Lifewater Director of Programs Jobs in Uganda

Lifewater Director of Programs Jobs in Uganda

Lifewater International (Lifewater) is a Christian water development organization dedicated to effectively serving children and families by partnering with underserved communities to overcome water poverty. Motivated by our faith in Jesus Christ, we serve vulnerable populations as a demonstration of God’s gracious love for all people. Lifewater serves all people, regardless of religion, race, ethnicity, or gender.


Proactive Program Management and Leadership

  • Assist the Country Director in the overall management of Lifewater International Uganda program activities to ensure the effective and efficient use of financial, human, and material resources within policies, procedures, and work plans.
  • Oversee program implementation in consultation with the relevant program managers and in accordance with the project plan to ensure objectives are met within the required time frames and budgets. Where necessary, ensure preventative and corrective action is taken.
  • Represent the organization and liaise with local and national authorities and donors to facilitate successful coordination of activities and ensure transparency in the community.
  • Provide technical inputs and assistance to programs staff with particular attention toward financial management and reporting systems.
  • Ensure appropriate security procedures, and monitoring, analysis, and reporting systems are functioning and transparent at all field sites.
  • Make sure that operation and maintenance, as well as environment and sustainability issues are considered and factored into program design; ensuring that it is evidence based and well linked to other sector activities.
  • Serve as a member of the Country Management Team (CMT) and support Country Director on organizing CMT meetings and working closely with members on implementation of the Action Areas.

    Program Quality/Capacity Building

  • Working alongside Lifewater HQ, lead the rollout of programmatic enhancements across field offices. Guide field teams in addressing challenges that arise during program implementation to course-correct and increase quality of programming throughout the project cycle.
  • Using program data and discussions with field teams, identify areas for improvement in VHV activities and strategy, and work with HQ to make needed adjustments to improve effectiveness.
  • Determine training and capacity needs for field staff and develop action plans, accordingly.
  • Provide ongoing training and capacity building of program managers and other field staff to increase their responsibilities in order to build capacity and ensure sustainability of programs.
  • Make necessary arrangements for trainings to be conducted by LI HQ in Uganda.
  • Ensure that appropriate care, training and support are being provided to all staff in the organization.
  • Provide guidance for policies, practices, standards and guidelines to all field staff.
  • Plan for and implement reflective practice and learning events by program staffs and LI country office for ongoing improvements in program delivery.


  • Monitor, evaluate, and report on all program activities to Country Director.
  • Collaborate with CD and program managers to maintain security of staff.
  • In conjunction with CD and PMs, support teams in project design, budgeting, developing concept notes, ensuring that projects meet government and donor planning, programming, monitoring, reporting and financial requirements, including program quality standards.
  • Assist Country Director in implementing the Lifewater strategic plan.
  • Conduct weekly meetings with Country Director to ensure that week’s planning and priorities are optimal.


  • Stand in for Country Director in his/her absence as needed.
  • Attend and represent the organization at coordination meetings which are relevant to country operations activities, including government and sector meetings.
  • Interface with national government and relevant agencies to ensure mutual understanding of operations.
  • Contribute to the creation of a positive image and overall credibility of the organization, notably through the application of the organization’s Code of Conduct, ethics, values and stand-point with regard to internal and external actors.


  • 8-10 yrs of progressively responsible program management experience, in a WASH National/International NGO setting, including Senior or Country-level positions
  • Advanced degree in Community Development or related field preferred and with hands-on experience in managing rural WASH programs of similar size.
  • Significant experience in managing WASH programs, or related, in rural Uganda.
  • Hands-on experience in managing remote teams in different locations
  • Demonstrated ability to build and deploy effective program teams
  • Strong writing, presentation and reporting skills
  • Demonstrated ability to represent organization in National and Regional-level forums
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and stream-line national policies and procedures
  • Knowledge of operational safety and security practices, including developing standard operating procedures, incident tracking, and evacuation protocols
  • Proven capabilities in leadership required
  • Strong negotiation, interpersonal and organization skills
  • Proficiency with MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint...etc.
  • Ability to read, write, analyze and interpret, technical and non-technical in the English language
  • Ability to effectively present information and respond appropriately to questions from senior managers in the field and HQ, counterparts, senior government and other related regional players

    How to Apply

    Interested and qualified candidates should apply online by 25th August 2019

    For more information and job application details, see; Lifewater Director of Programs Jobs in Uganda

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