COUNTRY DIRECTOR - SOUTH AFRICA

ActionAid South Africa is looking for a Country Director to manage, lead, direct and shape a vision for ActionAid South Africa, in line with the established policies, principles and operating practice of ActionAid, as well as good management practice and good understanding of the political, social, cultural & economic environment in South Africa.

ActionAid is a leading international organisation, working with over 15 million people in 45 countries for a world free from poverty and injustice. We’re amongst the first few international development organisations with our head office based in Africa. We also have offices right across Asia, the Americas and Europe. We believe the people whose lives our work affects should decide how we’re run. And that’s what makes us different. We help people use their own power to fight poverty and injustice – the Power in People.

We work in partnership with local NGOs and by supporting a number of other projects and policy influencing initiatives.  ActionAid is among the leading NGOs promoting poverty focused strategies and programmes.

ActionAid South Africa is looking for a Country Director to manage, lead, direct and shape a vision for ActionAid South Africa, in line with the established policies, principles and operating practice of ActionAid, as well as good management practice and good understanding of the political, social, cultural & economic environment in South Africa.

Specific Responsibilities:-

Implement and further develop AAI's vision, mission, philosophy and principles in line with agreed corporate strategies and organisational priorities.

Expand portfolio of support and secure additional funding for further business development in line with agreed Country Strategic Plan.

Ensure programme quality from design to implementation while maintaining minimum standards for quality assurance and accountability

Ensure that the control of expenditure and the disbursement of resources is in accordance with established procedures and maintain the financial and legal integrity of the organisation.

 Maintain effective and appropriate staff recruitment, induction, appraisal, remuneration and development practice at all levels to ensure the optimum utilisation and development of AAI's human resources.

 Ensure that AAI operates within the terms and conditions of all legal agreements with the South Africa Government.

Ensure a regular flow of information is available to the funding departments and to donors and official funders as required by the various funding mechanisms, especially child sponsorship.

Encourage the development of appropriate research with a view to improving the quality of field work and influencing changes in policy to improve the quality of life for the poor.

Develop and manage a sound relationship with all sections of the media and ensure that any published material accurately reflects the views of the organisation.

Develop and maintain appropriate contingency plans for all kinds of emergencies. Such plans to be presented for approval of the Line Manager for inclusion in corporate emergency response mechanisms.

To be eligible to apply for the role you should have:

Degree in Public Administration, Social Sciences or any other related field. Any other post graduate qualification is an added advantage

Ten years of relevant experience, five years of which must be   at the senior management level in development work and poverty alleviation programmes with proven initiative, flexibility and enthusiasm in managing complex activities in a changing environment.

Experience working as country director for similar organisation is an advantage.

Demonstrated senior management expertise, including proven ability to develop the capacities of multi-disciplinary professional teams undertaking comprehensive poverty alleviation strategies.

 In-depth understanding of programming issues and policy work at state, national and international levels.

Sound and up to date knowledge of development concepts, methodologies and techniques including demonstrated expertise in at least one specialist development field.

Sound grasp of feminism and feminist leadership approaches.

Understanding of gender issues in development and demonstrable commitment to promoting gender equity within the organisation and in programme work.

Excellent skills building inter-linkages between staff, donors, partners & stakeholders.

More information about the role can be referred to in the Job Description attached. 

Application Procedure

Please send your CV and cover letter to hrworkspace@actionaid.org by close of business on the 14th March, 2018. You are requested to highlight in the cover letter how you specifically meet the criteria for this role. Please clearly indicate which position you are applying for.

ActionAid International promotes diversity and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.