Non-Executive Director Job Opportunity – TradeMark East Africa

Job Title:     Non-Executive Director
TradeMark East Africa
Duty Station:
Kampala, Uganda
About US:
TradeMark East Africa (TMEA) is an aid-for-trade
organisation that was established with the aim of growing prosperity in East
Africa through increased trade. TMEA operates on a not-for-profit basis and is
funded by the development agencies of the following countries: Belgium,
Canada,Denmark, European Union, Finland, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway,
United Kingdom, and United States of America.
TMEA works closely with East African Community (EAC)
institutions,national governments, the private sector and civil society organisations.
TMEA, with an annual expenditure of around US$100 million, is now the leading
aid-for-trade facility in the world. TMEA has its headquarters in Nairobi,
Kenya with vibrant and successful operations in EAC (Arusha), Burundi
(Bujumbura),Democratic Republic of Congo (Bukavu),Ethiopia and the Horn (Addis
Ababa & Hargeisa), Rwanda (Kigali), South Sudan (Juba), Tanzania (Dar es
salaam) and Uganda (Kampala). The first phase of TMEA delivered exceptional
results which directly contributed to substantial gains in East Africa’s trade
and regional integration environment in terms of reduced transit times,
improved border efficiency, and reduced barriers to trade.
TMEA is now in the second phase of its strategy and aims to
deliver even more large-scale impact to maximise the potential benefits of
aid-for-trade interventions which lead to sustainable and inclusive prosperity
through job creation, poverty reduction and enhanced economic welfare. To find
out more, please visit their website.
Job Summary:  TMEA is seeking to recruit a dynamic and
visionary individual with previous Board and strategic leadership experience,
professional networks and regional influence to join TMEA’s Board as a
Non-Executive Director. Members of the Board will oversee the strategy, policy,
and direction of TMEA, and so assist with the achievement of the organisation’s
mission and objectives. This will include active participation in the Board and
its committees, performing non-executive duties, and exercising the powers and
functions which the Board may assign to the Board Member.
Board meetings are held quarterly, and committee meetings
will be held in conjunction with full Board meetings as required. TMEA aims to
have a diverse board and is therefore seeking an individual with expertise in
audit,finance and/or risk. This appointment will be for three years from 1 June
2020 until 30 May 2023. Appointments are renewable once for a further 3 years,
subject to satisfactorily completing annual performance reviews.
Duties and Responsibilities: 
Understand and demonstrate a commitment to
TMEA’s vision, mission, objectives, and operations, and keep up to date with
issues and trends that may affect the organisation.
Through regular engagement with TMEA’s donors,
understand the context in which TMEA and its donors operate, in particular,
appreciate the strategic role of the TMEA Council and the public interest in
the effective use of development assistance.
Undertake representational duties as necessary
including participating in key strategic events and engaging with senior donor
officials and key regional stakeholders.
Actively participate in Board and designated
Board committee meetings including preparing for these meetings by studying
documents, agreements and other papers provided.
Review TMEA Strategy, TMEA Business Plan and
policies and ensure that TMEA operates in a manner that is consistent with the
TMEA Constitution, and applicable legal and regulatory requirements.
Ensure the effective management of TMEA’s risk
Accept fiduciary and other responsibilities as
required by companies’ legislation.
Understand and monitor the organisation’s
financial affairs, including adoption and oversight of annual budgets.
Work with TMEA’s CEO and management to identify
new investment opportunities in support of TMEA’s strategy.
Establish and maintain an effective, independent
and respected presence and a collegial relationship with other Board Members.
Maintain objectivity and independence, be aware
of and avoid any potential conflict of interest and maintain confidentiality of
Support the Chair of the Board in fulfilling
his/her responsibilities, including closely collaborating with the TMEA
Council, the various National Oversight Committees (NOCs) and the Programme
Coordinating Committee of EAC (PCC).
Monitor the performance of the TMEA management
team, their execution of strategy,policies and plans and management of
resources. Direct line management responsibilities will be as follows:
In the case of the Chair of the Board of
Directors, overall management of the Chief Executive Officer.
In the case of the Chair of the Audit, Finance
& Risk Committee, line management of the Director of Audit & Assurance.
In the case of the Chair of the Human Resources
& Remuneration Committee, acting as the Countersigning Quality Assuror for
the performance management of members of the TMEA Senior Leadership Team.

Skills and Experience:
Academic and/or professional qualification in
finance, audit, and accountancy is required and qualifications in any of the
following areas would be an added advantage: Trade and regional integration,
Transport and infrastructure development, Private sector development  and Human resource management
At least ten years’ management experience including
five at a Senior Director level
At least years’ experience in a senior finance
and/or audit role (preferably in Eastern Africa)
Either a senior role in a reputable firm of
accountants and auditors or experience as finance director of a reputable company
High-level experience of preparing and/or
auditing published financial statements under companies’ legislation in one of
the EAC Partner States
Significant work experience with Regional
Economic Communities and Donor Governments in an international multicultural
Professional experience and geographic expertise
acquired in one or more of the countries in which TMEA operates.
Ability to establish and maintain strong
collaborative partnerships/relationships with development partners, high ranking
government officials, civil society and private sector organisations.
Adept at working with diverse teams, delivering
change and demonstrating value for money.
Ability to influence others to achieve
objectives and gain consensus and collaboration.
Sound decision-making and judgment capabilities.
Strong problem solving and analytical skills.
Excellent presentation, communication and
personal effectiveness skills.
Good understanding of the role of internal audit
and the importance of internal controls
Proven intellectual and strategic thinking
Strong strategy formulation and implementation
skills including the ability to communicate strategy and results concisely and
Excellent leadership and management skills.
How to Apply:
All suitably qualified candidates are encouraged to apply
online at the link below.

Deadline: 6th
March 2020

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