Sahel Technical Director

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Reporting to Sahel Director. The position can be based in any capital of the 4 programs: Dakar, Ouagadougou, Niamey or Bamako. The final contracting for this role is dependant on the signature of a grant.



About Us:


Marie Stopes International (MSI) is a global organisation providing personalised contraception and safe abortion services to women and girls. Our local teams of professionals are passionate about the work they do in communities across 37 countries. The services we provide give a woman the power to choose when she has children so that she’s free to pursue her plans and dreams for herself and her family.

The primary responsibility of this role is to further MSI’s Goal: The prevention of unwanted births and its mission of ensuring an individual’s right to: children by choice, not chance

The Role:


Based in the support office of any of the 4 country programs, the Sahel Technical Director contributes to strategic development; drives programmatic excellence; supports new business development and effective grant management. A key component of the role is to develop capacity in-country and in the Sahel team to accompany the growth of the programs and the diversification of the project & activities portfolio, by linking field teams with MSI global expertise; supporting operational improvements and innovation.


About you

To succeed in this role, you must have:


  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills and ability to organise and present information in a compelling way
  • Ability to design, implement and monitor effective project management
  • Understanding of, and ability to write and edit donor proposals and reports.
  • Ability to create, manage and present budgets, good numeric skills
  • Fluency in both written and spoken English and French
  • Ability to work well with others in a team environment and across disciplines and cultures, including field teams and head offices.



  • Demonstrated programme management experience at senior level (program director, chief of party/technical lead) (5 years). Demonstrated experience of improving value for money and operations efficiency in a health service delivery context, preferably with SRH.
  • Experience in driving innovation in field operations
  • Experience of working in an overseas location (preferably a developing country)
  • Experience of managing donor funded projects, grant management experience

Qualifications and Training:


Personal Attributes:

  • Demonstrates MSI team member behaviours
  • Pro choice
  • Ability to travel up to 12 weeks a year
  • Ability to manage a heavy workload
  • Enthusiastic, positive, determined
  • Able to work on one’s own initiative
  • Calm under pressure


For more information about the role, please view the job framework on our website.


In addition, you will be pro-choice


Location: Sahel (Capital)


Closing date: 12/08/19 (midnight GMT). Interviews may take place before this date for exceptional candidates.


Salary: Competitive



Our organisation is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and post holders to share this commitment.



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