Uganda Free Zones Authority (UFZA) is a Statutory Body established by the Free Zones Act, 2014, for the purpose of creating opportunities for export-oriented investment and job creation.

The Authority is positioning itself to establish industrial infrastructure, attract developers and Operators and provide innovative Investor Support Services in Free Zones, Export processing Zones and Free Ports. The Authority is seeking to recruit persons with high integrity, dedication and commitment to fill the following positions:

Job Title: Director (Business Development & Investor Support) – 1 Post
Reports to: Executive Director
Terms: Four-Year Contract (Renewable upon satisfactory performance)
Scale: UF2
Age Range: 35 – 45 Years
Job Summary

The job holder is responsible for leading key stakeholders in creating a competitive business environment, disseminating and implementing business development strategies, providing leadership to the directorate for excellent investor relationships and growth of the Free Zones, Export Processing Zones and Free Ports.

Key Roles and Responsibilities
  • Provide Strategic leadership and direction to the Directorate of Business Development and Investor Support
  • Formulate and implement business development and investor support strategies and initiatives in line with the Authority’s strategic plan
  • Develop and sustain a culture of high performance and innovation to improve service delivery to developers and operators
  • Set comprehensive goals for performance and growth of the Directorate and lead directorate staff to meet those goals
  • Develop and implement budgets for the realization of set Directorate goals
  • Ensure that periodic reports for the Executive Director, Management and for other external Stakeholders are prepared
  • Resolve client queries and complaints
  • Keep the business community aware of the Authority’s products and services
  • Co-ordinate mobilisation of resources for developing Free Zones, Export Processing Zones and Free Ports
  • Co-ordinate research, Feasibility Studies and Enterprise Surveys
  • Any other duties as assigned by the Executive Director from time to time.
Required Competencies
  • Demonstrated prior experience in leading and managing multi-disciplinary teams
  • Demonstrable competence in strategic planning and business development
  • Demonstrable knowledge of the productive sectors and development challenges of Uganda
  • Working knowledge of performance metrics and data analysis
  • Excellent interpersonal, presentation and public speaking skills
  • Exceptional written communication skills
  • Ability to work independently and in a team;
  • Resource mobilisation skills;
  • Proficiency in MS office computer packages;
  • Self-motivation and ability to work under tight deadlines
Basic Qualifications
  • A Master’s degree in Economics, Economic Policy Management, Business Administration, Management or any related field from a recognised University.
  • An honours Bachelor’s degree in Economics, Business Administration, Commerce, Social Sciences or any other related field.
  • Knowledge of international trade practices
  • Professional qualifications in a related field will be an added advantage.
Experience
  • A minimum of 10 years’ relevant working experience, five of which should have been at a senior management level in a reputable organisation/entity.
  • Knowledge in the Business application of import/export regulations and customs will be an added advantage.
Job Title: Business Development & Investor Support Executive – 1 Post
Reports to: Manager (Business Development & Investor Support)
Terms: Three-Year Contract (Renewable upon satisfactory performance)
Scale: UF4
Age Range: 28 – 35 Years
Job Summary

To promote and coordinate investment, mobilisation of resources for developing the Free Zones, Export Processing Zones and Free Ports and implement marketing strategies.

Key Roles and Responsibilities
  • Identify and develop new business opportunities for Free Zones, export processing zones and Free Ports;
  • Market feasibility studies carried out in public Free Zones, Export Processing zones and Free Port establishments to private developers and operators;
  • Develop and promote cluster strategies for priority target sectors;
  • Promote and market the Free Zones Programme, its products and services among investors and other stakeholders;
  • Develop linkages with the relevant institutions both locally and internationally;
  • Prepare proposals for resource mobilisation for Free Zones projects
  • Review business and project implementation plans;
  • Assist with Public-Private Partnerships, and Joint Ventures for the development of Free Zones;
  • Liaise with Ministries, Government Agencies and Local Governments with regard to development and facilitation of free Zones, Export Processing Zones and Free Ports.
  • Any other duties assigned from time to time.
Basic Qualifications
  • A Master’s degree in in Economics, Business Administration, Marketing, or any related field from a recognised University.
  • An honours Bachelor’s degree in Economics, Commerce, Marketing, Business Administration, Social Sciences or any other related field.
  • A professional qualification in Marketing will be an added advantage.
Experience
  • A minimum of 5 years’ working experience in the relevant field in a reputable institution.
Character and Competences
  • Innovative and with a proven high level of integrity;
  • Ability to work independently and in a team;
  • Excellent interpersonal and Communication skills;
  • Excellent analytical skills;
  • Proposal writing skills;
  • Excellent knowledge of the Economy;
  • Proficiency in the relevant computer packages;
  • Self-motivation and capability to work under tight deadline in a competitive environment.
Job Title: Business Development & Investor Support Officer – 2 Posts
Reports to: Business Development & Investor Support Executive
Terms: Three-Year Contract (Renewable upon satisfactory performance)
Scale: UF5
Age Range: 24 – 30 Years
Job Summary

To promote, facilitate & monitor Free Zones, Export Processing Zones and Free Ports

