Country Director

Job ID 107

Program / Project Management Cambodia   Phnom Penh


Heifer International is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, gender, gender identify, sexual orientation, age, status as a protected veteran, among other things, or status as a qualified individual with disability.

Accountable for contributing to the creation of wealth and improvement of resilience in the communities where Heifer works by providing leadership and mentorship support to Heifer staff and key “partners”, cooperatives, rural enterprises and entrepreneurs at the local and regional levels.

Accountable for leading the strategic development and resource mobilization of the country program in Cambodia (the “Country Program”) to assure the sustainable impact necessary to move more families out of poverty and earn a living income. Guides the operation and evolution of the Country Program, recognizing and seizing opportunities for economic and social development for both producers and their families, with the involvement of private sector actors, including buyers and consumers. Assure the planning and implementation of accelerated, viable and profitable intervention strategies to reach program coverage and quality goals. Ensure that strong demand-driven market components are included in the Country Program’s strategy alongside Values-based holistic development approach.

Accountable for assuring that the highest performance and ethical standards are applied and maintained within the Country Program by leading by example and implementing quality control measures. Ensures financial and administrative effectiveness and efficiency. Ensure alignment with organizational strategies, policies, and procedures. Promotes methodologies and initiatives that meet the increasing requirements of a highly competitive donor environment, including incorporation of programmatic components for business development and value chain work.

Accountable for the development of high-quality project concepts, designs and technical proposals based on a resource mobilization strategy and for cultivating key institutional and project alliances at various levels, establishing and maintaining productive working relationships with prospective and actual institutional funders, as well as the Team Leaders of other agriculture and rural development organizations.

Highly motivated and inspirational leader, who is a superb listener and communicator, good relationship builder, energetic and positive, and team builder. Strives for shared vision, impact-driven and innovative, well- organized, possessing strong business acumen, pro-active stance, respect for procedures and norms, curious, analytical, socially sensitive, values-oriented, conviction towards holistic sustainable development.



