Global Communities

Senior Regional Director, Africa

Humanitarian Assistance
Posted Date
Silver Spring


Global Communities works at the intersection of humanitarian assistance, sustainable development and financial inclusion to save lives, advance equity and secure strong futures. We support communities at the forefront of their own development in more than 35 countries, partnering with local leaders, governments, civil society and the private sector to achieve a shared vision of a more just, prosperous and equitable global community. 


Global Communities is seeking a Senior Regional Director, Africa to join the Global Programs team.  This position may be based at any Global Communities office.  


The Senior Regional Director provides active and strategic leadership, oversight and cross-departmental coordination for Global Communities’ programs in the Africa region. This position manages budget processes, oversees program implementation and operations, and ensures compliance standards across regional programs. The Senior Regional Director liaises with other Global Communities senior leaders to proactively identify and lead resolution to implementation challenges. This position supervises field leaders (Country Directors and Chiefs of Party) to anticipate and trouble-shoot program and operational challenges, contribute to their resolution, provide technical and operations oversight, and lead program start-up and close-out as required. The Senior Regional Director takes the lead and is responsible for developing departmental, regional and country strategies, accelerating Global Communities’ growth and impact in new business development for the Africa region. This role promotes organizational learning and knowledge management in support of program quality and positioning Global Communities for greater impact. This position supervises program management support staff at HQ, and reports to the Vice President, Global Operations.



As an organization working to advance public health, Global Communities has an obligation to model best practices and to do all we can to protect each other, our partners and the communities where we work.  To ensure the continuity and effectiveness of our business operations, Global Communities is adopting a policy to safeguard the health of our visitors, employees, families, and the larger global community from COVID-19.  Effective January 3, 2022, all U.S.-based Global Communities employees are required to provide proof of having received full dosage of COVID-19 vaccine that is FDA approved, approved for emergency use authorization, or have an approved medical or religious exemption on file with Global Communities, as a condition of employment.



1. Regional Strategy & Portfolio Management

  • In collaboration with country leadership and in support of organizational strategic priorities, lead regional strategy development and establish priorities for growth and development in the Africa region, and support country leaders to develop and implement country strategies, contribute to resource mobilization efforts, annual growth plans and proposal design.
  • Work closely with new business development, technical, and senior management colleagues to ensure regional and country strategies are compelling, competitive, and informed by timely, relevant contextual analysis of the unique operating environments in the region, country, and relevant sub-national areas.
  • Identify, develop and strengthen relationships with current and prospective public and private donors and partners.
  • Work closely with other Senior Regional Directors and across other GC departments to improve organizational policies and standard operating procedures to ensure efficient and effective program implementation and operational performance, addressing and managing risks.


2. Financial Management

  • Conduct high level financial analysis of the Africa portfolio, identify issues or management challenges, and propose and implement solutions alongside HQ and country leadership.
  • Review and approve internal annual budgeting and quarterly forecasting exercises; and communicate to leadership on regional and country office financial health.
  • Ensure effective financial management of regional portfolios, including regular financial reviews of countries and projects.
  • Understand and oversee implementation of processes to ensure financial compliance with GC and donor policies and procedures.

3. Country Operations Oversight & Risk Management

  • In coordination with other internal stakeholders, assess, identify and mitigate risks and develop risk management approaches that enable successful program delivery.
  • Ensure effective country management and support structures are in place.
  • Ensure country offices understand and comply with organizational policies and procedures, and ensure appropriate monitoring, control and accountability mechanisms are implemented.
  • Manage program transition efforts, including senior staff turnover in the field, program closeouts, and hibernations.
  • Ensure effective management of the organization’s legal, financial, contractual and governance relationships with local affiliates, including local board participation, affiliation agreements, and service agreements, as appropriate.
  • Ensure effective coordination and integration between Headquarters (HQ) and field, across functions and management structures to enable efficient and coordinated support to country offices and project teams.

4. Team Management

  • Supervise and manage the performance and professional development of senior field leaders and program management staff at HQ.
  • Direct staff to prioritize, coordinate, and distribute the flow of work based on available resources and changing demands across projects and countries.
  • Conduct regular country office visits, meet and connect with country senior management teams and staff, provide mentorship and guidance.
  • Lead or support in strategy development and problem solving, where needed.
  • Lead the selection process for new country and program leaders and participate in hiring teams as needed for programmatic staff.
  • Provide surge support to field offices to manage transitions and vacancies, as required.
  • Provide training, mentoring and capacity building to staff.
  • Demonstrate the organization’s culture and values of dignity, integrity, humility, connection and creativity across country offices and at HQ.


5. Learning & External Relations

  • Promote and support learning and knowledge management, to include the documentation and dissemination of innovative programming and operational models within the region.
  • Identify the demand for and support the development and implementation of regional learning agendas, reflective processes, and documentation and dissemination strategies for the purposes of program quality and new business, positioning.
  • Promote cross-departmental, intra-regional and global learning through the support of regional exchanges and peer learning.
  • Represent regional and country perspectives within the organization’s leadership and contribute to global strategic planning and policy development.
  • In partnership with Communications, Country Directors and CoPs, coordinate on all internal and external communications, particularly related to technical branding, media interactions, and other relevant communications.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Extensive knowledge of the international development field, including public and private sector actors.
  • Demonstrated understanding of and adherence to humanitarian principles.
  • Demonstrated capability in strategic visioning, planning and execution including program development, resource mobilization and operational excellence.
  • Exceptional leadership, management and supervisory skills with demonstrated experience managing, mentoring and developing capacity of professional staff and teams in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead effectively with a diverse, multi-cultural team across geographies, and involving matrix relationships with other functions and departments.
  • Excellent dispute resolution, facilitation and team building skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead or contribute to complex project proposals in a team setting. Demonstrated ability to mobilize resources from public and private funding sources.
  • Excellent project management skills. Recognized project management certification (e.g., PMP, PMD Pro) a plus.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage complex field-based operations, including a high level of working knowledge across management, finance, administration, procurement, logistics, HR, legal, and security functions.
  • Demonstrated ability to read, analyze, interpret, and develop actionable insights from financial, programmatic, and contractual data and information. Excellent analytical skills. High level of financial literacy.
  • Demonstrated experience working collaboratively with a broad range of stakeholders including public and private donors, host government, international and local NGOs, and private sector.
  • Demonstrated ability to build and foster a culture of high performance, accountability, learning, respect, diversity and inclusion.
  • Fluency in English (written and verbal) required; proficiency in a second relevant language of business in the region highly desirable.
  • Advanced computer skills in a Windows based environment including the Microsoft Suite and a high level of comfort working with technology solutions.



  • Undergraduate degree in a related discipline and minimum 11 years of related work experience or a minimum of 15 years of related work experience.
  • Required experience must include at least 10 years’ experience at a leadership/senior management level in program management and/or operations role with an international NGO, and significant experience with USAID program management and/or implementation, operations, financial analysis, and budgeting.
  • Proficient in USAID rules and regulations and their application.
  • At least 3 years of experience from an international assignment, with a strong preference as a Country Director or COP in the region.
  • A passion for the mission and values of Global Communities.
  • Must have U.S. work authorization if based in U.S.


Global Communities is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment, without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or status as a protected veteran.


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