Country Director Job in Kenya

Job summary

The Country Director (CD) leads the country programme with an overall responsibility for delivering results in line with TradeMark Africa (TMA)’s Strategy and Project Cycle Management (PCM) Guidelines. S/he manages and maintains strategic relationships with the Government of Kenya, the private sector, civil society, and the donor communities. Also, the CD is responsible for managing the country team to ensure good design and delivery of projects, and ensuring best practice is followed with TMA corporate guidelines, procedures, and systems.

The CD, Kenya has the overall responsibility for an effective design and delivery of trade facilitation and market systems/value chain programming, including, but not limited to the EU-funded Business Environment and Export Enhancement Programme (BEEEP) and the US-funded Economic Recovery and Reform Activity (ERRA). S/he will develop and maintain effective projects in line with TMA’s strategic plan, results framework, and its monitoring systems, and ensure delivery of programme activities in infrastructure development, trade facilitation, support to Government institutions and the private sector. The CD has the responsibility of scaling up the programme and identifying opportunities for additional investments through fundraising from donors, development partners and other agencies.


As the Portfolio director, the CD has the responsibility of streamlining good ways of working between the country programme’s team and regional & other country teams, as well as external stakeholders. The CD has the overall responsibility of managing programme risks as well as in providing leadership and mentorship to the team.

Academic and professional qualifications

 An undergraduate degree or postgraduate degree preferably in Economics, Development Studies, International Trade, Planning, Finance or Management.

 Qualifications in project planning and management are an added advantage.

Work experience

 Undergraduate degree holders will be required to have at least 12 years of relevant working experience in strategic oversight and programme management & delivery (at least 10 years of relevant working experience will be required for postgraduate degree holders).

 Minimum of five years of leadership and management experience.

 At least three years of the cumulative working experience should have been gained in Eastern Africa, primarily in managing economic development cooperation programmes related to regional integration, trade facilitation, trade and investment climate reforms, private sector development, transport sector development, and/or institutional reform.

 Experience of working with donor agencies such as the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO),the European Union (EU), United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the World Bank group and/or other development partners is required.

 Strong programme cycle management skills, proven ability in preparing terms of reference and project documents and monitoring and evaluation skills are essential.

 The role requires practical experience in project financial and risk management and monitoring and evaluation.

Technical skills and behavioural competencies

 Practical knowledge and experience in managing Private Sector engagement, Market systems, Value Chains and logistics projects is required.

 Excellent leadership and people management skills. Demonstrate personal qualities and credibility to lead, develop and motivate staff.

 Strong strategic thinking, formulation and implementation skills including the ability to communicate strategy and impact concisely and simply.

 Ability to establish, influence and maintain strong collaborative partnerships/relationships with development partners, high ranking government officials, civil society and private sector organisations.

 Strong diplomatic skills and knowledge of the political landscapes in Kenya.

 Fluent (writing, reading, and speaking) in English, with excellent report writing skills and the ability to effectively communicate and articulate key issues clearly and concisely.

 Excellent presentation, oral and written communication skills, with the ability to influence others to achieve objectives and gain consensus and collaboration.

 Good understanding of the development sector and key national contexts as relating to regional trade.

 Strong analytical and advocacy skills.

 A self-motivated individual with excellent personal effectiveness skills who can work both independently as well as part of a team.

 Solid programme and financial management skills.

 Sound decision-making and judgement capabilities, as well as good problem-solving and analytical skills.

 The ability to handle competing priorities and a challenging workload.

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