Country Director

Country Director

Room to Read

Lalitpur, Nepal

Position Overview:

The Country Director (CD) has the overall responsibility for the strategic leadership and direction for the Room to Read country program to achieve the organizational vision, mission, and objectives. The Country Director leads the in-country senior management team and is responsible for all programmatic and operational aspects of the programs. The CD represents Room to Read with Government at all levels and with local and international organizations within county. The CD leads in developing, overseeing implementation, reviewing and monitoring results of the country program goals, objectives and targets maintaining program fidelity, cost efficiency and effectiveness. The CD embodies the core values of Room to Read. Travel to all districts where Room to Read works will be required as needed. This position is based in Kathmandu, Nepal and reports directly to the Director, Program Operations.

Duties & Responsibilities:

The position will require performing the below given job responsibilities not limited to:

Program Development, Implementation and Management:

  • Provides leadership for the development, management, and implementation of all program activities in line with the overall Room to Read strategic plan and country context;
  • Directs the Country Management Team (CMT) and supervises staff, providing them with all the necessary assistance to ensure that program activities are carried out in accordance with Global Office’s requirements and in a timely manner with attention to quality;
  • Develops and maintains consistent, clear and timely communications and reporting for all country-related activities, including those of implementing partners, issues, and updates Global office;
  • Develop strategies and action plans that address organizational priorities and conduct strategic and operational planning exercises;
  • Works with relevant in-country and Global Office staff to strengthen and improve program impact and its sustainability;
  • Effectively implements planning and review systems to ensure delivery against plans and appropriate reporting and monitoring;
  • Visits partner, field offices and project sites as needed to support and monitor staff; engages with local school and community leaders; and maintains clear visibility and knowledge of the partner organizations’ successes and challenges of operations in the field;
  • Managing relationship with RtR’s key partners in Nepal;
  • Participates in any other activities which may be required to fulfill the objectives of the organization.

Financial and Resource Management and Control:

  • Provides oversight to all financial and administrative functions in the Country Office ensuring full compliance with applicable policies, manuals and legal conditions;
  • Oversees the development and implementation of the annual country implementation budget in accordance with established organizational goals and targets;
  • Monitors and reviews organizational and logistical support of program-related activities to the partner organizations;
  • Ensures that adequate internal controls mechanisms are established and followed;
  • Ensures systematic budget monitoring and reviews are conducted;
  • Ensures effective grant management systems are in place for accurate, timely reporting and compliance with donor conditionality and requirements;
  • Ensures legal compliance in all areas including taxation, employment law, insurance, contracts and other Room to Read requirements.

Human Resources Management and Organizational Development:

  • Provide management expertise and leadership to a technically diverse team and creates a work environment that promotes high performing teams;
  • Oversees timely recruitment and training of staff;
  • Conducts staff appraisals and identifies and ensure support for staff capacity building needs;
  • Conducts regular senior management and staff meetings to assess organizational progress and communicates updates and developments as needed;
  • Promotes behaviors and ways of working that are aligned with RtR’s values and organizational culture.

Representation and External Relations:

  • Develops and manages relationships with other NGO’s, government officials and appropriate educational facilities/authorities; schedules and attends meetings with them as needed to coordinate planning and implementation of projects;
  • In close coordination with Global office, represents Room to Read at relevant donor meetings and assist in planning and hosting donor visits.

Security and Risk Management:

  • Develops and maintains appropriate contingency plans for emergencies in accordance with global guidelines;
  • Ensures all staff understand and complies with established policies.



  • Master’s Degree in Business or Public Administration/Management/Education;
  • A minimum of ten years of relevant professional experience, with a minimum of 5 years in a senior management capacity (preferably in INGO sector);
  • A management style that is outcome-oriented, but flexible, which respects the capabilities and independence of staff, while providing them with a clear sense of direction and enabling their success;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills – a capacity to listen well and inspire trust;
  • Ability to communicate, negotiate and maintain relations with all stakeholders;
  • Strong planning, supervising and program development skills;
  • Ability to travel frequently to provinces throughout the country;
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills;
  • Proven track record of achieving results;
  • Ability to juggle multiple priorities simultaneously and take initiatives;
  • Experience in developing and/or implementing large-scale literacy, girls’ education, or other community development initiatives.

To be successful at Room to Read, you will also:

  • Have passion for our mission and a strong desire to impact a dynamic nonprofit organization;
  • Be a proactive and innovative thinker who achieves results and creates positive change;
  • Have a very high level of personal and professional integrity and trustworthiness;
  • Embrace diversity and a commitment to collaboration;
  • Thrive in a fast-paced and fun environment.

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