Country Director , Uganda

BiD Network Foundation is a Not-for-profit founded in 2007 with offices in Kampala and Amsterdam. Our mission is to increase access to finance for emerging market entrepreneurs by preparing them and connecting them to financiers. Since 2015 we have a new management team that aims to transition the foundation into a social enterprise, with the objective to become sustainable, and more effective in the results and impact we create.

Our clients are small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) with revenues of at least USD 100,000, a strong entrepreneurial team, proof of market, a scalable business model and create social impact. Many SMEs in Uganda have growth potential, but lack the right skills and access to finance to grow their business to their fullest potential. That’s where BiD Network steps in. We provide Business Growth Support and Investor Matchmaking services; Business Growth Support is provided after a thorough assessment of the business, and technical support is provided together with our network of highly qualified experts and partners. Matchmaking services focus on the preparation of documents necessary for investment, including financial modeling, investment plan and investor deck preparation. BiD Network works with a network of 200+ active private as well as institutional investors. This network has been built up over the last 10 years. We have provided access to finance for 235 SMEs for over USD 32 million.

About your job
To grow our activities in Uganda and the region, we are looking for an experienced Country Director for our local office who will be responsible for leading the Uganda team. We are looking for an individual with international experience in the field of Investment and Corporate finance. The role’s key purpose is to create sustainable impact through serving entrepreneurs in the SME sector with risk capital and business support, helping them to realise their full business potential and achieve long- term success. The Country Director will also be expected to lead the team in sourcing quality pipeline, preparing quality investment memorandums for our investor network, conducting high quality business assessments, and providing excellent business growth support to the SMEs. The Country Director will work closely with the Investment Director based in the Netherlands in maintaining and growing our International Investor network.

The Country Director will also represent BiD Network at events (both local and in the region) and promote BiD Network services to larger clients such as NGOs, Development Organizations and Corporates that want to make use of BiD Network services.
The ambition of BiD Network is to scale up regionally in the near future which will provide opportunities for growth for the right candidate. We are looking for a candidate that has the right skills set and ambition to grow towards Regional Director in the future.

The Country Director Uganda reports to the Investment Director in the Netherlands.

Your responsibilities include:
• Managing the Ugandan Country Office including attending to statutory and legal requirements, overseeing financial reporting and audit process of the local entity
• Leading and training the Uganda office staff to improve the quality of our business assessments, selection process, investment preparation, and monitoring of investments
• Ensure quality of business assessment, investment preparation, business growth support and matchmaking services
• Development of investor services
• Developing and maintaining relations with strategic partners and investors
• Relationship and account management of larger clients of BiD Network.
• BiD Network representation in Uganda and potentially in the region
• Part of management team (MT) of BiD Network
• Contribute to the strategic direction of BiD Network (up-scaling, fundraising, business development)
• Potentially set up of new country offices in the region in coordination with Netherlands

We look for you, if you possess the following experience, skills and knowledge:
• University degree in Economics, Business Administration, or Finance.
• Advanced degree is an advantage. An MBA is preferred, as well as CFA or ACCA.
• Excellent financial and analytical skills.
• Experience in investment banking
• Excellent deal origination skills and a well-developed network with the local SME business and finance community.
• A minimum of 3 years of Investment management experience. Preferably in Private Equity.
• Experience managing a team
• Experience of working in Africa. Preferably with understanding of the Ugandan/East African financial, regulatory and operational environment;
• Proven experience with business consultancy and training/coaching.
• Experience working with SMEs
• Fluent in English (verbally and written);
• Living (or willing to live) in Kampala or surroundings. We have a preference for people based in East Africa.

In addition, we look for you if you have the following attitude:
• A natural ability to network, connect and enthusiast others;
• Entrepreneurial and energetic;
• Decision making power
• Result-oriented and tenacious in achieving targets;
• Able to work independently and also an active team player, able to lead a team and be a part of it;
• Trustworthy
• Stress-resistant and resilient

You will be based in Kampala and we expect you to be flexible in travelling (20-30% of your time).

