Senior Country Manager, Technical Lead, Digital Impact Alliance

Sierra Leone
Full Time
Employment Opportunity
Experienced

Position Overview 

The Digital Impact Alliance (DIAL) is a “think, do, replicate” tank that investigates digital transformation best practice at the national, regional and global level. We combine practical research with evidence-based advocacy to identify which digital efforts work, package them as reusable solutions, and encourage their use. DIAL is funded through a collaboration among the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the United Kingdom’s Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCDO) and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), and hosted within the UN Foundation in Washington, D.C.

DIAL seeks a talented, entrepreneurial, result-oriented, and experienced professional who will lead the Sierra Leone country project aimed at accelerating National Digital Transformation efforts in the country. This dynamic position requires a proactive, solution oriented, articulate, strategic thinker, to spearhead DIAL’s strategic and operational engagement in Sierra Leone and be the technical lead for DIAL’s Africa program. The Senior Country Manager/Senior Technical lead is responsible for leading and driving country projects and will provide strategic guidance and technical support to DIAL’s Africa team in shaping and developing Digital Public Infrastructure for public service delivery. It is a multi-faceted role focused on strategy and partnerships, project management, technical oversight and MEL while ensuring compliance and high-quality delivery. It will require the Senior Country Manager to be well informed about national and international development priorities in Digital Transformation and steer the sectors in response to these priorities. The Senior Country Manager will need to provide strong hands-on guidance and management at all levels to enable DIAL and country partners to achieve key targets and strengthen shared value delivery. The Senior Country Manager will also be the face of DIAL in the country and ensure its positive brand and visibility. This role offers the successful candidate an exciting position in a rapidly evolving and unpredictable political and economic environment.

This position is based in Sierra Leone.

Essential Functions

Government Engagement

  • Provide direction and lead all of DIAL’s interaction with key government officials, policy makers, public influencers and regulators in Sierra Leone and serve as the day-to-day liaison with government counterparts.
  • Ensure that DIAL’s strategic country objectives are aligned with Government needs and priorities.
  • Establish and maintain effective long-term relations with government MDAs at leadership and technical levels.
  • Monitor the regulatory and policy management environment in order to make timely interventions to inform country strategy.
  • Link regularly with relevant focal points in Government to maintain constructive working relations and ensure smooth implementation of respective projects.
  • Point of contact for DIAL’s delivery partners and consultants in Sierra Leone. Ensure that there is constant alignment between the government and technical support teams and support organization of workshops, interviews and technical working groups as needed.
  • Represent DIAL in country meetings and other forums, and ensure accurate and timely documentation (minutes etc.)

Technical Leadership

  • Responsible for the strategic technical leadership to DIAL country implementation team to ensure technical integrity and quality assurance for all DIAL country implementations
  • Serve as the technical liaison between DIAL and partner governments to ensure a country led approach to government enterprise architecture delivery.
  • Establish, adapt and adopt best practices and lessons learned from different countries that could be implemented in the roll-out of Digital Public Infrastructure in a resource-constrained environment.
  • Provide strategic technical guidance to the Government of Sierra Leone in the adoption, deployment, and scaling of digital government services through the digital building blocks approach.
  • Ensure the respective business, application, data and technology perspectives are in line with country governments’ technology and governance strategies, policies and standards.
  • Serve as technical resource for GovStack project teams to identify and execute different programmatic activities and products that advance the host countries’ goals and priorities.
  • Serve as subject matter expert for country implementation work through presentations in external forums.

Project Management

  • Co-design and maintain country workplan with the integrated DIAL team and delivery partners.
  • Responsible for the success of the country project delivery against workplan in accordance with set milestones in the contracts and communicate accordingly on progress and risks.
  • On-going management of in-country projects. This may include organizing and facilitating multi-stakeholder workshops, conducting desk-based landscaping research, managing relationships across a range of stakeholders.

Business Development

  • Build and manage relationships with relevant stakeholders in Sierra Leone in order to identify and catalyze strategic opportunities to develop and support initiatives that align with the DIAL’s core objectives.
  • Responsible for identifying new national business opportunities and work with DIAL business development team in the successful development of concept notes and tactical approach plans.
  • Technical lead in developing compelling proposals and presentations for prospective new partners and donors.
  • Integrates secondary research into DIAL’s learning agenda by supporting the production of high-quality and professional publications, toolkits and blogs which capture lessons and insights regarding country engagement and learnings.
  • Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL). Work with DIAL MEL team to support country partners to lead monitoring, evaluation, and learning activities to track their digital transformation journey, including development of a Theory of Change and routine MEL data collection.
  • Contribute to reporting against the DIAL Results Framework and evidence to support DIAL-wide learning agenda.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Selection Criteria

