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Country Director

The Country Director has broad responsibilities for shaping the vision and strategy for the Country Office, providing high level oversight over all areas of program implementation and operations, conducting fundraising and advocacy, cultivating strategic partnerships and playing a leadership role in the local, national, regional and international movements for women’s advancement.


Program Management:

Ensure that all aspects of the WfWI core program, including delivery of sponsorship funds and training in life skills, business skills and vocational skills, men’s engagement, land tenure analysis, and any pilot projects are implemented in accordance with organizational mission and guidelines.

Ensure that all data collection, monitoring, evaluation and reporting on any aspect of the program is conducted in a timely manner and according to the highest possible standards.

Work closely with the senior managers on all aspects of programming to ensure efficiency and accountability and to appropriately address challenges as they arise.

Ensure effective grant management, budget utilization and fulfillment of annual targets.

Strategic Oversight and Compliance:

Provide strategic advice to the design and successful implementation of all programs.

Lead the DRC team in developing a 3-year strategic plan and participate in the global strategy development as required. Ensure country office compliance with all organizational policies, procedures and program guidelines.

Financial Management:

Ensure that proper financial systems and controls are developed, maintained and verified.

Provide substantive contribution where appropriate to all aspects of Country Office financial management including; managing costs to budget, financial and grant reporting and related areas.

Ensure that Finance staff is properly trained and that all staff understands policies and procedures regarding cash, procurement, etc.

Work with senior managers to develop new budgets and monitor existing ones.

Oversee the annual planning and budgeting for the country office in collaboration with senior staff and HQ.

Human Resources Management:

Ensure that systems and processes are in place and adhered to for recruitment, compensation and benefits, labor law & taxation compliance, staff health and safety, staff training and development, employee relations and performance management.

Directly supervise the Deputy Director of Programs, Finance Manager, Logistics Manager, HR & Admin Manager, in line with the WfWI Performance Management Guildelines including the setting of annual performance objectives and development plans, annual performance appraisal and regular 1:1 meetings regarding progress throughout the year.

Participate in the hiring of all senior manager level positions.

Empower staff on a day-to-day basis to ensure high performance in implementing the strategic direction of the organization, including mission, vision and goals.

Help to unify staff and foster an open, supportive environment Provide opportunities to improve staff performance including training, professional development and effective work structuring.

Create, communicate and periodically review office and staff security plans.

Fundraising & Representation Develop fundraising opportunities and cultivate new donor relationships.

Develop and maintain working relationships with local and international partners, relevant government agencies and community leaders. Lead and represent the organization to external audiences and stakeholders.


  • Master’s Degree in Development or relevant field (or Bachelor’s Degree and 15+ years experience in lieu of advanced degree);
  • At least 15 years’ work experience at senior management level;
  • Ability to advise, coach, mentor and motivate staff in a participatory management style.
  • Demonstrated skills and experience in financial management, human resource management, logistics and general program management.
  • Exceptional verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills;
  • Strong problem-solving and analytical skills; High level of maturity and personal integrity;
  • Understanding of the work of NGOs in the social, political and economic context of DRC Fluency in English and French; local language skills an added advantage; Strong computer skills in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and email applications.

    How to apply:

    We encourage all interested applicants to submit the following application materials: up-to-date CV, cover letter with salary requirements and three professional references, through WfWI’s Career Portal at www.womenforwomen.org.

    We do not accept applications sent to our human resources email box or telephone inquiries. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis; we are seeking to fill this position as quickly as possible from September 2013.

    Only short listed applicants will be invited to interview.

    Women for Women International provides equal opportunity and fair and equitable treatment in employment to all people without regard to race, color religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, political affiliation, marital status, or sexual orientation.

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