BiD Network offers:
• A highly dynamic working environment in a young, international and ambitious team in Amsterdam and Kampala.
• Competitive salary based on qualification and experience
• Performance bonus
• Single package (no schooling, no relocation costs)

Please apply for this job before May 28th, 2017.

Are you interested in becoming a Country Director in Uganda? Apply now at the top or bottom of our page.

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Expiring: Jun 29, 2017
Maintenance Manager in Zambia , Zambia

Position Summary: The Maintenance Manager (MM) will be responsible for (1) ensuring the availability of all equipment, as well as (2) the project management of new capital projects. The MM must be highly systematic and results-oriented with regard to these two key functions.

The MM will develop, train, and lead internal teams of tradesmen, and will also bring in and manage external specialists when necessary. Strong managerial and communication skills as well as the ability to oversee various projects simultaneously are key job requirements. The MM must have strong competency across various disciplines, but above all must lead a maintenance organization which systematically ensures that the company minimizes asset downtime and efficiently executes projects relating to new build and new equipment. The MM reports to the Head – Farming Operations, and the entire Maintenance team reports in to the MM.

Key Responsibilities:
• Departmental Leadership: Lead the training and development of the Maintenance department, currently comprised of approximately 20 staff
o Structure department, including teams & sub-divisions, as appropriate.
o Initiate, agree and review training, development, and succession plans to ensure an appropriate balance of internal and external skills to deliver maintenance team performance at optimum cost.
o Set standards, initiate and review procedures and measure performance to ensure continuous improvement.
o Establish KPIs per team, monitor and hold accountable
• Asset Care:
o Preventive Maintenance: Implement a computerized preventive maintenance system and strategy across all of the company’s maintainable assets to minimize unplanned downtime. Assets include vehicles, boats, electrical motors, compressors, water pumps, heavy equipment and HV electrical system.
o Reactive Maintenance: In the event of equipment failure, ensure repairs take place in a timely and cost effective manner. Identify local service providers and determine which maintenance activities to undertake in-house and which to outsource.
o Spares Supply: Identify key spares and minimum stocking levels across the company asset base.
o Analysis: Analyze unplanned downtime and equipment failure information, particularly in how they relate to firm-wide operational and financial goals. Create maintenance-based strategies to meet firm-wide goals.
• Project Management: Ensure capital projects are properly planned, resourced, procured, managed and implemented to successfully deliver projects up to USD 3.0m. Use industry-standard processes such as timelines, resource planning, BOM and BOQs.

Key Skills / Qualifications:
• Bachelor degree or equivalent
• 5+ years’ experience in maintenance management
• Maintenance Competencies: Strong competency across various maintenance-related disciplines, enabling the candidate to be responsible for all maintenance at the company.
• Organization & Project Management: Highly organized and capable of overseeing multiple projects in parallel. Able to effectively develop schedules, work on timelines, and inform senior management.
• Communication: Strong communicator both internally (across functions within the company) and externally (service providers, suppliers, regulators). Must also be able to effectively support senior management in making commercial decisions relating to key physical assets
• Continuous Improvement: Experience in implementing ISO 9001, lean operations or six sigma is preferable
• Computer literate: The candidate must be comfortable in the regular use of spreadsheets and project management software.
• Financial: Candidate must be able to work within the context of financial accountability, establishing the business case for the maintenance budget using tools such as return on investment and payback periods.

Are you interested in becoming a Maintenance Manager in Zambia? Apply now at the top or bottom of our page.

Expiring: Jun 23, 2017
Security Manager in Zambia , Zambia

The Security Manager is a senior professional employee who is responsible for protecting the company’s assets from both external and internal threats. He will be reporting to both the CEO and the Head Operations, and must be able to work independently to ensure robust security measures are in place. He will be based at Lake Kariba, but will travel occasionally throughout Zambia.

