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Country Director

HealthNet TPO
Location: Bujumbura, Burundi
Last Date: August 31, 2011
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Job Title
Country Director
Bujumbura, Burundi
Contract date
Starting as soon as possible and by December 1, 2011
The initial contract will be 1 year with extension based on performance.
Reports to
Director Operations in Amsterdam

The Dutch organisation HealthNet TPO is a knowledge-driven, non-profit organization that works in areas disrupted by war, disasters and poverty. Working together with local populations it works on rehabilitation and sustainable healthcare development.

The HealtNetTPO Burundi programme focuses on health system and community system strengthening and is known for its extensive work on mental health. The annual turnover is around 2 million Euro’s and the donors include the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, PSO, the WorldBank, GAVI and various UN agencies. Currently around 50 people are employed in the HealthNet TPO programmes in Burundi.

HealthNet TPO is also a member of the Dutch Consortium Rehabilitation (DCR). The DCR members are Save the Children, ZOA-refugee care, CARE and HealthNet TPO. The DCR implements cross-thematic programmes in 6 countries known as fragile states. In Burundi HealthNet TPO is the lead DCR member.

The purpose of this position is to lead the HealthNet TPO programming in Burundi in line with HealthNet TPO’s vision and strategic directions. The CMD is overall responsibility for the successful running of the HealthNet TPO programming in Burundi.


Country and Programme Planning and Reporting
• Together with the Country Representative jointly responsible for ensuring annual and long term country plans (strategic and operational), in line with country strategy and the mission and vision of HealthNet TPO, including targets are developed and in place;
• Overall responsibility for the production of financial, programme and organizational reports;
• Overall responsibility for ensuring mechanisms are in place to manage the work in order to meet the plans and targets;
• Ensure that monitoring and evaluation system is in place, functioning and adhered to in order to regularly review these plans.

• Strategically manage and develop HealthNet TPO’s portfolio of public health, psychosocial, community system strengthening and other related HealthNet TPO activities in Burundi;
• Chair the biweekly country team and guide the country team members in building an effective and accountable organization;
• Chair the steering committee of DCR in Burundi;
• Ensure clear management, reporting and organizational structures in Burundi;
• Ensure managers have the necessary resources to fulfill their responsibilities;
• Ensure appropriate processes and standards are developed to deliver and improve the organisation’s key activities;
• Ensure accountability and transparency toward the Head office in Amsterdam, donors, beneficiaries and government authorities, and ensure that all activities are in compliance with international standards, all organizational and donor guidelines and policies as well as relevant legal requirements;
• Identify, effectively manage and communicate key risks, including security risks, related to HealthNet TPO programming in Burundi.

• Masters degree or equivalent in Development Studies, International Relations, Social Sciences, Business Administration or similar discipline from a recognized university;
• At least 8 years senior management experience in a relevant, connected field;
• Experience in managing NGO programmes is a strong asset;
• A demonstrated ability in strategic planning, organisation and oversight of complex issues;
• General and operational management experience in a post-conflict environment, preferably in Africa;
• Strong leadership, supervisory and people management experience and skills;
• Ability to lead and motivate and promote teamwork among other staff;
• Strong analytical and creative thinking skills;
• Strong administrative and organisational skills;
• Committed to taking up the position for a minimum of 2 years;
• Excellent command of written and spoken French and English is an absolute must.

For more information or a complete job description please contact our HRM department at HealthNet-TPO, Tolstraat 127, Amsterdam telephone number: 020-512 06 46 or email to For more information on our organisation, please check our website:

To apply please send your CV (maximum 4 pages) and motivation letter to by August 31, 2011. When applying please include the following title in the email subject line: CDB. Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. Interviewed candidates will be requested to provide three references.


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