Country Director Job at  Farm Africa

Job Title:        Country Director

Organisation:  Farm Africa

Duty Station:   Kampala, Uganda with significant national travel and some international travel

Location: Kampala, Uganda with significant national travel and some international travel

Duration & hours: Three year full-time, fixed-term contract

Salary: £50,000 – £55,000, plus benefits package

Reports to: Director of Operations and Business Development

About US:

Farm Africa is a leading international NGO specialising in Agriculture, Natural Resource Management and Market Engagement. Headquartered in London, Farm Africa has an operational presence in Uganda, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania and DRC. The organisation has a steadily growing project portfolio in Uganda, with an annual operating budget of over £1.5m / $1.9m.

Our strategy has three pillars: agricultural expertise, management and preservation of ecosystems, and the power of business to drive prosperity. We focus on identifying, developing and sharing technically adept and market-orientated agricultural and natural resource management practices so that rural communities can sustainably produce more, and generate more income. We also help rural communities to manage their natural resources sustainably so that they can withstand climate change challenges and shocks and generate a steady income for the future. Farm Africa works in partnership with rural communities, governments, local and international organizations, and the private sector to innovate, learn and share best practices for maximum impact of our projects.


Purpose of the Role: The Country Director (CD) position is a key role in the Farm Africa global senior management team which comes together every quarter to share progress and review the strategic direction of the organisation. In country he/she will set the strategic direction of the Uganda country programme in line with Farm Africa’s global strategy and Uganda’s national development plans. The CD will play a pivotal in driving donor and partner relationships and funding opportunities; and ensuring a healthy pipeline for the country programme that both builds on existing initiatives and expands our technical and geographic presence.

On day to day basis the CD will also lead, manage and provide practical guidance to the programme delivery, finance and country office teams. In particular, the CD will support the Programme Manager in the setting and delivering of project goals; ensuring quality and timely delivery of project outputs, and long-term achievement of project outcomes; and reporting. He/she will also be responsible for ensuring staff, volunteers and beneficiaries are safeguarded; building the technical capacity of the programme team; and ensuring that teams are aware of and are using key Farm Africa tools (Programme Management Tool, Monitoring and Learning Plans, Budget Management Reporting Tool). The CD will drive excellence in technical design ensuring projects are designed where possible based on Farm Approaches papers.

Externally the Country Director is responsible for developing and maintaining relationships with senior counterparts in partner governments, donors and private sector and raising the profile of Farm Africa’s work carried out in country.


Key Duties and Responsibilities:  

The key responsibilities of the Country Director are:

To set the strategic direction of the programme in Uganda and ensure a healthy programme pipeline

  • Set the strategic direction for the FA Uganda programme based on the FA mission and values, and aligned with technical approaches developed within the organisation
  • Develop innovative programmes that build on our core competencies of Agriculture (including livestock), Natural Resource Management and Market Engagement.
  • Work with the Business Development team to develop a proactive funding strategy based on the donor opportunities

To be the key contact for new business for the Business Development team in the UK. Responsible for feeding into the pipeline and keeping team in UK up to date with progress as well as soliciting their help and advice on identifying opportunities

  • Identify and develop new opportunities for Farm Africa to assist our core communities of farmers and forest communities through grant funding, private sector partnerships, commercial contracts and consultancies
  • Play a hands-on role in technical project design and preparing proposals for submission, in close collaboration with other country programmes and relevant departments in London (especially the Business Development).
  • Oversee development of high-quality, accurate, budgets to accompany funding proposals with a minimum of 15% cost recovery.
  • Be a champion for evidence-based results across the portfolio, supporting teams to generate credible evidence and reflect on how to achieve excellence, representing lessons learned, and ensuring the future direction of the programme builds towards feeding into policy

To ensure excellent in programme management and delivery

  • Ensure that Farm Africa’s projects attain the highest standards of delivery, effectiveness and value for money and are delivered in accordance with Farm Africa and Donor policies and contractual obligations.
  • Ensure that key project management tools are being used by the team to guide timely high- quality project delivery
  • Ensure a 100% burn rate against approved budgets and a minimum of 15% cost recovery across the Uganda programme
  • In close collaboration with the global programmes leadership, be responsible for the programme cycle in Uganda from beginning to end – and in particular deliver excellent in contract management, project delivery and compliance processes
  • Partner management, and in particular partner due diligence, ensuring appropriate contracting mechanisms are in place and that partners are held accountable for delivering against them
  • Work closely with Farm Africa’s head of monitoring and evaluation to ensure that strong M&E plans are in place, delivered against, and used to effectively, measure the impact of our work, improve project design and provide evidence to influence external stakeholders

To ensure that Farm Africa Uganda is operating efficiently, safely and in accordance with internal, legal and fiscal guidelines and frameworks

  • Oversee the annual budget development process – ensuring that internal budgets are accurate and aligned with contractual obligations
  • Ensure that cash flow for Uganda Programme is managed efficiently an in accordance with agreed guidelines and timetables
  • Ensure that all staff are trained in, and fully understand, all financial and operational processes and procedures and are operating in line with them
  • Ensure that the annual audit takes place, with key findings acted on as required
  • Ensure that Farm Africa is operating in accordance with applicable statutory and fiscal frameworks in Uganda
  • As overall Security Focal Point for Uganda keep the global SMT updated on any security issues as and when they arise
  • Ensure that appropriate Security Management Plans (SMPs) and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) are embedded and adhered to in each field location; and updated as appropriate

