Regional Director - Africa

Regional Director - Africa

RI - Relief International

Nairobi, Kenya

Position Summary

The Regional Director will provide guidance, supervision and support to Country Directors and senior managers within the Africa region.

Directly responsible for the overall regional and country strategic planning, successful program delivery and performance management of country programs within the region. Additionally, have oversight of the program support operations (security, finance, HR, operations) and strengthening regional-level external relations and coordination. He or she will collaborate closely with all departments and support the Country Directors by making resources from the regional support team available, in order to ensure that programs meet the needs of partner communities and are implemented to the highest standards, on time and within budget.

As a member of the RI’s global Leadership Team you will provide insight and guidance on global-level strategy, approach, systems effectiveness and improvements to help strengthen the alignment of senior management with our work in the field.

The RD will provide strong leadership to all the members of the RI regional team. to build team spirit, cohesion, motivation, commitment, quality performance, to comply with agency policies and procedures, and to fulfill commitments to our stakeholders.


Strategic Planning and opportunities

  • Strategically position the country and region for new opportunities, foster innovation, and identify new programming opportunities and partnerships;
  • Support Country Teams with the development of partnership strategies locally and internationally;
  • Work closely with the global senior management team to facilitate quality communications with organizational donors and partners on programme impact;
  • Ensure strong engagement of the Health, WASH, Education, Economic Opportunity and Protection specialists to ensure strong program quality.

Program Development

  • Oversee the development and submission of concept papers, proposals and other funding opportunities to ensure a strong pipeline for our country programs.

Quality Program Delivery

  • Oversee and lead a broad portfolio of programmes in line with the organisational strategy;
  • Ensure the region has appropriate infrastructure to response in a timely effective way to Humanitarian emergencies;
  • Ensure on-time, on-budget, on-target programme implementation, provide troubleshooting and guidance on issue management per organizational standard processes and approaches;
  • Work with the Operations team, Award Management, Program Development, Global Assurance, Technical Advisory teams to promote continuous quality improvement of country programmes;
  • Liaise with the CFO and Finance team to conduct monthly reviews of field programme, and exceptional item expenditure, approval of no cost extensions, cost rates and annual budget processes.

Leadership and Management

  • Provide effective leadership and management of the three Country Directors and the Regional Management team;
  • Ensure the effective performance management and learning and development of staff in the region;
  • Security and wellbeing of all staff and operations are effectively are managed in the region.

Organizational risk management

  • Work closely with global assurance team to review and prioritize risks identified for all country programs;
  • Take steps to mitigate organizational risk for all the Africa operations through the close collaboration with all departments and support the Country Directors.


  • Provide timely updates to the SVP International Programs and CEO on all aspects of program work and present updates to relevant Boards.


This position will require a demonstrated ability to achieve results in a demanding and fast paced environment.

  • Track record of achievement in a previous, similar role;
  • Significant experience in the development and/or humanitarian sector including direct management of country programmes;
  • Ability to lead/motivate teams in a positive and professional manner;
  • Demonstrated proficiency with government grants, public/private donors and finance management;
  • Strong organisational analytical and administrative skills, including a strong ability to focus on detail and quality assurance;
  • Ability to work under pressure and to meet challenging deadlines;
  • Ability to work and manage a highly complex security situations within the middle east context;
  • Ability to analyze complex organizational challenges and present innovative solutions;
  • Excellent relationship management skills and ability to communicate in all forms (written, verbal, negotiation, presentation skills, etc.);
  • Willingness to travel, sometimes at short notice, as required for the successful implementation of the role.

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