BE A PART OF THE SOLUTION
Realize your passion and become a part of an effort to revolutionize social impact and economic development as a COUNTRY DIRECTOR in NIGERIA
WHO WE ARE
TechnoServe is a rapidly growing non-profit organization dedicated to the expansion of economic opportunity and income for the poor worldwide. Founded in 1968, TechnoServe implements projects that enhance the competitiveness of agricultural and other industry “value chains” for the benefit of small-holder farmers and other market participants in developing countries. A second main focus is the identification and development of high potential entrepreneurs for the expansion of their businesses and generation of employment opportunities. TechnoServe employs a staff of 900 business and technical specialists and program managers throughout its network in Africa, India, Latin America and the Caribbean.
WHAT THIS ROLE OFFERS
TechnoServe seeks a dynamic, entrepreneurial leader to build on TechnoServe’s strong reputation and develop opportunities for pro-poor market-oriented development. As a Country Director, you have the opportunity to develop a vision for the country and pursue it while drawing on the 40+ years of our experience around the world. You will lead the establishment of the TechnoServe brand in Nigeria, Africa’s most populous country. You will collaborate with leaders in the Federal and State Governments and the Private Sector to develop and finance innovative programs with the potential to strengthen value chains, grow domestic production, build up entrepreneurs, establish industries and markedly improve the lives of impoverished Nigerians. This role offers you an opportunity to make your mark in development in a dynamic and challenging environment.
SCOPE OF RESPONSIBILITY
You will develop, present and implement the strategic vision, annual goals and objectives for the country program. You will also oversee effective and efficient management of the client business portfolio; portfolio implementation, monitoring and evaluation, quality control, cost-effectiveness and day-to-day oversight. You will also be charged with the responsibility of new business development (securing sufficient funding to continue and /or grow the country program); developing funding proposals; and cultivating and maintaining TechnoServe in-country partner and donor relationships.
A key component of this role is the capacity to successfully champion local talent acquisition. You will manage and develop a team; ensure mid-year and year-end performance evaluations are conducted with all staff; and recommend and implement all salary increases based upon performance evaluations.
You will implement and manage the program budget while also managing relations with financial institutions, reviewing all financial information, monthly reports, business plans, etc. on a timely basis, ensuring proper acquisition, management and eventual disposition of all TechnoServe operational assets required for the program (vehicles, computers, furniture, etc.) and communicating internally and externally with employees, and home and regional/divisional offices.
Keen communication skills will be paramount when liaising with the media, public, local government and its agencies, as well as other NGOs, to ensure TechnoServe’s image is preserved. You will be communicating with bilateral and multilateral agencies and developing relationships that seek to promote TechnoServe’s mission and objectives.
WHAT YOU NEED
- MBA or equivalent degree in related field
- Strong private sector strategy and management experience, including several of the following key skills areas: business development, consulting, training, financial analysis, marketing, business plan and proposal writing
- Strong interpersonal/people management skills
- Excellent oral and written communication skills
- Strong private sector experience and entrepreneurial orientation
- Strong financial analysis and management skills
- Agribusiness experience preferred
- Fluency in English
TechnoServe is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Women are encouraged to apply.