Country Dir Cote d’Ivoire, Search for Common Ground

Applications due Aug 8
Search for Common Ground (SFCG) is an international non-profit conflict transformation organization. With headquarters in Washington, DC and Brussels, Belgium, SFCG’s mission is to transform the way the world deals with conflict – away from adversarial approaches and toward cooperative solutions. SFCG engages all parties in conflict, through a diverse set of tools and methodologies, to understand their differences and act on their commonalities. With a total of approximately 750 staff worldwide, SFCG implements projects from 56 offices in 34 countries across Africa, Asia, and the Middle East.

The organization is an exciting and rewarding place to work, with dedicated and enthusiastic staff who loves their work. You will be joining a highly motivated and committed staff with a good team spirit.

SFCG has been working in Cote d’Ivoire since 2005 with the overall aim to support reconciliation and a restore social cohesion. SFCG uses a multi-stakeholder approach to its interventions, collaborating with key stakeholders at the national and local levels to collaboratively bring about social change. Our partners include government agencies, the National Dialogue Truth and Reconciliation Commission (CDVR), UN agencies, traditional chiefs and community leaders, women and youth organizations, and a network of 40 radio stations across the country. More than 200 community leaders are working with us to promote peace throughout Côte d’Ivoire. In 2015, SFCG was awarded the Ivorian Government Prize of Excellency.

Summary of Position

The Country Director (CD) manages the overall program in Cote d’Ivoire from a programmatic and operational perspective, as well as leading on fundraising and donor relations. The Country Director will manage about 15 staff and directly supervises 4 positions, including the Finance Director, the Programming Coordinator, the Program Associate and the Monitoring & Evaluation manager.

The CD reports to the Regional Director for West Africa and collaborates closely with various departments located in the region, in Brussels and in Washington. The location for the position is Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire, with frequent travel to project sites and other field offices.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Define program priorities, plans and long-term strategy (in close collaboration with the SFCG Regional Director and SFCG Cote d’Ivoire staff);
Lead fundraising efforts for additional programs for the Cote d’Ivoire program.
Oversee implementation of all programs, modifying and adapting where necessary in consultation with the regional team (composed of the Regional Director, the Regional Program Manager and the Regional Financial Manager)
Ensure that the country program is managed within available resources, foreseeing gaps and initiating adjustments in operations and programming when needed
Directly oversee and is accountable for the financial management and health of the Cote d’Ivoire program, including budget management and planning, compliance, and financial reporting.
Ensure compliance with donor regulations and SFCG policies and procedures
Ensure compliance with local law with regards to registration, taxation, labor and any other requirements.
Recruit, manage, and evaluate SFCG’s program and project staff in Cote d’Ivoire.
Oversee ongoing capacity-building efforts of staff members, particularly in areas of program and budget management.
Monitor and evaluate the results achieved by the different projects and the program as a whole, supported in part by the Design Monitoring and Evaluation team.
Ensure high quality reporting to donors based on a credible monitoring and evaluation system for overall program results as well as for specific projects.
Stay abreast of the international conflict transformation field to ensure that the program’s work remains innovative and integrates best practices.
Contribute to the continuing development of the organization, its mission and its staff, through the sharing of experience and knowledge, particularly contributing to its Institutional Learning efforts.

Staff Management and Development
Develop and manage a team of diverse staff members (expatriate, national and third country nationals) and partners, modeling the kind of inter ethnic and multi-stakeholder cooperation that SFCG aims to promote widely
Participate in the recruitment and selection of highly qualified staff, providing information on regional living and working conditions as well as security briefings.
Strengthen the capacity of national staff and partners, contributing to SFCG’s legacy strategy of conflict transformation in Cote d’Ivoire.
Nurture an environment in which staff are motivated, coached, and enabled to perform effectively in their various functions.

Organizational Representation
Serve as SFCG’s country representative
Develop and maintain proactive, positive and professional relationships with partner organizations,
other NGOS, donors, clients, key government officials, civil society groups, etc.
Maintain responsible media coverage of program events and issues related to SFCG mission.
Maintain regular written and oral reporting to relevant teams in the region and Headquarters on key country, regional, program, security and staff issues

Safety and Security Responsibilities
Develop and maintain field office safety & security plan, including evacuation.
Ensure the Country Office maintains a healthy and productive work environment in line with SFCG’s policies and procedures.
Set security alert level for country program via regular risk assessments and ensuring all staff and visitors are informed of the current security alert level, threats in the area, and their respective responsibilities.
Ensure all staff receives Safety & Security training as appropriate to the context.
Provide incident reports to Regional Director and Director of Operations, for review by SFCG Management Team; this should include all security, safety and serious health incidents.
Ensure that SFCG is participating in local NGO security networks and maintaining other key relationships for maintaining good staff safety & security.

As job descriptions cannot be exhaustive, the position holder may be required to undertake other duties that are broadly in line with the above key duties.

Minimum skills and experience:
At least a Bachelor degree (Masters preferred) in relevant field (eg. conflict transformation, security studies, media and communications, sociology, political science, international development or related fields).
Experience in managing large projects, with multiple grants and donors in a fragile state.
Demonstrated experience with budgeting, project development, fundraising, proposal and report writing, and grants management.
At least five years’ experience living overseas, preferably in West Africa; experience living in Cote d’Ivoire.
Knowledge of the conflict dynamics the West Africa region, and specifically in Cote d’Ivoire.
At least ten years’ experience in managing a program, both programmatically and operationally, preferably on media and/or conflict transformation-related issues.
Track record in successful fundraising
Knowledge of major donor rules and regulations, and the ability to manage and prioritize multi-donor funding.
Experience in capturing results and overseeing reporting, monitoring and evaluation systems.
Experience in managing multi-cultural teams, preferably in Africa
Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills
A problem-solving approach to challenging situations
Ability to multi-task while leading a complex team
Professional-level Proficiency in French and English, written and spoken
A team spirit.

Available to start immediately

Salary: Commensurate with education and experience, with excellent benefits

To Apply:

Application Deadline: August 8, 2016. Please send cover letter, current resume, three references and salary expectation through our Application System. Please be sure to include your earliest start date. No phone calls please. Only applicants invited for an interview will be contacted. Foreign nationals and local nationals are encouraged to apply. Please see our web site for full details of our work.


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