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Country Director, Uganda

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Position:            Country Director, UgandaStatus:               Full-Time Employee (24-month contract, renewable)Location:           Uganda (based in Kampala)Date:                  January 2015Job Summary:  Grameen Foundation is seeking a seasoned leader with executive management experience to take on the leadership of its largest country office and global innovation hub. The Country Director, Uganda oversees all operations in Uganda, providing strategic and operational leadership and oversees the legal and financial operation in Uganda.  The Country Director will be responsible for recruiting, retaining and leading the local teams, ensuring excellence in programmatic execution, building and maintaining key partnerships, business development, fundraising and setting overall strategy for Uganda in-line with Grameen Foundation’s regional and global strategies. The position will primarily focus on overseeing, expanding and building synergies between Grameen Foundation’s two main programs in Uganda: a) mobile agriculture, and; b) mobile financial services. In addition, the Country Director will also be responsible for expanding the Uganda operation into Grameen Foundation’s other key focus areas. In all efforts, the Uganda Country Director will seek to further the mission of Grameen Foundation: helping the world’s poorest people reach their full potential, connecting their determination and skills with the resources they need.Reporting and relationships:  The position will report to the Regional CEO, Africa.  This person directly supervises Uganda-based leadership and administrative / operational functions, and coordinates programmatic activities with relevant functional heads globally.Availability:  It is expected that the Country Director is expected to work a standard work week of 40 hours plus additional hours as necessary to get the job done.  The position will be based in Kampala, Uganda.  This position will need to be flexible to work in local conditions, and be available to work across different time zones.  This position will require several trips per year to the US, and periodic travel within Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) and other international destinations as needed.Essential Job FunctionsLegal representative of Grameen Foundation with the local government and ministries of authority; responsible for and represents GF on all matters related to legal filings, registration, and compliance; management authority over all activities and office personnel, including Finance and Human Resources functions.Oversee execution of Grameen Foundation’s strategy in Uganda, including Grameen Foundation’s flagship Community Knowledge Worker (CKW) and AppLab Money Uganda programs:Work closely with local leadership to develop strategic and operational strategies for the CKW and AppLab Money Uganda programs.Drive integration between these two major programs in Uganda, leveraging Grameen Foundation’s strengths in each and increasing the value-add of Grameen Foundation’s offering.Broaden Grameen Foundation’s footprint in Uganda, expanding into other core areas of Grameen Foundation’s global offering, as appropriate within the local context.Provide strong collaborative support for region-wide initiatives that may draw on the Uganda experience and resource base.Gain a deep understanding of complementary initiatives and global/regional trends at the intersection of information and communication technology (ICT), agricultural development, public health and financial services. Learn from related experiences and incorporate into local strategy.Drive excellence in execution: provide technical expertise; remove barriers; provide senior sponsorship to Grameen Foundation’s Uganda efforts both internally and externally; ensure timely data-driven performance/financial monitoring; drive organizational change.Develop strategically valuable and commercially sound new business opportunities that contribute to both the impact and the sustainability of the Uganda operations.Serve as overall risk manager for the Uganda operation, anticipating and responding to potential threats to execution, financial viability, legal / regulatory compliance, etc.Provide guidance and oversight to the Uganda-based technology development team.Own the culture of the Uganda office, instilling the values of collaboration, accountability, efficiency, transparency and excellence.Represent Grameen Foundation’s Uganda programs externally in Uganda and elsewhere, deepen existing relationships and forge new high potential partnerships.Manage key donors such as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and fundraise for Grameen Foundation’s Uganda programs.Ensure all administrative and operational functions are run in an efficient and effective manner.Required Knowledge, Skills, and AbilitiesDeep commitment to poverty alleviation, alignment with Grameen Foundation’s mission and understanding of and commitment to development in Africa.Proven leadership skills including the ability to inspire others primarily via standards—excellence, hard work, sacrifice , and integrity.Relevant previous experience managing large, cross-functional operations.Excellent people skills – ability to work collaboratively across the organization, provide leadership, train and integrate diverse teams, and exhibit cultural sensitivity.Strong mentoring and team building skills with ability to promote knowledge transfer.Strong strategic thinker who thinks innovatively and creatively to solve unstructured problems and ability to manage complexities under pressure; entrepreneurial spirit to think strategically and at tactically.Project management skills with experience managing complex projects under a range of challenging situations with diverse partners.Experience with ICT and/or other forms of technology, preferably in the mobile communications industry.Strong business, and time management skills, with demonstrable experience in managing budgets and investments in a transparent and effective way, preferably within a ‘matrix’ style organization structure.Excellent presentation, communication and interpersonal skills.Ability to act as a lead representative of GF in public forums.Strong working knowledge of Microsoft Office and comfort with other software tools.Ability to quickly gain a deep understanding of GFUSA's policies, procedures, and practices.Education and ExperienceBachelor’s degree in International Development, Public Policy, Business Administration, Agriculture or related field.  Master’s Degree preferred.At least 10 or more years of senior-level related experience.Experience working in development or the private sector in developing countries, ideally in Sub-Saharan Africa.  Specific experience in financial services, agriculture and/or mobile technology is strongly preferred.Fluent in oral and written English and knowledge of other predominant languages spoken in the region desirable.Experience living and working in a developing country preferred.Physical and Environmental Conditions:  This position does not require unusual demands for physical effort.  This position may occasionally require physical effort to lift and transport boxes weighing no more than 50 pounds. Work environment involves everyday risks or discomforts that require normal safety precautions typical of places such as offices, meeting or training rooms, residences, or commercial vehicles; e.g., use of safe work place practices with office equipment, and/or avoidance of trips and falls, and observance of fire regulations and traffic signals.Additional Comment:  The above job description is not intended as, nor should it be construed as, exhaustive of all responsibilities, skills, efforts, or working conditions associated with this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made in appropriate circumstances to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this job. Interested applicants can apply HERE.  No phone call please.  

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