Country Director - Burkina Faso

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Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
Apply by 31 March 2017
Posted on 20 March 2017

Job Description

The Country Manager (CM) is responsible for every aspect of program activities in Burkina Faso, including:

  • overall resource generation (fund mobilization) for iDE Burkina Faso programs
  • financial management and accountability
  • impact management
  • project accountability to individual donors
  • technical leadership
  • public identity in Burkina Faso
  • country program planning, implementation, and performance review
  • staff management and development

This position reports directly to the Director, BD/Ops, and receives technical and other support from iDE headquarters staff and from other senior leaders and their technical staff. The CM works closely with the iDE offices in Canada and the UK, when funding and program implementation are generated from those offices. As iDE’s representative in-country, the Country Manager has responsibility and accountability for all of iDE’s finances, assets and legal standing in Burkina Faso.

Who we are looking for:

iDE incorporates business methods into its operations. We understand that our customers – small scale farmers – are entrepreneurs in their own rights and that our approach offers them a chance to use technologies and services that we promote, to create significant additional income. We believe that the private sector is the best vector for service delivery and that subsidies undermine the potential for long term business profitability. We are looking for someone who shares these views. The CM also needs to have well developed analytical and financial skills and to understand how value chains and supply chains operate. A good understanding of rural marketing and selling to the ‘base of the pyramid’ is preferred.

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

Strategic Management:

Link country activities to the overall strategy and performance improvement targets of iDE as a whole through developing country specific strategies and plans.

Resource Generation:

Raise funds for the implementation of iDE Burkina Faso programs and their expansion by coordinating with international donors and other funding sources. This includes responsibility for:

  • development of funding strategies
  • identification of potential funding sources
  • securing grants
  • cost recovery of appropriate organizational expenses
  • preparation and submission of proposals with coordinated budgets

Program Management:

Day to day management of programs including:

  • appointment and supervision of program staff
  • review of existing accomplishments, target achievements and strategies to date
  • implementation of effective decision-making systems – including internal management, etc.
  • overall reporting and communication internally and outside iDE,
  • implementation and reporting for all projects
  • responsibility for ensuring that program design is in compliance with iDE’s corporate mission and objectives
  • responsibility for ensuring compliance with donor and iDE rules and regulations on program implementation
  • annual review of the performance service providers and grantees
  • other duties and responsibilities as assigned by the Director of BD/Ops

Finance and Administration Management:

Provide administrative and financial management consistent with iDE organizational policies and procedures – in close cooperation with the Director BD/Ops, Vice President ofFinance and with iDE headquarters staff – to the iDE program in Burkina Faso. This includes responsibility for:

  • appointment and supervision of financial staff in conjunction with the Chief Financial Officer
  • development and maintenance of all administrative and financial controls and systems for all aspects of the Burkina Faso program
  • responsibility for ensuring that administrative and financial procedures, practices and reporting are effective and in compliance with iDE standards and general accounting and administrative guidelines
  • responsibility for ensuring that all Burkina Faso field offices are run in compliance with established administrative and financial procedures
  • responsibility for ensuring adherence to relevant Burkina Faso Government regulations concerning operations of not-for-profit organizations in Burkina Faso and for maintaining the good legal standing of iDE in Burkina Faso

Human Resource Management:

Consistent with iDE organizational policies and procedures and in close cooperation with the Director of BD/Ops and with iDE headquarters staff, develop and manage Human Resource functions for all iDE Burkina Faso personnel including:

  • preparation of job descriptions
  • identification, funding and hiring of personnel
  • development and implementation of salary and benefit policies and procedures
  • discipline and grievance issues
  • implementation of annual performance reviews for all staff
  • staff induction, professional development and training
  • compliance with Burkina Faso’s labor laws, insurance and tax regulations

Liaison:

Maintain collaborative relationships at all levels of the organization, by:

  • ensuring good communication with iDE headquarters, including timely submission of program reports, financial reports, planning documents and reports to donors
  • ensuring good communication with other iDE country programs and committees
  • developing and maintaining excellent working relations with relevant donors, national and regional governments, and NGO, public and private sector representatives
  • participating in collaborative efforts with other NGOs, national and local governments, donors, public and private sector partners, etc.

Qualifications/Requirements

  • Advanced degree preferred in Agriculture, Engineering, Business Management, Marketing or related field, or equivalent experience
  • 3-8 years relevant managerial experience
  • Ability to think innovatively and to see where opportunities exist for iDE to use technology (GIS, cloud, etc.) for planning and implementing operations
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community
  • Ability to work collaboratively and to foster a cooperative environment with peers in other iDE country/regional units
  • Proven track record of successful fund-raising, grant writing, and partnership relationship management
  • Proven track record of working in a multi-cultural environment
  • Proven ability to develop and manage financial management information systems
  • Good organizational and problem-solving skills; ability to use independent and effective judgment
  • Intermediate / advanced proficiency in MS Office suite
  • Fluency in French and English required

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

  • Frequently required to perform work outside normal work hours
  • Frequently required to travel domestically and/or internationally, sometimes in difficult environments
  • Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position

About the Organization

iDE incorporates business methods into its operations. We understand that our customers-small scale farmers-are entrepreneurs in their own right and that our approach offers them a chance to use technologies and services that we promote, including micro-irrigation technology, to create significant additional income. We believe that the private sector is the best vector for service delivery and that subsidies undermine the potential for long term business profitability. We are looking for someone who will critically engage these views, testing our claims using empirical data-ensuring that our "mindset matches our dataset".

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