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Offer: Executive Director, Greenpeace Africa, Johannesburg, South Africa

Greenpeace Africa. Johannesburg, South Africa.
Closing date: June 18, 2011.

/strong>About Greenpeace Africa:

Greenpeace, acknowledged globally as a pioneer of international environmental activism, drives positive change through action by investigating, exposing and confronting environmental abuse around the world. It champions responsible and socially just solutions, including scientific and technical innovation. Its goal is to ensure the ability of the earth to nurture life in all its diversity.

Greenpeace Africa has exclusively retained the services of Mission Talent Recruitment to provide a search for their new Executive Director for Africa. The successful incumbent, with an unshakeable commitment to Greenpeace's core values, will the organisation at the forefront of environmentalism to enhance its position as an active catalyst for positive responses to global environmental threats. This position is accountable to the Board of Greenpeace Africa.
Purpose of this Position:

To provide effective leadership, direction and management of Greenpeace Africa under the direction of the Board of Directors and in accordance with Greenpeace's core values and purpose.
To ensure that Greenpeace Africa plays a key role in cooperation with the wider Greenpeace organization in the development and implementation of Greenpeace’s African and global objectives.

Location: Johannesburg, South Africa with campaign locations in Kinshasa, DRC and in Dakar, Senegal
Starting date: negotiable


Provides leadership in developing, managing, and evaluating the organization's overall strategic direction, including all aspects of Greenpeace Africa programs and internal support services, including campaigns, internal and external communications, organizational development and fundraising, marketing, financial and administration (human resources, labour relations, operation of all offices across Africa).
Works closely with the Board of Directors on the development of the strategic direction of GP Africa and on all matters related to governance of GP Africa. Advises the Board regarding political contexts and recent developments within Africa, within GP in Africa, and within Greenpeace globally. Ensures effective implementation of Board directives and adherence to all legal requirements. Reports regularly to the Board Chair and assists in the development of agendas and documentation for the Board meetings.
Ensures the development of an annual budget for approval by the Board. Exercises oversight of the financial operations, ensuring that all financial policies are implemented and adhered to at all times, and that GPA meets all financial reporting requirements for management and governance purposes, as well as for GP International.
Ensures the development and implementation of equitable and progressive human resources policies and procedures including staffing, compensation and labour relations. Builds and fosters an employee relations culture which emphasizes teamwork. Approves all labour agreements. Provides direction for the handling of complex employee relations issues and approves staff disciplinary actions. Hires all senior management positions and approves all hiring and dismissal of GPA staff (with the exception of Direct Dialogue staff, where the ED approves only Manager and Assistant Manager positions). Signs all contracts for staff appointments.
Approves all direct actions. Ensures appropriate risk management controls are in place.
Contributes to achieving the strategic objectives of Greenpeace International, including representing Greenpeace Africa at the international executive directors' meetings and participating in Greenpeace International task forces and committees, as appropriate.
Advances the work of Greenpeace Africa in terms of outreach and/or liaison with other organizations (e.g. governments, non-governmental and civil society organizations, multilateral bodies, businesses, media organizations, etc.). Acts as a public spokesperson for GP Africa, in consultation with the Campaign and Communications/Media Managers.
Chairs regular Senior Management Team meetings, provides supervision, support, and feedback to the SMT members. Ensures regular performance evaluations and ensures that they in turn provide that for the staff under their supervision.

Skills Required:

Visionary and strategic thinking skills: to provide leadership for the strategic management of Greenpeace Africa programs and campaigns; to establish the direction and objectives for Greenpeace Africa policies and programs and to contribute to achieving the strategic objectives of Greenpeace International.
Leadership skills: to provide direction for the development of Greenpeace Africa strategic policy; to lead the planning for large campaign and fundraising initiatives; to provide advice to the Board of Directors; to develop and implement an effective and respectful Greenpeace employee relations culture; to motivate managers and staff.
Management skills (proven senior management experience preferred minimum of five years): to provide leadership to the Senior Management Team in managing Greenpeace Africa activities; to resolve broad and complex issues and problems often of a highly sensitive nature; to ensure the effective management and control of Greenpeace financial resources.
Analytical and problem solving skills: to identify and anticipate broad and strategic environmental and media issues which impact the mandate of Greenpeace Africa; to provide leadership to Greenpeace staff in the development of strategies and responses related to these issues.
Communication and presentation skills: excellent written and oral communication skills, to present complex issues with clarity to a wide variety of audiences; to provide advisory and reporting services to the Board Chair and the Board of Directors; to promote Greenpeace and to respond to issues with the media; to prepare staff communication documents
Negotiation and listening skills: to provide leadership in the resolution of issues within Greenpeace Africa through discussion with the Senior Management Team; to resolve labour relations issues; to consult with Greenpeace International.
Commitment to change: to demonstrate commitment to issues of environmental and social change, both at the national and international levels.

Knowledge Required:

Knowledge of the overall mandate goals and intent of Greenpeace (including organizational structure, policies, guidelines, programs and project activities): to provide leadership and direction for all activities of Greenpeace Africa.
Knowledge of environmental issues and the politics influencing public and private institutions both nationally and internationally: to understand how they interact and influence each other, and the public; to identify the tactics and counter response campaigns used by various groups to undermine the credibility of Greenpeace, and to provide leadership for the development of strategies for response.
Knowledge of effective fundraising strategies: to appreciate the challenges of fundraising for an organization that relies on public donations and to provide leadership for a fundraising program that will sustain and grow the organization.
Knowledge of campaigning techniques, strategies and practices: to provide leadership for the planning of major Greenpeace Africa campaigns.
Knowledge of financial management, budget preparation and control: to oversee the planning and development of the Greenpeace Africa budget for approval by the Board of Directors, and to oversee the management and control of the Board approved budget; to direct long term financial and strategic planning for the organization.
Knowledge of human resources management principles: to establish and sustain a positive and progressive employee relations culture and to ensure the development and implementation of human resources policies and procedures which promote and support this culture; to promote and foster team work across the organization.

Decision-Making Requirements:

The position requires considerable independence and initiative in determining overall direction and long-term objectives as the context for policy, procedures and program development.
The position determines which issues can be resolved by the Senior Management Team and which issues should be referred to the Board of Directors for review and approval.
The position determines when the Corporate Legal Counsel should be consulted on the development of Greenpeace Africa positions related to a broad variety of matters (labour relations, media, contracts, revenue law and reporting requirements).
The position exercises judgement by assessing Greenpeace Africa programs to ensure that they meet established strategic direction and objectives and are consistent with Board of Directors directives.
The position must provide leadership in overseeing the development of effective internal policies, procedures and systems, and in motivating staff through effective leadership and support of the Senior Management Team.
The position provides advice and recommendations to the Board of Directors that may have direct and considerable impact on the effectiveness of Greenpeace Africa in fulfilling its mandate and being able to grow.

Supervisory and Financial Management Skills:

The position exercises direct staff supervisory responsibility over 5 positions: Finance Manager; Campaign Manager; Communications/Media Manager; Development Manager and Executive Assistant.
The position exercises indirect supervision over all positions in the organization and resolves human resources issues as referred by the Senior Managers and/or the person in charge of Human Resources.
The position provides leadership for the development of the Greenpeace Africa budget and oversees the management and control of the approved budget.

To Apply:

Reference: GP-ED-Africa

Please send your CV and cover letter with GP-ED-Africa in the subject line to:

Please note that we can only contact candidates who have been short-listed for interviews.

Deadline: June 18, 2011.

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