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Country Director, Zimbabwe: The Swedish Organisation for Individual Relief (IM/SOIR)
Deadline: 8 March 2013

Location: Mutare

IM/SOIR is a Swedish aid organisation fighting and exposing poverty and exclusion. The organisation was founded in 1938 and is active in four regions worldwide: Central America, South Asia, Europe and Middle East and Southern Africa. IM is a member based non-governmental organisation. We promote sustainable development through support to civil society and by applying a rights based approach.

IM/SOIR is working in Zimbabwe since 1994. The country programme is supporting community based organisations (CBO) in Manicaland Province. The country office is situated in Mutare and has approximately 12 employees. The strategic focus is to promote primary and secondary education for marginalised girls and boys; to promote access to preventive health care; and economic empowerment of marginalised groups. In all programme components CBOs in the target communities are the main partners.

The position as Country Director is placed under the Regional Director who is stationed in Malawi. The duty station of the Country Director is Mutare in Zimbabwe. The position is a two year contract with possibility of extension.

Key responsibilities
-Strategic leadership of IM/SOIR’s programme in the country;
-Development of country strategies and annual operational plans;
-Implementation, follow-up, reporting, and evaluation of the country programme;
-Management of the country office including division of duties, capacity development, and work environment;
-Overall responsibility of the budget frame and ensuring that financial and narrative reporting is done in a qualitative and timely manner;
-Ensure that operations, systems and routines of the country office comply with IM policies, guidelines and regulations;
-Build and maintain strong and productive relationships with donors, government agencies, civil society organisations and other relevant actors in Zimbabwe;
-Network with other like-minded organisations for purposes of advocacy;
-Contribute to IM/SOIR’s global development by liaising with the head office in Sweden and other directors in the field.

Qualifications and skills
-A strong commitment to fight and expose poverty and exclusion by strengthening civil society and the capacity of marginalised groups to claim their rights
-Minimum five years senior management experience in development work with civil society, preferably in Zimbabwe
-Minimum three years of experience in managing staff
-Experience in managing complex change processes and relationships involving a wide range of internal and external stakeholders
-Experience in working with community based organisations is an advantage
-Knowledge in some of IM/SOIR’s key areas of work (health, education, economic empowerment) is an advantage
-Strong analytical skills and ability to think strategically
-High inter-personal skills and a good team player
-Dynamic and self-driven with an excellent track record of delivery
-Open and perceptive in contacts with marginalised groups
-Experience in finance and administration and in managing budgets and writing narrative reports
-Excellent command of written and spoken English

Women are encouraged to apply.

How to apply
Please send a personal application letter and CV to Lars Mannberg, Regional Director by email to: lars.mannberg [at] manniskohjalp [dot] se

We regret that we will only be able to contact short listed candidates.

For more information about IM/SOIR please visit http://global.manniskohjalp.se

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