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TradeMark East Africa (TMEA) is an aid-for-trade organisation that was established with the aim of growing prosperity in East Africa through increased trade. TMEA operates on a not-for-profit basis and is funded by the development agencies of the following countries: Belgium, Canada, Denmark, European Union, Finland, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway, United Kingdom, and United States of America. TMEA works closely with East African Community (EAC) institutions, national governments, the private sector and civil society organisations.

TMEA, with an annual expenditure of around US$100 million, is now the leading aid-for-trade facility in the world. TMEA has its headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya with vibrant and successful operations in EAC (Arusha), Burundi (Bujumbura), Democratic Republic of Congo (Bukavu), Ethiopia and the Horn (Addis Ababa & Hargeisa), Rwanda (Kigali), South Sudan (Juba), Tanzania (Dar es salaam) and Uganda (Kampala). The first phase of TMEA delivered exceptional results which 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.

We are now in the second phase and we aim to deliver even more large-scale impact to maximise the potential benefits of aid-for-trade interventions which lead to sustainable and inclusive prosperity through job creation, poverty reduction and enhanced economic welfare.

TMEA is now expanding its trade facilitation programme and launching operations in Malawi. To find out more, please visit our website

We are looking for high calibre, results-oriented and experienced professional to join our team in the positions below.

Transport Director, Northern Cluster Countries & Horn of Africa

The Transport Director, Northern Cluster Countries & Horn of Africa will be responsible for providing strategic and operational support in delivering and managing TMEA’s infrastructure programme and activities in the Northern Cluster Countries & Horn of Africa. S/he will ensure that TMEA’s strategic objective of reduced trade barriers, and associated strategic impacts, outcomes and outputs are achieved, aligning infrastructure and international trade practices and goals to TMEA’s strategies within the designated area of geographical coverage.
The ideal candidate will possess anundergraduate degree with at least 12 years of relevant working experienceOR a postgraduate degree with at least 10 years of relevant working experience.In addition, s/he will have a minimum of five years’ experienceleading the development and delivery of large infrastructure programmes, particularly those related to surface transport, and trade and trade facilitation development programmes to enhance the capacities of developing countries in trade policy development, formulation and implementation trade reforms, regional integration, and support to national governments.

Transport Director, Logistics

The Transport Director, Logistics will have the overall responsibility for directing and monitoring TMEA works streams related to developing logistics systems and services with a special emphasis on ports in line with TMEA project documents and the Theory of Change (TOC). S/he will ensure that the work is mainstreamed across all aspects of TMEA’s work and clearly linked to organisational objectives at both the national and regional levels.
The ideal candidate will possess an undergraduate degree with at least 12 years of relevant working experience OR apostgraduatedegree with at least 10 years of relevant working experience. In addition, s/he will have at leastfive years of relevant leadership and management experience, and a minimum of 10 years’ demonstrable experience in: (i) policy analysis and administration; (ii) implementing logistics projects aimed at reducing logistics costs and encouraging investment; and (iii) project cycle managementin consulting firms or multilaterals providing technical assistance to governments and private organisations.

Country Director, Malawi

The Country Director, Malawiwill have the overall responsibility for establishing the Malawi Country Programme and developing, managing and monitoring its strategy and programme delivery. This will include the design, implementation and delivery of programme activities in infrastructure development, trade facilitation, support to Government institutions and the private sector. S/he will develop and maintain an effective programme in line with TMEA’s strategic plan, results framework and its management information and monitoring systems. The Country Director will identify opportunities for additional investments into TMEA’s Malawian Programme through fundraising from donors and other agencies.
The ideal candidate will possess an undergraduate degree with at least 12 years of relevant working experience OR apostgraduate degree with at least 10 years of relevant working experience. In addition, s/he will have at leastfive years of relevant leadership and management experience. Three years working experience should have been gained in Malawi or the other countries in which TMEA operates, primarily in managing economic development co-operation programmes related to regional integration, trade facilitation, trade and investment climate reform, transport sector development, and/or institutional reform.

Finance and Administration Officer

The Finance and Administration Officer will be responsible for providing comprehensive finance and administrative oversight to the assigned programme. S/he will ensure that the quality of service delivery in the areas of financial management, mobilisation of procurement contracts and general administrationis consistent, efficient, responsive and seamless.
The ideal candidates will possess an undergraduate or postgraduate degree preferably in a business-related field. They must be full practicing members of and be professionally certificated by a relevant professional body. Undergraduate degree holderswill have at least five years of relevant working experience while postgraduate degree holders will require at least three years of relevant working experiencein accounting and general office management.
Here are two open Finance and Administration Officer positions – one based in Malawi and the other in Hargeisa. Each position is open to nationals of the country in which it is based.

Application details

The detailed job profiles for these posts can be accessed on our website

These positionsare available on contract to 30 June 2023 with the possibility of renewal. Please apply online through by Friday, 15 November 2019, 5.00pm Kenyan time.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 January/February 2020.

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.

Qualified women and persons living with disabilities are particularly encouraged to apply.

Diversity &Inclusion is our pulse!
TMEA is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to open and transparent recruitment processes. We are committed to a culture that supports, celebrates and respects the unique and authentic self of each of our employees and partners. We believe that our work is better accomplished, success achieved and mission realised when we fully embrace the value in our differences by establishing a workforce that reflect the communities we work with. We are therefore committed to diversity acrossrace, cultures, ethnicity or national origins, religious and political beliefs,age, disability,gender and gender identity, sexual orientation, social or economic class, marital status or educational background; so that all are free to be who they are, and freely express their views and beliefs. We do so knowing that diversity and inclusion have tangible benefits not only to our organisation, but also to the communities we work with.

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