Non-profit Careers – Senior Programme Manager at International Alert

International Alert
Duty Station: Kampala,
Reports to: Country
About IA:
International Alert is a 27-year old independent peacebuilding
organisation. We work with people who are directly affected by violent conflict
to improve their prospects of peace, and we seek to influence the policies and
ways of working of governments, international organisations like the UN and
multinational companies, to reduce conflict risk and increase the prospects of
peace. We work in Africa, several parts of Asia, the South Caucasus, the Middle
East and Latin America and have recently started work in the UK. Our policy
work focuses on several key themes that influence prospects for peace – the
economy, climate change, gender, the role of international institutions, the
impact of development aid, and the effect of good and bad governance. 
Job Summary: The Senior
Programme Manager will be responsible for all Alert projects in Uganda
including staff, budgets and overall programme implementation. The job holder
is responsible for the efficient management of Alert’s Uganda projects. The
post holder will support at a strategic level the management of a portfolio of
projects in the country programme, supervise project managers and oversee the
effective application of appropriate management systems to project
implementation. S/he will ensure that Alert’s contribution to peacebuilding in
Uganda is maximised, by on one hand taking responsibility for sound project
management and on the other build strong partnership with local organisations,
manage relationships with local authorities, communities or other groups of
interest and contribute to fund raising.
Key Duties and
1. Lead implementation and strategic development of Alert’s oil
  • Lead proactively the timely implementation
    and strategic development of all aspects of Alert’s oil work, ensuring
    maximal impacts on peace in Uganda
  • Provide clear and relevant communications
    on project activities and progress within Alert and with donors
  • Manage the effective monitoring and
    evaluation of the project including appropriate baseline and other
  • Develop and nurture excellent working
    relationships critical to ensuring the impact and success of these
    initiatives: with partners in key districts; with relevant government
    authorities; oil companies; and civil society.
  • Ensure that as Alert begins to enter into
    formal and financial partnership agreements with different partners in key
    districts of the Albertine Rift, these are negotiated in line with Alert’s
    HQ guidance on partnership, and effectively monitored and reviewed.
  • Maintain and constantly review Alert’s
    partnerships in Uganda to ensure strategic relevance, risk mitigation,
    impact on the ground, and financial systems are being effectively managed.
  • Closely monitor expenditure for relevant
    activities, ensuring compliance with Alert, donor and government
    regulations, and identifying periodic budget adjustments that may be
    required in close consultation with Alert Uganda’s FA&HR team and
    Country Manager
  • Manage all the relevant aspects of donor
    reporting and fundraising, in close coordination with Country Manager
  • Ensure attentive and supportive
    line-management of relevant staff, in line with Alert¡¦s policies and
    procedures, as well as Ugandan labour law
  • Ensure proper implementation of all other
    relevant Alert policies, in close coordination with FA&HR team.
2. Supervise the implementation, planning, monitoring and reporting of
all current activities in Uganda and support the consolidation of Alert’s
Uganda programme:
  • Supervise and manage all Project Managers
  • Assist the Project Managers to draft and
    implement annual work plans for two current and eventual new projects
  • Actively participate in Uganda Programme’s
    senior country management team meetings (SMT), and programme leadership
    team meetings (PLT) and contributing to strategic coherence within the
    Uganda programme, cross-learning between projects, and shared
    responsibility for the programme’s achievements and impacts;
  • Support and supervise project managers to
    ensure effective financial management of projects, including budgeting,
    forecasting of expenditures, monitoring of expenditures, financial
    reporting and auditing;
  • Actively contribute to project design and
    fundraising proposals
  • Support Project Managers to ensure
    effective monitoring and evaluation is implemented across the Uganda
    programme and oversee continual improvement in assessment and
    communication of impact;
  • Technically support the documentation and
    dissemination of new methodologies and best practice emanating from
    Alert’s work;
  • Maintain relations with strategic and
    implementing partners, ensuring partnerships are well-founded,
    well-managed and effective and that the partnership is mutually
    reinforcing, and is defined in a partnership agreement where appropriate;
3. Support the effective application of internal systems, staffing and
procedures across all projects:
  • Work in liaison with the Finance,
    Administration and HR team to manage the effective application of
    management systems to ensure that project implementation complies with
    admin and financial policies;
  • Ensure good coordination with logistical
    services and application of relevant policy;
  • Ensure that current and emerging staffing
    needs are met, by mentoring and motivating staff, and through active
    performance management, promoting effective cohesion and team identity
    across its various projects;
4. Significantly contribute to Africa Programme (AP) and wider
organisational goals and objectives:
  • Proactively participate in and contribute
    to AP activities and events including regional meetings;
  • Contribute to advocacy initiatives of the
    AP and Alert as required;
  • Contribute to team-wide communications and
    knowledge management, and participate in organisation-wide events and
    discussions on related topics/projects
Qualifications, Skills and
  • The ideal candidate for the International
    Alert should hold a University degree in relevant subject
  • Significant NGO project management in various
    conflict-affected environments, including responsibility for strategy
    design, staffing, admin/finance issues, contract management and donor
  • Past exposure and experience of financial
    management gained in an (I)NGO or a business
  • Excellent working knowledge (spoken,
    written and read) of English
  • Prior experience of implementing
    peacebuilding or development programmes in Uganda
  • Strong and inspiring facilitation skills;
    participatory planning and leadership
  • Significant experience of partnership management
    and development
  • Capacity to interpret trends and events
    impacting on the programme
  • An ability to make good judgement calls on
    complex issues and decisions
  • Report-writing and editing skills
  • Good knowledge and understanding of
    development and peacebuilding issues relating to the development of the
    oil industry in Uganda
  • Past experience of working in donor-funded
    multi-agency consortium projects is an advantage
  • Solid experience of grant financial
  • Prior experience of leading
    peacebuilding-related programmes, and familiarity with conflict-sensitive
    approaches to development is an advantage
  • Good knowledge and understanding of gender
    and development concepts, and experience of implementing gender-sensitive
  • Past experience of networking and advocacy
    on political issues in the African context is desired 
How to Apply: 
All suitably qualified and interested candidates should send a Cover
Letter and updated CV alongside completed  Application
and Equal
forms to
Deadline: Friday, 28th November
2014 by 5pm Uganda time.
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