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Country Director at C-Quest Capital

  • Full Time
  • Lilongwe
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C-Quest Capital

C-Quest Capital LLC (CQC) is a social impact project developer & carbon finance business that works in the poorest communities around the world providing access to sustainable energy services and clean energy technologies that help reduce humanity’s carbon footprint, mitigate global climate change and improve the health of those in the greatest need. Our Transformation Carbon Projects (TCP), provide investors with verified carbon offset credits sourced from social welfare projects in developing countries under our three operational platforms: Cleaner Cooking, Efficient Lighting & Sustainable Energy. These projects are conducted at scale with our internationally based teams & on-the-ground implementation partners resulting in measurable impacts for the families and communities we serve worldwide.


CQC is headquartered in Washington DC, USA, with subsidiaries and operations across the globe.


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This position is onsite at our Malawi offices and will report to the Regional Director of Southern Africa in Operations who is based in Washington, Dc.


Background: CQC has been active in Malawi since 2018 with an initial focus on clean cookstove programs in rural settings. To date, we have distributed clean cookstoves to approximately one million households through implementing partners and our own operational arm (CQC Direct). Within the past year, our country office has rapidly expanded its portfolio to include nature-based carbon removals projects, cookstoves for the peri-urban/urban market, and the introduction of an alternative fuels’ ecosystem (pellets, LPG).  To support our growing staff and ongoing programmatic development, CQC is looking for a senior leader to oversee the Malawi country office.

The Role: The Country Director (CD) is the senior CQC representative in Malawi. The CD has overall responsibility and leadership of the Country Office’s performance, s/he represents CQC in the country, guiding a relevant program strategy development and implementation consistent with CQC’s global strategy. S/he will oversee operations and staff across all programs (cookstoves, fuels, NbS) in Malawi including training, administration, human resources, logistics and financial management. A successful candidate in this role must be able to effectively communicate and interact with others, to include local staff, CQC Global Management team, Government of Malawi officials, and other relevant stakeholders. The CD models and ensures systematic practice of CQC international values and new ways of working by fostering integrity and transparency, helping to build effective teams, and encouraging on-going staff development to motivate and strengthen the organizations resilience in the face of growth and change.


Core Responsibilities:

Strategic and Operational Planning and Implementation

  • Responsibility for the implementation of short term and long-term strategy, as well as designing and approving new opportunities for the entity operations.
  • Lead regular and participatory management team meetings to review the overall financial and operational performance of the country office.
  • Provides leadership and strategic support on the development of the Country Office’s role as an innovator and best in class carbon project developer including developing genuine partnerships with local organizations and institutions.
  • Ensures effective project implementation monitoring and evaluation systems that allows for proper reporting, timely course corrections, and learning.


Financial, Budget and Administration Management

  • Oversees and provide support to program support and finance staff in the development of the Country Office’s annual budget.
  • Ensures that the Country Office performance and audit results are satisfactory.
  • Monitor and analyze the Country Office cost structure, particularly in anticipation of changes in the program portfolio.
  • Submit other reports to HQ as requested.

Representation and Communications

  • Represents CQC at executive levels with Malawi government officials and other external stakeholders and, as needed, represents at a local level with community leadership and community members.
  • Liases with the Malawi government to ensure that the Country Office has the necessary agreements needed to operate transparently, such as, updated mutually recognized country agreements for carbon projects as well as program related agreements with relevant line ministers.
  • Ensures that accurate and updated Malawi government relations information is disseminated to CQC HQ, as necessary.
  • Advocates for the mission and vision of CQC with Malawi government officials, local private and not-for-profit entities, and other stakeholders, representing CQC’s interests in different industry events and forums related to the carbon markets, development, climate, environment.
  • Ensures that the image of CQC global in the country is consistent with CQC’s mission, vision and values and protects CQC’s interests and assets.
  • Provides periodic reports to CQC HQ on the affairs of the Country Office.

Staff Development and Management

  • Leads by example, communicate clear vision to staff, leadership, and inspiration to the Country Office, shows accountability and hold staff accountable for demonstrating CQC core values.
  • Ensures that the Country Office structure and the organization of workflows reflects ongoing needs of Country Office operations and works to build a more integrated operating environment.
  • Identifies capacity building and training priorities across teams in Malawi, and reinforcement of systems and processes for operational excellence.
  • Promotes a collaborative and positive work environment that values staff contributions.
  • Provides leadership and management over the implementation of CQC institutional policies and procedures to ensure Malawi is compliant with both global and Malawian standards.
  • Adopts and lead by example effective employee relations and performance management systems, including timely and clear communication of expectations through updated job descriptions and operating plans, regular performance feedback and annual performance appraisals, coaching and mentoring staff in decision-making, consistency, and coherence in the recognition of merit.
  • Establish regularly held management team meetings and ad hoc committee structure in which input on key issues is sought from various staff members in open discussion.


Skills, Qualifications & Experience:

  • Advanced degree(s) in relevant fields or minimum 10 years senior management experience. Preference for private sector company management experience.
  • Experience in establishing and maintaining collaborative relationships with the Government of Malawi.
  • Ability to travel internationally and maintains up-to-date passport, ability to drive and maintain a valid driver’s license.
  • Advance working knowledge of Microsoft Office applications.
  • Fluent in English (speaking, reading, and writing).

Location and Travel: Lilongwe, Malawi; The Country Director is expected to travel on occasion on an as-needed short-notice timeline.

Compensation: Competitive salary commensurate with experience.

Deadline for submitting applications is end of business day May 29, 2024.