Program Director – Africa At TFO Canada

About TFO Canada

TFO Canada improves lives through the creation of sustainable trade partnerships for exporters from developing countries with Canadian and foreign buyers.**

TFO Canada assists Small and Medium sized enterprises (SMEs) and Trade Support Institutions (TSIs) from developing countries to access international markets through information, advice and contact services. Since 1980, TFO Canada’s internationally experienced project staff and sectoral experts have been providing trade promotion and capacity building services to tens of thousands of Small and Medium sized Enterprises (SMEs) and Trade Support Institutions (TSIs)/Trade Promotion Organizations (TPOs) from Latin America and the Caribbean, Africa, Asia and the Middle East. **

Program Director – Africa

TFO Canada is looking for a full time Program Director – Africa. The position will be based in Ottawa (home-based during the COVID-19 pandemic).

As a member of TFO Canada’s Senior Leadership Team, the successful candidate will be responsible for program planning, implementation through a Program Team. The Program Director is also responsible for ongoing communications with donors, including results-based reporting, of TFO Canada’s programs, as well as identifying other project opportunities in Africa. The Program Director works with the Executive Director in the management of strategic partnerships and business development activities, which includes the preparation of new program proposals.

The Program Director is also a signing officer of the organization.

In overseeing program development and implementation, specific responsibilities of the Program Director will include:


  • Leading all program activities within the region
  • In collaboration with other members of the Senior Leadership Team, leading in the implementation of TFO Canada’s Strategic and Annual Work Plans

Planning and Design

  • Setting program strategic directions in collaboration with the Executive Director
  • Conducting program planning and needs assessment missions in selected partner countries
  • Developing Results Based Management and performance measurement frameworks to support project implementation
  • Developing project budgets and monitoring of these budgets during program implementation

Employee and Program supervision**

  • Managing the program team staff including HR and individual performance objectives
  • Performing annual performance reviews of project management staff (direct reports) and is responsible for hiring and terminating employees/TFO Canada Associates within the region.
  • Supervising project implementation by TFO Canada Project Management team of individual projects including, as required, conduct of monitoring missions

External representation **

  • Leading donor relationships within the region. This includes liaising and communicating with Donors, project partners and other implementing organizations responsible for funding TFO Canada’s programs.
  • Developing and maintaining senior level contacts with Foreign Embassies, High Commissions and Consulates, based in Canada, from the countries where TFO Canada works.
  • Developing and maintaining senior level contacts with Canadian Missions in the region
  • Speaking at public events about TFO Canada’s work as well as Trade and Development issues

Administration and Monitoring & Evaluation**

  • Ensuring that appropriate project records are maintained to provide a sound basis for project tracking, reporting and follow up, or review of program activities and results, including external program audits.
  • Preparing and compiling periodic project or program results-based reports for donor(s) with the contribution and inputs from other contributing staff.
  • Working with TFO Canada’s Board Committee(s) and liaises with the Chair of the Committee(s).

Business Development

  • Seeking new partnerships with multi-lateral and other institutional donors, in alignment with TFO Canada’s strategic directions
  • Responding to project opportunities and developing proposals



  • Eligible for employment in Canada
  • Proven capability in project and program management including planning, execution, supervision, and reporting
  • Minimum of 10 years of combined experience in project management within an international development organization and/or an international trade promotion organization (export marketing, import / sourcing, business development support services for exporters)
  • Knowledge of Global Affairs Canada including its development programming principles and results-based management approaches and tools, as well as issues related to cross-cutting issues such as gender and environment
  • Previous experience in donor relations including reporting to donors
  • Previous experience in relationship management with country partner organizations
  • Organizational management experience including employee supervision
  • Demonstrated knowledge of budgeting and project costing
  • Excellent oral, presentation and written communication skills including report-writing in English
  • Fluency (oral and written communications) in English and French.
  • Relevant university degree, preferably at the master’s level
  • Knowledge of international trade and marketing


  • Experience in trade development programming
  • Private sector experience in export marketing/management
  • Business development and proposal-writing experience
  • CITP designation
  • Working knowledge of Spanish (reading, writing and oral)


TFO Canada offers a competitive salary and benefits package commensurate with experience and the norms of the international development NGO sector.


Applications including a cover letter and a current C.V. should be made in writing by e-mail no later than May 7, 2021 to:

Executive Director

TFO Canada

130 Slater Street, Suite 400

Ottawa, Ontario K1P 6E2

Only candidates to be interviewed will be contacted.

TFO Canada improves lives through the creation of sustainable trade partnerships for exporters from developing countries with Canadian and foreign buyers.

TFO Canada confronts the challenge of global poverty by promoting sustainable economic development through export information, advice and contact. We facilitate access to foreign markets and share Canadian trade expertise for the benefit of small exporters in developing countries. Founded in 1980, TFO Canada is a non-profit, non-governmental organization.

TFO Canada strives to ensure gender equality for men and women in their participation in TFO Canada’s programs, projects and activities, and also in TFO Canada’s employment, contracting and management opportunities

As a signatory to the Canadian Centre of Expertise on the Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (DIGNA) and to the Anti-Racism Framework for Canada’s International Cooperation Sector, TFO Canada has the moral, ethical and legal responsibility towards its staff, beneficiaries and clients and applies a zero-tolerance approach.

For more information on TFO Canada visit**

How to apply

Applications including a cover letter and a current C.V. should be made in writing by e-mail no later than May 7, 2021 to:

Executive Director

TFO Canada

130 Slater Street, Suite 400

Ottawa, Ontario K1P 6E2


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