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Director of Operations – Ethiopia in Addis Ababa at WaterAid

Date posted: 5/14/2019

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It's hard to believe that today 844 million people do not have clean water and 2.3 billion do not have a decent toilet - around one in three of the world's population. Every two minutes a child under five dies from diarrheal diseases caused by poor water and sanitation.

WaterAid works through supporting local organisations and government authorities to design and demonstrate appropriate and sustainable WASH programmes. WaterAid also seeks to influence policy change through government and other key sector actors to secure and protect the rights of poor people to safe, affordable water and sanitation services.

WaterAid is looking for a Director of Operations (DoO) to play a vital role in our mission to make clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene normal for everyone, everywhere.

As a member of the Senior Management Team in WaterAid Ethiopia, the Director of Operations is the point of coordination and accountability for the delivery of key services. The Director of Operation will supervise the support functions which include finance, procurement logistics, Information Technology and office administration and Human Resources.

Key responsibilities includes:

  • Prepare and regularly update administration and program budgets and other financial reports and analysis as required by the Country Director and the Head Office in London.
  • Assist the Country Director, the Program Managers and other relevant colleagues to manage the administration and the program budgets.
  • Coordinate the development of budgets for new proposals in close liaison with the Country Director and the Program Managers.
  • Assist Program Managers and the rest of the program team in the preparation and interpretation of program accounts and other internal reports.
  • Oversees reviews and enforces the ordering, approval and purchasing systems and regulations to ensure they are fit for purpose, robust and provide a high-level support to project activity implementation.
  • Leads the continuous improvement of procurement procedures and practices (supplier surveys, market prices, preferred suppliers, import law and procedures, standard specifications, etc)
  • Ensure that the programs receive efficient, effective and timely administrative and logistical support.
  • Ensure that the handling of personnel matters is in line with the WAE's values, policies, and the regulatory and legal requirements in Ethiopia.
  • Assist in the design and implementation of the operational structure and staffing requirement for the support functions commensurate with the needs of the program.
  • Ensure all policies and procedures IT operations are developed, understood and accessible by all staff.

To be successful, you will need:

  • A university degree in accountancy, business administration or a related discipline and a recognized professional accounting qualification (ACA, ACCA or similar). A postgraduate degree an advantage.
  • Minimum of seven years' relevant experience in a similar modern and busy working environment, at least three of which as Manager of Finance and Administration or Chief Accountant for a medium to large organization.
  • Experience in managing non-finance units i.e. Human Resources, procurement and IT is also an advantage.
  • Sophisticated skills in program based financial management, auditing, organizational development (OD), and systems design, have worked/managed directly operational sites
  • Strategic management; in designing, implementing and assessing development programs; in evaluating performance; in building institutional capacity of the organization
  • Management experience of procurement, logistics, administration and Human Resources in complex contexts
  • Experience of using computerized accounting and office application software.

By 2030, we want everyone everywhere to have clean water, sanitation and hygiene. We need you to help us make it happen. If you bring your expertise, passion and professionalism, we will give you a lot back.

We are looking for people who share a commitment to our vision. We are looking for people with an appreciation and respect for different people and ideas, and the energy and expertise to help tackle the most important challenges.

In return, you can expect to get inspiration from the change you help make happen, a sense of belonging and the feeling of being part of a global community. You will also experience stimulation and fulfilment, the chance to grow, and space to be yourself at your best. This is our pledge to you.

If you are interested in the position and have the right skills and attributes, please send your application to stating 'DoO' in the subject line.

Your application should reach us by 27th May 2019. Women are strongly encouraged to apply.

WaterAid is an equal opportunities employer and positively encourages applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital status, or pregnancy and maternity. We particularly encourage applications from women who are underrepresented at this level in the organisation.

Only candidates shortlisted for interviewing will be contacted within two weeks of the closing date for applications.


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