Job Opening: Country Director | Code for Pakistan

Job Opening: Country Director

Job Opening: Country Director

About Code for Pakistan:

Think about your last time stuck in traffic — or getting your driving license renewed… Ever had to go to the police station? Visited a ghost government school? What about spending untold hours with no electricity thanks to load-shedding? No one wants to spend countless hours in traffic or have much to do with public services if they can help it. What if interacting with public services wasn’t so painful? What if every interaction was a positive, seamless experience?

Enter the world of civic tech. Code for Pakistan is a civic innovation non-profit made up of a passionate community of technologists and other talented professionals, driven by a strong belief in civic innovation and social impact that can move Pakistan forward in measurable and meaningful ways. Our vision is to have a government that meets people’s needs where they are, and we leverage the power of technology and people to bridge the gap between government and citizens. We work on programs that are setting up Pakistan to be a civic innovation hub. Code for Pakistan runs a Government Innovation Fellowship Program based in Peshawar that has completed 6 annual cycles, Civic Innovation Labs in multiple cities across Pakistan, as well as projects with the federal and provincial governments. Our annual Civic Hackathon had 600+ participants from 90+ cities and towns. We also serve on the Executive Committee of the global Code for All network, which brings together more than 27 international civic tech organizations as partners. And we have fun while we do it all!

Role:

We’re hiring a Country Director! Code for Pakistan is looking for an exceptional and organized DOER – a brilliant, fearless, and passionate leader who is uncompromising in his or her pursuit of creating a world-class platform that will positively affect the lives of Pakistanis every day.

The role entails both hands-on contributions as well as management, leadership, and oversight of all our programs, operations, and growth. You will report directly to the Executive Director and Board, and be responsible for an employee org of 15 (and growing!) as well as a large volunteer base. This is a full-time, high energy position, preferably based in Islamabad. 

Qualifications:

The ideal candidate will have the following qualifications:

  • 7+ years of experience in international development, business development, technology/product development, social enterprise, public sector, community engagement, or other fields related to civic tech.
  • 4+ years of people management experience, including managing managers.
  • Experience and interest in operational development and management.
  • Experience working with and building relationships with government agencies is a plus. 
  • Demonstrated experience of excelling at both the ‘What’ (Results) and the ‘How’ (Quality & Leadership).
  • Organizational development experience — for instance, fundraising/development, growing and managing teams, creating and running programs, or co-leading organizations.
  • Interest — though not necessarily deep experience — in curating meaningful events and gatherings.
  • Some experience with coalition-building and/or volunteer-driven organizing.

And the right fit:

  • Execution skills. Excellent problem solving, budgeting, strategic planning, and implementation skills.
  • Leadership. Collaborative, inclusive, transparent, and can-do leadership style. Willingness to “make the road by walking.”
  • People management. You are an excellent people manager with a good balance of empathy, empowerment, and accountability. You have strong leadership, teamwork, and interpersonal skills. 
  • Communication. Excellent written and spoken communication skills in English (and preferably, Urdu).
  • Business development skills. You are a dynamic people person, great at business development via relationship building.  You are able to meet with government, private sector, non-profit, community leadership, and international donors, and make a good pitch.
  • Mission focused. You have a strong desire and passion to make an impact in Pakistani society.
  • Quality. Unwavering commitment to quality programs and data-driven program evaluation.
  • Storytelling. You have a good knack for storytelling and passionate engagement with the power of civic tech.
  • Action. You get things done and have consistently proven so. You’re an entrepreneurial startup kind of person. You have demonstrated self-management skills and resourcefulness. 
  • Solutions orientation. Solution-focused and medium-agnostic, you are willing to step outside your core skill set or discipline to find the best solution to a challenge.
  • Proactivity. You are self-motivated and self-directed in setting your own targets and in following up with others to ensure their targets are met. While collaboration is key, you are able to make decisions on your own and are goal-oriented in proactively driving programs.
  • Design Thinking. Exposure to and understanding of design thinking, innovation, lean product development, and creative cultures is a big plus.
  • Organization. Solid in process and operations management, you are highly organized.
  • Multi-tasking. Ability to handle multiple, concurrent, and high priority projects.
  • Responsiveness. You make sure things aren’t held up. You’re quick to respond, and you hold yourself accountable so that once you say you will do something, you will do it on time and well — and no one needs to follow up to remind you.
  • Tech-savvy. You have a demonstrated interest in the application of technology for solving real-world problems, though you don’t need to be technical yourself.
  • Positive. On the ground, you set the tone and dynamic for the team, and it should be one of a positive can-do attitude and a lens of gratitude.
  • Flexibility & adaptability.  We are not a traditional organization, rather a passionate team of doers distributed among timezones across the world, which requires comfort with morning and night-time calls, as well as working remotely as needed.
  • Values. You have strong north star values of inclusion, openness, equity, non-partisanship, emotional intelligence, collaboration, integrity, helpfulness, generosity, learning, and growth mindset. You share humble, ego-free, respectful camaraderie with all, centered around our mission to serve the public.
  • Purpose. A belief that this is not a job, but a calling of purpose and mission. We like to think of ourselves as a tight-knit family.

Responsibilities:

  • excellent organizational leadership, managing staff, coaching and developing high-performance teams, setting and achieving strategic objectives, and managing a budget
  • owning and executing on the vision and mission defined by the Executive Director and Board, defining the organizational strategy for achieving quarterly goals
  • building organizational capacity, in collaboration with the Executive Director and Board, developing a long-term sustainability and fundraising plan, and initiating the execution of that plan by raising resources and support
  • extending the reach of our current programs in collaboration  with the core team, supporting and enhancing existing programming and strategy, and operating as a thought partner for emerging opportunities
  • creating new innovative and measurable programs that seek to inspire participation in civic hacking and innovation in public services
  • driving our brand, storytelling, and thought leadership to the next horizon, both nationally and internationally
  • business development with Government, private sector partners, and civil society partners
  • building and maintaining relationships — engaging with key project partners and donors to ensure they are bought-in and contributing to the project
  • representing the vision, strategy, and values of Code for Pakistan with stakeholders, government, private sector, non-profit, community leadership, and international donors, and making a good pitch
  • boosting organizational capacity by analyzing and improving existing systems, workflows, and practices
  • creating new ways to expand our volunteer base
  • ensuring tracking, evaluation, and proactive reporting of impact and statuses, with all stakeholders proactively looped in and kept updated
  • conducting the regular project and program retrospectives in a spirit of continual learning and improvement, and reporting on the organization’s results to Board 
  • recruiting, hiring, retaining, and developing top talent and outstanding team members who are engaged, high performing, happy, and doing their best work
  • multi-tasking, time management, and effective prioritization
  • practicing timely communication, reporting, and engagement
  • solving problems proactively to move things forward quickly, rolling up your sleeves to dive in whenever necessary, with positive cheer and supportiveness

Think you’d be a great fit? Apply by emailing to info@codeforpakistan.org your resume and a cover letter explaining why you’d be a good fit, what excites you about working for Code for Pakistan, an example from the world of civic tech that you find inspiring, and a couple of specific program growth opportunities you see for the organization.