Pathfinder International is driven by the conviction that all people, regardless of where they live, have the right to decide whether and when to have children, to exist free from fear and stigma, and to lead the lives they choose. Since 1957, we have partnered with local governments, communities, and health systems in developing countries to remove barriers to critical sexual and reproductive health services. Together, we expand access to contraception, promote healthy pregnancies, save women’s lives, and stop the spread of new HIV infections, wherever the need is most urgent. Our work ensures millions of women, men, and young people are able to choose their own paths forward.
Country Manager- Ethiopia
The Country Manager, Ethiopia has overall responsibility for leading and managing the GAGE project in Ethiopia to ensure that the project achieves its intended impact. S/he provides strategic leadership of the programmatic and technical aspects of the project. The Country Manager is responsible for stakeholder relationship management, including with the Government of Ethiopia, and the effective use of staff and financial resources to achieve project targets. S/he is accountable for all aspects of the project’s effective management, including timely implementation of activities, pursuit of a robust learning agenda, and coordination between implementing partners
· Provide strategic direction of project activities. Develop and update the project strategic plan, ensuring that programmatic directions are technically sound, evidence-based and consistent with national priorities, as well as the GAGE research design and framework.
· Ensure that project performance objectives and mandated deliverables such as technical activities, annual work plans and programmatic/financial/technical reports are carried out in a timely fashion and meet the highest quality standards.
· Provide leadership and direction to Monitoring and Learning strategies, frameworks, plans and indicators to capture project performance and results. Lead a periodic implementation review process to monitor progress and to identify specific actions that may be needed to achieve expected results.
· Collaborate with Global Project Director, and implementing partners to monitor the security situation, and ensure that appropriate safety and security guidelines and procedures are established, maintained, updated regularly and adhered to by the project staff. Employ appropriate management procedures to ensure that all resources are in place, adhered to, and in compliance with donor rules and regulations.
· Work with Pathfinder International Headquarters and Country Office to develop policies and procedures that improve efficiency and quality.
· Monitor budget pipeline and conduct quarterly reviews to ensure accountability of all Project activities as well as the accurate and timely reporting of finance deliverables.
· Approve expenditures in accordance with Pathfinder International and BMGF procedures, cost principles, and regulations.
· Partner successfully with Pathfinder International’s Global Project Director and Headquarters financial, technical, and operations backstop officers by providing accurate and timely reporting and updates on the Project progress and challenges.
· Cultivate and strengthen positive, productive relationships with GAGE researchers, implementing partners, relevant government ministries, and other governmental officials ensuring that Pathfinder International is consistently viewed as an effective implementing partner in meeting and achieving project targets.
· Manage and coordinate activities of subcontractors and partners to create synergy and ensure that project responsibilities are carried out in accordance with donor regulations.
· Work with implementing partners, Global Project Director, and other Headquarters staff to document project achievements for communications materials such as the annual reports, brochures, and website updates.
· Perform other tasks to ensure effective implementation of the project as required.
· Master’s degree in Public Health, social sciences, international development or related field.
· Extensive experience living and working in Ethiopia.
· Minimum of ten years of experience managing mid-to-large scale donor-funded projects in Gender and Adolescent program areas in developing and transitioning countries, preferably in Ethiopia.
· Hands-on experience working effectively with senior Government personnel, international organizations, NGO partners, host country governments, and International Government Agencies.
· Demonstrated experience successfully fulfilling performance objectives, including the timely implementation and reporting of donor-funded program activities.
· Significant operations and financial management experience in developing countries.
· Direct senior staff supervision experience required.
· In-depth knowledge of the latest professional developments in gender and adolescent programs.
· Demonstrated management skills working with complex programs involving short deadlines, multiple tasks, intense pressure to perform, and coordination with multiple partners.
· Thorough understanding of and ability to analyze financial documents, projections, expenditures and accruals.
· Excellent diplomatic, interpersonal and communication (written and verbal) skills. Demonstrated capabilities in institutional capacity building, and high-level strategic visioning and leadership.
· Demonstrated ability to manage, motivate, mentor and direct all levels of staff while creating a positive team environment.
· Familiarity with community-based approaches for service delivery and procedures in the implementation of donor assisted projects.
· Excellent knowledge of the political, social, economic, and cultural context of working in Ethiopia and thorough understanding of applicable international donor regulations and administrative procedures.
· Strong representation skills including the ability to present results and products to key government ministries, donors, and other key stakeholders.
· Expert computer skills in Microsoft Office Suite applications, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook.
· Must be fluent in English.
· Position requires extensive in-country travel.
· Occasional travel to US Headquarters and other project countries (India, Nepal) may be required.
Please Note: This is a five year position contingent upon project award and funding.