Country Representative NGO Managerial Jobs – Farm Africa

Job Title:  Country Representative

Organisation: Farm Africa

Duty Station:  Kampala, Uganda

Reporting to: Director of Programmes

Manages: Finance Manager & Senior Operations & Administration Officer

Duration and Hours: Full-time, 12-month fixed-term contract with potential to extend


About US:

Farm Africa, founded in 1985, is an international non-governmental organization working in Uganda, Ethiopia, Kenya and Tanzania. We drive agricultural and environmental change to improve lives. Our strategy has three pillars: agricultural expertise, management and preservation of ecosystems, and the power of business to drive prosperity. We believe Africa has the power to feed itself and are helping make this happen by establishing and spreading the best farming and forestry techniques so that poor farmers and herders have more food to feed their families and to sell. We help smallholders manage their natural resources sustainably so that they can withstand climate change challenges and shocks and ensure their families have enough food in the future as well as now. Farm Africa works in partnership with communities, government, local and international organizations, and the private sector to innovate, learn and share best practices for maximum impact of our projects.


Job Summary:   We want to expand our work in Uganda and are seeking a Country Representative to help us explore and diversify our funding pipeline and partnerships.


The Country Representative will be based in Kampala and will manage a small team of key staff whilst focusing on building business development and partnership opportunities. This role will report directly to the Director of Programmes (DoP) (based in Nairobi) and is expected to liaise closely with the Programme Funding (PF) team based in London/Nairobi, and the Country Directors based in Addis Ababa, Dar es Salaam and Nairobi.


Key Duties and Responsibilities:

Build Farm Africa’s Profile

  • Familiarisation with the historic work of Farm Africa in Uganda, particularly with recent projects
  • Work with the DoP to identify potential funding partners (private sector, GoU, NGOs, donors, etc.) and plan outreach to them
  • Proactively build relationships on behalf of Farm Africa with potential funding partners and feeding back to DoP areas of interest, overlaps with the Farm Africa strategy and approach
  • Identify new and existing Ugandan partners with shared values and objectives.
  • Horizon-scanning of key private sector actors, key sectors where supply chain consultancies for ‘markets to farmers’ approaches will yield results, and understanding which companies are potentially interested in NGO partnership or consultancy activities as part of their routine operations
  • Understanding which NGOs (international and national) and research organisations are strong and in which areas and fostering preliminary relationships with them to explore possible consortium arrangements.

Country Strategy

  • Building on preliminary research work to scope potential funding partners, identify potential funding opportunities/projects and consultancies and , working with the programme funding team, develop concept notes
  • Identifying within the first three months approximately five potential opportunities for attracting funding in the key areas of crops, livestock/ pastoralism, and forestry/natural resource management.

Concept Note and Proposal Development

  • Liaise with key counterparts in the programmes team to map funding priorities and opportunities and develop a funding strategy
  • Where appropriate, develop preliminary conversations into tangible funding opportunities, working with the programmes team to devise initial concepts, basic metrics of new ideas (reach, impact indicators, cost) and potential implementing partners
  • Lead the negotiation with potential funding and other partners
  • With support from the programme funding team, lead the design processes, mobilising local consultants and processes where necessary.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

  • The applicant for the Country Representative job must hold a Degree level or equivalent qualification in business or marketing
  • Knowledge of the agriculture and natural resource management sector(s) in Uganda, including donor-funded interventions and activities within the private sector.
  • Experience of engaging at a high level with international corporates, senior policymakers, and representatives of the UN and donor community
  • Experience in the private sector, particularly in food and drink sector supply chains
  • Experience of supporting the role and development of partner organisations in achieving shared objectives
  • Ability to build strong working relationships with key stakeholders
  • Completely fluent written and oral communication skills in English
  • Able to work with a variety of nationalities and
  • Team player, able to maintain strong and supportive working relationships across functions and across distances



  • Postgraduate qualification in a relevant discipline
  • Strong understanding of the policy and political economy context in Uganda
  • Experience of dealing with results-based management, specifically of designing high-quality log frames
  • Established networks with decision-makers and other key actors and influencers in
  • agronomy
  • Able to analyse and interpret financial and statistical information


Our Values

Investing in smallholder farming is the number one way to combat poverty in rural Africa. Farm Africa is a leading NGO specialising in growing agriculture, protecting the environment and developing businesses in rural Africa.

  • EXPERT: Expertise and insightful evidence-based solutions are at the heart of everything Farm Africa does.
  • GROUNDED: Our teams and partners work closely with local communities, engaging them in every level of decision-making.
  • IMPACTFUL: We deliver long lasting change for farmers, their families, and the environments they live in.
  • BOLD: We model innovative approaches and are not afraid to challenge strategies that are failing.


How to Apply:

To apply, please send a CV, salary history, and a two-page supporting statement detailing how you meet the person specification and your availability/notice period to including ‘Country Representative’ in the subject line.


NB: Please DO NOT send additional documents such as certificates and references with your application. Successful candidates ONLY will be required to provide these documents during the referencing process.


Due to the urgent requirement to fill this position, applications will be assessed and suitable candidates invited for interview on a rolling basis. This may mean that the position is filled before the closing date so qualified candidates are urged to submit their applications promptly.


Deadline: 10th December 2023 by 5:00pm


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Date Posted 2023-11-23
Valid Through 2023-12-10
Employment Type FULL_TIME
Hiring Organization Farm Africa
Job Location Kampala, Kampala, Kampala, 0256, Uganda

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