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TradeMark East Africa Country Director (Kenya) Job in Nairobi (USD 8,223)

Job title: Country Director, Kenya
Line Manager title: Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Country Programmes
Grade: Director
Starting monthly gross salary: US$8,223
Direct reports:
  • Programme Manager
  • Private Sector and Civil Society (PSO/CSO) Officer
  • Finance and Administration Officer
Department: Kenya Country Programme
Location: Nairobi, Kenya
The Country Director will manage and monitor TMEA’s Kenya programme. This includes strategy, planning, and delivery of expected results in the fields of regional trade, infrastructure development, modern customs systems, and institutional development of Government institutions. 
The Country Director will develop an effective programme in line with TMEA’s strategic plan, sound management information and monitoring systems, and strong working relationships with Kenyan partners including Government agencies, the private sector, civil society and other East African counterparts.

The Country Director has overall responsibility for managing and delivering expected results from the Business Plan for TMEA’s country operations in Kenya, in line with the medium-term strategic plan. 

S/he will monitor day-to-day country operations in Kenya, including developing and maintaining an effective programme information and monitoring system. 
S/he will also be responsible for developing and maintaining strong working relationships with Kenyan and East African implementing partners, TMEA’s donors and other key stakeholders.
Roles and responsibilities
  • Develop and maintain detailed strategy, Annual Business Plans and activity schedules, and procurement plans for each of the agreed output areas of the TMEA country programme.
  • Define terms of reference and provide assistance in sourcing and procuring experts to conduct technical assistance, expert missions, design and baseline studies and training programmes in line with TMEA’s procurement guidelines and procedures.
  • Liaise with the Knowledge and Results Director to develop and maintain a monitoring system for TMEA activities in Kenya in line with the work plan and logical framework.
  • Develop and maintain strong working relationships with Kenyan and East African partners, donors, and other development partners and stakeholders, as well as other relevant projects and initiatives supported by TMEA.
  • Identify opportunities to leverage new investments into TMEA and co-ordinate and scale up support for regional integration at the country level.
  • Develop and implement a communications strategy for TMEA in Kenya in liaison with the TMEA Communications team.
  • Develop and maintain a database of ongoing/pipeline activities in each of the output areas of the TMEA programme.
  • Prepare quarterly project and financial country progress reports and provide updates to the TMEA Programme Investment Committee, the National Oversight Committee (NOC) and the TradeMark Stakeholder Forum. Prepare NOC meetings each quarter.
  • Contribute to the preparation of TMEA annual reports and annual work plans.
  • Ensure good practice monitoring, learning and evaluation is used throughout the programme cycle from design and throughout implementation.
Academic and professional qualifications
  • An undergraduate degree preferably in Economics, Development Studies, International Trade, Planning, Finance or Management. 
  • A post-graduate degree in a related field will be an added advantage.  
Work experience
A minimum of 5 years management experience (3 of them gained in Southern and East African countries, preferably in Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi or Tanzania) in managing economic development co-operation programmes. 
These would be preferably in regional integration, trade facilitation, trade and investment climate reform, transport sector development, and/or institutional reform. 
Strong programme cycle management skills, proven ability in preparing terms of reference and project documents, and monitoring and evaluation skills are essential. 
In addition, the role requires practical experience in project financial management, financial modelling and project information system maintenance. 
Additional skills
  • Excellent leadership and people management skills.
  • Strong strategy implementation and diplomacy skills.
  • Ability to establish and maintain strong collaborative partnerships/relationships with development partners, high ranking government officials, civil society and private sector organisations.
  • Sound decision-making and judgement capabilities.
  • Excellent communication skills in speech and writing.
  • Problem solving and analytical skills.
  • Excellent presentation, oral and written communication skills.
  • Language skills in Kiswahili are desirable for this position.
Deadline: 6 July 2012
Send your applications to recruitment@trademarkea.com by 5.00 pm East African Time, on the deadline date.

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