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  • International Development
    Senior Leadership and Management

    Area Vice President – Africa

    Habitat for Humanity International, founded in 1976, is a global Christian-based non-profit organization which grew out of an intentionally multi-racial community in rural Georgia.  Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat brings together people of all faiths and people of no faith to build homes, communities and hope. Working alongside each other, we help families and individuals build and improve places to call home and achieve the strength, stability and self-reliance they need to build better lives for themselves. Habitat for Humanity seeks individuals who have a willingness to affirm these principles and values.

    About the role

    The Area Vice President- Africa, reporting to the Chief Operating Officer, is responsible for providing oversight and direction to Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI) programs in the Africa (AFR) region. In addition, as a member of the Senior Leadership Team (SLT), and the Operations Leadership Team (OLT), the Area VP plays a critical role in contributing to HfHI’s strategic direction.

    Essential Duties and Responsibilities

    • Manage the HFHI Africa area:
      • Develop and guide, in consultation with key stakeholders, the implementation of the AFR Strategic Framework and key change components.
      • Supervise HFHI Directors for the area including Program, Finance and Administration, Human Resources and Learning & Organizational Development, Terwillinger Center for Innovation in Shelter (TCIS), Communications, Legal, Safety & Security and Safeguarding.
      • Facilitate and nurture relationships with National Organizations and key partners.
      • Generate resources for HFHI’s operations in the Area.
    • Develop and cultivate strategic partnerships and funding relationships with external organizations and individuals including international agencies, governments, corporations, foundations, etc.
    • Oversee and shepherd the work of the Terwilliger Center for Innovation in Shelter (TCIS). Cultivate relationships with key financial institutions and private sector partners. Ensure cross-functional collaboration for successful execution.
    • Serve as a housing advocate in the region. Host and participate in key forums and conversations to promote policies, funding, and actions to promote decent shelter for all.
    • Serve as the primary focal point for National Office Boards and regularly liaise with Board chairs to collaborate and strengthen shared accountability.
    • Together with other Area Vice Presidents and the HFHI Senior Leadership Team, participate in the development and refinement of the global program strategy. Apply and, where necessary, contextualize, global program strategy to the Area.
    • Provide leadership to operationalize the regional framework and own accountability for the annual operational plan.
    • Pay regular visits to the National Organizations and/or attend events/meetings for the purpose of networking and identifying issues and concerns.
    • Facilitate and ensure cross-functional collaboration and interaction of area staff with other HFHI units and departments.
    • Provide leadership and stewardship that supports HFHI’s Christian faith and values through active servant leadership, motivating Area Habitat staff members, serving partner families, and encouraging volunteers to follow the mission and vision of HFHI.
    • Other related duties as assigned by supervisor.

    Supervisory responsibilities:

    • National Directors, Africa
    • Director, Program Operations, Africa
    • Director, Human Resources Business Partner (Africa and Europe/Middle East)
    • Africa Safeguarding Advisor
    • Africa Safety and Security Advisor

    Knowledge, Skills & Experience

    • Master’s degree or equivalent
    • 5 years’ experience in the AFR Area.
    • 15 years program management or international development experience required.
    • 5 years in management capacity, at Executive or Senior Management level.
    • Experience leading organizational change.
    • Demonstrate an ability to manage a wide range of issues. Proven track record as a general manager at Executive/Senior Management level.
    • Outstanding oral and written communication.
    • Excellent organizational and interpersonal skills.
    • Fluency in English, both written and spoken.
    • In-depth knowledge and understanding of social, political, cultural, and economic issues in the Africa region
    • Demonstrate ability to work within and provide leadership to a team.

    Active support of HFHI Values:

    • Humility – We are part of something bigger than ourselves
    • Courage – We do what’s right, even when it is difficult or unpopular
    • Accountability – We take personal responsibility for Habitat’s mission

    At Habitat for Humanity International, we embrace a history rooted in creating equity and take our mission seriously by courageously committing to a culture and workplace where all staff feel safe, welcome, visible, respected, supported and valued. As an equal opportunity employer, we realize that our success depends upon building an inclusive workforce of diverse perspectives and encourage people of varied races (which is inclusive of traits historically associated with race, including, but not limited to, protective hairstyles and hair texture), ethnicities, national origins, tribes, religions, ages, gender identities and expressions, genders, sexual orientations, marital statuses, disabilities, veteran/reserve national guard statuses, socio-economic statuses, thinking and communication styles to work with us.

    We also require that all staff take seriously their ethical responsibilities to safeguarding our intended beneficiaries, their communities (especially children), and all those with whom we work. In line with the prevention of sexual exploitation and abuse, all staff must pass a thorough background screening and will be held accountable to upholding our policies around ethical behavior, including safeguarding and whistleblowing.


    Contract length: Initial terms of two (02) years, renewable.

    Location: Kenya (preferred)- relocation and work sponsorship available for this location only.

    HFHI is willing to consider candidates who are currently eligible to work in African countries where Habitat has a presence including Ethiopia, Ivory Coast, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Lesotho, Malawi and Zambia, or other African countries-subject to employment via a third party Professional Employer Organization (PEO).

    Salary and benefits: Commensurate with the seniority of the position and subject to location. Package will be discussed with interested candidates.


    Closing date: 10th December 2023

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    Job Title:Area Vice President – Africa
    Location:Africa (Kenya preferred)

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