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Thursday, April 5, 2018

Programme Manager Job at WaterAid - Career Opportunity in Uganda

Vacancy title:
Programme Manager

Jobs at:

Deadline of this Job:
15th April 2018

Duty Station:
Kampala, Uganda

Job details:
Reports to: Head of Programmes
WaterAid’s Vision is of a world where everyone has access to safe water and sanitation. Our mission is to transform lives by improving access to safe water, hygiene and sanitation in the world’s poorest communities, WaterAid works with partners to maximize its impacts for policy change/influence. WaterAid works through supporting local organizations and government authorities to design low cost sustainable projects using appropriate and affordable technologies that can be managed by the community itself. WaterAid also seeks to influence the policy change through government and other key international organizations to secure and protect the right of poor people to safe, affordable water and sanitation services.
Job Summary: The Programme Manager is a member of the Senior Management Team in WaterAid Uganda (WAU), the job holder will take a leading role in the strategic development of the country programme, ensuring an integrated programme approach that adheres to WaterAid international and WAU standards and policies. Sh/e will lead, coordinate and report on the design, development and implementation of WAU’s programmes in accordance strategy objectives. The Programme Manager will be responsible for providing policy analysis of WASH and development issues to enhance the sector influencing capacity of WAU through contributing to research into WASH Issues in a bid to have sustainable improvements in the provision of safe water, sanitation and hygiene to the poor in Uganda.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:
Strategic Management:
  • As part of SMT, take a leading role in providing strategic direction for the WAU programme through development and implementation of the new country programme strategy.
  • Lead on the development of new and innovative WAU programmes, operating at international aid delivery standards to deliver equitable inclusive and sustainable WASH services.
  •  Lead in the development and roll out of organisational and country specific policies & frameworks
  • Lead the production of strategic analysis, reviews, evaluations and plans for adaptive programme management development and expansion.
  • Work with the Country Director to develop and maintain a funding strategy to ensure future funding streams are adequate for delivering WAU strategic objectives.
  • Ensure that internal and external reporting requirements are met in an effective and timely manner in collaboration with the relevant units,
  • Take leading role in the effective management and monitoring of partnership and funding contracts ensuring adherence to quality standards and relevant donor requirements while assuring community preferences.
  • Ensure and promote good communication and knowledge exchange between programme and WAU sites, East Africa region and the global organisation. Use knowledge to continuously improve programme quality, design and management.
    Programme Planning and Management:
  • Lead in high quality programme development through appropriate Project Concept Notes, Proposals and associated budgets, ensuring adherence to WAU programme Cycle Management Procedures, global policies & procedures.
  • Provide management and technical support to Programme leads to ensure effective implementation of programmes; compliance to donor guidelines and timely delivery on programme objectives
  • Ensure that WAU develops and maintains a capacity to respond and mitigate emergencies as deemed appropriate by SMT
  • Ensure that opportunities for working through partners are fully explored and due diligence checks are carried out
  • Support the management and implementation of capacity building plans for partners as required and that partners are integrated into programme cycle management processes.
  • Ensure that cross cutting issues -equality, gender, climate change, sanitation and hygiene - are mainstreamed into all programme activities;
    Donor Compliance and Reporting
  • Work in close collaboration with the Fundraising and strategy unit, ensure effective compliance with funding agreements through translated proposal documents, start-of-project workshops and training on donor guidelines
  • Effectively manage and lead the programme teams to ensure appropriate funding agreement reporting schedules, preparation of quality donor narratives and financial reports.
  • Guide teams in preparing WAU’s Annual and half-year Programme Reports, consolidating inputs into the country level report.
    Financial Management & Systems:
  • Review programme budgets and ensure appropriateness and alignment with donor regulations and project budgets.
  • Work with Finance and the assigned programme budget holders to ensure close management of relevant budgets and expenditures in compliance with donor guidelines and management account feedback
  • Prepare programme portion of funding proposals’ budgets in collaboration with Finance and relevant programme staff and respond to or act upon reviews of all donor financial reports for compliance and accountability
  • Ensure procurement plans are in place for each project and programme according to programme budgets & budget narratives
  • Support develop effective systems and logistical support to programmes, ensuring programme managers understand and comply with WAU finance and procurement Procedures & Policies.
    Coordination & Networking:
  • Oversee the development and use cutting-edge analysis and position papers on relevant WASH or inter-sector issues and other programme-related knowledge pieces with national, regional or local level impact to ensure WASH is prioritised.
  • Ensure WAU is appropriately represented and participates actively in relevant coordination structures at the field level and provide the appropriate support to sector institutions and donors targeted at strengthening sector capacity and institutions.
