Self Help Africa Country Director Jobs in Uganda

Self Help Africa Country Director Jobs in Uganda

About Self Help Africa, TruTrade and the Gorta Group:

  • Gorta was formed in 1965 by the Irish government in response to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization’s call for countries to support long term agricultural and economic development in the world’s poorest regions. Today the Gorta Group is a group of innovative organizations driving sustainable economic and social change across Africa.

  • Comprising Self Help Africa, Partner Africa and TruTrade, the Gorta Group combines expertise in market-based solutions to poverty and rural development; climate change mitigation and resilience; trade facilitation and farmer and worker rights; underpinned by an inclusive ethos that specifically targets women and youth.

  • Self Help Africa (SHA) is an international NGO, dedicated to taking a business-like approach to reducing poverty in sub-Saharan Africa. Headquartered in Ireland, with offices in the UK, the US and seven African countries, SHA focuses on agriculture and agribusiness as the engine of growth in Africa. Our approach is collaborative and market-based: although we see our primary clients as smallholder farmers in Africa, we work with all participants in agricultural value chains. With over 250 staff worldwide, and a global turnover of over €20m, SHA currently runs programmes on behalf of a range of organisations including the European Union, Irish Aid, the World Food Programme, Danida and the UK Department for International Development. SHA has an ambitious growth strategy to increase its global footprint and expand into new areas.

    Key responsibilities:

    New business development and stakeholder relationship management

  • You will be responsible for building relationships in-country to identify new opportunities and win funding for new programmes.

  • You will build in-country partnerships to expand our footprint in Uganda.

  • You will work in close collaboration with TruTrade’s CEO (based in Kenya) to scale TruTrade’s business model in Uganda, forging strategic alliances and seeking out new business opportunities.

  • You will represent SHA and TruTrade and present in national, regional and international fora and build the profile of both organizations.

    Programme management & operations

  • You will develop, present and implement the strategic vision, overall goals and objectives for SHA.

  • You will oversee the implementation of all programmes in Uganda, ensuring SHA meets all key targets.

  • You will work with the Head of
    Programmes to ensure all programmes are effectively monitored and evaluated so we can demonstrate our success, impact and value for money.

  • You will work with the Head of Programmes to vet and manage any implementation partners.

  • You will ensure that SHA and TruTrade are recognized as thought leaders in agriculture and agribusiness in Uganda.

  • You will work with the Humanitarian Director to ensure growth of SHA’s portfolio of work in this space.


  • You will manage a large and diverse team, providing direct line management to members of the Country Management Team.

  • You will ensure efficiencies in the operation of a joint country team through the use of shared services.

  • You will oversee talent acquisition, with a particular focus on championing local talent.

    Finance, audit and risk:

  • You will line manage SHA’s Head of Finance and Administration in Uganda.

  • You will oversee the financial management and will ensure programmes are delivered in a cost-effective manner, ensuring a value for money approach and that major costs are successfully recovered from programme funding.

  • You will ensure a culture of accountability and adherence to all group policies and to staff welfare and security.

  • You will ensure compliance with all programme and donor requirements.

    Required skills and experience:


  • Minimum of five years’ senior management experience.

  • Previous experience running multi-sectoral teams to deliver complex programmes either in a development or private sector setting in sub-Saharan Africa.

  • A proven ability to deliver new income opportunities through proactive and sustained business development activity.

  • A proven ability to develop, implement and adapt organizational and business strategy.

  • Excellent communication and presentation skills, both in formal and informal settings.

  • Strong financial analysis and management skills.

  • Fluency in English.

    How to Apply

  • For more information and job application details, see; Self Help Africa Country Director Jobs in Uganda

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