Country Director NGO Careers – Marie Stopes International

Job Title:       Country Director
Organization: Marie Stopes
Duty Station: Kampala,
Reports to: Regional
Director, East and Southern Africa
About US:
Marie Stopes International is a global organisation providing personalised
contraception and safe abortion services to women and girls. Our local teams of
professionals are passionate about the work they do in communities across 37
countries. The services they provide give a woman the power to choose when she
has children so that she’s free pursue her plans and dreams for herself and her
Job Summary: The Country
Director is responsible for delivering results for women and their families,
driving programmatic excellence and implementing best practice at scale.  They provide high quality services where they
are needed the most, and their work directly contributes to preventing
unnecessary deaths and making a sustainable impact on the lives of thousands of
people every year. The Country Director is a key leadership position
responsible for the overall strategy, management (programmatic, financial, and
administrative), and development of our national family planning and sexual and
reproductive health (SRH) programmes. They lead skilled, professional country
teams to deliver life-saving services through clinical centres, mobile outreach
teams, social franchising and social marketing. In addition they are
responsible for preparing and executing 
annual budgets, marketing plans and work plans; developing new business
opportunities; overseeing financial, administrative and logistical resources;
ensuring adherence to MSI minimum standards; and assuring quality operations in
line with annual and long-term strategic goals and objectives. The Country
Director manages for results, valuing and rewarding high performance,
accountability, speed and efficiency and innovation, while keeping the client
at the heart of everything we do. The Country Director is MSI’s senior
representative in the country of assignment. They work closely with
governments, donors and other key stakeholders to overcome barriers that
prevent women and men from accessing safe, affordable, reliable family planning
and other sexual and reproductive health services.
Key Duties and
  • Effectively lead and line manage the
    country Executive Management Team (EMT), developing both individual and
    team capacity, providing clear strategic direction to managers and team
  • Work collaboratively with the East and
    Africa Regional Support Team (RST), enabling capacity building and sharing
    best practice within the region
  • Lead MSI’s vision and manage the short,
    medium and long term plans; simplifying the complexity for themselves and
  • Instil a positive MSI management culture
    and social business approach across the team, constantly seeking feedback
    and continual improvement
  • Improve operations by strengthening
    capacity, building high performance teams, identifying and promoting
    talent, managing performance
  • Ensure human resource policy and processes
    and procedures are in line with best practice and local legislation
Business Planning:
  • Ensure that the programme is equipped to
    work towards the goals set out in the country programme ‘Scaling up
    Excellence’ 2020 strategy
  • Lead country programme subsequent
    strategic and annual business planning processes
  • Plan and implement strategies for
    delivering sustainable growth
  • Position MSI as a sector leader
    contributing to national strategy and goals
  • Deliver a comprehensive country marketing
    strategy and plan to build the brand of choice by using robust audience
    data, competitor analysis and other market data
  • Deliver a robust business model ensuring
    the on-going growth of healthy income streams including innovative
    financing, earned income and more traditional grant resources
Strategy & Development:
  • Build and maintain strong partnerships
    with government, health professionals, businesses, peer agencies and the
  • Build relationships with traditional and
    non-traditional donor representatives, including domestic financing
    stakeholders. Ensure the development of strong new business proposals  in collaboration with the London based
    Programme Design and Development (PDD) team
  • Deliver an organisational structure that
    supports increasing efficiency of operations regardless of their funding
Quality Operations:
  • Lead the adoption of innovative solutions,
    such as MSI Channel,Youth & Adolescent, Project Cycle Management (PCM)
    ‘Success Models’, to improve productivity 
    and increase effectiveness of delivery channels
  • Promote evidence-based decision making and
    support operational research to better understand our clients and barriers
    to access
  • Ensure robust systems and processes are in
    place, such as strong compliance with MSI’s service data validation minimum
    standards, to support operations, drive productivity and deliver results
  • Ensure clinical quality of care is
    maintained at all times; supports quality assurance processes and leads
    Medical Advisory Team meetings for continuous clinical quality improvement
  • Ensure complete donor contractual
    compliance at every stage of the project cycle and ensure all project
    management staff are trained on and follow the MSI PCM rules and

Finance and Governance
  • Improve the bottom line through the
    • Revenue growth and optimising
      earned income from selected MSI outlets
    • Increased efficiency of
      operations and sound financial management
    • Sustained surplus of the
      activities that are implemented under the social business model.
  • Base strategic and annual business plans
    on accurate financial and statistical performance data
  • Ensure strong financial management and
    robust internal controls are in place and that the programme adheres to
    local statutory obligations, MSI minimum standards and international
    development donor requirements
  • Meet governance requirements of the
    country programme entity/entities
  • Represent MSI on the Board of the local
  • Ensure that externally funded operations
    and use of funds are in full compliance with donor regulations
  • Ensure compliance with MSI anti-fraud and
    bribery (AFB) policies and procedures.
  • Ensure the programme fully meets duty of
    care requirements and operates within MSI’s Global Security Framework
  • Ensure that team members and visitors
    receive full in-country briefings covering the context, risks and security
Accountability and Partnership:
  • Foster and maintain close relationship
    with the Ministry of Health and the relevant agencies of the Government of
  • Promote One MSI, encouraging cooperation
    and supporting learning across the partnership
  • Ensure the MSI Partnership Manual
    guidelines are observed, meeting MSI best practice and minimum standards
  • Actively participate in regional and
    international meetings of the MSI Global Partnership
Qualifications, Skills and
  • The applicant must hold a relevant
    post-graduate qualification e.g. MBA, MSc, MA (desirable)
  • Project Management (Prince 2 desirable)
  • The applicant should have significant
    general management experience in operationally demanding and challenging
    environments (to include staff recruitment, training and supervision of
  • Proven experience of change management,
    including identifying required change, leading the change programme and
    ensuring change is embedded and sustained
  • Designed and delivered strategic and
    annual business plans
  • Experience of income generation through
    donor funding and/or commercial activities and in delivering proven
    results by making informed decisions with the use of management
  • Financial management experience, including
    internal controls and accountability: Ideally the individual will have
    managed a P&L at minimum experience managing and improving the bottom
  • Demonstrable experience of generating,
    tracking and analysing management information and client data to inform
    management decision-making
  • Previous experience identifying and
    sharing best practice and encouraging innovation within dispersed teams
  • Proven experience of building lasting
    relationships with key external stakeholders, e.g. government or donor
    stakeholders in order to deliver tangible results for the organisation
    (for example, previous fundraising success).
  • Experience of business development
    including developing and writing compelling tender proposals
  • Board Management experience: Experience
    of building a brand into a brand of choice (including experience in FMCG
    or other private sector experience)
  • Fluent written and spoken English
How to Apply:
All suitably qualified and interested candidates who wish to join the
Marie Stopes International in the aforementioned capacity are encouraged to
Apply Online by clicking on the link below.
Deadline: Sunday 23rd
September 2017 (midnight GMT). Interviews may take place before this date (for
suitable candidates).
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