Programme Director position at Wood Family Trust

19

Nov

The Wood Family Trust (WFT) is a Scottish charity, established by Sir Ian Wood, with similar aims to TBN: that is, to alleviate poverty by stimulating viable market opportunities that create jobs and wealth. They have a portfolio of investments and programmes of technical assistance alongside financial intervention.

WFT has also launched $9m worth of programmes in the tea industry in Rwanda and Tanzania, and is poised to boraden its presence in additional countries in East Africa. WFT is seeking Programme Directors to drive these programmes forward.

The Programme Director is a senior level position in WFT and reports to the Director of Africa. He/she will have responsibility for the administrative and technical management of a country-based programme. It will require a firm understanding of business management, significant private sector experience, strategic thinking, engagement with key stakeholders, practical hands-on orientation and active management of interventions.

Applicants are required to submit their CV with contact information for at least two references as well as a covering letter demonstrating how they meet the required experience and capabilities. Please submit these via email to [email protected]. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

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Job description: Programme Director, Wood Family Trust

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Programme Director, Wood Family Trust

Introduction

The Wood Family Trust (WFT) is a Scottish registered charity established by UK industrialist Sir Ian Wood and his family with a key objective to improve livelihoods by stimulating viable market opportunities that will in turn create jobs and generate wealth among the rural poor. The Trust is based in Aberdeen, Scotland, with a regional headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya.

As a private donor, WFT is able to engage in a flexible manner with a portfolio of strategic interventions along the value chain from production to end market. This includes technical assistance, loan guarantees, match-funding, as well as debt/equity investments.

To date WFT has already launched $9 million sector programs in the tea industry in both Rwanda and Tanzania, and is pursuing a series of debt/equity investments in partnership with the smallholder farmers. WFT is now poised to broaden its tea sector presence in additional countries within East Africa, and is seeking Programme Directors to manage and drive these dynamic portfolio programmes forward.

General Position Description:

Reporting to the Director of Africa, the Programme Director is a senior level position within WFT’s operations. He/she will have overall responsibility for the administrative and technical management of a country-based programme supporting the tea industry. This will require strategic thinking incorporating industry best practices, dynamic engagement with key stakeholders to identify market constraints and inefficiencies, and a practical hands-on orientation to ensure interventions are well designed and actively managed for the achievement of results.

The Programme Director will possess a firm understanding of business management through significant private sector experience in an agriculture-based related industry (preferably tea). He/she will be a dynamic and energetic individual with that is able to work in a team environment while maintaining a strategic, yet commercial outlook while managing for results.

Specific Responsibilities

  • Carry out the day to day management of a country-based program supporting the tea sector while executing line management responsibilities;
  • Oversee implementation of all field activities supported by the Programme. This may include: market analysis; identification and due diligence of prospective investment opportunities; preparation and presentation of investment materials for consideration; design and contracting of short-and long-term technical assistance engagements; structuring of matching grant facilities, loan guarantees, and debt/equity investments; dynamic management of the existing portfolio; and any other type of support deemed appropriate;
  • Identify and engage with appropriate delivery partners to ensure that implementation of tea-specific activities are undertaken in an appropriate and well-coordinated manner;
  • Maintain active understanding of global tea industry trends and best practices for potential replication at the country level. Maintain active communication and engagement with key industry stakeholders to influence competitive thinking and ensure the goals, objectives, and field activities of the Programme are well understood, while obtaining feedback from the same on the effectiveness of program interventions;
  • Monitor the impact and efficacy of Programme activities on the greater tea value chain, including the behavioural response of related market actors. Identify potential new areas for Programme support based upon engagement with stakeholders and emerging dynamics within the tea sector;
  • Undertake field visits and spot-checks as required, manage technical and financial reporting and coordinate overall activity spend. Oversee third party technical appraisals and financial audits as necessary;
  • Represent the interests of the Programme vis-à-vis tea industry stakeholders and host country government. Maintain active communication with other donor partners for harmonization of efforts, development of new programmes, and potential leveraging of resources; and
  • Manage overall programme office including technical and administrative personnel. Maintain compliance with WFT processes and procedures.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree required. MBA or advanced degree, particularly in the areas of economics, agribusiness, finance, or a business-related field preferred;
  • At least 8-10 years experience working with the private sector in a senior level position. Exposure and working knowledge of ag-based industries in East Africa is required while direct technical expertise in a functional area of tea (field, factory, end market) is strongly preferred.
  • Strong demonstrated management experience including personnel and financial management. Ability to lead, work independently, and oversee a portfolio of activities at the executive level with professionalism and integrity to ensure tasks are completed and the needs of the organization are met;
  • An understanding of the principles of value chain market facilitation and impact investing;
  • Ability to gain the trust and confidence of all tea industry stakeholders;
  • Ability to think strategically, be open-minded and innovative, but with a strong commercial and practical focus:
  • A very high level of integrity and honesty and a sense of responsibility. Ability to work effectively as part of a small team and willingness to undertake frequent field travel in country; and
  • Strong command of both oral and written English.

Mode of Application:

Applicants are required to submit their CV with contact information for at least two references as well as a covering letter demonstrating how they meet the required experience and capabilities. Please submit these via email to [email protected]. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.