Ranked the top NGO in the world for the third time running, BRAC is known for its holistic, data-driven and community-based programming. As Director for Africa, you will lead BRAC’s work across more than five countries, strengthening and deepening its programmatic work. You have significant programme leadership experience, strong regional knowledge and resource mobilisation skills. This is an exciting opportunity for a leader to build on the vast technical knowledge and resources within BRAC and apply it to an Africa context.
Location: Nairobi, Kenya
Closing date: 4 March 2019
Starting date: negotiable
Type of contract: 5-year contract
Website Link client: http://www.bracinternational.nl/en/
BRAC was established in 1972 in a remote village in Bangladesh as a limited relief operation. Today it is the largest development organisation in the world, ranked by Geneva-based NGO Adviser as the world’s top NGO for the third year running. Sharing successful solutions in 11 countries in Africa and Asia, as well as in Bangladesh, BRAC implements large-scale and impactful interventions in the areas of livelihoods, health, education, micro-finance, climate change, and community development, with a strong commitment to gender equality and empowerment of women and girls across all its work.
BRAC works on changing the systems of inequality by creating platforms to empower individuals and communities in situations of poverty, illiteracy, disease and social injustice. BRAC has touched the lives of an estimated 130 million people around the world, with staff, volunteers and BRAC-trained entrepreneurs numbering in the hundreds of thousands.
BRAC is many things, it is a social enterprise, an NGO, a public forum, a knowledge hub, a social investor, a policy advocate, a university and a crisis responder. It brings together change makers, activists, heroes and mentors who want to build a world that works for everyone.
About BRAC International
Stichting BRAC International (BI) was set up in 2009 as a non-profit foundation in the Netherlands to govern and manage all BRAC entities outside Bangladesh, UK and USA. With 8,000 employees, 10,000 volunteers in Africa and Asia, and an annual budget of over 130 million USD, BI touches the lives of an estimated 20 million people each year.
As BI enters its second decade of existence, it has embarked on a significant organizational change process together with BRAC Bangladesh, BRAC USA and BRAC UK, developing a new BRAC Global Strategy (2020-2030) to establish a global organization with a shared vision, coherent goals for sustainable development and strong, ambitious organizational growth targets.
About the Role
The Director for Africa reports to the Executive Director for BRAC International, supervising 5-7 Country Directors and overseeing a staff cohort of 4,000+ working across Uganda, Liberia, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, Tanzania and soon in Rwanda. The operating income for the region is approximately 48 Million USD in both grants and microfinance programmes.
Within BRAC, the Director holds key relationships with the Director of Asia Programmes, Country Representatives, Unit Heads and Sector Specialists. Externally, the Director relates to the leaders of BRAC UK, BRAC USA, donors and BRAC Bangladesh. The Director takes leadership of operational and policy-level decisions related to the countries and region. The Director receives advice and guidance from his or her supervisor on strategic and policy-level decisions which has an impact outside of the Africa region. The goal of the Director is to lead the regional offices’ development and guide them towards growth and long-term success.
Purpose of the Role
Key Performance Indicators
Knowledge, skills and competencies
Track record of managing large-scale and complex development programmes.
Demonstrated experience leading multicultural staff and developing senior teams.
A proven ability to raise funds and further sound growth and programme development.
Strong influencing skills and experience relating to government and managing relationships with diverse stakeholders including business, donors, academia, media, and civil society. Technical knowledge of at least one BRAC programme.
Able to analyse and apply research, data and learning to improve programmes and operations.
Previous field experience, including leading community-driven programming and Southern-led development initiatives.
Excellent communication and relationship skills.
Experience and excellence in managing a multi-cultural organisation, leading it towards a culture of gender justice and diversity in practice.
Excellent written and spoken English skills.
Willingness to travel internationally.
How to Apply
Piqued your interest?
To apply for this role, please prepare your CV (in English) and a motivation letter (one page) that summarises how your profile aligns with the key requirements, skills and abilities of this role. Both files should be submitted in .doc(x) or .rtf format via this form: www.mis.tl/CV.
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The Director for Africa reports to the Executive Director for BRAC International, supervising 5-7 Country Directors and overseeing a staff cohort of 4,000+ working across Uganda, Liberia, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, Tanzania and soon in Rwanda.
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