  • Bachelor’s degree required; Master's degree preferred in computer science software engineering or other field related to technology-focused international development. Certification in Enterprise Architecture. TOGAF preferred.
  • 7-10 years’ experience in international development, preferably at strategic level, with a focus on technology-centric development programs. 
  • Knowledge and understanding of trends in National Digital Transformation and Digital Economy in Africa.
  • Strong demonstrable experience and expertise in systems architecture blueprints, strategy development and enterprise solutions.
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a team and individually with an ability to manage uncertainty.
  • Experience in collaborating with multiple stakeholders and driving results in multi stakeholder's environment.
  • Experience working or consulting in developing and emerging economies and is sensitive to a diverse range of cultural and regional norms, applying a tactful and open-minded approach.
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication, networking, and positioning skills at multiple levels with the ability to manage relationships with federal and local government officials.
  • Proficiency in both written and spoken English.
  • Ascribe to DIAL’s values of Commitment, Collaboration, Empowerment, Courage and Thoughtful Action.

The United Nations Foundation is proud to be an equal opportunity and affirmative-action employer. The United Nations Foundation provides equal employment opportunity to all employees and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

Share

Apply for this position

Required*
Apply with Indeed
We've received your resume. Click here to update it.
Attach resume as .pdf, .doc, .docx, .odt, .txt, or .rtf (limit 5MB) or Paste resume

Paste your resume here or Attach resume file

To comply with government Equal Employment Opportunity and/or Affirmative Action reporting regulations, we are requesting (but NOT requiring) that you enter this personal data. This information will not be used in connection with any employment decisions, and will be used solely as permitted by state and federal law. Your voluntary cooperation would be appreciated. Learn more.

Invitation for Job Applicants to Self-Identify as a U.S. Veteran
  • A “disabled veteran” is one of the following:
    • a veteran of the U.S. military, ground, naval or air service who is entitled to compensation (or who but for the receipt of military retired pay would be entitled to compensation) under laws administered by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs; or
    • a person who was discharged or released from active duty because of a service-connected disability.
  • A “recently separated veteran” means any veteran during the three-year period beginning on the date of such veteran's discharge or release from active duty in the U.S. military, ground, naval, or air service.
  • An “active duty wartime or campaign badge veteran” means a veteran who served on active duty in the U.S. military, ground, naval or air service during a war, or in a campaign or expedition for which a campaign badge has been authorized under the laws administered by the Department of Defense.
  • An “Armed forces service medal veteran” means a veteran who, while serving on active duty in the U.S. military, ground, naval or air service, participated in a United States military operation for which an Armed Forces service medal was awarded pursuant to Executive Order 12985.
Veteran status



Voluntary Self-Identification of Disability
Voluntary Self-Identification of Disability Form CC-305
OMB Control Number 1250-0005
Expires 5/31/2023
Why are you being asked to complete this form?

We are a federal contractor or subcontractor required by law to provide equal employment opportunity to qualified people with disabilities. We are also required to measure our progress toward having at least 7% of our workforce be individuals with disabilities. To do this, we must ask applicants and employees if they have a disability or have ever had a disability. Because a person may become disabled at any time, we ask all of our employees to update their information at least every five years.

Identifying yourself as an individual with a disability is voluntary, and we hope that you will choose to do so. Your answer will be maintained confidentially and not be seen by selecting officials or anyone else involved in making personnel decisions. Completing the form will not negatively impact you in any way, regardless of whether you have self-identified in the past. For more information about this form or the equal employment obligations of federal contractors under Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act, visit the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) website at www.dol.gov/ofccp.

How do you know if you have a disability?

You are considered to have a disability if you have a physical or mental impairment or medical condition that substantially limits a major life activity, or if you have a history or record of such an impairment or medical condition. Disabilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Autism
  • Autoimmune disorder, for example, lupus, fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, or HIV/AIDS
  • Blind or low vision
  • Cancer
  • Cardiovascular or heart disease
  • Celiac disease
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Deaf or hard of hearing
  • Depression or anxiety
  • Diabetes
  • Epilepsy
  • Gastrointestinal disorders, for example, Crohn's Disease, or irritable bowel syndrome
  • Intellectual disability
  • Missing limbs or partially missing limbs
  • Nervous system condition for example, migraine headaches, Parkinson's disease, or Multiple sclerosis (MS)
  • Psychiatric condition, for example, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, PTSD, or major depression
Please check one of the boxes below:

PUBLIC BURDEN STATEMENT: According to the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 no persons are required to respond to a collection of information unless such collection displays a valid OMB control number. This survey should take about 5 minutes to complete.

You must enter your name and date