Country Director for Burundi, DRC & South Sudan

TradeMark Afrique centrale


TradeMark East Africa (TMEA) is funded by a range of development agencies with the aim of growing prosperity in East Africa through trade. We believe that enhanced trade contributes to economic growth, a reduction in poverty and subsequently increased prosperity. TMEA is now the largest aid-for-trade facility in the world and we have vibrant and successful country programmes in Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, Burundi, and South Sudan. The first phase of TMEA has delivered exceptional results which have directly contributed to substantial gains in East Africa’s trade and regional integration environment in terms of reduced transit times, improved border efficiency, and reduced barriers to trade.

The second phase, which starts in mid-2017, aims to deliver even more large-scale impact to maximise the potential benefits of aid-for-trade interventions.  We are looking for high calibre, results-oriented and experienced professionals for the positions below.

We have vibrant and successful country programmes in Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, Burundi, and South Sudan, and we are setting up in DRC.

The Country Director (CD) has the overall responsibility for strategy development and delivering quality results for the Burundi, DRC and South Sudan portfolio in line with TMEA’s Strategy and Project Cycle Management (PCM) Guidelines. In addition, the CD is responsible for managing and maintaining strategic relationships with government, the private sector, civil society and the donor community in the three countries.

The ideal candidate will be a graduate with 10 years’ experience (5 of which should have been gained in Africa) in managing economic development co-operation programmes and projects, preferably related to trade and regional integration, trade facilitation, private sector development and investment climate reform, transport sector development, and/or institutional reform. S/he should have a deep understanding of the political context of the three countries, strong programme cycle management skills, proven ability in preparing project documents, and effective inter-personal skills to build lasting partnerships and manage each of the country teams successfully.

A critical component of our approach includes actively mainstreaming sustainable and inclusive approaches in gender, poverty, safeguards, environment and climate change into our programming.

The Director, Sustainable & Inclusive Trade (SIT) is responsible for establishing robust linkages between TMEA’s programming and the SIT social development outcomes.

The ideal candidate will have a Master’s degree in Gender, Development, Social Sciences or related field, with 10 years’  advisory or management experience working on SIT development concepts and related issues. S/he will have demonstrable ability to engage and empower individuals to understand, appreciate and make the case for SIT concerns and priorities. In addition, s/he will be an excellent leader with the inter-personal skills to build lasting and successful partnerships.

The detailed job profiles for these posts can be accessed on our website www.trademarkea.com.


The positions are available on contract to 30 June 2019 with the possibility of renewal. Please apply online through http://www.trademarkea.com/work-with-us/ by Friday, 1 September 2017, 5.00pm East African time and ensure that you attach your cover letter and detailed CV, including details of your qualifications, experience, and present position. Your application should also include a working e-mail address, daytime telephone contacts, and names and contact details of three referees. Interviews will be conducted in September 2017 in Nairobi, Kenya.


Please note that we will only consider applications received on-line through the link provided above. Applications received after the deadline will not be accepted. We reserve the right to accept or reject any application. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.


TradeMark East Africa is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to open and transparent recruitment processes.