Country Director Job at Kids Alive Zambia – Career Opportunity in Zambia

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Vacancy title:
Country Director

[ Type: FULL TIME , Industry: Nonprofit, and NGO , Category: Admin & Office ]

Jobs at:

Kids Alive Zambia

Deadline of this Job:
05 September 2021  

Duty Station:
Within Zambia , Lusaka , South - Central Africa

Date Posted: Friday, August 27, 2021 , Base Salary: Not Disclosed

Country Director
The Organization
Kids Alive Zambia is a Christ-centered organization that believes every child deserves to live free from the bondage of hunger, abuse, and exploitation. Our commitment to this Biblical truth compels us to rescue orphans and vulnerable children, and meet their spiritual, physical, educational, and emotional needs, with compassion and excellence. Kids Alive Zambia’s country office is located in Lusaka.
Kids Alive Zambia (KAZ) seeks to employ a fully qualified and experienced individual to join our Senior Management Team in Zambia as Country Director .

Purpose of the Role
The Kids Alive Zambia (KAZ) Country Director is responsible for the overall leadership and management of Kids Alive programs in Zambia: Lusaka -Chikondi Children’s Village, Misisi Care Centre; Mongu– Lilato Children’s Village and Kids Alive Academy and any additional projects that maybe initiated in future. In addition, the Country Director is accountable for the management and leadership of a team of approximately 53 staff and 4 members of the Senior Management Team that report directly to the Country Director. The organization is committed to meeting safeguarding expectations across its operations and the Country Director is expected to ensure all incidents regarding child abuse and sexual harassment are reported and managed effectively. The Country Director reports to the Kids Alive International Regional Vice President (RVP) for Africa and Middle East.

Do you have what it takes?
• As a Country Director you will drive Kids Alive programs in Zambia and influencing work setting overall direction, leading a high performing team, ensuring accountability for meeting demanding targets and maintaining alignment with the global strategy
• You will be deeply comfortable with leading transformative change, have a demonstrable commitment to gender equality and relish the prospect of representing Kids Alive to the highest levels of government, civil society, local and international media.
• You will understand and drive efforts to deliver positive change through advocating, campaigning and communicating at a national level. Equally, you will ensure the country-operating model is fit for purpose, that we have the right funding mix to achieve our ambition, key business processes are in place and organisational values are embedded in everything we do.
• You will lead by example in ensuring gender equality is evident in everything we do from staffing, to programming and influencing, to ways of working. You will work with your team to bring about the right culture that ensures we are champions for gender equality.
• You will lead a motivated team, ensure legal compliance and be ready and able to respond to emergency and development needs of the children.

