USAID SPRING Project Jobs – Country Manager

Job Title:  Country Manager
Organisation: USAID
SPRING Project
Duty Station:  Kampala, Uganda
About USAID SPRING Project:
Strengthening Partnerships,
Results, and Innovations in Nutrition (SPRING) is a five-year cooperative
agreement funded by the United States Agency for International Development
(USAID) to provide state-of-the-art technical support and facilitate
country-led, regional, and global programs to improve the nutritional status of
women and children. The SPRING implementation team consists of JSI Research
& Training Institute, Inc., Helen Keller International (HKI), the
International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Save the Children (SC),
and The Manoff Group (TMG).
Job Summary: The Country
Manager is the SPRING project’s highest level representative in Uganda. The
incumbent will be responsible for defining the strategic direction for
SPRING/Uganda, and will oversee implementation of the SPRING/Uganda program.
He/she will supervise a team of locally hired staff, coordinate and oversee
technical support from SPRING/Washington, and serve as SPRING’s primary point
of contact for USAID Uganda. USAID/Uganda has requested support to implement
district-level nutrition programming in the Southwest and East Central regions.
The incumbent will lead this work on behalf of SPRING.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
  • Responsible
    for developing and overseeing all aspects of the SPRING/Uganda portfolio.
  • Defining
    strategic direction for SPRING/Uganda. Identify opportunities for project
    growth and development.
  • Steering
    the development of work plans and budgets. Secure approval and commitment
    from SPRING/Washington and USAID/Uganda.
  • Manage
    the implementation of project activities, and ensure performance against
    targets. Take corrective action where necessary.
  • Oversee
    project budgets, and identify and supervise a team of high performing
    national operations and program staff.
  • Ensure
    the technical integrity of the project. Identify technical assistance (TA)
    needs, and work with SPRING Washington to identify appropriate TA
    providers.
  • Oversee
    project monitoring and evaluation. Ensure use of data for decision making,
    and ensure timely quality reporting to SPRING/Washington, USAID/Uganda and
    USAID/Washington.
  • Ensure
    compliance with SPRING and USAID rules and regulations.
  • Build
    and grow relationships with USAID/Uganda, SPRING partners,
    SPRING/Washington and other key stakeholders at country level.
  • Engage
    with key Government Agencies and other stakeholders in particular to
    support the implementation of SPRING/Uganda.
  • Represent
    SPRING in national and regional forums. Document program successes, and
    serve as an advocate for SPRING/Uganda.
  • Develop
    and maintain a detailed understanding of the health and nutrition issues
    in Uganda including national policy development, key players in
    government, INGOs, UN and national/regional and local civil society
    organizations.
  • Represent
    SPRING global program interests at country level, and contribute to SPRING
    global success at global level.
  • Travel
    domestically to project sites (approximately 25%), and internationally as
    needed.
Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The
    applicant for the aforementioned USAID SPRING Project vacancy should
    possess as a Master’s degree in nutrition, public health, social sciences,
    international development, or a related field.
  • A minimum
    of fifteen or more years of experience leading, managing and implementing
    large international development projects in nutrition, health policy,
    health systems strengthening, behavior change communication, community
    development, food security, or a related field.
  • Demonstrated
    success across the whole range of project management: strategic program
    planning; work planning and budgeting; financial, administrative,
    contractual management and oversight; relationship management with
    multiple clients; oversight of program monitoring and evaluation; and
    documentation of results for USAID-funded programs.
  • Superior
    leadership, management and communication skills, including demonstrated
    experience interacting with U.S.
    Government agencies, host country governments and other relevant
    stakeholders.
  • Excellent
    English language skills, both written and spoken with strong presentation
    skills. Possess the ability to prepare and disseminate project findings,
    success stories and other documents effectively.
  • Excellent
    interpersonal and organizational skills.
  • Several
    years of professional experience working in Uganda preferred.
  • Proven
    ability to supervise and mentor staff from different cultures.
  • Working
    knowledge of Microsoft software packages: Word, Excel, PowerPoint,
    Outlook.
How to Apply: 
All candidates are strongly
encouraged to Apply Online by clicking on the web link below or send a cover
Letter and CV to jobs@spring-nutrition.org with the appropriate job title in
the subject line.
Deadline: 30th November 2014

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