Key Responsibilities include:
- Evaluate security threats and prioritize effective mitigation measures
- Develop and enforce key policies and SOPs
- Training, scheduling, and supervision of security guard corps
- Oversee external security where applicable
- Cultivate productive relationships with police, communities, etc.
- Utilize analytics to identify parts of the business which may be compromised
- Identify technological solutions, present business case to senior management, and implement if approved
- Lead investigations
- Undertake any further actions required to protect key company assets

The ideal candidate will be a highly motivated, energetic professional with significant experience in the security industry. He should have experience within a formal corporate security environment, in which a structured approach was utilized to minimize losses. He should have experience managing people, applying technological solutions, and creatively finding ways to eliminate threats. He must have a mind-set that no one will be evade his system, must be able to motivate his time to support that goal, and must be able to work cooperatively with managers of other divisions within the company. A strong candidate should have at least 5 yrs. experience in a Security Management role, and should have had considerable responsibility while working in a senior role at another company with vulnerable physical assets.

A competitive package is offered for the right candidate, depending on experience.
Start date: a.s.a.p.

Are you interested in becoming a Security Manager in Zambia? Apply now at the top or bottom of our page.

Expiring: Jun 23, 2017
WASH Consortium Director in DRC , Congo (Democratic Republic of the Congo)

About the role: This is a 24 month, replacement role with accompanied terms based in Kinshasa, with frequent visits to consortium programme areas with a salary of Grade 6 €44,884 - €49,871
You will report to the Country Director. We would like you to start on 1st June 2017.

Your purpose: You will ensure the effective implementation of the DRC WASH Consortium, a 5-year £30 million GBP rural WASH programme led by Concern Worldwide and funded by DFID in DRC. The Consortium comprises the following agencies: Action Contre le Faim (ACF); Agency for Technical Cooperation and Development (ACTED); Catholic Relief Services (CRS); Concern Worldwide (as lead agency); and Solidarités International.

Key responsibilities include:
• Ensuring the development and implementation of a common vision and strategy for the Consortium;
• Providing overall representation of the Consortium and coordination between member partners;
• Liaison with donors and other external actors, including government and UN agencies implementing WASH in DRC;
• Management of the Consortium Coordination Unit in Kinshasa established to coordinate the programme and manage the Consortium grant and sub-grants on behalf of the lead agency.

You will be responsible for:
Under the direct line management of the Country Director of the Consortium Lead Agency (Concern Worldwide), and with the support and buy-in of the Governance Board of the DRC WASH Consortium, you will ensure that all elements of the DRC WASH Consortium coordinate effectively to implement a common strategy and deliver the commitments of the consortium in an efficient, effective and economical manner.

Strategic Planning: develop, update and ensure the implementation of a shared vision and strategy for the Consortium in the DRC WASH sector, and identify possible growth/development opportunities for the Consortium in the future.
• Develop an in-depth understanding of the DRC WASH sector in order to position the DRC WASH Consortium to deliver added value to the sector.
• Update the common vision and identify opportunities for increasing the impact of the consortium approach, influencing other sector actors based on evidence, and identifying funding sources to fund the strategy.
• Ensure that the programme is designed and implemented according to the approved programme proposal and in accordance with the requirements of DFID.
• Ensure coordination, monitoring, review, evaluation and sharing lessons learnt from the activities of consortium members to support the achievement of outcomes and impact.
• Lead a networking and relationships strategy to ensure effective representation and communication of Consortium initiatives to relevant stakeholders to support coordinated approaches in the sector, partnership development, and programme implementation.

