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Country Director in West Africa , Burkina Faso

IPA seeks a Country Director to oversee its Francophone West Africa (FWA) offices, located in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, and Bamako, Mali. The FWA Country Director will work with IPA Global and key stakeholders to set the strategic direction for IPA in these countries, and oversee multiple simultaneous impact evaluations in a variety of sectors, rural development, financial inclusion, governance, education and public health. The position provides the opportunity to guide the research program in multiple countries, spend time in the field, direct in-country operations and to interact closely with academic researchers, local government agencies, donors, and other NGOs.

The FWA Country Director, assisted by his/her management team and more broadly a team of approximately 30 permanent staff and hundreds of short term field staff at any given time, will provide overarching oversight to all project and office operations in the three countries, lead strategic planning for the country program, oversee finance and operations teams, build and strengthen systems for high quality data collection, provide capacity building of local staff and partners, and lead the dissemination of results to local practitioners and policy makers. The FWA Country Director will also contribute to IPA’s continued expansion by initiating new partnerships and projects in the three countries.

The FWA Country Director is assisted by a Management Team comprising a few middle managers, notably two Research Managers, one Finance Manager, one Policy and Business Development Associate, and one Operations Associate. The larger team is comprised of approximately 30 local and international permanent staff, and up to hundreds of short-term field staff at any given time.


Oversee high-quality research
- Oversee and manage a team composed of Research Managers/Coordinators, Research Associates, and Field Managers, whose responsibilities include project design, management of data collection, data management and analysis, and writing of research reports, all in close collaboration with principal investigators;
- Build systems and structures to ensuring that the implementation of research activities follows IPA’s quality standards and principal investigator’s directions;
- Spearhead skills training for staff; and
- Work to incorporate best practices and lessons learned in research and operations by other IPA offices and research affiliates.

New Project development
- In dialogue with potential partners, principal investigators, identify and develop potential projects with meaningful research and policy implications;
- Participate in project design and lead budgeting during the proposal stage to ensure evaluations meet IPA standards; and
- Coordinate fundraising for research proposals

Ensure sound operations and finances
- Provide supervision and support to administrative staff, in particular in overseeing human resources, IT, operations, and finances.
- With support from the Finance Manager and other managers, ensure compliance with financial procedures, approve expenditures, make accurate projections and ensure overall compliance.
- Oversee the management of project budgets and donor reporting, with support from the Research Manager and administrative staff, and in coordination with IPA’s global grants team.
- Ensure that country office structures are supported by incoming revenue.

Policy impact and external relations
- Represent IPA FWA in national and local government agencies and partner organizations. Manage relationships with current and potential IPA partner organizations;
- Develop and maintain high-level relationships with stakeholders in Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire and Mali;
- Engage government partners and other stakeholders to identify research questions of interest and cultivate potential research projects in those areas; and
- Oversee targeted dissemination, encourage scale up of successful interventions.

Mitigate and manage risks
- Set security standards and parameters for work to ensure staff safety and security; Monitor security concerns for IPA operations and act as primary contact in crisis management;
- Take steps to mitigate risk and to safeguard the organization’s reputation; and
- Oversee procurement, safety, billing and security and ensure organizational legal compliance.

- Master’s degree in international affairs, international public policy, development economics, or field related to international economic development;
- A minimum of 5 years of relevant work experience, including 3 years in a management position;
- Strong quantitative skills and familiarity with randomized controlled trials;
- Experience in developing research projects, experience with budgeting and project planning;
- Passion for connecting rigorous research to policy makers and practitioners and communicating what works in development;
- Commitment to leading a diverse team in a multicultural environment and building staff capacity;
- Ability to communicate effectively across cultures with multiple stakeholders including international and local academic researchers, government officials, NGO partners, enumeration teams, and study participants;
- Significant exposure to human resources and financial management;
- Experience in grants and contracts management, preferably in a research setting;
- Excellent management and organizational skills and ability to work independently;
- Flexible, self-motivating, able to manage multiple tasks efficiently, and a team player;
- Experience living and working in Africa; and
- Fluency in both French and English is required; strong oral and written communication skills.

