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  • Posted on: 25 April, 2014 Deadline: 30 April, 2014
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    Marie Stopes International delivers quality family planning and reproductive healthcare to millions of the world's poorest and most vulnerable women. We want to make sure that women have a choice when it comes to having children and because we employ and train local people, we are able to work in some really remote and difficult places.

    Our clinics in Nigeria offer a range of reproductive health services, including a wide range family planning services, emergency contraception, pre and post natal care, diagnosis and treatment of STIs, pregnancy testing, voluntary counselling and testing (VCT) for HIV, ultrasound and laboratory services. Our Outreach teams travel to hard to reach areas of Nigeria, to provide access to a range of contraceptive services to those who need them the most. In addition to these services we have social franchisees that are already operational in Enugu and Anambra States, South East, Nigeria. Social franchising is one of the innovative ways in which we are connecting the under-served clients with the family planning and reproductive health services they want and need.

    We have also teamed up with government and existing private healthcare providers to increase access to high quality care for the under-served communities in Nigeria. In the first year of the project, 22 franchisees have been trained with a view to increasing this number to 50.

    Country Director


    About the role

    • As Country Director you will be responsible for the overall strategy, management and development of our national family planning and sexual reproductive health programme in Nigeria.
    • You will lead a skilled team of professional teams to deliver life-saving services through clinical centres, mobile outreach teams, social franchising and social marketing.
    • You will prepare and execute annual budgets, marketing plans and work plans: develop and plan new business opportunities, oversee financial administrative and logistical resources to ensure these adhere to MSI minimum standards and assure quality operations are in line with annual and long term strategic goals and objectives.
    • As well as a competitive salary, this role comes with a range of benefits.

    About you

    • To be successful in this role you will have previous experience in a senior management and leadership position with a track record of achieving results and driving growth.
    • You'll have some exposure to working with international development agencies.
    • Experience working with large donors is essential (USAID, DFID ECHO), as is an understanding of delivering products/services to the public and communities markets.
    • Please ensure your experience working with donors is noted on your CV.
    • You’ll have good facilitative skills and be able to use quantitative evaluation to measure success and meet KPIs.
    • As a leader, you won’t just have gravitas – your team members will find you approachable and responsive to their needs.
    • Through your skills and experience, combined with the right aptitude, you could be the person helping us become an even more efficient, more successful social business – improving the lives of millions in the process.

     Educated to degree level
     Relevant post-graduate qualification e.g. MBA, MSc, MA (desirable) Experience

    Essential Experience
     International work experience – will have successfully worked in a senior management role in a different country (preferably developing countries).
     Proven general management experience in operationally demanding and challenging environments (to include staff recruitment, training and supervision of teams).
     Experience designing and delivering strategic and annual business plans.
     Experience of income generation through donor funding and/or commercial activities
     Financial management experience, including internal controls and accountability: Ideally the individual will have managed a P&L; however, they will have definitely have experience managing and improving the bottom line
     Experience generating, tracking and analysing management information and client data to inform management decision-making
     Experience 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).
    Desirable Experience
     Experience building a brand into a brand of choice (including experience in FMCG or other private sector experience).
     Experience of business development including developing and writing compelling tender proposals
     Financial and other reporting as required by international development donors (DFID, USAID, AusAID, Nordic donors, etc).
     Experience of successful change management, including identifying required change, leading the change programme and ensuring change is embedded and sustained
     Previous experience identifying and sharing best practice and encouraging innovation within dispersed teams

     Leadership skills: able to build teams, delegate and manage for results.
     Numeracy and business acumen. (Financial Management)
     Advanced interpersonal and oral and written communication skills
     Marketing skills
     Fundraising and negotiation skills.
     Project identification, design and implementation
     Ability to identify and introduce programmatic innovations
     Fluency in French and/or Spanish is essential for some Country Director positions. Attitude / motivation

    The qualities required by the ideal Country Director will include:
     Energy and passion for purpose.
     Focus and drive and ability to stay on track.
     Resilience.
     A commercial mindset, whereby they understand the levers for profitability for success within their marketplace.
     Action orientated.
     Focus on detail while being able to see the big picture.
     Flexible and adaptable.
     Culturally aware.
     Courageous, willing to take risks
     A compelling and influential communicator.
     Strong networking skills
     Pro choice on abortion

    Method of Application

    If you are interested in finding out more about this role before applying, pleaseview the attached job framework and click here to apply online.

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