East Africa Director

Global Grassroots
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We are looking for an inspired, compassionate, and experienced executive to lead and manage the organization in East Africa. This comes at a time, where after 17 years, our Founder and President is preparing to step out of active organizational leadership to focus on thought leadership. As the East Africa Director, you will directly oversee and have overarching accountability for all programs, strategy, operations, finance, administration, and our monitoring, evaluation & learning, driving the next chapter of Global Grassroots’ impact in the region as a conscious change organization for women and their communities.

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Your Responsibilities will Include:
Strategic, Programmatic and Organizational Leadership:
o In collaboration with the US and Rwandan boards and founder, provide strategic leadership and spearhead the organizational design, culture, and structure in service of our mission and values.
o Drive the creation and implementation of a five-year strategic plan for deepening Global Grassroots’ impact in our sectors (WASH, women’s empowerment, youth social entrepreneurship).
o Build the systems and plans necessary to make the vision and goals come to life. Oversee all programs and operations across the organization (including financial management, human resources, information management, admin, compliance with legal needs, policies and protocols, monitoring and evaluation, and others). Strengthen organizational controls and communications to ensure efficiency and effectiveness.
o Oversee program planning (e.g. for partnership and funding opportunities) in collaboration with the team and Director of Development.
o Advance the organization’s impact and track record through intentional and sustainable programmatic adaptations and growth, and oversee a participatory evaluation process. Work with our MEL and program team to ensure lessons learned from the field through our participatory learning approach are integrated into future programs and communications.

Talent and Team Management:
o Honour and lead our culture as a mindful, learning organization dedicated to the leadership of grassroots women. In so doing, cultivate a positive work environment of wellbeing and learning, where staff are empowered, engaged, resilient, and find meaning in their work.
o Develop the team’s professional capacity to deliver on our growing mandate effectively through coaching, supervision, professional development, and a strong goal setting and performance evaluation process. (Currently a team of seven in Rwanda and Uganda)
o Complete our process of a US to Africa HQ transition: Work closely with our boards and US team on the remaining design questions and legal/administrative needs related to the US-Africa relationship and operations and the new local, Rwandan NGO.
o Anticipate and manage staffing needs and refine personnel policies and procedures as needed in service of our vision and goals.

Financial Management and Oversight:
o Oversee all Africa spending and ensure financial sustainability while effectively meeting programmatic and organizational goals. This includes carrying out adequate planning, financial analysis, regular cash flow projections and decision-making on spending.
o Lead the development of organizational and program budgets with input from the program team, track progress and adjust to ensure optimal spending based on available funding.
o Deliver monthly financial reports to the board and as needed for funder reporting requirements in cooperation with the Director of Development and Finance staff.
o Grow our funding base by identifying and cultivating new networks within East Africa in collaboration with the boards and Director of Development.

Championship & External Relations:
o Ensure good relations, collaboration, and visibility with key stakeholders in Africa. Serve as the chief spokesperson for our work, vision, and values, incl. representing at key meetings and convenings.
o Explore external partnerships for expanding our influence and impact in collaboration with the boards and founder.
o Facilitate meaningful site visits and other engagements with existing and potential donors.
o Contribute to the development of our annual report and other communication materials in collaboration with our program staff and Director of Development.
o Oversee and coordinate program and MEL staff in the mindful and participatory creation of content for use and refining by our Director of Development for use in grant reports and social media posts.
o Support our internal knowledge and external thought leadership by collaborating with the founder, MEL, and program staff to co-design educational engagements, research endeavors, and wisdom products presenting our insights and impact.

Additional Information

Anticipated start date is July 2021. The Director will be based in our main office in Kigali, Rwanda. Due to the nature of work, additional hours may be required and the timing of work may need to accommodate a wide range of time zones.
We are looking for candidates who are ready to commit for 5+ years. The candidate will undergo a six-month probationary period. We will agree on performance and learning objectives for the onboarding and transition period.
Global Grassroots is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against otherwise qualified applicants on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, mental or physical disability, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender orientation or expression, marital status or veteran status, or any other legally protected characteristic under applicable federal law.
Female candidates are highly encouraged to apply.