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Lead Country Director at CorpsAfrica

  • Full Time
  • Malawi
  • Salary: 00


Founded in 2011, CorpsAfrica provides the opportunity for Africans to serve in their own countries, along the lines of the Peace Corps model. We train college-educated young Africans and send them to live for up to one year in rural, high-poverty communities to facilitate small-scale, high-impact projects that are identified by local people. CorpsAfrica aims to create a culture of public service in Africa by giving participants the opportunity to apply their education, skills and energy toward helping their fellow citizens overcome extreme poverty.

We have steadily expanded operations from Morocco to Senegal, Malawi, Rwanda, Ghana, Kenya, Ethiopia, The Gambia, and Uganda over the last decade. Having successfully proven the power and effectiveness of the model, CorpsAfrica has begun to receive significant funding from large donors. As we reach a point of significant inflection leading to future expansion we seek to add motivated, capable, and highly effective staff to our team.

Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer and working closely with the leadership team, the Lead Country Director will be responsible for supporting country programs and ensuring they adhere to CorpsAfrica’s strategic plan, policies, and procedures. Country Directors and the Country Office Liaison report to the Lead Country Director, who is the primary conduit between Country Directors/country offices and the leadership team to ensure effective communications, collaboration, and problem-solving. CorpsAfrica has highly qualified Country Directors and values autonomy at the country level, so this position plays a coaching and mentoring role to new CDs and transitions to a thought partner and one who can assist in high-level problem-solving to more experienced CDs, as well as oversight, coordination, and accountability.

The Lead Country Director will have/develop robust knowledge of CorpsAfrica’s program and operations and will identify and share best practices across country programs with the Country Office Liaison. They will create forums for learning and problem-solving across country programs in collaboration with GSO units. The Lead Country Director will embody CorpsAfrica’s values and be an outstanding ambassador inside and outside of the organization.


SALARY AND BENEFITS: Gross annual salary is $80,000 to $85,000 USD. CorpsAfrica offers a comprehensive benefits package based on the country of residence.

REPORTS TO: Chief Executive Officer

Specific responsibilities: 

  • Provide oversight and support to Country Directors in collaboration with the Global Support Office (HR, finance, operations, programs and training, fundraising, representation).
  • Lead the start-up of new country offices with the Country Office Liaison (COL)  team, recruit new Country Directors, and ensure a high-quality onboarding process for new country leadership.
  • Lead the performance management system for Country Directors and COL.
  • Foster a culture of innovation and collaboration across country offices.
  • Ensure country offices are helping to deliver on CorpsAfrica’s strategic plan.
  • Identify potential obstacles and risks and engage the relevant staff to mitigate and solve the issues.
  • Identify potential continent and regional development partners to support country office programs.
  • Attend conferences and meetings on behalf of the organization.
  • Other responsibilities as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree and at least ten years of increasingly responsible work experience, five in the NGO sector, including as a Country Director, with good knowledge of budget management, HR systems, program design and implementation, and representation.
  • Outstanding participatory leadership skills and experience in coaching and mentoring.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively manage up and down an organizational structure.
  • Highly collaborative style and demonstrated ability to work across cultures.
  • Excellent written, oral, interpersonal, presentation, and creative problem-solving skills
  • Fluency in English is required, and French is highly desirable.
  • A strong commitment to the mission of CorpsAfrica and a desire to support youth leadership and participatory community development.

Method Of Application

Interested applicants should submit a résumé and a cover letter illustrating qualifications relevant to this role through JazzHR. The application period closes May 19, 2024. Interviews will be extended on a rolling basis.

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, CorpsAfrica encourages applications from all individuals regardless of age, gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, marital status, physical ability or any other legally protected basis.

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