Deputy Director of Training

Career Opportunities

Who We Are

Nearly a billion people live in extreme poverty and earn less than $1/day. Most of them are subsistence farmers whose farming practices have led to the deforestation of their land and the degradation of local – and the global – environment.

Trees for the Future (TREES) is ending hunger and extreme poverty for farmers in developing nations by generating health, wealth and resilience. Through our “Forest Garden Approach,” we train farmers to plant and manage Forest Gardens that sustainably feed families and raise their incomes by 400%. We receive donations to implement our work in areas where we can have the greatest impact.

Since 1989, with our experience in planting over 155 million trees, we have demonstrated the transformative power of trees in helping smallholder farmers to break out of the poverty trap.

Today, our work in East and West Africa is helping to end hunger and poverty by guiding thousands – and soon hundreds of thousands – to grow food and promote economic independence through trees. Learn more at

Position Description

Trees for the Future (TREES) is looking for a Deputy Director of Training to join our fast-growing sustainable agroforestry program with small scale farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa. The Deputy Director of Training will:

  • Manage our online and mobile, app-based Forest Garden Training Center
  • Oversee 5+ field-based training centers and 5+ country-based training teams
  • Identify learning and professional development opportunities for field staff
  • Ensure TREES is certifying highly trained individuals for internal programs and outward-facing partnerships, including working closely with our field technicians, assistant technicians, and partner coordinators in order to improve quality of work, productivity and retention of employees

Ultimately, the right candidate will help us deliver quality training to employees and partners to ensure the effective implementation of the Forest Garden Approach across our projects in East and West Africa and beyond through new and existing partnerships.

We are looking to employ a Deputy Director of Training with outstanding written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills. This person is expected to be a strategic thinker with fantastic research, organizational and time management skills. with the ability to multitask and adapt in a fast-paced environment.

To ensure success, the Deputy Director of Training should have a keen interest and passion for adult training, education and capacity building. Top candidates will be innovative yet flexible decision-makers and outstanding facilitators of learning and change.

Key Responsibilities 

  • Oversee the development and staffing of 5+ field-based training centers in Sub-Saharan Africa including in Senegal, Cameroon, Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda
  • Identify and assess the training needs of field staff to achieve growth strategy; Map out annual training plans for programs
  • Working with existing field team to identify modifications to current trainings and field-based application of the FGTC; Resolve any specific problems and tailor training programs as necessary
  • Conduct skills gap analyses for existing trainers and coordinate individual learning courses, mentorship opportunities, and improvement plans as needed
  • Managing the overall and country/location-specific training budgets
  • Work closely with the Director of Programs and our other Deputy Directors to coordinate activities and ensure collaboration between training and project teams
  • Coordinate schedules and information sharing with our Communications team
  • Ensure teams and logistics are in place to train and certify a minimum of 500 people in the Forest Garden Approach in 2020
  • Implement effective and purposeful training methods internally and externally; Develop individualized and group training programs that address specific technical and soft-skill development needs for staff using best practices
  • Evaluate field team performance to ensure that training is meeting the needs of farmers and improving internal performance
  • Drive brand values and philosophy through all training and development activities
  • Manage the technologies and technical personnel required to develop, manage and deliver training; i.e. the Forest Garden Training Center and mobile Forest Garden App 
  • Keep abreast of training trends, developments and best practices for digital, on-demand, and low-resource and low-bandwidth settings
  • Use performance reviews and skills gap analyses to identify field training needs within each country, internal team, and individual
  • Work with leadership and Coordinators to revise and implement new training modules as needed to achieve business goals
  • Oversee learning activities, curriculum development and resources management
  • Manage monthly and annual training budgets for five countries
  • Implement coaching sessions and mentorship programs to promote our culture of continuous learning


  • Bachelors degree in Agriculture, Sustainable Development, Agroecology, [agro]Forestry, Learning Management Systems, Educational technology or Instructional Design; Masters degree preferred
  •  Have TREES Forest Garden Trainer Certification or ability to be certified within 2 months of start date
  • A minimum of 10 years experience in training and/or managing teams in Africa 
  • A minimum of 5 years of experience living and working in Africa with preference given to candidates that worked in small scale farming communities, logistics, tourism, or other related fields that involve rural travel and interaction with people of different educational, cultural, and economic levels
  • Excellent written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills, with a keen understanding of cross cultural communication, respect for all, and animated work persona
  • Mandatory Fluency in English and French with preferred knowledge of West or East African local languages, including Wolof, Bambara, Gikuyu, Luhya, Dholuo, Luhya, Swahili or others
  • Superb track record in developing and executing successful training programs
  • Critical thinker with innovative problem solving skills
  • Ability to work and deliver results independently as well as part of a team
  • Extremely flexible with the ability to adapt to changing and growing needs of the organization
  • Excellent organizational, logistical, budgeting, project management, and forecasting skills to estimate numbers of trainers needed, equipment/supplies required, costs, etc. for training plans
  • Highly computer literate with proficiency in MS Office, database management (Salesforce), Google suite and remote communication tools
  • Fantastic time management skills with the ability to coordinate and follow through with multiple on-going projects and priorities
  • In-depth understanding of traditional and modern training methods (including workshops, simulations, e-learning, and coaching)
  • Proficiency in Learning Management Systems (LMS) and database management
  • Ability to travel 40% of the time to West and East Africa; Ability to travel and work in harsh environments 

Compensation & Benefits Summary

  • Salary to be commensurate with previous experience
  • Opportunities for national and international travel. Overseas insurance when traveling
  • This position is entitled to receive health insurances (vision, dental, medical). TREES covers 79% of cost of premium;
  • Ten (10) paid holidays annually;
  • Twelve (12) days of vacation accrued according to company policy;
  • Up to ten (10) paid sick days per year;
  • 403 B (401K for nonprofits) with a 5% match after the first year of employment.
  • Maternity, adoption, voting and bereavement leave according to company policy;
  • Career development and job-related training;
  • Additional insurances available as desired through Aflac;
  • The satisfaction of helping countless families to plant their way out of poverty.

How to Apply

Send a CV and and powerpoint that teaches us about your qualifications for this job to with the subject line “Deputy Director of Training.”

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