Plan International Project Director – Playful Futures Jobs in Uganda

Plan International Project Director – Playful Futures Jobs in Uganda

Dimensions of the Role

  • The Project Director will be responsible and ultimately accountable for the project’s strategic direction, quality programming and delivery of results, financial management and compliance, team leadership, coordination and collaboration with a Community of Practice, stakeholder and partner relations, and other donor deliverables. S/he will demonstrate excellent project management and problem-solving skills, a very high degree of maturity, flexibility, organization and communication skills, and strategic thinking to meet the demands of a dynamic and sometimes unpredictable operating environment while ensuring Plan International’s systems and policies and donor requirements are adhered to, especially gender transformative programming and child and youth safeguarding. The Project Director will be fully integrated into the Country Program Team based in Kampala and will provide effective and quality leadership to the projects’ implementation teams based in the field.

    Responsibilities/ Accountabilities

    Program delivery

  • Defines and updates clear project work plans for each district/location regularly to reflect a changing environment.

  • Understands the project management cycle and utilizes tools (including detailed implementation plans) effectively to implement and achieve project results, and comply with donor requirements, government, and partnership agreements.

  • Achieves project results, and monitors appropriate benchmarks, targets, and performance indicators.

  • Coordinates and contributes technical inputs on education, early childhood development, and gender to support a high quality of implementation ensuring that programmatic strategies are of high quality, based on best practices, and in line with donor standards.

  • Leads and engages the Project Team in a human-centred design process, with support from Plan International Global Hub and Plan International Denmark, to design, learn from, and scale innovative approaches gender-transformative, quality, centre-based ECCE.

  • Articulates changes in project activities (if any) clearly and produce clear documents justifying changes, analysis of change impact, and budget impact.

  • Systematically reviews risks and challenges to quality implementation and compliance and develop clear and timely mitigation strategies including resources required.

  • Develops and implements a clear plan to strengthen programme quality and compliance in the project delivery.

  • Produce well-documented, accurate, and quality narrative/financial reports in line with donor reporting requirements.

  • Creates an efficient knowledge management system/approach that enables continuous learning, sharing, documentation of impact, scaling up, and innovation.

  • Produces knowledge management documents in coordination with Plan Uganda’s and Plan Denmark’s technical advisors, showcasing achievements as outlined in the project documents.

  • Supports the Business Development department and the National Programme Manager in developing proposals that may facilitate the continuity of the project.

  • Promotes full integration of the project with other initiatives implemented in the same location in close coordination with the Programme Area Manager and National Program Manager-Education.

    Communication and Working Relationships

  • Builds strong relationships with Plan Uganda and government stakeholders;

  • Engages in and contributes actively to the Community of Practice with other partners implementing projects funded by the LEGO Foundation (VSO and VVOB), as well as Innovations for Poverty Action as a Design and Learning Partner.

  • Engages and effectively represent Plan International in strategic partnerships with relevant NGOs (local and international), National and district local government entities /stakeholders as appropriate, to maximize use of our resources and program impact and ensure alignment and strong partnerships so that co-funding requirements and targets are met;

  • Effectively networks with donors, and other partners implementing similar programs in project locations.

  • Develops appropriate internal and external Working Relationships (and partnerships) to support quality project delivery and compliance.

    Advocacy, Influencing, and Visibility

  • Represents Plan International Uganda at the district and national level to champion implementation of advocacy and influencing agenda.

  • Supports with technical documentation of evidence from the project and produce stories of change when required.

  • Ensures that the project is fully aligned with the Advocacy Strategy and the SDG influencing plan.


  • In consultation with the National Programme Manager-Education (NPM-Educ), recruit, interview and select staff and/or volunteers with appropriate skills for the project activities.

  • Manages project staff and/or volunteers according to the established policies and practices of the organization.

  • Ensures roles, responsibilities and expectations are clearly communicated and understood by the full project team and consortium partners and tasks are appropriately delegated.

  • Ensures internal team and consortium planning meetings are organized regularly to provide direction and guidance.

  • Staff performance reviews are conducted, staff mentored/coached in line with Plan International Uganda’s Performance Management System.

    Key relationships

  • Close collaboration and strong working relationship with the associated Community of Practice where VSO, VVOB, Innovations for Poverty Action, and the LEGO Foundation is also participating.

  • Close collaboration and interdependence with the Plan International Country Programme Team and Business Development Department at Country Office, Program Area Offices, and other support departments (Finance, Admin, Risk Management, Human Resource, Sponsorship)

  • Regular working relationship with Program Area teams, especially Project Coordinators /Project Managers and other focal points implementing similar projects.

  • Communications Department to ensure proper visibility and compliance with branding.

    Technical expertise, skills and knowledge

  • At least 8-10 years of demonstrated experience in managing Early Childhood Development and Primary Education programs in Emergency Development contexts

  • Master’s degree in an interdisciplinary area such as Education Management, Development Studies, International Development, Strategic Planning, Program Management, etc. or equivalent

  • Proven leadership, inter-personal and cross-cultural skills, and ability to build and motivate multi-disciplinary teams.

  • Experience or at least familiarity with Human Centered Design or similar approaches to co-creating and scaling innovative approaches with users/target groups.

  • Experience with managing development of new interventions and education content is an advantage.

  • Experience with and knowledge of managing and/or developing technology-based interventions (e.g. utilizing SMS, IVR, WhatsApp or similar delivery modalities) is an advantage.

  • Knowledge of what evidence currently exists on promising and less-promising approaches to scaling impactful ECCE interventions.

  • Previous financial management of projects with budgets of $4 million or higher, preferably collaborating with multiple partners (including government and civil society).

  • Ability to communicate clearly and professionally in person and with remote teams.

  • Strong understanding of gender transformative programming and meaningful child participation in programs.

  • Conversant with national and decentralized education service delivery systems, structures, operations, and networks in Uganda.

  • Knowledge of effective Monitoring, Evaluation and Research systems and processes, preferably including quantitative impact measurement.

  • Ability to work independently and as a team player who demonstrates leadership.

  • Experienced in engaging with the international donor community and developing donor reports for grants.

  • Experience with Learning through Play (or similar play-based pedagogical approaches) will be considered a strong asset.

  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to work in a matrix environment.

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including presentation and public speaking.

  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.

  • Excellent organizational skills and the ability to multitask while working on projects with varying activities, objectives, and deliverables.

  • Good negotiation and influencing skills.

  • Creates a strong sense of purpose within the portfolio and with stakeholders.

  • Sound judgment and decision-making in complex situations.

  • Aware of the impact on others and adjusting own behavior accordingly.

  • Frequent travel within Uganda.

    How to Apply

  • For more information and job application details, see; Plan International Project Director – Playful Futures Jobs in Uganda

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