International NGO Jobs – Programme Manager at African Revival (AR)

Job Title: Programme Manager
Organisation: African Revival (AR)
Duty Station: Gulu, Uganda
About AR:
African Revival (AR) is an innovative International NGO working to
improve equal access to quality education in Africa through a variety of
different interventions. We focus on primary and pre-primary education and
livelihoods/agriculture programming, and are starting a new 3-year Early
Childhood Development (ECD) Programme in the coming months.
Job Summary: The Programme
Manager will be key in ensuring the projects and programmes are effective, on
budget and impactful. They will manage a team of 10-15 national staff and
expatriate volunteers across 3-4 offices in Northern Uganda. Based in Gulu,
they will be primary representative of African Revival in Uganda and take
overall responsibility of representation of the organisation in-country. The PM
will be responsible for coordinating and managing the overall planning and
implementation of the country programme strategy for Uganda. They will be
tasked to maintain positive donor relations in country, explore new funding
opportunities and support the UK office in their fundraising needs.
Key Duties and
1. Programme Development (20%)
  • Develop in conjunction with the other
    senior staff a new 5-year Organisational Strategy for AR
  • Develop new project and programme
    proposals in conjunction with Programme Director
  • Quickly respond to Uganda based calls for
    proposals, letter of enquiries, etc from institutional donors
  • Assist in writing concept notes and full
    proposals to grants, foundations and institutional donors
  • Significantly contribute to the development
    of new projects and/or programmes for Uganda through reviews of existing
    projects/programmes and through research into new potential project areas
  • Conduct needs assessments for new schools
    in the Acholi Region to provide a basis for development of new projects
  • Collect and compile data on schools for
    the UK Fundraising Team for the development of funding proposals
  • Continue the planned shift into private
    provision of education in Uganda
2. HR Management (20%)
  • Take overall responsibility for the management
    of all staff within AR Uganda offices
  • Agreeing work plans, priorities and
    reporting with staff
  • Maintain good inter-team communications,
    engender good team dynamics, and take suitable action if/when problems
  • Ensure that all policies are adequately
    explained to staff and subsequently enforced
  • Effectively delegate HR responsibilities
    to the project coordinators and ensure that these line managers are fully
    aware of their responsibilities
3. Project Management (20%)
  • To take overall responsibility for the
    management of all projects in Uganda
  • To directly manage the implementation of
    Jumpstart! Our up-coming Early Childhood Education Programme
  • Ensure compliance with donor
  • Develop and oversee implementation plans
    and targets that will ensure that all agreed and funded projects are
    delivered in a timely and cost effective manner
  • Carry out monitoring visits to sites to
    ensure work is on target
4. Financial Management (15%)
  • Prepare and produce the yearly core budget
    in collaboration with the Programme Director
  • Oversee project/programme expenditure and
    ensure budgets are adhered to
  • Alert the Programme Director if any
    project/programme will go over budget
5. Monitoring and Evaluation (10%)
  • Ensure that AR becomes more results and
    impact focused and that our implementation is planned, implemented and
    monitored with the use of empirical primary and secondary data
  • Ensure that all individual projects and
    programmes are monitored and evaluated to determine the impact of these
    projects/programmes and determine any changes needed to increase impact of
    future projects/programmes
6. Managing Strong Strategic Relations In-Country (10%)
  • Be the focal contact person of the
    organisation within Uganda, improving our brand awareness
  • Network in the field with organizations
    relevant to the work of AR International
  • Represent the organisation at relevant
    national, district and partner meetings
  • Lobby for funds from in-country sources,
    particularly within Kampala
  • Play a key role and advocate in national
    and regional dialogues on relevant matters to the organization
  • Create and build new relationships and
    partnerships with larger NGOs, unilateral and multilateral funding bodies
7. Reporting (5%)
  • Provide concise bi-monthly reports on
    projects/programmes, HR management, and general challenges to Programme
  • Provide technical input into donor reports
Qualifications, Skills and
  • At least two to four years’ experience
    working in the International Development Sector, preferably in education,
    or a related field
  • 1-2 years experience in a management
    position, preferably managing a diverse team, understanding and motivating
    each member
  • Post-graduate degree preferred in relevant
    field, e.g. International Development, Project Management, Education
    although with the right experience this is not required.
  • Past exposure and experience of working
    overseas, in Uganda or sub-Saharan Africa preferred
  • Possess good knowledge and understanding
    of education and livelihoods programming in the developing world, and
    knowledge of Early Childhood Development is highly desirable.
  • Good working knowledge of project design
    to meet donor requirements, DFID, EU, Comic Relief etc.
  • Strong track record of building and
    maintaining donor relations and securing funds
  • Strong understanding and awareness of
    financial management and budgeting
  • They will have worked overseas, preferably
    in Uganda or sub-Saharan Africa and be aware of the challenges such
    working environments create. With a head office in Gulu, the ideal
    candidate will be happy to be based in a medium-sized town with frequent
    field trips to rural locations.
  • Possess a good track record of
    multi-tasking and work under pressure, juggling a large number of
    different and complex duties at once.
  • Past experience of project, HR and financial
    management, programme design and donor reporting and be able to relay our
    message to potential donors and partners in Uganda.
  • The candidate must be highly motivated to
    develop and improve themselves in all areas within the role where they
    lack previous experience.
  • Be hungry to work as part of a young and
    inspirational team dedicated to improving the lives of young people in
How to Apply: 
All suitably qualified candidates should send their CVs and covering
letters to
Deadline: July 31, 2014

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