American Friends Service Committee, Country Representative, Zimbabwe

Country Representative, Zimbabwe

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Job ID:  2011-1212 # Openings:  1
Location:  ZW- Min. Exp.(Yrs):  ..
Deadline:  08/05/2011

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Title:  Country Representative – Zimbabwe

Supervisor: Regional Director - Africa

Location:  Zimbabwe


The American Friends Service Committee is a Quaker organization, which includes people of various faiths who are committed to social justice, peace, and humanitarian service. Its work is based on the Quaker belief in the worth of every person and faith in the power of love to overcome violence and injustice.


Position Summary


The Country Representative is responsible for the overall management and program direction, legal obligations, reporting, and stewardship of all AFSC resources. The Representative serves as official representative of the AFSC; manages contacts in Zimbabwe with government ministries, UN agencies, and local and international NGOs. He/she reports to Regional Director for Africa, supervises Zimbabwe program staff; consults and collaborates with Philadelphia based staff and others as appropriate, and serves as a member of the AFSC Africa Region Leadership Team.


Program Development and Management

  • Plan, develop and provide overall management and coordination for AFSC’s programs in Zimbabwe, within the context of the AFSC, the International Programs and the Africa Region strategic plans for peace building, other related humanitarian assistance, development and social justice programs.  
  • Ensure programs are developed and implemented adhering to AFSC principles and internationally accepted program quality standards.  
  • Incorporate and adapt regional strategies into program approaches and contribute to regional and organizational learning.
  • Participate in regional strategic planning activities and other joint planning and program review meetings as required.
  • Establish regular program monitoring and evaluation procedures in close collaboration with the Regional Director and the AFSC Programs Division support functions.
  • Ensure timely and accurate annual and semi-annual narrative reports, reports to appropriate Zimbabwe government authorities and regular correspondence and written reports to the Regional Director.

Representation and Networking

  • Develop, strengthen, and expand AFSC contacts in Zimbabwe.  Articulate AFSC’s basic philosophical and faith-based commitments as appropriate, including the organization’s commitment to a nonviolent approach to conflict and long-term strategy for peace building and social justice.
  • Establish and strengthen institutional relationships and partnerships with local institutions, government ministries, international NGOs, coordinating bodies, and UN agency officials. 
  • Develop and maintain familiarity with government plans and programs, other international and local civil society organizations relevant to the AFSC’s goals and objectives. Participate in international NGO coordinating meetings as appropriate and relevant.
  • Provide to Africa Regional Director timely information on changes in the national/regional context, program locations, and policies that affect AFSC work. 

Stewardship of Resources

  • Ensure sound fiscal management of supervised programs including oversight of budgeting and accounting procedures defined by AFSC and donor partners; preparation and timely processing of monthly financial reports; oversight of contracts, equipment and materials.
  • With the guidance of the Africa Regional Director, and the program and other support units in the AFSC Philadelphia office, and the Development Department, contribute to the planning and implementation of fundraising and communication strategies including preparation of materials, periodic donor visits and other visits in Zimbabwe, in the United States and in Europe.


Administration and Supervision

  • Develop and maintain country-relevant personnel and administrative policies and procedures, local salary structures and benefits in compliance with local labor and other laws and AFSC principles and standards.  Ensure compliance with all regulations necessary for maintaining registration of the AFSC offices with government agencies as needed, consistent with AFSC guidelines and in consultation with the Regional Director.
  • Recruit, hire, and supervise national staff, including staff development, performance planning and review.  Ensure that all staff are familiar with and work toward the long-term vision and strategic goals of AFSC and incorporate the organization’s values and principles in their work.
  • Following the guidelines of AFSC’s security policies, develop security protocol, manage emergency situations as they arise, and make recommendations to the Regional Director regarding security and emergency response.



Education:  Master’s degree preferred, with specialization in international development, humanitarian assistance or peace and conflict studies, or a bachelor’s degree with significant relevant experience.



  • Six years experience in international positions working in the global south with increasing responsibility in planning and managing humanitarian assistance, recovery and development programs.    
  • Fluency in written and spoken English; demonstrated ability to report orally and in writing; ability to write and edit materials for publication in English. 
  • Experience working and living outside of one’s own country in the global south.

Other Required Skills and Abilities

  • Commitment to the faith-based principles and guidelines that define the work of AFSC, including a commitment to nonviolence, equality, and the belief in the intrinsic worth of every individual and to the considerations of AFSC in regard to issues of race, class, nationality, religion, age, gender and sexual orientation, and disabilities.
  • Proven ability to work with diverse staff and to reach out collaboratively to individuals, groups and organizations.
  • Track record of managing complex programs, ideally with an emphasis in urban settings. Demonstrated experience in strategic thinking, fundraising, grant writing, program planning and implementation.
  • Ability to work independently in an unstructured setting and program, yet within a framework of long-distance communication, consultation, and decision making.
  • Capacity for coping in situations of high risk and in compliance with security measures, to work under pressure, and to organize time effectively.
  • Demonstrated administrative ability, including experience with staff supervision, financial management, narrative and financial reporting, and budgeting
  • Understanding of macroeconomic and political developments in the world and the ability to interpret their impact within the context of regional issues and concerns.
  • Experience with peace-building, conflict transformation programs, and nonviolent approaches to problem solving highly desirable.
  • Ability to travel regularly, nationally and internationally, and to attend frequent evening and weekend meetings, working overtime as needed.
  • Excellent computer skills.


Period of Appointment:  A period not to exceed five years in the same position with a 6 month probationary period in the first year.


Compensation:  In lieu of a fixed salary, AFSC offers a maintenance package which includes the local costs of living for the appointee and accompanying dependents, school costs for accompanying dependent child/ren, vacation allowance, savings, and an on-going home cost allowance.  Benefits include life insurance, and full medical and dental coverage.


The American Friends Service Committee is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Qualified persons are encouraged to apply regardless of their religious affiliation, race, age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation or disability.

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