Key Responsibilities of the Role
The Country Director will:
1. Support KA with the development of strategy for KA – Zambia
• Support KA with the development and implementation of a strategic plan for KAZ, engaging staff and Management Committee members in this process.
• Support field leadership and staff with the implementation of agreed strategic plans, monitoring progress, providing effective feedback, and reporting to KA.
2. Provide oversight to ongoing management operations for KA-Zambia
• Work with KA and the local leadership team to develop and implement an annual operational plan and budget for KAZ operations that is in line with the strategic plan, and which has clear objectives, goals, actions and timelines.
• Monitor monthly income and expenditure, working with staff to identify key trends and any concerns; reporting concerns and action taken in response to KA.
• Ensure implementation of KA field policies and develop additional KAZ country-specific policies that meet local needs, as necessary.
• Closely monitor the standards of care being provided to the children, ensuring that their physical, emotional, social, and educational needs are being met; monitor the program of spiritual teaching and care and ensure that the children’s spiritual needs are being fully met.
• Ensure robust processes are in place to keep children safe, and that KA’s Child Protection policy is implemented in full.
• Development of an in-Country Fundraising strategy; overseeing all in-country fundraising processes and events.
• Work with the local Zambian board to seek advice, informing them of events, activities, progress and any concerns or challenges that arise.
• Represent KAZ at Zambian government departments and ensure that all legal requirements and regulations impacting the ministry are met in full.
3. Oversee the deployment, support and care of field staff and missionaries
• Work to develop healthy teamwork throughout the organization, ensuring that there is excellent communication and collaboration across different departments and programs.
• Directly oversee the KA-Zambia leadership team; advise, mentor and coach team members; ensure that team members are empowered and remain healthy physically, emotionally and spiritually.
• Oversee the hire of suitable staff for the program, as well as the redeployment or dismissal of staff members as necessary.
• Carry out an annual performance review of each member of the leadership team; work with the team to ensure constructive annual performance reviews are carried out for all staff.
• Oversee the training and support of KA-Zambia staff, including use of the KA Global Training Toolbox modules; arranging for staff to attend other seminars and training programs, as appropriate; and ensuring that there are opportunities for all staff and missionaries to grow spiritually.
• Attend and actively participate in the “Kids Alive International Global Partnership Forum” every two years for field directors and other leadership staff.
4. Collaborate with other KA office teams, creating synergy that results in an efficient flow of information throughout the organization:
• Keep KA updated regarding events at the ministry, informing the Regional Vice President immediately of any crisis situations that arise.
• Support the implementation of the KA-Zambia child sponsorship program, ensuring that clear procedures are in place, and providing assistance in resolving any concerns.
• Assist the KA Strategic Partnerships team and Communications and Marketing team by providing information and contacts for funding and marketing. This includes:
• Communicating specific operational and project funding needs for each ministry.
• Providing information to be used in newsletters, direct mail appeals, grant proposals and funding requests.
• Providing reports on the completion of projects and the use of funds.
• Developing contacts with potential donors, supporters and sponsors and passing this on to the relevant US office team.
• Support the KA Missionary Mobilization team with the hire and deployment of new missionaries; the provision of pastoral care for missionaries, including on-the-field care; support with obtaining visas and residency permits; and identifying additional specialist support, as needed, to meet specific missionary care needs (e.g. crisis debriefing, counseling, spiritual teaching, etc.)
• Work with the Service Teams Manager to schedule teams and interns to the field.
• Work with the KA Accounting team to provide transaction approval and financial reports as required.
• Share the needs of children-at-risk, and other relevant expertise, in churches, at conferences, and with other organizations as appropriate.
• Work with other global partners and agencies (including Hope for Kids in the UK, and Hope Story Canada) to provide information and reports as needed.
• Undertake any other additional reasonable responsibilities under the direction of the Regional Vice President.

Personal Attributes
• A practicing Christian with a personal faith in Jesus Christ
• Agrees fully with KA mission, vision, values and statement of faith
• A compassionate, pastoral heart for serving children-at-risk and staff/missionaries that are on the field
• Familiarity with the Bible and with Christian theology, faith and practice
• A person of integrity who can present strong character and employment references and pass a criminal background check

Core Competencies
• An understanding of international development theory and related issues
• Ability to lead and provide support to staff from different cultures
• Prior experience of managing organizational budgets
• High levels of integrity
• Strong desire to be of service to others
• Ability to develop and implement strategy
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills
• Ability to work as part of a team
• Strong problem-solving and decision making skills
• Strong interpersonal and Time management skills
• Proficiency in using Microsoft Office suite

Qualifications and Experience
• Bachelor’s Degree preferably in a discipline relevant to this role but not limited to Social Work, Theology, Law and Education Psychology.
• A post graduate degree will be desirable.
• At least 8 years’ experience in a senior management role in an environment where the care and development of children is involved
• Prior responsibility for managing annual budgets of at least $500,000 or more a must
• Prior experience working with non-profit organizations particularly those involved in development work
• Proven experience in successfully managing projects especially related to the development of children
• An understanding of universal human rights and child rights laws and related local laws an added advantage
• An understanding of Zambian as well as international labour and employment laws an added advantage
• Pastoral experience in a church or mission setting an added advantage

Work Hours: 8

Experience in Months: 96

Level of Education:
Bachelor Degree


Job application procedure
*** This Opportunity is open to both Internal and External candidates***
To apply, please send as ONE DOCUMENT cover letter, detailed and current CV with traceable references, and copies of educational documents to: [email protected] by 5th September 2021 . Please indicate position title in the subject line

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