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Location: Antananarivo, Madagascar
Last Date: October 25, 2010
Title: Country Director
Department: Program Delivery
Supervisor: Associate Vice President - Africa
Location: Antananarivo, Madagascar
Pact values and supports a diverse work environment.
Position Summary: The Country Director (CD) is responsible for the timely and effective implementation of the Madagascar program. As CD, s/he is also responsible for setting strategic directions for and developing the country portfolio which is appropriate to the operating context. S/he must also ensure that systems are in place and are being properly implemented that ensure the proper management, well being and safety of Pact staff and the proper stewardhip of resources. Responsibilities include technical leadership; team management and mentoring; policy advocacy; donor, government and partner liaison; new business development; and oversight of programmatic and financial management and reporting.
Core Values: Pact employees embrace the following core values as representatives of the institution:
all people have a right to participate in decisions affecting their lives
gender equity is mandatory for social transformation
resources are allocated in a transparent manner, guided by accountability to our clients and Pact's role as steward of resources intended for the poor
diversity in background, gender and age strengthen our capacity to be wise managers of public and private funds
teamwork and collaboration shape our day-to-day working relationships
innovation and risk taking to achieve impact and broad scaleable results drive strategic priorities
gathering and sharing information are primary roles for all employees
staff growth and advancement are a priority, including training and professional skills building to increase knowledge and competence and to stay abreast of new developments, especially in technology
a healthy balance between work and life outside of work must be maintained for work satisfaction and fulfillment
Specific Duties and
Oversee country office programming to ensure the effective and
efficient delivery and implementation of projects and are in line with
Pact's and donors standards for program quality.
Serve as team leader charged with the day-to-day execution of the program;
undertake the timely deployment of financial and human resources for program
success and attainment of desired results/indicators.
Generate financially viable program pipeline in line with Pact strategy.
Lead in identifying and securing funding for future country office projects.
Work in conjunction with Opportunity Development team to develop and execute
Ensure that proper monitoring and evaluation systems are in place.
Promote a learning environment within the country office that facilitates
two-way learning with various stakeholders.
Develop and implement an organizational strengthening strategy that
increases grantee capacities to monitor,
evaluate, deliver and report on services, and that will support their
Coordinate/arrange all technical assistance and training activities under
Networking, Alliance Building and Collaboration
Ensure strong cooperation and collaboration with partners, donors,
government, and other key stakeholders.
Coordinate and collaborate with Pact HQ and Pacts Africa regional staff.
Finance, Administration, Grants and IT
Manage the country office in the assigned country and provide oversight for
all administrative and financial operations to support the programs.
Monitor the country offices financial position and ensure the best use of
available resources. This includes overseeing the development and review of
country office annual budget and project budgets, oversight of financial
transactions and reports, maximizing cost recovery from restricted grants,
ensure compliance with all Pact procedures and applicable donor requirements.
Ensure adequate internal controls are in place to protect the country
offices financial and non-monetary assets and to ensure the resources are
used in accordance with donor terms and conditions. Review and follow-up on
internal and external audit recommendations.
Ensure the country office operations are conducted in accordance with all
statutory and tax requirements.
Oversee an efficient, transparent grants making process under the program;
assure timely and high-quality monitoring of and reporting by sub-grantees.
Oversee the work of the implementing partners and monitor for compliance
with sub-agreements or subcontracts.
Provide guidance and resources to ensure IT is utilized efficiently and
Oversee the management and development of country office human resources to
ensure a diverse, skilled and productive workforce and promote an
organizational culture where Pacts values are practised.
Provide proper supervision and management for all direct reports and oversee
the establishment and functioning of a strong, effective senior leadership
team. Ensure timely and quality inputs by staff and consultants.
Ensure strong human resource strategies and systems are in place and are
properly implemented in areas such as recruitment, staff development, and
Ensure appropriate workplace policies to ensure fairness and equity are
developed and used (e.g. policies related to HIV/AIDS, sexual harassment,
sexual exploitation, etc.)
Oversee the establishment and regular review of compensation package to
Actively promote staff wellness by monitoring country office climate and
staff morale and taking corrective actions as needed.
Ensure the proper implementation of Pacts performance management system for
direct reports. This can include: proactively addressing performance
issues through regular, constructive and honest feedback and coaching
and identifying necessary staff development for direct reports.
Oversee the recruitment and orientation of new senior staff.
Ensure levels of authority and responsibility are clearly defined,
understood and followed within the country office.
Fluency in French and English mandatory
Knowledge of the priorities and procedures of donors, private foundations,
and bilateral and multi-lateral organizations; corporate donors a plus
In-depth understanding of the role of civil society in development and
experience in capacity building for civil society organizations
Proven networking, diplomacy and negotiation skills that demonstrate ability
to collaborate and coordinate with a range of stakeholders and to reconcile
diverse perspectives in a constructive manner
Demonstrated ability to establish and sustain interpersonal and professional
relationships with different donors, international NGOs, local NGOs/CBOs, and
host country government counterparts
Strong track record of resource mobilization, innovation and new business
development, including development of large scale proposals in response to
Excellent written, oral communication, presentation and representation
Strong general program planning and management skills with a focus on
Solid understanding of and comfort with finance, compliance, and human
A belief in empowering local staff and demonstrated leadership,
team-building, facilitation, and mentoring skills in developing country
Sensitive in diverse contexts, consultative, decisive, adaptable and
Education and Experience Requirements:
Graduate degree in relevant field.
A minimum of 10 years experience working with a variety of donors in senior
Experience working with Global Fund and US government strongly preferred.
Knowledge of and experience in community-based local governance, health
programming, natural resource management
Proven experience navigating complex and high pressure operating
Experience developing and managing multi-sectoral, multi-donor funded
program portfolios preferred
Madagascar experience highly desirable, Africa experience essential
This job description summarizes the responsibilities
assigned to the position; however it does not contain an all-inclusive list of
responsibilities. Periodically, employee(s) will be required to follow any
other job-related instructions and to perform any other job-related duties
requested by their supervisor.
This document does not create an employment contract, implied or otherwise.
Employment at Pact is a voluntary "at will relationship.
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