Project Director and Country Representative

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  • Posted on 19 May 2020
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Project Director/Country Director Burkina-Faso




West and Central Africa


Regional Representative – West and Central Africa


Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso


Yes; This position does not provide for expatriates allowances.


EngenderHealth’s vision is a world where sexual and reproductive health rights are respected as human rights, and women and girls have the freedom to reach their full potential. To achieve transformational change leading to true social and economic progress, EngenderHealth partners with diverse organizations across sectors with the shared goals of highlighting women’s value to sustainable development.


The country representative (CR) / project director serves as key personnel on an EngenderHealth and MOH Burkina Faso led project that aims to increase access to sexual and reproductive health services including comprehensive abortion care and family planning in rural, urban, and peri-urban areas by working with the public sector and NGOs. The activity is anticipated to support aspects of the country national community health strategy, and the project will operate over a three-year period. The CR is a recognized technical expert who maintains currency on local and global best practices and ensures that project activities are implemented using state-of-the-art interventions. S/he will have overall responsibility for the country’s program portfolio, including achieving program results, financial management, accounting and reporting, ensuring compliance with all EH and donors’ contractual matters and other applicable laws and regulations, and in generating new revenue to sustain the growth of the country’s program portfolio. S/he will report to EngenderHealth’s West and Central Africa Regional Representative and will have direct responsibility for supervision of designated staff and oversee and work closely and in a complementary fashion with other key personnel, internal and external. This role is likely to require up to 25% travel.


The country representative (CR) /project director will:

§ Coordinate the implementation and design of project activities at country level; including activities in the following areas as relevant to family planning environment in Burkina Faso: comprehensive abortion care, service delivery, contraceptive security, capacity building, community engagement; policy and advocacy.

§ Collaborate with the West and Central Africa Regional Representative to develop work plans and budgets annually and to review progress on a quarterly basis.

§ Provide direct in-country technical assistance to the Ministry of Health, to partners, community-based organization as appropriate within areas of expertise.

§ Act as focal point on project activities in country to the Ministry of Health and to donor.

§ Supervise the technical work of project staff, collaborating partners, and consultants and assess their performance.

§ Ensure the consistency and high quality of the technical work carried out under the project.

§ Regularly produce reports documenting technical assistance activities and associated results and communicate achievements to collaborating institutions, other in country partners, donors and EH headquarters.

§ Oversee finances and cash flow and ensure adequate availability of funds to carry out project activities.

§ Ensure effective communications within the in-country team.

§ Establish adequate coordinating and supervision mechanisms inside the country office in order to ensure that the office functions in a participatory, collegial environment, where staff is properly mentored and responsibilities assigned according to capacity and professional growth.

§ Represent EngenderHealth in key national forums that advance women and girls’ sexual and reproductive health.

§ Actively engage with donor representatives in the region and ensure that there is steady growth of the program portfolio in Burkina Faso.

§ Any other tasks assigned from time to time.


Must possess the following requirements with or without a reasonable accommodation.

· Advanced degree in public health, clinical medicine, nursing, social sciences, international development or related field.

· Demonstrated understanding of comprehensive abortion care and menstruation regulation programs

· 3 years of steadily increasing management experience, and minimum of 6 years of experience in implementing SRHR programs in public and/or private health sector in West or Central Africa

· Experience in working collaboratively with national Ministries of Health to scale up and implement national and preferably reproductive health programs.

· Experience in managing and supervising individuals and teams.

· Excellent partnership and relationship building skills. Proven results in working with multiple collaborators.

· Excellent understanding of international public health landscape in developing countries in areas related to sexual and reproductive health, quality improvement and assurance.

· Strong knowledge of the donor landscape within the health sector and potential investors for quality assurance.

· Ability to travel approximately 25% of the time (equivalent of 16 weeks annually) to work with EngenderHealth’s field staff and partners.

· Experience in integrating reproductive health interventions in public and/or private sector interventions.

· Experience in representing organizations in national and global technical fora.


· Comfortable working in a fast – paced environment and being held accountable for meeting ambitious targets.

· Leadership skills to work with autonomy while still being collaborative, prioritize tasks, and positively influence others to follow directives and meet deliverables with global stakeholders.

· Ability to be strategic and entrepreneurial, and to foster a cultural environment of innovation and collaboration. Flexible and adaptable with proven capacity to respond rapidly and effectively to a changing environment.

· Problem-solver mentality, with the ability to adapt seamlessly to changing priorities

· Demonstrated ability to comply with established programmatic, clinical, and operational standards.

· Cross-cultural sensitivity and ability to work effectively in different socio-cultural contexts.

· Organized, high level of accuracy, and meticulous attention to detail.

· Ability to synthesize information from multiple sources.

· Comfort with a matrix management approach


· Strong writing, and oral communications skills in English and French.

· Fluency in French including business and healthcare terminology.

· Ability to use knowledge of the organizational and political climate to solve problems and accomplish goals.

· Experience in advocating for the integration of SRHR standards and practices into national policies, systems and training frameworks.

· Experience working with multiple donors and multilateral institutions, e.g. USAID, DFID, WHO, UNICEF, UNFPA.

· Experience in resource mobilization and ability to engage in multisectoral coordination

· Good knowledge of Burkina Faso’s health system is an asset

· Experience in advocacy and external high-level representation.

Please visit the careers page at to submit your details by June 15, 2020.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and only the short-listed candidates will be contacted.


The above statements describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the person(s) assigned to this job. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified. All personnel may be required to perform duties outside of their normal responsibilities as needed and assigned.

About the Organization

EngenderHealth’s vision is a world where sexual and reproductive health rights are respected as human rights, and women and girls have the freedom to reach their full potential. This emphasis on rights directly underpins EngenderHealth’s values and principles: choice, quality, and excellence. To achieve transformational change leading to true social and economic progress, EngenderHealth partners with diverse organizations across sectors with the shared goals of highlighting women’s value to sustainable development.

EngenderHealth provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment, without regard to race, creed, ancestry, citizenship, religion, color, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, national origin, political belief, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as a victim of domestic violence, marital status, disability or any other protected characteristic or status under applicable federal, state and local laws.

EngenderHealth is committed to safeguarding all people, particularly children, vulnerable adults and beneficiaries of assistance from any harm that may be caused due to contact with EngenderHealth. This includes harm arising from the conduct of staff, associates and partners; and the design and implementation of programs and activities.

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