Country Director (Burkina Faso)

Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
NGO/Civil Society
Experience Level: 
Not Specified
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)
Languages Required: 
French and English


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Job Purpose

The primary purpose of the Country Director (CD) is to provide leadership to the Country Programme (CP) and to contribute to the regional, pan Africa and global leadership of WaterAid. The CD achieves this by steering the direction of the CP, empowering and developing staff and partners and influencing public and private institutions on the impact that improvements in safe water and improved sanitation and hygiene can make to the poorest and most excluded - therefore contributing to wider poverty reduction and human development.


1. Provide strong strategic leadership to the country team promoting a management culture that is supportive, empowering and collaborative.

2. Lead, manage and motivate a team, creating an environment that enables staff to maximise their potential and facilitates high performing teams; ensure that the Senior Management Team is effective in promoting effective internal collaboration and joined-up working.

3. Develop and deliver the Country Strategy in line with WaterAid's Global Strategy.

4. Ensure the successful, on time, delivery of all multiyear plans and budgets. Accountable for the effective and efficient use of WaterAid’s financial resources; transparent management and reporting of all income streams and compliance with restricted funding contractual obligations

5. Represent WaterAid externally; ensuring that WaterAid's vision, mission, values and aims are communicated in a positive and compelling way. Facilitate the building of relationships between partners, staff and other stakeholders.

6. Actively facilitate relationships between sector stakeholders (actors) to support the development of the sector.

7. Collaborate with colleagues from across WaterAid to enhance relationships and ensure effective organisational working.

8. Contribute, as a member of the Global and Regional leadership teams of WaterAid, to support organisational effectiveness and development.

9. Lead the approach to ensuring that the CP has integrated Rights, Equity and Inclusion into its work as well as being a diverse and inclusive place to work.

10. Stay aware of local funding context and identify appropriate opportunities to increase income, in conjunction with the Regional Director and the Strategic Funding Unit

11. Develop thorough understanding of the external environment we are operating in, identify and manage risk including ensuring appropriate health and safety and security procedures are in place.  

12. Ensure that WA’s global policies are adapted to the country context (as appropriate) and adhered to; represent WA’s stated global positions on key development issues effectively, adapting it to the country context as appropriate.

Person Specification Essential

• An inspirational and creative leader with visionary drive and ability to innovate • Ability to set a strategy and translate it into action through engaging others, the job holder will lead finalisation of the Country Programme Strategy

• High in integrity, energetic, self-motivated and pragmatic and committed to delivering, despite the challenges.

• Proven experience in managing organisational growth and change, and guiding/leading an organisation through a period of transition.

• Passionate about WaterAid’s vision, mission and values and a management style that reflects these. Demonstrably committed to diversity.

• Consultative and empowering management style that shows a commitment to own learning and willingness to learn from others

• Able to make difficult decisions when required.

• A strong team leader who has successfully led and motivated teams to deliver organisational change and ambitious strategies and goals creating a resultsorientated culture. Comfortable with promoting others and the organisation and giving praise where it is due.

• Substantial senior management experience and leading senior leadership teams, to include financial, budget, people and other organisational resources management.

• Strong business acumen and ability to assess value for money, opportunities and risks. Experience of business development or fundraising including preparing of bids as lead and in consortia, and with a track record of sustained delivery of targets.

• Shrewd in balancing short and long term priorities and identifying and managing risks, challenging as appropriate.

• A strategist with a high level of analytical capacity to grasp and untangle complex issues and challenges.

• A clear and sound understanding of international development (policy and programme) and / or international business based on an appreciation of the political, social, cultural and economic forces and structures in Burkina, and the wider region and globally, with excellent negotiation skills and powers of persuasion.

• Politically savvy with proven experience of successfully working with governing boards and board leadership.

• Experience and skill in developing effective and in representing an organisation externally, with the government, donors, public, media, supporters and other stakeholders.

• Ability to travel internationally for a minimum of three weeks a year.

• Articulate, with outstanding presentation and communication skills backed by excellent written and spoken French and ability to communicate in English


• Experience of successful advocacy and lobbying.

• Experience of working in Burkina Faso and the wider West Africa, or internationally

• Experience of working with local and national governments, to deliver and implement technical assistance and capacity building programmes.

• Understanding of Burkina Faso local languages

• Experience of working in an international organisation, multi or bilateral agency, or in a business setting at an international level.

• Knowledge of governance structures and issues, including managing and being accountable to boards.

• Experience of entrepreneurial or social marketing approaches in WASH or other related service sectors