Corus International
  • Program Delivery
  • DC, USA
  • Regular Full -Time
  • NorthAmerica

Corus International's East Africa portfolio contains two mid-sized country programs (Tanzania and South Sudan). The portfolio includes a focus on both sustainable development and humanitarian assistance activities and has an annual revenue of approximately $8million. It covers a dynamic array of health sectors including: nutrition, SGBV, MNCH, NTDs, and health systems strengthening. Additionally, the portfolio containts livelihoods programming focused on entrepeneurship and farming co-ops support.

Reporting to the Senior Regional Director, the Director for Program Support, East Africa (aka Director) leads HQ support and direction to ensure that field needs for program management, project development, and technical guidance are met. S/he is responsible for leading technical, administrative, logistical, and managerial support for project implementation and program development. Currently the majority of the East Africa portfolio is health-related; however, the Director is expected to take a holistic approach to programming, identifying and championing opportunities for integrated programming, as well as keep a focus on expanding and growing the livelihoods portion of the portfolio. This position will serve as the primary liaison between the field offices and headquarters and is expected to communicate with donors, country directors, field staff, partners, sub-contractors, and consultants regularly. Internally, s/he is expected to excel at working in a matrix-ed organization by developing productive relationships with colleagues in the technical, operations, and business development departments. The Director supervisors up to five staff, ranging from entry to mid-level.

This position can be based in either Baltimore, MD or Washington, DC. [Note: Due to the covid-19 pandemic, all Corus employees are currently on a remote work from home status]

Responsibilities:

  1. Monitor implementation of the country level health programs, including tracking progress of program targets and deliverables, identifying issues that need to be addressed, and ensuring that technical and financial reporting requirements are met.
  2. Play a leading role in the technical design of relevant country-specific interventions and projects.
  3. Collaborate with field teams to prepare technical and programmatic reports, including bi-weekly reports, quarterly and semiannual reports, newsletters, websites and press releases.
  4. Work with the Project Financial Analyst(s) and project field staff to: supervise grant funds and sub-agreements/contracts through review of annual budgets; ensure timely financial reporting; and review project expenditures
    1. Play a lead role in budget review for existing projects and recommend right-sizing approaches when necessary.
  5. Work with the Business Development Team to identify opportunities, prepare concept notes and proposals; participate in representation, networking, and cultivation of relationships with partners and other organizations implementing programs.
    1. Assume a targeted leadership role in proposal development, analyzing and recommending bid decisions, and conceptualizing teaming and technical approaches.
    2. Play a lead role in budget development and cost strategies to maximize competitive advantage.
  6. Establish and develop key partnerships for project development and implementation; lead the development key implementation strategies alongside relevant host country counterparts.
  1. Coordinate with the external relations team and with the country offices to produce communicaitons and advocacy materials for external audiences.
  2. Represent the organization to donors, host country governments, project stakeholders, and counterparts in the public and private sectors.
  3. Develop and maintain relationships with potential donors and partners in the area of global health. Identify opportunities to raise the organization's profile in international health and livelihoods through participation in conferences, strategic meetings, public speaking engagements, and publications.
  4. Supervise program managers and associates, including setting performance objectives, monitoring performance, and ensuring coordinated work streams.

Qualifications:

Required

  • Masters Degree in Public Health, International Development, or a related field
  • Advanced knowledge of international health best practices; working knowledge of either the livelihood sector or gender issues
  • At least 10 years' experience managing and implementing international development programs
  • Proven track record of developing and maintaining strong working relationships with host country counterparts and NGO/FBO/CBO actors
  • Demonstrated experience working with international donors, including USAID, MCC, CDC, DFID, and/or BMGF
  • Strong working knowledge of USG and other international donor funding mechanisms (including grants, contracts, and cooperative agreements)
  • Excellent English writing skills and analytical abilities
  • Advanced cross-cultural sensitivity, including experience working with professional and support staff in a multicultural, multi-linguistic environment
  • Ability to travel up to 30% of time annually; including to hardship locations
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications including MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint

Desired

  • Strong working knowledge of DFID funding mechanisms
  • Second language preferred (French, Spanish, Portuguese)
  • Experience in multi-sectoral programming, including gender, livelihoods, education, agriculture, food security, WASH, and/or TVET
  • Experience living and working in East Africa
  • Flexibility and ability to travel on short notice
  • Proficiency in Salesforce software

If you have any questions about our open positions, reach out to TalentAcquisition@CorusInternational.org.

Corus International prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type and affords equal employment opportunities to employees and applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability status, sexual orientation, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by U.S. or International law.

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