National Director

Job Description
An outstanding opportunity for an energetic leader in international development to take an existing Country Program to the next level. ChildFund International is seeking a National Director for our Ethiopia office. This is accompanied position to be based in Addis Ababa.ChildFund International works in 31 countries, assisting approximately 17.8 million children and their family members. Our distinctive approach focuses on working with children, throughout their journey from birth to young adulthood, as well as with families, local organizations and communities globally to create the environments children need to thrive. What began in 1983 as modest effort to sustain orphanages has evolved into a global force working for children.

Today, we have a strategy that reflects boldness and ambition similar to that of our founders which is rooted in a renewed clarity of purpose and grounded in an extended view of children’s potential to not only survive and improve their own lives but to thrive as leaders of positive change for others.The National Director (ND) is responsible for vision and strategic leadership for the assigned national office. The ND is also responsible for the operational leadership that supports the mission and strategic direction acts as a resource to other national offices, the regional team and the agency as a whole in appropriate areas of expertise.


  • Accountable for strategic plan development, implementation and outcomes, resource planning and mobilization, budget development, human resources, programs and overall management of the country’s operations.
  • Ensure the organization is recognized by stakeholders (relevant government authorities, donors, other NGOs, media etc.) as a strong child development organization and credible reference point on issues related to development, and specifically to be seen as a leader in children’s issues.
  • Responsible for providing leadership for organization’s program through strategic planning, strategic alliances, learning, research and documentation.
  • Ensure optimal financial, human and physical resource allocation and management and quality standards, for successful implementation of the country’s and organization’s strategic plan and mission and to monitor and report on their progress.
  • Provide leadership in acquisition of resources and their proper use in pursuit of quality programs for child development.
  • Expand and develop the national office’s programs through the development of initiatives that further the organization’s impact on well-being of children and their communities.
  • Responsible for implementation of measures to ensure compliance to internal and donor policies and regulations and to protect assets and resources.
  • As a senior staff, contributes to regional and organizational wide initiatives to support achievement of core intent and outcomes and evolution of ChildFund

Required Skills

  • College degree or above in community development/social science or relevant discipline.
  • 7-10 years’ experience managing development programs at a senior management position
  • Experience in emergency programs, and/or community development
  • Experience in the management of large institutional grants preferred
  • Proven track record of strong management skills with complex programs and a large number of staff.
  • Experienced in child focused programming
  • Outstanding written and oral communication skills in English.
  • Ability to grow/develop a development agency by attracting local and international resources and building alliances.
  • Demonstrated high-level interpersonal and cross-cultural skills including the ability to build collaborative relationships internally and externally with sensitivity to cultural, ethnic, social and political issues.
  • Ability to pragmatically solve problems, plan a course of action using analytical, conceptual, strategic and forward thinking abilities to achieve an effective resolution.
  • Demonstrated technical expertise in such areas as: project, budget and resource management.
  • Strong leadership skills in such areas as: fostering teamwork; developing and motivating others; managing change; conflict resolution; initiative and flexibility.
  • Strong visioning, strategic planning, and implementation ability.
  • Effective under pressure, results oriented and proactive with the ability to multi-task.
  • Ability to demonstrate support for innovation and organizational changes needed to improve the organization’s effectiveness; helping others to successfully manage organizational change.
  • Ability to recognize, react and adjust to rapidly changing conditions and to lead the resources in appropriate direction with cohesiveness and a sense of urgency

Job Location Addis Ababa, , Ethiopia Position Type Full-Time/Regular

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