Non-profit Careers – Project Area Manager Job Opportunity at The Water Trust (TWT)

Job Title:  Program Area Manager
Organization: The Water
Trust (TWT)
Duty Station: Masindi,
Reports to: Executive
Director, TWT and Board of Directors, New York, NY
About TWT:
The Water Trust (TWT) provides
sustainable investments in water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) to combat
disease and poverty in the developing world and allow people to live empowered
lives of dignity. Currently, TWTs geographic focus is western Uganda. TWT
implements community driven projects, the majority of which are village
partnerships that consist of a hand dug well, TWT-facilitated Community Led
Total Sanitation and monitoring and evaluation of these developments that are
implemented in collaboration with the local government, village and TWT.
Additionally, TWT implements pilot studies aimed to improve the long-term
management of the water sources. TWT recently underwent an extensive strategic
planning process to evaluate external and internal strengths, weaknesses and
differentiators of our organization, partnering orgs and the WASH sector
Job Summary: The TWT
Project Area Manager will primarily execute the program of water, sanitation
and hygiene (WASH) community-driven implementation, education and monitoring
projects in target areas. He / she will ensure that the program is done in
accordance with an agreed work plan and budget. The jobholder will also manage
a team of 19; 15 full-time employees and 5 contracted employees in two
different locations (Masindi and Kiryondongo Districts of western Uganda)
Key Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Ensure
    that all field activities are implemented on time through efficient
    planning and logistical management
  • Compile
    and produce regular reports to US Management on all operational aspects of
    the project (weekly and quarterly) in a clear and effective communication
  • Oversee
    the authoring of webpage and other reporting with pictures, video and
  • Maintain
    records in accordance with internal regulations
  • Responsible
    for developing quarterly and annual work plans and budgets to meet targets
    successfully in collaboration with US Management
  • In
    charge of financial modeling, budgeting and planning for $650,000 budget
    and a team of 14-18 employees
  • Build
    and maintain a strong working relationship with local Government officials
    and other development partners keeping them abreast of project progress
    and seeking their feedback
  • Steer
    the organization forward toward significant projected growth via
    geographic expansion, product line expansion, innovative strategies etc.
  • Build
    and maintain a strong communications link with US management, Board of Directors
    and development partners
  • Work
    closely with Local Government officials, suppliers, development partners
    and stakeholders
  • Manage
    and conduct strategic planning in alliance with TWT and needs of the WASH
  • Represent
    TWT at local, district, national and international levels in a
    professional manner
  • Ensure
    that all project staff are motivated and morale is kept high
  • Perform
    any additional reasonable tasks as required
Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
  • The
    ideal candidate should possess significant management experience in a
    developing country, excellent oral and written communication skills,
    strong planning and organizational skills, patience and a sense of humor
  • The
    applicant must also be educated to degree level (or equivalent)
  • Past
    exposure and experience of working at management level within a developing
    world context (preferably within a WASH context) for a minimum of 4 years
  • Prior
    experience managing a team of 20 or more people in multiple locations
  • Significant
    experience of communicating with parties in all levels of organization in
    a manner most appropriate to the party concerned
  • Past
    experience of dealing with relevant external stakeholders: Government
    Officials, donors and partners
  • Prior
    experience evaluating and improving organizational structures to improve
    efficiency and overall impact
  • Experience
    in simultaneously managing multiple projects with different deadlines
  • Past
    exposure and experience implementing, evaluating and making suggestions
    for improvements of new ideas and strategies
  • Prior
    project management skills and the capacity to manage time and workload
  • Possess
    the ability to meet heavy workloads and multiple project deadlines
  • Ability
    to absorb information quickly, understand it and make decisions based upon
    it within a short timeframe
  • Good
    working knowledge of IT; word processing, spreadsheets, Excel databases,
    new technology, email and comfortable with illustrative media, photo &
    video production
  • Attention
    to detail and organization
  • Good
    knowledge and understanding and fluency of budgeting, financing, accounts
    and overseeing internal and external regulations
  • Driving
    license (4wd off road experience preferable)
  • Strong
    leadership ability; possessing confidence, humility and integrity
  • Highly
    motivated individual, a “self-starter” able to manage their own
    time, coordinate staff and other parties and balance an extensive range of
  • Excellent
    oral and written communication skills
  • Strong
    planning and problem solving skills
  • High
    frustration threshold and ability to cope with stress
  • Comfortable
    operating independently; entirely self-sufficient with the resourcefulness
    and confidence to resolve situations in isolation
How to Apply:
All candidates are strongly
encouraged to send an updated CV, Cover Letter, and 2 professional references
to with Program Area Manager in the subject line of the
email; CV only applications will not be considered.
Deadline: 15th January, 2015
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