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Co-lead our portfolio of work in the Middle East and South Asia (MESA) Region



Job Description

Lead our work in MESA including envisioning, developing and implementing the strategic vision for work in the Region(this may involve delivery planning for the region, budgeting, personnel and country focus planning, etc.); and contribute to the overall leadership of Delivery Associates as part of a larger team of Global Leaders.  

General duties and responsibilities

  • Set and implement a strategic vision for the Middle East region, in partnership with other ADs
  • Set and manage the annual P&L for the Middle East region, in partnership with other ADs
  • Contribute to decisions on the overall strategic vision of Delivery Associates, overseen by the board
  • Successfully identify new business opportunities and convert them into wins
  • Build a sustainable pipeline of talent in the region through active coaching of teams
  • Contribute and lead to impact on projects through the teams they lead
  • Line and performance management for employees in the region
  • Report on the progress of the region to the CEO and Executive Leadership Team

Successful candidates will demonstrate the ability to:

  • Build successful relationships – has experience building trust-based relationships and partnerships to deliver shared goals;
  • Display sound political and technical judgment that helps build momentum, enable change and overcome barriers to success;
  • Lead problem solving – has a track record of analyzing complex problems, extracting insight from data, identifying key issues, and simplifying the approach to solving them;
  • Lead through others on multiple projects and regional priorities, demonstrating comfort amid ambiguity, proactivity, dependability and excellent work
  • Provide challenge and effective feedback to teams – has strong influencing and negotiating skills and is excellent at giving constructive feedback; empowers clients and team by providing the right balance between challenge and support;
  • Work well in a team – has a track record of team working and leadership, especially drawn from across organizations with different cultures;
  • Use data and other evidence to make arguments and solve problems – an analytical thinker, able to commission and interpret a wide range of statistical analyses and translate technical information to a lay audience;
  • Design and write high quality presentations and reports – produces clear, concise and compelling narratives through a combination of expert prose, use of data, graphics and exceptional engaging storytelling; able to coach others in producing high quality work;
  • Think logically to sequence and plan delivery of government strategy with pace, optimism and urgency;
  • Facilitate and communicate effectively – can lead interactive workshops with stakeholders and deliver high quality training sessions to groups of trainees;
  • Navigate and achieve change in the public sector – has knowledge or experience of operating in a political environment and driving reforms through public-sector decision-making processes such as budget setting, legislating, and procurement.
  • Build DA demonstrating a commitment to the growth and development of the company, including business development, recruiting, IP development and living our values

Experience and qualifications

  • 10-15 years of experience working in public sector consulting, government, development banks, and/or public policy
  • Experience managing development funds is highly desirable, but not necessary (e.g., Global Fund, GFF, IFAD, etc.)
  • Knowledge of specific policy fields, such as agriculture, climate, health, or economic diversification is highly desirable
  • Proven track record of influencing senior stakeholders in various public sector settings, particularly in GCC countries
  • Deep capacity-building and training skills with experience in creating and offering products and learning programs to public sector partners in GCC
  • Arabic and English fluency is necessary; fluency is French is preferred, but not necessary

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