Consortium Coordination Unit Management: manage a coordination team to support effective programme delivery by the member agencies, ensure grant compliance, and promote communications, learning and advocacy in the sector
The Consortium Director manages all staff employed to this Unit, including short-term consultants. This is done through ensuring the following:
• Management, supervision and support of the Consortium Coordination Unit (composed of staff for programme quality; finance and compliance; and communications, learning and advocacy) to ensure the team fulfils its responsibilities.
• Coordination between members through quarterly governance board meetings, technical working groups for programmes and system-finance, bilateral discussions and quarterly reporting to ensure efficient programme management and effective internal communication.
• Reporting and making presentations to the Lead Agency and the Governance Board on Consortium activities and on opportunities to increase the added value of the Consortium approach.
• Supervise and support the Deputy Director for Programme Quality for development of proposals, activity plans, reports, M+E data and other relevant Consortium Programme documents for consortium members that meet the requirements of external funding agencies funding the Consortium Programme.
• Supervise and support the Compliance Manager to ensure effective financial management and donor compliance across the Consortium members.
• Supervise and support the Communication, Learning and Advocacy Coordinator for ensuring effective communication and information sharing between the members of the consortium and with other relevant actors and stakeholders in the DRC according to the advocacy and communications strategy of the consortium.
• Attendance at appropriate coordination fora, representing the consortium at such meetings and reporting back to the relevant consortium groups on the outcomes of such meetings.
• Conduct regular programme visits to ensure the Consortium Members have a thorough understanding of all aspects of the programmes to ensure accurate representation of the DRC WASH Consortium.

Program Quality and Coordination: ensure programme delivery according to current best practice for rural WASH in DRC
Supervise and support the Deputy Director for Programme Quality to support the coordination of programme quality and monitoring and evaluation by:
• Coordinating programme quality across the different agencies of the Consortium,
• Ensuring the Consortium implements approaches which represent current best practice for WASH in DRC.
• Organise and facilitate meetings with Consortium members on progress, learning from consortium programming and innovations, analysing challenges and developing solutions
• Coordinating monitoring, evaluation and research in order to assess the results of implementation.
• Guiding learning and strategic development by revising approaches based on results.
• Contributing to sector influencing by spreading improved approaches

Finance and Donor Compliance: manage the financial and compliance risks for Concern Worldwide as lead agency
• Be responsible for overall financial oversight of the consortium budget and expenditure.
The Consortium Director will supervise and support the Compliance Manager (in collaboration with other relevant finance and compliance staff of Concern Worldwide) to ensure the following responsibilities:
• Ensure that compliance to donor agreements are adhered to within the Consortium Coordination Unit and Consortium members
• Ensure development and implementation of expenditure plans and ensure that programmes are implemented within agreed and approved budgets through undertaking regular budget monitoring of expenditure against budget.
• Ensure that internal and donor financial reports are submitted in a timely manner and up to high quality standard.
• Support the Lead Agency in conducting internal and external audits of the Consortium Programme.
• Ensure implementation of recommendations from due diligence assessments and continuous monitoring to ensure controls and risk mitigation measures are in place.
• Ensure efficient and reliable procurement of goods and services in a transparent and accountable manner, ensuring value for money for the organisation and justifiable use of donor funds.
• Ensuring compliance with relevant legal frameworks in all contractual, financial, labour and taxation matters.

Communications, Learning and Advocacy: ensure learning, the dissemination of knowledge, and influence on the DRC WASH sector
Supervise and support the Communications, Learning and Advocacy Coordinator to develop and operationalize:
• Internal communications and knowledge management tools;
• Effective coordination approaches with government partners and other stakeholders;
• Strategy for external advocacy and influencing the WASH sector;
• Tools for WASH knowledge management and learning at community level.

Training and Capacity building : develop the coordination team’s potential
• Supervise and support the CCU team for identification of training and development needs of staff recruited to support the consortium.
• Supervise and support the CCU team for planning and where appropriate the provision of interventions to meet the identified training needs.

Undertake other appropriate duties requested by the Lead Agency or Consortium Board in his/her absence.

