Director Programs Career Opportunity – FIDA

Organization: FIDA
Duty Station: Kampala,
About US:
FIDA (The Uganda Association of
Women Lawyers) was established in 1974 by a group of women lawyers with the
primary objective of promoting their professional and intellectual growth. FIDA
Uganda established its first legal aid clinic in Kampala in 1988, with the
objective of providing legal services to indigent women to enable them access

The Director
Programs takes the lead in ensuring that our client’s programming and legal
empowerment activities result in sustainable improvements in the lives of
vulnerable women and children; using the law as a tool of social justice and
transformation.  The Director of Programs
is responsible for overseeing all aspects of Programs and Legal Aid Clinics;
ensuring that all activities are adequately resourced and managed effectively.
Duties and Responsibilities: 
contribute towards the strategic and operational management of the
organisation, aiming to bring about sustainable improvements in the wellbeing
of vulnerable women and children
up to date with national and international priorities and monitoring &
reviewing data from program activities and legal clinics in order to identify
social injustices and develop strategies to mitigate such injustices
researching strategies for bringing about societal change; networking with other
organisations and individuals who have successfully promoted societal
transformation in order to learn new approaches and best practice
as a member of the Senior Management Team, participating in strategic and
operational planning, contributing personal insight concerning the needs for
societal transformation in Uganda and expertise in the development and
management of  Programs
the Board with agreed measurement data and reports (including a quarterly
review of planned interventions with the outcomes anticipated along with
M&E summary reports and regular updates on the progress of strategic
litigations); attending Board meetings and participating in governance
charge of developing policies, procedures, systems and techniques that will
enable the organisation comply with best practice in Program management
for contributing to the day-to-day management of the organisation through
attending monthly Senior Management Team meetings and implementing actions
To design
programs that transforms the attitudes and behaviors of key stakeholders and
result in improvements in the wellbeing of vulnerable women and children
out research in order to accurately identify those key stakeholders who
significantly influence the ability of women and children to enjoy their rights
as equals
closely with stakeholders in order to understand their starting points and
rationale; gathering data and carrying out research as appropriate
that trends to keep projects relevant to communities, government and other
stakeholders are mapped professionally
charge of designing interventions to change attitudes and behaviours; ensuring
that social injustices are clearly identified and strategies to mitigate such
injustices are devised and implemented
members, staff and partners in developing detailed project plans in line with
the overall program strategy and budget; ensuring the ‘buy in’ of all
stakeholders involved
that efficient and effective M&E tools are developed and baseline studies
review of the results of M&E activities on an ongoing basis, determining
the extent to which sustainable benefits have been accomplished and taking
desired actins
ensure that strategic alliances are sought and developed so that stakeholders
work together effectively to maximize benefits to vulnerable women and children
and enhance our collective capacity for influence and impact 
the Program team to ensure that the following activities are properly
coordinated and implemented:
up and updating the stakeholder register in order to identify individuals,
organisations and institutions with whom relationships need to be built;
strengthening the relationship with those already partnering with the
and/or participating in stakeholder coordination meetings in order to harmonise
plans with others for better implementation
and/or participating in other high profile events (e.g. national events) and
networking opportunities
and developing close working relationships with strategic partners;
contributing to the process of drawing up working contracts as appropriate
that progress reports are given to stakeholders; celebrating successes, learning
from our mistakes and creating a lessons learnt log
the development of advocacy campaign plans by the program staff
or joining coalitions with strategic partners for joint advocacy or other joint
opportunities to push forward the organisation
up to date with standards of the profession and expectations concerning
personal behaviour and values; at all times acting accordingly
ensure the availability of the resources necessary to accomplish plans
the resourcing implications of plans, people, logistical and financial;
agreeing proposed plans and budgets with the CEO
the CEO in liaising with donors and producing funding proposals
teams for the delivery of each project; getting the right people with the right
competences onto the team for efficiency and effectiveness
plans according to the resources that become available; and including
preferences of donors
that donor requirements for accountability and reporting are complied with at
all times
proactive in keeping donors and participating members informed and taking every
opportunity to build good long-term relationships with them
participate in the development and implementation of the organization’s
Influencing, advocacy & strategic litigation plan 
in the development of a plan, bringing personal expertise drawn from carrying
out research into topical human rights issues; especially those pertaining to
women and children; best practice in societal change management; results from
the Program team’s M&E activities; recognition of themes of issues
encountered during the Program team’s activities 
a personal role, as agreed, in Strategic litigation / legal advocacy for
women’s rights; Development of nation-wide IEC Campaigns; Lobbying and/or
training government policy makers; Top level media liaison; Conducting research
and presenting findings to policy makers; Contributing to policy making and
other decision making debates relating to legal reform
lead the Program Team, in a manner that empowers them to accomplish the
organization’s strategic objectives and work according to best practice
a clear and exciting vision for the work of the organisation and for the Program
Team’s role in bringing about societal transformation
that each team member fully understands the outcomes that are expected of them
and that they are aware of best practice in program delivery; ensuring that
they behave in a way which will maintain good relationships with donors,
partners and other program stakeholders
that work is planned and organised in a way which will meet project objectives
in the most cost effective manner possible; ensuring that team members are
given appropriate workloads and are working efficiently
team members to enable them to give of their best e.g. by encouraging and
praising good performance, coaching, assisting them to prevent or resolve
problems, providing resources, tools, equipment and any other required
logistical support
for monitoring and reviewing performance and, in particular, holding team
members accountable for meeting project objectives and behaving in accordance
with best practice; taking decisive action in the case of poor performance
that team members are adequately trained and developed for their roles e.g. by
analysing training needs, coordinating with the Director Finance &
Administration to organise the delivery of training or coaching
any other duties as requested by the CEO
Skills and Experience: 
ideal candidate for the Director Programs must be a qualified lawyer who holds
a relevant Master’s degree
least seven (7) years ‘experience in programming
experience of working in legal aid or development
management and Leadership experience in a reputable organisation
knowledge of advocacy and M&E mechanisms
exposure and experience of advocacy and networking
based and gender related work experience
capacity for strategic thinking
to Apply: 
All interested candidates should send
their application and attach their detailed curriculum vitae giving three
referees and copies of academic and professional certificates to:
Osillo & Company
Certified Public Accountants
Plot 3120 Old Kira Road
Pova House, Ntinda
P.O. Box 36164
Kampala, Uganda
Tel: +256 741 392 610 or +256 755 831 298
Softcopy email applications can be sent
to: with the job
title in the subject of Email.
29th May 2015

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