CherYsh America Foundation Program Officer Jobs in Uganda

CherYsh America Foundation Program Officer Jobs in Uganda

The Organization

CherYsh America Foundation is a New York based registered public charity 501 (c) (3) founded in 2010.

We aim to ‘brighten’ the lives and livelihoods of women and girl children in low-income communities in USA, Sub Saharan Africa, and India by implementing modern distributed energy systems into these communities through sponsorship of our domain expertise in these applications.

Here at CherYsh America Foundation, we are driven by a single goal; to do our part in making the world a better place for all.

Our models are informed by comprehensive empirical studies and data science methods and we strive to build local productive relationships to deliver a positive impact on all of our pursuits.

Job Description

  • We are seeking a truly exceptional professional with 3 years’ work experience.
  • He/She will serve in a high level and long-term position that combines both field and management experience.
  • As the Program Manager, you lead the overall Jinja program, make a significant contribution in building up Uganda and have a lasting impact on the country and East Africa.
  • Your job will be very entrepreneurial, and you will create tangible social good for Ugandan communities.
  • As a key leader, you will get world-class management exposure and will be connected to an international organization that has staff based across 3 continents.
  • You will work in a truly multicultural environment and the Uganda team has a very diverse leadership team including people from within and outside of Uganda.

    Responsibilities Include, But Are Not Limited To

    Program and Portfolio Strategy

  • Manage our inaugural African project intended to demonstrate innovative, scalable and sustainable pathways for social and economic self-sustainability for Ugandan orphans and rural people
  • Drive and shape the project in a way that leads to supporting our mission, assessing investment opportunities and partnerships to ensure strategic and budget alignment
  • Steward relationships with existing grantees and intermediaries, ensuring that grantees have the resources, financial and otherwise, they need to succeed in meeting their goals
  • Oversee the project budget, anticipating implications with changing scenarios
  • Evaluate ongoing program strategies, results, and metrics, and proactively make recommendations for strengthening the impact of the portfolio while also contributing to the internal team's ongoing learning and evaluation efforts
  • Support program staff and oversee their work, manage the day to day human resource issues
  • External Leadership and Relationship Building
  • Serve as a leader in this space, driving and collaborating on national strategies with a wide range of leaders spanning corporate, government, education and non-profit sectors
  • Cultivate cross-sector partnerships with business leaders, policy-makers, other NGOs
  • Develop deep, transformative relationships with STEM education and research leaders; building strong relationships with external partners in the education and research sectors are key to the long-term success of this initiative
  • Form a long-term Uganda Advisory Board, charged with providing strategic guidance to the Foundation; the Advisory Board will convene regularly, be integrated with CherYsh's
    work, and act as advisors and advocates for CherYsh's programs

  • Lead and contribute to the national discourse on topics related to modern power, data science and education representing CherYsh with the highest level of professionalism, connecting with external partners, at conferences and events, and through the work of the project portfolio
  • Communicate the strategies, learning, and impact of CherYsh initiatives in grant making and management activities, and through strategy papers, impact reports, and other written materials for internal and external stakeholders (e.g., Board of Directors, Executive Director, etc.) to drive internal initiatives and contribute to the international discourse
  • Advance the narrative about the Modern Power strategy by working with senior leadership and other team members, including preparing talking points, briefing materials, strategic presentations and recommendations on salient program issues, strategies, and other relevant topics
  • Disrupt current systems with innovations to foster lasting results, utilizing tools such as digital platforms and multi-sector partnerships
  • Be the face of Uganda and present the program to external parties such as government, parastatals, donors, and others.


    Qualification and Skill

  • Truly extraordinary professional with 3+ years of work experience and ideally a demonstrated passion for international development.
  • This is an extremely competitive posting for a business/ management-style position.
  • Mission-driven individual that can 100% align with the company values in putting communities first.
  • Strong general management skills and ability to manage a wide range of scientific topics across different stakeholders.
  • Experience in implementing financial efficiency measures strongly preferred.
  • Proven track record of leading and guiding teams to make high-level decisions in an effective manner (Please include 2-3 examples in your application of when and how you have lead and guided high-level decisions)
  • Strong leadership experience and ability to lead a team in setting a vision, annual strategy and goals and hold everyone accountable to it.
  • Applicants must hold an advanced degree (Master’s level or higher) in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Bio-Medical Engineering, Medicine or Public Health.
  • A willingness to commit to living in Jinja or Kampala.
  • Ugandans strongly encouraged to apply.

    Benefits And Contractual Information

    Preferred start date – ASAP

    Duration - Minimum 3 years commitment

  • Compensation - Offer modest starting salary that affords a high quality of life, performance-based raises and the ability to expand responsibilities over time.
  • Benefits - Health insurance, immunizations.

    How to Apply:
  • Please apply directly, by sending your CV and the position you are interested in, to
  • Interested candidates should apply online by 7 February 2019

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