Sunday, 29 November 2009

[creative-radio] Equal Access in Nepal seeks a Country Director


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Subject: [Asiapacific-general] FW: Equal Access in Nepal seeks a Country
From: "Suman Basnet" <>
Date: Sun, November 29, 2009 06:34
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From: Michael Bosse []
Sent: Saturday, November 28, 2009 4:42 AM
To: Michael Bosse
Cc: Nirmal Prasad Rijal; Ronni Goldfarb; Upendra Aryal

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

As has been announced publically, our long time Country Director, Nirmal
Rijal, will be leaving his post early in the new year to commence a PhD
program at Queensland University of Technology in Australia after many
successful years of service to Equal Access in Nepal. We are currently
recruiting for a replacement Country Director and wanted to send you the
vacancy announcement as part of our efforts to spread this as widely as
possible and attract a strong field of candidates for the position. The due
date for applications is December 5th.

Please forward on this vacancy to anyone you think might be interested and
qualified and also join me in thanking Nirmal for his contributions to the
field of media development over this past five years and wishing him the
best for his PhD. He will still remain very much involved with Equal Access
during his studies and would likely have occasion to be in touch with all of
you as his research on media in Nepal progresses.

Warm regards,

Michael Bosse

Vice President of Programs

Equal Access

Country Director - Nepal

We invite applications from qualified, experienced and interested Nepali
citizens for the following position based in Kathmandu, Nepal in
anticipation of the departure of the incumbent for an International PhD.

Position Description

Reporting to the EAI Director of Programs, and responsible to the EAN Board,
the Country Director is responsible for leading the overall organizational
operations in the realization of its Nepal program. The Country Director
oversees the general administration and financial management of the Nepal
office, as well as developing and maintaining key partnerships and
representing the organization to key donors and partner groups. The Country
Director has oversight responsibilities for staff and shares program
management responsibilities with local staff and staff at EAI headquarters.
This position will afford the appropriate candidate the opportunity to play
a leading role in the development, maintenance and scaling-up of development
communication programs to support national efforts towards reconstruction
and long-term development in Nepal. Although the candidate will be expected
to work autonomously, there will be support from EAI as required.

This position is based in Kathmandu, Nepal, however as Country Director,
international travel, particularly to other countries where EAI has
activities may be required.

Primary Responsibilities:

Operational and Representation

* Responsible for nurturing a sound and healthy relationship with EAI
and with other Equal Access country offices;
* Provide strategic leadership and oversight to the Nepal Country
Office program: In coordination with EAI, will be responsible for providing
strategic direction for EAN, in keeping with its vision, mission and
objectives. Will also be responsible for managing the growth of EAN;
* Represent EAI and EAN in formal and informal relationships with the
Government, donors, partners and beneficiaries including local government
agencies, UN agencies, bilateral agencies, international and local NGOs and
other stakeholders;
* Uphold the Equal Access Standard of Excellence through performance
as well as presentation of the organization;
* Responsible for overall financial and other management controls for
budget expenditures in accordance with EAI and EAN policies and procedures,
and oversee budget re-alignments and amendments when necessary. Will be
responsible to ensure sound financial management systems in the
organization, and working with the finance department, will be responsible
for preparing annual budgets to meet organizational needs and ensuring sound
financial practices;
* Responsible for overall staff management, leading management
committee meetings and ensuring the effective implementation of EAN's Human
Resource Policy including its timely review and revision;
* Lead security related decision making and response, and develop,
update and maintain a security policy as necessary;
* Responsible for overall management of contractors that support EAI
and EAN operations and programs;
* Travel from Kathmandu to the field as needed.


* Support quality project planning, implementation, and M&E in a
manner consistent with Equal Access' working principles ensuring programs
are designed, managed and implemented in a timely and high-quality manner,
according to pre-established workplans, and basing program decisions on
reliable and accurate data;
* Support improvement of program quality through appropriate M&E,
including ensuring M&E plans are developed and initiated at the onset of all
grants, that staff adhere to a data collection plan, and reports and
proposals are developed with accurate and timely information;
* Work with staff to develop operational budgets that reflect a
detailed understanding of situational parameters, beneficiary needs,
available resources, and technical possibilities;
* Responsible for timely quality reporting to donors, partners and HQ
and compliance with grant and contracts;
* Identify and document best practices and lessons learned that can be
successfully replicated across sectors, and assist program staff to
integrate into their programs.

