Country Representative (Senegal)
GGGI is seeking a Country Representative (CR) to lead and direct the operational day to day activities of its Senegal country program. Under the guidance of Regional Director for Africa & Europe, the CR will be responsible for the strategic leadership and direction of the country program to achieve GGGI’s vision of strong, inclusive and sustainable economic growth. This is a senior role requiring technical, leadership and managerial skills.The CR will be responsible for the programmatic and operational management of one of GGGI’s largest and most dynamic country programs, which is currently implementing several large, innovative projects supporting the country’s green transformation and working with major development partners, among which the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Government of Luxembourg, the Global Climate Fund, the Caisse Nationale de Credit Agricole du Senegal and the African Development Bank.
Reporting to the Regional Director for Africa & Europe, s/he will represent GGGI with the Government of Senegal, as well as various stakeholders. S/he will lead a team of the development of the country planning framework, mobilize new resources for the program, and oversee the development and implementation of projects. S/he will also be responsible of further deploying a network of francophone countries, especially in West Africa and maintaining cross-learning and fertilization of knowledge across GGGI programs, as well as the overall management of financial and human resources.
Strategy development and implementation:
- Lead the development and implementation of the country strategy in line with organizational thematic priorities
Work Program & Budget development and delivery:
- Establish the basis for GGGI's presence at the country level through identification of opportunities, securing funding, developing compelling and complex programs and providing consistency of high-quality delivery which distinguishes GGGI on the ground.
- Implement an integrated and quality-assured Work Plan & Budget that is aligned with GGGI’s Strategic Plan 2015-2020 and the specific actions approved under the Senegal 2019-2020 Country Business Plan
- Act as Program Manager for the portfolio of core and earmarked-funded projects within the country program
- Support project management, where required, including the effective use by the country team of GGGI management tools and systems
Partnerships and Resource Mobilization:
- Undertake responsibilities for new proposal development for funding from earmarked sources, in close consultation with Africa's Regional Office, and HQ (this task includes support to regional and/or cross-country proposals)
- Be aware of development partners’ conditionality and monitor adherence to GGGI and specific development partners’ requirements
- Strengthen relationships with existing development partners through strong and regular engagement, including clear and effective reporting on earmarked project results
Management & Administration:
- Empower staff of the large Senegal country program and ensure their performance
Communication and learning:
- Ensure that the country program is maintaining a coordinated and agreed information exchange internally and externally
- Ensure that experiences and best practices are documented and shared across the organization
- Keep abreast on socio-economic and political changes in the environment and undertake timely strategic review of GGGI's country program ensuring continued relevance
- Oversee the development and implementation of annual country budgets
- Ensure the preparation, accuracy and timely submission of monitoring reports
- Develop networks and partnerships with development partners, government, national/regional institutions, and lead in-country donor collaboration
- Keep abreast of the trends within the donor environment in Senegal and the Africa region
- Ensure all human resources, finance and administrative services are done in line with GGGI regulations,
- Ensure that adequate internal control mechanisms are in place and review and minimize significant expenditure variances
- Facilitate annual and project-specific audit processes
- Maintain close communication with the Africa Regional Office and HQ
- Provide leadership support to staff development in country
- Oversee adequate implementation of the performance management system
- Ensure that the country team is effective, mutually supporting and sufficiently involved in decision making
- Ensure that key country documents are internally shared and agreed upon with Regional Office and the HQ, as required by GGGI's project management systems and tools before communicating to development partners
- Advanced university degree (Masters or PhD) or equivalent professional background is a requirement; preferably a specialty in development economics, engineering and/or related to GGGI areas studies
- Relevant professional experience (preferably 7-12 years) with managerial and budget responsibilities, including business development in either an international organization, a large multinational business or consultancy, a large non-profit organization or government is a requirement
- Experience identifying, prioritizing, scoping, and implementing green growth opportunities in one or more relevant sectors such as water, energy, climate adaptation, waste, the urban and peri-urban development
- Proficient written and spoken both French and English is an absolute requirement
- Experience engaging with government officials and development partners in countries to influence the framework and development of national roadmap developments, financing vehicles, policy development and decision making
- Recognized leadership, experience holding leadership positions in the past is an asset
- Exceptional strategic thinking skills, a track record of senior-level interaction and political awareness as well as substantial work experience in a relevant field in West Africa/Francophone Africa and/or other developing countries
- Strong understanding of Senegal's economic, social and environmental aspects relevant to green growth planning, green financing and sustainable waste sector development in particular
- Outstanding stakeholder engagement, client relationship, communication and consensus building skills
- Excellent communication skills, ability to communicate complex economic and development issues in a clear and simple way to a diverse audience
- Proven project delivery experience, i.e. managing the delivery of results on time and on budget
- Understand and actively supports GGGI's mission, vision and values
- Promote an organizational culture of trust, transparency, respect and partnership
- Strong entrepreneurial drive, motivation and the ability to creatively find solutions to complex problems, with examples of personal initiative and impact
- Manage emotions and stress positively, builds rapport and resolves conflict easily
- Promote creativity and innovation among staff
- Be able to lead, develop and motivate staff
- Communicate and share information to support the HQ to make sound decisions, provide up-to-date information in the country program and political dynamics of the country and major stakeholders.
The Country Representative is a Band 11 position in GGGI’s salary scale (up to X13), with a starting annual salary of USD 106,176.00. An offer of appointment for an initial contract will normally be made with due consideration given to experience and qualifications. Progression within the salary scale will be based on annual performance reviews. Remuneration of GGGI staff members in Senegal is not subject to income tax.
Benefits for international employees based in Dakar
GGGI provides a housing allowance of 20% of annual base salary per month. Establishment and relocation grant, removal expenses, airfares, annual home leave, medical and life insurance, childcare and education allowances are available for eligible employees and their recognised dependents. Employees are entitled to 27 days of annual leave, and access to UNOPS Provident Fund (to which GGGI adds a contribution of 13%). Other non-monetary benefits include sick leave and compensatory leave.
Flexible work arrangements
GGGI is committed to providing a work environment that is sufficiently flexible to accommodate diverse life-cycle challenges and assist Staff members to achieve a better balance between work commitments and personal and family commitments, thus ensuring high performance, long-term productivity and well-being of Staff members.
Family duty station
The assignment will take place in the nation’s capital, Dakar, a family duty station (Hardship classification A) with missions to the region. The living conditions in Dakar are good and the social climate is calm. Senegal is an open country that enjoys social stability resulting from the smooth functioning of state institutions. Senegal is also provided with a good level of infrastructure (eg roads) but the distribution of water and electricity can be unpredictable in Dakar and other cities and towns in the country, requiring many civil servants to use generators. Senegal is also a popular tourist destination. The reception and spontaneous hospitality of the Senegalese are among the many features of this West African country.
GGGI is committed to child protection, irrespective of whether any specific area of work involves direct contact with children. GGGI’s Child Protection Policy is written in accordance with the Convention on the Rights of the Child.