Chief Executive Officer Career Opportunity – Kilimo Trust

Organisation: Kilimo Trust
Duty Station: Kampala,
Reports to: Kilimo Board of
About US:
Kilimo Trust (KT) is an independent organization working on agriculture
for development across the East Africa Community (EAC) Region – in Burundi,
Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, and South Sudan. We promote regional solutions
to local problems to make agricultural markets work better for the reduction of
poverty and elimination of hunger. We are committed to supporting the people of
East African Community (EAC) to achieve market-based solutions to food and
nutrition security. Therefore, our core business is to support the
transformation of food and nutrition security in the EAC Region away from high
risk subsistence farming into lower risk trade-based systems. We implement and
manage programmes and projects in partnership with and/or on behalf of
governments, international and regional organizations, and the private sector.
Job Summary: The Chief
Executive Officer will provide creative leadership focused at solutions;
identify, and pursue emerging opportunities that favorably position KT as a
hybrid, financially viable and sustainable institution that positively impacts
the incomes of farming households and other agricultural-related enterprises
within the EAC region.
Key Duties and
The incumbent will proactively develop,
implement, evaluate, update and present the Strategic Plan (including specific,
quantifiable and time-bound targets) of KT; within the context of a changing
operational environment.
Actively promote and market KT within East
Africa and globally as a leading independent agricultural development
organization supporting innovation for smallholders in the region through both
not-for- profit and social entrepreneurship interventions.
The jobholder will develop and lead the
implementation of partnership and alliance strategy that enables the Trust to
leverage and nurture strategic partnerships.
Take lead in the planning and implementation of
KT’s fund-raising efforts for supporting current programs and future expansion;
including identifying funding resources, establishing strategies to approach
potential funders, submitting proposals and maintaining relevant documentation.
Routinely identify, reduce, mitigate and manage
all relevant risks as they relate to the Trusts financial, reputational, brand
and others assets in tandem with the values and deeds of KT.
The incumbent will coordinate internal and
external evaluations with respect to the delivery of organizational targets in
quantifiable and attributable outcomes and impact – and present them in terms
of value-for-money, value additive solutions, and quantifiable benefits
accruing to target populations.
Provide strategic direction and oversight to the
senior leadership team, country managers and 
other key staff to ensure financial health of KT and compliance to
statutory requirements
The jobholder will also prepare and present
accurate timely and regular reports, briefs, and updates to the Board of
Trustees concerning progress against the strategic and annual business plans as
per the Board mandate and needs. To recruit, hire, train, manage, lead, and
develop the Kilimo senior management team and regional senior staff in a manner
that ensures the staff members are highly qualified, experienced, and competent
in appropriate areas in relation to Kilimo Mission and strategic intent.
Institute, implement and review policies,
regulations, rules and guidelines that promote efficient, effective and
harmonious functioning of KT as per the organizations Mission, ethos and
Without any prejudice to the foregoing; to
perform, in a professional and ethical manner, all duties typical of the office
held by Chief Executive Officer as described in the Deeds of KT.
Qualifications, Skills and
The ideal candidate must hold a Master’s degree
in Agricultural Sciences or related fields.
Specialized training in Business Management,
Entrepreneurship, Organizational Leadership.
Broad knowledge of different not-for-profit and
private sector engagements and approaches is considered necessary for the
State-of-the-art knowledge of agricultural development issues
A minimum of seven (7) years’ experience as a
member of the top leadership team(s) in a similar/related organization.
Experience of participating in governance roles
(board level).
International exposure is required;
Significant experience of working within the
East African region is preferred.
Capacity to generate and disseminate
well-articulated influential knowledge products.
Demonstrable capability in networking and
building strategic alliances, and partnerships with the private sector, NGOs,
multilateral agencies, public agencies and governments in the region and
Previous experience in supporting growth of
agribusiness ventures.
Excellent track record of successful fundraising
and revenue generation efforts for institutions similar to KT.
Expertise in leading ante and post
implementation studies related to various programs
Fluency in English (reading, writing and
speaking), and Swahili (conversational). A working knowledge of French is an
added advantage..
Proven proficiency in providing leadership and
direction to employees spread across a wide region and in different countries.
Willingness and ability to travel within the
East African region and internationally.
How to Apply:
All suitably qualified and interested candidates should send their
applications by email to
including a letter of motivation, curriculum vitae (not exceeding 4 typed
pages), names and contacts (phone number and e-mail) of three referees. Only
shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
Deadline: 16th
January 2017

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