Country Representative Job Careers – Global Development Incubator (GDI)

Job Title:      Country Representative
Global Development Incubator (GDI)
Duty Station: Uganda
About US:
The Global
Development Incubator (GDI) is a non-profit organization that provides
strategic and operational support for new and existing impact organizations and
multi-stakeholder initiatives that aim to change systems at scale.
Company Description
Aceli Africa is a
market-enabling facility to mobilize over $700M in private sector lending for
agricultural SMEs in Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda, and Tanzania by 2025. To achieve
this goal, Aceli Africa will provide financial incentives to increase the risk
appetite of 20+ financial institutions (both global and local) to make loans
ranging from USD $25K-$1.5M to inclusive agricultural SMEs while also
facilitating technical assistance to expand the ability of high-potential SMEs
to qualify for and manage financing.
Financial incentives
have been designed based on a dataset that Aceli Africa gathered and analyzed
in collaboration with Dalberg Advisors. This data incorporates loan-level and
portfolio-level profitability for agricultural SME lending from 28 financial
institutions, including commercial banks, local non-bank financial
institutions, and global social lenders, and covers 8,000+ transactions
totaling $3B+.
With support from
leading bilateral and philanthropic funders, including DFID, IKEA Foundation,
MasterCard Foundation, Omidyar Network, and USAID, Aceli Africa has now
transitioned from the design stage and is set to launch in July 2020. Aceli
Africa is an initiative of the Global Development Incubator (GDI), a nonprofit
incubator of social impact initiatives based in the United States with an
affiliated entity based in Kenya.
Job Summary:  The Country Representative will be a core
member of Aceli Africa’s dynamic and growing team and will be responsible for
representing Aceli in Uganda. The incumbent must possess a deep understanding
of the agricultural finance market in Uganda and be adept at engaging a range
of stakeholders from commercial banks and other lenders serving agricultural
SMEs, to technical assistance providers, data and learning partners, government
officials, and donors. The role will be a contractor position with GDI, Inc.,
based in the U.S.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
·       Serve as Aceli Africa’s representative in
Uganda to position the initiative as a catalyst for increased private sector
lending to advance development impact in the agri-food sector
·       Cultivate prospective new lending partners
and engage Aceli Africa’s existing partner lending institutions in Uganda to
facilitate their adoption of Aceli’s financial incentives and increased lending
to inclusive agricultural SMEs
·       Ensure that lenders understand the financial
incentive qualifying criteria and reporting requirements and that key
stakeholders within the partner lending institutions are bought into the
·       Identify capacity building needs related to
tailoring lenders’ product offering to agricultural SMEs and/or conducting
appropriate due diligence on environmental, social, and governance (ESG)
·       Cultivate and manage relationships with
technical assistance providers specializing in services for agricultural SMEs
as part of Aceli’s approach to expanding addressable demand for credit
·       Manage relationships with key ecosystem
actors such as aBi Finance, Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa,
Financial Sector Deepening Uganda, Uganda Agribusiness Alliance, relevant
government agencies (e.g., Agricultural Credit Facility, Uganda Development
Bank), and donors supporting Aceli or otherwise involved in the agriculture
·       Liaise with Aceli’s data and learning
partners (Dalberg Advisors, International Growth Centre, and MIX) to support
data collection and evaluation studies
·       Contribute to the design of the Aceli
Innovation Facility and, once it is active, build pipeline and manage
relationships with enterprises and programs that receive Innovation Facility
·       Practice the highest degree of
professionalism and integrity to build Aceli Africa’s excellent reputation in
·       Collaborate with Aceli team members at the
regional and global levels to ensure that all of the above responsibilities are
well-coordinated with Aceli’s strategic priorities and operating processes
Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
·       The ideal candidate must hold a Bachelor’s
and Master’s degree in business administration, economics, agriculture, or
related field
·       Minimum of 10 years professional experience
in East Africa with at least 5 years in Uganda;
·       Keen understanding of the agricultural
finance market in Uganda, including leading lenders, value chains, and industry
·       Strategic thinker who is adept at connecting
big picture objectives with an action orientation
·       Excellent communication and relationship
management skills;
·       Ability to work independently and collaborate
with a multi-country team in a rapidly evolving environment;  Professional with a demonstrated record of the
highest integrity and ethical conduct; and Passion for applying financial and
business acumen to have a positive impact on farmer livelihoods, food security,
and economic development in East Africa.
How to Apply:
If you believe you
can clearly demonstrate your abilities to meet the relevant criteria for the
role, please submit your application through the link below
quoting in the
subject line the Job Title “Country Representative, Uganda”, and attach your
detailed CV, cover letter stating your interest in and qualifications for the
position, e-mail address and telephone contacts.
Global Development
Incubator is an Equal Opportunity Employer and considers all applicants based
on merit without regard to race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual
orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, disability or any other
characteristic protected by applicable law. Ugandan national are strongly
encouraged to apply.
Deadline: Friday 1st May 2020
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