Company Name: Corus International
Title of Position: Director for Program Support, East and Southern Africa
Position Type: Temporary
**This is a temporary position for the period February 1-September 30, 2021 to provide maternity coverage for the East, Central, and Southern Africa Region. To be considered, internal applicants will be expected to permanently vacate their current position**
The Director for Program Support, East and Southern Africa (aka Director) leads HQ support and direction to ensure that field needs for program management, project development, and technical guidance are met. S/he is responsible for leading technical, administrative, logistical, and managerial support for project implementation and program development. This position will serve as the primary liaison between the field offices and headquarters and is expected to communicate with donors, country directors, field staff, partners, sub-contractors, and consultants regularly. Internally, s/he is expected to excel at working in a matrixed organization by developing productive relationships with colleagues in the technical, operations, and business development departments. The Director will supervise eight staff, ranging from entry to mid-level at HQ, 4 Country Directors, and one Senior Program Manager in Kenya.
Description of Responsibilities:
- Monitor implementation of the country-level projects and programs, including tracking the progress of targets and deliverables, identifying issues that need to be addressed, and ensuring that technical and financial reporting requirements are met.
- Collaborate with field teams to prepare technical and programmatic reports, including bi-weekly reports, quarterly and semiannual reports, newsletters, websites, and press releases.
- Work with the Project Financial Analyst(s) and project field staff to: supervise grant funds and sub-agreements/contracts through review of annual budgets; ensure timely financial reporting, and review project expenditures
- Play a lead role in budget review for existing projects and recommend right-sizing approaches when necessary.
- Supervise program managers and associates, including setting performance objectives, monitoring performance, and ensuring coordinated workstreams.
- Work with the Business Development Team to identify opportunities, prepare concept notes and proposals; participate in representation, networking, and cultivation of relationships with partners and other organizations implementing programs.
- Assume a targeted leadership role in proposal development, analyzing and recommending bid decisions, and conceptualizing teaming and technical approaches as requested.
- Play a lead role in budget development and cost strategies to maximize competitive advantage as requested.
- Coordinate with the external relations team and with the country offices to produce communications and advocacy materials for external audiences.
- Represent the organization to donors, host country governments, project stakeholders, and counterparts in the public and private sectors.
- Develop and maintain relationships with potential donors and partners in the area of global health. Identify opportunities to raise the organization’s profile in international health through participation in conferences, strategic meetings, public speaking engagements, and publications.
- Bachelor’s Degree in public health, International Development, or a related field
- Master’s degree in public health, International Development, or a related field, preferred
- At least 10 years’ experience managing and implementing international development programs
- Demonstrated experience working with international donors, including USAID, MCC, CDC, DFID, and/or BMGF
- Experience with USAID contract closeout.
- Experience in multi-sectoral programming, including gender, livelihoods, education, agriculture, food security, WASH.
- Experience living and working in East Africa
- Advanced knowledge of international health best practices; working knowledge of either the livelihood sector or gender issues
- Strong working knowledge of USG and other international donor funding mechanisms (including grants, contracts, and cooperative agreements)
- Excellent English writing skills and analytic abilities
- Advanced cross-cultural sensitivity, including experience working with professional and support staff in a multicultural, multi-linguistic environment
- Willingness to travel to Africa during COVID-19 pandemic on mission-critical business as needed.
- Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications including MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
- Proficiency in Salesforce software
U.S. citizenship or a valid U.S. work permit is an absolute requirement.
Corus International is an equal opportunity employer (EOE). As such, Corus makes employment decisions and provides equal employment opportunity without regard to an applicant’s or employee’s race, religion, color, sex (including pregnancy, sexual orientation, or gender identity), national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or any other basis protected by federal, state and local laws. If you need a reasonable accommodation in the application or hiring process, please notify Corus’s Human Resources department.