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Regional Director - SPANA


Tanzania, East Africa

Charities and Social Enterprise

Competitive salary

Job Ref: DW8722

Regional Director (East Africa)
Competitive Salary

SPANA is the leading UK charity for working animals and the 600 million people who depend on them for their livelihood. Founded in 1923, SPANA works in 26 developing countries worldwide, providing free veterinary treatment to working animals. Last year, SPANA provided more than 376,000 veterinary treatments to working animals, such as horses, donkeys, camels and elephants. By doing the jobs of trucks, tractors and taxis, these animals help provide an income for families in many of the world’s poorest communities. Without SPANA, most of these animals would have no access to veterinary care when they are sick or injured.

SPANA currently works in 26 countries and runs permanent veterinary programmes in a number of core countries, including Morocco, Ethiopia, Mali, Myanmar, Zimbabwe, Jordan, Mauritania, Botswana and Tunisia. SPANA also operates an emergency programme, enabling the charity to intervene in response to conflicts and natural disasters to help animals and their owners in desperate need.

In addition to veterinary programmes, SPANA runs a humane education programme to help schoolchildren overseas – the animal owners of the future – to develop feelings of compassion, empathy and respect for animals and help bring about long-term improvements in their welfare.

The charity also carries out a community training programme, working with animal owners to address the root causes of welfare problems, rather than simply treating problems after they arise. The programme includes training in basic animal care skills and community-led projects such as local harness production.

SPANA is now recruiting a Regional Director, based in Tanzania, to oversee all operations in Tanzania, Kenya and East Africa. Working closely with the senior management team and other key roles at the London office and with local partners, this exciting role will lead on the legal, management and operational requirements of the region and will develop opportunities, mitigate risk and improve operational performance.

The ideal candidate will be professional, flexible and enthusiastic with good professional English and an entrepreneurial, start-up mindset needed to establish and grow the operations in East Africa. You will have experience of working in a leadership capacity and inspiring high performing teams and a proven track record of designing, implementing and evaluating complex, multi-stakeholder international development projects.

Full information about the Regional Director role is here -

Closing date for this role is 9am, Monday 8 July 2019.

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