Regional Director for our East African programme

Regional Director for our East African programme

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Rikolto (formerly VECO/Vredeseilanden) is an international NGO with more than 40 years of experience in partnering farmer organisations and food chain actors across Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America. Rikolto runs programmes in 14 countries worldwide through eight regional offices.

We are hiring a Regional Director for the East African region (Uganda - Tanzania)

This is a challenging leadership position in which you actively contribute to the development of impactful food systems in this region. Together with your team you create a high performance and inspiring environment to bring about changes in the food and agriculture sector. You will also play a significant global role as part of Rikolto’s International Management Team.

Read more about our work in East Africa...

  • Purpose: Develop, lead and manage the East Africa regional office as part of the Rikolto network organisation. Lead the Rikolto programme, taking into account the regional context, so as to achieve sustainable and scalable impact in the targeted food systems
  • Reports to: Executive Director / Board of Directors
  • Member of the International Management Team (the key decision making body which reports to the Board of Directors)
  • Manages: Regional office staff
  • Location: Rikolto office in Arusha, or Kampala
  • Job size: 100%
  • Travels: Intensive travelling may be required
  • Deadline to apply: March 31st



End responsibility for the regional programme in line with global Rikolto policies, strategies and guidelines, taking into account the regional context. This means:

  • leading the implementation of the 2017-21 Strategy and Programmes (currently focused on rice, pulses and horticulture)
  • leading the further development of strategies and policies to have greater impact on food system development in the Region, including contributions to Rikolto’s international clusters and working groups.
  • leading Rikolto’s Inclusive Business approach to ensure that new win-win business models are developed between food chain actors
  • leading up-scaling and structural change strategies at regional level. Ensuring the regular and systematic assessment of the programme’s performance, and adjusting if needed, by using the Planning, Learning and Accountability system

Management and change management

Ensure the successful functioning of the Rikolto office. This entails:

  • the development of specific policies for the regional programme (financial, HR, programmatic) in line with Rikolto global policies, and taking into account the regional context and legal framework
  • End responsibility for the financial and HR management of the regional office
  • Managing and inspiring the regional team
  • Being an active and visible coach to the team

Supporting the further evolution of the Region towards being a high performing and financially autonomous hub of the global network

Fundraising and Communications

  • Deliver on the global priority to develop the financial autonomy of the regional office through fundraising and communications work.
  • Ensure Rikolto is integrated into strategically relevant local and regional networks and ensure that Rikolto does not operate in (splendid) isolation.
  • Represent Rikolto in the region and ensure the liaison between the region, Rikolto in Belgium and its key stakeholders (volunteers and donors)



Masters degree or equivalent in (Development) economics, Business Administration, (Sustainable) agriculture, or Development studies or equivalent by experience


  • Very good knowledge of English as working language of Rikolto (essential)
  • Very good knowledge of important local languages in the region (preferable)


  • Background in International Development Cooperation/International Private Sector
  • Experience in collaborating with private actors, multi-stakeholder approach
  • Experience in a network organisation is an asset
  • Sufficient knowledge of and experience with financial management and reporting
  • ≥ 5 years in management position
  • ≥ 5 years of living and working in a developing country
  • Good knowledge of the regional context

Skills and knowledge:

  • Has a good knowledge of development issues, inclusive business models, value chains and associated areas
  • Has a global vision and a broad interest, is able to see problems from different angles and seek solutions with experts
  • Knows key concepts and methods in financial and HR management
  • Is an excellent cross-cultural communicator and an active listener
  • Is a strong networker
  • Has fundraising capacities
  • Shows strong leadership
  • Can manage, coach and motivate a multicultural team
  • Is able to put people in their strengths
  • Has change management skills and the capacity to steer, in a strategic manner


  • Has a strong affinity with Rikolto mission and values
  • Firmly believes in co-creation of development through constructive dialogue and coordinated multi-stakeholder action
  • Has a positive attitude focussed on win-win solutions
  • Has an entrepreneurial spirit
  • Acts with integrity and respects others (working together)
  • Constructively challenges self and others (making it happen)
  • Can be relied on to deliver commitments (accountable)
  • Creates strong morale and spirit in his/her team, fosters open dialogue and shares successes (building effective teams)
  • Inspires people to act (in accordance with the vision/plan of Rikolto)
  • Is willing to learn and share lessons learnt

How to apply?

Please send your motivation letter with cv to sam.dekeyser [at]

Deadline for application: March 31st 2019