Non-profit Careers – Country Director at International Lifeline Fund (ILF)

Job Title:     Country Director  
Organization: International
Lifeline Fund (ILF)
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda
About US:
Lifeline Fund (“Lifeline”) is an entrepreneurial non-profit organization that
practices pragmatic community-led development to spark catalytic change that
can profoundly improve the quality of human life. Lifeline engages deeply with
communities and local partners to bring long-term solutions to clean water and
basic amenities that are key to building healthy communities. Lifeline believes
communities can create lasting change harnessing the untapped energy of local
leaders, women and small business entrepreneurs as drivers of this change.
Job Summary: The Country
Director will serve as the head of the Uganda team reporting to the CEO,
provide overall leadership and strategic direction to the country program, and
support the Deputy Country Director and the WASH/Environmental Program Managers
in their day-to-day activities. The incumbent will also work closely with
Lifeline partners, including international funders, corporate partners, social
entrepreneurs and government authorities, to ensure alignment across
stakeholders and activities. This position is both strategic and operationally
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
Facilitate and Execute the Vision: The Country
Director will serve as the key facilitator, communicator, and implementer of
the vision and goals developed jointly with the Headquarters. S/he will ensure
clear communication to staff, Headquarters, funders, and relevant constituents
about changes in priorities and resource allocation required to incorporate
work on new opportunities that are determined to be strategically important.
S/he will ensure that all parts of the organization are well managed, staffed,
aligned and operate as effectively as possible.
Operationalize Strategy and Manage
The successful candidate will have a demonstrated
record of translating strategy into activities, setting operational priorities,
building systems and policies, and leading growth stage organizations to
success. S/he will be a strategic thinker who will be capable of partnering to
create and implement an operational vision, framework and culture. S/he will
manage the organizational budget and lead fundraising together with the
Headquarters in Washington DC.
Build and Manage Team: S/he will be
responsible for recruiting, managing and supporting senior staff and helping
them to execute on priorities.
Develop Programs and Partnerships: The Country
Director will work with the Headquarters and senior staff within the country team
to develop and support various programs and partnerships that will be key to
the success of the organization. Together with the executive staff, s/he will
represent Lifeline in key partnerships, conferences, forums, and other external
Create and Sustain an Entrepreneurial
Work Environment and Positive Culture of High Expectations:
The Country
Director will work with the Headquarters and senior staff within Lifeline to
ensure all relentlessly pursue excellence and consistently exhibit the defining
organizational values of responsibility, respect, self-discipline, compassion
and integrity. S/he will ensure that the management, staffing and culture of
the organization are suitably aligned with the mission, evolving goals and
strategic ambitions. In managing the Lifeline staff, the Country Director will
also work to build cohesion and create opportunities for growth and
Qualifications, Skills and
The ideal candidate should preferably hold an advanced
university degree in development or related field is preferred.
At least seven years’ experience in international
program development, implementation and/or evaluation; three of which should be
at senior management level.
Progressive experience of program management (at
least 5 years) in the INGO sector with a proven track record as a senior
manager and leader, including experience in developing and implementing
strategic plans (experience in Africa preferred)
Previous experience in WASH and/or clean cook stoves
is preferred
Past experience with scaling up of initiatives at
the regional, national and/or international levels is preferred.
The applicant should be an exceptional leader and
manager of unquestioned operational excellence, intellectual breadth, and
practical experience with the business, non-profit, and/or government sectors.
The successful candidate will be skilled in managing
a growing organization with both international partners and local operations.
Previous experience working closely with expert
staff, for-profit and non-profit partners, and other constituents to achieve
ambitious goals.
Prior experience in global development, both
advocacy and service delivery is a must.
Strong written and verbal communication skills; an
articulate and persuasive communicator with excellent interpersonal and
multidisciplinary project skills.
Strong partnership development across sectors and
experience with technology and infrastructure is preferred.
Demonstrated ability to work effectively in
collaboration with diverse groups of people.
Passion, integrity, positive attitude,
mission-driven and self-directed.
Personal Competencies:
Setting Strategy/Executing for Results: Demonstrated
experience in strategic decision-making, leadership, and operational management
preferably in a complex, multi-site and expanding organization. Capacity to
innovate and solve complex problems – often with an entrepreneurial approach –
in an evolving and challenging environment.
Managing Performance: The successful
candidate will have the ability to set priorities decisively, delegate
responsibilities, assure and value accountability, and allocate resources
appropriate to achieving desirable results. S/he will be able to lead in a
high-pressure, fast-paced environment with a short decision-making cycle. S/he
will have the capacity to establish metrics by which to manage the operations
of Lifeline.
Monitoring & Evaluation: Demonstrated
experience designing approaches to evaluate program impact and organizational
capacity, and analyzing data and incorporating recommended changes into
programs and internal structures. Successful candidates can identify program
methodologies and develop long and short-term strategies and work plans to
improve programs and operations.
Financial Management: The successful
candidate will have experience providing oversight to all finance and
administrative services ensuring compliance with applicable in-country rules.
S/he will oversee the development and implementation of quarterly country
budgets and ensure adequate internal control mechanisms are in place for budget
monitoring/review and minimize expenditure variances, reporting any financial
irregularities. S/he will also have experience preparing accurate and timely
submission of financial reports that comply with grant or contract agreements.
Donor/Grant Management: Successful
track record managing, cultivating, and developing relationships with donors,
government, NGOs, social entrepreneurs, businesspeople, and community groups.
Demonstrated experience in cooperation with headquarters-based program staff,
drafting grant proposals and managing in-country fundraising, keeping abreast
of the trends within the donor environment in-country and internationally.
Team-building and Human Resource
The successful candidate will have proven
experience managing large, matrixed teams and adept at developing and
maintaining multi-stakeholder relationships. S/he will have the ability to
create an inclusive and collaborative environment to develop an effective
organization. Experience overseeing adequate implementation of performance
management systems, including performance objectives and planning, appraisals,
and human resources policies and procedures such as staff development, is a
Intellectual Leadership: The successful
candidate will have experience managing organizational growth, with a solid
operational acumen. S/he will have the ability to lead effectively without
necessarily having subject area expertise and add value to people who are
subject-matter experts. S/he will be able to ask the right questions across a
range of topics in order to understand strategic gaps in ambiguous situations,
while also exhibiting the self-confidence to change course when proven wrong.
Interpersonal Acumen and Character: The successful
candidate will exhibit self-awareness, high emotional intelligence, and an
understanding of others that enhances interpersonal communication and
management abilities. S/he will be a resilient optimist with unquestioned
personal and professional integrity. The successful candidate will have
personal chemistry with and be able to collaborate effectively with the
organizations Board of Directors, staff, and external stakeholders.
How to Apply: 
All suitably
qualified and interested candidates should send their cover letters and updated
CV’s to with the subject “Country Director-
Deadline: 1st January 2016
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