Programs Manager – International Institute of Rural Reconstruction (IIRR)

Job Title:   Programs Manager
International Institute of Rural Reconstruction (IIRR)
Duty Station: Kampala,
About US:
The International Institute of
Rural Reconstruction or IIRR is a rural development organization which has over
half a century of participatory, integrated and people-centered development in
the continents of Asia, Africa, and Latin America. It was established by Dr. Y.
C. James Yen in 1960.  Its programs cover
education, food security and asset building, environment, and applied learning.
It also provides international and customized courses and training covering
various themes, including, natural resources and food security, gender and
development, business development, organizational development, and
participatory approaches.
Job Summary:  The Programs Manager will technically supports
the Country Director in overseeing all aspects of the Uganda Programmes
particularly general program development and implementation activities,
including the management, supervision and coordination of the four strategic
programs – Applied Learning; Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate change
Adaptation; Education; and Food Security and Wealth Creation.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
  • Technically
    supporting the development and implementation of current programs and
    contribute to the development of new initiatives that contribute to
    national and regional priorities;
  • Supporting
    in the effective strategic monitoring and evaluation of four program
    interventions, measuring the impact of the programs and, when relevant,
    its timely readjustment;
  • Build
    and strengthen relationships with partner organizations, including donors,
    government, the private sector and government departments to achieve the
    strategic outcomes
  • Advising
    program counterparts and ‘Uganda’s Country management team and guiding
    relevant Uganda team on the design and formulation of program
    interventions, contributing to realization of IIRR country priorities.
  • In
    charge of developing and maintaining strategic partnerships, supports
    resource mobilization efforts in cooperation with the Uganda Country
    Management team;
  • Provide
    direction and coordination of the four Program lead managers, ensuring
    operational excellence in execution of Uganda programs in accordance with
    the Strategy 2015
  • Work
    in liaison with the CD to develop technical proposals and prepare budgets
    for assignment bids;
  • Providing
    strategic management and oversight of planning, budgeting and implementing
    of all Uganda interventions including resource allocation, mobilization and
    control and cost efficiency;
  • Ensuring
    the effective monitoring of Uganda program interventions in the evaluation
    of development results, in terms of progress made towards achieving
    intended programmatic goals in Uganda.
  • Assuming
    acting functions in the absence of, or by delegation from the CD, of all
    programmatic matters of the Uganda office;
  • Performing
    any other duties as assigned
Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The
    applicant should preferably hold a Master’s Degree in the following
    fields: Development studies, Agro Enterprise, Social sciences or any other
    related field. Past experience in Value chain development will be an added
  • At
    least eight years’ experience in development, five years in a management
  • Strong
    leadership and people management skills at a senior level;
  • Significant
    experience in developing new programming, ideally across multiple sectors;
  • Prior
    experience in developing and implementing quality control and learning
    systems for complex development programmes;
  • Previous
    working experience of working across geographical and organization
    boundaries, across cultures & diverse development stakeholders.
  • Exceptional
    oral and written communication skills in English;
  • Flexibility
    regarding assigned work hours and location
  • Past
    experience and knowledge of local cultures
  • Experience
    in writing proposals;
  • Possess
    the ability to work calmly under pressure to beat deadlines while maintain
  • Evidence
    of fundraising success across multiple programs
  • Excellent
    written & oral communication skills in a multicultural environment.
  • Excellent
    rapport building, networking, partnership building and relationship
    management experience.
  • Possess
    the ability to maintain and manage good working relationships internally
    & externally.
  • Excellent
    facilitation skills
  • Good
    team player, flexible and capable of working with a multinational country
  • Appreciation
    of and sensitivity to local culture.
  • Ability
    to set priorities between competing demands for resources.
  • Manage
    own tasks and priorities effectively and with minimal supervision.
  • Strength
    of character, competence, commitment and creativity
How to Apply: 
All suitably qualified and
interested candidates should send an updated CV and cover letter to: and copy to      
Deadline: Friday 6th March 2015.
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