Social Change Organization Country Director Job in Nyamata, Rwanda

Jul 25, 2017

Job Description: Rwanda Country Director
 
Reports to: CEO
 
Location: Nyamata, Rwanda
 
Travel: Nyamata, Rwanda, with significant time in rural villages across Rwanda
 
Profile: East Africans encouraged to apply
 
Compensation: Starts modest, commensurate with experience, with significant performance based raises
 

 
Timeframe: 2-5 years

Who We Are: A social change organization that is revolutionizing  healthy-living by building high quality, cheaper, modern concrete floors (made of gravel, clay, sand, and laterite) in place of dirt floors.

We have installed over 400,000 square feet of flooring and employed over 100 Rwandese staff (and generated jobs and income for an additional 100 masons).

About the Role: We are looking for a dynamic and visionary Country Director who will lead day to day operations in Rwanda and strategize for scaling within the country
 
The job will involve managing government relations, hiring staff, overseeing office and field operations, managing the country budget, and providing regular input to hone and improve the organization’s service delivery in Rwanda
 
There is a significant opportunity to lead the company and be part of its growth.
 
This Country Director will receive supervision and guidance from the CEO and other Directors
 
This is a field-oriented leadership position, with a consistent blend of office and field work. 

The successful candidate will be willing to get his or her hands dirty and work closely with masons and sales reps, while having an eye for the bigger picture and growth projections of the company. 

We are looking for someone who is adept at detailed planning, a quick learner, and an entrepreneurial self-starter.
 
The responsibilities of this role will include, but certainly not be limited to:

Strategic Planning and Execution
  • Work with CEO to develop scale strategy and set operational, sales, and financial targets and KPIs
  • Manage execution of strategy in marketing, sales, operations, customer service, and R&D, and ensure strategies are aligned and coordinated across departments to avoid inconsistencies or overlap in work-streams
  • Take ownership of all country-specific projects and deliverables
  • Manage senior country management in operations, sales, finance, customer service and research and development
  • Get out to customer sites to ensure adequate communication of messages and efficient operational procedures at least once a week
  • Actively seek the support of global functional directors and managers for support in systems development, team capacity building, and problem solving
Financial Management
  • Ultimate profit and loss responsibility in Rwanda: drive revenue to cover operational costs within the country, working closely with Finance to analyze budgets and actuals across various units
  • Ensure fiscal responsibility in all budgets and spending, prioritizing cost cutting and cost saving
  • Work with Finance to ensure taxes and payroll are completed on time
Partnership Management
  • Representing the organization and its organizational ethic to local and national government officials and government agencies (Ministries, local labor office, SACCOs, cooperatives, etc.)
  • Advocate for government policies that further the organization’s impact (e.g. VAT exemption)
  • Identify possible new partners in Rwanda and create and manage relationships with them
Team Building
  • Grow the organization’s Rwanda staff by hiring along with the needs of the organization, including recognizing when new roles need to be created
  • Mentor new hires and develop staff to ensure the success of the Rwanda operation
  • Ensure that the organization complies with Rwandan labor laws
  • Update and manage our own internal rules and regulations
Qualifications
  • 5-10 years of work experience, with 5 years of management experience (experience with fast-growing ventures is a plus)
  • Exceptional people skills and managerial skills; avid team player with a coaching and mentoring approach
  • Passionate about international development and social enterprise Commitment to working in rural environments across Rwanda
  • Fluency (or advanced business proficiency) in English and Kinyarwanda
  • Ability to work on a variety of tasks at the same time, and keep track of a variety of workstreams
  • Resourcefulness and critical thinking skills to quickly determine why something isn’t working and iterate quickly to try to solve it; creative problem solving
  • Excellent attention to detail, commitment to excellence and outstanding work ethic
  • Strong understanding of accounting, budget management, and financial management
  • Hard working and gritty to push through challenges
  • Strong analytical skills, including Excel modelling and data analysis
  • Flexible and adaptable to changing environments; thrives in a bootstrapped culture
  • Maturity and poise under stress
  • Optimistic attitude, sense of humor, entrepreneurial spirit, curiosity to learn new things creative problem solver, humble and patient team player with a sense of humor
  • Strong technology skills (knowledge of Word, Excel, Salesforce, Google Docs , and Dropbox)
  • B.A. in business, management, marketing, economics or a related field required; graduate degree (MBA, MPA/ID, MPA,MPH etc.) a plus, but not required
How to Apply

Send your CV and cover letter to Natalie Barndt nbarndtctroe@gmail.com and state what excites you most about this role, and what you think will be most challenging about it.




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