Key Roles and Responsibilities
  • Assist the Business Development Executive to Market feasibility studies carried out for Free Zones development;
  • Assist the Business Development Executive to Promote and market the Free Zones Programme, its products and services to domestic and foreign investors;
  • Develop and manage relationships with relevant institutions both locally and internationally for lead generation and investor attraction;
  • Liaise with Ministries, Agencies and Local Governments to secure approvals, licenses and permits for free Zones, Export Processing Zones and Free Ports
  • Inspect prospective and existing free zones with relevant MALGs to monitor performance, & ensure provision of physical amenities and relevant infrastructure
  • Provide facilitation and after care services to existing Free Zones
  • Liaise with competent authorities to ensure Free Zones comply with required conditions for supervision, management and control
  • Any other duties assigned from time to time.
Basic Qualifications
  • An honours Bachelor’s degree in Economics, Commerce, Marketing, Business Administration, Development Studies, Public Administration, Social Sciences, Social Work & Social Administration or any other related field.
Experience
  • A minimum 2 years’ working experience in the relevant field in a reputable institution.
Character and Competences
  • Innovative with a proven high level of integrity;
  • Ability to work independently and in a team;
  • Proposal writing skills;
  • Self-motivation and capability to work under tight deadline in a competitive environment.
Job Title: Senior Economist/ Planner – 1 Post
Reports to: Executive Director
Terms: Three-Year Contract (Renewable upon satisfactory performance)
Scale: UF4
Age Range: 28 – 35 Years
Job Summary

The Job holder will consolidate comprehensive plans, monitor and evaluate their implementation

Key Roles and Responsibilities
  • Formulate, develop and coordinate the Authority’s strategies and plans
  • Coordinate the preparation of performance Reports on the Authority’s activities
  • Participate in the implementation and monitoring of the strategic plan and annual work plans.
  • Participate in the analysis of National and Program Development Policies and Plans
  • Participate in the Budget preparation process.
  • Support the preparation of in-depth analysis of development interventions
  • Assist staff in preparation of work plans.
  • Participate in the preparation of the Authority’s periodic reports.
  • Perform any other duties as may be assigned from time to time
Basic Qualifications
  • An Honours Bachelor’s degree in Economics, Statistics, Quantitative Economics or any other relevant qualification from a recognized university.
  • Post graduate qualification in Project Planning and Management or Monitoring and Evaluation is a must.
  • Master’s degree in a relevant field is an added advantage.
Experience
  • At least three (3) years of relevant working experience in planning in Government or Quasi Government institution
Character and Competences
  • Possess excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Should be creative and innovative.
  • Ability to embrace change management.
  • He/she should be a person of high integrity.
  • Results Oriented.
  • Effective communication and interpersonal relations skills.
  • He/she should be a team player.
  • Should be computer literate with knowledge of Microsoft Word documents, Excel, Access, PowerPoint and Internet applications
Job Title: Legal Counsel – 1 Post
Reports to: Manager (Legal Affairs)
Terms: Three-Year Contract (Renewable upon satisfactory performance)
Scale: UF4
Age Range: 28 – 35 Years
Job Summary

The job holder is responsible for handling legal and regulatory matters of the Authority

Key Roles and Responsibilities
  • Monitor changes in the legal system, review new and proposed laws and their impact on the Authority and advise accordingly.
  • Review the Authority’s policies, procedures and manuals for compliance with National and Regional legal and regulatory frameworks and make appropriate recommendations
  • Provide Support in organising and facilitating Board Meetings
  • Draft and review contractual documents as assigned
  • Represent the Authority in Court in legal matters including drafting and review of court pleadings, preparation of witnesses, and other obligations that may arise from time to time to protect the Authority’s interests
  • Carry out legal research and provide well-reasoned opinions to the Authority
  • Prepare Legal and Regulatory reports for the Manager (Legal & Compliance) highlighting areas of noncompliance and mitigating actions
  • Prepare legal briefs as requested
  • Draft Court pleadings relevant to the cases and ensure that they are filed.
  • Conduct legal due diligence on transactions the Authority intends to enter into
  •  Liaise with external Legal Counsel on various legal matters affecting the Authority.
  • Any other duties assigned by the Supervisor from time to time.
Basic Qualifications
  • An honours Bachelor’s degree in Law from a recognised and reputable University
  • A Post graduate diploma in Legal Practice from the Law Development Centre
  • Valid practicing certificate with evidence of practice for at least two years.
  • Any relevant professional qualification is an added advantage
Experience
  • A minimum of three (3) years of post-enrolment experience in Legal Practice and Regulatory compliance in a busy law firm, a large Corporation, Organisation or Government Department/ Agency
Character and Competences
  • Excellent Communication skills
  • Excellent Planning and prioritisation skills
  • Must have a high level of professional and personal integrity
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
HOW TO APPLY:

Interested applicants who meet the requirement may send applications accompanied by a comprehensive CV with 3 referees, copies of transcripts and certificates as well as other relevant academic and professional credentials including daytime contact addressed to;

The Director General
Attn: Head Projects and Consultancy Department
Uganda Management Institute
Plot No. 44/52 Jinja Road, Kampala 
P.O. Box 20131 Kampala, Uganda
Submit hard-copies to the address above or soft copies to consultancies@umi.ac.ug or umijobs2019@gmail.com to be received not later than 3:00pm of Monday, 5th  April 2021

UFZA is an Equal Opportunity Employer and committed to diversity and gender equality. Any form of canvassing will lead to automatic disqualification. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and applications received after the closing date will not be considered.