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CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: Executive Director of The Initiative for Equal Rights (TIERs)

in NIGERIA, 16/10/2012

The Initiative for Equal Rights (TIERs) is a registered Non-governmental organization in Nigeria. TIERs was founded in 2006 and established in 2007 as a response to the continuous discrimination and marginalization of sexual minorities in health programs such as HIV prevention program and human rights advocacy. TIERs seeks to appoint an Executive Director, to commence immediately.

Job Title: EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR 
Location: Lagos, Nigeria
Date of Joining: Immediately
Reporting to: Board of Director

SUMMARY: The Executive Director of The Initiative for Equal Rights (TIERs) functions as the Chief Executive Officer of the organization. In this capacity the incumbent is responsible for implementation of policies set by the Board of Directors as well as annual goals and objectives, and financial, program, and administrative management of the organization. An independent advisor, the Chairman of the Board and its Executive Committee provides guidance and direction.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

1. Leadership

Participate with the Board of Directors in developing a vision and strategic plan to guide the organization
· Identify, assess, and inform the Board of Directors of internal and external issues that affect the organization
· Act as a professional advisor to the Board of Director on all aspects of the organization's activities
· Foster effective team work between the Board and the Executive Director and between the Executive Director and staff
· In addition to the Chair of the Board, act as a spokesperson for the organization
· Conduct official correspondence on behalf of the Board as appropriate and jointly with the Board when appropriate
· Represent the organization at community activities to enhance the organization's community profile.

2. Operational planning and management

· Develop an operational plan which incorporates goals and objectives that work towards the strategic direction of the organization
· Ensure that the operation of the organization meets the expectations of its clients, Board and Funders
· Oversee the efficient and effective day-to-day operation of the organization
· Draft policies for the approval of the Board and prepare procedures to implement the organizational policies; review existing policies on an annual basis and recommend changes to the Board as appropriate
· Ensure that personnel, client, donor and volunteer files are securely stored and privacy/confidentiality is maintained
· Provide support to the Board by preparing meeting agenda and supporting materials.

3. Program planning and management

· Oversee the planning, implementation and evaluation of the organization's programs and services
· Ensure that the programs and services offered by the organization contribute to the organization's mission and reflect the priorities of the Board
· Monitor the day-to-day delivery of the programs and services of the organization to maintain or improve quality
· Oversee the planning, implementation, execution and evaluation of special projects.

4. Human resources planning and management

· Determine staffing requirements for organizational management and program delivery
· Oversee the implementation of the human resources policies, procedures and practices including the development of job description for all staff
· Establish a positive, healthy and safe work environment in accordance with all appropriate legislation and regulations
· Recruit, interview and select staff that have the right technical and personal abilities to help further the organization's mission
· Ensure that all staff receives an orientation to the organization and that appropriate training is provided
· Implement a performance management process for all staff which includes monitoring the performance of staff on an on-going basis and conducting an annual performance review
· Coach and mentor staff as appropriate to improve performance
· Discipline staff when necessary using appropriate techniques; release staff when necessary using appropriate and legally defensible procedures.

5. Financial planning and management

· Work with staff and the Board (Finance Committee) to prepare a comprehensive budget
· Work with the Board to secure adequate funding for the operation of the organization
· Research funding sources, oversee the development of fund raising plans and write funding proposals to increase the funds of the organization
· Participate in fundraising activities as appropriate
· Approve expenditures within the authority delegated by the Board
· Ensure that sound bookkeeping and accounting procedures are followed
· Administer the funds of the organization according to the approved budget and monitor the monthly cash flow of the organization
· Provide the Board with comprehensive, regular reports on the revenues and expenditure of the organization
· Ensure that the organization complies with all legislation covering taxation and withholding payments.

6. Community relations/advocacy

· Communicate with stakeholders to keep them informed of the work of the organization and to identify changes in the community served by the organization
· Establish good working relationships and collaborative arrangements with community groups, funders, politicians, and other organizations to help achieve the goals of the organization.

7. Risk management

· Identify and evaluate the risks to the organization's people (clients, staff, management, volunteers), property, finances, goodwill, and image and implement measures to control risks
· Ensure that the Board of Directors and the organization carries appropriate and adequate insurance coverage
· Ensure that the Board and staff understand the terms, conditions and limitations of the insurance coverage

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITES: Responsible for supervision of all assigned staff. Responsibilities include interviewing, recommendation for hiring and training employees; planning, assigning and directing of work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.

QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE: Advanced university degree (Masters degree or equivalent) in business administration, international relations, public health or law. A first-level university degree in combination withqualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

LANGUAGE SKILLS: Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, financial reports, legal documents, technical procedures, or governmental regulations; write reports, develop grant proposal, business correspondence, and procedure manuals; efficiently respond to questions from membership, staff and members of the community; communicate effectively in both written and oral form; and, effectively present information to membership, top management, public group, and/or board of directors.

REASONING ABILITY: Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions; exhibit independent judgment in the development, implementation and evaluation of plans, procedures and policies; and interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.

OTHER KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES: Knowledge of the principles and techniques of research grant administration, contract administration and negotiation, community organization, fiscal and organizational management, principles and practices of marketing and public relations. Ability to plan, direct and coordinate activities; negotiate and administer contracts; work with health care providers, commercial vendors, government agencies, community groups and other organizations as necessary; communicate effectively in both written and oral forms; exhibit independent judgment in the development, implementation and evaluation of plans, procedures and policies.

To apply for the position, please submit a substantive cover letter and current resume to:
Joseph Sewedo Akoro: sewedo@jsaconsultinggroup.org

The Initiative for Equal Rights is an equal opportunity employer and considers all applications without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, gender identity, national origin, age, height, weight, disability, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other legally protected status.

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