Plan International Project Manager- RISING Project Jobs in Uganda

Plan International Project Manager- RISING Project Jobs in Uganda

Dimensions of the Role

  • The Project Manager will be responsible and ultimately accountable for the project’s strategic direction, quality programming and results achievement, financial management and compliance, team leadership, stakeholder and partner relations, and 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 Manager 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 technical inputs on Education, WASH, child protection in emergency 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.

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

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

  • Develop and implement a clear plan to strengthen program and compliance quality in the project delivery.

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

  • Create an efficient knowledge management system/approach that helps learning, sharing, scaling up, and innovation.

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

  • Participate and provide valuable input into the technical network meetings.

  • Support the Resource Mobilization Unit and the National Programme Manager in developing proposals that may facilitate the continuity of the project.

  • Promote full integration of the project with other initiatives implemented in the same location in close coordination with the Programme Area Manager.

    Communication and Working Relationships

  • Builds strong relationships with Plan Uganda and Plan Canada staff and develop clear communication protocols on project management;

  • 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 emergency program impact and ensure alignment and strong partnerships so that co-funding requirements and targets are met;

  • Effectively networks with donors, and NGO’s involved in emergency project implementation;

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

    Advocacy, Influencing, and Visibility

  • Represent Plan International at the district and national level to implement the advocacy activities as stated in the project.

  • Support with technical documentation of evidence from the project and write stories of change when required.

  • Ensure close technical and operational collaboration and coordination with Government Agencies & Education, Emergencies, Gender and WASH Networks

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

    Staff Management/Partner Leadership

  • 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.

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

  • Ensure roles, responsibilities and expectations are clearly communicated and understood by the full project team and consortium partner, Strømme Foundation, and tasks are appropriately delegated.

  • Ensure a collaborative and strong relationship is developed with Strømme Foundation, including structured regular meetings to share processes, lessons learnt and challenges.

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

  • Team members are mentored and coached to achieve their full potential and results of the project.

  • Staff performance reviews are conducted in line with Plan International Uganda’s Performance Management System.

    Sponsorship Commitments Responsibilities

  • Design and support implementation of programmes that are aligned with the Sponsorship Commitments, ensuring that the interventions benefit Sponsored Children in Program Areas benefiting from sponsorship funding.

    Key relationships

  • Close collaboration and strong working relationship with consortium partner, Strømme Foundation.

  • Close collaboration and interdependence with the Programme Team and Resource Mobilization Unit 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.

    The incumbent will work in close cooperation with the following staff:


  • Project Coordinators;

  • Emergency Response Manager;

  • Technical Advisors;

  • Country Management Team members;

  • Finance staff;

  • Donors’ Representatives.

  • With Plan Canada:

  • Program & Compliance Managers.

  • Technical advisors: gender, education, child protection, WASH, M&E.

    Technical expertise, skills and knowledge

  • At least 8-10 years of demonstrated experience in managing Primary Education programs in Emergency and 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.

  • Demonstrated experience working collaboratively managing consortium projects with skills in effective partnership management.

  • Previous financial management of projects with budgets of $10 million or higher, and with multiple partners (including government and civil society).

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

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

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

  • Knowledge of effective participatory Monitoring, Evaluation and Research systems and processes.

  • 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 Educate A Child (EAC) is 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 Manager- RISING Project Jobs in Uganda

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