is a leader in harnessing the power of the private sector to help people lift themselves out of poverty. A nonprofit organization operating in 29 countries, we work with enterprising men and women in the developing world to build competitive farms, businesses and industries.
By linking people to information, capital and markets, we have helped millions to create lasting prosperity for their families and communities.
Program Overview :
TechnoServe has been active in Nigeria since the 1990s, working with farmers, cooperatives, suppliers and processors to strategically develop competitive industries around key crops, including dairy, horticulture, cashew, and staples such as rice and cassava.
During the 1990s, we built the capacity of farmer organizations to develop aquaculture, livestock staples and other agribusiness opportunities.
Since then, we have also focused on designing out-grower schemes, linking agro-processors to local producers, and supporting several farmer livelihood programs to improve farmer income.
Additionally, we work with small retail shops to become more prosperous while supporting food processors to improve compliance with national fortification mandates.
Job Summary :
The Country Director is the heart of the organization and must successfully function at many different levels at once. The Country Director is simultaneously a diplomat, networker, sales person, program, finance and people managers, often serving in all of these roles in any one day.
It is one of the most challenging roles in our organization, but also one of the most rewarding for its direct impact on making the world a better place.
The Nigeria Country Director leads all aspects of TechnoServe’s country level strategic branding, fundraising, and operations to achieve sustainable economic development in a cost-effective manner.
This position serves as TechnoServe’s in-country legal representative and provides overall management of TechnoServe Nigeria, including HR, procurement, finance and operations, ensuring efficient and effective and high quality implementation of programs, compliance with all donor and local legal requirements as well as TechnoServe policies and regulations.
The Country Director serves as an important link between the country office and our headquarters in the US. S / he provides context rich communications and are critical advocates for building and maintaining a culture in line with our strategy and values.
The Country Director generally has knowledge or expertise in one or more of TechnoServe’s technical areas of excellence so that s / he can credibly represent the organization effectively.
However, the Country Director often focuses his / her time much more on business development, program management, and people management than on serving as a technical advisor.
Primary Functions & Responsibilities :
The Country Director is expected to effectively manage all aspects of country operations including :
and working with program staff to identify and address technical assistance needs.
securing their support as needed; representing TechnoServe at internal and external functions. Also establishing and maintaining strong working relationships with internal divisional, regional, and HQ teams.
Putting together and leading a local senior management team made up of program managers, HR, Finance, and Procurement functions.
Developing and communicating a principled commitment to TechnoServe’s mission and building a working culture that aligns with organizational values of integrity and collegiality
ensuring that TechnoServe is properly registered and complies with all related regulations.
monitor burn rates on a monthly basis and course correct spending as needed and / or ensure donor and internal budget realignments are requested and approved when required.
Basic Qualifications :
Preferred Qualifications :
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities :
Supervisory Responsibilities Supervises program and operations staff.
We encourage all qualified individuals who share TechnoServe's vision of improving the lives of others through proven business solutions to apply.
With our commitment to diversity, we are proud to be an equal opportunity employer and and do not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, color, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, HIV / AIDS status, protected veteran status, disability and all other protected classes.
We are also proud of our commitment to protecting staff, partners, and beneficiaries from abuse and exploitation and thoroughly vet all final candidates through rigorous background and reference checks.