  • Support the articulation and clarity of WAU policy positions on key issues of focus and other evolving national challenges and obstacles for the right to water and sanitation, using these to effectively influence government and sector actors, strengthen voice and participation of citizens in WASH and national governance.
  •  Contribute to national-level INGO, bilateral and multilateral institutions, including the UN, coordination efforts to facilitate effective aid delivery in the country.
  • Stand in for the Country Director to represent WAU at relevant government, donor or inter agency meetings.
  • Analyse government and donor policies and assess impact on sustainable and equitable delivery of WASH services.
  • Responsible for the communication of evidence to the sector and other relevant stakeholders; gauge sector processes and gather intelligence so as to ensure the ‘research into use’ is timely and targeted.
  • Facilitate the process of building capacity of WAU and its partners to plan and undertake effective policy and campaigning programmes.
  • Support the mainstreaming and integrating of issues regarding Policy and Advocacy in WAU programme activities.
  • Keep informed about key political and socio economic developments and WASH events and opportunities in Uganda and region, to assess policy development by other sector players.
  •  Identify, prioritize and manage a specific policy agenda as part of WaterAid’s influencing work in Uganda.
  • Take an active part in national water sector dialogue mechanisms such as annual sector reviews.
  • Support networks and build allies and partnerships to leverage WAU’s visibility in the sector and beyond to include working with parliamentarians, CSOs and other partners.
  •  Develop and strengthen links with policy and advocacy networks nationally and, in collaboration with the Director of Policy, Research and Advocacy, regional team spearhead WAU’s policy influencing agenda.
    Staff Management, Development and Organisation Learning:
  • Provide technical support and on-going on-the-job training and coaching to staff in management and or technical (programme) areas.
  • Ensure proper staff performance management processes are undertaken and maintained with people management responsibility, ensuring that all processes are properly documented.
  • Ensure that work within the programme team(s) is planned and organised in a way which will meet the organisation’s needs in the most cost effective manner, ensuring that team members are given appropriate workloads and are working efficiently.
  • Build clear processes in each programme to ensure organisational learning is prioritised and systematically used in Project Cycle Management, external exchange and advocacy.
  •  Undertake any other responsibilities, tasks or activities as reasonably required
  • The above is given as a broad range of duties and is not intended to be a complete description of all tasks. It is important to note that the responsibilities may change to meet the evolving needs of the way WaterAid works
Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
  • The WaterAid Programme Manager should hold a Masters level qualification in Development Studies, Public Health, WASH, or other related discipline.
  • At least twelve years’ experience working in a developing country in a development and/or humanitarian context, with prior experience in senior programme management, including experience in planning, developing and evaluating programmes
  • Prior WASH related experience would be an advantage.
  • Advanced and proven ability in written and spoken English
  • Significant experience of programme design and successful funding proposal development.
  • Proven management and communication skills including the ability to motivate, support and mentor staff and to pass on this competency to staff
  • Substantive demonstrable experience in support to all phases of the monitoring and evaluation process, including the design and implementation of M&E plans, databases and tools, and the analysis and use of data and results to improve programme quality.
  • Demonstrable experience and competence in networking and effective relationship building with peers, donors and government. High level of diplomacy and tact
  • Experience in approaches to supporting community participation and accountability with programme design and implementation.
  • Experience of capacity building with partner organisations and government
  • Specific experience managing WASH programmes
  • Experience with gender, equality, Climate change mainstreaming
  • Skills in Digital Data Gathering, statistics and statistical analysis software packages
  • Professional skills in preparation of Research reports, Policy design and interpretation. Having a good number of publications of articles in the recognized journals is preferred.
  • Experience of policy dialogue with government and donors.
  • Experience and knowledge on WASH sector/ issues is desirable with proven ability to analyse (qualitative and quantitative) data
  • Extensive experience of Policy or Communication campaigns
Personal Competencies:
  • Cross-cultural awareness and sensitivity
  • Ability to work to deadlines and under pressure
  • Strong proven delegation, time management and prioritising skills
  • Flexible, patient and adaptable to a changing environment.
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication and team building skills.
  • Effective networking abilities
  • Excellent people management capabilities
  • Good public speaking ability in English
Job application procedure
All suitably qualified and interested candidates should send their updated CVs and motivation letters to:  including three work related referees. Emails should not exceed 2MB.
NB: In order to apply for this role, you must be able to demonstrate your eligibility to work in Uganda.