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Country Manager, Kenya; Country Manager, Rwanda

Reports to: Chief Operations Officer, Africa
Location: Nairobi, Kenya or Kigali, Rwanda

Background of the Company:

Nuru Energy is a leading social enterprise in the energy space established in 2009. 

We have offices in Rwanda, South Africa and India and we are currently expanding to other countries in East 

Description of Duties and Responsibilities:

Under the direct supervision of the COO, the Country Manager will have the responsibility of managing the day-to-day operations of the Country Office.  

The candidate will be responsible for engaging with in-country partners to ensure rapid scale-up of operations.  

Specifically, the Country Manager will:

Drive Revenue:
  • In collaboration with the management team and local key stakeholders, develop the yearly operational business plan, which will include a marketing strategy and plan for each sales channel, competitor and customer analyses
  • Establish, secure and manage relationships with in-country partners including microfinance institutions, institutional donors, retailers and distributors
  • Develop a sales forecast and ensure that revenue targets are being met on schedule
Manage Staff:
  • Hire and oversee local staff and international/local volunteers or interns
  • Evaluate the performance of all local staff and recommend needed staff changes
  • Manage and support international volunteers and interns to assure they are productively engaged
Oversee Logistics:
  • Manage the movement of products/equipment/materials in accordance with organizational policy and procedure and with relevant local, country and international law and processes
  • Ensure that all necessary documentation is in order so that goods are imported/exported in an efficient and cost-effective manner
  • Maintain and share with colleagues as appropriate, personal knowledge of all relevant import/export laws and procedures; tariffs and duties; licenses and restrictions
  • Ensure relevant inventory is kept in the country and in local offices
Manage Finances:
  • Comply with the appropriate financial management system
  • Assure that budgets are being met and supplies and equipment/supplies are purchased within the approved budget
  • Create and submit monthly, quarterly financial reports, annual audit report
Communicate with Management Team:
  • Create and submit required status reports regularly.  These status reports will include all key performance indicators
  • Participate in weekly status meetings with the Management Team
  • Timely provide company senior management with requested information
Core Competencies
  • Strong interpersonal and negotiating ability
  • Ability to work as a team member
  • High integrity
  • Ability to read and write effectively
  • Presentation Skills
  • Strong ability to organize and prioritize workloads, meet deadlines and targets
  • Critical thinking & problem solving
  • Planning and organizing
  • Performance focus
  • Teamwork
  • Communication skills
  • Leadership
  • Delegation
  • Conflict management
  • Commercial orientation
Educational and Work Requirements
  • Must have a post-graduate degree preferably a MBA
  • At least 5 years of work experience in a managerial role in a business in Kenya or Rwanda preferably in the Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) or other consumer products industry
  • Knowledge of and experience with the carbon market is desirable
All interested candidates please send a CV and cover letter with the subject line “Application for Country Manager - Kenya” or “Application for Country Manager - Rwanda” before June 22nd, 2012. 

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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