Burundi: Country Manager BurundiBujumbura, Burundi 185 views

Closing Date : 2019-12-01
Duty Station : Bujumbura, Burundi
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Organization: Spark
Country: Burundi
Closing date: 01 Dec 2019

Position:Country Manager


Application Deadline:1st of December 2019

Duration:Full time for at least 12 months

Start Date:1st of February 2020

The country manager is responsible for the overall leadership and management of the Burundi SPARK office, which entails overseeing, leading and managing the implementation of multiple programmes. The programmes aim to support entrepreneurship for youth, focussing on agribusiness development. The country manager will be head of around 10 staff members.

You are part of the Management Function of SPARK and consequently you are expected to lead by example. Together with managers you are responsible for executing our strategy and our long-term sustainable success. On a day-to-day basis you manage our programmes, projects and operations with flair and determination. Managers in SPARK have a strong focus on the people they work with, are decisive and step up to the plate when necessary.

Country Manager will report to the Regional Programme Director and coordinate closely with the regional team and SPARK HQ.

Main Tasks and Responsibilities:

The responsibilities and tasks include, but are not limited to:

Leadership and Management

Responsible for the implementation, monitoring, evaluation and reporting of the implementation of the planned activities with the project proposals and logical frameworks and institutional donor policies and guidelines;

Manage the overall programme and support functions, including reviewing and refining the management structures and overseeing the development and maintenance of operational procedures;

Responsible for the country strategy in order to facilitate the long-term planning and development of the projects in the country;

Analyse humanitarian needs, trends and political developments in the country of operation and the surrounding region in order to anticipate new projects and initiatives;

Ensure all programme activities and support functions comply with applicable national and international laws and regulations, including in-country registration.

Staff Management

Listen and create dialogue with your team members;

Motivate, support and encourage the team to care for them and achieve results in sometimes complex situations;

Oversee all HR related issues within the programme including job descriptions, recruitment, performance management, development and training, team structures, etc. in collaboration with the relevant staff and managers.

(Donor) Relations Management

Develop and maintain contact with the in-country representatives of relevant funding partners (e.g. institutional donors or private donor organisations) in order to align expectancy and secure funding for the country programme;

Oversee the drafting and presentation of all narrative and financial reports related to the programmes, in collaboration with the field managers and staff.

Develop and maintain relationships with authorities, donors, media, other NGOs and embassies with the objective of raising public awareness and identifying funding opportunities;

Financial Management

Oversee the planning and construction of project budgets;

Manage the spending within the programme in-line with the approved budgets. Analyse projected cash flow, decide on the timing of major procurements, oversee audits and anticipate where over or under spending may occur and ensure necessary action is taken;

Ensure sufficient and appropriate controls are in place to prevent fraud and that relevant staff receive the required information and training to minimise the risk of occurrence within the country programme.

Security Management

Oversee the updating and implementation of country location security plans, guidelines and manuals;

Ensure appropriate security procedures and awareness are maintained throughout the country programme;

Take the lead on decision making and contingency planning during security incidents or threats.

This job description covers the main tasks that are anticipated. Other tasks may be assigned as necessary.

Requirements and Skills

Fluent writing and speaking in French and English is a must;

Experience with, and thorough understanding of, project cycle management;

Strong focus on delivery of timely and appropriate results using available resources;

University degree in a relevant subject such as Management/Development Studies/ Business Administration;

Minimum of 7 years working experience in a similar position, level and within an INGO;

Working experience in East-Africa, previous experience in Burundi is an advantage;

Experience in implementing programmes to support entrepreneurship and agribusiness;

Thorough understanding of the political and economic situation in the region and country;

People manager, motivator and influencer;

Reliable, flexible, and problem solving person who builds team effectiveness;

Advanced leadership and project management skills;

Experience of representation at national and local levels;

Proven record of managing a team, multiple projects and stakeholders.

SPARK Offers

A challenging and exciting position in an international environment;

Remuneration based on experience;

Full-time contract for at least 12 months, with possibility of extension;

How to apply:

How to apply?

If you are interested, please apply with your motivation letter and your CV on https://vacancy.spark-online.org/until 1st of December 2019. With application send to us three references (phone number and email) which we can contact in the selection process. In case you have additional questions, feel free to reach out to Giselle Schellekens (Interim Country Manager Burundi) via g.schellekens@spark-online.org.

All applications will be assessed on rolling basis; interviews can, therefore, take place before the application deadline. However, due to the large volume of applications we receive, we cannot respond to every applicant. There may be a delay between the deadline and the moment we contact selected applicants.

If you have not received a reply we regret to inform that we have continued with other candidates.


SPARK develops higher education and entrepreneurship to empower young, ambitious people to lead their fragile and conflict-affected societies into prosperity. SPARK is a dynamic and growing, international not-for-profit development organisation with 80+ staff members, in more than 14 offices around the world.

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