Your skills and experience will include:
• Appropriate qualification at Master’s degree level, such as public management, development administration or a relevant social science. A background in WASH programming is a distinct advantage.
• Proven experience (at least 5 years) in senior programme management and leadership positions working with INGO’s, NGOs, CBOs, para-statal organisations and other civil society groups and the private sector.
• Experience of working with major international donors, particularly DFID.
• Excellent written and spoken English and French language skills.
• Strong analytical, interpersonal, communication and organisation skills.
• Strong coordination skills specifically with the ability to effectively coordinate among consortium members.
• Ability to build and maintain effective relationships with senior representatives of donor, INGO and Government structures and to represent the consortium at national and international level fora
• Thorough understanding of gender and protection issues.
• Strong experience of financial management and donor compliance issues.
• Experience in the design and use of monitoring and evaluation systems.
• Experience of working in or managing a consortium model of working.
• Knowledge the key tools used by donor agencies, such as logical frame works, results chains, theories of change, results-based management and financial administration systems

• An understanding of the DRC context and experience of working in different countries within the Central African region would be an advantage.
• An understanding of accountability as applied within humanitarian and development programming.
• An understanding of programme participant protection policies and international standards and how to apply these across a range of international actors.

All applications should be submitted through our website at https://jobs.concern.net by closing date. CV’s should be no more than 4 pages in length.

All candidates who are short-listed for a first round interview will be notified via email after the application deadline.

Concern Worldwide is an Irish-based non-governmental, international, humanitarian organisation dedicated to the reduction of suffering and working towards the ultimate elimination of extreme poverty in the world’s poorest countries.

Are you interested in becoming a WASH Consortium Director in DRC? Apply now at the top or bottom of our page.

Note: This is a job advertisement, applications will be forwarded to the employer for selection. JobnetAfrica believes all applicants should get feedback, good or bad, but are not further involved in the recruitment for this particular vacancy.

Expiring: Jun 05, 2017
Human Resource and/or Marketing Specialist , Sierra Leone

Short-term consultancy to develop a rapid training and selection programme.

Position type: Consulting
Duration: 3-4 weeks
Expected start date: May 2017
The deadline for applications is 24 April 2017!

About the project
Sierra Leone Opportunities for Business Action (SOBA) private sector development programme that is funded by DFID and implemented by Adam Smith International. SOBA uses a market systems approach to facilitate economic growth in Sierra Leone. The programme collaborates with a breadth of businesses to trial and to scale innovative and inclusive business practices that reduce poverty and improve economic opportunities and outcomes for poor women and men.

Starting and growing a business in Sierra Leone is challenging. Entrepreneurs face a number of obstacles, including limited access to capital, talent, and marketing and finance services. SOBA’s Business Innovation Hub (BI Hub) aims to address some of the constraints in the entrepreneurial ecosystem, and improve performance of the market to allow existing businesses to grow, and attract new entrepreneurs. One of the strategies of the BI Hub is to work with professional service providers to strengthen and promote support services for small and growing enterprises (SGBs). Through interaction with key stakeholders in the marketing industry in Sierra Leone, the BI Hub
identified talent acquisition and development to be a major challenge. There is a large talent gap for skilled marketeers, which forces many firms to rely on foreign talent, thereby increasing costs and lead time significantly. Furthermore, university degrees and training certificates tend to be poor indicators of the potential of candidates in Sierra Leone.

About the role
SOBA is looking to hire a short-term consultant to lead the development of a rapid training and selection programme for the marketing industry: “Marketing Bootcamp”. Marketing bootcamp would entail intensive training on marketing as well as general professional skills whilst putting trainees through an vetting process to identify top talent. Through skills tests and assessments, participants are evaluated throughout the programme and only the best talent will complete the full duration of the bootcamp. Graduates of the program will go on to be placed at corporations or marketing firms in Sierra Leone.

