Micronutrient Initiative Country Director Job in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Micronutrient Initiative

Vacancy: Country Director, Ethiopia

about developing and implementing solutions for hidden hunger, the
Micronutrient Initiative (MI) works in partnership with governments, the
private sector and civil society organizations to address micronutrient
deficiency and related health and nutrition problems in underserved

Governed by an international Board of Directors, MI
works in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, and Latin America and reaches 500
million people in 70 countries.

headquarters in Ottawa, Canada MI maintains regional offices in New
Delhi, India and soon Nairobi, Kenya that manage our country offices in
Asia and Africa.

We are recruiting for the following position:

1. Identification
Position Title: Country Director, Ethiopia
Job#: 2016-ETH-25
Reports to / Position Title: Deputy Regional Director, Africa
Reports indirectly to / Position Title: Regional Director, Africa
2. Overall Purpose / Broad Function: To lead the management of relations with the Government of Ethiopia and with other key local stakeholders, the work of the country team in developing, mobilizing resources for, managing, monitoring and reporting on MI-supported programs in Ethiopia, and to manage MI’s country operations including ongoing compliance with legal and financial regulations in the country. 
He/she ensures that the programs of MI Ethiopia are aligned effectively with both the priorities of the Ethiopia government and with MI’s priorities.
3. Key Duties and Responsibilities:
3.1 External Relations: lead the external representation of MI at external meetings, lead the process of building, maintaining and strengthening relationships with key stakeholders (including Federal, Provincial and District Government, private sector, donors, NGOs, academia and communities), and seek opportunities:
  • Profiling: to enhance the profile of MI and its work in Ethiopia, in the region and globally.
  • Positioning: to position MI with stakeholders as a key actor in nutrition and public health, including representation of MI on national (and as needed at international) conferences/fora and playing an active role on national level task forces and alliances.
  • Influencing: to engage in policy advocacy both directly and/or in partnership with others so as to influence Government policies and investments by partners and donors.
  • Coordinating: to ensure that MI programming activities are harmonized with those of others and facilitate government leadership and ownership in line with the Paris Principles.
  • Opportunities: to identify opportunities for MI to leverage and mobilize additional resources to expand the work of MI.
  • Stewarding: to ensure that staff of donors to MI (who are based in Ethiopia) are kept well informed of progress on MI programs, and are appropriately recognized for their support.
3.2 Planning and Program Development: lead the country team in 
(a) maintaining a thorough knowledge of the local landscape in terms of unmet national needs and opportunities for MI to have impact 
(b) generating new ideas, initiatives and strategies to achieve additional impact.
Specifically, to lead the country team in:
  • Landscape analyses: consulting with key stakeholders, documenting needs, trends, relevant new developments and opportunities, and sharing knowledge with country, regional and HQ colleagues.
  • Negotiating MI’s role: consulting with key stakeholders to define MI’s scope of work, and general arrangements for steering and oversight of planned programming activities.
  • Innovation: encouraging innovation and entrepreneurial thinking in program development.
  • Planning: developing and proposing costed plans for programming activities with expected results (country implementation plans, annual operational plans and/or other planning documents as required) which are informed by, and responsive to, needs and opportunities in the local landscape.
  • Budgeting and Targets: propose country budgets and results targets on the basis of the costed plans.
  • Documentation: ensure that all planned and expected programming activities, costs and results with timelines are recorded and maintained up to date in MI’s systems (contracts database; BOARD; Sharepoint etc).
3.3 Program Management: Oversee the management of grant funded programming activities in Ethiopia so as to achieve agreed results, program quality and disbursement targets within agreed timelines. 
In close consultation with relevant staff (including subject matter experts or other advisors) in Regional and HQ Office, lead, guide and oversee the work of the country team in:
  • Developing enabling agreements: consulting with key stakeholders and collaborating partners to agree management arrangements for planned programming activities, including drafting Memoranda of Understanding or other documents that clarify the relative roles and expectations of MI and of other partners.
  • Developing specifications for goods and services: drafting the scope of work, terms of reference and terms and conditions for invitations (including RFPs; RFQs etc) to vendors (individuals, institutions or suppliers) to submit proposals to MI to provide goods and/or services needed for MI programming activities and for delivering required results.
  • Identification of resources: identifying potential vendors with the capability and capacity to offer required goods and services.
  • Procurement and selection: overseeing and managing the process of procurement and selection of vendors in compliance with MI’s Policies and Procedures, and in close consultation with collaborating partners.
