NGO Careers – Capacity Building Officer at Minority Rights Group International

Organisation: Minority Rights Group International
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda
About US:
Minority Rights Group
International is currently working with civil society partners in Africa
(primarily in the Great Lakes, Horn and East regions)  to build strong long-term leadership and
organizational capacity of minority-based and interethnic NGOs and community
based organizations to enable them to promote the human and minority rights of
minority communities.
Job Summary: The Capacity Building Officer will support
partners and their staff to develop and grow so as to serve their minority
beneficiaries more effectively.  The post
will work with established and high capacity partners as well as emerging
partners. Both the forms and areas of support will be mutually agreed with
partners but are likely to include support on leadership, governance,
fundraising, gender mainstreaming, and monitoring and evaluation.  For emerging partners support in establishing
basic organisational systems including attention to staffing finance and
programme implementation may also be needed. Emerging partners may also need
support in strategy development. It is likely that capacity support will be
given through coaching as much as or more than formal training events. The
purpose of the job is:
  • To
    help Minority Rights Group International (MRG) achieve its aims and
    objectives through the development and effective management of NGO
    capacity building activities targeting MRG’s implementing partners in
  • Support
    the development of the Africa Regional Office and the Programmes
    Department as a whole by active participation as a member of the Regional
    Office and the Programmes Department team;
  • To
    support the management, growth, and strengthening of MRG’s partnerships in
  • To
    assist in learning, documentation, and knowledge sharing amongst MRG’s
    partners in Africa
Key Duties and
1. Planning: Plans
the programme of work on capacity building of local NGOs within the objectives
set by the Africa Regional Manager, the Africa Programme Coordinator and the
Director of Programmes.
2. Programme Activity:
  • Works
    in consultation with other colleagues working on Africa programmes,
    including the Media, Finance and Fundraising team, develop criteria and
    tools to use in assessing all critical aspects of the organizational capacity
    of MRG’s Africa partners.
  • Conduct
    participatory capacity assessment of partner organizations and their staff
    focusing on areas including but not limited to research, project design,
    planning, budgeting, fundraising, monitoring and evaluation, reporting,
    accountability to beneficiaries etc.
  • Works
    in close collaboration with partner organisations, document capacity gaps
    established with clear explanations to the context and specific situations
    associated with each gap
  • In
    consultation with partner organisations, develop an action plan, informed
    by adaptive, innovative and effective capacity building methodologies, for
    rigorous capacity building of each and all MRGI’s partners – both in the
    short and long-term.
  • Working
    with partners’ staff, implement capacity building plan to ensure capacity
    gaps identified are addressed in a timely and effective manner
  • Regularly
    review and refine capacity building approaches to ensure most appropriate
    capacity building actions are employed in addressing each capacity
    building gap for each partner
  • Determine
    capacity building issues that can be addressed collectively or
    individually with partners and ensure translation of stock of knowledge and
    skills developed into action
  • Provide
    effective training, mentoring and coaching to leverage learning
  • Works
    in liaison with the concerned programme coordinators, revisit and
    standardize planning, budgeting and reporting formats and roll-out common
    MRGI practices with all partners
  • Review
    and/ or develop systems, policies and procedures to enhance formal
    functionality of partner institutions which will in turn  support rapid realization of programme
    implementation and impact
  • Ensure
    simple, relevant, practical and accurate M&E systems are in place and
    used by all partners to measure progress and impact of their interventions
  • Support
    to ensure that project activities, results, and impacts are to the agreed
    standard, on schedule, and within budget.
  • In
    the event of a partner facing a major crises due to either a natural
    disaster, the outbreak of conflict or government intervention, support organisations
    with coping mechanisms and business continuity support.
  • Where
    individuals or organisations are facing serious threat because of their
    activism around minority and indigenous rights, liaise with relevant human
    rights organisations to facilitate protection.
  • Offer
    direct technical oversight to capacity building activities of MRGI
  • Develop
    the full scope and detailed plan for capacity building activities for MRGI
  • Works
    closely with partners and stakeholders in pursuit of MRGI capacity
    building objectives
  • Actively
    promote inter-partners learning on common good practices and exchange of
    vital programme and institutional information
  • Work
    together with MRGI to initiate and promote organizational learning culture
    that contributes to greater organizational efficiency and impact.
  • Document
    and share MRGI experience in capacity development and ensure consistent
    capturing of best practices
  • Develop
    funding proposals for work to strengthen capacities of partners
    organisations that requires an input of physical  capital or considerable staff time e.g.
    strategy or evaluation processes or a solar generator
3. Financial:
  • In
    charge of drafting applications to funders and liaising with in-country
  • Drafting
    reports on activities and preparing reports to donors
  • Managing
    elements of the project budgets.
4. General:
  • Undertakes
    such other tasks as may reasonably be requested by the Africa Regional
    Manager and Director of Programmes from time to time.
  • Attends
    staff and departmental meetings.
  • Actively
    contributes to the evaluation of MRG activities and publications.
  • Covers
    for absent staff on related work as necessary.
Qualifications, Skills and
  • The
    ideal candidates for the Capacity Building Officer should be educated to
    degree level or equivalent relevant work experience.
  • A
    minimum of three or more years’ work experience in the field of NGO
    partnership, networking and/or organizational capacity building of a wide
    range of NGOs
  • Two
    years’ experience working with local NGOs
  • At
    least five years’ experience of project management, to include
    consultation, planning, monitoring, gender mainstreaming, implementation,
    evaluation, and financial and narrative reporting as well as drawing up
    and controlling expenditure against budgets
  • Two
    years’ experience of facilitation, training, coaching and mentoring
  • Past
    exposure and experience of working in multi-cultural contexts and skills
    in cross cultural communication
  • Good
    working knowledge of the Africa region including recent economic,
    political and social developments gained through work experience, travel
    in the region or study
  • Good
    knowledge and understanding human rights, international mechanisms and
  • Detailed
    knowledge of legal basis for organisation establishment across Africa
    .e.g. constitutions, boards, as well as ways in which organisations
    communicate with or represent the wider community they exist to serve.
  • Comprehensive
    knowledge of funders based in region and successful experience of applying
    to them for support
  • A
    qualification in organizational psychology, organizational development,
    development studies, conflict management or other relevant subject is
    highly desired
  • Detailed
    knowledge of minority rights situations in the region is also desired
  • Past
    experience of working on minority or related issues
  • Prior
    experience of advocacy and lobbying work is an added advantage
  • Proven
    ability to impart knowledge and skills
  • Strong
    coaching skills
  • Strong
    proposal and report writing skills
  • Good
  • Sensitive
    and patient approach to advising and mentoring
  • Be
    a good team player but also able to work at times with minimal supervision
  • Excellent
    interpersonal skills
  • Highly
    capable of working in physically and organisationally challenging
  • Ability
    to prioritise work, meet deadlines and plan administration of large
    events, projects and programmes
  • Ability
    to stay calm under pressure and to assess and absorb information quickly
  • Computer
    literate and knowledge of Word, Excel, database, internet and e-mail
  • Excellent
    communication skills, including fluent written and spoken English and
  • Ability
    to maintain confidentiality
  • Possess
    the ability to gain the confidence of members of minority communities;
    good diplomacy skills with diverse groups of people
  • Ability
    and willingness to travel throughout the region for up to 12 weeks per
    year as required
  • Ability
    and willingness to be self-servicing within the organisation
How to Apply: 
All suitably qualified
candidates should send a completed application form, download
, and equal opportunities form, download
via email to by 17:00 Kampala time
Deadline: Tuesday, 7th April

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