Country Director

at International Fund for Animal Welfare
Published November 13, 2022
Location Harare, Zimbabwe
Category Administration  
Job Type Full Time  


The Country Director position serves as the front-line IFAW representative with the Government of Zimbabwe, diplomatic missions, local communities, and other NGOs to advance our mission overall and priorities in the country. The incumbent will have overall accountability and leadership of the IFAW Zimbabwe’s performance, guiding country strategy development and implementation consistent with IFAW’s Institutional Strategic Plan (ISP).

Role and Responsibilities

Work closely with the Africa Director, as well as relevant Program Directors and support departments in the development and implementation of the Zimbabwe Strategy in line with Institutional goals
Negotiate with the host government and relevant institutions (e.g., ZimParks) to ensure that the Country Office has mutually recognized agreements (MOUs) as well as program frameworks guiding implementation
Provide leadership to ensure the effective development, financing and implementation of strategic program initiatives and projects in Zimbabwe
In collaboration with functional leadership across IFAW, ensure that project plans are in place to achieve program and brand objectives.
Lead the implementation of the Zimbabwe strategy, including human resource planning, annual work plan and budget planning. Ensures, through regular monitoring of activities, effective project implementation and use of best programming practices.
Provide ongoing executive leadership and management direction for all aspects of the Zimbabwe office including operations and procurement, finance, administration, and human resources.
Ensure strategic engagement and partnership building with relevant national and international stakeholders on conservation and related issues in Zimbabwe (e.g., KAZA TFCA and SADC Secretariat).
Raise the visibility of the work in Zimbabwe among institutional funders, trusts and high income/net worth individuals and cultivating those relationships that will aid philanthropy staff with prospect development

Ensure ongoing programmatic excellence by providing, facilitating, or coordinating high quality technical and management support to staff in Zimbabwe including effective employee relations and performance management systems, regular performance feedback and annual performance appraisals, coaching and mentoring staff in decision-making.
Undertake regular management team meetings and establish ad hoc committee structures in which input on key issues is sought from colleagues in open discussion.
Create and maintain an inclusive team environment for regional and international colleagues hosted in the Country Office.
Provide indirect management and guidance to regional brand and communications and when necessary, serves as IFAW’s main media spokesperson.
Supervise contractors in the region as required to ensure the achievement of IFAW’s long and short-term program objectives.


At least 5 years of supervisory experience

Proven history of engagements with government, local community, and NGO leadership platforms

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