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Executive Director, East Africa -. Fields of Life
Fields of Life
NGO / Nonprofit Charitable Organizations
uganda - East Africa full-time Closing date - 20/02/2020
Minimum qualification: Masters degree
Minimum years of experience: 0
Required languages: English
Required IT skills: ,MS Office
RESPONSIBLE TO: CEO
Fields of Life (FOL) was established in 1993. Since then it has developed substantially in
both size and vision. Fields of Life is committed to sharing the Christian faith by collaborating
with local communities and churches in East Africa to bring about positive change through
the provision of quality education, clean water, health promotion and other community based
To date, FOL will have constructed over 120 schools in 6 countries throughout East Africa, 4
health centres in Uganda, and will have established over 750 boreholes to provide fresh
water as well as health promotional initiatives, educational & teacher training programmes
and income generating projects. This work is ongoing and Fields of Life continues to be
involved in many exciting and life changing projects right across East Africa.
Everything that we are and everything that we do is formed and shaped by our Christian
identity as we seek to demonstrate God’s unconditional love for all. Following the example of
Christ, we serve all people regardless of religion, race, ethnicity or gender and at all times
are sensitive to the diverse cultural contexts in which we have the awesome privilege of
working. Fields of Life exists to be an effective Christian response where there is injustice
and suffering in East Africa and beyond. We passionately believe that God is at work in the
world today and that his working in and through his people, the local church. We believe the
local church is the hope of the world and we want to seek out, support and empower local,
selfless African leaders who have a heart and concern for the communities whom they
serve. We are committed to sharing and communicating the transforming message of Jesus,
through our partners, to those afflicted by extreme poverty and to those people who feel they
have no voice or a meaningful contribution to make in the world today
Fields of Life would like to invite applications from highly motivated and dynamic individuals
with passion, vision and initiative, good interpersonal skills and high standards of accuracy
for this key position within our growing team.
The applicant will be a proven leader with a strong track record of leading high performing
teams. This is an exciting opportunity to strategically develop the work of Fields of Life
internationally alongside our CEO.
The Executive Director will work closely with and report to the CEO. The Executive Director
will be responsible for a team of over 40 full-time based in Uganda & Rwanda.
To provide visionary and dynamic Christian leadership for FOL East Africa and to
cultivate and maintain organisational culture that is always focused on the provision
of world class service to our beneficiaries.
To promote FOL by cultivating and maintaining relationships with key stakeholders
such as government leaders, church leaders, business & corporate leaders, NGO
community and other key influencers.
To promote and maintain organisation’s core values and ethos within all East African
To provide effective line management of FOL staff members in both Uganda &
Rwanda. Lead, support and motivate all staff and volunteers to secure their loyalty
and commitment to the charity’s aims, objectives and ambitions.
To be responsible for co-ordinating and managing all FOL East African operations,
including the efficient control of financial, operational & human resources.
To support the CEO with East African / HQ inter-office communication specifically
regarding financial reporting and donor feedback.
To develop and implement a strategy of local fundraising / resource mobilisation and
foster a culture of self-reliance and sustainability within FOL East Africa.
To manage and provide oversight on all policy, regulatory & governance matters in
various FOL operating jurisdictions and to prepare regular reports and updates on all
operations and activities against key organisational metrics to CEO and board of
As and when considered necessary or appropriate the post holder will be prepared to
transfer to or undertake other duties in order to meet fluctuations or priorities in work
demands at the CEO’s discretion and be prepared to travel worldwide and on
occasions be prepared to work at evenings or weekends.
The job description should not be considered as definitive, as changes may be required in
accordance with changing operational requirements. Any changes will be set out in writing,
and the post-holder is expected to co-operate with such changes to support the continued
success of the organisation.
EDUCATION AND PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS
Master’s Degree level qualification (or equivalent professional qualification) in
international development / business or management related discipline or be
able to demonstrate significant relevant experience (Essential)
Management and/or leadership courses (Desirable)
Formal International Development Qualification. (Desirable)
A proven track record in senior management, reporting directly to a Board or
at Senior Director level
Significant experience in financial management and ability to demonstrate
strong managerial and organisational skills.
Strong strategic planning, prioritisation and execution skills with the proven
ability to manage multiple objectives, competing demands and monitor
progress and impact through the development of operational plans.
A proven track record of creating an empowering work culture that rewards
performance and ensures accountability at every level within the organisation.
Significant experience in managing governance matters and key risk factors
at a senior level within an organization.
Experience of managing a budget of >$3M per annum
An understanding of charity and/or company law in East Africa.
Knowledge of the funding streams available to the sector and how these
might best be exploited especially in country.
Proven influencing and networking skills that have delivered organisational
benefits and which inspire trust and involvement from diverse stakeholders; a
Exceptional written and verbal communication skills, with the ability to distil
complex ideas in ways that inspire and engage a diverse range of audiences,
including through the media.
Highly self-motivated, creative and determined with the ability to take initiative
and problem solve effectively
Evidence of strong decision-making skills, including a willingness to confront
and make tough management decisions when necessary.
Evidence of the ability to implement change, with a successful track record of
managing and delivering change
Demonstrates Christ–centred life, able to lead staff devotions and conduct
bible study and is committed to the principles, practices and ethos of FOL
Demonstrates a passion for Christian development & mission.
Ability to travel internationally as needed.
Ability to work effectively under pressure.
Readiness to work flexibly and efficiently whilst maintaining the highest
A resilient and positive attitude
The ability to inspire others to achieve in a way which commands respect and
provides an environment where others feel motivated.
Full driving licence which permits the post-holder to meet the requirements of
the post in full
How to Apply
Please send a cover letter and your CV with details of 3 work related referees to the address or e-mail below. Application should be marked “FOL Executive Director” Applications may not exceed 2MBs. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org While we thank all applicants for your interest, only those selected for interviews will be contacted. Any form of lobbying will lead to automatic disqualification. Committed Christians are encouraged to apply