Sr. Director – Programs, Latin America/Caribbean

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Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI) is seeking an experienced and inspirational leader to serve as Sr. Director – Programs as a part of the Latin America Caribbean (LAC) Area Leadership team. The Sr. Director – Programs will lead the implementation of HFHI LAC Area Office (AO) strategic frameworks to address the systemic failures that affect access to adequate and affordable housing and serve as a key representative and thought leader on programs and advocacy relating to Habitat’s work with both internal and external stakeholders. In alignment with HFHI’s Theory of Change, Program Framework and global strategy, this role will lead regional efforts in a coordinated way to ensure housing deficit in the region is reduced. The Senior Directors, Programs will align across our Area Offices to ensure there is consistency and congruence in regional strategies. They will also work as a team to coordinate with the HFH network to advance Build + Influence. 

Reporting to the Area Vice President, LAC with dotted line to the Project Effectiveness Global team, this role will lead and oversee the implementation of regional strategic goals of the programs unit generating greater scale and higher impact for the Habitat network and hold the programs unit to account in the implementation of the regional strategy, in part through clearly and regularly communicating priorities and key initiatives with internal and external stakeholders. In addition, the Sr. Director – Programs will actively engage with the regional network to ensure the effective implementation of the regional strategy, including through capacity building and provision of expertise from the AO programs unit to branches and independent national organizations, ensure MEAL is embedded and embraced throughout projects and programs in the regional network and enhance HFHI’s Build + Influence efforts through coordination across AOs and with the entire network to advance advocacy goals. The Sr. Director, Programs supervises Program Design; MEAL; Program Impact SMEs; Advocacy; Branch National Directors; as well as matrix management of Communications with the region.

This position may be based in countries where HFHI currently operates, such as Costa Rica (Regional Office), Mexico, Honduras, Paraguay, Brazil, Dominican Republic, El Salvador and Guatemala and requires 30% travel.

** Regional Strategic Framework Plan Realization (50%) 
    – Hold direct teams and regional network to account on the delivery of AO strategic framework
    – Provide support to regional network in the development and implementation of Country Strategy Plans, as well as holding relevant teams to account in the delivery of programs strategy 
** Support in AO and regional network realignment and resourcing processes including talent recruitment, hiring        and compensation efforts in partnership with HR, to ensure AO and National Organizations (NOs) are fit for purpose.
    – Serve as liaison with other HFHI departments to ensure cross-team collaboration, including alignment of     support structures, processes, functions, as well as strategy execution and measurement (15%).
    – Identify, pursue, and manage contracts and collaborations with external implementing partners to advance     regional goals (5%). 
    – Advise on programmatic direction for regional network, including grant management, Monitoring, Evalutation, Accountability & Learning (MEAL) and advocacy (15%).
** Special Projects in support of AO VP (15%)
    – Programs thought leadership efforts relating to internal and external stakeholders such as institutional relations.

** Represent the region in global strategic level discussions and initiatives in relation to Habitat’s Build + Influence focus, promoting cross-region collaboration
** Deputize for the AVP, overseeing the AO as a whole, when appropriate
** Oversee grant management and provide technical support to Resource Development in order to achieve Habitat’s     growth goals
** Support and enhance collaboration with HFHI’s global teams, including Communications and Terwilliger Center of Innovation in Shelter (TCIS), by ensuring alignment with geographic priorities and broader needs within the region, and through coordination with fellow Senior Directors, Programs in AOs.

** 10+ years’ relevant experience in one of the following: programs; impact; advocacy; or operational support
** Demonstrable track record of leading teams to implement high impact programs, preferably including MEAL and grant management functions
** Capacity to oversee and support advocacy and communications teams
** Strong skillset relating to change management, organizational development and project management
** Experience working effectively in complex, matrixed, ideally federated, organizational structures
** Demonstrated skillset in gathering and analyzing information to form actionable insights, particularly in regards to contextualizing and implementing global strategy at the regional and national levels
** Familiarity with and experience in the housing sector, or a related subject matter area (such as gender, poverty, inequality, migration, climate change, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), agriculture, energy efficiency, or urbanization)
** Deep knowledge and experience working in the Latin America and Caribbean region delivering high impact projects at the local or regional level
** Strong level of confidence and relational skills to build trust, influence and interface with all levels of the Habitat network, external partners and a diversity of people
** Excellent people management skills, with the proven ability to lead teams virtually as well as in person
** Capacity to lead and engage with a highly qualified and experienced team of leaders with regional and subject     matter expertise
** High degree of resourcefulness to lead projects that may not be clearly defined
** Mission-driven and comfortable leading within, communicating about, and working within a Christian organization
** Strong written, presentation and oral communication skills in English and Spanish
** Bilingual: English and Spanish at a minimum. Other languages spoken in the Latin American region preferred.
** Active support of and contribution to HFHI Values:
    Humility – We are part of something bigger than ourselves.
    Courage – We do what’s right, even when it is difficult or unpopular. 
    Accountability – We take personal responsibility for Habitat’s mission.

Safeguarding: HFHI requires that all employees take seriously their ethical responsibilities to safeguarding our intended beneficiaries, their communities, and all those with whom we work. Managers at all levels have responsibilities to support and develop systems that create and maintain an environment that prevents harassment, sexual exploitation and abuse, safeguards the rights of beneficiaries and community members (especially children), and promotes the implementation of Habitat for Humanity’s code of conduct.

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