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West Africa Manager (deadline: 21 May 2017)

The West Africa Manager will be part of the Migration Program working on displaced people, migration, human trafficking and modern slavery issues. This role has responsibility for implementing projects in West Africa while building out our service offering and donor base. You will be based for more than 50% of your time in either Nigeria or Senegal and must be fluent in French and English.

Job Description

We are a social enterprise with a mission to work with vulnerable people to build a better future. We specialise in justice, migration and social inclusion. Our expertise is in strategic communications, counselling, consulting, monitoring and evaluation, and research. We work in East Asia, South Asia, the Middle East, East Africa, North Africa, the Sahel and Europe. For more information about us, please visit https://seefar.org/about-us

This role demands someone who is smart, intrinsically motivated, worldly and interested in hard challenges. Seefar has a track record for delivering research, consulting, program design and strategic communications projects in West Africa on migration and human trafficking issues. In 2017 we are investing in expanding our presence and this role will lead that expansion.

To get a sense of the services we specialise in at Seefar, please visit https://seefar.org/services

For examples of projects relevant to migration, please visit https://seefar.org/tag/migration/ and for human trafficking and modern slavery, please visit https://seefar.org/tag/human-trafficking-modern-slavery/

We are looking for someone:

  • Based in West Africa for at least 50% of their time – ideally in Senegal or Nigeria
  • Fluent in English and French (both written and oral)
  • With a track record of delivering projects in West Africa
  • Who has had demonstrable success fundraising

The following are the primary responsibilities of the role, with estimated allocations of time and attention.

Deliver: Project and Mission Implementation

Approximately 70% of your time and attention:

  • Support and guide the Migration Program team to advance our mission and deliver projects.
  • Implementing projects.
  • Manage and develop personnel and support services.
  • Ensure donors needs are met and expectations exceeded where possible.
  • Provide regional inputs to programs relating to migration, displaced people, human trafficking and modern slavery.
  • Liaise with donors and partners to report on projects and manage relationships. For example, this would include briefing donors on progress and spending time talking with relevant teams in our partner organisations.
Develop: Capabilities and Program Portfolio

Approximately 20% of your time and attention:

  • Develop the West Africa team. For example, this would include mentoring your team and leading recruitment.
  • Lead fundraising for Seefar in West Africa. Build and maintain contacts and networks with potential supporters. This includes identifying new opportunities and creating new projects, as well as supporting existing fundraising activity.
  • Liaise with partners and donors to identify how the Enterprise can assist, and manage proposals or other processes to initiate projects. For example, this would include visiting donors to explore opportunities and leading proposal writing or working on proposals with partner consortia.
  • Strengthen the Enterprise’s reputation and profile in our areas of expertise in West Africa, potentially including demonstration projects if you assess them to be valuable.
Direct: Global Management
  • Represent and demonstrate the Enterprise’s values.

Approximately 10% of your time and attention:

  • Cooperate with other areas of the Migration Program and Enterprise, including to communicate substantive and administrative information that supports corporate management overall. For example, this would include ensuring effective internal reporting at the project and region level.

Working with Seefar

Current and former personnel have noted the points below as positive features of Seefar’s work environment and culture:

  • The Enterprise combines entrepreneurialism with a focus on social impact.
  • You work with highly diverse people and across a diversity of contexts.
  • There is a high level of trust that supports you to work autonomously.
  • The people in the Enterprise encourage innovation and experimentation.
  • Achieving results is prioritised over rigid structures and workflows.
  • You are never bored and always challenged.

Current and former personnel have noted the points below as negative features of Seefar’s work environment and culture:

  • Collaborating with geographically dispersed teams requires flexibility and patience.
  • Working remotely can make you feel isolated and so requires you to invest time in communication.
  • Travel schedules can sometimes be heavy.
  • A high-growth phase means problem-solving as the Enterprise’s systems evolve quickly.

An Excellent Candidate

To excel in this role, you will start with extensive experience working in West Africa with some of that experience relevant to migration, human trafficking or modern slavery issues. You spend at least 50% of your time in West Africa, preferably in Nigeria or Senegal. You have experience of fundraising and have done consulting work that was assessed positively. You want a leadership role and you like the idea of having autonomy to pursue a vision. You have a track record of supervising others effectively. You have ideas about what works well in this industry and you have seen opportunities to to do much better. You look forward to leading an entrepreneurial region as it grows – you will have a diverse set of tasks that demands a regional vision while requiring your focus on activity delivery as the team develops. You will be motivated by an Enterprise performance framework focused on social impact.

To apply for this Role

On or before 7 May 2017, complete our online application form. Before you start, you should do the following:

  1. Confirm you meet these minimum requirements:
    1. Extensive experience working in West Africa with some of that experience related to migration, human trafficking or modern slavery.
    2. You spend at least 50% of your time in West Africa.
    3. Experience in fundraising.
    4. Successful delivery of consulting assignments that were assessed positively.
    5. Motivation to lead a growing team to achieve social impact.
    6. Complete fluency in oral and written French and English.
  2. Prepare a CV in Word or PDF format. You will upload this in our online application form.
  3. In Word or PDF format, prepare an introductory letter that includes only the points below. You will upload this in our online application form.
    1. One paragraph explaining what you have learned is a necessary attitude or approach when delivering successful projects in West Africa. What experiences taught you this?
    2. One paragraph giving an example of a fundraising process that you have led. What was the context? What happened? What were the most important contributors to success?