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Monday, August 28, 2017

Proogram Manager Job at Uganda Biodiversity Fund ( UBF ) - Career Opportunity in Uganda

Vacancy title:
Proogram Manager

Jobs at:
Uganda Biodiversity Fund ( UBF )

Deadline of this Job:
September 15th 2017

Duty Station:
Kampala, Uganda

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Job details:
The Uganda Biodiversity Fund ( UBF ) is an independent institution, a Trust Fund established as a mechanism to provide sustainable financing for the conservation of priority biodiversity and ecosystem services in Uganda. UBF was registered in 2016 under the Trustees Incorporation Act of 1939, Chapter 165. The mission or‘ UBF is ‘to serve as a catalyst for mobilising, managing and channeling financial resources for biodiversity conservation and sustainable use of natural resources in Uganda for the benefit of current and future generations and the intrinsic value of nature". The trust is not an implementing organization, its core business is to mobilize, manage and channel grants and other forms of support to other institutions that are involved in the implementation of projects to protect biodiversity and ecosystem services.

With support from the Wildlife Conservation Society through a USAID/Uganda Biodiversity Trust Fund supported activity, the Uganda Biodiversity Fund is now seeking to hire a professional to fill the position of Program Manager, as detailed below:

Title: Proogram Manager
Reports to: Executive Director
Supervises: Program/Project Staff

Job Purpose: The Programs Manager supports the Executive Director in positioning of UBF's impact and ensuring program alignment to UBF mission and key strategic objectives/agendas. The overall responsibility is to coordinate and support program development, implementation, monitoring and reporting.

Primary Tasks
Program Development and Grants Administration

  • Based on the strategic plan, business plan and the Trust Deed, develop a biodiversity funding program that meets the goals and objectives of UBF. 
  • Assists the Executive Director in prioritizing the financing of activities that guarantee coherence and effectiveness to comply with UBF Goals and Objectives.  
  • Work with the ED and the Finance Manager to streamline and popularize the funding guidelines in relation to the developed program, prepares or causes to be prepared and supervises contracts, grant agreements, and all other documents necessary to implement the UBF programs and projects. Provides overall technical and financial reports on the projects financed by UBF to the Executive Director.  
  • Solicits proposals from potential grantees and provides technical support in the selection process. the UBF grant making operations manuals and policies, and grants disbursement plans.  
  • Provides support to the ED and the Finance Manager in the annual planning and budgeting process and annual reporting.
Monitoring and Evaluation
  • Responsible for developing a monitoring and evaluation tool to be used by the grantees. 
  • Provides technical support and back-stopping to the grantees.  
  • Supervises and monitors the technical and financial performance of projects financed by UBF.  
  • Ensures that the grantees are providing timely technical and financial reports.
Human Resource Management
  • Participates in the selection process and prepares work plans, supervises the performance of their duties and evaluates programme/project stall. 
  • Leading and developing the program/project teams
Stakeholders engagement:
  • Works with the ED to represent and promote the UBF interests in day-to-day dealings and ongoing liaison with representatives of government; local and international NGOs; private sector; multilateral and bilateral donor agencies; other donors; academic institutions; regional institutions and media. 
  • Steer capacity building and institutional strengthening of grantees to ensure the delivery of quality prcgrammes/projects.  
  • Represent UBF in meetings and regional and international conferences and events.
  •  Develop and maintain a network of contacts with other biodiversity  
  • Conservation initiatives and relevant stakeholders to achieve greater efficiencies and synergies.
  • identifies and develops viable funding proposals based on implemented programs to be discussed with the ED
  •  Supports the ED to develop promotional materials and project concepts to be used in fund raising activities.
  •  Supports the ED in mobilizing resources.
Qualifications and Experience
  • Master of Science degree in natural resources management preferably in the area of biodiversity conservation, forestry, ecology or any related field. 
  • At least 10 years’ experience preferably with an NGO or a trust fund in conservation oral related field. He/ she should have spent at least 5 years at a senior management level.  
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience of biodiversity conservation issues at the national and international levels and sustainable biodiversity financing mechanisms.
  •  Demonstrated experience working with government agencies, civil society organizations, development agencies, and the private sector. Good knowledge of private sector engagement strategies and models and clear demonstration of experience working! engaging with the private sector.  
  • Experience working with Committees, Board of Directors or similar types of structures and interacting with its members.  
  • Competent in project development and management, administrative, strategic planning, negotiation, proposal writing (with evidence of having  
  • successfully fundraised for program/project implementation) as well as  
  • Leadership and team building-skills.
Personal Attributes
  • Be a highly energetic, self-staining, entrepreneurial and creative individual who can express/recognize ideas, opportunities, and communicate goals and objectives clearly. 
  • Ability to undertake actions, decisions, and achieve results in an independent manner and assume responsibility for the actions taken.  
  • Ability to work in a multicultural diverse environment and under pressure
  •  Demonstrated ability to adhere to strict confidentiality involving internal/ external information.  
  • Good verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills in English.  
  • Ability to plan, manage and follow through assignments and communicate at all levels of the organization in a timely and professional manner.  
  • Ability to work independently and as a member of a team with minimal supervision.
Job application procedure
Submit your applications accompanied by CV and two referees to, Executive Director, Uganda Biodiversity Fund, P.O. Box 26156, Kampala. Or by Email:, or Or Hand deliver to Plot 16-18, Wampewo Avenue, Nyonyi Gardens, Kololo, Kampala. By September 15th 2017.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.