Okapi Consulting is looking for two Country Directors, one to manage its operations in Niger and the other in Cameroon. It is a management position with a high level of responsibility, adapted to someone with extensive project management experience, team coordination and a high level of competence in matters of financial monitoring and reporting. It should be clear that the requirements of radio production can often require flexibility and work outside normal office hours in order to meet deadlines or to do faced with constantly changing situations. In return, Okapi supports its staff members by offering them a set of competitive social benefits for the sector, including a basic salary and a housing allowance.
The position, which is suitable for experienced senior managers from the NGO, private sector or media production sectors, is, will assume overall responsibility for the management of Nigerian operations in the Lake Chad region. This includes the supervision of staff, production and production of media, financial monitoring and reporting. The ideal/candidate(e)(e) will be comfortable interacting with senior government officials, policy makers, humanitarian actors and diplomats. They will be able to lead a culturally diverse team of journalists and staff from Borno State and the Northeast Region as a whole, and will be willing to travel frequently.The/candidate(e) will be autonomous and able to work independently as well as in a team.
The successful/candidate(e)(e) will be based(e) in Diffa, Niger, and Mora, Cameroon, respectively, and will travel frequently to the region. Our Country Managers are the key link between our teams in the country and our head office (OKAPI Consulting, South Africa). To succeed, you will need to effectively manage the priorities and demands of the country concerned.
Specifically, the role of the country director includes the following responsibilities :
- Oversee all organizational activities in Niger or Cameroon to ensure compliance with policies and procedures, hiring and timely payment of staff and freelancers, the production and broadcasting of high-quality radio programmes within budget, and timely and accurate reporting to donors and stakeholders.
- To provide dynamic and inspiring leadership to all Okapi staff in Niger or Cameroon.
- Develop and maintain relationships with funders, government departments, other radio stations and key stakeholders to ensure their support for Okapi and its mission.
- Ensure that all financial, administrative and human resources tasks are carried out in accordance with Okapi policies, donor requirements and local and national regulations.
- Making daily decisions regarding Okapi activities in Niger or Cameroon, including, and communicate clearly and effectively with Okapi directors to resolve issues with significant operational or strategic implications.
- Participate in the monitoring and evaluation of the program, and ensure monthly that the relevant indicators are sought at each stage of the project and for each radio program.
- Liaise daily with RNI Chad and Nigeria, and work with Okapi Consulting to identify, mitigate and avoid reputational, financial and/or resilience risks/or the ability to carry out the project in Niger or Cameroon through foresight, strategic judgment and risk analysis.
- Take all necessary measures to ensure the safety of all staff, freelancers, consultants and other persons, and, and immediately report to the directors of Okapi and act on any threat to the safety of persons related in any way to Okapi, RNI or related projects.
- To conduct fundraising, networking and business development activities for Okapi in Niger or Cameroon.
Specification of the person
Knowledge, skills and experience required
- Supervise all organizational activities in Niger or Cameroon to ensure compliance with French and English (written and spoken) policies, with the ability to communicate complex technical and non-technical information in a clear, engaging and accessible manner.
- Experience working in media production, global health and/or mass media.
- Strong intellectual abilities and problem-solving skills, attested by a good degree or similar qualifications in a relevant field and interview performance.
- Proven experience in managing and inspiring a media team.
- Experience in delivering complex projects or programs on time and on budget, ideally with direct experience in conflict environments.
- Experience in managing project or program budgets.
- Strong interpersonal and collaborative skills, with the ability to work effectively with a variety of stakeholders, including those with different priorities.
- Motivated and able to take initiative, with resilience and good humor under pressure.
Desirable knowledge, skills and experience
- Experience working in conflict-affected environments.
- Experience working with donors and other funding agencies.
- Experience in managing and developing staff.
- Experience in research and evaluation.
- Experience in strategic planning and management.
- Knowledge of local culture and context.
- Language skills in addition to kanouri, haoussa, boudouma, kanembu, french and english.
- Experience in the use of technology to support the production and awareness of the media.
- Experience with social media and digital marketing.
Radio Ndarason Internationale: Giving a voice to the Lake Chad region
Radio Ndarason Internationale (RNI) is a regional radio network that serves the Lake Chad region, a vast and diverse area that spans four countries – Chad, Nigeria, and the rest of the world, cameroon and Niger countries. RNI is a vital source of news and information for the people of this region, many of whom live in remote areas with limited access to other media sources.
RNI broadcasts 24 hours on 24, seven days a week, in the main languages of the Lake Chad region: kaonuri, kanembou and boudouma. There is also a summary of the main news in French, twice a day. RNI programming is produced at studios in N’Djamena, Chad, and Maiduguri, Nigeria, where the company is based, and collected from a network of correspondents in the four countries of the Lake Chad basin.
RNI is more than just a radio station; it is a voice for the Lake Chad region. It is a platform for people from different communities to share their stories and get to know each other. The NIR plays an important role in promoting peace and reconciliation in a region affected by conflict and violence for many years.
Listen to RNI on FM, shortwave, online or on the Ndarason app.
What distinguishes this regional radio network from other radio stations in the Lake Chad region ?
RNI is a unique radio network serving the Lake Chad region, a vast and diverse area that spans four countries: Chad, Nigeria, Cameroon and Niger. RNI is both a regional radio station and four national stations, which allows it to reach a wide audience and provide news and information in the languages spoken. RNI’s programming is produced at studios in N’Djamena, Chad, and Maiduguri, Nigeria, and collected from a network of correspondents in the four countries of the Lake Chad basin. This ensures that RNI coverage is comprehensive and reflects the unique perspectives of people living in the area. RNI broadcasts 24 hours on 24, seven days a week, in the main languages of the Lake Chad region: kanouri,the kanembo and the boudouma. There is also a summary of the main news in French, twice a day. RNI programming can be heard on the FM band in Chad and on shortwave in the entire Lake Chad region and beyond. As is the case with other international stations, such as RFI, BBC and DW, the shortwave signal can be picked up well beyond the immediate target area.
How to apply
Please send your CV and cover letter in French and/or English to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject « Country Director, France, Niger » or « Country Manager – Cameroon » depending on the country you are interested in.