Haiti Country Director

  • Senior-level
  • Posted on 5 August 2019

Job Description

Location: Port-au-Prince, Haiti

Supervisor: Executive Office

Supervises: Haiti Office Staff

Position Summary:
PADF seeks a dynamic, senior leader to assume the role of Country Director for Haiti. This position will require exceptional diplomatic and interpersonal skills as well as substantial international development experience. The Country Director works closely with in-country staff and with PADF’s Washington, D.C. headquarters to conceptualize and plan program development activities, diversify funding resources, and build on country and international best practices. The Country Director also provides strategic leadership and managerial oversight of all aspects of the Haiti office including team management and mentoring; donor, government and partner liaison; new business development; and oversight of programmatic and financial management and reporting. The Country Director oversees the proper stewardship of resources as well as the well-being and safety of in-country staff. S/he ensures that program objectives are met and all activities are responsive to the needs of donors, the Haitian community, and the advancement of PADF’s strategic vision.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Senior Management Responsibilities

  • Lead the Haiti Office staff (approx. 85), provide overall coordination of all Haiti office operations, maintaining a positive outlook to motivate self and staff and work constructively under pressure.
  • Supervise PADF Haiti country programs, ensuring compliance with PADF policies and supporting the development of new processes that facilitate and reinforce cohesion between the Haiti office and PADF’s hemispheric strategic and operational goals.
  • Provide leadership and direction to strategic thinking and work plan processes.
  • Serve as primary point of contact for Government of Haiti ministries, bilateral and multilateral donor agencies (e.g. USAID, World Bank), and corporate partners.
  • Serve as PADF legal representative in Haiti.
  • Ability to potentially serve as key personnel on U.S. government projects.


External Relations and Resource Development

  • Provide in-country leadership and promote collaboration with PADF HQ in pursuing new business opportunities and partnerships with bilateral donors, multilateral donors, foundations, the private sector, and others
  • As needed and in collaboration with PADF Executive Director, conduct briefings for PADF Trustees about the progress of the Haiti program and how they might contribute to it.
  • Develop awareness-raising promotional materials, give presentations and interviews, and in general act as the public face of PADF Haiti.
  • Promote a ONE PADF approach internally. Work with Regional Director for the Caribbean and hemispheric thematic leaders to: document and share Haiti successes; promote organizational learning; and support growth of PADF impact across all thematic areas.


Financial and Administrative Compliance

  • Provide oversight of the Haiti office finances, in coordination with Haiti’s Director of Finance and Administration, to ensure the best use of available resources, including overseeing the development and review of Haiti office’s annual budget and project budgets, oversight of financial transactions and reports and maximizing cost recovery.
  • Maintain up to date understanding and adherence to PADF’s policies and procedures among all Haiti office staff. Ensure resources are used in accordance with donor terms and conditions.
  • Ensure the country office operations are conducted in accordance with all statutory and tax requirements.


Skills and Experience Requirements:

  • Prior senior management experience in international development setting overseeing large, complex development programs. Haiti experience is significantly preferred.
  • Proven leadership and staff management skills, with a record of managing large, diverse teams and contributing to the capacity building of national and international staff.
  • Experience within the Latin America and Caribbean region and understanding of local dynamics preferable.
  • Successful track record in program and proposal development for a variety of donors, including multilateral organizations, governments, foundations and corporates.
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills; English and French required, Creole and Spanish preferred. Ability to clearly and effectively express ideas, thoughts and concepts verbally and in written or graphic form.
  • Knowledge of institutional donor environment and experience with donor relations, program management, knowledge of the institutional donor environment.
  • Advanced degree in international studies, international development, law, business administration, public policy, or related field.
  • Reliable and self-reliant personality with responsible and systematic approach to work.
  • Ability to organize and plan effectively; possessing critical analysis and problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to work under complex conditions and experience with ensuring proper security arrangements are in place and coordinated with HQ.

About the Organization

Created in 1962 through a unique agreement between the Organization of American States (OAS) and the private sector, the Pan American Development Foundation (PADF) is an independent, non-profit organization 501(c)(3) that creates public-private partnerships to assist the least advantaged people in Latin America and the Caribbean. Having worked in every country in the region, PADF engages community-based groups, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), public and private sector in the process of implementing appropriate solutions for sustainable development. The Pan American Development Foundation (PADF) empowers disadvantaged people and communities in Latin America and the Caribbean to achieve sustainable economic and social progress, strengthen their communities and civil society, and prepare for and respond to natural disasters and other humanitarian crises, thereby advancing the principles of the Organization of the American States (OAS).

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