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Country Director

Room to Read

Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam

Position Overview

The Country Director (CD) has the overall responsibility for the strategic leadership and direction for the Room to Read (RtR) country program to achieve the organizational vision, mission, and objectives. The CD leads the in-country senior management team and is responsible for all programmatic and operational aspects of the programs. The CD represents RtR with Government at all levels and with local and international organizations within county. The CD leads in developing, overseeing implementation, reviewing and monitoring results of the country program goals, objectives and targets maintaining program fidelity, cost efficiency and effectiveness. The CD embodies the core values of Room to Read. Travel to all districts where Room to Read works will be required as needed. This position is based in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam and reports directly to the Asia Regional Director.

Primary Duties & Responsibilities

Program Development, Implementation and Management

  • Provide the leadership for the development, management, and implementation of all program activities in line with the overall Room to Read strategic plan and the country context;
  • Direct the Country Management Team (CMT) and supervise Staff, providing them with all the necessary assistance to ensure that program activities are carried out in accordance with Global Office (GO) requirements and in a timely manner with attention to quality;
  • Develop and maintain consistent, clear and timely communications and reporting for all country-related activities, issues, and updates with the relevant Global offices;
  • Develop strategies and actions that address organizational priorities and conduct strategic and operational planning exercises;
  • Work with relevant in-country and GO staff to strengthen and improve program impact and sustainability;
  • Effectively implement planning and review systems to ensure delivery against plans and appropriate reporting and monitoring;
  • Visit field offices and project sites as needed to support and monitor staff; engage local school and community leaders; and maintain clear visibility and knowledge of the successes and challenges of operations in the field;
  • Participate in any other activities which may be required to fulfill the objectives of the organization.

Financial and Resource Management and Control

  • Provides oversight to all financial and administrative functions in the Country Office (CO) ensuring full compliance with applicable policies, manuals and legal conditions;
  • Oversees the development and implementation of the annual country budget in accordance with established organizational goals and targets;
  • Oversee organizational and logistical support of program-related activities;
  • Ensure that adequate internal controls mechanisms are established and followed;
  • Ensures systematic budget monitoring and review is conducted;
  • Ensure effective grant management systems are in place for accurate, timely reporting and compliance with donor conditionality and requirements;
  • Ensures legal compliance in all areas including taxation, employment law, insurance, contracts and other Room to Read requirements.

Human Resources Management and Organizational Development

  • Provide management expertise and leadership to a technically diverse team and create a work environment that promotes high performing teams;
  • Oversee timely recruitment and training of staff;
  • Conduct staff appraisals and identify and ensure support for staff capacity building needs;
  • Conduct regular senior management and staff meetings to assess organizational progress and communicate updates and developments as needed;
  • Promotes behaviors and ways of working that are aligned with RtR’s values and organizational culture.

Representation and External Relations

  • Develop and manage relationships with other I/NGO’s, government officials and appropriate educational facilities/authorities; schedule and attend meetings with them as needed to coordinate planning and implementation of projects;
  • In close coordination with the GO, represent RtR at relevant donor meetings and assist in planning and hosting donor visits.

Security and Risk Management

  • Develop and maintain appropriate contingency plans for emergencies in accordance with global guidelines;
  • Ensure all staff understand and comply with established policies.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Master’s Degree in Business or Public Administration/Management/Education;
  • A minimum of 10 (ten) years of relevant professional experience, with a minimum of 5 (five) years in a senior management capacity (preferably in INGO sector);
  • A management style that is outcome-oriented, but flexible, which respects the capabilities and independence of staff, while providing them with a clear sense of direction and enabling their success;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills – a capacity to listen well and inspire trust;
  • Ability to communicate, negotiate and maintain relations with all stakeholders;
  • Strong planning, supervising and program development skills;
  • Ability to travel frequently to districts throughout the country;
  • Strong verbal and written communication skill;
  • Proven track record of achieving results;
  • Ability to juggle multiple priorities simultaneously and take initiative;
  • Experience developing and/or implementing large-scale literacy; girl’s education; or other community development initiatives.

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