Regional Director, USAID Advancing Nutrition

Regional Director, USAID Advancing Nutrition

HKI - Helen Keller International

Dakar, Senegal

Specific Responsibilities

  • Manage day-to-day interactions with the country teams to ensure that program implementation is aligned with project expectations and approved work plans;
  • Manage the timely development, submission and approval of annual country work plans and budgets in assigned USAID Advancing Nutrition country programs;
  • Coordinate the development of global strategic direction for USAID Advancing Nutrition country related work, and ensure sound strategic and work planning processes consistent with global priorities and direction at country level;
  • Support project country staff, in collaboration with global technical advisors, in providing nutrition technical assistance to USAID Missions and their partners, including host country governments, NGOs, and other institutions;
  • Oversee the development, accuracy, and submission of progress reports (quarterly, semiannual, annual and end-of-project) and other deliverables in USAID Advancing Nutrition countries;
  • Monitor financial management and administration of country programs to ensure the effective, efficient, and compliant operations of country programs;
  • Oversee and/or support the country Chiefs of Party to oversee HR-related processes at country level, ensuring the quality, integrity, and retention of USAID Advancing Nutrition country-based staff;
  • Maintain open communications with the Deputy Program Director, keeping him appraised of complex and/or sensitive issues and work closely with the country program team to troubleshoot these and identify the appropriate course of action;
  • Coordinate and/or support country Chiefs of Party to coordinate technical assistance at country level to ensure timely, efficient delivery on all USAID Advancing Nutrition commitments. Ensure global engagement is consistent with country-level commitments and capacities;
  • Ensure proper brand identification at country level, and work with the Knowledge Management team to increase visibility of USAID Advancing Nutrition country work and success stories at both local and global levels;
  • Develop communication mechanisms and protocols to ensure effective, efficient communication between USAID Advancing Nutrition teams at global and country level, and ensure broad sharing of country level plans and performance;
  • Foster cross-country and global/country learning and exchange in collaboration with the Deputy Project Director by identifying best practices, and opportunities to enhance programs through lessons learned and innovations;
  • In close collaboration with the Chiefs of Party and the Deputy Project Director, develop and nurture relationships with USAID at the country level, and represent country program related issues with USAID and at regional conferences, as delegated;
  • Support the Deputy Project Director and Chiefs of Party to identify and pursue new programming opportunities. Develop concept notes and scope of work as needed;
  • Perform other duties as determined by the Director of Program Integration.

Competencies

  • Proven track record that demonstrates leadership skills, project management, budget and resource management experience, and client relationship management capability;
  • Strong knowledge and previous experience managing USAID funding essential;
  • Strong technical knowledge of nutrition is essential; and of related areas is desirable, including maternal and child health, food security, livelihoods, early childhood development, and water, sanitation, and hygiene;
  • Demonstrated program management competency and effective communication skills in working with both USAID and host country clients;
  • Strong attention to detail and excellent written and oral communications and negotiating skills;
  • Experience working across multiple sub agreements and partners; ability to work well with people at all levels and across functional areas. Team player who seeks and can build consensus;
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple activities simultaneously and work in a complex environment with teams whose members are physically located in different time zones and geographic areas around the world;
  • Strong initiative and self-motivation required, with a commitment to teamwork and effectiveness within a nonhierarchical, participatory, matrix management environment;
  • Sense of humor!

Qualifications

  • Education: Advanced degree in public health, nutrition, or a related field. Understanding of nutrition programs essential; understanding of engagement with food security, livelihoods, and public health programs a plus;
  • Experience: 7-10 years of related work experience in country program management, including experience working in a developing country environment; and 7-10 years of related work experience in nutrition programming;
  • Computer Skills: Advanced level proficiency in Microsoft Excel, Word, and PowerPoint;
  • Language Skills: Proficiency in French, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian or other major foreign language a plus;
  • Travel Availability: Ability and willingness to travel internationally up to 40% time, as necessary.

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