Regional Director, East Africa
Traidcraft is the UK¡¦s leading fair trade organisation, which combines a fast growing fair trade business and an award winning International NGO.
Our East Africa programme works to enable poor producers to grow their businesses, find markets and engage effectively in trade. Our work is focussed on key themes important in the East African context. This includes the tea, cotton, crafts, dairy and honey sectors; working to promote the availability of appropriate business services to small businesses; and working to support the fair trade movement in the region. The scale of our work in East Africa has grown in recent years and now covers Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. We are looking to accelerate this growth in the years to come.
We are looking for a dynamic and creative leader to run our East African office and take our development work to new heights. This is a senior role in the International Development Department. It offers the opportunity to shape the work of our fast growing charity and to make a major difference to our work in the region.
You will be educated to degree level in a relevant discipline with at least 3 years recent and relevant experience of working as a leader in a managerial position and of living and working in a developing country. You will be entrepreneurial and resourceful with excellent project design, interpersonal and communication skills. Above all, you will want to use your skills to make a difference to the lives of the poor in East Africa.
In return we can offer a competitive salary with 25 days annual leave plus public holidays and flexible working arrangements as well as a contributory pension scheme (where applicable) and free life assurance.
Interested? Please visit the Traidcraft website to learn more about our organisation http://www.traidcraft.co.uk/international_development/. A full job description, application form and equal opportunities monitoring form can be found on http://www.traidcraft.co.uk/about_traidcraft/job_vacancies/vacancies/.
To Apply: Please submit a completed application form, attributes checklist and equal opportunities form by e-mail to email@example.com. The subject line of the e-mail must include your name. CVs will not be accepted.
Closing date for applications: Sunday 1st June 2008
Provisional times for interviews: Telephone interviews are planned for 12th and 13th June 2008. Final interviews will take place in either the UK or Kenya on 8th and 9th July 2008.
Job Title: Regional Director, East Africa Department: International Development
Reports to: Head, Africa Programmes Responsible for: Programme Officer, Administrator and other staff as recruited
Job Holder: Date: May 2008
Location: East Africa Regional Office, Nairobi
To lead and manage Traidcraft Exchange¡¦s East Africa Regional Programme, ensuring continued growth and a scaling up of impact, whilst maintaining the highest standards of quality and professionalism. The post-holder will be a senior member of Traidcraft Exchange staff. They will represent Traidcraft in East Africa and the region at the highest level
Key Result Areas % of time spent
1. Programme leadership, development and management
„X Provides leadership and overall management support for the East Africa regional programme in line with organisational policies and strategy.
„X Establishes Traidcraft as a leading organisation in the sectors within which it operates, recognised and respected for the quality, effectiveness and the impact of its work.
„X Ensures year on year growth of Traidcraft¡¦s programme in East Africa through expanding the scale of project activity.
- Identifies and develops excellent projects in collaboration with partner organisations
- Proactively seeks new opportunities for funding of projects
- Wins funding for new projects, working closely with the fundraising team in the UK as appropriate and necessary.
„X Ensures the effective management and delivery of Traidcraft projects.
„X Ensures the fulfilment of Traidcraft¡¦s contractual obligations to donors, including the provision of operational and financial reports as required.
„X Ensures the appropriate monitoring and evaluation of projects. 40%
2. People and resources
„X Manages Traidcraft staff and consultants.
„X Maintains a healthy relationship with tenants and strategic partners
„X Ensures an appropriate organisational structure for the growth and delivery of the regional programme.
„X Grows organisational resources (staff, volunteers, funds, collaborators etc) and capacity as required to successfully expand and deliver the regional programme.
„X Ensures maximum cost-recovery for the East Africa office. 20%
3. External relations
„X Represents Traidcraft in the region.
„X Builds and maintains positive and professional relationships with existing and possible new partners.
„X Proactively networks and builds relationships as required in order to raise the profile of Traidcraft, enable collaboration and enable the appropriate development and delivery of the programme. 15%
4. Operations and finance
„X Supports the operations of other Traidcraft departments in the region (MAC, Policy Unit, plc).
„X Manages the Traidcraft office in the region, including relationships and agreements with tenants.
„X Maintains an overview of the political and security context in the region noting how developments may affect programme work.
„X Ensures appropriate security plans and procedures are in place and regularly reviewed in order to secure the safety of all staff at all times.
„X Ensures the proper financial management and control of the programme¡¦s finances in line with financial procedures & guidelines.
„X Ensures compliance with statutory regulations/obligations in Kenya. 10%
5. Information and learning
„X Monitors and evaluates project outcomes and identifies learning.
„X Undertakes programme impact assessment studies.
„X Disseminates learning across Traidcraft.
„X Proactively draws on learning from across Traidcraft and elsewhere to improve performance and impact.
„X Liaises with TX staff to ensure that they (and in particular the Director of IDD and Head of Africa programmes) are informed and aware of developments and opportunities in the region.
6. Personal and team development:
„X Continually seeks and acts upon opportunities for personal and team development.
„X Carries out other duties, which may or may not be related to the job, as reasonably requested by management.
„X To manage Traidcraft staff and consultants.
„X To manage income and expenditure including project budgets.
„X To represent Traidcraft in the region as agreed.
Skills and Aptitudes
„X Entrepreneurial flair and creativity, able to identify and realise opportunities.
„X Strong leadership skills with an ability to inspire confidence, commitment, motivation and passion in others
„X Excellent influencing and networking skills.
„X A commitment to excellence and continual improvement with a strong ability to generate creative ideas and innovative solutions
„X Builds strong relationships with stakeholders
„X Strong team working skills with an ability to work well as a mobiliser of teams, as a team leader and as a team member.
„X Demonstrates self-awareness of strengths and limitations and actively develops skills and attributes of self and others through training and development
„X Excellent planning, co-ordination and prioritisation skills.
„X Strong language and numeracy skills, including excellent written English and proven understanding of financial management.
Qualifications and Experience
„X Educated to degree level.
„X At least three years experience living and working in a developing country, preferably in Africa.
„X An experienced leader and manager of people, with at least three years experience of senior level management.
„X Extensive experience of planning, designing, managing and monitoring donor funded development projects.
„X Significant experience of proposal writing with a track record of success in winning donor funding for development projects
„X Post-graduate qualification in an appropriate discipline.
„X Recent experience working in the enterprise development sector, up to date with current thinking and best practice concerning value chain development, business development services and making markets work for the poor.
„X Management experience in an NGO
„X Experience working in the private sector
„X Experience and understanding of fair and ethical trade
„X Kiswahili speaker
„X Passionate about Traidcraft¡¦s mission and ethos, with high levels of energy and drive to make a difference to the lives of poor people.
„X Motivated by the opportunity to make a significant difference to the work of Traidcraft in the region
„X Willingness to travel within the region.
Traidcraft is a Christian response to poverty. We welcome applicants from all faiths or none, but it is important that all staff members understand and sympathise with the Christian vision, ethos and culture of Traidcraft. However it will be a genuine occupational requirement that a practising Christian is needed for some specified roles. This is not a requirement for this role.
Regional Director, East Africa
Last Date: June 1, 2008