Tugende is hiring: Apply to be a Field Officer!

Date Posted: 29 Sep, 2016

Date Due: 7 Oct, 2016

Location: Kampala, Jinja and Mbarara, Uganda

Reporting to: Collections Coordinator and Credit Officer

Come and join the Tugende Team!

Tugende’s mission is helping people help themselves. If you believe, like we do, that thousands of entrepreneurs should own instead of rent the tools they use to make money, now is your chance.  

Please check out the roles and requirements below and apply by 7th October.

Ideal candidates excel at customer service and embody Tugende’s core values: empathy, integrity, teamwork, solutions-oriented and always growing.

Deadline: 7 Oct 2016

How to apply: Email jobs@tugendedriven.com with your CV (or resume), cover letter, and academic transcript. Be sure to let us know why you want to join Tugende in this capacity and why you think you’re the perfect fit for the job! You will be applying to both positions at once.

Company Overview
Tugende is a for-profit social enterprise that helps motorcycle taxi drivers own their motorcycles instead of renting indefinitely. Our customers take ownership through a lease-to-own payment plan and receive training, insurance and ongoing support. Ownership significantly increases income, job security and road safety.

Tugende means “let’s go” and signifies our mission. Tugende has grown more than 6x in the last 24 months, has been recognized as a 2012 Unreasonable Fellow, 2014 Echoing Green Global Fellow and appeared in the Guardian, BBC, Economist, and elsewhere. Learn more about our founding and mission here and here.

Starting with motorcycles, Tugende is proving that millions of self- employed entrepreneurs can receive credit to own the equipment they use to provide for their families, even without credit histories, collateral, and in industries considered high risk by traditional lenders.


The Position

Collections Officers and Credit Officers are the main point of contact between Tugende and its clients. These roles form the core of our field team and work closely together to make sure that Tugende approves the best applicants and supports these clients throughout the length of their lease to empower them to become owners.

Job summary: The field officer will ensure that Tugende only approves and retains applicants that are creditworthy through:

  • Screening applicants for creditworthiness and ensuring they meet the Tugende selection criteria
  • Carrying out guarantor vetting and approval
  • Supporting the collections team in field operations
  • Participating in bike safety and recovery, motorcycle disbursement and client on-boarding
  • Managing Tugende customers on a day to day basis
  • Ensuring that customers make timely payments as per their hire purchase agreement 

Key Requirements

  • Excellent customer service and empathy for our customers.
  • Adopt and champion the values that Tugende stands for: Integrity, Empathy, Teamwork, Solutions-Oriented and Always growing
  • Ability and willingness to learn to ride a motorcycle to conduct fieldwork
  • Comfortable using computer
  • High level of professionalism and integrity, with good moral character
  • Adopt and champion the values that Tugende stands for

Not required, but nice to have

  • Field work and community development experience
  • College diploma, ideally in a business-related field
  • Experience working with a credit-related business
  • Motorcycle riding ability is an added advantage.
  • Proficiency in local languages

 Someone who does this job well, may go on to…

  • Customer Experience Officer
  • Senior Credit  / Collection officer
  • Credit / Collections Coordinator
  • Branch Coordinator


What will you gain?

Hours and compensation

This position is for a full-time employee who can take on additional responsibilities as new tasks and projects come up. Compensation will be determined based on experience and commitment 

Meaningful Work

Tugende’s work gives entrepreneurs the tools to earn a living for themselves and their families. We are changing the face of the boda industry in Uganda, and proving that young men with little education can take on the responsibility of financing a significant asset and earning a liveable wage. Help be part of this movement!

 Great Team

Tugende has a smart, fun, and growing team of 57 staff. We take our work seriously, but love to joke and have fun. We regularly have fully-paid, voluntary team outings, as well as fun parties for our clients. Our headquarters are in Kampala, and we also have offices in Eastern and Western Uganda.

Career Development

Constantly develop skills and further your career while working with Tugende

  • Build knowledge of and skills at using Tugende systems (especially Salesforce)
  • Build understanding of lease accounting
  • Improve computer skills
  • Learn new methods to work with clients and help them overcome repayment challenges
  • Be informed: Stay abreast of new innovations and financial services so as to better meet customer needs
  • Participate in programing: Attend career development programs organized by Tugende
  • Learn how to ride a motorcycle