Economic Empowerment Director

Deadline Tue, Jun 25, 2024

Please fill in the application form no later than June 25th, 2024.

Reporting to: Deputy Executive Director

Sector: Economic Empowerment

No. Subordinates:

  • Direct Reports: 2
  • Indirect Reports: 4

Position Reporting Line:

| Deputy Executive Director |


| Economic Empowerment Director |


| Training for Employment Program Manager | Micro Credit Program Manager |


| Principal Officer | Senior Officer | Officer | Assistant |

Main Job Purpose:

This position fosters economic empowerment by spearheading the development and management of impactful programs that alleviate multi-dimensional poverty and unemployment for disadvantaged citizens. Through the strategic implementation of evidence-based interventions in training and professional development, opportunities directly linked to employers needs’, and availing micro-credit support, the Sector Director will contribute to increased income levels and improved socioeconomic mobility for individuals and families. To maximize community and youth impact, strategic partnerships with non-governmental organizations (NGOs) will be needed. Throughout program development and execution, adherence to SFSD's vision and strategic objectives will be paramount. The Economic Empowerment Sector Director leadership will be instrumental in establishing strategic plans and overseeing program implementation, ultimately ensuring the successful achievement of SFSD's goals.

Overall Accountabilities:

  • Participate in setting the foundation goals and strategy, mission and vision.
  • Participates in overseeing the implementation of the of the Foundation strategic plan to expand opportunities and impact of the economic empowerment programs. This includes updating sector situation analysis to identify key areas of interventions, in close coordination with Learning and Strategies Department.
  • Develop and promote programs to different ranges for the most needed and poorest communities.
  • Ensure that Sawiris Foundation for Social Development (SFSD) contributes to economic and social growth of the country through different programs with other sectors (social empowerment and Education sectors) based on the scientific evidence.
  • Scaling up evidence based programs in collaboration with governmental institution to maximize the impact of SFSD resources.
  • Provide technical support for the developing of the projects and design based on evidence.
  • Oversees and ensure the proper disbursement and accounting of funds with the collaboration of the financial auditors/financial director.
  • Directly manage all economic empowerment programs done in collaboration with the Ministry of Social Solidarity.
  • Perform field and desk assessment of sector projects.
  • Review, evaluate and approve grant request proposals, in alignment with SFSD sub-granting policies.
  • Conduct and review contracts with partners and collaborate with partnership sector in finding a match between the suitable partners and the Economic sector programs.
  • Provide advice and technical support to program managers and the sector team.
  • Manage the Economic restricted programs.
  • Review and approve PR documentation of program materials, events, conference, follow-up on news related to the programs and review annual reports with all details.
  • Manage the generation of new ideas with the team, implementation of new program, searching for new scientific research, scientific evidence, etc.
  • Submit quarter and year-end progress report to the Deputy Executive Director.
  • Conduct and manage the annual performance management for the team to support career development aspirations.
  • Review and approve the sector related memos and travel requests to ensure budget alignment as per SFSD regulations.
  • Conduct interviews, select and recruit new staff in coordination with the HR sector.
  • To undertake other duties commensurate with the grade as required by the Deputy Executive Director.

Collaborate with the Learning & Strategy (L&S) Sector to:

  • Identify and initiate new programs either a pilot initiative or a based on a scientific evidence that focus on quality, community impact and ensure that projects will serve SFSD strategic objectives and in alignment with the agreed OKRs.
  • Maintain regular monitoring and evaluation for the partners/NGOs with the L&S department to achieve consistency in programs implementation and ensure alignment with SFSD regulations.
  • Represent SFSD in national and regional events in collaboration with the L&S team.
  • Create regular positive networks and communication with governmental and non-governmental counterparts.

Networking and Communication:

  • Establish sustainable and effective relationships with partners, NGO’s, government and public bodies, private sector entities, and other stakeholders that are of relevance to their scope of work in Egypt, regional and international.
  • Manage periodic updates of the sector portfolio on SFSD website.
  • Maintain, update, and organize projects Sectors information, and share it with communication sector.
  • Represent SFSD in local and international conferences and forums.

Position Relationship with Other Parties:

  • Internal Relationships: All sectors.
  • External Relationships: Governmental institutions - Ministry of Social Solidarity - Ministry of Education - Local and International NGOs - External Partners - Small Enterprise Development, Training and Employment, Agri-Business Development.

Work Environment:

  • In Office: 80-90%
  • Site/Field: 10-20%
  • Working Days: 5 including 3 days at least per week in office
  • Days off: Friday & Saturday
  • Working Hours: 9 am to 5 pm (with flexible working hours)
  • Work Hazard: Normal

Position Dimensions:

  • Level of Authority: Authority and decisions within own departmental decisions.
  • Financial Control: Authority to sign payments on predefined budget /agreements.
  • Annual Sector Budget: More than 100 M ( 26% of SFSD total Budget).
  • Hiring Authority & Promotion: Coach New Employees - Direct and Indirect Supervision - Responsible for Employees Performance Appraisal - Approve Hiring New Employees.

Job Requirements:


  • Bachelor Degree in (Economics, Development Studies, Business Development, Political Science, or other related field).
  • Master Degree is highly recommended.


  • Minimum 15 years of experience in the development field.
  • Very good experience in economic empowerment, poverty alleviation and other development fields.
  • Good knowledge of NGO Law.
  • Understanding of the Local Administration System.

Computer Skills

  • Advanced computer literacy.
  • Knowledge of data collection tools and Management information system.


  • Arabic and English proficiency.

Core Competencies

  • Strategic planning.
  • Networking & Relationship management.
  • Building teamwork.
  • Leadership skills.
  • Strategic Decision making.
  • Negotiation skills.
  • Quality Focus.

Functional Key Competencies

  • Attention to details.
  • Analytical skills.
  • Coaching skills.
  • Time Management.

Sawiris Foundation's Core Values:

Respect: Dealing with each individual considering all his/her needs, rights, differences, and opinions; we Value time, effort, place, and resources.

Equality: We grant each person the right to express, participate, and own all his/her rights, privileges, and equal opportunities.

Trustworthiness: Fulfillment of rights, duties, and responsibilities effectively with sincerity, integrity, and dedication to work.

Cooperation: Work within the spirit of support, and show flexibility with all people and entities we deal with.

Team Work: Organized collaboration between an integrated group of people with specific and interrelated roles to reach a common goal.

How to Apply:

Please fill in the application form no later than June 25th, 2024.