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UN Jobs / NGO Job Vacancy : Country Manager – East & Central Africa

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Organization: Spark
Closing date: 14 May 2018

SPARK is looking for a results-oriented and experienced Country Manager for its agri-business incubation activities. The position has a strong ambition to maximise SPARK’s social impact in East & Central Africa. The manager leads a team of business support officers that provide business skills training, mentoring & coaching, and facilitating access to finance to young entrepreneurs and (subsistence) farmers and cooperatives in East & Central Africa. He or she further develops SPARK’s incubation and business development services for clients and embeds these into (to be established) Business Support Centres. The position offers a great opportunity to be deeply involved in business development and (youth) job creation in conflict affected environments.

Main Tasks and Responsibilities:

The responsibilities and tasks include, but are not limited to:

  • Coordinate the timely implementation of business support services;
  • Ensure quality and effectiveness of services through monitoring, evaluation and reporting of business support services;
  • Organise the capacity building of business incubation support officers and partners;
  • Train and coach business support and other project staff on aspects of project management;
  • Working on the implementation and management of activities.

Requirements and Skills

  • 5 years of project management experience working in the field of business development and incubation in developing countries;
  • 2 years of work experience in a business environment;
  • Experience as an entrepreneur and/or farming as a business is a strong asset;

  • Experience as a business skills trainer or as a coach/mentor for entrepreneurs is a strong asset;

  • Relevant educational background, for example business administration, economics or international development is an advantage;

  • Tactful, excellent communication, presentation and social skills and the ability to work in a multicultural setting;

  • Ability to identify and tackle (culturally) sensitive matters;

  • Forward-thinking, pro-active and service minded;

  • Hands-on attitude and willing to help out flexibly if required;

  • Available and willing to very frequently travel between project locations in East & Central Africa. Available for occasional work visits to other SPARK countries and The Netherlands.

  • Willing to move and work extensively in East & Central Africa.

SPARK Offers

  • A challenging and exciting field position in an international environment and an opportunity to contribute to realising an important social impact in East & Central Africa;
  • The position involves close partnership and team work in the daily management of SPARK East & Central Africa countries;
  • A gross monthly salary depending on professional experience and based on a fulltime appointment of 40 hours.


SPARK develops higher education and entrepreneurship to empower young, ambitious people to lead their fragile and conflict-affected societies into prosperity. SPARK is a dynamic and growing, international not-for-profit development organisation with 80+ staff members, in more than 14 offices around the world. SPARK supports refugees in the Middle-East by providing them with scholarships in universities and higher education institutions in the region. SPARK also supports young entrepreneurs in fragile states, to start or grow their own businesses.

How to apply:

For more information, please visit the SPARK website: If interested, please apply with your motivation letter and your CV (both in English) on until 14 May 2018. Please, with application send to us two references (phone number and email) which we can contact in the selection process.

For questions about the vacancy, please contact reference Country Manager – East & Central Africa.

All applications will be assessed on rolling basis; interviews can therefore take place before the application deadline. However, due to the large volume of applications we receive, we cannot respond to every applicant individually. There may be a delay between the deadline and the moment we contact selected applicants.

If you have not received a reply we regret to inform that we have continued with other candidates with other candidates.