Country Director, HOPE Burundi

Application deadline: June 12, 2022

The country director will work in conjunction with the existing team, more specifically, the HOPE International Regional Director of Africa Savings Group Programs (RD), the appropriate staff of the church partners, and the HOPE Savings Group Program staff members, to cast vision, set goals, ensure that appropriate resources are in place, and to achieve or exceed these goals, leading to the overall realization of the mission of HOPE partnership with the church and other partners in Burundi. The country director will be based in Bujumbura with travel in the country.

Location: Bujumbura, Burundi

Level: Senior Professional

Type: Full-time

Department: Operations

Reports to: Regional Director

Position supervises: Administration & Finance Manager, Training Coordinator, Spiritual Integration Manager, Technical Advisor, Quality Assurance Officer

Promote and fulfill the mission and vision of HOPE International.

Relationship Management
Proactively lead and sustain the relationship between HOPE and the church partners in Burundi to ensure the longevity and continued growth of the program. This should be done in conjunction with the existing team within HOPE and the Burundi church partners.
Provide programmatic support to program staff through high level oversight as well as hands-on training, motivation, guidance, and logistics support.

Strategic Planning
Assist in the development of 3-year strategic plans and annual business plans for the growth and development of the church partners’ Savings Group Programs for HOPE Burundi.
Collaborate with HOPE’s Savings Group and Technical Advisor (TA) staff in order to ensure the programs are following industry standards and best practices for the Savings Group Program in their activities. Set appropriate performance and social metrics and targets for achievement. Provide correction, guidance, and support when program participants stray from the approved methodology.
Establish and implement a strategy for sourcing the appropriate resources (people, financial, etc.) needed to achieve the goals outlined within the program’s plan. This should include the creation of a resource plan and program budget to be submitted to HOPE during its annual budgeting process.

Financial Management
Oversee the financial system (or adapt the current system) for tracking expenses related to HOPE Burundi and the church partners activities.
Supervise submission of requests for funding to HOPE in a timely manner to ensure the achievement of programmatic goals and objectives while remaining within the budget set out for HOPE Burundi and the church partners.

Provide support to the church partner program by assisting in the continued development and implementation of a set reporting format for Savings Group Program activities, as defined and supported by HOPE.
Ensure that HOPE and the church partner reporting deadlines are met for.
Provide reports as needed for donors, auditors, and other parties.
Meet regularly with the RD to review status of progress toward goals and to address issues.

Systems, Assets, and Risk Management
Establish systems and standard operating processes and procedures for the operational management of HOPE Burundi which ensure that risk for the organization is minimized.
Ensure systems are in place or are developed to review, expose, report, and eliminate areas of risk within the organization.
Ensure that HOPE Burundi’s assets are secure and well maintained.

Oversee the establishment of HOPE Burundi as an independent entity recognized and registered under the appropriate laws of Burundi.
Set-up the appropriate board/governing body that will oversee and provide strategic direction of Savings Group Program operations for HOPE Burundi.

HOPE International Network Representative
Represent HOPE’s various interests and potential partnerships within Burundi by proactively developing relationships with like-minded Christ-centered organizations and pursuing existing relationships that may result in mutually beneficial partnerships.
Show hospitality to visitors from HOPE or related parties that wish to visit the program and witness its operations. This includes the timely establishment and creation of appropriate itineraries, overseeing all necessary on the ground logistics, and accurately representing HOPE and its mission through communication with visitors.

Commitment to HOPE’s mission of Christ-centered microenterprise development and promotion of savings group programs
Demonstrated experience at the senior leadership level in international development work or a minimum of 5 years of successful business experience at a senior management level; A minimum of two years-experience in international development work
Qualifying degree in finance, accounting, business administration, international development, or similar field of study
Skilled leader, with excellent understanding of cross-cultural communications, workplace relationships, church relations, and the ability to relate to and effectively motivate staff
Fluent in English and French
Excellent written, verbal, and computer-based communication skills
Assertive self-starter with demonstrated ability to work independently and in collaboration with a team
Passionate to help people that have been brought low by poverty or other circumstances to regain hope, dignity, and the ability to support themselves and their families
Highly flexible
Experience working with the church at national and/or regional levels (e.g. denominations) strongly preferred
Experience in microenterprise development, particularly savings group programs preferred
Demonstrated local experience in and understanding of the country of Burundi
Willingness to travel 20% of his/ her time to remote areas for field visits as needed

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