Trade Mark East Africa - Senior Director - Trade Environment - Jobs in Kenya
Trade Mark East Africa - Senior Director - Trade Environment - Jobs in KenyaJob summary
A key member of TradeMark East Africa’s (TMEA’s) Senior Management Team, the Senior Director, Trade Environment is responsible for ensuring programme quality and delivery of TMEA’s Outcome 1b, Trade Environment related to “reducing barriers to trade’’.
In particular, s/he will ensure that TMEA’s objectives, and associated strategic impacts, outcomes and outputs, are achieved around: improving the standards regime, implementing a Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) programme; improving trade processes and systems, including Information and Communications Technology (ICT); and improving the trade regulatory environment including reduction of Non-Tariff Barriers (NTBs).
Roles and Responsibilities
Strategic leadership and programme developmentOversee the development and delivery of a large, complex portfolio across the region to improve East Africa’s trade environment.
This will include projects focused on improving the EAC Trade policy environment and enhancing the regional investment climate and governance e.g. support to the EAC
organs, supporting Ministries of EAC in each Partner State, standards harmonisation, elimination of NTBs and providing ICT support for trade facilitation;
Continuously review programmes and projects within the portfolio and suggest refinements to TMEA’s Theory of Change in liaison with the Senior Management Team;
Develop trade environment programming strategies and oversee their implementation, including strategic planning, resource allocation, project proposals and Project Appraisal Reports (PARs);
Accountable for the achievement of the trade environment objectives and ensuring programmatic
consistency, delivery and quality assurance across the entire portfolio of projects whilst demonstrating value for money and having clear mechanisms for measuring results.
This will require close liaison with
the respective country and regional Portfolio Directors;
Liaise with Technical Directors, Country Directors and Technical Advisers to agree delivery mechanisms and targets, and review progress on achievement of outcome level milestones and desired results, contributing to delivery of TMEA’s objectives and meeting all mobilisation and spending targets;
Appraise and undertake due diligence of potential investment opportunities;
Work with the Chief Technical Officer and Chief Operating Officer to ensure effective matrix
management and lead in the development of strong working relationships among Portfolio Directors,
Project Leaders and Technical Directors, and mediate and resolve disputes, as needed;
Effective liaison with delivery partners and investors on programmatic issues and performance
As part of the Senior Management team, support efficient and adaptive implementation of TMEA’s
strategy in collaboration with TMEA’s Senior Leadership and other Management Teams.
Strategic partnerships/relationshipsCarry out high level representation of TMEA at various national, regional and international events and conferences and allied fundraising as agreed with the Chief Technical Officer, Chief Operating Officer and CEO;
Lead on the implementation of regular dialogue with TMEA’s trade environment stakeholders including through the formation of different advisory groups related to key areas of the portfolio;
Develop and maintain strong working relationships with stakeholders including existing and potential donors and implementing partners;
Make substantive contributions to the operationalisation of TMEA's leadership development and
succession plan and ensure that the organisation attracts and retains high calibre human resources to optimise organisational performance;
Demonstrate commitment to the inclusive establishment, implementation, assessment and continuous improvement of TMEA management systems and policies.
Actively engage with the senior leadership and management colleagues and contribute to strategic
decision making and problem solving.
Team management & knowledge managementManage, mentor, motivate and build a strong team of Technical Directors and technical programme management staff, ensuring adequate capacity is developed for successful delivery;
Ensure world class management across the team in line with TMEA’s culture and values;
Manage and nurture strong internal technical competences and knowledge management across TMEA’s
teams and trade environment cadre, and through this ensure technical excellence of work streams to the highest international standards;
Manage and lead the delivery of TMEA’s Knowledge Management approaches and Communities of
Practice under Outcome 1b;
Ensure risk management, transparency, zero tolerance to fraud and corruption, and due diligence in all programming activities; and
Ensure close coordination and foster strong integration with the other outcome delivery, and country based teams.
Corporate systemsContribute to knowledge generation and dissemination and support teams in conducting regular informal and formal reflection, knowledge sharing and learning events.
Apply the highest standards of controls and risk management practices and behaviors and embed a positive risk and control culture.
Demonstrate prudence, sound judgement and appropriate and timely escalations in management of all types of risk (including fraud risk) applicable to the role.
Understand and comply with the relevant end-to-end processes including applicable risks and controls.
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.
Complete all relevant mandatory trainings within the stipulated timelines.
Promote and adhere to TMEA’s core values and ensure compliance with organisational policies and
Maintain zero tolerance to bribery, fraud and corruption, and ensure the immediate reporting of any corruption or suspect behavior 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 CEO from time to time.
Academic and professional qualifications
Undergraduate or Masters’ degree preferably in Economics, Development Studies, International Trade, Planning, Finance, Management or other related fields.
Trade Policy or International Trade qualifications are a distinct advantage.
Undergraduate degree holders will have at least 15 years’ working experience, including seven years of leadership and management experience.
Postgraduate degree holders will require at least 13 years’ experience including seven years of relevant leadership and management experience.
A minimum of 10 years’ experience in leading the development and delivery of trade improvement
initiatives and trade-related capacity development programmes to enhance the capacities of developing
countries in trade policy development, formulation and implementation of trade reforms, regional
integration, and support to national governments.
Significant work experience with Regional Economic Communities preferably in East or Southern Africa, or in an international multicultural environment.
Experience in working with private sector and civil society to deliver trade capacity support and to support trade related advocacy.
Chief Executive Officer
Chief Technical Officer
Senior Director, Trade
Senior Director, Business
Director, Standards & SPS
Director, Trade Policy and Facilitation
Director, ICT for Trade Programme Manager,
Three years of relevant senior level experience within East Africa or other developing economies are essential for this role.
Proven intellectual and strategic thinking skills with strong problem solving and analytical skills.
Strong strategy formulation and implementation skills including the ability to communicate strategy and results concisely and simply.
Excellent leadership and management skills with sound decision-making and judgement.
Developed experience of mentoring staff at a senior level.
Strong portfolio building and fundraising skills.
Ability to deliver a plan and performance to budget.
Adept at working with diverse teams, delivering change and demonstrating value for money.
Ability to influence others to achieve objectives and gain consensus and collaboration.
Excellent presentation, communication and personal effectiveness skills.
Proficiency in MS Office applications.
How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should apply online by 12th April 2019
For more information and job application details, see; Trade Mark East Africa - Senior Director - Trade Environment - Jobs in Kenya
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