Job Opportunities

Position 1: Treasurer to the Board
Position 2: Board Member

About Mount Elgon Tree Growing Enterprise (METGE)
METGE was established and registered as a not-for-profit organization in November 2017. In December 2020, METGE was granted Non-Government Organization (NGO) status. METGE seeks to enable individuals and communities see the benefits of growing trees, mitigating the effects of climate change, providing sustainable supplies of fuel, shelter and food, and alleviating poverty for today and for future generations.

 

METGE has 9 staff, with four implementing partners, namely: Bungkoho Rural Development Centre (BRDC), Share An Opportunity Uganda (SAO), Mount Elgon Agroforestry Coffee Co-operative Enterprise (MEACCE) and Salem Brotherhood Uganda. METGE operates in the seven districts of Mbale, Sironko, Bududa, Namisindwa, Bulambuli, Manafwa and Bukedea.

 

METGE is funded by the Welsh Government through the Size of Wales (SOW) a charity in the United Kingdom (UK). METGE has to-date planted 17 million trees in Mount Elgon region with an aim of supporting communities to plant 25 million by 2025.

 

Position 1

Treasurer to the Board

Length of term: 3 Years

Reports to: Chairperson of METGE Board

Competencies and skills (role related):

  • Knowledge of a director’s responsibilities: legal, ethical, fiduciary and financial responsibilities;

  • Manages, with the finance committee, the board’s review of and action on its financial responsibilities;

  • Financial skills are particularly desirable;

  • Knowledge and understanding of the Mount Elgon region; and

  • Accounting and finance – the ability to read and comprehend METGE’s accounts, financial material presented to the board, financial reporting requirements and some understanding of corporate finance 

Roles and responsibilities

The role requires attending approximately 4 board meetings. The role may also require attendance in the Monthly Tree Planting Programme Meetings for management, financial reporting and general compliance issues. The role is voluntary and one can attend meetings virtually. The duties and responsibilities of the directors include:

  • To ensure that METGE pursues its stated objects (purpose) as defined in the constitution (or governing document) by developing and agreeing long term strategy

  • To ensure that METGE complies with its constitution (or governing document), the laws in Uganda and any other legislation or regulations

  • Regularly attend board and important related meetings

  • To act collectively as a board

  • Make a serious commitment to participate actively in committee work

  • Volunteer for and willingly accept assignments and complete them thoroughly and on time, such as chairing Standing Committees

  • Stay informed about committee matters, prepare him/herself well for meetings and review and comment on minutes and reports.

  • Shall get to know other committee members and build a collegial working relationship that contributes to consensus

  • Shall always be an active participant in the committee’s annual evaluation and planning process.

  • Ensure that METGE applies its resources exclusively in pursuit of its objects, donor requirements to METGE beneficiaries

  • To ensure that METGE defines its goals and evaluates performance against agreed targets

  • Safeguard the good name of and values of METGE

  • To act in the interests of beneficiaries and avoid conflicts of interest

  • To ensure effective and efficient administration of METGE including having appropriate policies and procedures in place

  • To ensure the financial stability of METGE

  • To ensure that the employment of staff follow proper and formal arrangements for the appointment, induction, probation, supervision, support, appraisal and remuneration of staff and the Executive Director

  • To not benefit financially, unless authorized

  • Participate in fund-raising/ resource mobilization for METGE as appropriate.

  • To ensure that in addition to the above statutory duties, each director should use specific skills, knowledge or experience that they have to assist the board to make sound decisions.  This will involve scrutinizing board papers, leading discussions, focusing on key issues, providing advice and guidance on new initiatives, or other issues in which the director has special expertise

 

Organizational values and Code of conduct

 

The role includes being a culture custodian of METGE, which includes integrity, communication, transparency, collaboration, transformation and simplicity.

  • Integrity: We will ensure a good code of conduct of our staff with maximum discipline, openness, and trust.

  • Communication: we will communicate our values in leading by example and aligning what we say with what we do

  • Transparency: We will remain accountable to all our partners, sponsors and people we serve

  • Collaboration: We are committed to teamwork at all times without discrimination within our organization and outside

  • Transformation: We will be outstanding in everything we do and seek change that benefits individuals and communities

  • Simplicity: We will strive for simple solutions where possible, but not simplistic responses to complex issues

 

Educational Requirements

  • Tertiary education

  • Other related education/experience

Position 2

Board Member

Length of term: 3 Years

Reports to: Chairperson of METGE Board

Skills (role related)

  • Strategic expertise – provide constructive questioning, suggestions as well as contribute to effective decision making of the board;

  • Legal – overseeing compliance with numerous Ugandan laws as well as understanding individual director’s legal duties and responsibilities.