Staff Supervision and Development

* Provide overall supervision and support for all program staff,
including direct supervision of program managers and finance and admin
* Proactively develop the capacity of staff to understand and apply
Equal Access principles and methodologies in all aspects of their work;
* Develop a strong team through proper selection, evaluations,
appropriate discipline and staff development and ensure personal and
professional development of staff is undertaken through regular formal and
informal performance reviews, ongoing mentoring, and identification of
appropriate formal training opportunities;
* Develop the managerial capacity of individual senior staff;
* In direct supervision and through monitoring of other supervisors,
ensure good staff management standards promoting discipline, efficiency and
harmonious working environment;
* Promote transparent decision-making through open communication and
regular meetings.

Resource Mobilization

* Develop a resource mobilization plan with annual and longer term
targets and ensure that these targets are met;
* With support from EAI, lead in-country resource mobilisation efforts
and coordinate the development of high quality draft proposals and budgets
for submission to donors and support EAI staff's international resource
mobilization efforts for Nepal;
* Work closely with EAI's Director of Business Development and the EAN
business development coordinator to support resource mobilization efforts,
both locally and internationally for EAI and for EAN;
* Develop informational materials on the Nepal program portfolio.

Qualifications/Essential skills:

* Must be prepared to join a growing organization and to take on the
challenges associated with growth, and also see personal advancement with
the growth of the organization;
* An advanced university degree with at least 7 years experience
working at a senior management level in international development.
International development exposure will be preferred for this position;
* A thorough understanding of Nepal and the challenges that the
country faces.
* Strong leadership skills, a consistent communicator, both written
and oral; solid business management skills; excellent networking skills
regarding interface with partners and local government officials to
accomplish organizational goals;
* A "self-starter" requiring minimal daily supervision and able to
initiate actions to achieve results
* A sound understanding of and commitment towards good development
practices including participatory approaches, building of ownership and
sustainability and ability to consistently work as a member of a team;
* Experienced or capacity to manage financial aspects of operations
including managing expenditures and generating expenditure reports for
* Good working knowledge of computer programs including use of E-mail,
Power Point, Excel and Word;
* Fluent in Nepali and English with excellent analytical, writing and
communication skills. Knowledge of additional languages of Nepal will be an
* Commitment to Equal Access' organization and mission.

Reporting Relationship:

The Country Director reports to the Director of Programs, based in EAI
headquarters in San Francisco. When appropriate, the Country Director will
also work directly with other Equal Access HQ staff including the Executive
Director, Director of Administration and Finance, and the Business
Development Director. The Country Director will also report to the EAN Board
in accordance with the policies of the organization.

EA Nepal Program Background

Equal Access International (EAI) is a leading development communications
organization working in Nepal, four other countries in Asia, Yemen and the
Sahel region in Africa. Equal Access Nepal (EAN) is the local partner for
EAI in Nepal, registered as a local NGO in Nepal. EAN creates multi-media
initiatives to support public education, awareness-raising, and outreach on
a broad range of critical social development issues. Our programs include
radio, print and some video production, in-house and through trained
community reporters and broadcasting of the same to national audiences;
participatory street theatre and campaigns on social issues, human rights
and leadership trainings; facilitation of public roundtable forums; support
to community listening and advocacy groups; and communications and outreach
trainings for a variety of stakeholders. An important element of our work
includes maintaining close working relationships with the media and
communication sector in Nepal to build sectoral capacity through training,
technology support, conducting broadcast signal reach mapping and audience
surveys and enabling a free flow of information and freedom of expression.
Our multi-sector programming includes, but is not limited to, human rights,
governance, peace building, women's issues, early childhood development,
inclusive quality education, infant nutrition, mother and neo-natal child
health, general health and hygiene, youth, life skills and livelihoods, safe
migration, agriculture, civil society and the economy. Through our
radio-based 'voices from the field' programs, rural and under-served Nepali
citizens participate in producing content that responds to their needs.

Through our combined programming and outreach we reach a regular audience of
millions of beneficiaries each week.

Based in Kathmandu since 2002, and registered as a local NGO in 2004, EAN
develops programming broadcast to audiences across Nepal through the state
broadcaster - Radio Nepal, a network of dozens of rural and semi-urban
independent FM radio stations, and on our satellite radio network 'Afnai
mato, afnai boli'. EAN works with the government, local community-based
organizations, national and international NGOs, bilateral donors, private
foundations and UN agencies.

Please submit a cover letter clearly stating why you have applied for and
how you are suitable for this position, contact information for three
referees, and salary requirements. Please include an updated CV/resume and
send to the following address or email, no later than December 5, 2009.

Digital Broadcast Initiative Equal Access Nepal
GPO Box No: 118, Lalitpur, Nepal
Email: eanepal@equalaccess.orgeanepal(_AT_)

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted for interview. Telephone
calls will not be entertained. Women and people from traditionally
marginalized groups are encouraged to apply.

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