War Child Holland Consortium Manager - Jobs in Uganda

War Child Holland Consortium Manager - Jobs in Uganda


War Child Holland (WCH) is an independent and impartial international non-governmental organization investing in a peaceful future for children and young people affected by armed conflict.

WCH works in 14 countries to improve the resilience and wellbeing of children, delivering vital child protection, education and psychosocial support.

War Child Holland has been operating in Uganda since 2004, initially in response to the LRA conflict.

Since end 2016, WCH programming has focused on responding to the large influx of South Sudanese refugees into Uganda (West Nile). WCH started operating this year in refugee settlements in Western Uganda to respond to the needs of the DRC refugees.

The Mental Health and Psycho Social Support (MHPSS) Consortium consists of War Child Holland (lead), TPO and Humanity & Inclusion (HI).

The 3 organizations came together to develop the ‘SPOT’ project (Strengthening Psychosocial support service for Transformation among the Congolese refugees in Uganda) funded by ECHO from March 2019 until May 2020.

The main objective of the SPOT project is to improve resilience, psychosocial wellbeing and positive coping mechanisms of refugees, persons with special needs (PSNs) and vulnerable host communities in Western Uganda.

A Consortium Manager is included in the budget (national staff position, salary scale H) to ensure proper coordination of the MHPSS Consortium and accountability to the donor ECHO.

Objective of the job

The Consortium Manager (CM) will be responsible for;

  • Coordinating the MHPSS consortium, which includes ensuring quality, effective and efficient planning, implementation, monitoring and reporting of the SPOT project funded by ECHO.
  • Support the implementing consortium partners (WCH, TPO and HI) in all areas of the project life cycle.
  • Participate in proposal development to ensure sustainability of the MHPSS consortium and increase its geographical areas of intervention.

    Position in organisation and essential functional relations

  • The Consortium Manager reports to WCH’s Country Director and collaborates closely with WCH’s Program Manager, and the counterparts at TPO and HI.
  • Staff directly reporting to this post: Consortium’s Sr. M&E Officer.
  • Other essential functional relations include: PSS Advisor, Finance, Logistics and HR teams.
  • The consortium manager will be based in War Child’s office in Kampala with frequent travels to the field and will spend a substantial time with the Consortium partners.

    Roles & Responsibilities
  • Coordinate the MHPSS Consortium Project
  • Manage MHPSS consortium by establishing management and cooridnation strucutre at Kampala and field level.
  • Ensure frequent meetings of steering commitee, program and MEAL working groups
  • Represent consortium to ministry, donors and external actors
  • Develop MHPSS technical working grup within the country by provding leadership and intiating advocacy actions
  • Provide programme/award management services and technical support to consortium partners to ensure that outputs as set in the ECHO proposal can be reached
  • Ensure that the Action is implemented by all partners of the consortium as per agreed plans, approaches and principles, and intended targets met
  • Ensure that implementation of the programme across all consortium partners is regularly monitored; and that evidences, results and lessons are documented and communicated; challenges are tracked and addressed in a timely manner
  • Travel to project sites and conduct regular monitoring of projects together with project team to ensure the set quality is met across consortium partners
  • Ensure the production and submission of evidence based and high quality technical/narrative
    and financial reports to the donor and consortium partners
  • Keep ECHO up to date with any potential irregularities, and/or obstacles which may hamper the implementation of the Action in a timely manner.
  • Support the implementing consortium partners (WCH, TPO and HI) in all areas of the project life cycle.
  • Guarantee presence of partners in coordination/technical working groups meetings and other fora (Kampala and field level)
  • Maintain and strengthen links with other ECHO Consortia.
  • Facilitate the organization of regular
  • Steering Committee meetings by synthesizing key progress and issues of the Action that require decision making.
  • Serve as secretary of the Steering Committee.
  • Represent WCH at the MHPSS working group meetings.
  • Support the harmonization, the development and the consistent implementation of quality MHPSS standards adapted to the Uganda humanitarian context.
  • Participate in proposal development to ensure sustainability of the MHPSS consortium and increase its geographical areas of intervention.
  • Organize and participate in regional level advocacy meetings for MHPSS to create awareness for MHPSS services.
  • Conduct advocacy campaigns to change policy, behavior and practice on MHPSS
  • Elaborate a plan for sustainability of activities, and document evidence and lessons learnt
  • Support in identifying donors and/or partners for potential projects
  • Support proposals development
  • Perform other duties as may be requested by line manager

    Qualifications, Skills and Competencies
  • Master’s degree in International Development, Child Protection, Psychology, Education, Social Sciences or equivalent demonstrable experience in relevant fields (social work, community development).
  • Minimum 7 years senior management experience of development programs with leadership responsibilities.
  • Knowledge of Uganda and of Great Lakes Region dynamics (economic and socio-political context) is desirable
  • Strong technical skills in at least one of the pillars of WCH (psycho social support (PSS),
  • Education or Child Protection) is essential
    Demonstrated ability to think strategically, prioritize, and meet deadlines in a complex and challenging environment
  • Strong programming and analytical competencies
  • A successful track record in initiating, cultivating and securing support from a range of institutional and government donor agencies
  • Strong diplomacy skills; ability to establish and maintain good working relationships with partners, donors and other stakeholders in a sensitive environment
  • Experience of monitoring and evaluation methodologies, tools and systems (participatory methodologies)
  • Excellent English writing ability and verbal skills for project proposals, reports and communications
  • Politically and culturally sensitive with qualities of patience, tact and empathy
  • The ability and willingness to be flexible and accommodating in a difficult and sometimes insecure working environment
  • Ability to problem solve and work with minimal supervision
  • Ability to work well under pressure with diverse teams from all backgrounds and level
  • “Commitment to the vision and goals of War Child Holland in Uganda, including adherence to the Child Safety Policy, is essential”

    How to Apply
  • Interested and qualified candidates should apply online by 1st July 2019
  • For more information and job application details, see; War Child Holland Consortium Manager - Jobs in Uganda

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