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Five year project focused on youth, civil society, media and counter extremism in four west African countries - Chad, Niger, Burkina Faso and Mauritania - and we are looking for Cooperating Country Nationals/Host Country Nationals who would like to be considered for the country director role in each country.

Country Lead/Country Director
-- Management: At least 5 years’ experience working on development-related, grassroots projects in a West African country , ideally Chad, Niger, Burkina Faso or Mauritania
-- Education: At least a high-school equivalent degree in development-related field
-- Language (reading, writing, speaking): English working facility and at least an FSI 3-3 level in French or a relevant local African language (Chadian Arabic, Hausa, Mossi, etc.)


Craig Berkenpas
Senior Recruitment Manager
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15-month assignment in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.  Click here for more details.

Please circulate to your friends and colleagues.  Individuals who are interested in this opportunity should send their resumes to

June/ 24/ 2011

Job Alert from International Career Employment Weekly

(You can see all the job openings posted today at:

June/ 24/ 2011

Country Director
Burkina Faso

IRD is seeking a Country Director in Burkina Faso.  IRD will implement a USDA funded project over three years to enhance competitiveness of the sesame and fonio value chains in three of Burkina Faso’s western regions: Bouclé de Mouhoun, Cascades and Hauts-Bassins. The goal of the program is to improve incomes of farmers, rural entrepreneurs, processors and traders from the production, processing and marketing of sesame and fonio. The objectives towards this goal are to: 1) Increase production and productivity through strengthening farmer organizations, expanding availability and access to improved seed varieties, and training on improved soil fertility, integrated pest and disease control, and crop management practices; 2) Improve post-harvest handling and agro-processing of sesame and fonio by increasing the availability of appropriate technologies in rural areas; 3) Increase the availability of and access to financial and credit services, and provision of business development services (BDS), including training on small business planning and management and marketing.

IRD is seeking a Country Director who will supervise and manage country personnel, offices, programs, security and policies, and ensure that the program is planned and executed with quality, accountability and measurable impact.  The Country Director will be responsible for the development of new business in country and will develop a culture of professional development and teamwork for all IRD team members in country while maintaining a proactive approach to security management.  Additionally, s/he will be responsible for all donor communication, as well as responsible for liaising with relevant government entities and for external representation of IRD’s program in country. Also is the primary point of contact for inter-departmental agency coordination.

Essential Job Functions: Develops program strategies that animate and maximize internal and external resources and relationships; Formulates and plans a clear vision of present and future program goals and strategies which can be clearly communicated to team members, local beneficiaries, international partners and donors; Develops and nurtures culturally sensitive internal and external relationships and networks to ensure optimum communication and program success; Builds strong constituencies to include IRD headquarters and regional officers and staff, international and local NGOs, government officials, donor community officials, diplomatic corps and embassies, vendors, media and the general public; Manages with an emphasis on excellence and achievement; Encourages a team culture of learning, creativity and innovation; Recruits, manages and motivates an informed, skilled and efficient team; Incorporates staff development strategies and Performance Management systems in team building process; Manages security and safety of the team and field office/s supported by necessary systems and training; Manages all aspects of quality program design and implementation; Establishes and maintains effective program reporting, monitoring/ evaluation systems for internal and external use; Builds and maintains structures that ensure proper segregation of duties between finance and administration; Understands and incorporates resources, systems and structures available from IRD worldwide; Ensures effective and transparent use of financial resources in compliance with IRD and donor policies and procedures.

QUALIFICATIONS: Master’s degree in Business Administration, International Affairs or related field with 8+ years’ experience in an NGO or international organization and 5+ years in a developing country.  5+ years management experience on a major agricultural value chain project funded by US Government, Gates Foundation, European Bilateral or other major donor.  Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite.  Fluency in English and French.

TO APPLY: Please apply online to, position 1274.  Qualified Local Candidates encouraged to apply.



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