International Non-profit Jobs – Programme Manager at African Revival

Job Title:    Programme Manager
Organisation: African Revival
Duty Station: Gulu, Uganda
About US:
African Revival believes that
education is the key to overcoming poverty, and our vision is an Africa where
every child has equal access to quality education. Known for our holistic,
responsive and innovative approach, we work with nursery and primary schools in
Uganda and Zambia, two of the poorest countries in the world, to allow every
child to fulfil their full potential. We don’t just build classrooms; we
empower whole communities – pupils, teachers and parents – to transform
community-led and government-aided schools into thriving learning environments
that build brighter, better futures.
Job Summary: The Programme Manager will be responsible
for further developing African Revival’s Uganda programme, leading the
implementation of current and future activities, whilst developing and managing
relationships with international and national stakeholders working towards the
provision of quality education in northern Uganda.  He / she will also be responsible for
managing and monitoring programme delivery against objectives, programme
expenditure against budget, fundraising (including proposal writing) and
reporting to donors.
Key Duties and
1. Programme Development: Develop new project and programme proposals (on education, livelihoods
and construction projects/programmes) in conjunction with CEO and the Fundraising
& Comms Director (FCD)
  • Quickly
    respond to Uganda-based calls for proposals, letter of enquiries, etc.
    from institutional donors
  • Lead
    on writing concept notes and full proposals to grants, foundations and
    institutional donors
  • Actively
    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
  • Compile
    project impact data on all of our projects for the UK Fundraising Team to
    support and strengthen the case for support in our funding proposals
2. Project/Programme Management: Take overall responsibility for the management of our education, agricultural
/ livelihoods and construction projects/programmes in Uganda
  • Directly
    oversee the implementation of all programmes in Uganda
  • Ensure
    quality design and delivery of all projects
  • Ensure
    compliance with donor requirements/agreements
  • Develop
    and oversee implementation plans and targets that will ensure that all
    agreed and funded projects are delivered in a timely and cost effective
  • Carry
    out regular monitoring visits to project sites to ensure work is meeting
    the agreed targets and district offices / communities are regularly
    informed of our plans
  • Ensure
    cross organisational learning
3. HR/ Staff Management: Responsible for overall management of all staff within AR Uganda
  • Manage
    the day-to-day work of 4 full-time Project Coordinators, their performance
    and their professional development
  • Manage
    consultants, as relevant, contracted to produce particular pieces of
    research and analysis
  • Develop
    a high performing team ensuring development and retention
  • Develop
    and maintain a transparent, honest and supportive communication structure
    within the office staff and field sites
  • Maintain
    good inter-team communications, engender good team dynamics, and take
    suitable action if/when problems occur
  • Ensure
    that all AR policies are enforced
  • Organize
    and take lead on fortnightly team meetings – a forum where important news
    is shared, case studies of current projects are presented by field staff
    and challenges/issues are discussed and shared
  • Ensure
    Safety and Security of staff, partners and AR’s assets
4. Financial Management:
Ensure effective financial management of project resources for AR and partners
  • Build
    and grow working relationships with in-country project donors
  • Produce
    annual core budget in collaboration with the Finance Director and Finance
  • Oversee
    project/programme expenditure and ensure budgets are adhered to
  • Alert
    the CEO and the Finance team if any project/programme(s) are likely to
    exceed the agreed budget as early as possible
  • Manage
    any relevant risk assessments for the Uganda programme
5. Monitoring and Evaluation: 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
  • Manage
    and develop rigorous and systematic monitoring, learning and evaluation
  • Ensure
    a robust M&E plan is in place at the start of every project/programme
  • Ensure
    that all individual projects and programmes are monitored and evaluated to
    10% determine the impact of these projects/programmes and determine any
    changes needed to increase impact of future projects/programmes
  • Regularly
    review our impact quarterly and collect relevant data from each
6. Managing Strong Strategic Relations In-Country: Be the lead contact of the organisation
within Uganda, improving our brand awareness
  • To
    network with organisations relevant to the work of AR
  • Represent
    the organisation at relevant national, district and partner meetings
  • Lobby
    for funds from in-country sources as well as other sources
  • Play
    a role and advocate in national and regional dialogues on relevant matters
    to the organisation
  • Create
    new relationships and partnerships with larger NGOs, unilateral and
    multilateral funding bodies
7. Reporting: provide
weekly work plan and reports on all project/programme activities
  • Compile
    and submit concise bi-monthly reports on all key project/programme
    activities/developments, HR management and other general challenges to CEO
    (for information/discussion at the board meeting)
  • Take
    lead in writing donor reports (requirement and frequency vary from donor
    to donor)
  • Ensure
    all reporting documents are distributed timely to the CEO and Finance
Qualifications, Skills and
  • The
    ideal candidate should preferably hold a good Master’s degree in a
    relevant field, e.g. International Development, Project/Programme
    Management, Education Management
  • A
    minimum of three or more years’ management experience, preferably in the
    non-profit sector, in a post-conflict setting (preferably in northern
    Uganda), managing multiple community-led programmes (preferably education,
    construction or agricultural / livelihoods programmes)
  • Past
    exposure and experience in programme development and strategic planning
  • Past
    experience of managing staff in a multi-cultural and multi-functional team
  • Prior
    experience of financial management of major international donor
    governments and agencies including overseeing financial procedures, budget
    management and donor reporting
  • Past
    working experience developing and managing collaborative relationships
    with a wide variety of civil society, governmental and multi-lateral
  • Experience
    of representing organisations at high level
  • Good
    working knowledge of Uganda and preferably of Northern Uganda and/or the
  • Excellent
    communication skills (written and verbal)
  • Excellent
    team-management and team-building skills
  • Past
    expertise on early childhood development / construction / agronomy is also
  • Excellent
    presentation skills
  • Photography
    skills are an added advantage
  • Working
    knowledge of desktop publishing software (e.g. Indesign or similar) are
  • Good
    working knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Powerpoint)
  • Acholi
    language proficiency is desired
How to Apply: 
All suitably qualified
candidates should send an application comprising a detailed CV and cover letter
(with minimum salary expectations) to Colleen Yuen at, citing the reference UPM.
NB: Ugandan applicants are encouraged to
apply. Please note, due to the number of applications we receive we will not be
able to respond to unsuccessful candidates
Deadline: 12 April 2015 at 12
noon UK time

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