Country Director, Azerbaijan
The Country Director is responsible for maintaining American Councils for International Education: ACTR/ACCELS organizational relations, administration of existing programs, and development of new programs in Azerbaijan. The position oversees all internal operations in the Baku office, and provides oversight of student, undergraduate, graduate, post-graduate, and teacher and professional development exchange programs. Primary responsibilities include: recruitment and testing of potential program participants; orientation and coordination of logistics for participants; oversight of administrative and finance functions; supervision and delivery of alumni programming; and liaison with government officials. The position involves rigorous seasonal travel within Azerbaijan. The Country Director reports to the Managing Director for Field Operations and Programs and works with Washington and field-based program managers.
Oversight and Leadership:
• Provides overall supervision of American Councils programs in Azerbaijan by communicating with Baku-based staff members and any sub-recipients concerning performance as well as on academic, operational, and other policy matters as affected by the region’s political, economic and cultural conditions; makes recommendations on general program implementation matters and on the influence of local conditions on administration of programs in Azerbaijan;
• Represents American Councils and programs in individual consultations, public appearances, program orientations for American inbound and Azerbaijani outbound groups, and in meetings with potential and existing partners;
• Maintains American Councils organizational relations in Azerbaijan with relevant US government offices and institutions (the US embassy/ consulate, PAS, USAID, and other US government agencies); with the Azerbaijan government and private institutions (government ministries, agencies and offices; national corporations; American Councils’ institutional partners); with the in-country offices of American organizations and foundations; and with the media;
• Participates actively in designing and developing new programs, seeking new funding sources, and contributing to proposals.
Administration and Finance:
• Manages all general office administrative matters such as negotiating contracts; interacting with landlords, maintaining proper work environment, etc.;
• Provides DC office with finance reports monthly, and budgets every six months; monitors all outgoing and incoming funds;
• Hires for approved positions, prepares contracts and maintains files for host-country national staff, trains and oversees staff, conducts performance reviews, monitors proper submission of timesheets.
• Oversees and assists in organizing, implementing and reporting on activities, including recruitment and alumni activities delivered by host country offices;
• Monitors all recruitment activities to assure timely and proper conduct of competitions;
• Conducts recruitment, including advertising, lectures, interviews with finalist candidates, testing, correspondence, and meetings with parents, applicants and finalists, and those not selected;
• Oversees tracking of all applicant and participant files;
• Coordinates alumni activity planning and delivery of appropriate activities for alumni of all programs, oversees alumni assistants and alumni fellows, coordinates updates to alumni information, submits regular reports on alumni activity;
• Meets with ministry and US government officials regularly to provide appropriate information and overview of the competition process and alumni activities; keeps them informed of changes regarding the competition;
• Coordinates and supervises all logistics for events: meeting flights, transporting to hotels, organizing support staff, registering participants, providing support to dignitaries and guests.
• Program administration experience;
• Experience in budget management;
• Supervisory experience; experience supervising host-country national staff preferred;
• Fluent in regional languages and/ or Russian;
• Experience traveling extensively under difficult conditions;
• Overseas work/living experience, preferably in Azerbaijan; demonstrated interest in Azerbaijan and the region;
• Cross-cultural skills;
• Strong written and oral communication skills;
• Bachelor’s degree (graduate degree preferred) — related to region in: economics, international education or development, history, or related area.
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