Trade Mark Director Jobs Kenya

Trade Mark Director Jobs Kenya

Job summary

The job holder is responsible for providing strategic direction to the TradeMark East Africa (TMEA) Standards and Sanitary & Phytosanitary Measures (SPS) programme, whose goal is to minimise the use of standards, technical regulations and SPS measures as barriers to trade, nationally and regionally, in the East African Community (EAC).

In particular, the Director provides technical guidance to TMEA country programmes, the TMEA-EAC Partnership Programme (TEPP) and the regional programmes based in Nairobi to support relevant national ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs), the EAC Secretariat and the private sector to adapt international practices in developing and enforcing compliance to standards, technical regulations and SPS measures in the EAC context.


Strategy development and implementation

  • Develop the overall strategy for TMEA’s Standards and SPS programme for supporting implementation of the relevant aspects of trade facilitation within the context of international and regional laws and policies such as the EAC SQMT Act, the EAC SPS Protocol, the WTO TBT Agreement, the WTO SPS Agreement, and the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement.
  • Provide technical guidance to the EAC Secretariat and the Partner States, through the country programmes and TEPP, to develop and implement trade facilitating standards and SPS strategies aligned with the relevant international, regional and national laws and policies.
  • Network and maintain strong professional relationships between TMEA and its implementing partners such as the EAC Secretariat, MDA’s and the private sector.
  • Build and maintain synergies between TMEA and other Development Partners involved in related initiatives.
  • Represent TMEA at high-level implementing development partner engagements related to Standards and SPS.
  • Collaborate and provide guidance and input to other TMEA programmes whose interventions may impact standards and SPS-related activities.
  • Develop and oversee implementation of the TMEA Standards and SPS programme initiatives in accordance with agreed business and work plans.
  • Supervise and guide consultants as appropriate, in the area of Standards and SPS both at regional and country programme levels.

    Monitoring, Evaluation, Communication and Learning

  • Support the EAC Secretariat and the relevant MDAs in the Partner States to develop and maintain rigorous monitoring and evaluation systems in tracking progress of the implementation of laws, decisions and policies with regard to Standards and SPS.
  • Collaboration with the Results team to develop and maintain a monitoring system for TMEA’s workstream on Standards and SPS comprising qualitative and quantitative indicators for all expected results.
  • Define and carry out a communications and visibility strategy for TMEA’s work on Standards and SPS in collaboration with the Communications team.
  • Enhance understanding of the contribution of Standards and SPS interventions towards the broad objective of trade facilitation among TMEA staff and stakeholders.


  • Guide the preparation of regular financial progress reports, and provide regular briefings and updates to TMEA Management structures.
  • Contribute to the preparation, submission and presentation of progress and annual reports against agreed business and work-plans.
  • Participate actively in external reviews and evaluations.


  • Provide leadership, support and mentoring to the team including undertaking performance appraisals.
  • Ensure compliance with Project Cycle Management (PCM) guidelines by the team in terms of project design, procurement & contract management, outcome/output-based planning, reporting and financial management, and results-oriented monitoring, learning and evaluation.
  • Lead teams in regular informal and formal reflection, knowledge sharing and learning events.
    Quality-assure tools and procedures to document and share knowledge, incentivise staff/teams and enforce compliance and standards.
  • Apply the highest standards of controls and risk management practices and
    behaviours and embed a positive risk and control culture in all aspects of the Standards and SPS programme, including due diligence in all programming activities.
  • Seek to identify, understand and escalate risk events/incidents/ issues on a timely basis focusing on fixing root-causes and taking ownership of identified mitigating actions.
  • Demonstrate prudence, sound judgement and appropriate and timely escalations in management of all types of risk (including fraud risk).
  • Understand and comply with the relevant end-to-end processes including applicable risks and controls.
  • Complete all relevant mandatory trainings within the stipulated timelines.
  • Promote and adhere to TMEA’s core values, and ensure compliance with organisational policies and procedures.
  • Maintain zero tolerance to bribery, fraud and corruption, and ensure the immediate reporting of any corruption or suspect behaviour that threatens TMEA’s reputation.
  • Adhere to the safeguarding policies and procedures and immediately report any safeguarding concerns.
  • Any other related responsibilities that may be assigned by the line manager from time to time.


    Academic and professional qualifications

  • Undergraduate or Master’s degree in Business Administration, Economics, Development Studies,Agricultural Sciences, International Trade, or related field.
  • Professional accreditation or development courses in trade policy, trade facilitation, quality infrastructure, food science or related areas will be an added advantage.

    Work experience

  • Undergraduate degree holders will have at least 12 years’ of relevant working experience while postgraduate degree holders will require at least 10 years’ of relevant working experience (i.e. experience gained while working in regional integration, market access, product regulation and related areas).
  • At least five years of leading and managing programmes related to trade and regional integration / development co-operation in EAC countries (Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda).
  • Demonstrable experience working at the regional level in the EAC or other regional organisation on regional quality infrastructure, standards harmonization and improving administration of regional SPS measures.
  • Experience working with private sector and civil society to support trade related advocacy in the area of Standards and SPS.

    Technical skills and behavioural competencies

  • Strong leadership and management skills, including the ability to provide strategic guidance and technical oversight to teams. Demonstrate personal qualities and credibility to lead, develop and motivate staff.
  • Ability to establish and maintain strong collaborative partnerships/relationships with development partners, partner government agencies, civil society and private sector organisations/associations.
  • Good understanding of the Standards and SPS related dynamics affecting trade at national, regional and multilateral levels.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrable experience in written, analytical, presentation and reporting skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with demonstrable experience networking at various levels with public and private sector, and international partners.
  • Demonstrable ability to influence others to achieve objectives and gain consensus and collaboration.
  • Sound decision-making and judgement capabilities, as well as good problem solving and analytical skills.
  • A self-motivated individual who requires minimal supervision.
  • Proficiency in MS Office applications.

    How to Apply

  • Interested and qualified candidates should apply online by 4th January, 2019

  • For more information and job application details, see; Trade Mark Director Jobs Kenya

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