Uganda: Programme Manager, West Nile – Uganda

Organization: Aga Khan Foundation
Country: Uganda
Closing date: 04 Nov 2016


Are you cut out to lead a high performing team engaged in creating social and economic development opportunities in isolated areas? In the Arua, Koboko and Yumbe districts of West Nile, Uganda, Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) is developing links between community-based savings groups and private commercial banks (Diamond Trust Bank) to promote rural access to banking via digital financial services, strengthening education systems including via ICT, and ECD, child and community health services, and empowering youth socially and economically through local governments and civil society, etc. AKF is looking for a dynamic leader to work as Programme Manager of its multi-sector programmes in West Nile, Uganda. AKF has been operational in Arua, Koboko and Yumbe districts since 2012 with the launch of the Strengthening Education Systems in East Africa (SESEA) project. Reporting to the Country Director in Uganda, the Programme Manager will be leading a team of over 30 staff and a multi-sector programme that has grown significantly in the last 2-3 years and still has room to grow even further. The job comes with an isolated location, much travel, an always-full inbox, and a nagging sense that you could always do more. The job also comes with some of the greatest colleagues on the planet, tangible results from your hard work, and the knowledge that you are contributing to a national and global conversation on sustainable social and economic development.

Duty Station: Arua, Uganda

The incumbent will be responsible for the overall running of the multi-sector programmes on a day-to-day basis, strategically, programmatically and administratively.

Key Responsibilities include:

  • Lead, manage and mentor a multi-disciplinary team
  • Ensure that ALL AKF West Nile Programmes are achieving the desired results and impact
  • Ensure coordination and synergy among various sectors and projects implemented in West Nile by AKF
  • Manage relationship with local government, NGOs and private sector in the region
  • Ensure compliance with donor and AKF regulations and policies
  • Promote and institutionalize monitoring and evaluation, reflection and learning within AKF West Nile programming
  • Foster a culture of team building and support, integrity, high performance and accountability.
  • Ensure high quality implementation of ALL AKF West Nile programme activities, including management and oversight of grants
  • Oversee operations to ensure effective delivery of programme activities
  • Specifically:
  • Provide overall leadership and management to ALL AKF programmes in West Nile, including overseeing programme implementation, financial management and monitoring and evaluation.
  • Lead the development of strategic and annual programmatic plans and ensure coordination and synergy of various programme components to meet the desired outcomes
  • Ensure compliance with AKF policies and procedures and donor regulations, including financial oversight and grant management
  • Supervise, mentor, recruit and orient staff directly and indirectly including but not limited to promoting capacity development of staff in accordance with the needs of the programmes
  • Represent AKF and maintain relationship with relevant government authorities and external organisations and supporting AKF in policy engagement
  • Contribute to the development of high quality project proposals and budgets for the resource mobilization strategy in the region

Qualifications and Experience:

  • Minimum of a Master’s degree in education, economics, business administration, international development or a relevant field
  • Minimum 5 years’ relevant sector experience in development with a similar organisation
  • Minimum 3 years in a leadership position in the development sector in Uganda, East Africa or other regions of the developing world
  • Experience with multi-sector programming
  • Experience with results-based management
  • Familiarity with grant management, including preparation and monitoring of budgets
  • Knowledge of the government administration and the legal, fiscal and policy context in Uganda an advantage
  • Proven skills in project development, proposal writing, implementation and monitoring
  • Excellent organisational, inter-personal and communication skills

How to apply:

Candidates interested in this unique position are requested to submit their CVs (not exceeding 3 pages) including contact details of three professional references and a covering letter to the Country Director – Aga Khan Foundation, Uganda, by e-mail to by COB Friday 4th November, 2016. Please clearly indicate “Application for Programme Manager – AKF West Nile” in your email subject. Please note that due to the volume of applications, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

The Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) has been working in East Africa for thirty years and pursues innovative solutions to the seemingly intractable problems that lead to poverty. AKF is an equal opportunity employer committed to employee well-being. In Uganda, AKF is managing a robust and expanding portfolio of multi-sectorial initiatives that includes programmes in sustainable economic development, education, early childhood development, health, environment and gender/civil society strengthening.