Leadership and line management

  • Lead the Uganda team, with a particular focus on staff development and proactive performance management
  • Ensure that all staff are adhering to, and being managed in line with, Farm Africa’s Staff Handbook, and that it is up to date and reflects current statutory obligations in Uganda
  • Ensure that the Ugandan team are fully conversant with their obligations and duties in relation to Farm Africa Code of Conduct and Safeguarding policies
  • Responsible for the overall line management of the Uganda SMT, and ensuring Farm Africa’s Performance Management approach (induction, probation, mid-term and annual reviews and one to ones) is in place and being cascaded through to all team members
  • Ensure that all new staff are inducted, and existing staff are re-trained on annual basis, on key policies and procedures including, in particular, the Farm Africa Code of Conduct and safeguarding policy.

Corporate leadership and organisational representation

  • As a key member of the FA senior management team, provide broader leadership across the organisation, contributing to the overall strategy and future growth
  • Ensure outstanding communication of programme information across the organisation, working closely with the other directors and senior managers on internal learning and knowledge management
  • Work closely with Farm Africa’s head of monitoring and evaluation to develop knowledge products from our projects and externally showcase results
  • Working with the Programme Quality Team, lead our external influencing of policy and the dissemination of learning and knowledge in Uganda to ensure Farm Africa is seen externally as an expert in our chosen sectors of Agriculture, Natural Resource Management and Markets.
  • Build, strengthen and manage relationships with key stakeholders including donors, governments, private sector actors and other NGOs in Uganda and the wider region
  • Work with the communications and advocacy team to increase visibility and identify and maximise opportunities for media coverage of Farm Africa’s work
  • Represent Farm Africa externally in Uganda and internationally, providing thought leadership and influence to help achieve our mission and goals

Carry out any other duties as assigned by the Director of Programmes.

  • These essential functions are not to be interpreted as a complete statement of all duties performed. Employees will be required to perform other job related duties as required. All work responsibilities are subject to having performance goals and/or targets established.


Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

Essential education, qualifications & other knowledge

  • The applicant for the Farm Africa Country Director role must hold a Degree in a relevant discipline
  • A detailed understanding of the socio-political and economic climate and institutions in Uganda and the region
  • Country Director in an International NGO with a clearly evidenced proven track record of having made a strategic contribution to the organisation’s aims and objectives
  • Strong track record in conceptualising and generating funding for new programmes both from, and in partnership with, a wide range of stakeholders including governments, institutional funders and private sector, governments and NGO’s
  • Experience in programme design using tools such as theory of change and linear log frames, and designing M & E frameworks
  • High level of expertise in agriculture, agricultural economics, natural resource management or closely related field in a developing country context
  • Significant experience of managing operational teams in complex environments, including an in depth understanding of operational and delivery risks
  • Significant demonstrable experience of delivering rural development projects to time and budget in Sub Saharan Africa
  • Experience of working with multiple partners and stakeholders including grass roots communities, private sector, governments and NGOs
  • Proven track record as thought leader and influencer
  • Understanding of key gender dynamics and constraints in rural sub-Saharan Africa, and approaches to delivering changes in behaviours and attitudes in this area.
  • High intellectual capacity with strong analytical skills
  • Mature and positive leader, able to manage and work in an international environment with strong inter-personal skills
  • A pro-active creative thinker with demonstrable ability to adapt to a constantly changing environment
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills in English with the ability to engage with a wide variety of external and internal stakeholders
  • Ability to prioritise and delegate a constant and demanding workload
  • Strong people management skills, including an excellent understanding of team dynamics, and the ability to lead and motivate others
  • Confident and competent with Microsoft Excel – with the ability to manage and develop complex budgets.
  • Ability to motivate and develop individuals and teams for high performance
  • An outstanding networker, able to build and maintain key relationships
  • A team player
  • A willingness to learn

Desired education, qualifications & other knowledge

  • Experience as Country Director in Uganda
  • Knowledge of key donors in agriculture, climate change, resilience, market engagement.
  • Knowledge and experience of M4P approaches to development
  • Significant demonstrable experience of delivering projects to time and budget in Uganda
  • Commercial experience in agriculture in Sub Saharan Africa

Our Values

Investing in smallholder farming is the number one way to combat poverty in rural Africa. Farm Africa is a leading NGO specialising in growing agriculture, protecting the environment and developing businesses in rural Africa.

EXPERT. Deep expertise and insightful evidence-based solutions are at the heart of everything Farm Africa does.

GROUNDED. Positive change starts with Africa’s people, so our experts work closely with local communities, engaging them in every level of decision-making.

IMPACTFUL. We take a long-term view so we can deliver lasting changes for farmers and their families.

BOLD. We model innovative new approaches and are not afraid to challenge strategies that are failing.

If you are interested in this role please visit the jobs page of our website for more information and details of how to apply


How to Apply:

If you would like to apply please submit your CV and a covering letter that explains why your skills, qualifications and experience are relevant to the role to [email protected]

Deadline: Monday 12 October 2020 by 9:00 am East Africa Time

NB: Farm Africa will not accept third party applications and recruitment consultants are respectfully asked not to get in touch with regards to this role.

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