Country Director

Helen Keller International

Helen Keller International (HKI)/Nepal, an International non-profit organization (INGO), works to improve the sight and lives of the vulnerable by combating the causes and consequences of blindness, poor health and malnutrition through public health approaches, build capacity of organizations and contribute to policy changes through systems strengthening and operations research.

Job Information

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    Duty Station Kathmandu
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    Type of Appointment Full time
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    No. of Openings 1 opening
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    Salary Competitive /
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    Job Level : Senior Level
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    Job Experience : 7+ Years
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    Job Category NGO | INGO | Charity
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    Job Qualification : Master
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    Posted Date : Mar 10, 2021

Job Description

Overall Management and Leadership

Provide strategic vision and direction for overall program design, implementation, and proposal development; Work closely with the country team to accomplish the strategic goals.

Lead and oversee the implementation of country programs and the management of the office.

Represent Helen Keller in formal and informal meetings with government officials, international donor agencies, and national technical advisory groups pertinent to our project activities.

Identify opportunities and generate funding from international and bilateral agencies and donor agencies.

Develop and nurture in-country donor relationships and identify potential partners to participate in joint proposals.

Lead and prepare concept papers and proposals and provide other information as needed for submission to donors and others for fundraising and marketing purposes.

Model collaboration for your matrixed team: effectively consult and inform colleagues to maximize efficiency and knowledge sharing and integrate guidance and direction from subject matter experts in your office and elsewhere in the global organization to maximize performance.

Build a highly effective Country Management Team, recruiting, supervising, mentoring, and evaluating staff, and engaging in frequent performance conversations with team members.

Delegate authority, consult with, and guide staff to achieve goals and contribute to an atmosphere conducive to professional growth and development.

Ensure accountability to beneficiaries, partners, colleagues, and donors by providing ongoing feedback in a context of mutual respect.

Participate in the recruitment process of global colleagues as requested by management.


Oversee and coordinate the program portfolio to ensure the highest level of project quality and accountability, while fostering continuity through building local capacity.

Provide technical input to the government, international donors, and technical advisory groups pertinent to project activities.

Ensure implementation of strong program monitoring, evaluation, and learning functions.

Oversee research design, methodology, and dissemination of information needed to monitor and evaluate project activities and/or advance programmatic and policy changes.

Disseminate findings from Helen Keller projects that are of importance to decision-makers in a position to fund or implement projects in Nepal and internationally.

Keep the national partners and others informed about progress of the projects, plans for the development of new programs/projects/activities, and donor involvement in the overall program.

Financial and Administrative

Provide oversight to finance and administrative services including procurement, property management, human resources management, vehicle and facilities management, and staff safety and security.

Work with global colleagues to manage the development and implementation of annual country budgets.

Authorize expenditures for grant or contract allocations and ensure compliance with procedures required by grant or contract agreements.

Ensure the accurate and timely submission of financial and narrative reports that comply with grant or contract agreements and ensure compliance with all aspects of donor funding and Helen Keller policies.

Required Qualification & Experience

Minimum seven years of field experience in international public health, especially nutrition programs, including demonstrated experience in program development, implementation, and evaluation, plus a minimum master’s degree in public health, nutrition, development or related field, or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Experience in designing and implementing workshops, seminars, surveys, monitoring systems, and evaluations plus research design, data analysis, and interpretation.

Technical knowledge in an area related to Helen Keller’s mission and programs.

Demonstrated ability to undertake high-level representation and advocacy.

Experience working in Nepal and/or elsewhere in Asia, with Ministries, international and local NGOs, and donors based locally, is a substantial asset.

Demonstrated experience and skills in leadership, staff management, program development and management, strategic planning, monitoring and evaluation, and public speaking.

Demonstrated ability to develop and create budgets and monitor financial status.

Demonstrated capacity to mobilize program funding including donor cultivation and grants writing.

Knowledge and experience managing compliance to diverse donors (USAID, DFID, GAC, EU, etc.,).

Excellent interpersonal skills, including an ability to effectively lead a team, communicate a vision, make timely and transparent decisions, and manage conflict.

Very good oral and written English language skills, including the ability to quickly synthesize complex technical and programmatic issues into concise communications.

Well-established and practiced organizational and planning skills.

Computer literate in use of word-processing, spreadsheet and statistical software; experience in data analysis and interpretation is highly desirable.

Experience with staff security and safety issues is desirable.

Ability and willingness to travel at least 15-20% within Nepal and, periodically, internationally.

How to Apply

Qualified candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to ( noting the job title in the subject line. Qualified Nepalese professionals are encouraged to apply.