Country Director Job Opportunity – Self Help Africa

Job Title:    Country Director
Organization: Self Help
Duty Station: Kampala,
Reports to: Head of Region East
About US:
Self Help Africa is an international NGO which works with smallholder
farmers, farmer associations, cooperatives and agribusinesses across Africa to
help farmers grow and sell more food, improve diets, diversify incomes and make
their livelihoods more sustainable and resilient to external shocks. Our
sectors of expertise include food security, agricultural development, rural
enterprise, village-level savings schemes, nutrition security and integrated
livelihoods. SHA works in nine countries in Africa – Zambia, Malawi, Kenya,
Uganda, Ethiopia, Burkina Faso, Benin, Ghana and Togo. We have an excellent
track record of facilitating mutually beneficial relationships between farmers,
government structures, civil society organisations and the private sector.
In Uganda Self Help Africa (SHA) has over 20 years’ experience in
developing enterprising solutions that help Uganda’s rural poor to improve
their food and livelihood security so that they can achieve a better quality of
Job Summary: The Country
Director is responsible for the overall management and development of SHA’s
programme in Uganda and for ensuring that Self Help Africa’s work contributes
effectively and efficiently towards meeting the needs of small holder farmers
and the goals of the organisation. The Country Director has the key
responsibility to liaise with current and potential new donors to position SHA
Uganda as a key player in the nutrition, agriculture and agribusiness sectors
and to explore opportunities for expanding our work into humanitarian efforts
with rural communities.
Key Duties and
Programme Direction and Management: The Country Director will
provide a clear strategic vision, ensuring staff, partners and other
stakeholders support for the strategy, bringing sound analysis of processes of
change and effectively operationalising this strategy. The Country Director
will maintain a general oversight of the entire programme; ensure that all
issues are dealt with appropriately and that a good working atmosphere across
the programme is maintained. You will be expected to be proactive in identifying
shortcomings and problems and deal with them decisively, such that you maintain
our programme, financial and legal integrity.
  • Keeping up-to-date in terms of relevant
    socio-economic, food security, livelihood and rural economic developments
    and trends within the development sectors and how these will impact on
    programme direction and effectiveness;
  • Providing on-going review and development
    of overall country strategy, and of individual project objectives;
  • Ensure that adequate mechanisms to assess
    and monitor the security environment are in place and that security
    measures mitigate identified risks;
  • Steer the development and implementation
    of the Country Security Guidelines and Management Plan / Standard
    Operating Procedures ensuring that the organisation’s management practices
    reflect these;
  • Ensuring that all projects are monitored
    and evaluated, are in line with deadlines, are appropriate, necessary,
    cost effective, targeted, sustainable and in keeping with SHA’s philosophy
    and strategy.
  • Working closely with the programme support
    team in Ireland / UK to ensure best practice in all aspects of project
    cycle management from identification, planning, implementation, monitoring
    and evaluation;
  • Ensuring positive working relationship
    with all partners and stakeholders (government ministries, communities,
    NGOs, etc.), including preparation of partnership agreements where
  • Providing technical advice and support,
    where necessary, to project teams
  • Ensuring that an appropriate development
    programme which is balanced, well documented and effective in terms of
    costs and outputs is delivered.
  • Working with our partner organisations to
    drive forward and develop national and sometimes regional activities for
    Policy, Research and Advocacy to further the interests of small holder
    farmers in Uganda.
  • Encouraging the development of appropriate
    research with a view to improving the quality of field work and
    influencing policy changes that will improve the quality of life for
    people in Uganda.
  • Ensure partnership agreements and MOUs are
    properly prepared, monitored and implemented throughout their timeframe.
Business Development: Responsible for ensuring, with the
Programme Funding team, the country programme continues to grow through a
diversified funding base. This includes:
  • Develop and implement a funding strategy
    for the Country Programme to secure restricted grants from institutions
    including annual targets
  • Develop relationships and work closely
    with major institutional donors and contractors with a view to optimising
    financing for programmes
  • Keep abreast of the trends within the
    donor environment in the Country and Internationally
  • Ensure the team support the production of
    good quality funding proposals and respond to call for proposals in a
    timely manner
  • Facilitate donor visits, donor meetings,
    round table discussions and evaluations as necessary.
Human Resource Management:  Responsible
for the management and development of all staff in the Kenya programme in line
with SHA policy: this includes:
  • Direct line management of senior staff
  • Accountability for the overall health,
    welfare and safety of personnel
  • Recruitment of all senior staff ensuring a
    high level of competence in personnel recruited via good induction,
    contract extension / termination /promotion in conjunction with and
    liaising with HR management in Ireland/UK, HR policy guidelines and Uganda
    Labour Law
  • Ensuring that there are procedures in
    place to support and encourage appropriate personal and professional
    development of staff
  • Ensuring that there is ongoing review/evaluation
    of staff performance
  • Ensuring adherence by all staff to SHA
    rules, regulations and policies
 Representation: The
Country Director is the official representative of SHA in Uganda.
Responsibilities include:
  • Building and maintaining effective relationships
    with Government Ministries and Local Government Authorities at national,
    regional and local levels.
  • Building and maintaining effective
    relationships with a range of partners from research organisations,
    agricultural colleges, universities, other NGOs and donors
  • Creating opportunities to promote and
    disseminate lessons learned within SHA programmes to a wider audience
    (farmers, local government, research institutions, other NGOs, etc.)
  • Creating opportunities for Media and PR
    coverage for the work of SHA.
Financial and Resource Management: Ensuring the responsible and
efficient management of financial and other resources
  • Ultimate accountability for all financial
    matters and compliance with all financial controls as set down by the
    Chief Financial Officer of SHA, donor regulations and the Government of
  • Working with HQ to develop and implement
    effective information and resource management systems
  • Lead responsibility for increasing and
    overseeing fundraising through the identification of opportunities with
    various donors, the preparation of appropriate funding proposals and the
    management of donor relations
Qualifications, Skills and
  • The applicant should hold appropriate
    degree level qualifications, preferably supplemented by relevant
    post-graduate qualifications
  • At least five years management experience
    in a similar environment
  • The ability and resilience to cope with
    multiple internal and external demands together with proven experience in
    managing change in complex environments
  • A strong commitment to the aims,
    objectives and values of the programme in Uganda
  • High level of initiative, motivation,
    commitment and professionalism
  • Excellent verbal, analytical,
    organizational and written skills in English.
  • Strong interpersonal and inter-cultural
    communication skills. This should include the ability to instil trust and
    confidence in partner organisations and colleagues from a variety of
  • Excellent staff management and personnel
    skills including a proven ability to develop the capacities of
    multi-disciplinary professional teams.
  • Experience in programme proposal and
    report writing with a proven ability to secure funding
  • Experience in liaising with government
    officials and a variety of donors
  • Ability to properly manage complex financial
    control and management systems.
  • Sound and up to date knowledge of
    development concepts, methodologies and techniques and the ability to
    critique them.
  • Commitment to international and
    humanitarian NGO codes, standards and practices
  • Expertise in rural enterprise development
    – value chains, credit, cooperative/farmer association development, etc.
  • A strong appreciation of how to use media,
    lobbying and mass mobilisation.
  • A knowledge and experience of working in
How to Apply:
All suitably qualified and interested candidates are encouraged to send
a filled application form, download
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including your name and the job being applied for in the Subject Line.
Deadline: 13th
February, 2017
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