The Regional Representative, East and Southern Africa provides regional strategic leadership in alignment with the overall strategic direction of Corus International and its subsidiaries: Lutheran World Relief, IMA World Health, Ground Up Investing, CGA Technologies, and IMA Innovations. This position will lead overall operations and programming in Kenya and will support regional operations and programming in low presence or no presence countries in the region, including but not limited to Uganda, Somalia, Sudan, Mozambique, Malawi, and Zimbabwe. This position will also serve as a regional extension of the Business Development Unit to 1) identify, develop, and maintain regional and country-level strategic partnerships in support of Corus’ work in the East and Southern Africa region; 2) track and report on donor priorities and funding intentions in East and Southern African countries; and 3) support efforts to grow, implement, and sustain a diverse portfolio of livelihood, health, and humanitarian assistance programming in the East and Southern Africa region.
Corus International operates in a matrix style at the HQ, Regional, and Country levels, with daily cross-divisional and cross-departmental teamwork as an essential feature of the operating environment. In this context, the Regional Representative, East and Southern Africa reports to the Senior Regional Director for East, Central and Southern Africa and works in close, daily coordination with the Business Development Unit and Humanitarian Assistance Team, as well as periodic coordination with Regional and US-based HR, Finance, International Operations and Grants, Contracts and Compliance Units.
The position will be based in Kenya. The position is open to Local Kenyan Nationals and lawfully admitted permanent residents of the Kenya who, at the time of hiring, possess a valid work and residence permit and reside in Kenya.
Strategic Partnership (20%): As an extension of Corus’ Business Development Unit, cultivate and maintain strategic relationships in the region to increase the scale and impact of Corus’ work, raise Corus’ profile in the region, and enrich country programs. Examples of key stakeholder groups include:
- Key donors, partners, and other stakeholders in the region including government, bilateral and multilateral organizations.
- Non-traditional donors, private sector, corporations, foundations, regional organizations, and other relevant key stakeholders at the regional and national level, who are engaged in the international humanitarian and development.
- Implementing partners regionally and at the country level for possible collaboration and collaboration on programming and joint fundraising efforts.
Representation, Networking, and Information Coordination (20%): As an extension of Corus’ Business Development Unit, build awareness of Corus and its subsidiaries among peer and donor organizations in the region through representation functions and networking.
- Represent Corus International in select strategic fora at the regional and country level, including humanitarian clusters, UN and other sector meetings, working groups or other coordination bodies.
- Represent Corus International at representative functions with governments, donors, and civil society organizations.
- Contribute to the creation of and update written materials on Corus’ programs in East and Southern Africa, such as for website, capability statements, Humanitarian Watchlist/Crisis Outlook, etc.
- Contribute to a network of Corus regional office representatives to learn from their experiences and ensure linkages and a common, shared Corus vision across the globe.
Positioning and Capture (25%): In coordination with country teams, the Business Development Unit, Humanitarian Assistance Team, and Regional Program Delivery Team, support the successful positioning and capture activities linked to Corus’ regional pipeline.
- Track trends in humanitarian and development work at the country and regional levels and lead in the conceptualization of niche approaches that Corus can fill (including sourcing collaboration and technical support from the Humanitarian Assistance and Quality, Impact and Learning, or QuIL teams).
- As an extension of the Business Development Unit, identify specific opportunities for extending Corus’ humanitarian programming scope and contribution to Corus’ regional presence and programming.
- As an extension of the Business Development Unit, identify opportunities to build on legacy programming to expand technical scope of programming in the region.
- Participate in all relevant coordination meetings with the head office-based Business Development Unit, including monthly pipeline reviews and team meetings.
- In coordination with the Business Development Unit, lead and/or participate in scoping trips within the region to identify new funding sources and potential strategic partnerships, as requested.
- Advise Business Development Team on capture and partnering strategies for bids as requested.
- Lead or advise on technical design for bids as requested.
- Participate in pink and/or red team reviews for bids as requested.
Kenya and Non-presence/low presence Country Management (35%)
Management & Operations
- Provide overall management and programmatic oversight and lead staff duty of care for Corus International, including subsidiaries.
- Lead the overall Kenya Country Management Team with direct supervision of Country Program Managers/Project Directors/COPs, operations, HR, and security functions.
- Facilitate and ensures country program alignment with Corus technical and growth strategies
- Identifies and coordinates training needs and implements, with support from HR, professional development ladders for country staff.
- Ensure compliance of all organizational and donor policies and procedures at the country level.
- Serves as ethics liaison in coordination with the HQ-based enterprise risk management team.
- Accountable for oversees security of personnel and assets in country; and serves as security focal point for staff and programming in countries without dedicated security staff, or oversees this function.
Program Design & Oversight
- Provide oversight and guidance to country staff related to implementation of projects in accordance with project agreements to ensure objectives are met within the required time frames and budgets. Where necessary, ensure preventative and corrective action is taken.
- Facilitate and ensures country program alignment with Corus technical and growth strategies
- Ensures implementation and compliance with Corus systems and policies as well as donor and country requirements in coordination with relevant HQ staff.
Core knowledge and skills
The ideal candidate for this position is a person who enjoys building and maintaining professional relationships and knows how to use those relationships to support the mission of Corus. They will find joy in working with several teams across a diverse set of disciplines and can effectively act as a connection point between them. They will be a natural builder and an excellent team player in a matrixed organization, with a demonstrated ability to work with flexibility, efficiency, and diplomacy in a fast paced, future-focused environment.
REQUIRED EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
Education: Master’s degree in a field relevant to international development, or Bachelor’s degree with equivalent combination is required.
Experience: Minimum 7 years of experience in international humanitarian and development programs including with a primary focus on business development (i.e. positioning, capture, proposal development, and donor/partner negotiations). Project implementation and management in West African countries preferred.
Language: Professional level written and spoken English is needed. Fluent written English is preferred, with demonstrated capacity to develop high quality technical and marketing materials in English.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES
- Deep understanding of the West Africa region’s issues and challenges as well as international development donors and trends in the region.
- Existing robust donor (ex. USG, FCDO, Gates Foundation, UN) and partner networks in the West Africa region.
- Strong technical capabilities in one or more of Corus’ major operational areas including emergency response/humanitarian assistance, agriculture, health, livelihoods, and food security.
- A self-starter with intellectual curiosity, discipline, resourcefulness, and resilience.
- Experience effectively coordinating with a large group of stakeholders, including local partners and community-based organizations, country teams and headquarters staff, international partners and donors and technical advisors.
- Experience and comfort working in a matrixed organization.
- Excellent interpersonal, oral & written communication and superior analytical skills.
- Excellent writing skills, in particular leading and/or contributing to proposal development and preparing assessment reports. Demonstrated success in leading and contributing to successfully funded US Gov’t, UN agencies, other bilateral and multilateral donors and foundation grant proposals.
- Direct experience with US Government assistance regulations required; additional knowledge of USG acquisition regulations preferred.
- Experience working in remote teams.
- A strong sense of mission and an ability to laugh and bring joy to your work environment every day.
NOTE: Work and Residence permit will not be facilitated by the organization.