AIRD Director of Operations Jobs in Uganda

AIRD Director of Operations Jobs in Uganda


  • African Initiatives for Relief and development (AIRD) currently operates in ten African Countries and still expanding. AIRD prides herself in the 27 different nationalities working with us.

  • AIRD was founded in 2006 and is a non-political, non-religious and non-profit making International NGO.

  • AIRD is currently implementing the managements of Mechanical Workshops and Spare Parts, Drug Management, Warehousing, Fuel and Transport operations, Repatriation & Reintegration, Transit Center Management as well as Civil works and Constructions including Health Centers, Schools, Offices and Staff Residences, Roads and Water Boreholes in the countries we operate in

  • AIRD is currently seeking to recruit a Director of Operations.

  • The position of Director of Operations reports to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) or the officer in charge during his/her absence

    The Director of Operations will be responsible for:

  • Overseeing and monitoring organizational performance by enhancing operational systems and organizational procedures, flow of information inside and outside the organization.

  • Lead and manage the AIRD’s programs and project implementation in countries of operation in Africa with potential to expand outside of Africa

  • Provide strategic and tactical recommendations to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Country Program Directors (CPDs) that are aligned with and support AIRD’s, 5-year strategic plan

  • Maintain knowledge and understanding of the operational context in the countries and region

  • Provide support to the Operations sub-committee of the Board as requested

    Strategy & Planning

  • Provide strategic and creative leadership to the region focused on scaling AIRD’s operations to deliver impact through high quality, efficient and effective programs that maximize outcomes

  • Lead program development and support, working with Country Directors and the Head Office focused teams to ensure that projects and programs are of high quality and effectiveness.

    Management and Coordination

  • Build and maintain a high-functioning, diverse, inclusive, and collaborative Program team.

  • Promote teamwork, common purpose, and continuous professional growth

  • Oversee Country Directors for management and oversight of the programs/projects and operations, driving accountability for the achievement of Country Office goals

  • Manage relationships with all departments to optimize impact on program quality within and across country programs and sure that consultative decision processes are used

  • Ensure programs are continually adapted to the evolving contexts across the region

    Operational Duties

  • Develop an operational plan which incorporates goals and objectives that work towards the strategic direction of the organization

  • Design and continuously update AIRD operational systems according to the generally accepted best practice

  • Ensure that the operation of the organization meets the expectations of its stakeholders, Board and Funders

  • Implement new operational systems and upgrades through the entire organization

  • Oversee and control the overall quality of AIRD operations

  • Provide support to the Operations sub-committee of the Board as requested

  • Planning and monitoring the day-to-day running of business to ensure smooth progress

  • Assist the CEO in Management and planning activities; Represent the organization at community activities to enhance the organization's community profile

  • Support all projects in operational matters and internal control including onsite visits

  • Planning and monitoring the day-to-day running of business to ensure smooth progress

  • Sign cheques within the authorized mandate and after verification of payment requirements;

    Development and External Representation

  • Work closely with Finance and the Communications and Development to communicate program and project status, outcomes, successes, challenges, timelines, finances and direction to inform organizational development.

    Financial and Resource Management and Oversight

  • In collaboration with internal audit, monitor compliance with organization-wide operating policies; ensure each Country Office and Project has adequate internal financial and program controls, and recommend additional controls as necessary.

  • Ensure consistent communication between program and finance management.

    Human Resource Management and Organizational Development

  • Determine staffing requirements for
    organizational management and program delivery as requested by the field

  • Work with the Human Resource department in the recruitment of highly qualified expatriate staff

  • Ensure effective capacity building, professional development and performance improvement strategies are implemented to maximize staff potential using job descriptions, staffing models and performance management tools

  • In line with the SOPs, discipline staff when necessary using appropriate techniques; release staff when necessary using appropriate and legally defensible procedures

    Security and Risk Management

  • Identify and evaluate the risks to the organization's people (, staff, management, volunteers), property, finances, goodwill, and image and implement measures to control risks

    Personal characteristics

    The Director of Operations should demonstrate competence all of the following:

  • Behave Ethically: Understand ethical behaviour and practices, and ensure that own behaviour and the behaviour of others is consistent with these standards and aligns with the values of the organization

  • Creativity/Innovation: Develop new and unique ways to improve operations of the organization and to create new opportunities

  • Focus on Donor Needs: Anticipate, understand, and respond to the needs of internal and external donors to meet or exceed their expectations within the organizational parameters

  • Foster Teamwork: Work cooperatively and effectively with others to set goals, resolve problems, and make decisions that enhance organizational effectiveness

  • Strong analytical and information gathering skills

  • Ensuring value for money i.e. program/project monitoring

  • Ability to work under hardship environment and with minimum supervision

  • Willingness to travel as necessary, work the required schedule, work at different locations as required

    Minimum Qualifications

  • At least 4-7 years practical experience in humanitarian response

  • Minimum bachelor’s degree and/or post graduate degree in Economics

  • Familiarity with the humanitarian reform process

  • Proven skills in networking and relationship building

  • Seven years of relevant experience managing people and complex projects in developing counties; Experience working in Africa preferable.

  • Strong leadership and team building skills with the ability to set and communicate vision and strategy.

  • Ability to work collaboratively with a range of people at all levels, including those from host country governmental and non-governmental organizations, and other counterparts, clients, donors (in particular UNHCR experience) and staff.

  • Ability to lead and work as a member of teams, including consensus building, communications, and leadership skills.

  • Ability to demonstrate cross-cultural sensitivity, tact, and poise.

  • Excellent communication skills (oral and written) in English and French

  • Proficiency to use MS Office suite of applications and other IT systems

  • Ability to write clearly articulate proposals, reports, and correspondence

  • Strong analytical, communication and problem solving skills is necessary along with capacity to identify and articulate potential problems and provide possible solutions in concise and clear manner

  • Experience working with international development partners, international Non Governmental Organizations (INGOs) and donors (in particular UNHCR experience) is an asset.

    To be successful at the organization, you will also:

  • Have passion for our mission and a strong desire to impact a dynamic nonprofit organization.

  • Be a proactive and innovative thinker who achieves results and creates positive change.

  • Have a very high level of personal and professional integrity and trustworthiness.

  • Embrace diversity and a commitment to collaboration.

    How to apply

  • Interested Persons may send expression of interest to:

  • hr@airdinternational.org by 3 December 2021. Female are particularly encouraged to apply.


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