  • Represent Heifer before all persons and organizations at the Country level, including government, counterparts, grassroots organizations, private sector, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), donors and “partners”, maintaining institutional and organizational networks, collaborative activities, and positive working relationships
  • Country Program leadership participates in, leads and/or leverages networks relevant to its programs and services
  • Strategic “partnerships” with values-driven organizations that genuinely embrace the triple bottom line (social, environmental and financial) are part of the Program’s network of allies
  • Strategy for increase private sector “partnerships” is development and implemented
  • Lead the design and implementation of a strategic vision for Heifer at the Country level under the global and area framework priorities, multiyear planning, and budgeting processes. These include, but not limited to Heifer’s Accelerate strategies, values-based holistic community development (VBHCD), market systems approach.
  • Annual visioning statements, multiyear planning reports, and strategic budgets are designed and implemented
  • Geographical areas in the Country are prioritized for project expansion based on mission, strategy and resource opportunities
  • Program counts with best-in-class expertise in order to identify, analyze and recommend demand-driven, pro-poor wealth creating value chains
  • Process is in place for continued identification and analysis of value chain commodities
  • Staff ensure quality, impact, scale and efficiency by supporting work and/or action plans that reach the program goals and objectives
  • Staff is informed and involved in development issues, policies and innovations (socioeconomic, ecological/environmental, cultural, and political) in the area, region and Country, especially related to hunger and poverty alleviation
  • Supervise and mentor program support team in planning and implementation and ensure coherence among all program departments for quality performance
  • Processes are in place for Country Program/office monitoring and evaluation of overall results and goals, including annual Internal Review and Planning (IRAP) and Program Reviews
  • Communication protocols and decision-making spaces are in place and implemented to facilitate information flow and efficiency at the various levels
  • Provide leadership to and oversight of Country’s program and project quality (on time, on scope, and on budget) in order to achieve objectives, goals, and overall impact
  • Accelerated, viable and logical intervention strategies help reach program coverage and quality goals
  • Strategies that promote innovation and prototyping are in place and being implemented by team
  • Increased number of projects finish on time, on scope and on budget
  • Lead the implementation of appropriate, inclusive business interventions within programs and projects, for complete value chain intervention, from the farm level
  • Development and growth of competitive agri-businesses, cooperatives and social enterprises within the projects attract capital and generate economic opportunities
  • Knowledge management strategy in place and used in all the projects
  • Provide guidance and ensure that effective and efficient monitoring and evaluation processes and systems are in place to implement high-impact, cost-efficient programs and projects • Policies and procedures for project implementation ensure compliance with Heifer and donor program and project guidelines and standards, including transparent processes, policy compliance and communication protocols with headquarters, donors and external constituencies
  • Staff has necessary tools, processes and systems to implement projects on time, on scope, and on budget, with strategies in place for the professional development of staff and “partners”
  • Appropriate management of information and knowledge is in place for the implementation and analysis of baselines and evaluations, periodic financial and programmatic reports, donor reports, impact reports, plus the gathering, contextualizing and dissemination of lessons learned
  • Facilitate the increased visibility of Heifer in the Country amidst the larger public including government officials, corporations, institutions, non-governmental organizations and other development agencies in the Country Guide the creation and nurturing of strategic alliances and “partnerships” (public and private) with program stakeholders, donors and supporters, “partners”
  • Program maintains and develops strong networks with in-Country funders and is able to gather advance intelligence for resource mobilization opportunities
  • Develop relationships with local and national governments that facilitate registration and legal issues as well as developing “partnering” and collaboration opportunities
  • Track and communicate opportunities for multilateral and unilateral funding sources on an ongoing basis
  • Frequently “partner”/collaborate with INGOs, local NGOs and contractors
  • Maintain and cultivate a strong program portfolio, compatible with Heifer’s mission and priorities and donor focused, ensuring program continuity and growth.
  • Resource development and diversification strategy and plans are in place, and include institutional, foundation and corporate funding to meet long-range resource and program needs including blended finance
  • Regular preparation and submission of innovative, high-quality proposals, concepts and plans, compatible with Heifer’s priorities and mission, donor focused, and responsive to the request for proposal
  • Clear supervision and coordination of new project development process in collaboration with direct supervisees, including the F&A team, to ensure high quality, competitive, and timely proposals that obtain all the necessary internal inputs and approvals and are fully compliant and responsive to donor requirements
  • Continuous leadership in the selection of most appropriate “partners”, teaming agreements and budget negotiations, development of technical approaches, and recruitment of key personnel for new projects
  • Collaborate/work with HQ resource mobilization and area team
  • Ensure accountability and compliance with all in-country laws and practices, and Heifer’s programmatic, financial, and administrative policies and procedures for program and project operations
  • Processes and policies are in place to ensure strategic and responsible management of resources and personnel consistent with Heifer’s mission and in compliance with local laws and practices
  • Heifer’s Global Recruitment and Employment Policies and Country-specific human resource and personnel policies, labor laws and practices are in place and applied in recruitment, hiring, terminations, promotion and orientation procedures
  • Regular and as needed consultations are held with appropriate representatives at headquarters and/or local counsel to fulfill legal responsibilities and minimize risks to Heifer’s resources
  • Ensure that strong programmatic, financial, and administrative operating system is in place, being utilized and managed
  • Lead the annual planning and budgeting process and assure the quality preparation and effective implementation of the Country Program’s budget
  • Performance evaluation process and systems are in place and implemented, assuring clear objectives and continuous dialogue for personnel development, management and supervision
  • Orientation plan is in place, highlighting social capital and value-chain components of Heifer’s work
  • Area Council Business
  • Actively participate as a member of the Asia Council and in co-mentoring/co-monitoring with other Asia country programs
  • Perform other duties and responsibilities as assigned
Minimum Requirements:
  • Master’s Degree from a recognized university or equivalent in Agriculture Science, Agribusiness, Agricultural Economics, Community Development, Sociology or a related field, plus ten (10) years of relevant experience with at least five (5) years in a supervisory capacity.
Preferred Requirements:
  • Prior experience in resource mobilization—whether through grants, cooperative agreements or contracts (preferably with institutional sources such as USAID, EU, IFAD or the World Bank, with foundations, or else with multinational companies
  • Proven professional experience and results in agriculture/community development
Most Critical Proficiencies:
  • Proven skills at persuasive writing
  • Proven knowledge of strategic planning processes and resource mobilization strategies
  • Proven experience in managing at least a one-million-dollar project portfolio
  • Proven experience in development actions under the following or related themes: Food Security and Nutrition, Environment, Women’s Empowerment and Social Capital
  • Knowledge of and experience with planning, monitoring and evaluating projects
  • Knowledge of project management, with special emphasis on logical framework method
  • Knowledge of and skill in managing institutional and project budgets
  • Knowledge of and experience with or within community and/or grassroots organizations
  • Fluent in local language/s and English, both spoken and written
  • Excellent leadership qualities, communication skills, and organizational skills including strong attention to detail
  • Good understanding of and sensitivity for poverty, social, cultural, and ethnic issues
Essential Job Functions and Physical Demands:
  • Sense of urgency
  • Motivated to work responsibly with minimal supervision
  • Demonstrates a high degree of honesty and integrity
  • Capacity to apply training techniques and methods, as well as management tools and control indicators
  • Frequent face-to-face, telephone and electronic communication with colleagues, counterparts, and the general public
  • Constant sitting, standing and walking, with occasional bending and lifting; may work at a computer for extended periods of time
  • Occasional lifting and carrying of up to 30 pounds (14 kilograms) floor to waist
  • Ability and willingness to work a flexible schedule
  • Willingness and ability to travel extensively, both locally and internationally
  • Ability to meet and deal with others in a courteous and tactful manner
  • Working with sensitive information and maintaining confidentiality at all times