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Organization: SOS Children's Villages International
Country: Ethiopia
Closing date: 31 May 2017



Job Ref: SOS/5/16)**

Position title:** Regional ICT Director

Working location:** Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Supervisor:** International Director/IOR ESAF

Region:** East and Southern Africa (ESAF)

Context of the position**

Established in 1949, SOS Children's Villages International is a dynamic, international social development organization working globally to meet the needs and protect the interests and rights of orphaned and vulnerable children.

Within the Eastern and Southern Africa region, SOS CV International is headquartered in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and has member associations in Nigeria, Ghana, Ethiopia, Sudan, South Sudan, Somali/Somaliland, Djibouti, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi, Zambia, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, South Africa, Lesotho, Swaziland, Botswana, Namibia, Mauritius, Angola and Madagascar

Reporting to the International Director, and member of regional management team, the regional ICT Director is the head of ICT function, directing both strategic as well day to day outcomes of ICT across the region. In addition to directly supervising a team of regional ICT advisors, the regional ICT Director also provides functional supervision to ICT focal points in the member associations.

Mission of the position:

The Director of Information & Communication Technology (ICT) leads the regional ICT Function and ensures

  • Best in class functional input and support for the International Office Region
  • A flawless roll-out and execution of global policies, processes and projects and their translation into regional requirements where necessary
  • Provides information relevant to regional management for steering and decision making.

Key performance areas and main responsibilities:

Governance and Strategy

  • Ensure alignment of regional ICT activities with the global SOS strategy and steer the objective to reach an efficient and competitive work environment in MAs

  • Contribute to further development the SOS ICT strategy, ensure its implementation and monitor its implementation on regional as well as on Member Association level

  • Contribute to the further development of the global "Roadmap for ICT systems standardization" and monitor its implementation in the region

  • Participate in global ICT planning and management processes and represent the region

  • Participate in regional planning and management processes and ensure alignment of MAs

  • Support the International Competence Centre in steering the De-Centralized Development Centers

  • Perform regional ICT cost controlling and advocate adequate ICT budgets

  • Steer and support NA ICT planning and budgeting

  • Coordinate country and region-wide ICT activities, ensure collaboration with other INGOs on ICT topics

  • Consult regional management in ICT issues, promote and advocate for ICT potential and benefits

Capacity Building

  • Ensure capacity building measures in the region, in MAs and for Business Analysts

  • Identify, advocate and manage innovation in the area of ICT to gain higher efficiency as well as competitive advantage and an efficient as well as competitive work environment

  • Promote regional ICT knowledge and best practice sharing

  • Ensure consultation and support of member associations in developing and maintaining their local ICT systems in line with global standards.

Software Development

  • Ensure global databases and information systems customisation based on regional needs as well as contribution to global data base development

  • Oversee development of regional databases in line with global guidelines, with special focus on ICT4D applications

  • Ensure capacity building in software development

Network Services

  • Align with International Office on current ICT issues

  • Manage and develop regional collaboration and communication systems in line with global standards

  • Ensure similar standards and secure systems for operational efficiency in Regional Offices and MAs

People management responsibility

  • Lead the team of co-workers in the function in the region, managing the performance and ensuring development of direct reports

Position requirements**

  • An advanced university degree (Master's) in Computer Sciences, Software Engineering, information System Management, A relevant first-level university degree (Bachelor’s), in combination with additional 8 years’ relevant work experience, (Master's)

  • Certification and/or proven experience in one of these several ICT technical competencies: ICT Project Management, Business Analytics, Information Security, ICT Audit and Risk Management, Telecommunications, Networks Information Security and Software Engineering and Programming would be considered an


  • Good consulting, analytical and critical thinking skills, organized and results driven

  • Fluent in English with excellent written and oral communication, skills

  • Strong Information Technology project and process management skills.

  • In depth knowledge of IT applications, systems and software.

  • Positive, energetic self-starter with high level of personal drive and resilience.

How to apply:

If you believe you are the right candidate for the above position, please send your application letter, detailed curriculum vitae (CV), and photocopies of academic certificates, and names and contact details of three referees as Single Document.

Applications that are late, or do not have CV or certificates attached, will be disqualified. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. E-mail applications should bear the reference number of the position in the subject line of the email.

Email to: Applications including at least three traceable referees should be sent electronically to:

All applications should be submitted not later than 31 May 2017