Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Country Director

Our client is an International NGO supporting rural development projects in nine African countries in order to reduce poverty among rural communities through local demand-driven initiatives in agriculture. The organisation’s goal is to support smallholder farmers to improve their livelihoods in a viable and sustainable manner. It works with rural communities to bring sustainable solutions to the causes of hunger and poverty; enables local people to tackle challenges in ways which are practical, cost effective, and sustainable.
The organization seeks to recruit for the position of Country Director for their Kenya office.

The individual will be responsible for the overall management and development of the programme in Kenya and for ensuring that their work contributes effectively and efficiently towards meeting the needs of small holder farmers and the goals of the organisation.
The position will be based in Nakuru and reports to the Director of Programmes, Africa.
Major Roles and Responsibilities

* Provide a clear strategic vision for the organization and ensure staff, partners and other stakeholders support the strategy; and bring sound analysis of processes of change and effectively implement the strategy.
* Maintain a general oversight of the entire programme; provide direction in overall programme operations, administration, financial management, public relations, human resource management and legal integrity.
* Acts as the official representative of the organisation in Kenya and ensure positive working relationship with all partners and stakeholders.
* Manage the preparation, legalization and implementation of partnership agreements and MOUs.
* Ensure responsible and efficient management of financial and other resources
* Ensure the organization keep with trends and development in its sector and environment; it is always up-to-date in terms of relevant socio-economic, food security, livelihood and rural economic developments.
* Provide on-going review and development of overall country strategy, and of individual project objectives.
* Encourage appropriate research with a view to improving the quality of field work and influencing policy changes that will improve the quality of life for people in Kenya.
* Build an effective team and responsible for the management and development of all programme staff.
* Provide leadership in building and maintaining effective relationships with partners.
* Create opportunities to promote and disseminate shared learning points within the programmes.


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