Director, Sub-Saharan Africa

  • Senior-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 17 July 2018
  • Washington, D.C., District of Columbia, United States
  • Closing on 16 August 2018
  • Current

Job Description

Position Title: Director, Sub-Saharan Africa
Reports to: Executive Director
Location: Washington, DC
Salary: Commensurate with experience

Position Description:

We are looking for a person with vision and the practical skills to make that vision a reality by building on the recent period of growth in the Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) portfolio. We currently have two Centers in West Africa. Partners West Africa – Senegal has focused on governance, dialogue, conflict resolution and security sector reform in the Sahel. We recently invested in the establishment of a new Center in Nigeria, which is focusing on access to justice, rule of law, good governance, anti-corruption and citizen engagement in security sector reform. In partnership with the leadership of these two Centers, we have expanded the reach of the Partners Network and implemented several new multi-country initiatives in West Africa. We are hiring a Director to lead the Sub-Saharan Africa team, based in our Washington D.C. office, to oversee program implementation, lead new business development and fundraising, develop strategic communications to raise the profile of Partners work and disseminate the results, nurture positive relationships with donors and peer organizations, represent the organization externally at events, conferences and workshops, provide support to the growth and development of the West African Centers and lead field assignments as needed. Experience working in Sub-Saharan Africa is essential and an ability to speak French is desirable.

An important role for the Director is to provide support and accompaniment to both PWA – Senegal and PWA – Nigeria in their efforts to grow and develop their organizations. PartnersGlobal has aspirations to continue to grow its international Network of Centers and in the next 3-5 years we would like to explore opportunities to establish a new Center or affiliate organizations in East Africa. The Director would lead the process of scoping and exploring regional growth of the Network.

The Director is part of the organization’s Senior Leadership Team and serves an integral part of strategic and policy decisions that help shape the way the organization operates, grows and develops.

PartnersGlobal seeks candidates with a strong background in:

  • Sub-Saharan Africa: with deep knowledge of the region and experience working and living in Sub Saharan Africa, with credibility to oversee our current program portfolio and to lead the development of new initiatives and programming
  • Peacebuilding/Democracy Building/International Development: to design and implement innovative approaches to meet donors and program requirements, focusing on applying PartnersGlobal core methodologies, such as Collaborative Leadership, Cooperative Advocacy, NGO Organizational Development, Social Entrepreneurship, Conflict Resolution, Mediation & Facilitation, Coalition-building, and Civic Participation. We are looking for substantive expertise in some of our core areas of focus, such as Rule of Law, Anti-Corruption, Institutional Reform and Citizen Security
  • Business Development: to lead efforts to secure funding from USG donors, other bilateral and multi-lateral donors, and private foundations
  • Networking and relationship building: possesses strong abilities to form positive relationships with a variety of key stakeholders including donors, peer organizations, staff from Partners Centers, and colleagues within the DC office
  • Team Leadership: a track recording in leading and managing effective teams in person and remotely

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Serve as the Regional Program Director for SSA programs supervising the SSA team (currently 4-5 staff).
  • Work with regional Partners Network members in Senegal and Nigeria to ensure their organizational success, including seeking out new business development opportunities to secure programs in the region.
  • Take a leadership role in designing new programs and initiatives in the Sub-Saharan Africa region.
  • Bring experience and connections with US Government and other relevant funders with a focus on the Sub-Saharan Africa region.
  • Represent Partners in an effective manner at appropriate professional meetings with peer organizations, political and civic leaders, donors, supporters and the foreign policy community.
  • Oversee the development and execution of strategic communications designed to raise the profile of Partners’ work and disseminate the results of the SSA portfolio.
  • Use own professional networks to raise the profile of the work of Partners and position us for funded program opportunities.
  • Provide project management oversight and coaching to colleagues on the SSA team to ensure projects are implemented successfully and that ongoing monitoring of programs is taking place and is compliant with donors reporting requirements (on time and on budget with outstanding results).
  • Oversee the timely reporting to donors and nurture positive relations.
  • Work closely with in-country colleagues, contractors and technical assistance providers.
  • Take the lead on some technical program functions, including in-country technical assistance as appropriate (e.g., project start-up and closeout meetings, leading program activities, undertake capacity building of our local partners, lead on assessment and evaluation activities)
  • Coordinate with our other Regional Directors in D.C. and the affiliated Partners Centers to share program approaches, ideas and explore opportunities for collaboration.
  • Lead negotiations with project partners and contracting organizations.
  • Conduct country and program assessments in the region as appropriate.
  • Expected travel to the region 20-25% of the year.
  • Fulfill other duties as assigned.

