Closing Date : 2020-02-29
Duty Station : Maseru, Lesotho
Application : Apply for the job

Organization: Help Lesotho
Country: Lesotho
Closing date: 29 Feb 2020

Help Lesotho is a highly-respected youth-focused NGO with a solid foundation and well-established programs and partnerships. The organization s local staff provide life skills, computer, and leadership training in four districts of Lesotho with 15,000 beneficiaries annually. Given our explicit objective of having local leadership, we are seeking an outstanding Lesotho-based Deputy Country Director(DCD) to provide high-level management and support. This is a new position. The successful applicant should demonstrate capacity and ability to be a country director within a reasonable amount of time. Applicants must be citizens of Lesotho.

Reporting directly to the Country Director (CD), the DCD will lead the program and operations teams to ensure Help Lesotho s strategic goals coherently and effectively respond to the needs of the beneficiaries. He/she will be involved in all areas of the organization and progressively take over more responsibilities from the CD. S/he will ensure staff understand their responsibilities and are supported to perform at a high level, manages financial resources efficiently and champions operational excellence. The DCD will assist the CD in securing and managing external and in-country grants and program priorities with a solid repertoire of program leadership and organizational development talent. The DCD will help develop and monitor budgets, financial, administrative and program staff, interns and volunteers, two community centres and programming. The DCD will help with measurement and evaluation and stakeholder and partnership relationships.

Main Roles and Responsibilities


Help implement annual operating plans and regularly monitor progress against them;Develop and maintain strong partnerships with local and national stakeholders (government, civil society and beneficiaries), partners and organizations;Leverage partnerships to improve programs and approaches;Support accountability for the attainment of Help Lesotho s program and administrative goals, objectives and deliverables, ensuring a positive impact on the Help Lesotho s staff, program participants and beneficiaries;Attend meetings on behalf of the CD as requested to professional represent the organization; andEnsure issues and challenges are responded to in a timely manner and accomplishments celebrated.

Organizational and staff development

Responsible for human resource issues, staff development, oversight and general capacity building;Facilitate hiring and firing, conflict resolution and decision making, under the guidance of the CD;Provide empathetic coaching, communication and support to all staff, following professional development plans and processes in keeping with the organizational culture and ethos;Ensure that annual performance reviews and development plans are completed for all staff;Help develop and implement management systems and processes that create a high performing and healthy work environment that fosters teamwork and employee development;Propose and develop innovative best practices in all areas of responsibilityMaintain close and productive collaboration among program and administrative staff to maximize the capacity of the organization to achieve its goals;Support the recruitment and training of new staff ensuring that all hiring enhances the profile and capabilities of Help Lesotho; andProvide the leadership and process management to ensure performance issues are dealt with proactively and professionally.

Program Management and Development

Develop a thorough understanding of each program, its design, impact and implementation challenges;Regularly attend program sessions in the centres and in all rural locations to learn and listen;Treat program staff as experts and listen carefully to their opinions;Help develop, implement and report on measurement and evaluation processes and procedures to regularly assess program impact including ROI assessments;Implement changes that will enhance program impact;Ensure timely program reporting, as directed by the CD that meets the needs of the Board of Directors, funders and other key stakeholders.

Finance and Administration

Help in the development of an annual in country budget;With the Finance and Administration Manager, monitor program expenditure and ensure timely quarterly reporting to meet reporting requirements;Support organizational policy development and ensure compliance with Lesotho laws and labour code, organizational goals, objectives, policies and procedures; andKeep abreast of new developments that enhance efficiency.

Fundraising and Donor Management

Help respond to RFP, write grant applications and reports;Seek out new partnerships;Help facilitate on-site partner and donor visits to programs and projects; andBuild and maintain strong relationships with key stakeholders in government and partner organizations what results in in-country funding.

Essential Qualifications

Master s degree in Business Administration, Social Sciences, Development studies or other related disciplinesMinimum 5 years experience in a senior management role within a medium or international organization preferably in Lesotho working on strategic planning, quality improvement, project planning and implementation, monitoring and evaluation, human resources and financial managementCommitment to the values and practices of Help LesothoProven experience of multiple donor grant management and reporting to major donors particularly the United Nations, European Union and USAIDExperienced leader and manager, with proven capability in staff development and retention, team and organizational development and conflict resolutionProven experience in financial oversight, including preparing and managing national level budgets and contractsExtensive knowledge of and commitment to HIV/AIDS and gender equity issuesHighly proficient in oral and written English and, hopefully, SesothoSuperior skills in Microsoft Office and data managementPracticing Christian with a proven ability to lead in a Christian-based cultural context and population where faith is an overt part of community expression.

Competencies/Personal Attributes

Strategic planning skillsLeadership, influencing and managerial skillsKeen psychological insightDemonstrated success at proposal and report writingAbility to gain trust and secure donor fundingExcellent interpersonal communication skills to build rapport with staff, partners, government officials, donors and community leadersCreativity and problem solving skillsStrong presentation skillsMust be humble, self-reliant, resourceful, good problem-solver, good humoured, and flexibleSuperior organizational skills and ability to multi-taskAbility to work under pressure meeting deadlines
How to apply:

If this role interests you and if you are a strong, humble, engaging, kind, experienced leader who is guided by and committed to her/his faith, gender equity and Help Lesotho s approach, then we hope you will apply. We need a leader who is well-versed on international development practices and results-based management, stays current with technology and social media, and who has the fiscal acumen, psychological insight, maturity, interpersonal skills and mission-level passion to help vulnerable Basotho in the way we do and help to lead this organization forward.

To apply, please submit your CVand a 3-minute videoanswering the following two questions to

Why are you the best candidate for this position? and;In which areas will you need the most support to succeed?

Note - More information and details for how to apply available here:

Applicants will be reviewed and contacted for interviews on an ongoing basis. Note that only applicants selected for interviews will be contacted.Thank you!

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