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SBFIC, Kampala


Savings Banks Foundation for International Cooperation (SBFIC) is a German NGO that provides proactive support to financial institutions to sustainably foster economic and social development at the local, national, and regional level through needs-oriented microfinance services. We are currently working in more than 40 countries all over the globe. In East Africa, we work closely together with our partners in Burundi, Rwanda and Tanzania, to strengthen the local and regional financial structures. Our Regional Head Office is based in Kigali, Rwanda. We are currently employing a team of about 50 members of staff in east Africa.

SBFIC plans to set up a new office in Uganda. This office will be part of the Regional Office East Africa. The Ugandan country head office shall be located in Kampala. A satellite office shall operate in Arua. It is intended to carry out the project activities within the framework of the German Cooperation.

Essential Job Functions:

Reporting to the Regional Coordinators East Africa, the Country Director works to implement and monitor the agreed program in partnership with the Association of Microfinance Institutions of Uganda and the Uganda Co-operative Savings and Credit Union Ltd., lead the local SBFIC team, manage the project resources, provide relevant reports, manage relationships with stakeholders, develop and oversee office procedures.

Reporting line:

Reporting to the Regional Coordinators East Africa in accordance with the matrix organization of the Regional Office

Deployment location:

Main work location for the Country Director will be Kampala. Missions to other locations in Uganda, especially to Arua in the North-western region, as well as to other countries in East Africa, especially Burundi, Rwanda, and Tanzania, and occasionally to Germany, are common.

Roles and responsibilities:

  • Implement and further develop the program of SBFIC in Uganda with the partner organizations AMFIU (Association of Microfinance Institutions of Uganda) and UCSCU (Uganda Co-operative Savings and Credit Union Ltd.), and ensure the achievement of the joint objectives of the partner organizations and SBFIC
  • Budget management in accordance with established procedures and maintain the financial and legal integrity of the organization
  • Provide progress reports and financial reports as required by SBFIC’s procedures
  • Put in place and manage appropriate monitoring and evaluation mechanisms within the SBFIC framework
  • Effective, cooperative and appropriate staff recruitment, induction, management, supervision, appraisal, remuneration and development practice at all levels in collaboration with the SBFIC East Africa Human Resources Department to ensure the optimum utilization and development of SBFIC’s human resources
  • Work closely with all team members, particularly with the German residence expert
  • Ensure that SBFIC operates within the legal framework of the Republic of Uganda, and in accordance with any contractual agreements signed within this framework.
  • Establish, develop and maintain excellent working relationships with:
  • Government authorities; particularly those relevant for the financial sector development;
  • Key donors. Actively develop local and international funding sources appropriate to SBFIC’s resource needs;
  • National and international partners and stakeholders in the microfinance sector or related sectors;
  • National media. Ensure media coverage accurately reflects the views of the organization, in collaboration with the PR department of SBFIC East Africa
  • Develop and maintain appropriate contingency plans for all kinds of emergencies in accordance with general organizational structures and procedures of SBFIC EA
  • Ensure the appropriate management of all resources in a transparent manner
  • Further develop the strategy of SBFIC East Africa together with the Management Team
  • Office Management in Kampala and supervision of the office in Arua
  • Other responsibilities and support to the management, as agreed with the Regional Coordinators East Africa


  • Master’s degree in finance, economics, business administration, or a related subject
  • At least 5 years’ working experience in financial institutions, preferably in the microfinance sector
  • At least 3 years’ experience in leadership/management positions
  • Proven management skills, while taking a “hands on” implementation approach when needed, in a small organization
  • Excellent interpersonal and relationship building skills; very good communication and negotiation skills
  • Excellent organizational skills, with a strong sense for prioritization
  • Flexibility and ability to work on multiple tasks and under pressure
  • Ability to use considerable judgment, initiative and independence
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality
  • Experiences in coaching and training
  • Very good presentation skills
  • Fluency in English and Swahili (written and oral). Mastery of other languages spoken in the countries of the Regional Office are a plus (Kinyarwanda, Kirundi, French, German).
  • Excellent MS Office Suite mastery
  • Driving license

How to apply:

Please submit a current résumé, a cover letter highlighting relevant past experience and why you are interested in working at SBFIC, and relevant references and certificates via email in one PDF file to

Maren Berkenheide (HR Manager): This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Subject: Country Director Uganda

Application Deadline: Tuesday, October 16th, 2018

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