Creative Associates International Vacancy: Country Director - Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

Position Location: Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso Background: Creative Associates International is a dynamic, fast-growing global deve... thumbnail 1 summary
Position Location: Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

Creative Associates International is a dynamic, fast-growing global development firm that specializes in education, economic growth, democratic institutions and stabilization. Based in Washington, D.C., Creative has a field presence in more than 15 countries with a strong client portfolio that includes the U.S. Agency for International Development and the State Department, among others. Since its founding in 1977, Creative has earned a solid reputation among its clients and is well-regarded by competitors and partners alike.

Position Summary:
The purpose of this program will be to strengthen targeted communities’ resilience to conflict and radicalization by working with government actors and local communities to address priority development and reconciliation needs in Burkina Faso, Niger and Chad. The program will be based on quick-impact activities that respond to community needs through tangible development investments and that challenge the worldview of individuals susceptible to extremism. This small grants program seeks to reduce the isolation of target communities and increase the legitimacy of both local and central government institutions through meaningful civic engagement and to strengthen the resilience of at-risk groups against violent extremism.

Country Director supervises and manages the Program country office and is responsible for all country personnel, offices, and program implementation under the guidance of the Deputy Chief of Party and direct supervision of the Chief of Party. The Country Director II ensures that the Chad portion of the Program is planned and executed with quality, accountability, and measurable impact against established implementation schedules and project management plans. The Country Director II develops a culture of professional development and teamwork for all staff and implementing partners. Additionally, is responsible for liaising with relevant government entities and project stakeholders.

Primary Responsibilities:
  • Leads and manages implementation of the program.
  • Renders technical services related to youth empowerment, media and outreach, civil society strengthening and local governance.
  • Ensures program interventions contribute directly the established Performance Management Plan and annual work plans and are completed on time, within budget, and in compliance with all policies and procedures.
  • Responsible for the technical development, implementation, and oversight of all grants (Fixed Obligation and In-Kind) in support of program interventions.
  • Manages international and local implementing partners, including budgets, project deliverables, procurements, and staff assigned to the project at the national and regional levels.
  • Manages the country budget, ensuring all program, operational, and administrative expenditures adhere to policies and procedures
  • Builds capacity of staff through coaching, formal and informal training, and performance management;
  • Recruits, manages and motivates an informed, skilled and efficient team; conducts regular capacity and team building exercises.
  • Manages security and safety of the team and field office/s supported by necessary systems and training.
  • Ensures proper internal controls are established and maintained in accordance with policies and procedures and relevant USAID rules and regulations.
  • Articulates program goals, objectives and strategies to team members, local and international partners, and project stakeholders, including USG and other donors.
  • Displays cultural sensitivity in developing internal and external relationships and networks; and
  • Builds support among stakeholders for the project, to include headquarters and regional staff, international and local NGOs, government officials, vendors, media and the general public.
Required Skills & Qualifications:
  • 8+ years managing USAID funded programs with emphasis on youth development, media programming, vocational training, civil society and local government capacity building.
  • Long term work experience in one of the following: countering violent extremism, community governance, Muslim outreach, youth issues, regional experience in West Africa.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration, Business Administration, International Affairs or related field
  • Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite; and
  • Fluent French and English.
Desired Skills & Qualifications:
  • Master’s degree in Business Administration, International Affairs or related field.
  • USAID funded programs involving small-scale construction.
  • Fluency in Arabic, More, or Fulani.
How to apply

Closing Date: 23 Jan 2016
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