Aga Khan Foundation is an Agency of the Aga Khan Development Network (*)*

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Uganda: Livestock Adviser Development Food Assistance Program (DFAP) Karamoja, Uganda

Organization: Mercy Corps
Country: Uganda
Closing date: 20 Nov 2016

Livestock Adviser – Development Food Assistance Program (DFAP) Karamoja, Uganda


Mercy Corps specializes in development in transitional areas. Mercy Corps has been operating in Uganda since 2006 and works to catalyze change makers within the Ugandan private sector, civil society and government to create economically dynamic, healthy and secure communities. Our works focus on building resilience and to enable economic growth, improve opportunities to attain better health and nutrition, and improved governance and conflict management. Mercy Corps Uganda’s largest project, The Northern Karamoja Growth Health and Governance Program (GHG) is a Five-Year Development Food Assistance Program (DFAP) that is being implemented in Northern Karamoja in the districts of Kaabong, Kotido and Abim.

The Livestock Sector Pilot Project will be layered on GHG’s existing three strategic objectives which are: SO1 – Livelihoods Strengthened, SO2 – Nutritional Status of CU5 Improved, and SO3 – Reduced Incidences of Armed Conflict. It’s primary goal is to increase the productivity and competitiveness of the livestock sector in Karamoja, thereby building resilience capacities. GHG’s expanded livestock strengthening activities will build transformative capacities for market access, livestock health services, and optimal use of rangeland through improved governance/land use. The combined result will be improved knowledge and learning on livestock productivity and market competitiveness in Karamoja, feeding squarely into many of the prioritized dimensions of the Feed the Future Learning Agenda, providing data driven learning to prioritized research questions with relevance to Karamoja but also applicable across pastoral areas currently facing similar challenges. Outcomes from the Livestock and Market Strengthening in Karamoja pilot will inform policy dialogue and reform as well as design of future livestock sector support activities financed by donors and the Government of Uganda that will drive economic growth and improved household and community resilience


The Livestock Advisor has primary responsibility for the oversight and implementation of the new 23 month livestock pilot program. Building on the experience and learning from the GHG project (started in 2012) and drawing on learning emerging from the recently completed EU funded Karamoja Livelihoods Program (KALIP) and technical studies relating to the livestock sector conducted by FAO and Oxfam, the GHG Livestock Sector Pilot will test and document the socio-economic viability of scalable, high impact interventions to strengthen the livestock production and market system in Karamoja. Among the interventions to be tested are included:

  • Formation of livestock marketing groups
  • Facilitated linkages between N. Karamoja producers and feedlot operators
  • Strengthened private sector networks through livestock fairs
  • Livestock buyer fact finding trips
  • Participatory land-use mapping (and documentation of customary institutions and practices relating to land use and natural resource governance)
  • Appropriate processing, storage and use of agro-by-products
  • Developing and testing a model for private sector delivery of comprehensive animal health services
  • Small scale animal feed enterprise development (producing and distributing supplementary nutritional blocks (engaging youth and marketing through agrivet stores)
  • Strengthened calf health and production management
  • Improved management of milking cows boosting milk production and milk offtake for household consumption

Together with key government counterparts, donors, the UN agencies and private sector stakeholders, the Livestock Pilot will also work to facilitate the development of a Livestock Development Plan for Karamoja that will complement the overarching KIDP and strengthen the umbrella structures that will support the integration of the livestock plan. By developing both the plan and the processes and structures that will implement and support the plan, the successful activities achieved in SO1 and SO2 of the pilot activity will have an opportunity to provide tangible actions as well as transformative and sustainable development once expanded.

The Livestock Advisor will directly oversee the development of the enabling livestock environment, will provide a global perspective on livestock markets and key competitiveness issues, and will supervise staff involved in livestock production, marketing and agricultural economics. The position’s three success factors include: 1) His/her ability to push forward market-driven approaches at all stages of programming, 2) the degree to which the person promotes and captures learning with her/his team, institutionalizing activity reviews, identifying and evaluating preconceptions and promoting a culture of inquisition, and 3) her/his passion to drive results, make critical decisions and produce scheduled outputs at deadline and to the expected quality will be.