Given the volume of applications received, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview

About IPA
Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) is a research and policy non-profit that discovers and promotes effective solutions to global poverty problems. IPA brings together researchers and decision-makers to design, rigorously evaluate, and refine these solutions and their applications, ensuring that the evidence created is used to improve the lives of the world’s poor. In recent decades, trillions of dollars have been spent on programs designed to reduce global poverty, but clear evidence on which programs succeed is rare, and when evidence does exist, decision-makers often do not know about it. IPA exists to bring together leading researchers and these decision-makers to ensure that the evidence we create leads to tangible impact on the world. Since its founding in 2002, IPA has worked with over 400 leading academics to conduct over 600 evaluations in 51 countries. This research has informed hundreds of successful programs that now impact millions of individuals worldwide.

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Expiring: Nov 30, 2017
HR Director in Burkina Faso , Burkina Faso

Reporting line: Taparko General Manager, Functional reporting to Nordgold HR Director

• Active participation in the long-term strategic business planning and annual budgeting processes with responsibility for devising manpower and personnel cost plan for the supported businesses;
• Driving Cost Dialogue around all personnel related expenses; rigorously managing agreed budget; finding and executing opportunities for continuous improvement and cost optimization;
• Ensuring alignment between business performance goals and employees’ objectives by driving a rigorous Target Dialogue process with clear objective setting, feedback sessions and year end rewards;
• Helping drive employee productivity through professional / technical training and incentive schemes;
• Facilitate employee engagement by building positive team spirit and inspiring corporate culture based on Nordgold values and ethical standards;
• Supporting business leadership and line management in continuous upgrade of organizational capability through talent assessment and development instruments with particular focus on local talent growth;
• Equipping operations with high quality manpower through effective and efficient recruitment, selection and on-barding processes and skillful application of reward instruments;
• Preventing and managing operational risks associated with labor issues and HR processes;
• Leading internal communication to ensure that employees are heard and well informed;
• Promoting safety agenda through HR tools.

The job holder will deal with various local aspects of HR and administration including policies & procedures, recruitment, inductions, appraisals, Industrial Relations, HR administration, training, career planning, localization, compensation and benefits framework, KPI reporting, HR systems, disciplinary actions, travel, visas and work permits for non-nationals.

While focusing on issues related to the assigned geography the role is key to Nordgold Group in promoting / implementing and internalizing company - wide HR practices:
- Corporate values
- Corporate ethical standards
- Recruitment policy
- Talent management practices: talent reviews, succession planning, high-potential employees identification & development, individual development for key employee categories, Nordgold leadership development program, technical training for front-line
- Compensation & Benefits practices: annual salary reviews; annual bonus payouts; job grading
- Performance Management: target dialogue
- Tracking personnel –related costs & productivity and other personnel related KPIs
- Using SAP HR

• Extensive experience in HR generalist roles – no less than 8 years; prior experience supporting more than one business is a plus
• MBA or equivalent degree
• Exposure to African environment
• Experience working in multi-cultural teams
• Fluent French and English; Russian is a plus
• Strong leadership, ability to drive, inspire
• Extensive change management experience
• Strong numerical skills & experience managing budgets
• Great negotiation skills
• Assertive written and verbal communication skills
• Continuous improvement and right-sizing experience
• Understanding labor code and personnel-related requirements of BF
• Ability to multi-task
• Background in mining industry is a plus

Working conditions:
• Work location – Taparko mine (Burkina Faso)
• 6 weeks on - 3 weeks off rotational basis
• Competitive package of salary, benefits and annual bonus scheme

Should you not hear from us within two weeks please consider your job application unsuccessful.

Are you interested in becoming an HR Director in Burkina Faso? Apply now at the top or bottom of our page.

Note: This is a job advertisement, applications will be forwarded to the employer for selection. JobnetAfrica believes all applicants should get feedback, good or bad, but are not further involved in the recruitment for this particular vacancy.

Expiring: Jun 05, 2017

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