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Deputy Regional Director Africa

Diakonia is looking for a Deputy Regional Director Africa to be part of the regional management team in Nairobi. We offer you an exciting job in an international environment where you, together with our talented employees and partner organizations, will change the world!

We know that it is possible to change the world. But we also know that it takes time and requires persistence and courage. We support projects that empowers people to leave poverty and oppression. We work through 350 local organizations in over 25 countries in four continents. Our principals are the Christian denominations the Swedish Alliance Mission and the Uniting Church in Sweden. Diakonia’s identity is characterized by five values; Solidarity, Justice, Courage, Commitment and Accountability. They serve as both a reminder of who we are, and a description of the work we do.

In Sub-Saharan Africa Diakonia employs around 100 staff at country offices in Mozambique, the DRC, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Uganda, Kenya, Somalia, Mali and Burkina Faso; and the Regional Office in Kenya. The Deputy Regional Director will have a special focus on Mozambique, Somalia, Uganda and the regional Africa Economic Justice program. Diakonia’s Africa’s programs are currently funded by Sweden, EU, U.K., Denmark, the Netherlands, Switzerland, UN agencies, Swedish individual sponsors and private foundations.

Role & responsibilities:

The Deputy Regional Director will be part of the regional management team and the regional programme team to strategically support the nine country offices in the implementation of their country programmes, in line with established guidelines, policy, strategies, budget and steering documents.

Other responsibilities will be:

To assist the Regional Director and to take on the role of being acting Regional Director when necessary.

To facilitate & quality assure resource mobilisation and proactively maintain and develop contacts with back donors.

Having final budgetary responsibility for designated countries.

Management and working environment responsibility, for staff within designated country programmes according to granted level of delegation.

To serve as link between Diakonia Head Quarters in Sweden and the Africa Region on designated tasks/themes.

Experience & qualifications:

Experience from international development cooperation preferably in and with NGOs/INGOs

Experience in social and political analysis, preferably from Africa and particularly in the areas of Democracy, Human Rights, Social & Economic Justice and Gender Justice.

Knowledge of and experience in donor relations, resource mobilisation and reporting involving Sweden, European Union, United Nations among others.

Advanced University degree in relevant area.

Experience from managerial position with good leadership, interpersonal, cultural, training and facilitation skills. 

Very good planning and organizing skills. 

Proficient in reporting and writing in English.

Financial management experience, including budgeting and expenditure tracking

Critical thinking and problem-solving skills

This is a plus:

Knowledge in French

Knowledge of Swedish

Experience in Rights Based Approaches

Knowledge of Diakonia and the founding churches

We offer:

We offer you an exciting job in an international environment. You will become part of a culture that is characterized by commitment, openness, and participation. Together with our colleagues and partner organizations, we change the world!

Location: Nairobi, Kenya
Start date: April 1 2021, or according to agreement
Employment type: Two-year contract with possible extension

Send us your application before 23 of November.

Send your application to recruitment.africa@diakonia.se 

For inquiries about the position, please contact: Linda Banda Hammarberg, Regional Director Africa. linda.hammarberg@diakonia.se

Tests will be part of the recruitment.

A detailed job description is available on www.diakonia.se Diakonia is an equal opportunities employer. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Union representatives:
Akademikerföreningen: Robert Törlind, 08-453 69 27
Unionen: Annika Andersson, 08-453 69 20


Job Description – Deputy Regional Director
Job Title: Deputy Regional Director
Department: Africa Regional Office
Location Africa Regional Office with extensive visits to country programme portfolio
Reports To: Africa Regional Manager
Direct Reports: Country Directors and/or Programme Manager (Assigned Country Offices)

Overall Job Purpose
Provide dynamic leadership and administrative oversight for the implementation of programmes in assigned country offices within the Africa region based on Diakonia’s global strategic objectives, steering documents and policy guidelines. Manage senior country office staff in assigned country offices to ensure quality, timeliness and efficiency in the implementation of all programme activities. Engage with partners, donors and stakeholders and ensure compliance with all program commitments, including timely delivery of quality reports. In addition, provide leadership to assigned country offices in programme development implementation, monitoring and evaluation.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities
Strategic Leadership, Programme Planning & Development

  • As part of the Africa regional management team participate in providing strategic leadership management oversight
  • Manage assigned country offices, including overall responsibility for finances, and human resources
  • Coordinate the development of fundraising initiatives for assigned country offices in line with established policies and guidelines
  • Coordinate country level annual work plans ensuring alignment with country strategy and Diakonia’s quality standards
  • Oversee management and coordination of all programme implementation in accordance with steering documents
  • Initiate and implement thematic change processes in the region together with the RO Management team

Support implementation of Country Programmes

  •  Support country offices to develop and implement annual work plans and budgets
  •  Oversee and approve selection of partner organization and budgets in assigned country offices (Model 2)
  • Provide leadership in monitoring implementation of programme activities by partner organizations and provide necessary technical assistance, directly or through consultants
  • Oversee monitoring and evaluation of all programme activities to ensure that the country strategy is being implemented and commitments met
  • Engage with partners, donors and stakeholders

Human Resources

  • Provide support to the development and implementation of human resources management and working environment for all staff within the designated country offices in the region
  • Ensure compliance with local legal requirements by understanding existing legislation and enforcing adherence and advising designated country offices on needed actions

Education, Training & Professional Qualifications
Education Advanced University Degree (Masters) in Economics, Rural Development, Agriculture, Business Administration, Public Administration, Political Sciences, Social Sciences or related field
Professional Training Management and Leadership, Monitoring & Evaluation
Certification/Licensing Project Management

Job Competencies & Experience

  • Demonstrates consistency in upholding integrity and ethics;
  • Acting as a team player and facilitating team work;
  • Effective communications and interpersonal skills;
  • Proficiency in computer office packages word, excel, power point
  •  Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude;
  • Remain calm, in control and good humored even under pressure;
  • Respond positively to critical feedback and differing points of views.

Language Requirement

  • Proficiency in spoken and written English and French languages
  • Ability to understand and speak Swedish is highly desirable

Relevant Experience Minimum 7 years of professional working experience in human rights, humanitarian aid, development and democracy, gender equality, conflict sensitivity and the environment. Part of that experience must involve senior management leadership and co-ordination at multi-country level, including financial and human resources management

Working Conditions
Satisfactory office environment with minimal exposure to adverse work conditions; the job often involve considerable travel in Africa overseeing implementation of country programs, which may result in exhaustion and stress

I have received, reviewed and fully understand my job description. I further understand that I am responsible for the satisfactory execution of the essential duties and responsibilities described therein, under any and all conditions as described.