In collaboration with team members and supervisor:

  • Directly and indirectly manage a diverse team of development professionals (including livestock and poultry specialists, agricultural economist) to plan, implement, monitor and report program activities, outputs, outcomes and impact.
  • Engage with private sector livestock actors to identify and facilitate the formation of new market linkages and business opportunities, such as livestock feed production, fattening/feedlots, private veterinary pharmacies, and others.
  • Facilitate a Karamoja policy development strategy and a more targeted Livestock Development Plan, considering current policies and processes, institutional/stakeholder analyses, and targeted studies through coordination and thought leadership with local and regional government and other stakeholders. Specific activities will include policy development forums, analyses, use of a stakeholder advisory group, and strategic communication to ensure that the process is inclusive and informed.
  • Build a strong comparative evidence base of policy and intervention options through; (a) quantitative assessment and evaluation of current livestock production performance and (b) the impact of livestock and alternative crop production interventions. The focus will be on engaging policy makers and key private sector actors through a mix of study tours to regional projects where livestock market development has been the focus, leveraging considerable investment, lessons learned and impact across the region (potential study tours include PRIME, Mercy Corps, Ethiopia and REGAL-IR and REGAL-AG, Kenya, Northern Rangelands Trust, Kenya).
  • Monitor intervention activities and collect beneficiary qualitative and quantitative information, document success stories and maintain proper records and filling systems.
  • Prepare and submit periodic work plans and activity reports.
  • Apply a gender and youth lens to activities in the program cycle.

Partnership Management:

  • Identify, assess and develop networks and strategies for potential private, public and civil society sector partnership with GHG program.
  • Establish and maintain productive working relationships with community, sub-county and district level leaders and soliciting their participation in all activities where appropriate.
  • Make on-site field visits regularly to monitor progress of activities and provide strategic measures for progress to maximize the programs’ economic and social impacts to the community.
  • Work with team leader(s) and Mercy Corps technical staff in order to bring synergy among different components of the project.

Monitoring and Evaluation:

  • Create a dynamic program environment that promotes inquiry.
  • Take primary responsibility for sector-focused data gathering.
  • Establish procedures and guidelines to monitor and evaluate the progress and impact of economic development support work including setting and measuring benchmarks along results chains.
  • Analyze project implementation strategies to identify constraints to program success and provide timely recommendations.
  • Provide data in support of team’s submission of timely weekly and quarterly reports that will be indicative of program progress during implementation.
  • Where needed, support external evaluations by research partner Feinstein International Centre and other organizations.
  • Work with Monitoring, Evaluation, Learning and Information Officers (MELIOs) to ensure accurate and timely flow of information from the field into database and for preparation of communication reports.


  • Conduct himself/herself both professionally and personally in such a manner that brings credit to Mercy Corps and to not jeopardize its humanitarian mission;
  • Other duties as assigned by the COP.

Organizational Learning: As part of our commitment to organizational learning and in support of our understanding that learning organizations are more effective, efficient and relevant to the communities they serve – we expect all team members to commit 5% of their time to learning activities that benefit Mercy Corps as well as themselves.

Accountability to Beneficiaries: Mercy Corps team members are expected to support all efforts towards accountability, specifically to our beneficiaries and to international standards guiding international relief and development work, while actively engaging beneficiary communities as equal partners in the design, monitoring and evaluation of our field projects.

SUPERVISORY RESONSIBILITY: Supervises the Livestock Pilot staff to include a veterinarian, livestock marketing officer, livestock production officer and poultry adviser

Reports Directly To: COP, GHG

Works Directly With: GHG livestock team, MC’s FAO livestock staff, BRACED project staff, M&E and other Mercy Corps program and operations staff


  • Master’s Degree in Livestock Production, Veterinary Medicine, or similar discipline.
  • 7+ years experience in livestock production (beef, sheep, goat, poultry, dairy), livestock value-addition (feedlot, slaughterhouse, feed production, etc.), livestock marketing, and enabling environment, including at least 2 years of direct experience in the private sector.
  • Knowledge of pastoral, and/or agro-pastoral livestock production practices, similar to those practiced in arid areas of the Horn of Africa.
  • Knowledge of livestock enabling environment issues and regulations such as phytosanitary standards, quarantine regulations, veterinary drug protocols, livestock taxation models, livestock traceability, banking regulations to support export/import, among others.
  • Willingness to travel and work in rural areas with livestock producers, traders, and other market players.
  • Ability to interact effectively with a wide range of partners: private sector, government, donors and civil society.
  • Skills in team work, holding community consultations, participatory methods, and organizational development.
  • Excellent reporting, communication and representation skills.
  • Excellent spoken and written English.
  • Strong writing, communication, organization, prioritization and negotiating skills.
  • Excellent (English) verbal and written communication skills with proven financial management skills.
  • Experience in building and maintaining effective partnerships with implementing and strategic partner agencies, and government authorities and counterparts.
  • Strong computer literacy with a full knowledge of office applications.


