TradeMark East Africa Trade Environment Director Jobs in Kenya

TradeMark East Africa Trade Environment Director Jobs in Kenya

Job 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).

The job holder will ensure alignment of trade environment goals to TMEA’s strategy, and the linkages between interventions in trade policy and facilitation, standards and SPS, Continental and regional integration policies, and ICT are mainstreamed in all aspects of TMEA’s work and clearly linked to organisational objectives at both national and regional levels.


Strategic leadership and programme development

  • Oversee the development and delivery of a large, complex portfolio across the region to improve East Africa’s trade environment.
  • 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 monitoring; and
  • 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/relationships

  • Carry 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.
  • This includes contributing to the development of measurable corporate goals and objectives in line with TMEA priorities; and
  • Actively engage with the senior leadership and management colleagues and contribute to strategic decision making and problem solving.

    Monitoring, evaluation and reporting

  • Manage and nurture strong internal technical competences and knowledge management across the team, and through this ensure technical excellence of work streams to the highest best in class standards;
  • Maintain strong monitoring and evaluation systems for programme delivery comprising qualitative and quantitative indicators for all results and activities, in collaboration with the Results Team;
  • Ensure a clear ‘line of sight’ with key strategic objective, impact, outcome, output and project target results and work closely with the
  • Results team to obtain outcome delivery measurement data and analyse progress against achievement of targets;
  • Responsible for reporting on trade environment programming delivery including coordinating high quality and timely quarterly and annual reports of programme and financial performance.
  • Contribute to TMEA-wide Annual and donor reports, in line with the monitoring and evaluation framework; and Facilitate discussion, information sharing and agreement on the achievement of strategic objectives and targets.

    Team management & knowledge management

  • Manage, 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 systems

  • Contribute 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 behaviours 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.
  • 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 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.

    Work experience
  • 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.
  • Three years of relevant senior level experience within East Africa or other developing economies are essential for this role.

    Additional skills
  • 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.

    Additional/background information

    The role also requires:

  • Good understanding of trade policy context and regional integration in Eastern and Southern Africa.
  • Good understanding of the dynamics affecting trade policy at national, regional and global multilateral levels, as well as excellent understanding of the multilateral trading systems and their implications on regional integration.
  • Significant knowledge of the trade and development needs of developing countries, and a good understanding of trade policy, trade facilitation, infrastructure and transport/logistics.

    How to Apply
  • Interested and qualified candidates should apply online by 23rd April 2019
  • For more information and job application details, see; TradeMark East Africa Trade Environment Director Jobs in Kenya

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