1 month ago

Job Summary

WaterAid Ghana is looking for Country Director who will provide leadership to the Country Programme (CP) and to contribute to the regional and global leadership of WaterAid. The CD will steer the direction of the Senior Management Team and the Country Programme, and influence public and private institutions on the positive impact of safe water, improved sanitation and hygiene on the poorest and most excluded, and thus contributing to wider poverty reduction and human development.

  • Minimum Qualification:MBA / MSc
  • Experience Level:Management level
  • Experience Length:10 years

Job Description/Requirements

Key roles and responsibilities include:


Strategic Leadership & Management
  • Develop and deliver the Country Strategy in line with WaterAid's Global Strategy.
  • Provide strong strategic and inspiring leadership to the country team promoting a management culture that is supportive, empowering and collaborative.
  • Contribute, as a member of the Global and Regional leadership teams of WaterAid, to support WaterAid’s organisational effectiveness and development.
  • Ensure the successful, timely delivery of the country programme’s multiyear plans and budgets. Accountable for the effective and efficient use of WaterAid’s financial resources; transparent management and reporting of all income streams and compliance with restricted funding contractual obligations
  • Strengthen and maintain WaterAid Ghana’s reputation by ensuring high quality programme delivery, liaising with government and other sector actors to deliver WASH and promoting WaterAid values.
  • Ensure coherence in all CP activities - programming, influencing, funder engagement, staff development, internal system and process development, etc

External Representation, Advocacy & Influencing
  • Represent WaterAid externally; ensuring that WaterAid's vision, mission, values and aims are communicated in a positive and compelling way.
  • Effectively representing WaterAid to government and other development partners, with strong ability and confidence to lobby and advocate for desired change in WASH in Ghana
  • Facilitate the building of relationships between partners, staff and other stakeholders, and facilitate relationships between sector stakeholders (actors) to support the development of the sector.

Fundraising & Donor Relations
  • Have strong knowledge of the international funding landscape and staying aware of the local funding context and maximize this in exploring (funding) opportunities
  • Identify appropriate opportunities to increase income, in conjunction with the Regional Director and the global funding teams.


Ability to champion Equity, Rights & Inclusion

  • Lead the approach of ensuring that the Country Programme has integrated Rights, Equity and Inclusion into its work as well as being a diverse and inclusive place to work.
  • Demonstrate understanding and commitment to leading work using a rights-based approach and ability to translate this into action, to support WaterAid’s aim of ensuring the human rights to water and sanitation are realised by everyone, everywhere.
  • Proven experience, confidence and commitment to tackling the social, economic and geographical inequalities that manifest in Ghana, and understanding of how these impact on WASH or related sectors.
  • Demonstrate political and practical expertise in supporting teams to deliver WaterAid’s commitment to gender and socially inclusive approaches and outcomes in WASH plans.

Security, Safeguarding & Risk Management
  • Develop a thorough understanding of the external operating environment, identifying and managing risks including ensuring appropriate health, safety, security and safeguarding procedures are in place.
  • Ultimate responsibility for staff health and safety, security and safeguarding in the CP; adherence to protocols, leading on serious in-country incidents or crisis management, critical decisions to suspend field activities or close offices due to health and safety or security concerns, and showing exemplarity in integrating health, safety, security in all stages of programme/project management.


To be successful, you’ll need:
  • Master’s Degree or professional qualification in a relevant subject area
  • Proven experience of leading a Country Programme/Office in an International Development setting
  • Senior management experience in an international development organisation
  • Experience of working in Ghana and West Africa
  • Strategic leadership and management of a multi-disciplinary team of professionals, preferably in water and sanitation sector.
 
In addition:
  • Experience of developing key strategic and operational partnerships with national level
  • NGOs and government authorities for programme, policy and advocacy interventions.
  • Experience of raising funds from government and/or international agencies (bilateral/multilateral), managing large budgets with diverse international donor base.
  • Leading on engagement with national governments, bilateral and multi-lateral agencies on policy influencing.
  • Significant experience of community-based water supply, sanitation and hygiene promotion projects
  • Good understanding of the linkages between programme and advocacy


How to Apply


Please note that to apply for this role you must be able to demonstrate your eligibility to work in Ghana. 

If you are interested in the position and have the right skills and attributes, send your application, consisting of a letter of interest and a CV to ghrecruitment@wateraid.org, using Application for Country Director, Ghanaas the subject of the email.


WaterAid is an equal opportunities employer and positively encourages applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital status, or pregnancy and maternity. We particularly encourage applications from women who are underrepresented at this level in the organisation.


Only candidates shortlisted for interviews will be contacted.

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