Regional Director for Africa (G-24-01)

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The International Potato Center (CIP) is looking for a highly motivated and experienced Regional Director for Africa to lead the implementation of CIP2030 strategy and oversee the operations and project’s implementation in the region.

The position: The selected candidate will develop and lead CIP’s Africa regional strategy in support of CIP2030 strategic goals and in response to the priorities of regional stakeholders. The Regional Director for Africa will be responsible for government, partner and funder relations and represents CIP with these stakeholders in the region. The Regional Director for Africa will direct and supports Country Managers to develop and manage strategic relationships at country level. In addition, the selected candidate will ensure organizational growth in the region through technically and financially sound programming and equitable partnerships.

The successful candidate will report to the Director General and will be based in Nairobi, Kenya.


  • Advanced degree (PhD or Master) in a Science or Management discipline.
  • At least 10 years of progressive international experience in similar research and/or development organizations.
  • Significant leadership experience in an equivalent position in a development or international organization.
  • Strong track record of establishing and managing strategic partnerships with funders, governments, international organizations, and the research community at regional level in Africa.
  • Strong knowledge and experience of management practices to enable the creation of appropriate regional implementation plans and mechanisms.
  • Proven expertise of leading large funding initiatives and manage complex regional projects and programs.
  • Budget management and IT literate (Microsoft and ERP software).
  • Leadership competencies:

o    Focus on big picture and strategic vision.   

o    Building and maintaining partnerships and relationships.

o    Planning and managing staff to achieved quality results.

o    Influencing and resolving differences across boundaries.

o    Leading by example

  • Outstanding written and oral communication skills in English.
  • Proficiency in French, Portuguese, or Kiswahili is highly desirable.

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