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Procurement and Logistics Officer, Mbale, Uganda

Who We Are

At Trees for the Future (TREES), we train farmers in sustainable land use so that they can build vibrant regional economies, thriving food systems, and a healthier planet. As a global leader in agroforestry training for over 30 years, TREES provides hands-on education and support, encouraging farmers in developing countries to work with nature, not against it. 

Our signature methodology, the Forest Garden Approach, helps farmers transform their land with thousands of trees and dozens of crops, creating new possibilities for themselves, and their communities. By embracing sustainable land practices, farmers are reclaiming their agency, breaking the cycles of climate change and generational poverty, and rebuilding our food systems from the ground up. Learn more at

About the Opportunity

The Procurement and Logistics Officer will oversee the procurement and logistics activities in the Country Program across multiple regions and ensure that purchased items are both cost-efficient and of high quality. The Procurement and Logistics Officer’s responsibilities include implementing TREES’ Global Procurement Policy and Procedure, ensuring transparent transactions, maintaining positive supplier relations, evaluating supply options, and maintaining accurate records. To be successful as a Procurement Officer you should have an analytic mind and keep up with product and service trends. Ultimately, a top Procurement Officer should be able to negotiate well and ensure that all purchases comply with company standards. 

The Procurement and Logistics Officer will be based in Mbale and will report to the Country Director.


In this role, you will…

  • Oversee all procurement and purchasing activities 
  • Maintain Country Procurement Plan and Blanket Purchase Agreements with selected vendors 
  • Maintain and keep the current preferred vendor list 
  • Work closely with the field teams to better understand procurement bottlenecks and timing needs. 
  • Work with HQ staff to implement procurement processes including open tendering to reduce collusion, over pricing, and fairness during the sourcing of goods and services. 
  • Manage the entire process of planning procurement and supply chain activities, stores management and distribution of goods procured ensuring timely deliveries to avoid unprecedented delays.
  • Prepare annual procurement plans and monitor implementation of the procurement plan
  • Prepare prequalification documents, prequalify potential suppliers, maintain a roster of suppliers and manage relationships with vendors, suppliers, and contractors that facilitate a smooth flow of services 
  • Ensure timely preparation of procurement processes for projects and monitor procurement including receipt of requisitions, organization of RFQ materials and documents, RFP, receipt of quotations, bids and proposals, evaluation, and negotiation of certain contracts in full compliance with Trees Procurement Manual 
  • Evaluate all procurement requirements and ensure timely procurement and delivery of goods, works, and services based on purchase requests received from user departments and using the most appropriate and efficient procurement procedures. 
  • Ensure full compliance of all procurement activities with TREES Procurement Manual, Financial Rules and Regulations, relevant organizational directives, and administrative instructions
  • Implement effective internal controls, process improvements, proper design and functioning of a client-oriented procurement management system for Trees projects and related reporting
  • Maintain good supplier relations and negotiate contracts. 
  • Oversee travel arrangements including planning and executing complex travel itineraries for international staff for Trees, (Hotel booking airport transfers and coordinating travel logistics).
  • Manage and monitor all transactional procurement including tendering processes, evaluation, contracting, contract management, legal considerations, and payment conditions, contractors, performance evaluation, documentation, and risk assessment.
  • Support the functioning of the Procurement Unit, Committees, and Evaluation teams.
  • Prepare timely and accurate monthly procurement reports and submit them to the Country Director.
  • Ensure all activities are compliant with standard reporting requirements and audits
  • Oversee disbursement for supplies, materials, seeds, and equipment in field offices.
  • Maintain records for motorbikes, licenses, and insurance.
  • Enforce motorcycle maintenance schedule.
  • Keep motorbike and vehicle mileage, and hour logs.
  • Check fuel consumption and utilization.
  • Conduct Regular inspections of the regional work areas, job sites, and work crews to ensure a safe working environment.
  • Assist to implement safety policies.
  • Ensure accident reporting and conduct accident and incident reports.
  • Track all receipts of expenditures at the field offices.
  • Initiate assets tagging, verification, maintenance, monitoring, and write-off/disposal as may be appropriate in compliance with established rules and procedures.
  • Ensure all stores and equipment held by the projects are stored safely, correctly, and securely depending on item classifications
  • Organize and deliver training materials for the project personnel on procurement, supply chain, and assets management Find the most cost-effective solutions for transport, warehousing, and distribution (reviewing the vendor to last mile chain) 

Work closely with the Seed Bank Officer to:

  • Negotiate with identified vendors in cases where the seed is being procured from other vendors who are not our trained vendors.
  • Acknowledge together with the seed bank team the receipt of seeds.
  • Verify the delivered quantities against the requested quantities.
  • Verify the quantities going out. 
  • Inventory management for seed payments, stocks, and distribution

You’ll be a great fit if you have…

  • A deep passion for our mission and line of work
  • A strong belief in a positive culture, in alignment with our core values
  • A University Degree in Procurement, Supply Chain Management, Business Administration, Commerce, or a related relevant field.
  • 3 years of relevant experience working in Procurement, preferably in an NGO/and/or development program, with in-depth experience in managing complex sourcing processes and supplier relationships in the delivery and management of procurement and supply chain services, stores, and assets management
  • Professional qualification in procurement completed or ongoing (CIPS or CPSP)
  • Membership to a local/International professional entity.
  • Knowledge of NGO/ Donor policies and their compliance requirements in respect of Procurement and wider supply chain activity.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office and use of computer applications and systems
  • Fluency in both verbal and written English.
  • Solid knowledge and experience in planning and implementing sourcing activities and processes.
  • Excellent supplier management skills and a strong ability to hold suppliers accountable to deliver on their responsibilities.
  • Excellent Contract management, negotiations, and relationship management skills.

Ready to Join Our Team?

We’re thrilled that you want to change the world with us. Apply Here.

TREES is an equal-opportunity employer.

Due to the high volume of inquiries that TREES receives, we thank all candidates for their interest yet only those who are selected for an interview will be contacted.

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