EWB-USA Country Director Jobs in Uganda

EWB-USA Country Director Jobs in Uganda


  • Engineers Without Borders USA (EWB–USA) is a non-profit humanitarian organization established to partner with developing communities worldwide in order to improve their quality of life.

  • It is the U.S. national group representing the larger International Engineers Without Borders in the USA.

  • Engineers Without Borders USA builds a better world through engineering projects that empower communities to meet their basic human needs.

  • Our highly skilled volunteers work with communities to find appropriate solutions for their infrastructure needs.

  • We are looking for a Country Director to lead our Uganda operations. The ideal candidate will have the following attributes:

  • Uganda National

  • Registered Engineer (in Uganda)

  • 10+ years of senior management experience

    Role and Responsibilities

    Position Description

  • Leads overall development of program at the national level. Plans integration of sectoral initiatives into coherent program of development consistent with organization’s priorities.

  • Advocates on behalf of organization’s development agenda building institutional relationships and promoting cooperative program activities.

  • Responsible for driving the country office strategy and overseeing operations.

  • Works closely with the Regional Director to help expand the organization’s network and develop new programs and sources of funding.

  • The Country Director is ultimately responsible for the success and quality of EWB-USA Uganda’s program.

  • He/she may be involved with technical decisions at a high level, and will also be responsible for the overall quality of outcomes for communities and local partners.

    General Responsibilities

  • Leads overall development of program at the national level.

  • Plans integration of sectoral initiatives into coherent program of development consistent with organization’s priorities.

  • Advocates on behalf of organization’s development agenda by building institutional relationships and promoting cooperative program activities.

  • National representation

  • Development and execution of the country strategy

  • Overall responsibility for all activities, projects, personnel and the country management team (CMT)

  • Safety and security of all staff

  • Country-level external communications representative (press, media, etc.)

  • Responsible for overall resource allocation, mobilization and control

  • Responsible for cost-efficiency

  • Ensure adequate country structures, internal controls and systems

  • Learning, training and development for all staff, including a strategy for national staff development

  • Adherence to EWB-USA policies

  • Adherence to all Uganda engineering requirements to practice engineering

    Specific Responsibilities

  • Overall responsibility for security management.

  • Overall responsibility for planning and implementation of all programs and activities within the country.

  • Overall responsibility for all resources within the country (financial, funding bids, material
    assets, information resources).

  • Initiate recruitment and provide leadership of country management team, overall responsibility for staff working within country.


  • Competencies are important in order for the employee and the organisation to deliver desired results. They are relevant for all staff and are divided into the following two categories:

    Professional competencies

  • These skills, knowledge and experience are important for effective performance.

    Generic professional competencies:

    • Degree in the area of civil engineering or related engineering disciplines.

    • A minimum of 10 years of experience working as an engineer, including Professional Engineering registration in Uganda.

    • A minimum of 10 years management experience, five of which should have been at Country Director or senior management level in humanitarian/recovery programming. Program experience with integrated programming areas (rural and/or town level infrastructure, WaSH, energy, agriculture) desired. Experience in humanitarian emergency assistance is essential and volunteer management a plus.

    • Demonstrable record of accomplishment in working with and leading senior management teams.

    • Experience in managing diverse, strategic and time-sensitive projects (e.g. infrastructural construction/renovation, staff re-structuring etc.);

    • Successful past experience in overseeing large grants and working with government donors (USAID, DFID, ECHO, etc.), UN agencies (UNHCR, UNICEF, etc.) and government structures.

    • Willingness to travel up to 40% of time.

    • Experience from working in complex, insecure and/or volatile contexts

    • Documented/proven results related to position responsibilities

    • Knowledge about own leadership skills/profile

    • Fluency in English, both written and verbal

    • Fluency in computer skills and Google, Microsoft Office, standard ICT systems and tools

    Context/ Specific skills, knowledge and experience:

    • Knowledge of the political, humanitarian and development context in Uganda

    • Knowledge of ethnic languages along borders of Uganda and Swahili – if different than English

    • Experience with program start-up, exit or similar

    How to Apply

  • For more information and job application details, see; EWB-USA Country Director Jobs in Uganda

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