Regional Manager West Africa

We are looking for a Regional Manager in the West African region. He/She is accountable for the proper development, implementation and consolidation of ICCO programs in the region, and for ensuring and maximizing available resources for ICCO programs in the region.

Regional Manager West Africa

ICCO Cooperation is a global, non-governmental organization. From a coherent theory of change we design, manage and implement programs for inclusive development (SDG 17) of sustainable agricultural systems to foster food and nutrition security of smallholder farmers and their families (SDG2); economic empowerment of smallholder farmers and SMEs (SDG 8) as well as more resilient and disaster-prepared communities (SDG 6 and 11). Our focus areas are inclusive finance, climate resilient food systems, new technologies and youth entrepreneurship (SDGs 10 and 12). Our organization consists of a Global Office in the Netherlands (Utrecht) and 5 Regional Offices and numerous associated country offices in Africa, Asia and Latin America. ICCO Cooperation has approximately 400 employees worldwide and a turnover of 45M€ in 2018.

About the West Africa Office

The regional office in West Africa works in Benin, Burkina Faso, Mali and Senegal. The region has a total of 75 staff spread across 4 countries. Our work specifically contributes to strengthening food & nutrition security (SDG 2) and economic empowerment (SDG 8) of smallholder farmers and SMEs, but also incorporates cross-cutting issues, such as Reducing Inequalities (SDG 10), Responsible Business (SDG 12) and Public Private Partnerships (SDG 17). We have four priority topics including Climate Resilient Agricultural Systems, New Technologies, Youth Entrepreneurship and Inclusive Finance (Blending).

Together with our partners in West Africa, ICCO’s interventions strategies focus on responsible business, inclusive markets and sustainable food production and consumption. Our objective is to empower smallholders, agripreneurs and their organizations, and strengthen micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) in order to realize sustainable agricultural systems. We want to ensure the viability of small-farm economies as a contribution to fighting poverty and undernourishment in the region. We mainly focus on women and Youth, in particular on empowering them and increasing their nutrition awareness.

We work to give farmers and producers access to markets and to give them the opportunity to create their own sustainable livelihoods. This enables them to become more resilient and better equipped to challenge the dominant forces in their society.

The position and responsibilities of Regional Manager

The Regional Manager represents ICCO Cooperation in the West African region. He/She is accountable for the proper development, implementation and consolidation of ICCO programs in the region, and for ensuring and maximizing available resources for ICCO programs in the region. The Regional Manager is a member of the ICCO Management Team and reports to the CEO.

The main responsibility of the Regional Manager is to manage the process of strategy development, program development and implementation, program innovation, program evaluation and fundraising/ business development in the region, in line with the mission, vision and overall strategy of the organization.

This entails:

  • establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with partner organizations coalitions, networks and sister agencies of the Cooperation and its members;
  • representing the ICCO Cooperation in West Africa and being able to establish and maintain fruitful relationships with the private sector, governmental officials, embassies/consulates, international and national organizations, SME’s. donor representatives, as well as national and international media;
  • ensuring that programs in the region are developed, implemented and evaluated in line with (multi) annual plans, taking preventive and corrective actions where and when necessary.
  • developing and implementing strategies for targeting and obtaining funds and other resources to ensure continuation of existing programs and/or implementation of new programs in the region;
  • ensuring that budgets are spent in accordance with donor requirements and ICCO budget lines, within an appropriate time frame and ensuring that all proposed output and outcomes are achieved in line with the agreed targets;
  • achieving programmatic, financial, fundraising and business development targets;
  • having final responsibility for all matters related to the functioning of the office, e.g. human resources, finance and administration, legal and programmatic matters, etc;
  • ensuring a positive office atmosphere that contributes to staff motivation, to innovative and entrepreneurial staff behavior and excellent results;
  • supervising and inspiring all regional and national staff.

The required profile

The Regional Manager

  • is a strong strategic thinker, and a visionary and innovative leader with a business-like approach;
  • is a people manager and team player with strong communication skills;
  • is able to proactively build and maintain a network, also outside of the usual NGO context;
  • is able to identify and exploit opportunities and has an entrepreneurial mind-set;
  • is able to work effectively in a decentralized multicultural and multi-religious work environment;
  • has substantial experience (over 10 years) in a relevant field of which at least 5 years in a senior management position;
  • has relevant work experience within (West) Africa and a relevant network in the region;
  • has substantial experience in business development, program management, financial management, fundraising (private sector, bilateral donors, government institutions, etc.), and the ambition to create growth;
  • has an NGO background with experience with Public-Private Partnerships or private sector background with an understanding of NGO ambitions;
  • has up-to-date knowledge of development issues, change processes and North-South cooperation, the socio-political environment in the West African region and the role of religion and faith-based organizations;
  • has strong financial and analytical skills;
  • is fluent in French, has excellent language skills in English, and preferably has good language skills in Dutch;
  • awareness of civil society structures in The Netherlands, including the role of churches and affinity with the faith-based character of ICCO are an asset.

What we offer

Terms and conditions of the West African Regional Office will be valid. For Dutch nationals the ICCO terms and conditions for Postings abroad will be applied. Having a work permit is a condition for a possible extension of the contract. The intended starting date is May 1, 2020.

Countries: Benin, Burkina Faso, Mali, Senegal

Duty station: Mali, Bamako

Information and Application

A medical check, reference checks and an external assessment will be part of the procedure.

For information about the vacancy you can contact Sybren Attema, member of the Executive Board, by email on the following address: s.attema@icco-cooperation.org. For information on terms of employment you can contact Myrna Oudega, Senior HR Advisor, by phone: +31 (0)30 880 1858 or by e-mail: m.oudega@icco.nl Please send your motivation letter and CV, including at least two recent reference contacts, in English to: vacancies@icco.nl Before March 15, 2020, stating vacancy number 2020-002 and job title.