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Reporting Unit: Chief Operating Officer
Location: Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire (some flexibility)
Travel: Up to 50%
TechnoServe (www.technoserve.org) is a nonprofit economic development organization that specializes in business solutions to poverty. Our mission is to work with enterprising men and women in the developing world to build competitive farms, businesses and industries, helping to create lasting prosperity in these communities. We do this by linking enterprising people to information, capital and markets. We help entrepreneurs build thriving, sustain¬able businesses that provide jobs, income and economic opportunities. Together with our donors, partners and volunteers, TechnoServe is creating practical, durable solutions that lead to transformative change on a global scale. Founded in 1968, TechnoServe has operations in 30 developing countries and a staff of more than 1,500 people. In 2014, TechnoServe assisted 325,000 farmers and almost 3,000 businesses, creating 5600+ new jobs and $61 million of new revenues.
TechnoServe seeks experienced candidates for the position of Regional Director, West Africa. The West Africa Regional Director (RD) will have significant management and international experience, a passion for economic development, relevant language skills, and be capable of thoroughly understanding and successfully leading program teams and operations in four countries in West Africa (Ghana, Nigeria, Benin and Cote d’Ivoire). The RD will ensure the quality of TechnoServe\’s operations, develop new business opportunities, and drive performance and results in the region. S/he is expected to be an outstanding communicator and team leader.
The RD will report to the Chief Operating Officer and serve as a member of TechnoServe’s global senior management team. While residence in the region (in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire) is preferred, other locations with efficient transportation linkages may be considered. Previous experience working with organizations of TechnoServe’s size and scope is important and private sector experience is highly desirable. The RD will embody TechnoServe’s values of collegiality, integrity, resourcefulness and results.
The Regional Director will be a seasoned and mature leader with the following experience and attributes:
A minimum of ten years of leadership experience, preferably in strategy consulting, business, finance or international development
A minimum of three years of work experience in one or more developing countries
A bachelor’s degree and preferably a post-graduate degree such as an MBA, MPP or MIA
Demonstrated ability to lead and manage multicultural and geographically dispersed teams in complex working environments
Proven track record in successful business and program development design and authoring/overseeing winning proposals
Strong foundation of knowledge in one or more of the following: economic growth, value chains, private sector, agriculture, entrepreneurship and/or SMEs
An effective and inspiring communicator and negotiator with strong oral and written skills
Demonstrated passion for TechnoServe’s mission and a desire to work in a dynamic environment
Demonstrated ability to motivate, retain and develop staff
Written and oral fluency in English and French required
Availability to travel regionally and internationally up to 50 percent of time
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