Deputy Director (Africa Region) via Idealist

Rights and Resources Initiative

Washington, DC, United States 🇺🇸

The Deputy Director, Africa Region is responsible for ensuring the smooth and effective implementation of projects in the Africa region, as well as contributing to the global activities and outreach of RRG. This responsibility requires demonstration of effective and proactive decision-making, to ensure the goals and vision agreed to by the Partners, Collaborators and Program team.

The Deputy Director will pro-actively manage the implementation of planned activities within a dynamic environment of shifting priorities, overcoming impediments and solving problems, while maintaining effective communication with Senior Management and effective teamwork with staff, and with RRI Partners and Collaborators. The Deputy Director will achieve this through a broad range of duties, including technical, administrative and supervisory tasks.

The Deputy Director will work under the supervision of the Director, Africa Program.

Essential Job Functions:

Project Management and Technical Assistance

  • Manage programs supporting the work of Partner organizations active in Africa, under the supervision of one or more Program Directors;
  • Coordinate the program-related work of Partner organizations and Collaborators, building capacity and ensuring effective communication between actors;
  • Manage consultants contributing to these programs, including negotiating compensation, TOR development, and tracking and review of deliverables;
  • Prepare technical and progress reports for these projects in accordance with donor guidelines;
  • Assist in the preparation of financial reports and financial projections related to project implementation;
  • Assist in development of and be responsible for monitoring of program budgets, expenditures, and workplans to ensure programs will achieve the results anticipated within the resources and time allocated;
  • Ensure proper documentation of program activities, outputs, and lessons learned.


  • Write clear and concise technical text for inclusion in publications, reports, articles, and other communication products;
  • Edit and contribute to technical text that has been written by other RRG staff, RRI Partners and Collaborators;
  • Develop, manage, and regularly update content of RRG and network websites and fora related to projects in the Africa region.


  • Support and help strengthen networks of RRI Partners and Collaborators;
  • Collect and proactively disseminate relevant publications, articles, news, and data to networks;
  • Organize all aspects of RRG-coordinated meetings, conferences, and exchanges concerning RRI work in the Africa region, including: agenda development; securing appropriate facilities; contracting facilitators, presenters, and translators; managing logistics of participant travel, lodging, and visas; ensuring comprehensive documentation during the meetings; and coordination and production of outputs.

Organizational Planning and Management

  • Participate in team assessment of organization-wide and Initiative-wide progress toward RRI’s goals and vision;
  • Support the organization, convening, and documentation of RRI planning meetings;
  • Manage workload of one Associate and temporary interns, and serve as mentor for the development of their professional skills and experience.

Other Tasks

  • As assigned.


  • Advanced degree, Master’s degree required, preferably in International Studies, Environment, Social Sciences, Law or another related field. PhD or equivalent level of study is preferred.
  • A strong background in human rights, natural resource management or forestry, policy, rural development, and/or environmental or international law is required.
  • At least 3, preferably 5 or more, years’ experience postgraduate professional experience working in Africa playing a leading role in projects to support communities to advance rights-based forest conservation, rural development, poverty alleviation, and/or human rights; or projects engaging with governments, civil society organizations, and donors to advance the above.
  • Demonstrated ability to initiate and coordinate projects without intensive supervision.
  • Professional fluency in English and French is required
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability and confidence to effectively and respectfully facilitate meetings that include a range of diverse participants, from representatives of forest communities to high-ranking government ministers.
  • Ability to work effectively in collaboration with diverse groups of people showcasing respect for different cultural perspectives and approaches toward accomplishing shared goals.
  • Ability to travel extensively and on short notice.
  • Strong analytical skills and unwavering commitment to quality programs and data-driven program evaluation.
  • Prior supervisory experience strongly preferred.
  • Passion, idealism, integrity, positive attitude, mission-driven, and self-directed with a demonstrated ability to quickly adapt to unexpected circumstances and new opportunities with positive attitude.

Exceptional candidates will have:

  • Extensive knowledge and understanding of the technical capacities of civil society organizations in Africa
  • Experience with and understanding of the national political contexts in Africa
  • Particular experience and understanding of RRI priority countries in Africa: DRC, Liberia, Kenya
  • Strong interest in advancing the rights and improving the livelihoods of rural and forest peoples
  • Strong interest in helping to strengthen capabilities of developing country leaders