Head of Operations Africa


Full Time, Permanent
Coventry, Europe, UK
Posted 2 weeks ago

About Reall

Reall develops, refines and shares innovative housing models that unlock the political will, capital investment and end-user finance needed to create the conditions for hard-working families to secure their own home.

They do this because affordable homes not only provide a fundamental human right, they unleash unimaginable human potential to shape a future of gender parity, climate resilience, clean water and air, renewable energy and socio-economic justice.

Reall believes that the best way to realise this future is by working in open collaboration using an open-source approach, so that the best ideas can be adapted and adopted around the world.

This enables functioning housing markets to be developed at greater speed and scale and means that together, we don’t just construct houses, we build a home for human potential.

The Role

Key Responsibilities 

  • To work with Partners on the development and execution of their business plan.
  • Ensuring key targets are met.
  • To work closely with Partners and key stakeholders within the designated geographical area to understand the political, economic and market challenges and opportunities within the country context and advise accordingly.
  • To manage the performance of the Partners in terms of project viability, project delivery, financial sustainability and governance.
  • To assess the capability and resource requirements of Partners and devise a strategy and funding package for meeting those requirements.
  • To identify and assess new Partners and carry out the required selection process, gaining the necessary internal approvals.
  • To organise and carry out annual health check visits/reports and audits in accordance with Reall’s requirements.
  • Take overall responsibility for programme investment and delivery within the designated geographical area.
  • Ensure the programme fits within the criteria of the Portfolio, including country and Partner exposure.
  • Suggest ideas and innovative solutions to increase the provision of affordable homes across Africa.
  • Manage a small team of Investment and Project Managers responsible for project assessment, delivery, project viability and Partner sustainability.
  • Carry out regular one to ones, team meetings, provide support, mentoring and training as required.

Person Specification


  • Experience in working, interacting or building relationships with organisations based in emerging markets countries
  • Ability to manage partnerships, evaluate partner capacity needs and contribute to partner development.
  • Ability to manage people, and to work at both a strategic and operational level.
  • Programme management skills (project and project pipeline planning, critical path analysis, programme delivery and problem solving)
  • Partner management (ability to build and manage working relationships with a wide range of people from various cultural backgrounds)
  • Significant financial skills, including modelling, budgeting, cost analysis and forecasting.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • MS Office, project management software and general computer skills, and ability to learn new software.
  • Private/commercial sector experience, especially in the built environment sector.
  • Understanding of, and strong commitment to, international development and social enterprise.
  • Understanding of urban planning.
  • Workable understanding of contract law.
  • Culturally sensitive.


  • A relevant degree or equivalent professional qualification.
  • A minimum of five years’ relevant experience, ideally within any of the following areas: project management, institutional strengthening, built environment, affordable housing, urban development, work experience in a developing country or social enterprise.

Job Features

Job CategoryNGO
LocationCoventry, UK
Salary£50,000 - £55,000
Contract TypePermanent
Closing Date28th July

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Job Features

Job CategoryNGO
LocationCoventry, UK
Salary£50,000 - £55,000
Contract TypePermanent
Closing Date28th July

Apply Online

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