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International Potato Center seeks to recruit Head of Operations in Africa (Ref.: 19-64) – Nairobi,Kenya 

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International Potato Center seeks to recruit Head of Operations in Africa (Ref.: 19-64) – Nairobi,Kenya

Details :

  • Organization: CIP – International Potato Center
  • Location: Nairobi
  • Grade: Senior – Internationally recruited position – Senior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Operations and Administrations
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date: 2019-08-01

International PotatoCenter POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT

Ref.: 19-64 OP/SSA/GRS

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Context :

HEAD OF OPERATIONS IN AFRICA The International Potato Center (CIP) is seeking a proactive and experienced Head of Operations in Africa to ensure effective execution of operational services, promotes a client-oriented approach consistent with CIP rules and regulations and works in close collaboration with the operations and project staff in the region for solving operational-related issues.

The position: This position will be based in Nairobi, Kenya and will report to the Regional Director for Africa. The purpose of this position is to be the partner and complement to the Regional Director to develop, implement, and to manage an efficient and productive operations in Africa country offices.


Key responsibilities:

Business Management & Leadership :

  •  Develop, execute and monitor CIP – Sub Sahara Africa business plan based on an assessment of the key resource requirements to achieve target research outputs and outcomes.
  •  Ensure implementation of operation management strategies, adapts processes and procedures focusing on achievement of results such as performance indicators, full compliance of CIP rules and regulations and follow up of audits.
  • Partner with Department in HQ: FIN, HR, IT, S&R, G&C, PMU to model standards and behaviors to build knowledge across Africa country offices.
  • Compile monthly reports on status of operations in the region and follow up on action points from regional management team meetings
  • Createaworkatmosphereconducivetoprofessionalgrowthanddevelopmentofexcellent personnel at all levels.
  • Promote accountability by conducting staff annual performance reviews with direct supervisees and ensuring that all staff members are effectively using the performance planning and management system.
  • Contributetoprojectteam-buildingeffortsandensuretheintegrationofallteammembers into relevant decision-making processes

Operational management :

Ensure proper management of common services focusing on achieving the following results:

  • Finance and Compliance: Ensure operating costs are included in operating budgets and funding proposals and the programmatic growth or scale downs are factored into operations planning. As well, ensure that all support systems and operations teams are operating in accordance with donor compliance regulations.
  • HR: Provide leadership to the staff and administration team and ensuring the application of best practices and adherence to national and other relevant compliance regulations.
  •  IT: Based on compressive needs assessments ensure that all digital data and information
  • needs of operations and program teams are catered for. • Logistics: Ensure an efficient and responsive supply chain system that meets the needs of program teams.
  •  Security & Risk: Ensure the highest security & risk management through participatory
  • threat and risk analysis and the development and implementation of standard operating procedures.


What are we looking for?

  • MBA or comparable qualification. The successful candidate will have about 8 to 10 years of  experience in project-based organizations.
  • Prior work experience in achieving results on the ground in more than one world region.
  • Strongprofessionalexperiencein managementoffinancialresourcespreferablyinanon-profit environment.
  •  Familiar with general finance and budgeting, including profit and loss, balance sheet and cash flow management.
  • Familiar with the management of high-performance multicultural teams.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English. Knowledge of Portuguese or French is desirable.
  • CIP Core competencies: Innovation, Accountability, Teamwork, Integrity.
  •  CIP Leadership competencies: People Management, Inspire Change, Decision Making.
  • Why should you consider this opportunity?
  • CIP is an international organization that has a strong, state-of-the-art R&D background.
  • CIP is a recent World Food Prize Winner, and CIP has been recently awarded the Al-Sumait
  • Award for our Orange Flesh Sweet Potato work in Africa.
  •  CCCAP aims to boost root and tuber production in the Asia-Pacific region and beyond,
  • accelerating poverty reduction and improving food security.
  •  CIP is dedicated to achieving food security, improved nutrition and well-being, and gender
  • equality for poor people in root and tuber farming and food systems of the developing world.
  • CIP is a member of the CGIAR, a network of 15 research centers that are mostly located in the
  • developing world and supported by more than 50 donor members.

What are we offering?

  • Great career opportunity in an international organization.
  •  Generous compensation package commensurate with experience.
  • Three-year term contract with the possibility of renewal.
  • Work in an equal and diverse workplace.


How to apply?

If you are interested in this role apply here ( send

your cover letter together with your updated resume to, please contact us

in confidence until August 1, 2019. All applications will be acknowledged; however only short-listed

candidates will be contacted. Our search is not confidential, and this document may be redistributed.

Learnmore about CIP by accessing our web site at

CIP is anequal opportunity employer.

Qualifiedwomenand professionals from developing countries are

particularly encouraged to apply

We do our best to provide you the most accurate info, but closing dates may be wrong on our site. Please check on the recruiting organization’s page for the exact info. Candidates are responsible for complying with deadlines and are encouraged to submit applications well ahead.
Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.

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