Career Opportunity: Country Director, Senegal
WHO WE ARE
Nearly a billion people live in extreme poverty and earn less than $1/day. Most of them are subsistence farmers whose farming practices have left to the deforestation of their land and the degradation of the local – and the global – environment.
Trees for the Future (TREES) is ending hunger and extreme poverty for farmers in developing nations by generating health, wealth, and resilience. Through our “Forest Garden Approach” we train framers to plant and manage Forest Gardens that sustainably feed families and raise their incomes by 400%. We receive donations to implement our work in areas where we can have the greatest impact.
Since 1989, with our experience in planting over 163 million trees, we have demonstrated the transformative power of trees in helping smallholder farmers to break out of the poverty trap. Today, our work in East and West Africa is helping to end hunger and poverty by guiding thousands – and soon hundreds of thousands – to grow food and promote economic independence through trees. Learn more at www.trees.org
OUR WORK IN SENEGAL
Trees for the Future (TREES) has been working in Senegal for over a decade with farmers to promote agroforestry programming. Our methodology has been proven on the ground and there is an ever-increasing interest in agroforestry as a climate smart agriculture solution. With farmers and the global community gaining an increasing awareness of climate change, sustainable agricultural practices, and regenerative farming, TREES is expanding rapidly. Currently TREES works with 10,000 farmers in 25 projects across the Kaffrine, Kaolack, and Fatick Regions. In line with our strategic growth plan, over the next decade we will expand our work with farmers in Senegal and across the Great Green Wall zone. To support this programmatic work, we have the following:
- Staff of 70 Senegal-based employees, including a Senior Accountant, HR Specialist, Partner Coordinator, Monitoring and Evaluation Coordinator, Communications Liaison, Country Trainer, Regional Program Coordinators, Bookkeepers, Agroforestry Technicians, Drivers and other support staff.
- Most staff are equipped with a dedicated motorbike and smart phone for communications, monitoring and data collection. This also includes monthly fuel and phone credit allowances.
- A tree and vegetable seed bank in Kaffrine and an upcoming seed bank in Fatick.
- A drone monitoring program.
- New innovations are being rolled out this year, including new training modules on village savings and loans development, agroforestry as a business, and seed savings.
ABOUT THIS ROLE
The Country Director is a challenging, yet exciting position for the right candidate who can manage and inspire the Senegal team to become leaders in sustainable agriculture in Senegal and beyond.
The Country Director is responsible for supervising, planning, developing, implementing, and evaluating all aspects of Trees for the Future’s (TREES) Senegal program. Individuals applying to the position must meet the selection criteria below and be able to function with minimal technical and administrative supervision. The Country Director will report to the Deputy Director of Programs based at TREES headquarters located in Silver Spring, MD. The Country Director is responsible for the direct supervision of approximately 10 people (see below) and indirect supervisor of approximately 60 additional staff. This program is expected to grow significantly each year for the next ten years.
The Country Director will directly oversee the following positions:
- 2 Regional Program Coordinators that oversee 50-100 staff
- 1 Partner Coordinator and multiple community-based organization partners (in direct coordination with HQ-based Programs Manager)
- 1 Country Trainer and physical training site, based in Kaffrine (in direct coordination with HQ-based Deputy Director of Training)
- 1 Monitoring and Evaluation Officer (in direct coordination with HQ Deputy Dir of M&E)
- 1 Senior Accountant, ensuring all financial accountability (in direct coordination with HQ Deputy Director of finance)
- 1 HR Specialist (in direct coordination with HQ Deputy Dir of HR)
- 1 Communications Liaison (in direct coordination with HQ Director of Marketing and Communications department)
- 1 Logistician/Seed Bank Manager
This position requires extensive travel throughout the country and may require intercontinental and international travel.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Core duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Supervises all direct staff listed above
- Oversees and manages and plans for changes in the country program budget
- Facilitates the scheduling, planning, and roll out of new TREES projects and partner projects including training, extension, and M&E initiatives
- Works closely with regional program coordinators to schedule and coordinate project activities in accordance with goals and budgets for program expansion
- Works closely with Partner Coordinator and HQ Deputy Director of Programs to establish partners and schedule and coordinate partner project activities in accordance with goals and budgets for collaboration
- Works closely with Training Coordinator and country trainers and HQ Deputy Director of Training to continue to establish the training center and schedule and coordinate training of trainer events and refresher trainings with goals and budgets for replication
- Works closely with M&E officer and HQ Director of M&E to establish M&E schedules and coordinate data collection and reports
- Frequent visits to regional projects sites to ensure all technicians, partners and trainers have the correct skill sets necessary to carry out their work
- Communicates and regularly visits projects to ensure project effectiveness, listen to farmers, and understand the benefits and challenges of the work
- Monitors projects to ensure they meet milestones and goals per their scope, timeline, and budget
- Identifies strategic locations and partners to develop new Project initiatives
- Works with Regional Program Coordinators and HR Specialists to hire qualified Technicians to establish and manage projects as needed, ensure that technicians are properly trained on project methodology, responsibilities, monitoring and evaluation and expectations
- Maintains close communication with HQ Programs Director and Deputy Directors, West Africa Regional Director, Regional Program Coordinators, and others including updating TREES Project Management systems (e.g. TaskRay, Salesforce) and othe reporting systems with all project information, and liaises between HQ and country program staff to ensure project activities are completed across all projects in a timely manner
- Communicates and collaborates regularly with other Country Directors and TREES staff to share expertise and contribute to organizational improvement
- Collaborates with Regional Directors to develop annual Plan of Action and Budget for the country program.
