Africare Deputy Country Director - Africare, Angola

Closing date:  31 Dec 2011

Africare is an independent, non-profit organization working to improve the quality of life of the people in Africa. Since 1970, we have worked in partnership with Africa to build sustainable, healthy and productive lives and communities, lending our voice to African development and policy issues. Headquartered in Washington, DC with an international staff of1,200 working in 23 countries, Africare is a leader in aid to Africa as well as the oldest and largest African-American led organization in its field. Because Africare specializes in Africa, our staff and other supporters bring superior technical skills, as well as a deep emotional commitment to Africa's people, heritage, current challenges and future potential.

Africare has been operating in Angola for over twenty one years and is considered to be a vital partner by the Angolan government in increasing access to health services and water and sanitation systems. Current donors include ExxonMobil, Chevron, Total, the African Well Fund, the Gates Foundation, World Learning, World Vision, and AMREF. We view Angola as a country with immense potential to implement projects which significantly improve the quality of life of the local people. We are currently seeking a Deputy Country Director with agriculture experience in order to develop and implement agriculture projects throughout the country.

The Deputy Country Director (DCD) for Africare Angola assumes responsibility for the management and direction of all operations, financial management, and specifically assigned projects under the leadership of the Country Director (CD). He/she will report directly to the CD. The DCD shall ensure that all activities are responsive to the needs of the host country. Responsibilities include: analysis and interpretation of the Angola’s development needs, program development and fundraising, staff development and supervision and project monitoring, documentation and reporting. The DCD provides leadership as well as technical and logistical guidance to ongoing projects, development of new business, programs and innovative approaches.

Under the leadership and as delegated by the CD, establish cooperative relationships with government officials, host country planners and staff, local officials, third country and international development personnel, and U.S. Government/non-government personnel.

Under the leadership and as delegated by the CD, initiates, establishes and maintains extensive contacts directly with staff and technician HCN/Officials. Establishes rapport with staff/personnel, inspects, analyzes evaluates assignments and sites, determines viability of project. Travel extensively throughout country as needed. Establishes, maintains close contact with officials and representatives of other agencies and organizations for the purpose of interpreting and stimulating interest in Africare goals, objectives, philosophies, and resources as they relate to host country priorities and project. Coordinates staff activities, including staff rapport with host country nationals; incorporates said activities into the project plans. Initiates project implementation activities in conjunction with the CD. Makes technical analyses and evaluations of the implementation of Africare projects. In collaboration with the host country government, determines areas of Africare involvement; develops and implements viable projects; and ensures the existence of project sites that offer opportunity for job success. Under the leadership of the CD and in conjunction with Africare staff, and key host country personnel analyzes and interprets the country’s developmental needs, providing technical guidance in the preparation of project requests and associated documentation; makes substantive analyses of host country social and economic development and accordingly makes technical recommendations with respect to areas of project involvement. Assists with the preparation and timely submission of country plans or reports and technical programmatic recommendations for the Office of International Programs review and consideration, including budgetary, administrative, program, training, and related documentation. Administers and oversees Africare financial and administrative management; including contract negotiation, procurement, budgeting and financial reporting. Prepares and submits budget data as requested; reviews fiscal expenditures and imprest fund activities.

Oversees and ensures compliance with Africare policy, adherence to established program schedules, and completion of assigned work in accordance with deadlines established for projects and phases thereof. Monitors and evaluates country operations and project activity to ensure adherence to goals prescribed in project plans. Ensures that all prescribed conditions for ongoing programs are being met, and that national/local officials are operating on the same understanding with regard to ongoing projects. Performs other related duties as assigned by the CD. Implements the Africare Policy Manual covering; Personnel Policy, Travel & Allowances, Organization and Goals, and Operating Policy.

A minimum of 10 years NGO management experience of progressively increased positions of responsibility in Africa (preferably in Africa and Angola); Previous experience managing NGO programs in multiple countries from a field-based position; Minimum Bachelors Degree (Master’s preferred) in development management, agriculture, health, or public administration, with a focus on Africa preferred; Documented experience producing high quality technical and cost proposals that are approved for donor funding. Track record of building partnerships and networks with PVOs and other development institutions to bid on projects, develop funding opportunities through fostering relationships with international donor agencies, foundations, US and foreign private sector, and other domestic sources; Strong understanding of US government funding regulations (other donors such as the UN system and private foundations strongly preferred) including procedures, contracting requirements, grant management, and financial management; Documented experience managing NGO field programs with budgets in excess of $2 million/year, including regular financial reporting, updating budgets and responding to audit inquiries. Ensures that all budgets – for projects and administration – are followed or revised in a timely manner; ensures effective communication and relations with donors; Fluency (writing and speaking) in English and Portuguese; Excellent communication and analytical skills; Previous experience in NGO strategic planning in Africa; Strong leadership, management, and organizational skills; Must demonstrate considerable strength in management of financial and human resources, including staff supervision and performance appraisal.

Enough technical experience and knowledge of agriculture in order seek out new agriculture project opportunities and contribute significantly toward proposal development; Knowledge of US government regulations (i.e. USAID requirements), procedures, contracting requirements, grant management, and financial management. Must be goal-oriented and results-driven. Must be a strategic, team player, able to work with and motivate a wide range of people, and be able to tell a compelling story. Ability to forge a mutually respectful and productive partnership with existing development agencies, businesses, and human services. Ability to respond appropriately and with sensitivity to the cultural differences present among the organization’s service population.
How to apply: 
How to Apply
Applications should include a resume and cover letter. In the cover letter (of no more than two pages in length) the candidate should briefly describe his or her motivation for the position and highlight relevant experience. Please send application materials to including “Deputy Country Director Angola” in the subject line.

Unfortunately, due to the large number of applications that we receive, we may not be able to respond to each individual candidate. Please respect our no phone calls policy.