International Rescue Committee Deputy Director of Program Jobs in Uganda
International Rescue Committee Deputy Director of Program Jobs in Uganda
Closing date: 21 Apr 2019Job Description
The IRC has been working in Uganda since 1998 supporting IDPs, refugees and various institutions in the country notably the government, community based organizations, the civil society and the private sector.
The current program portfolio in Uganda includes health, economic recovery and development, protection, and women’s protection and empowerment. IRC has its country office in Kampala and regional offices in Kitgum, Yumbe, Moroto and South West Uganda.Scope of Work
The Deputy Director of Programs will lead the program and grants unit with leadership in the areas of strategic programming and planning, ensuring program quality (also as an Exemplar pilot country), promoting strategic growth and strong external and internal representation and advocacy.
S/he must be able to motivate and lead a diverse staff as well as effectively manage programs, partnerships and budgets. The position will report to the Country Director and be based in Kampala with frequent travel in country.Strategic planning Contribute to implementation of the Strategy Action Plan (SAP) for Uganda through committed investment in the monitoring of the SAP Implementation Plan (SAP-IP)
Ensure strategic direction of programs is in line with the revised 2018 SAP
Plan and oversee multi-sector needs assessments
In coordination with the Country Director and the Program team, ensure the development of new program opportunities in line with IRC Uganda’s SAP
Provide leadership in the design of new projects that addresses both emergency needs as well as longer term issues in Uganda, including identification of potential partners (local and INGOs) and ensuring overall quality of proposals
In coordination with technical staff, identify local NGO partners; develop and implement capacity-building protocols for the transfer of IRC skills and experience to local government and national NGO partners
In coordination with the Program Coordinator for Exemplar, ensure Exemplar initiatives (including Theories of Change) are included at design stage
Develop advocacy mechanisms and identify networks for coalition building
Provide overall leadership and management to all IRC Uganda programs, by protecting and enforcing strategic program direction and growth.
Monitor all programs through periodic field visits (at least 50% of time) and review sessions and ensure that program implementation strategies are compatible with SAP ambitions.
Train staff on identified areas - technical and program management issues
Liaise with various stakeholders - local authorities, donors, NGOs, and other operational partners in Uganda through attendance in coordination meetings and other relevant forums
Ensure appropriate management tools are developed for successful implementation of projects, including workplans, M&E plans, spending plans, procurement plans, etc.
In coordination with the Program Coordinator for Exemplar, ensure Exemplar initiatives are implemented according to the work plan
Grant management support
Work with the program coordinators/ managers and the finance team to track monthly project expenditure against program budget
Recommend grant and budget revisions in consultation with the program managers/ coordinators and field teams
Assist in budget development with the field teams and program managers/ coordinators in consultation with finance and operations departments
Review all program donor reports and new project proposals in collaboration with the program department, technical coordinators, operations and finance departments; ensure completeness, quality and timely submission
Encourage constructive and productive communication between program and operations staff to guarantee timely service
Ensure program compliance with internal control procedures
Be aware and adhere to security protocols for the organization in line with the Security Management Plan for the country program
Directly supervise 4-6 program staff (program managers/ coordinators). Matrix manage field based project coordinators
Coach and build capacity of program staff leading to staff retention and enhancing program quality
Coordinate the recruitment of all program staff, and recommend promotions, performance action for program staff in consultation with direct supervisors, Human Resources and the Country Director.
Ensure the Performance Management System for all program staff is followed and carried out as required
Communication and Coordination
Liaise with counterparts, UN agencies and NGOs in the field to coordinate multi-sector integrated programs, standardize sector specific activities and obtain up-to-date information for program planning and implementation.
Ensure IRC participation in respective sector specific coordination forums and help foster exchanges of program information, best practices and training materials with partners, involved communities and various line Government ministry officials
Ensure regular communication between field program teams and program department staff.
In coordination with the Country Director and the management team ensure effective communication mechanism is in place to facilitate access to information by all staff to enhance inclusive participation and empowering work environment
In coordination with the Country Director and program managers/ coordinators liaise with IRC’s Technical Units (NY and UK) for technical guidance and support on quality implementation and new program design.
Six to eight years of experience, preferably in relief/development work with management and supervisory responsibilities in program, administration at senior management level
Direct experience in building the capacity of national NGOs and working with local partners including a clear understanding of NGO capacity building
Experience working with and coordinating with donors including EU, ECHO, foundation donors, UN, DFID, USAID etc. and knowledge of specific donor guidelines and priorities.
Demonstrated excellence in proposal and report development and writing
Demonstrated excellence in human resource management, particularly in a multi-cultural environment, including techniques for staff development, training, motivation, and discipline
Demonstrated excellence in multi-tasking, time management, and flexibility
Demonstrated skills and experience working within INGO finance, security and operational frameworks
Knowledge of best practices in project design, implementation and community participation techniques
The ability to take the initiative and proven ability to work creatively, innovatively and effectively to make decisions with limited direct supervision
Knowledge of word processing and spreadsheet software programs
Masters degree in relevant field (Development Studies, Social Sciences, International Relations, etc)
Standards of Professional Conduct: The IRC and IRC workers must adhere to the values and principles outlined in IRC Way - Standards for Professional Conduct.
These are Integrity, Service, and Accountability. In accordance with these values, the IRC operates and enforces policies on Beneficiary Protection from Exploitation and Abuse, Child Safeguarding, Anti Workplace Harassment, Fiscal Integrity, and Anti-Retaliation.
Gender Equality: IRC is committed to narrowing the gender gap in leadership positions. We offer benefits that provide an enabling environment for women to participate in our workforce including parental leave, gender-sensitive security protocols and other supportive benefits and allowances
IRC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. IRC considers all applicants on the basis of merit without regard to race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, disability or any other characteristic protected by applicable law
How to Apply:
Applications to be submitted on: International Rescue Committee Deputy Director of Program Jobs in Uganda