Regional Director – Sahel & West Africa
Regional Director – Sahel & West Africa
This role can be based from home, on a remote basis (preferably in the UK or in the West Africa region) or from MAG’s Regional Office in Senegal, from where it would be considered an accompanied position
Starting salary of £66,552, plus contributory pension (if UK based)*
*Specific terms and conditions may differ depending on the location the successful candidate is based in. We will discuss further with shortlisted candidates at interview
This is an excellent opportunity for an experienced senior manager to lead a regional portfolio of MAG programmes, with oversight of programme and project development, implementation and delivery and with a current annual value of approximately $30 million.
MAG saves lives and builds futures by working with others to reclaim land contaminated with the debris of conflict, to reduce the daily risk of death or injury for civilians, and to create safe and secure conditions for development. MAG shared the 1997 Nobel Peace Prize as a founding member of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines for our work to ban landmines. Our vision is a safe and secure future for men, women and children affected by armed violence and conflict.
About the role:
As one of five Regional Directors, reporting to the Director of Programmes, you will lead and manage the Country Directors of MAG’s sub-regional portfolios in Central Sahel, Western West Africa, Lake Chad and the Gulf of Guinea, to ensure our conflict prevention, recovery and response activities are delivered to the highest levels of quality and safety and integrate MAG’s organisational priorities around gender, diversity, inclusion, conflict sensitivity and partnerships. Duty of care for staff and beneficiaries are a key part of programme delivery, and in this highly complex portfolio require sustained focus on maintaining safety and security procedures and frameworks.
The post holder will develop and lead MAG’s regional strategic approach, supporting Regional Programme Managers with the development and implementation of country and sub-regional strategies and annual business plans, as well as identifying opportunities for expanding MAG’s work into relevant countries in the region. Effective and meaningful stakeholder management, including with donors, UN agencies, regional bodies, partner organisations and communities, are an essential aspect of the role. This is a challenging and varied portfolio of programmes, offering the opportunity to use your wide-ranging management experience to influence the organisation and the wider sector.
The successful candidate will have excellent project management, business planning, security management and programme development skills, and the ability to coordinate multiple activities at the same time. Experience of working in a senior management position in a development or humanitarian organisation is essential, and experience of working in humanitarian mine action sector would be advantageous. Experience of working in this region is highly desirable, and of overseeing the delivery of programmes in complex security environments is essential. Regular travel will be fundamental to this role, which could be visiting a MAG programme, or to meet with donors or other stakeholders – you could be in Manchester one week, then Nigeria or Mauritania after that. High-level French language skills for both verbal and written communications are essential for this role.
This is a demanding but highly rewarding position that will be suited to a highly motivated, solution-focused and flexible manager. It will offer you the opportunity to use your strategic and leadership skills in a fast-paced environment.
Please note that as part of MAG’s commitment to safeguarding, this post is subject to background checks before an offer of employment is confirmed. For more information on MAG’s approach to safeguarding and background checks, please click here. You can also find more information in the candidate information pack, available on the MAG website, using the link below.
MAG is committed to the principles of diversity, equality and inclusion. If you think you would be suited to one of our roles we would welcome your application regardless of your background. We strive to provide an inclusive and supportive working environment where all employees feel respected and supported in fulfilling their potential
How to apply
For further information and details of how to apply, please visit the jobs page of our website, available at Regional Director – Sahel & West Africa | MAG (maginternational.org) by the closing date of 26th March 2023.