Industry Director Textiles and Garments

Industry Director Textiles and Garments

Posted 2 weeks ago

Job Features

LocationNairobi, Kenya with frequent travel in the region
SalaryCompetitive salary and benefits based on salary history and experience
Closing Date21st October 2018

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About Msingi

Msingi East Africa Limited is an ambitious and innovative industry development organisation supporting the growth of competitive industries in East Africa.  We identify high potential industries, and foster innovation, growth and competitiveness in these industries by providing support, including investment, to pioneering firms, while catalysing the right enabling environment for the industry.  We are differentiated by our combination of strong private sector-orientation and skills, and the long-term approach needed to catalyse lasting economic development.  Ultimately, Msingi’s goal is to play a key role in East Africa’s long-term economic transformation.

Gatsby Africa and the UK Department for International Development (DFID) have committed seed funding for Msingi’s first 5 years.  Gatsby is an independent foundation set up in 1967 by Lord David Sainsbury, and has worked in East Africa since 1985.  Gatsby initiated the concept of Msingi and is playing a hands-on role in its development.

Textiles and Apparel

Msingi has identified the textiles and apparel industry as one with immense potential for East Africa. The industry has played a significant role in structural transformation of economies, most recently witnessed in Asia. The industry is significant – currently valued at over $US 1.5 Trillion with Africa only contributing 0.2% of this value.

For Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Rwanda, the industry has the potential to become a critical sector to drive export competitiveness and guarantee socio-economic growth and development through increased employment, and overall poverty reduction. Although the opportunity exists, it needs to be catalysed into action. The timing could not be better as we have seen a resurgence in the sector in the last decade – largely driven by AGOA tariff preferences which has driven exports to over $US 500 million.

Msingi aspires ‘To build a globally competitive textile and garments industry that is resilient (leads to long term economic transformation) and inclusive (generates significant pro-poor jobs) by 2030’.

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The Role

Msingi is seeking a new Director – Textiles & Garments to initiate and lead the process of developing and implementing the East African Textiles & Apparel industry strategy, and transforming an industry thus impacting millions of citizens of Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda and Uganda. 

We’re looking for high calibre senior candidates with the vision, drive, credibility, skills and energy to transform the garments and textiles sector across East Africa, along with exemplary leadership and communications skills and a proven track record in industry/economic transformation. 

This is a new role in a start-up industry programme, and the successful candidate needs to be able to hit the ground running. The Director will lead strategy development, build a high calibre team, oversee implementation and develop effective working relationships with stakeholders. 

Person Specification

  • proven track record at senior management level in industry OR private sector OR development management in an emerging market context. 
  • substantive experience in economic transformation work and industry development.
  • exemplary strategic leadership and people management skills, including mentoring and coaching skills, as well as a track record of building high performing teams.  
  • substantial experience of working closely with the governments, particularly in East Africa, would be a significant advantage.
  • excellent communications, negotiation and influencing skills to build relationships at the most senior level across the private sector, governments and funders.

While specific experience and understanding of the Textiles and Garments sector is not essential, (but would be a distinct advantage), the Director will need understanding of trade policy and investment promotion approaches, some broad industry development experience and a track record of leading projects to enhance competitiveness in relevant sectors. 


Master’s degree in a relevant discipline or a relevant professional qualification
such as economics, international development, or strategic management


Interested in this role? Download the appointment brief below for more information then come back to this page to apply.

Appointment Brief:Msingi Industry Director

Lead Consultant

Karen Twining
Associate Director – Africa