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Position description

Habitat for Humanity is looking for professional individual that could lead the Habitat for Humanity (HFH) Cambodia as National Director (ND) and fulfill its critical, complex role as housing expert, convener, and lead implementer of innovative housing solutions. The ND must be a compelling, transformative leader with 10+ years of NGO or development sector leadership experience encompassing the following:

  • Orchestrating wide-spread public and donor engagement and support of the organization’s mission and strategy through a clearly articulated value proposition.
  • Building a highly competent, technical leadership team and empowering, agile organizational culture capable of developing and implementing organizational strategy
  • Leading a wide range of diverse internal and external stakeholders through complex organizational change
  • Building and leading multi-sector coalitions and strategic partnerships to successfully scale solutions, advocacy impact and expand funding support
  • Securing institutional funding to support evidence-based, innovative, scalable solutions
  • Navigating the complexity of matrixed NGO structures, demonstrating collaboration with and accountability to local communities as well as local and international governance structures
  • Overseeing operational excellence of a direct service organization, including safeguarding, financial management, monitoring and evaluation, and other quality controls

This position will be based in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Candidates must be currently eligible to work in the country. The successful candidate will be offered a local country-based contract of initially 2 years and subject to renewal depending on the availability of the funds.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Cast a clear and transformative vision of the future of housing to build public and donor support

  • Lead the organization HFH Cambodia in developing a clear vision and ambitious strategy
  • Leverage a clearly articulated value-proposition to drive public and institutional donor engagement and support of housing deficits and proposed solutions
  • Develop a resource development and a plan for in-country and regional pre-positioning with FOI (foundations, organizations, institutions) donors to increase and scale funding opportunities
  • Overall accountable for achieving safeguarding minimum requirements, championing it, and promoting a culture of safeguarding across all levels of the organization

Build a top-tier, people-centric leadership team and an agile, resilient organizational culture

  • Ensure to build a leadership team of highly competent, supportive leaders that could drive organizational strategy through technical expertise and prioritizing the care and growth of their teams
  • Champion an agile, transparent, people-centric and collaborative organizational culture that models effective decision-making and open dialogue
  • Oversee the implementation of effective talent management, knowledge institutionalization, organizational development, and change management
  • Co-facilitate the investigation of safeguarding concerns/ complaints according to HFH protocols if needed

Oversee the implementation and growth of innovative, evidence-based programming

  • Lead the organization in implementing and growing innovative, agile programming that delivers on organizational and national housing objectives
  • Guarantee a responsive and agile approach to all programming through successful leveraging of sophisticated monitoring and evaluation (M&E), strengthening community and stakeholder accountability and continuously improving the organization’s evidence-based approach
  • Ensure further development of housing market systems, providing safe and accessible housing solutions for low-income sectors

Leverage strategic partnerships to drive multi-sector, national and regional impact

  • Leverage Habitat’s global influence with other regional NOs to grow key partnerships and strengthen advocacy efforts
  • Cultivate and drive strategic, multi-sector coalitions for shelter innovation to advance and scale housing solutions
  • Align programmatic strategy to Cambodia National Government strategy for housing where applicable, ensuring this contributes to the achievement of strengthened government systems to support access to safe land and housing
  • Strengthen the collaboration between local and international governance within a matrixed NGO system

Champion good governance and the highest standards of accountability, ethics, and operational excellence

  • Oversee the adherence to high-quality risk management procedures, safeguarding, financial management, procurement, M&E, and other quality control measures. Ensure the organization’s ethical standards adhere to HFHl, international development, and national ordinance requirements
  • Champion an organizational culture of safety, inclusivity, and accountability
  • Create and maintain an environment that prevents harassment, bullying, discrimination, sexual exploitation, and abuse, safeguards the rights of employees, partners, beneficiaries, and community members (especially children and adults at risk) and promotes the implementation of Habitat for Humanity’s code of conduct
  • Steward efficient use of resources through establishing a culture of shared accountability in ensuring viability of programs

Collaborate with HFHI’s Area Office

  • Collaborate closely with the Area Office in the operationalization of the country strategy, and follows the guidelines and standards of excellence provided by HFHI


  • Education: At least Bachelor’s degree required in a relevant field, such as international development or relations, public administration, management, civil engineering, and/or social sciences
  • Years of Related Experience
    – Ten (10) years relevant experience as Country Director or senior program development and strategic leader in a humanitarian operating environment of a middle-size organization
    – Track record in utilizing partnerships to mobilize resources
    – Track record on advocacy initiatives with preference on experience in policy advocacy


  • Leadership Competencies
    • Leads through ambiguity and transformation, modeling agile learning and supporting efforts to prioritize and support employees and stakeholders through change.
    • Upholds the highest standards of integrity and ethics while navigating organizational conflict, critical conversations, and decision-making.
    • Embodies trust and transparency by promoting a free flow of information throughout the organization and be responsive to employee feedback.
  • Technical Competencies:
    • Expertise in developing and driving a transformative strategy
    • Expertise in building and growing strategic relationships with external partners, including multi-sector and multi-cultural leaders, local and national governments, and foundations and institutions
    • Familiarity with change management, people infrastructure, M&E, financial management, and other quality control infrastructure and processes required to maintain effective operations and programming


  • At least 5 years of cumulative experience in the Cambodia housing or community development sector
  • In depth knowledge of housing market systems
  • Proficiency in the primary working language(s) of the country of posting


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