StrongMinds Chief Operating Officer Jobs in Uganda

StrongMinds Chief Operating Officer Jobs in Uganda

Job Responsibilities

  • Serves as a visible, vocal, and accessible leader who provides daily mentorship within the organization and builds relationships to encourage a collaborative, team-oriented and results-focused environment.

  • Working in partnership with both the CEO and GLT, develop/execute new processes and approaches to implement StrongMinds’ strategic initiatives/milestones to drive the organization’s mission and strategies. Work to maintain and strengthen the culture of Strong Minds as a nimble, fast-paced, innovative results-oriented entity.

  • Oversee SM’s long term strategic plan, making it actionable through the three-year operational plan and annual milestones.

  • Lead and build infrastructure for scalable growth, facilitating collaboration and results across SM, and drive data-based decision making.

  • Lead with a high level of risk management and awareness, effectively managing risk in country programmes and global office programmatic oversight.

  • Working with the Chief People Officer, create an environment that supports learning and professional growth for staff. Ensure that StrongMinds is a fair and ethical employer and a workplace of choice.

  • Role model to the highest degree, the core values of the organization.

  • As needed, partner with the CEO to represent StrongMinds with external constituency groups, including donors and other organizations/stakeholders.

  • Provide effective and inspiring leadership and management of StrongMinds by actively leading the country and global office programmatic areas. Ensure that innovations, partnerships, research, M&E and programs are high-performing, high-quality, efficient, improving, innovating, and delivering/surpassing their objectives.

  • Lead the country directors and actively engage key country programmatic personnel. Ensure that programmatic milestones and donor requirements are consistently met/exceeded.

  • Vigorously lead the efforts of StrongMinds to scale/increase its impact. Ensure the resources and plans are in place and that the team meets/surpasses its scaling goals.

  • Work closely with the organization’s communications and development team to facilitate routine and strategic information requirements, to ensure that current and future programs receive the necessary financial resources.

  • Work closely with all the organization’s partners, to include scaling partners like INGOs and the government.

  • Lead the development, improvement and implementation of systems that will better track and report on programmatic initiatives.

  • Lead the global research director to provide oversight to the monitoring and evaluation functions in the countries. Drive the research, M&E function to continuously innovate and improve.

  • Mentor, coach and develop staff using effective performance management and collaborative approaches; assign accountabilities, set objectives, establish priorities, monitor/evaluate results. Conduct real-time performance feedback.

  • Lead the innovations director to manage and advance the StrongMinds Mental Health Advisory Panel (MHAP), working to ensure the MHAP is a vibrant source of mental health technical advice for the organization.

  • Maintain a strong connection to
    the global mental health community, ensuring that StrongMinds increases its funding base, thought leadership and learning.

  • Serve as the key advocate and focal point for country programs, keeping the CEO and GLT informed of progress and needs for change, strategic decisions, process, and programme improvements.

  • Promote regular and ongoing opportunities for all direct reports to give feedback on program operations.

  • Maintain continuous lines of communication, keeping the CEO informed of all critical issues and involved in important decision-making.

  • Lead the budget development process and maintain a high level of fiscal responsibility in the country programmes and global office functions.


  • An MBA, any other relevant master’s degree equivalent e.g project management, international development.

  • 15 + years’ experience with significant experience leading strategic planning and all the major aspects of an organization (e.g., strategy development, advocacy, programs, policy development, operations, fundraising and partnerships)

  • 5 years’ experience at a C-Suite level position

  • Demonstrated successful experience in partnering with the CEO and country level project management including organization-wide project implementation.

  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple teams, with members who are geographically distributed throughout the organization.

  • Familiarity with international development practices and trends. Strong community awareness and astuteness.

  • Demonstrated experience managing a high-performing team in a multi-tiered structure to include professional development and mentorship.

  • Comprehensive working knowledge of organizational planning, organizational structure, budgeting, administrative operations, and fundraising.

  • Demonstrated ability to analyze and compile complex data for planning purposes.

  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral, with the ability to represent the organization externally across a wide range of stakeholders and constituencies.

  • Strong relationship builder, comfortable with leading from behind, with the ability to find common ground, build consensus and strengthen collaboration among diverse stakeholders.

  • Ability to successfully navigate organisational dynamics in a fast-paced, outcomes-driven, and entrepreneurial, data rich environment.

  • Ability to respond enthusiastically and positively to ambiguity, be resilient to shifting priorities and setbacks, and be comfortable with imperfect analysis and solutions.

  • Working familiarity of mental health programming is an added advantage.

  • Must share StrongMinds audacious mission to end depression.

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