Position Requirements:

Professional Background

  • Minimum 10-12 years of experience in peacebuilding, democracy-building or broader international development with part of the experience working overseas in the Sub-Saharan Africa region. Minimum 5 years of supervisory experience.
  • Professional background and experience working on the Sub-Saharan region required.
  • Relevant advanced degree required (International Relations, Development Studies, Conflict Resolution, Political Science, Public Administration, African Studies).
  • A track record of creating and sustaining strategic partnerships, nurturing donor relationships, and negotiating agreements with donors, prime contractors, and project partners.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and competency in one or more of Partners’ program areas (e.g. security sector reform, organizational development, conflict resolution, civil society, good governance).
  • A strong relevant professional network upon which to draw for partnerships and expertise.

Management Experience

  • At least 5 years of experience in leading and managing effective teams.
  • Demonstrated ability to coach and mentor junior staff.
  • Experience developing and implementing strategic plans.

Skills and Competences

  • Must be a team player with a high level of interpersonal skills and cultural sensitivity, with the soft leadership ability to corral the talents and focus of a broad network of colleagues globally. Must be comfortable working in a fast-paced work environment.
  • Demonstrated entrepreneurial spirit with background in fund-raising, including donor development, proposal writing, and formulation of project budgets.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills with ability to express complex ideas clearly, analyze, problem-solve, manage, and prioritize work in the context of multiple priorities.
  • Ability and willingness to travel internationally.
  • Experience with and ability to fulfill short-term field assignments.
  • Proven record of writing winning proposals for U.S. government and other relevant donors.
  • High level of interpersonal skills and cultural sensitivity to effectively interact with U.S. and foreign national staff and civil society, government and the private sector actors.
  • Fluency in French desirable.
  • Optimistic energy, flexibility and creativity a must!

To Apply: Please submit a cover letter and resume by email only to, no later than August 30, 2018. Please indicate in the email subject line the position for which you are applying. No telephone calls, please.

About the Organization

PartnersGlobal (Partners), established in 1989, is an international, non-governmental organization committed to promoting transparent and accountable governance by strengthening civil society organizations and encouraging a culture of change and conflict management worldwide. Partners specializes in organizational development and social entrepreneurship, having provided the seed capital and technical assistance to establish 19 independent, local Centers throughout the world. Together, these Centers comprise the Partners Network. The Partners Network includes over 240 skilled professionals working to advance democratic governance and conflict transformation worldwide. There are currently two Partners Centers in Sub-Saharan Africa, Partners West Africa – Senegal and Partners West Africa – Nigeria.

Partners believes in the power of participatory decision-making, collaboration, and consensus-building as the fundamentals of an inclusive and democratic society, and we promote the development of these skills in all aspects of our work. In Africa in particular, we support civil society, government and private sector leaders to apply these skills in their work to improve governance and provide for the security and safety of all citizens. The global Partners team includes process experts, facilitators, and trainers who apply those skills to achieve concrete results in a wide array of fields, such as rule of law, access to justice, women’s empowerment, security sector reform, conflict resolution, and sustainable natural resource management.

PartnersGlobal is an equal employment opportunity employer and does not discriminate based on sex, gender, race, color, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, pregnancy, marital status, age, disability, medical condition, or any other consideration made unlawful by federal, state, or local laws.

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