Executive Director (ED)


Duty Station:Nairobi /MogadishuDuration: 1 Year with high possibility of extension basing on performance and funding availability
Reports to:Executive DirectorDepartment: SMT
Closing date:25/June/2023Duration of the Initial contract:  3 Months Probationary Period


Uplift Relief & Development Agency (UPLIFT RELIEF) is a dynamic Somali-based agency that delivers emergency relief and implements long-term, resilience-building projects at community level. Uplift Relief is a nonprofit, nonpolitical and non-religious NGO registered in Somalia in 2019 in response to multiple humanitarian crises – COVID-19 pandemic, the extraordinary 2021drought, prolonged conflict, endless displacements and violence across Somalia. Uplift Relief supports life-saving interventions in the face of emergency and disasters. Beyond relief, we seek to break the culture of donor dependency by building resilient social and economic structures in communities. We partner not only with the conventional donors but also with Somalis in⁹ the diaspora and the local business community. We are committed to providing aid to people who would otherwise have little or no chance of getting it. Uplift Relief aims to leave lasting impact on the lives of its target groups.


The Executive Director is the management leader of Uplift Relief. The Executive Director is responsible for overseeing administration, programs and strategy of the organization. Other key duties include fundraising, Government and policy engagement and partner outreach. The position reports directly to the Board of Directors. The main duties and responsibilities of the position are as follows:

  1. Board Governance: 
    • Is secretary to the Board and works with board to fulfill the organizational vision and mission.
    • Responsible for leading Uplift Relief in a manner that supports and guides the organization’s mission as defined by the Board of Directors.
    • Responsible for communicating effectively with the Board and providing, in a timely and accurate manner, all information necessary for the Board to function properly and to make informed decisions.
  2. Financial Performance and Viability: 
    • Responsible for organizational growth. Develops resources sufficient to ensure the financial sustainability of the organization.
    • Responsible for fundraising and developing other revenues necessary to support Uplift Relief’s mission.
    • Responsible for the fiscal integrity of Uplift Relief’s, to include submission to the Board of a proposed annual budget and quarterly financial statements, which accurately reflect the financial condition of the organization.
    • Responsible for fiscal management that generally anticipates operating within the approved budget, ensures maximum resource utilization, and maintenance of the organization in a positive financial position.
    • Ensure strong grant financial management and robust internal controls are in place and that teams adheres to local statutory obligations, Uplift Relief minimum standards and international development donor requirements
    • Meet governance requirements for Uplift Relief
    • Represent Uplift Relief to the board while ensuring high quality and high-level strategic board meetings.
  3. Strategy & Business Development: 
    • Works with board and staff to ensure that the mission is fulfilled through programs, strategic planning and strategic partnerships.
    • Build and maintain strong partnerships with government, civil society, UN/INGOs, businesses, peer agencies and the community
    • Foster relationships with traditional and non-traditional donor representatives to ensure a wide range funding pipeline
    • Develop new business opportunities through research and existing commercial opportunities to ensure surplus income for sustainability despite grants income.
    • Responsible for strategic planning to ensure that Uplift Relief can successfully fulfill its Mission into the future.
    • Responsible for the enhancement of Uplift Relief’s image by being active and visible in the community and by working closely with other professional, civic and private organizations.
  4. Operations: 
    • Oversees and implements appropriate resources to ensure that the operations of the organization are appropriate.
    • Oversees the human resources function;
    • procurement and day to day administration in the organization.
  5. Actual Job Responsibilities:
    • Report to and work closely with the Executive Chairman and Board of Directors and to seek their involvement in policy decisions, fundraising and to increase the overall visibility of the organization.
    • Supervise, collaborate with organization staff.
    • Strategic planning and implementation.’
    • Planning and operation of annual budget.
    • Serve as Uplift Relief’s primary spokesperson to the organization’s constituents, the media and the general public.
    • Establish and maintain relationships with various organizations and utilize those relationships to strategically enhance Uplift Relief’s Mission.
    • Lead in fundraising and the development and realization of other revenue streams for Uplift Relief and its subsidiaries. Oversee marketing and other communications efforts.
    • Oversee organization Board and committee meetings.
    • Establishing or regularly update employment and administrative policies and procedures for all functions and for the day-to-day operation of the nonprofit.
    • Review and approve contracts for services.
    • Other duties as assigned by the Board of Directors.


  • Professional Qualifications 
    • Work experience – At least 10 years’ experience in a senior management role in a non-profit organization.
    • Regional experience, especially in East Africa
    • Transparent and high integrity leadership.
    • Demonstrable track record in fundraising, capital placement, market growth and/or alternative income generational experience.
    • Experience and skill in working with a Board of Directors.
    • High level strategic thinking and planning. Ability to envision and convey the organization’s strategic future to the staff, board, volunteers and donors.
    • Ability to effectively communicate the organization’s mission to donors, volunteers and the overall community.
    • Demonstrated ability to oversee and collaborate with staff.
    • A history of successfully generating new revenue streams and improving financial results including working with institutional donors, foundations, and co-creation of programs with private sector and governments
    • Active fundraising experience. Excellent donor relations skills and understanding of the funding community.
    • Previous success in establishing relationships with individuals and organizations of influence including funders, partner agencies and volunteers.
    • Solid organizational abilities, including planning, delegating, program development and task facilitation.
    • Strong financial management skills, including budget preparation, analysis, decision making and reporting.
    • Strong written and oral communication skills.
    • Strong public speaking ability.
    • Strong work ethic with a high degree of energy.
    • A bachelor’s degree in the Development studies plus a relevant master’s degree including MBA or MPA
    • Fluent written and spoken English
  • Experience and skills
    • Strong experience of food security, protection, DRR, youth’s employment, small and micro enterprise, education and vocational skills training in a rural setting.
    • Participatory learning and youth motivation skills
    • Track record of supporting youth into work and/or education or achieving other successful outcomes for youth 17-35 years.
    • Experience in working with local NGO partners.          
    • Result-oriented, able to set priorities and meet deadlines within a dynamic environment
    • Strong leadership skills including ability to influence a wide range of internal and external stakeholders.
    • Ability to work with minimal supervision
    • Highly developed interpersonal and communication skills including influencing, negotiation and coaching
    • Ability to forge excellent relationships with adolescent youth.
    • A good understanding of best practice techniques for achieving and sustaining youth’s positive engagement.
    • Ability to establish and maintain conducive collegial relations and perform effectively as a member of a team.
    • Computer literacy and excellent documentation skills are a must
    • Ability to work as part of field team and successfully join up work with partner staff
    • Good command of English and Somali, particularly locally used dialect in the project locations (written and verbal)


Please submit cover letter, resume, and three professional references to hr@upliftrelief.org, quoting “Executive Director, Uplift Relief & Development Agency” in the email subject, not later than 25th June 2023
To apply online click on the following link: https://upliftrelief.org/job-openings/. Each application should be addressed to the Human Resource Department, Uplift Relief and Development Agency, and include the following:
An updated CV with contact information of three work-related referees and,
A cover letter clearly stating their motivation, qualifications and remuneration requirements.
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and applications not including all of the above information will not be considered. Uplift Relief would like to thank all applicants for their interest and only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

Job Category: Management
Job Type: Full Time
Job Location: Nairobi/Mogadishu

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