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Ipas New Vacancy for Country Director


Ipas is a nonprofit organization dedicated to ending preventable deaths and disabilities from unsafe abortions.
Through local, national and global partnerships, Ipas
works to ensure women can obtain safe,
respectful and comprehensive
abortion care; including counseling and contraception to prevent
unintended pregnancies.

We are currently seeking qualified candidates for the position of:

Job Title: Country Director

Job ID: 2015-1524
Location: Abuja

Job Description

  • The Country Director provides leadership, oversight and strategic guidance for the Nigeria staff and program.
  • Functions as a primary organizational representative for the Nigeria
    country office and ensures strong collaboration with local government,
    international and local funders and partners.
  • Builds partnerships with government and other private and social
    sector organizations, at the national level, and advocates for policies
    and programs that maximize impact and resources to further women’s
    reproductive health and the Ipas mission.
  • In addition, this position may represent the organization when
    advocating for Ipas’s missions and programs at regional events, donors
    meetings and partner NGO gatherings.


  • Provides leadership and vision in development and implementation of
    Ipas’s initiatives and acts as a spoke-person of the organization.
  • Builds awareness of the organization and promotes communication of issues and accomplishments to the public.
  • Accountable for the Ipas Nigeria country office’s alignment to
    Ipas’s standards for work environment, workplace culture, ethics,
    safety, and overall employee morale.
  • Identifies and evaluates risk to the organization’s staff,
    property, finances, goodwill and image, and works with the appropriate
    colleagues in the operations and programs units to implement measures to
    manage and reduce risk.
  • Provides leadership in organizational fund raising efforts through
    identification and pursuit of funding opportunities for Ipas Nigeria in
    line with Ipas Vision, Mission and Strategic Objectives.
  • Assess opportunities and develops projects by obtaining inputs from
    other team members, Ipas programs, technical and operations unit
  • Builds partnerships with government and other private and social
    sector organizations, both at national and regional level, and advocates
    for policies and programs that maximize impact and resources to further
    women’s reproductive health and the Ipas mission.
  • Represents Ipas with donors at the regional and/or country level and
    oversees and coordinates the resource mobilization strategy.
  • Represents Ipas and advocates for women’s reproductive health and
    rights at national, regional and international conferences and events.
  • Ensure the implementation and delivery of the Ipas Nigeria portfolio
    of projects by leading the in country team(s), working with Ipas
    programs, technical and operations unit colleagues and other parties as
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


  • Master’s Degree or higher (or an International Equivalent) in Public Health or a related field.
  • Certification in project management. Qualification in Humanitarian
    action and/or Project Cycle Management and/or Monitoring &
  • Ability to travel up to 30% locally and periodic international trips


  • Minimum 10 years with project/portfolio/country management
    experience and previous experience as a Country Manager or Director or
    equivalent role in scope and responsibility for an international NGO.
  • Must be familiar with and committed to women’s sexual and reproductive health and rights.
  • Familiar with government health system, policy, strategy, and guidelines related to reproductive health
  • Comprehensive knowledge of theories, concepts, and practices in project management, process development and program execution.
  • Strong consultative and negotiation skills.
  • Strong critical thinking and problem solving skills to
    strategize, plan, and manage resources for successful completion of
  • Ability to motivate, influence and collaborate with others.
  • Ability to build positive working relationships
  • with district/state/national government officials, UN and other multilateral bodies and donor representatives.
  • Must be able to read, write, and speak fluent English and fluent in host country language(s).
  • Experience operating in challenging environments.
  • Demonstrated experience in fundraising and maintaining relationships with donors.
  • Demonstrated experience in successfully overseeing sector specific or multi-sector project management and implementation.
  • Demonstrated strategic planning, staff development and capacity building experience.
  • Established experience in leading and managing complex projects that
    are strategic in nature and national/international in scope.
  • Proven public relations, fundraising, policy, representation, and diplomacy skills required.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.

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