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Country Director - Ethiopia (1660)

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  • Salary:
    4,000,000 Ethiopian Birr
  • Area:
    Equine Operations
  • Vacancy Type:
  • Full or Part Time?:
    Full Time

The Donkey Sanctuary is an international animal welfare organisation, offering care and protection to donkeys worldwide. Our vision is a world where every donkey has a good quality of life, and our mission is to improve the lives of donkeys every day. We will achieve this by transforming the lives of donkeys in need worldwide by fostering greater understanding, collaboration and support, and by promoting lasting, mutually life-enhancing relationships.  Globally, we support projects in countries across Africa, Asia, Europe and South America, transforming lives through direct care, community training, collaborative partnerships and advocacy work to improve the way donkeys are treated.

These are exciting times for the Charity, and we have an excellent opportunity for a proactive and flexible professional with outstanding interpersonal and leadership skills to join our dedicated International Programmes and Projects team in Ethiopia. As Country Director, you will  deliver effective strategic leadership, provide technical quality assurance and safe, efficient and effective practices; manage, support and develop staff capacity and act as ambassador and advocate for our Ethiopian operations.

About you:

  • Educated to degree level or above (or equivalent experience).
  • Substantial experience in Ethiopia of the Animal Welfare or International Development sector.
  • Previous experience of working with international charities in Ethiopia.
  • Proven experience of advocacy work at national and international levels.
  • Outstanding line management and mentoring skills and an ability to work with people at all levels.
  • An analytical mind-set with great problem-solving abilities.
  • Fluency in English (written and verbal).

About the role:

Your principal duties and responsibilities will include –

  • Ensuring that an organisational approach to working in Ethiopia is captured within a Ethiopia Country Strategy through coordination throughout the organisation and The Donkey Sanctuary Executive.
  • Ensuring that the implementation of the Ethiopia Country Strategy is underpinned by regularly updated Operational Plans, Influencing and Communication, and Policy and Verification Frameworks.
  • Leading the Ethiopian Country Team to deliver the agreed strategy including coordinating the selection, hiring, and development of staff in country.
  • Providing strategic oversight and leadership in the development and implementation of the charity’s programmes in Ethiopia.
  • Working closely with UK and Ethiopian staff to ensure programmes meet stated objectives, are in line with organisational strategy and plans, meet the needs of partner organisations, and are implemented to the highest standards, on time and within budget.
  • Ensuring that Donkey Sanctuary Ethiopia is compliant with Ethiopian legislation and structures as well as with organisational policies and procedures and financial practices adhered to at all times.
  • Strengthening Ethiopia level relations and coordination, including building collaborations, new opportunities and potential partnerships with key regional stakeholders.

The contract:

Based at The Donkey Sanctuary, Addis Ababa, this is a full-time, permanent contract starting as soon as possible, working 37.5 hours per week, 08.30-17.00, Monday-Friday. Due to the nature of the role, flexibility to work evenings and weekends and provide on call cover is essential. The post-holder will have the legal right to live and work in Ethiopia and will be able to travel regionally and internationally on a regular basis.

The working pattern for this role will combine onsite and home working under our guiding principles for such roles, with flexibility for home working currently anticipated to be 1-2 days per week.

Closing date for completed applications: Sunday 26th May 2024. 

Interviews will be held on the 11th and 12th June 2024

The Donkey Sanctuary is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of vulnerable people (children and adults), and expects all staff and volunteers to undertake this commitment. Applicants will be subject to safer recruitment processes, including an application for a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check where required for the post.

Please note: The Guaranteed interview scheme is only applicable to candidates who consider themselves to have a disability applying for roles based within the United Kingdom.

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