Key tasks
Design the “Marketing Bootcamp” rapid training & selection programme:
• Liaise with local stakeholders to obtain input for the development of the programme and ensure local context fit
• Design application process and selection criteria
• Develop or select training materials, including modules on marketing skills and general business and workplace skills.
o Materials may be delivered via a mix of in-person or online channels.
o Training program should combine quick lessons, practical exercises, and
motivational content
o Focus is on hard marketing skills needed to execute on marketing strategies: marketing research, graphic design, (social) media management, project
• Develop assessment tools and skills tests to guide the vetting process

Desired experience
• Background in human resources, training, or marketing
• Experience designing and developing training and selection programmes
• Understanding of digital curriculum and assessment tools
• Good understanding of marketing tools and concepts
• Experience working in sub-Saharan Africa
• Interest and passion for designing innovative educational solutions

How to apply
Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. Apply soon for early consideration.
The deadline for applications is 24 April 2017, only short-listed applicants will be contacted.

Are you interested in becoming a Human Resource and/or Marketing Specialist? Apply now at the top or bottom of our page.

Note: This is a job advertisement, applications will be forwarded to the employer for selection. JobnetAfrica believes all applicants should get feedback, good or bad, but are not further involved in the recruitment for this particular vacancy.

Expiring: Jun 04, 2017
General Manager , Kenya

Our client is a production plant for industrial products which is in its 6th year of operations. The geographical market for her products is Eastern Africa with a current focus on Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Rwanda.

The focus on the coming years will be on business creation and development, and diversification into other product-market combinations.

The General Manager will be responsible for managing the company and staff (over 100 people), and will report to its Board of Directors and shareholders. The direct reports are a Production manager, Quality manager, Finance manager and the Sales team.

The vacancy is a full-time post, based in Naivasha, Kenya.

The General Manager should possess the following qualifications:
- Worked in an African country, preferably East Africa
- Degree in technical studies
- Entrepreneurial skills and business management experience
- Track record in running an operation, preferably in a technical or manufacturing environment
- Financial management skills
- Customer management experience
- Affiliation with the subject of marketing of consumer products, and/or sustainable business development in emerging markets
- Good people skills “soft on people” and “hard on issues”
- Be self-motivated, committed and hands on
- Willingness to travel to the various regions in Eastern Africa

In return, the selected candidate can expect:
- a unique opportunity to manage and grow a business that contributes very concretely and visibly to the economic development of Eastern Africa in a sustainable fashion
- a reasonable level of salary (USD 4-6k gross per month), based on the skills and experiences of the candidate and in line with company income levels and costs of living in Kenya
- secondary benefits including use of the company 4-wheel vehicle, medical cover, company savings scheme, annual ticket to the home country, and school fee allowance

The successful candidate is expected to start sooner rather than later.

Expiring: Jun 02, 2017
General Manager Renewable Energy in Kenya , Kenya

Renewable energy Technology Company is seeking a General Manager to expand the company's commercial operations in Kenya.

HOURS: Full-time
REPORTS TO: Director of Sales and Operations, Emerging Markets
START DATE: as soon as possible

• Leader: triple the size of the team over 2017, recruit, grow, train and motivate the team. Set up measurable goals on operations, finance and sales.
• Reporting and Finance: oversee local accounting and reporting personnel in order to frequently report and present to the management team at the head office.
• Policy Advocate: work with government officials and multilateral organizations on regulatory policy matters affecting the company and the sector.
• Business Development: built out partnerships, existing and new.
• Manager: obtain sustainable growth of sales through the company’s distribution network. Responsible for meeting project timelines and milestones.
• Systems Builder: build and implement data management systems for sales force, supply chain and customer information coming from the field.

• Bachelor’s degree required; MBA preferred
• Min 10 years management experience, preferably working in bottom of the pyramid (BoP) markets in Kenyan rural & more urban areas
• Fluency in English required; Kiswahili or other local language strongly preferred
• Confident and able to deliver a presentation at a conference
• Experience in data collection, processing and analysing
• Able to work with Excel, PowerPoint, Word and other analytical and visual communication tools
• Experience and relationships working with players in the sector and market
• Experience in planning and executing budgets and timelines
• Ability to motivate and inspire
• Ability to work in a team as well as independently
• Easy transition from clients in the field to dealing with large companies or government
• Willingness to work flexible hours

Nice to haves
• Logistics and supply chain experience
• Start-up experience

Expiring: May 19, 2017