Regional Director-Africa

December 5, 2018
Not Specified, United States
Post Type
Experience (minimum)
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Education (minimum)
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Travel Required?
Base Salary
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USAID Advancing Nutrition is USAID’s flagship nutrition program, led by JSI Research & Training Institute, Inc. (JSI), and a diverse consortium of experienced partners including Helen Keller International (HKI), National Cooperative Business Association CLUSA International (NCBA CLUSA), Save the Children (SC), the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), Results for Development (R4D), The Manoff Group (TMG), The African Nutrition Leadership Programme at North-West University, South Africa (ANLP), Cornell University, and the University of California, Davis. Launched in September 2018, USAID Advancing Nutrition provides technical support to and implementation of interventions across sectors and disciplines for USAID and its partners.  Our multi-sectoral approach draws together global nutrition experience to design, implement, and evaluate programs that address the root causes of malnutrition. Committed to using a systems approach, USAID Advancing Nutrition strives to sustain positive outcomes by building local capacity, changing behaviors and strengthening the enabling environment to save lives, improve health, build resilience, increase economic productivity and advance development.

USAID Advancing Nutrition is currently seeking a qualified candidate for the position of Regional Director to support USAID Advancing Nutrition team, based in Africa. The Regional Director works across USAID Advancing Nutrition to ensure effective management and technical support for assigned USAID Advancing Nutrition country programs. The position will work in collaboration with home office-based technical directors to provide day-to-day oversight and managerial support to assigned country programs. The Regional Director will provide direct technical guidance and support to country programs in close collaboration with technical advisors, operations staff, and knowledge management staff. The Regional Director supervises Chiefs of Party, as well as regionally based Program Officers and/or Program Coordinators.

The Regional Director is a member of the Program Management Team, which meets regularly to inform the direction of the project. The Regional Director will report to the Deputy Program Director and is based in Africa.


  • Manage day-to-day interactions with the country teams to ensure that program implementation is aligned with project expectations and approved work plans.
  • Manage the timely development, submission and approval of annual country work plans and budgets in assigned USAID Advancing Nutrition country programs.
  • Coordinate the development of global strategic direction for USAID Advancing Nutrition country related work and ensure sound strategic and work planning processes consistent with global priorities and direction at country level.
  • Support project country staff, in collaboration with global technical advisors, in providing nutrition technical assistance to USAID Missions and their partners, including host country governments, NGOs, and other institutions.
  • Oversee the development, accuracy, and submission of progress reports (quarterly, semiannual, annual and end-of-project) and other deliverables in USAID Advancing Nutrition
  • Monitor financial management and administration of country programs to ensure the effective, efficient, and compliant operations of country programs.
  • Oversee and/or support the country Chiefs of Party to oversee HR-related processes at country level, ensuring the quality, integrity, and retention of USAID Advancing Nutrition country-based staff.
  • Maintain open communications with the Deputy Program Director, keeping him appraised of complex and/or sensitive issues and work closely with the country program team to troubleshoot these and identify the appropriate course of action.
  • Coordinate and/or support country Chiefs of Party to coordinate technical assistance at country level to ensure timely, efficient delivery on all USAID Advancing Nutrition Ensure global engagement is consistent with country-level commitments and capacities.
  • Ensure proper brand identification at country level, and work with the Knowledge Management team to increase visibility of USAID Advancing Nutrition country work and success stories at both local and global levels.
  • Develop communication mechanisms and protocols to ensure effective, efficient communication between USAID Advancing Nutrition teams at global and country level and ensure broad sharing of country level plans and performance.
  • Foster cross-country and global/country learning and exchange in collaboration with the Deputy Program Director by identifying best practices, and opportunities to enhance programs through lessons learned and innovations.
  • In close collaboration with the Chiefs of Party and the Deputy Program Director, develop and nurture relationships with USAID at the country level, and represent country program related issues with USAID and at regional conferences, as delegated.
  • Support the Deputy Project Director and Chiefs of Party to identify and pursue new programming opportunities. Develop concept notes and scope of work as needed.
  • Perform other duties as determined by the Director of Program Integration.


  • Education: Advanced degree in public health, nutrition, or a related field. Understanding of nutrition programs essential; understanding of engagement with food security, livelihoods, and public health programs a plus.
  • Experience: 7-10 years of related work experience in country program management, including experience working in a developing country environment; and 7-10 years of related work experience in nutrition programming.
  • Computer Skills: Advanced level proficiency in Microsoft Excel, Word, and PowerPoint.
  • Language Skills: Proficiency in French, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian or other major foreign language a plus.
  • Travel Availability: Ability and willingness to travel internationally up to 40% time, as necessary.

PLEASE NOTE: This position is advertised through the following USAID Advancing Nutrition partners; Save the Children, Helen Keller International, NCBA CLUSA, and JSI Research & Training. Applicants should submit a resume and cover letter to their preferred organization/s for consideration.

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NCBA CLUSA is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer with a commitment to diversity.  All individuals, regardless of personal characteristics, are encouraged to apply; all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, age, and legally protected characteristics for non-merit factors.  Military veterans, AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service alumni are encouraged to apply.  

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