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Regional Director Job in Nairobi Kenya

Position: Regional Director East-Africa

Based in:
Nairobi, Kenya

Contract: 1 year, renewable

Availability: August 2013


In Africa, millions of people survive by their livestock. 

Yet veterinary care is often insufficiently available. When farmers lose their herds to disease, drought or conflict, they lose everything: their pride, their culture, their savings and their livelihood. 

By helping to care for livestock and improve production, the NGO Vétérinaires Sans Frontières Belgium supports local populations in their struggle against hunger and poverty. 

In East Africa, our programs focus on livestock dependent communities in Kenya, Uganda and South-Sudan.


The role of the Regional Director for East-Africa is to develop and implement the strategy for East-Africa in line with the mission, vision, values and global strategy of VSF-BELGIUM.

He/she reports to the General Director. 

He/she is a member of the Management Team of VSF-BELGIUM.

  • Develop the regional strategy and program within the VSF-BELGIUM framework and contribute to the development of the overall strategy of VSF-BELGIUM, incl. identification and development of strategic partnerships 
  • To implement the 3 year regional strategy and defining subsequent annual plans (plans should include budget, HR components, and SMART indicators allowing appropriate monitoring), ensuring that RON activities are within VSFB strategic plan; 
  • To monitor the quality of regional program in the region 
  • To develop a professional technical Regional support unit, so that county offices receive the monitoring and guidance that is needed
  • To develop effectiveness of RON and field staff through coaching, monitoring, staff performance management, M&E of field activities 
  • To ensure that VSFB complies with donor’s requirements 
  • To ensure that the agreed amount of co-financing funds for the programs in the region is secured, taking into account global needs of VSF-BELGIUM for co-financing 
  • To represent and promote VSF-BELGIUM in the region, incl. advocate the interests of VSF-BELGIUM and its stakeholders with decision makers in the region 
  • To ensure knowledge/expertise is capitalized within the region and shared with teams across VSF-BELGIUM To oversee the regional office in Nairobi

  • Relevant advanced university degree 
  • Knowledge and experience 
  • At least 3 years of experience in a senior management position 
  • Experience in strategic planning and organisational change management 
  • At least 8 years of experience in the development and humanitarian aid in Africa and in pastoral and agro-pastoral areas 
  • Experience in managing multidisciplinary teams 
  • Fluent in English 
  • Basic knowledge of French is a plus 
  • Existing network within NGO-donor community in East-Africa would be an added advantage Experience in Project Cycle Management and Result Based Approach 
  • Experience in proposal writing with major donors
  • Is able to think strategically and develop a long term plan for a region 
  • Is able to analyse complex situations and to identify priorities quickly 
  • Is able to take decisions and implement them 
  • Is able to establish and maintain good relations with local and international partners, donors and governmental institutions 
  • Is an excellent manager and coach 
  • Is solution- and result-oriented 
  • Is able to manage change 
  • Strives for continuous improvement of quality and incites others to do so too 
  • Is able to instill a good communication climate in a team 
  • Stimulates information sharing and teamwork 
  • Is flexible
  • Identifies him/herself with the mission, vision and values of VSF-Belgium 
  • Is of impeccable integrity and sets high standards of integrity to others 
  • Displays intercultural sensitivity, displays respect in dealing with others
  • Is willing to travel regularly
How to apply:

Please send your application letter, curriculum vitae and the names as well as contact data of three reference persons by email to

Application deadline: 18 May 2013
This vacancy is open to male and female candidates. 

Applications from Kenyan nationals are encouraged. 

Only short listed candidates will be contacted.

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