Regional Director – East and Horn of Africa

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Job Title: Regional Director – East and Horn of Africa
Organisation: Self Help Africa
Location: Nairobi, Kenya
Contract: Four year fixed term contract
Reports to: Group CEO

Job Title: Regional Director – East and Horn of Africa
Organisation: Self Help Africa
Location: Nairobi, Kenya
Contract: Four year fixed term contract
Reports to: Group CEO

About Self Help Africa:

Self Help Africa is an ambitious, leading INGO focused on agriculture and agri-business as the engine of growth for smallholder farmers in Africa.  We believe that innovation and disruptive change are the true catalysts of development. Our approach is collaborative and market-based, although we see our primary clients as smallholder farmers in Africa, we work with all participants in the agricultural value chain. We are currently in the fourth year of our five-year strategy with an income of €33M and a plan for further growth.

Job Purpose:

The Regional Director (RD) role is a new one in Self Help Africa and the wider Gorta Group. As part of the organisation’s global management team, you will be responsible for leading and delivering organisation growth and impact.

The RD will lead the organisation in East and Horn of Africa. This currently comprises of Kenya, Uganda and Ethiopia country programmes with projects in Rwanda, Burundi, DRC and Eritrea.

As Regional Director you will be expected to scale up our operations in the region and be the key representative with external stakeholders.

The RD will have the skills to be able to adapt to the organisation’s programme requirements across humanitarian, development and private sector initiatives.

You will work closely with the Programme team to ensure: that we offer value for money; that our work is making an impact; and that we’re submitting high quality proposals and reports in order to win and retain contracts.

You will expand and develop partnerships with private sector companies, funders and institutions that ultimately benefit smallholder farmers and traders in the region.

The RD will embrace and lead innovation and be results focused with a keen interest in technology as an agent for change. You will coordinate new initiatives in agri-business and digital development and will be a driver for innovation for the Gorta Group across all our work.

You will have proven leadership skills and the necessary qualities to enable you to lead the region living the values of the organisation on a daily basis.

Key Responsibilities

While the role demands oversight of the group’s work in the region, the role also requires close attention to operations. Responsibilities include:

  • Develop a regional strategy, including appropriate KPIs on what shared success looks like within the region for the Gorta Group.
  • Facilitate the transition from a HQ-centralised model to a regional structure in collaboration with the MT and relevant country teams.
  • Drive new business development and funding opportunities yourself and with the teams. Build an active pipeline of funding opportunities in collaboration with the wider Gorta Group teams.
  • Develop and manage relationships with key regional and national stakeholders.
  • Recruit and manage an effective, multi-disciplinary, inclusive regional management team to support quality implementation of country and regional-level projects.
  • On-going monitoring and analysis to ensure regional and country programmes are continually adapted to the evolving contexts within the region and are outcomes-driven and evidence based.
  • Strive for seamless coordination between programming and operations within the region and across the Gorta Group entities (Self Help Africa, TruTrade, Partner Africa) to improve the quality of programme and service delivery and cost effectiveness/value for money.
  • Maximise synergies and efficiencies across the Gorta Group entities.
  • Improve brand and visibility and act as spokesperson as appropriate.

Key Relationships


  • Group CEO
  • Executive Director
  • Programmes Director
  • Chief Finance & Operations Officer

Qualifications/Other Requirements:


  • Educated to degree level
  • At least 10 years of experience in a managerial or leadership role for a multi-sectoral international development organisation and/or an equivalent private sector company.
  • Experience of private sector engagement.
  • Understanding of the East Africa/Horn of Africa context including experience leading regional activity. 
  • Demonstrated expertise in representation and negotiations, and a track record of securing significant new business.
  • Highly developed interpersonal and communication skills including influencing, negotiation and coaching. 
  • Fluency in English.

Highly Desirable

  • Digitally literate with a keen appreciation of how technology and digitalisation can enhance the Gorta Group’s work.
  • Experience of working in agriculture / agri-business.

Download the Information Pack

This Information Pack only serves as a guide for the position available and SHA reserves the right to make necessary changes.

How to apply:

Closing date is Friday 29th January 2021 at 5pm

Summit Recruitment and Search have been selected to manage this recruitment process.

For further information or enquiries regarding the role please contact Summit Recruitment and Search, please see below contact details:

Email Kate at: or contact her via WhatsApp: +254 723 653954

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