Monday, June 25, 2018

Access Africa Director at CARE Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, June 2018

  Kijiwe Cha Wasomi       Monday, June 25, 2018
Access Africa Director at CARE Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, June 2018

At CARE, we seek a world of hope, tolerance and social justice, where poverty has been overcome and people live with dignity and security.

This has been our vision since 1945, when we were founded to send lifesaving CARE Packages® to survivors of World War II. Today, CARE is a global leader in the movement to eradicate poverty. In 2016, CARE worked in 94 countries and reached 80 million people with an incredible range of life-saving programs. We also put women and girls at the center of our work because we know that we cannot overcome poverty until all people have equal rights and opportunities. We seek dynamic, innovative thinkers to further our mission. If you share our core beliefs: poverty is an injustice; poverty is solvable; and together, we have the power to end it, join us.

CARE is a global leader within a worldwide movement dedicated to ending poverty. We seek a world of hope, tolerance and social justice, where poverty has been overcome and all people live with dignity and security.
To achieve this, we put women and girls in the center because we know that we cannot overcome poverty until all people have equal rights and opportunities. Our current goal is to empower 150 million women and girls around the world; a goal we will achieve by taking our most powerful ideas and innovations to unprecedented scale.

Originated by CARE in Niger in 1991, Village Savings and Loan Associations (VSLA) and savings groups like them have demonstrated tremendous potential to improve the lives of their members, particularly low-income women with limited economic opportunities. Today, CARE has supported nearly 7 million women and men to form VSLAs, improving not only economic well-being but also everything from maternal health to political participation. We are proud of these impacts but we also believe there is potential to go far beyond what has been achieved to date and we are seeking a leader who shares our conviction and focus. In the years ahead, CARE will deepen our commitment to and investment in VSLA scaling through a combination of accelerated momentum in Sub-Saharan Africa and expansion to new regions and contexts.

To help lead this effort, CARE seeks an exceptionally skilled and highly motivated professional with expertise in women’s economic empowerment. The Access Africa Director will be central to both shaping our approach and achieving our goals. The Director will lead the small but seasoned technical team working across the continent to deepen existing partnerships and develop new ones; further integrate VSLAs in CARE’s programming and the programming of scaling partners; conceptualize, demonstrate and mainstream innovations that deepen impacts, increase cost-efficiency and drive sustainability; expand the evidence base on when, why and how VSLAs do (and do not) contribute to women’s empowerment and poverty reduction; and drive resource mobilization and partnership formation in support of strategic goals. 

The Director will initially have four direct reports as well as direct access to a host of internal programming teams; a stable programming base on which to build; and access to fundraising and technical teams across the federation. The Director will report to a global director responsible for coordinating the expansion of VSLA worldwide. Successful candidates will have a demonstrated track record of successful fundraising; deep technical knowledge of savings groups and self-help groups; substantial experience working in Sub-Saharan Africa on women’s economic empowerment programming; motivation to test out innovative approaches towards finding solutions, an ability to represent CARE’s vision and approach to a wide range of internal and external constituencies with clarity and impact; and proven management experience.

CARE is a global leader in advancing women’s empowerment and poverty reduction. Since the inception of the “CARE Package” in the wake of World War II, we have worked alongside communities around the world to drive change, advance social justice and improve lives. Today, our aim is to empower 150 million women and girls, a goal we will achieve by taking our most powerful ideas and innovations to unprecedented scale. The Access Africa Director will play a critical role in advancing this ambition, expanding access to and driving innovation around CARE’s Village Savings and Loan Association (VSLA) model in Sub-Saharan Africa. Originated by CARE in Niger in 1991, VSLAs and savings groups like them have demonstrated tremendous potential to improve the lives of their members, particularly low-income women with limited economic opportunities. Today, CARE has supported nearly 7 million women and men to form these transformative groups. While we are proud of these impacts, we believe there is potential to go far beyond what has been achieved to date and we are seeking a leader who shares our conviction and focus. In the years ahead, CARE will deepen our commitment to and investment in VSLA scaling through a combination of accelerated momentum in Sub-Saharan Africa and expansion to new regions and contexts. The Access Africa Director will be central to both shaping our approach and achieving our goals. 

The Director will lead the small but seasoned Access Africa team working across the continent to deepen existing partnerships and develop new ones; further integrate VSLAs in CARE’s programming and the programming of scaling partners; conceptualize, demonstrate and mainstream innovations that deepen impacts, increase cost-efficiency and drive sustainability; expand the evidence base on when, why and how VSLAs do (and do not) contribute to women’s empowerment and poverty reduction; and drive resource mobilization in support of strategic goals. The Director will initially have four direct reports as well as direct access to a host of internal programming teams; a stable programming base on which to build; and global fundraising teams across the federation. Successful candidates will be exceptionally skilled managers; experienced professionals with expertise in women’s economic empowerment; have a demonstrated a track record of successful fundraising; deep technical knowledge of savings groups and self-help groups; and an ability to represent CARE’s vision and approach to a wide range of internal and external constituencies with clarity and impact.

Responsibilities:
 Lead implementation of CARE’s VSLA scaling strategy across Sub-Saharan Africa
 Initiate and drive program design and fundraising efforts to ensure strategy is well-resourced
Recruit, manage and ensure the performance of the Access Africa team
Engage with a wide array of internal and external collaborators to support strategy progression on the continent and guide CARE’s global vision and results
Ensure the Access Africa team has effective channels for engaging with key internal collaborators
Serve as an authoritative voice on CARE’s work, our learning and our priorities

Qualifications
  • Advanced degree in business, public administration, economics, non-profit management, marketing, gender studies or international development required
  • 15 years of experience in international economic development or financial inclusion with substantial focus on sub-Saharan Africa
  • 5 years of financial management experience including costing, budgeting, expense tracking and overall budget responsibility
  • Demonstrated expertise in women’s economic empowerment and/or gender-transformative approaches to development
  • Significant knowledge of informal savings groups and the state of both practice and evidence as it relates to women’s empowerment
  • Seasoned manager with track record of leading high-talent, virtual teams in resource constrained environments to achieve results
  • Established experience working with a wide array of donors including professional foundations, bi- and multi-lateral agencies, corporations, family foundations and high-net worth individuals.
  • Robust industry knowledge and network across the continent with potential to advance CARE’s programming
  • Partnership development experience with public, non-profit and private sector actors
  • Fluent English speaker with excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Creative, entrepreneurial thinker and manager capable going beyond the status quo to achieve results
Location: Flexible but preference will be given to candidates currently based/residing in and able to work in Sub-Saharan Africa. A list of CARE presence countries can be found here: www.care.org/work/where-we-work.

Travel: Up to 50%, primarily within Sub-Saharan Africa


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