- Works closely with the Senior Accountant to implement the new procurement policy for competitive bidding to secure reduced-cost bulk orders for motorbikes, gardening equipment, biodegradable bags, seeds, phone credits, fuel and other large quantity purchases.
- Conveys and embodies TREES values and works respectfully with all staff, partners, and farmers
- Works with Human Resource Specialist to ensure the creation of a good work environment, which allows every employee to have an equal opportunity for growth and development and to give their best output in their positions while also adhering to the provisions of the Employee Handbook
- Works with HR Specialist to develop employee contracts and maintain accurate employee records
- Ensures all local, regional, and national taxes and reports are filed in a timely manner in accordance with country laws.
- Provides accurate, current, and timely information as requested for grant proposals and other fund-raising activities
- Provides information and input into improving locally appropriate training materials in French and local languages
- Provides information as requested for marketing and outreach and other publication materials
- Establishes and maintains positive relationships with relevant government offices at all levels in accordance with TREES goals and priorities
- Identifies and develops strategic partnerships with national and international corporations, development organizations and non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) involved in agroforestry or complimentary work
- Attends and participates in relevant meetings, task forces, consortiums, and conferences relevant to TREES’ mission and objectives
- Works with M&E Coordinator to ensure that both technician and partner M&E data is being properly collected and submitted to HQ through M&E systems and other relevant channels
- Collates and reviews all reporting data to ensure consistency and accuracy
- Ensures proper collection of M&E data associated with project activities to verify accomplishments and accuracy of reports submitted by TREES regional projects and partner projects
- Submits all programmatic reporting requirements to the Director of M&E and Programs Director in a timely manner
- Ensures that TREES country program activities, processes, and staff adhere to both local laws and organizational policies
- Leads Managers in conducting staff performance reviews
- Carefully manages the team to ensure all fiscal and human resource requirements are met for the program in accordance with both the local government and TREES policies
- Prepares and/or processes administrative requests/documents as needed (e.g., travel requests, expense claims, vouchers, visa applications, etc.)
- Plans and organizes workshops, conferences, meetings and other ad-hoc events
The applicant must meet the following minimum professional qualifications to be considered for the position:
- A bachelor’s degree or equivalent in agriculture, forestry or related area
- Ten years in a full-time relevant position which included:
- Managing a large team across multiple regions
- Project, budget and staff management in agroforestry, agriculture or natural resource management
- effectively and professionally communicating with staff with a range of education levels.
- Interfacing and networking with government, international and local non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and community representatives
- Designing and managing multi-year projects and annual budgets
- Following a monitoring and evaluation protocol
- Maintaining and organizing accurate project records
- Team building and building excellent communication between staff
- Working knowledge of local agroforestry, timber and fruit tree species and seed resources
- Written and spoken fluency in French and English. Spoken fluency in Wolof and/or Serere
- Excellence in:
- Organizational and time management skills
- Planning and scheduling in complex environment with many demands
- Meeting deadlines
- Computer skills including Microsoft Office Suite and database management
The ideal candidate will also possess the following personal attributes:
- Strong belief in TREES’ Mission
- Focused, disciplined, and determined
- Innovative and collaborative
- Patient and extremely flexible as TREES is growing and changing quickly
- Effective at multi-tasking and works well in a demanding environment
- Excellent communication skills, particularly in cross-cultural environments
- Good interpersonal skills management skills with respect for staff at all levels
- Willingness to keep flexible work hours
- Salary will be commensurate with previous experience
- Opportunities for national and international travel
- This position is entitled to receive health insurance
- Annual holiday and paid leave in compliance with Senegal Law
- Career development and job-related training
- The satisfaction of helping countless families to plant their way out of poverty
If you are ready to join us, please submit a resume, cover letter and salary requirements to email@example.com with the subject line “Country Director – Senegal”
TREES is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in its selection and employment practices. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, age, or other legally protected characteristics.