Country Director, Zambia

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  • Posted:
    6 days ago
  • Category:
    Development, Human Rights, Management
  • Deadline:
    December 9, 2022


Job Description


Position: Country Director

Location:  Zambia

Contract duration:    Fixed Term Contract – 5 years

Entry Salary: Local terms and conditions in  location specified above apply

Closing date: 9th December 2022 at 23:59 GMT


The Role:

This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced executive  professional  who wants to help people harness their own power to achieve a feminist, just, green transition in the 45 countries where ActionAid works.


The Country Director provides vision, leadership, management, and effective high-level national representation for ActionAid Zambia, in line with the established policies, principles and operating practices of ActionAid Zambia (AAZ) and ActionAid International (AAI), as well as good management practice. The Country Director is expected to be a strategic and innovative thinker responsible for overseeing the implementation of the AA Zambia Country Strategy Paper (CSP) and ensuring that the required resources are in place to achieve overall performance against set targets. The Country Director has a key role to play in the ActionAid Federation in terms of providing country support to peer countries and engaging in regional and global initiatives.


Who we’re looking for:

You should have significant experience in a similar role preferably in a multi-country setting and should be in possession of post graduate Degree in Business Administration, Public Administration, Social Sciences or any other related field. You should have at least ten years of relevant experience, five years of which must be at the senior management level in development work and poverty eradication programmes with proven initiative, flexibility and enthusiasm in managing complex activities in a changing environment.  Experience working as country director for similar organisation would be an advantage. You should be able to demonstrate senior management expertise, including proven ability to develop the capacities of multi-disciplinary professional teams undertaking comprehensive social justice, poverty eradication and gender equality strategies. You should have proven experience in managing complex financial control and management systems. You should also demonstrate expertise in strategic and long-term planning and the ability to ensure that operational plans and activities meet targets and appropriately reflect longer term perspectives. The role is looking for someone with proven experience of working and negotiating with Government officials and/or donors at all levels.

You should be someone with a strong commitment to AA’s vision, mission and values, especially the rights-based approach and the principles of equal opportunity as outlined in ActionAid’s Code of Conduct. You should have excellent negotiation and communication skills, including demonstrated ability to handle sensitive diplomatic and Government level negotiations on matters affecting ActionAid Zambia. You should have passion for women’s Rights and energy to challenge patriarchy as well as have a sound grasp of feminism and feminist leadership approaches coupled with a strong commitment to embedding the same in the Country Programme. One should be proficient in English both written and oral. You should have strong leadership and management skills as well as have strong analytical/problem solving, and management of crisis, conflict and risk skills.


You should have a strong commitment to adhering to and promoting ActionAid’s approach to Sexual Harassment, Exploitation, and Abuse and other Safeguarding concerns (including child abuse and abuse of adults at-risk). The role requires someone with experience in Project management, Monitoring and Evaluation; experience in Women’s Right programming and be well connected with civil society networks in Zambia.


What we offer:

ActionAid is committed to providing a welcoming, supportive workplace where we recognise a job well done. We offer a fair compensation package and a flexible working environment. At ActionAid, you can look forward to:

  • Fantastic training and development opportunities
  • A workplace that embraces feminist leadership principles
  • Generous maternity, paternity and adoption pay


How to apply:

Please click on the “apply” button to start the application process. Applications close on 9th  December 2022 at 23.59 GMT Please upload an up-to-date CV and a cover letter, clearly explaining your suitability against the essential criteria in the job profile.


Candidate will require the right to work in the job location at the time of appointment.


Female Zambia nationals are encouraged to apply.


Kindly note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted- usually within 2 weeks of the closing date.


Please check your application and make sure you meet all the essential criteria listed in the person specification. In addition, your application will be stronger if you meet at least some of the desirable criteria. If you do not meet at least all the essential criteria, please do not apply as we only consider candidates if they meet the essential criteria listed on the job description. We will only consider candidates who have the right to work in the specified  locations .

Due to high volumes of applications received, we can only correspond with short listed applicants. Should you not have received feedback on your application within two weeks of the closing date, please consider your application as unsuccessful.

ActionAid International will not consider unsolicited candidates from recruitment agencies. We reserve the right to withdraw any of our vacancies at any time.


About us:

ActionAid is a global federation working for a world free from poverty and injustice.

ActionAid International welcomes applications from all sections of the community and promotes diversity.

ActionAid is committed to recruiting candidates who promote ActionAid’s SHEA and Safeguarding policies and values. ActionAid will only recruit candidate who are committed to SHEA and Safeguarding and ActionAid’s values, thereby helping to create safer working cultures. As a deterrence measure ActionAid is also committed to deterring candidates who are intending to cause harm from joining ActionAid.