The successful candidate will possess strong leadership skills with the ability to maintain a broad perspective. S/he will undertake innovative approaches, be agile in the conceptualization of new program ideas and will be well versed in strategic thinking and planning. S/he will also have ability to juggle multiple priorities under tight deadlines, and to calmly and diplomatically deal with unexpected events impacting program operations. Must have strong interpersonal skills and an ability to communicate and manage expectations of many stakeholders critical being the donor USAID and Ugandan government counterparts. The ability and desire to grow individually and professionally is important.


This position is based in Moroto town. Moroto is the capital of Moroto District, with a stable security situation and basic amenities. Moroto has basic health services and no international schools. Moroto is small with a number of INGOs and expatriate staff based in the town. Water and electricity are generally available with occasional outages. The position requires frequent travel to field sites where one will encounter more basic living conditions. Mercy Corps has a large, well equipped field office in Moroto. The field location is ineligible for family members.

Mercy Corps Team members represent the agency both during and outside of work hours when deployed in a field posting or on a visit/TDY to a field posting. Team members are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner and respect local laws, customs and MC’s policies, procedures, and values at all times and in all in-country venues.

As part of Mercy Corps’ agency-wide Organizational Learning Initiative, all team members are responsible for spending 5% of their work time in formal and/or non-formal professional learning activities.


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Uganda: Finance Coordinator – Uganda Nationals Only – Uganda


Organization: Norwegian Refugee Council
Country: Uganda
Closing date: 27 Oct 2016

Finance Coordinator – Uganda Nationals Only – Uganda
Norwegian Refugee Council

The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) is a non-governmental, humanitarian organization with 60 years of experience in helping to create a safer and more dignified life for refugees and internally displaced people. NRC advocates for the rights of displaced populations and offers assistance within the shelter, education, emergency food security, legal assistance, and water,sanitation and hygiene sectors.
The Norwegian Refugee Council has approximately 5000 committed and competent employees involved in projects across four continents. In addition, NRC runs one of the world’s largest standby rosters -NORCAP, with 650 professionals, ready to be deployed on 72 hours notice when a crisis occurs

The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) is a non-governmental, humanitarian organization with 60 years of experience in helping to create a safer and more dignified life for refugees and internally displaced people. NRC advocates for the rights of displaced populations and offers assistance within Shelter, Education, Food security, Legal Assistance, Camp Management Water, Sanitation and Hygiene sectors.
Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) has been implementing projects for Internally Displaced Persons and Refugees in Northern Uganda, West Nile and South Western respectively, since 1997. Having smoothly phased-out by end of August 2014 in the North, NRC reopened from September 2014, to compliment efforts of the Government of Uganda and UNHCR in supporting the South Sudanese Refugees currently settled in the Districts of Adjumani and Arua in West Nile. With funding from SIDA, NMFA, ECHO and UNHCR, NRC will implement integrated projects in Adjumani/Arua/Yumbe Refugee Settlements. NRC now seeks to recruit a Finance Coordinator
The Finance Coordinator is responsible for the coordination of financial matters for the Uganda area..
NRC may be required to verify the identity of its partners/employees and to check that its partners/employees have not been involved in illegal activities. NRC reserves the right to use electronic screening tools for this purpose

Job description

  • Implement NRC’s financial systems and procedures at area level
  • Ensure adherence to Financial Handbook, other NRC policies and donor requirements
  • Maintain budget control and monitor cash flow for the area
  • Ensure that the accounting, monitoring and reporting are according to procedures
  • Train and develop financial team
  • Prepare and submit reports and analysis as required
  • Ensure proper filing of all financial documents
  • Support project staff in financial matters
  • Supervise the Finance officer


  • Experience from working as a Finance Coordinator in a humanitarian/recovery context
  • Previous experience from working in complex and volatile contexts
  • Documented results related to the position’s responsibilities
  • Knowledge about own leadership skills/profile
  • Fluency in English, both written and verbal

Education field

  • Finance / Economics

Education level

  • College / University, Bachelor’s degree

Personal qualities

  • Managing resources to optimize results
  • Managing performance and development
  • Analyzing
  • Handling insecure environments

We offer

  • Salary: According to NRC Uganda Policy
  • Duty Station: Kampala Uganda

Miscellaneous info

  • Travel: Some travelling must be expected

How to apply:

Please, apply through, then vacancies

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