  • Knowledge and understanding of Wales and to ably represent the people of Wales in the METGE Board

  • Knowledge and understanding of similar environments like the Mount Elgon region.

 

Competencies (personal attributes)

  • Leadership – should be inspiring, motivating, and achieving.

  • Critical thinking: objectively analyze and evaluate issues or situations in order to form a judgement.

  • Integrity: able to work together, unified and undivided in decision making.

  • Interpersonal skills: upholding good leadership, critical thinking, and displaying of a good level of integrity.

  • Sound judgement: able to pass sound judgment over a wide variety of subjects and topics related METGE’s tree planting agenda to mitigate against and or adapt to climate change and improve people’s livelihoods.

  • A person of good standing in society and willing to further the mission and uphold the values of METGE.

  • An interest in combatting climate change and promoting sustainable development.

Responsibilities

The role requires attending approximately 4 board meetings. The role may also require attendance in the Monthly Tree Planting Programme Meetings for management, financial reporting and general compliance issues. The role is voluntary and one can attend meetings virtually. The duties and responsibilities of the directors include:

  • To ensure that METGE pursues its stated objects (purpose) as defined in the constitution (or governing document) by developing and agreeing long term strategy

  • To ensure that METGE complies with its constitution (or governing document), the laws in Uganda and any other legislation or regulations

  • Regularly attend board and important related meetings

  • To act collectively as a board

  • Make a serious commitment to participate actively in committee work

  • Volunteer for and willingly accept assignments and complete them thoroughly and on time, such as chairing Standing Committees

  • Stay informed about committee matters, prepare him/herself well for meetings and review and comment on minutes and reports.

  • Shall get to know other committee members and build a collegial working relationship that contributes to consensus

  • Shall always be an active participant in the committee’s annual evaluation and planning process.

  • Ensure that METGE applies its resources exclusively in pursuit of its objects, donor requirements to METGE beneficiaries

  • To ensure that METGE defines its goals and evaluates performance against agreed targets

  • Safeguard the good name of and values of METGE

  • To act in the interests of beneficiaries and avoid conflicts of interest

  • To ensure effective and efficient administration of METGE including having appropriate policies and procedures in place

  • To ensure the financial stability of METGE

  • To ensure that the employment of staff follow proper and formal arrangements for the appointment, induction, probation, supervision, support, appraisal and remuneration of staff and the Executive Director

  • To not benefit financially, unless authorized

  • Participate in fund-raising/ resource mobilization for METGE as appropriate.

  • To ensure that in addition to the above statutory duties, each director should use specific skills, knowledge or experience that they have to assist the board to make sound decisions.  This will involve scrutinizing board papers, leading discussions, focusing on key issues, providing advice and guidance on new initiatives, or other issues in which the director has special expertise

 

Organizational values and Code of conduct

 

The role includes being a culture custodian of METGE, which includes integrity, communication, transparency, collaboration, transformation and simplicity.

  • Integrity: We will ensure a good code of conduct of our staff with maximum discipline, openness, and trust.

  • Communication: we will communicate our values in leading by example and aligning what we say with what we do

  • Transparency: We will remain accountable to all our partners, sponsors and people we serve

  • Collaboration: We are committed to teamwork at all times without discrimination within our organization and outside

  • Transformation: We will be outstanding in everything we do and seek change that benefits individuals and communities

  • Simplicity: We will strive for simple solutions where possible, but not simplistic responses to complex issues

 

Educational Requirements

  • Tertiary education

  • Other related education/experience

Application Deadline

The deadline for submitting an application to join the METGE Board of Directors is 10th June 2022. Interviews will be held on 16th June 2022.

 

Application Procedure

  • Prospective Board Members are asked to provide written responses to the following questions, in addition to submitting a short written curriculum vitae (CV).

  • What is your interest in joining the board?

  • What are your perspectives, skills, experience that you will bring to the Board? Complete the Directors and skills and experience audit given below.

  • What group(s), organization(s) or community(ies) do you represent, participate in, or identify with?

Safeguarding

METGE, including all its staff, board members, and volunteers, are committed to ensuring a safe environment for children, young people, and vulnerable adults and to prevent their physical, sexual, or emotional abuse. Any candidate offered the Trustee position will be expected to agree to and adhere to METGE’s Safeguarding policy and Code of Conduct.

Please put “Non-Executive Director – METGE, [your name]” in the subject line and send application by email to info@metge.org and copy in george.sikoyo@metge.ug