Country Director in Abuja, Nigeria

at Randstad

Project Management
Minimum Qualification
Bachelor's Degree
Required Experience
3 - 5 years
Employment Type
Full Time
Male or Female

Job Description

  • VSO is looking for an exceptional leader to become our Country Director in Nigeria, Africa's largest nation. You’ll lead VSO Nigeria's programme team as we embark on an exciting and ambitious phase of expansion, building on our successful and highly-regarded programmes in Education, Livelihoods, and Youth.
  • As one of the VSO's global team of senior leaders you will have plenty of scope to apply your passion, experience and skills to the challenge of bringing about the change we want to see. And we will have correspondingly high expectations of what you will achieve.

The Country Director will be responsible for:

  • Leading a team of staff and volunteers to design and implement innovative, high quality, locally owned programmes and projects that can be scaled up rapidly;
  • Building excellent relations with a wide range of stakeholders so that we extend the influence that VSO can have, building on our core competencies and the voices of primary actors;
  • Meeting ambitious funding targets and delivering grants professionally so we maintain our high profile for excellence.

This opportunity will suit an experienced and entrepreneurial development leader looking for a new challenge. 

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Very strong strategic thinking and leadership skills, and political sensitivity;
  • Excellent representational, networking and donor engagement skills and experience;
  • A committed understanding of VSO and volunteerism;
  • An understanding of the complex and rapidly-changing context in Nigeria;
  • Experience of managing complex programmes and operations;
  • Determination, and adaptability. Sectoral knowledge of education, livelihoods and youth work with experience of working in Nigeria and fluency in local languages would be desirable.
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