Country Director

Translators without Borders (HQ)

Translators without Borders (TWB) is committed to having a diverse team where individuals of all backgrounds collaborate and learn from one another. We believe we can be most effective with diverse experience and expertise in our team. We recruit on merit, actively seek diverse applicant pools and encourage candidates of all backgrounds to apply. We do not discriminate on the basis of disability, age, gender identity and expression, national origin, race and ethnicity, religious beliefs, marital or parental status, or sexual orientation, and welcome all types of diversity.
We offer in addition to salary:
an innovative work environment with a diverse and passionate team20 days of annual leave and 10 days of floating holidaysPlus during deployment:
location-specific hardship allowance (if it applies)accommodationa 3-month Rest & Recuperation cycle (if it applies), including additional leave and travel
The role
The Country Director leads TWB���������s Nigeria program. The CD works closely with the Country Manageeam, empowering them to work together. The Country Director is the primary champion of TWB���������s organizational culture. The CD should nurture a respectful and collaborative work environment in line with TWB���������s values, ensuring that the country team strives for excellence, effectiveness, and efficiency. The Country Director provides strategic leadership and oversight of innovative program strategies, has overall responsibility for organizational representation and partnership building, efficient and transparent fundraising, financial management and compliance, security management, advocacy, and external communication.
Essential duties and responsibilities, other duties may be assigned
Team leadership
Recruit, lead, empower, and manage the high-performing team needed for the successful development and implementation of the country strategyPromote, model, and take proactive steps to ensure a diverse, positive, innovative, and supportive work environmentMaintain close contact with other TWB Country Diwith the TWB global team to ensure the country team learns from and shares with others in the organizationActively promote understanding of TWB���������s Code of Conduct and safeguarding and PSEA policies, and associated reporting procedures across the team, and uphold TWB���������s values (below) in their and the team���������s engagement with communities, partners and colleagues
Resource mobilization and management
Proactively seek and pursue opportunities to expand the depth and breadth of the program in response to need. This includes potential geographical expansion, including to neighboring countriesCultivate and strengthen relationships with existing and potential donors and act as their primary interlocutorOversee the development and submission of funding proposals in order to ensure that country plans are sustainably resourced
Representation and coordination
Represent TWB and build the organization���������s profile in-country, ensuring professional and productive engagement with local, regional, andonors, private sector partners, and national and international civil society partners.Engage with humanitarian and development coordination and strategy development to ensure that issues relating to language and two-way communication are taken on board by key decision makers and included in strategic documentsCollaborate and build on the existing partnerships to ensure smooth and collegiate relationships and coordinate on positions and outreach.
Media and advocacy
Lead on political, development and humanitarian context and trend analysis for the country.Lead TWB���������s advocacy and media efforts in the country in close cooperation with the global Senior Advocacy Officer and Communication Senior Officer to ensure that language issues are highlighted.Act as spokesperson in-country, as delegated by the Executive Director and proactively and constructively engage with reputable journalists to promote coverage and understanding of language issues in the media.
Design and implementation of country strategies and
Ensure that country strategies and plans are developed and aligned with global TWB priorities and initiatives and in line with current humanitarian and development plans. Lead on ensuring that TWB programs build an evidence base on the importance and impact of taking language into account in humanitarian and development programming. Ensure that programs and projects meet their goals and targets on time and within budget
Program delivery and grant management
Lead the delivery and monitoring of program activities, in line with international humanitarian, donor and TWB standards Specifically, coordinate with other TWB teams to promote the use of appropriate language technology to inform communication strategies and risk communication content as an iterative learning and communication processManage program budgets, monitoring, learning and reporting in line with TWB and donor requirements, and maintain business continuityLiaise between partner organizations and TWB���������s language services team to ensure the delivery of high-quality translation, editing, and terminology services
Legal, logistics, security, financial and human resource management
Serve as the primary budget authority in-country, responsible for ensuring all costs charged to projects are allowable, reasonable and correctly allocatedEnsure that TWB has adequate security measures in place approved by the Global Security Focal Point and that security guidance is understood and adhered to by all team members, including visitorsIn collaboration with TWB���������s global finance and HR team, ensure financial, logistics and HR systems and procedures compliant with legal requirements are in place and adhered to
The role will evolve along with the overall program as projects and activities develop to reflect the changing language and communication needs.
The Country Director should be an innovative leader with a strong sense of initiative, an understanding of the humanitarian and development sectors and senior management experience. They sho enthusiastic about the importance of improving the quality and accountability of humanitarian action through language and the participation of local civil society in these ecosystems. The right candidate is an energetic team player and leader committed to the challenge of managing an innovative program in a difficult environment. They agree with TWB������s core values and can work effectively in a diverse team in-country and virtually with team members based throughout the world.
Relevant university degree required8+ years of program design and management experience, including institutional donor grants and budget management5+ years of international aid experience, with a mix of humanitarian and development experience required3+ years of experience as a senior manager with a strong reputation for developing collaborative working relationships with local counterparts and relevant state actors and agencies, international organizations, and donorsDemonstrated successful experience of mobilizing reses for innovative, collaborative programsDemonstrated understanding of Accountability to Affected People, and communication and community engagement workDigital communication in community engagement and accountability experience a plusDemonstrated experience in mobilizing, organizing resources and establishing prioritiesProven experience of managing staff security in complex and insecure environmentsProven ability to manage staff and build cohesive, productive teamsExcellent writing and presentation skills in EnglishKnowledge of Hausa, Kanuri, Yoruba or Igbo a plus
Essential aptitudes
Strong diplomatic, negotiation, and leadership skillsActive listening skills, and focus on solutionsStrong ability to multitask, prioritize, and work independently with minimal supervisionGood communicator, willing and open to engage in global discussionsAttention to detail, thoroughness, accuracy, ability to meet deadlines under time pressure, and to work quickly and steadily in a focused mannerAbility to deal with frequent changes, delays, interruptions, and unexpected events; flexibility and can-do attitudeDemonstrated initiative, persistence, ability to problem solve, and enthusiasm for learningGood interpersonal skills; able to work well in a team-oriented, collaborative, cross-functional environmentAbility to capacity build within the country team, encourage analytical thinking and skill developmentAbility to innovate to find creative solutions; willing and interested to explore new technologiesResourcefulness, capacity to get more out of small budgets
About Translators without Borders
Translators without Borders believes that everyone has the right to give and receive information in a language and format they understand. We work with nonprofit partners and a global community of language professionals to build local language translation capacity, and raise awareness of language barriers. Originally founded in 1993 in France (as Traducteurs sans Fronti������res), TWB translates millions of words of life-saving and life-changingormation a year.
Core Values
Translators without Borders employees and volunteers are made of people who believe passionately about the value of this work and take personal responsibility for achieving the mission. Translators without Borders��������� mission and organizational spirit embody the core values established in its strategic framework:
Excellence: As the leading voice for communicating humanitarian information in the right language, Translators without Borders is a leader in the translation industry and in the non-profit sector.
Integrity: Translators without Borders believes that every person, whether it is the people who we serve, our volunteers or our staff, has value, deserves respect and has inherent dignity.
Empowerment: Translators without Borders believes in using language to empower people around the world to control their own development and destiny.
Innovation: Translators without Borders recognizes and celebrates the power of innovation to address humanitarian and crisis issues around tld.
Sustainability: Translators without Borders recognizes that meeting our mission necessitates establishment and maintenance of a solid financial and organizational infrastructure.
Tolerance: Our staff and volunteers are highly knowledgeable and skilled; value each other, our partner and our recipients; create a supportive work environment; and conduct themselves professionally at all times.

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