UCF UK Charity Jobs – General Manager

Job Title:  General
Organization: Uganda
Conservation Foundation (UCF)
Duty Station: Kampala,
About US:
Uganda Conservation Foundation
(UCF) is a Registered UK Charity. UCF has earned its reputation as a practical,
action-based organisation, and seeks to ensure it maximises funds reaching
field project actions and minimises administration and non-value adding
activities. UCF works to better protect Uganda’s National Parks and their
unique biodiversity for the benefit of wildlife, local communities, the global
community and future generations. UCF works closely with Uganda Wildlife
Authority (UWA) to identify specific needs for step changes, designing targeted
projects, identifying funding gaps and raising funds to address these needs.
Its work is highly valued by its main beneficiaries – local communities and
Job Summary:  The General Business Manager will take lead of
UCF’s Ugandan not-for-profit operational arm. The GM will lead UCU’s transition
from a Founder-led organisation that depends heavily on voluntary time for
fundraising and management, to a self-sustaining and managed institution, with
the Trustees and Directors playing an advisory and regulatory role.
Working together with
Directors, Trustees and staff, the GM will lead the development of new
programmes, support the development and management of existing programmes with
their respective project leads, strengthen governance, and supervise and
develop the staff team.
Through strategic fund-raising,
the GM will help UCU to triple UCF’s current revenue base to about $500,000 per
annum and unrestricted funding to over $120,000 per annum over the next 3
years. The GM will have the opportunity to develop our experienced team working
in the field of wildlife conservation and regional development, and further
counter the upsurge in poaching and improve livelihoods of communities, in particular
by addressing human-wildlife conflict.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
  • Provide
    leadership to the organisation;
  • Support
    in the review and updating of UCU Strategy, working with the Trustees and
    Directors to develop annual and medium term business plans;
  • Management
    of project and organisation finances including on-going upgrade of UCU’s
    financial management systems;
  • Ensure
    the organisation is legally and fiscally compliant and that management
    systems and policies are in place and used, for smooth running of the
  • Day
    to day staff management including development, training, appraisals and
  • Programme
    and resource planning with project leads and stakeholders to guide project
    work throughout the year effectively and according to capacity;
  • Prepare
    annual core operational budgets, monitoring and reporting variations;
  • Design,
    fund and manage new projects with new funding partners;
  • Implement
    unrestricted funding, new and existing project fund-raising plan in
    conjunction with stakeholders and project directors;
  • Manage
    grant funded project cycle, proposal development, project budgets,
    identify donors and prepare funding applications, work contracts,
    management of resources, completion of projects to time and budget; donor
    reporting requirements;
  • Information
    management between staff, Board of Directors and Trustees, including
    ensuring Trustees and Directors are provided with accurate and timely
    information to support their work;
  • Plan
    and implement fundraising to ensure sustainable long term coverage of core
    running costs for the continuity and solvency of the organisation;
  • Manage
    the team in their preparation of an Annual Report summarising progress on
    short and long-term plans and oversee a timely annual audit;
  • Ensure
    communication and marketing is of high quality and effectively targeted,
    and lead domestic revenue raising initiatives;
  • Liaise
    with key stakeholders (e.g. Uganda Wildlife Authority and donors) to
    maintain strong working links at senior levels whilst respecting existing
  • Identify
    opportunities for organisational development, including private and public
    sector partnerships and generation of domestic revenue; and
  • Support
    the representation of the organisation and its public relations.
Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The
    applicant should have a minimum of five or more years of relevant
    experience in a senior management role;
  • The
    candidate should also hold a graduate degree;
  • Proven
    ability to lead, develop, mentor and manage a team of staff to deliver
    organisation goals;
  • Ability
    to build effective and motivated working relationships and strategic
    partnerships both internally and externally;
  • Excellent
    communication skills, both verbal and written;
  • Be
    self-motivated, impact driven, practical, tolerant and flexible to seek
    innovative, creative and balanced solutions;
  • Strong
    skills in financial management, planning and budgetary control;
  • Ability
    and initiative to create and develop fund-raising opportunities;
  • Experienced
    in proposal development, monitoring, reporting and evaluation; and
  • Proficiency
    with office computer equipment, Office software, Quickbooks, internet and
    social media.
  • Past
    experience of working in East Africa with multi-cultural teams is desired
  • Keen
    interest in, or experience of, wildlife conservation is an added advantage
  • Non-profit/charitable
    organisation experience including fund-raising; and
  • Working
    knowledge of QuickBooks accounting.
How to Apply: 
All applicants should submit a
sealed letter of application in their own handwriting and in less than 300
words with a hard copy of an up-to-date C.V., including telephone and email
contacts, to be handed in to the UCU offices at Plot 24 Henlon Close, Luthuli
Avenue, Bugolobi, Kampala, Uganda. This should be marked “For the
attention of the Board of Directors”, clearly stating “Application
for the post of UCU General Manager” on the outside.
Deadline: Friday, 6th February 2015
Applicants who have not heard back from us by 22nd February should consider
their applications unsuccessful. Any canvassing in the interim may result in an
application being disgarded.

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