Oct 142017

Organization: Marie Stopes International
Country: Democratic Republic of the Congo
Closing date: 29 Oct 2017

About Us:

Marie Stopes International (MSI) is a global organisation providing personalised contraception services to women and girls. Our local teams of professionals are passionate about the work they do in communities across 37 countries. The services we provide give a woman the power to choose when she has children so that she is free to pursue her plans and dreams for herself and her family.

The primary responsibility of this role is to further MSI’s Goal: The Prevention of Unwanted Births and its mission of ensuring the individual’s right to: Children by Choice Not Chance.

The Role:

The Country Director is responsible for delivering results for women and their families, driving programmatic excellence and implementing best practice at scale. They provide high quality services where they are needed the most, and their work directly contributes to preventing unnecessary deaths and making a sustainable impact on the lives of thousands of people every year.

The Country Director is a key leadership position responsible for the overall strategy, management (programmatic, financial, and administrative), and development of our national family planning and sexual and reproductive health (SRH) programmes. They lead skilled, professional country teams to deliver life-saving services through clinical centres, mobile outreach teams, social franchising and social marketing. In addition they are responsible for preparing and executing annual budgets, marketing plans and work plans; developing new business opportunities; overseeing financial, administrative and logistical resources; ensuring adherence to MSI minimum standards; and assuring quality operations in line with annual and long-term strategic goals and objectives. The Country Director manages for results, valuing and rewarding high performance, accountability, speed and efficiency and innovation, while keeping the client at the heart of everything we do.

The Country Director is MSI’s senior representative in the country of assignment. They work closely with governments, donors and other key stakeholders to overcome barriers that prevent women and men from accessing safe, affordable, reliable family planning and other sexual and reproductive health services.

The Democratic Republic of Congo will be a new country of operation for Marie Stopes International; therefore this role will involve establishing a new country programme.

This role is subject to the successful award of a contract and the programme is due to commence in 2018. The role will initially be for three years although MSI will consider separating the contract into two roles: a “start-up” director for the initial 9-12 months of operation and then a permanent Country Director post for implementation of operations, depending on the applications received

About you

To succeed in this role, you must have:

  • International work experience – will have successfully worked in a senior management role, ideally in the Democratic Republic of Congo (or in the West Africa region) and will have had experience of growing the business
  • Proven general management experience in operationally demanding and challenging/insecure environments (to include staff recruitment, training and supervision of teams)
  • Proven experience of developing strong teams, empowering individuals and creating a strong engaged operation.
  • Designed and delivered strategic and annual business plans
  • Experience of income generation through donor funding and/or commercial activities and in delivering proven results by making informed decisions with the use of management information
  • Financial management experience, including internal controls and accountability: Ideally the individual will have managed a P&L; however, they will have definitely have experience managing and improving the bottom line
  • Demonstrable experience of generating, tracking and analysing management information and client data to inform management decision-making
  • Proven experience of building lasting relationships with key external stakeholders, e.g. government or donor stakeholders in order to deliver tangible results for the organisation (for example, previous fundraising success).
  • Experience of business development including developing and writing compelling tender proposals
  • Experience of building a brand into a brand of choice (including experience in FMCG or other private sector experience)
  • Experience establishing operations in new areas or regions
  • Fluent written and spoken French and English

For more information about the role, please view the job framework on our website.

In addition, you will be pro-choice on children by choice & not chance

Location: Democratic Republic of the Congo (likely to be Kinshasa or Lubumbashi but tbc)

Closing date: 29th October 2017 (midnight GMT). Interviews may take place before this date for exceptional candidates.

Salary: competitive

How to apply:

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