  • Negotiating agreements: negotiating agreement TORs and terms with vendors.
  • Briefing and inception: ensuring that all vendors are appropriately briefed and that they clearly understand their specifications/TOR, reporting requirements, activities, process, deliverables, milestones and standards.
  • Performance management: monitoring the performance of vendors against agreements and negotiating corrective actions by vendors as needed to ensure that deliverables, milestones and standards are met; assessing value for money obtained from vendors.
  • Program Monitoring and Reporting: monitoring progress of activities against annual operating plans, and against results and disbursement targets; accounting for variances and taking action to correct them; preparing draft reports to donors or other stakeholders.
  • Program Coordination and Steering: convening or participating in program progress review meetings with Government and other key stakeholders; advocating for corrective actions by key stakeholders; proposing and/or negotiating adjustments to project plans and budgets as a result of steering decisions.
3.4 Financial Management: In close consultation with the Regional Finance Director, ensure that the financial resources in the Ethiopia country office cost centre are properly managed in line with MI’s Delegation of Authorities and within overall approved budgets. Lead, guide and oversee the work of the country team in:
  • Costing: preparing reliable costings for programming activities.
  • Budgeting: developing reliable project and activity budgets based on programming costs.
  • Financial management and tracking: managing all aspects of the contracts database, including maintaining and regularly updating expenditure forecasts for programming activities in the contracts database; setting and updating milestones etc.
  • Variance analysis: accounting for variances and developing plans to correct them.
  • Value for money: reviewing (and as needed reporting on) the value obtained from expenditures.
3.5 Human Resource Management: In close consultation with the Regional and HQ Office, provide vision and leadership for MI staff and consultants, ensure the effective performance management of MI staff and consultants in line with MI procedures and local legislation. 
Specifically this includes but is not limited to the following in relation to country team members:
  • Developing job descriptions: in line with MI norms and standards.
  • Approving work plans: in line with annual operational plans.
  • Approving targets and expectations: in line with country results and disbursement targets and other deliverables and standards.
  • Performance Assessment Reviews: conduct at least one annual review with each staff member who is managed directly by this position; provide mentoring to help them improve performance.
  • Fostering Learning: encourage, and help create opportunities for, staff to continue to develop professionally.
  • Team building: establish work environment and culture that fosters team work.
3.6 General operating environment
  • Office space: Ensure that the MI office space and environment is appropriate for the number of MI staff in the Ethiopia Office; work within established parameters to ensure that MI office space meets country standards for a safe work environment.
  • IT Systems: In liaison with Regional IT Officer, ensure country IT systems are functional and effectively supporting country operations.
  • Safety and security: In liaison with Regional Finance Director ensure safety and security procedures at the country office are in place and functioning.
3.7 Other duties as required 
4. Supervisory Responsibilities:
  • Direct supervision of Deputy Country Director, Senior Finance Officer, External Relations Officer
5. Education / Professional Designations / Experience:
  • Masters degree from a recognized university in management, international development, public health field, nutrition or related area.
  • Additional certification in project management desirable.
  • Certificate in research and/or monitoring and evaluation an added advantage.
  • At least 10 years’ experience in management of programs in public health or a related field essential, including managing finances and human resources, in progressively more responsible levels.
  • At least 5 years’ experience in networking at a high level with international partners and country government, desirable.
  • At least 3 years’ experience of working in Ethiopia and the sub-Saharan Africa region.
  • Previous experience highly desirable as a Country Manager or Director or equivalent role in scope and responsibility for an international organization/NGO.
6. Language Skills
  • Fluent in English and Amharic
7. Travel Requirements
  • Based in Addis Ababa, the position travels 30% of the time, in country and internationally
8. Other Specific Skill Requirements:
  • Effective leadership and management skills
  • Ability to build positive working relationships with government officials, other multi-lateral bodies and donor representatives
  • Strong critical thinking and problem-solving skills
  • Strong consultative and negotiation skills
  • Integrity
Note: This job description can and will be amended as required from time to time.
How to Apply
Please forward your resume and cover letter to africahr@micronutrient.org quoting Job#: 2016-ETH-25 in the subject line. 
Competition closes November 14, 2016. 
Please note that this position is located in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. 
 Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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