizen of South Sudan & Rwanda respectively, or third country national with valid work permit.
Application Instructions:

All interested candidates should submit an updated CV, cover letter and 3 professional references to the WfWI Career Portal and online application system: https://womenforwomenintlcareers.silkroad.com under the Current Opportunities tab before or by January 6, 2012.

Please put “South Sudan Country Director” (for South Sudan) , or “Rwanda Country Director” (for Rwanda) in the subject line.

Due to urgency of the recruitments, applications will be shortlisted on a regular basis and we may offer the positions before the closing date.

Only short listed applicants will be invited to interview.

No telephone inquiries please.
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