Country Manager – Fred Hollows Foundation

  • Do you want to do work that really matters? Help us end avoidable blindness
  • Full time, Permanent Role based in Kigali, Rwanda (Flexible work arrangements available)
  • Closing Date: 4th September 2022


The Fred Hollows Foundation is an international development organisation working to prevent blindness and restore sight. This year marks The Foundation’s 30th anniversary of carrying on the legacy of Professor Fred Hollows, who believed every person had the right to quality eye care, no matter where they live. The Foundation is known around the world as an organisation that works with purpose and determination. With a reputation for excellence, we are well known for making change happen.

The Foundation has grown to work in more than 25 countries throughout Africa, South Asia, Southeast Asia, the Middle East and the Pacific, as well as Australia. The Foundation has restored sight to more than 2.5 million people worldwide. We have an ambitious five-year strategic plan that aims to take us even closer to realising our vision of a world in which no person is needlessly blind, or vision impaired and Indigenous Australians exercise their right to sight and good health.

To find out more about our work, please visit our website


We are seeking a motivated individual who has a significant solid leadership experience at Country Manager level with strong background developing and/or implementing health systems strengthening and performance-based financing models within the government systems in Africa. You must be an accomplished leader who has a proven track record of building capacity and establishing operational excellence. Advocacy skills, management expertise, and solid communications skills are critical for the position.

The successful applicant will have demonstrated capacity to work effectively in cross-cultural environments; and capacity to engage and influence senior levels of government, multi-lateral agencies, and other relevant stakeholders to build a strong country program. In addition, you will be able to effectively represent The Foundation at relevant high-level working/technical forums at regional and global levels.


The Country Manager is accountable for the strategic leadership and oversight of the Rwanda Program in alignment with The Foundation’s operating model, including setting strategic direction of the Country Program, leading implementation of the country strategy, and supervising the Country Team.

You are the key liaison connecting global priorities with those of the Rwanda Program and will work in close collaboration with the Kenya Cluster, virtual Country Support Networks at the Africa, Middle East, and UK (AMUK) Hub and Global Office in Australia to drive the successful achievement of The Foundation’s strategic objectives in Rwanda.


Country Program Leadership

  • Accountable for the effective, and efficient delivery of Rwanda Country Program against the country strategy 2022-2026, annual operational plans and organizational performance and compliance requirements.
  • Provide inspiring strategic leadership to the Country team and is accountable to ensure that The Foundation’s profile and reputation with government and non-governmental partners are strong and reflect organizational vision, values, culture, policies, and procedures.
  • Lead advocacy and sector initiatives, develop and strengthen strategic partnerships & linkages to support and increase the reach and impact of The Foundation’s work within the Country Program.
  • Ensure compliance of the Country Program with The Foundation’s and donor policies and guidelines, risk, child protection and fraud prevention, including compliance with the health, safety and wellbeing and statutory regulation.
  • In collaboration with the country support network, contribute to resource mobilization and lead development of new impact focused projects to expand the scope of existing projects
  • Lead development and submission of high-quality annual budget process and other resource needs for the Rwanda Country Program, and ensure timely and accurate forecasts and expenditure spend / reporting
  • Lead implementation of the Monitoring, Evaluation, Reporting, and Learning framework to strengthen performance of the Country Program.
  • Ensure all Country Office staff have clear performance goals, development plans and regular performance reviews, which enable them to succeed.
  • Strengthen the workplace culture, balancing the local context to the global organizational culture

Executive Contribution and Collaboration

  • Lead organizational development initiatives in Rwanda Country Program to enable continuous improvement of The Foundation’s work.
  • Ensure the Director of Global Program Implementation, Programs Executive Director, CEO and Board are provided with relevant, timely and accurate information and advice as required.


  • At least 8 years of demonstrated professional experience in similar role, preferably in Africa
  • Demonstrated experience leading complex health programs with multiple implementing partners and institutional donors including USAID, DFID, and private foundations.
  • Ability to influence government policies and practices
  • Demonstrated experience in business development and resource mobilisation
  • Excellent partnership development and coordination skills, including with government, private sector stakeholders, development agencies/NGOs, and other donors at both senior and technical levels.
  • Excellent experience in organizational development in fast evolving social and economic contexts including contribution to change processes.
  • Good experience developing, resourcing, and implementing country strategies and translating them to organizational and individual objectives of the teams.
  • English language fluency and excellent written and spoken communication skills.
  • Willingness to travel, both domestically and internationally as needed.

How to apply

How we recognise your contribution

Through our internal programs and employee benefits we aim to create an environment where you will feel supported and empowered. Whether your focus is on continuous learning, professional development or finding an environment which enables you to thrive while balancing family or personal commitments, we have a range of programs in place to support you.

To find out more about our benefits click here


Applications should be made via our Website, and should include your resume and cover letter. Please address your cover letter to the Talent Acquisition Team and include a response to the “About You”, “Key Responsibilities” and “What You’ll Need to Succeed” sections of the advert.

Applications Close: Sunday the 4th of September 2022

The Fred Hollows Foundation is committed to ensuring our projects and activities are implemented in a safe and productive environment that prevents harm and avoids impacting the health and safety of all people, particularly children, vulnerable people and disadvantaged groups. Applicants are advised that The Foundation reserves the right to conduct police checks and other screening procedures to ensure we maintain and promote a child safe environment.

The Foundation is also committed to protecting the health of our beneficiaries, donors and partners and require incumbents of this role to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (except where medical conditions may make vaccination harmful to their health).

Please be advised:

  1. Fred Hollows Foundation will never ask for a fee during any stage of the recruitment process.
  2. All active roles are advertised directly on our website here.
  3. Please note we will not be accepting CV’s via agencies for this role.
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