MasterCard Foundation Project Jobs – Programme Director at GOAL International

Job Title:   Programme Director
Organisation: GOAL
Funding Source: MasterCard
Project Name: Driving
Youth-led New Agribusiness and Microenterprise (DYNAMIC) Programme
Duty Station: Lira, Uganda
Job Ref: 421-UG
Reports to: Country Director
About US:
Founded in 1977, GOAL works to promote the realization of the
fundamental rights of the poor, the vulnerable, and those affected by humanitarian
crisis. GOAL currently works in 16 countries; Ethiopia, Haiti, Honduras, India,
Kenya, Malawi, Niger, Sierra Leone, Sudan, South Sudan, Syria, Uganda, Iraq,
Philippines, Liberia and Zimbabwe. GOAL’s head office is in Dublin, Ireland
with support offices in London and New York.
About DYNAMIC Programme:
MasterCard Foundation has given a $21.3 million five-year grant to a
consortium of partners involving Mercy Corps, VSO, GOAL and Restless Development
to implement the Driving Youth-led New Agribusiness and Microenterprise
(DYNAMIC) programme. The programme will strengthen systems and facilitate the
creation of sustainable economic opportunities for disadvantaged Ugandan youth.
DYNAMIC’s overall goal is to increase the number of young people who are in secure
employment or self-employment and to promote effective and efficient
agricultural market systems for youth. Through a market-driven and holistic
approach, DYNAMIC will engage an array of public and private sector actors to
increase access to goods, services, markets, information and productive and
social assets to increase productivity of Ugandan agribusinesses and non-farm
Job Summary: The Programme
Director will provide overall leadership, management and strategic vision to
the implementation of the MasterCard Foundation funded DYNAMIC programme. The
incumbent will work closely with an extended team from GOAL and all consortia
partners to develop, research, implement and measure the programme. DYNAMIC is
implemented by a consortium of actors; GOAL is the prime grantee and along with
Mercy Corps, will directly implement the programme across eight districts. VSO
is the technical lead for skills and learning and Restless Development is the
technical lead for youth engagement. Mercy Corps is the technical lead for
market development and financial services and GOAL is the technical lead for
M&E. Overseas Development Institute (ODI) will provide technical back
stopping to overall M&E systems on behalf of MasterCard Foundation. The
Programme Director will manage the coordination, strategic, compliance,
M&E, reporting of the consortium of implementing partners; engendering a
collaborative team spirit focused on achievement of the programmes goals. The
programme is just beginning (August 2015 – 2020), and offers the right
candidate an exciting opportunity to influence the setup, research and detailed
implementation design of this large and innovative programme.
Key Duties and
1. Strategy and Vision:
  • Attain programme goal and objectives
    through the development, implementation, reviews, presentation and
    management of strategic plans, programmes and projects by personal
    application and delegation of responsibility.
  • Recommend and lead implementation of
    programme priorities and explore, evaluate and present new country
    opportunities that leverage impact and/ or complement core activities.
2. Program Management:
  • Make sure that there are fluent
    communication channels with the programme structure and with consortia
    partners, that the reporting schedule and that programme objectives are
    verifiably achieved.
  • Work closely with the grants management
    and finance teams to manage consortia partners granting and reporting.
  • Oversee all operations related to the
    programme according to the programme work plan, programme budget and
    implementation strategy.
  • Troubleshoot, as needed, to prevent
    disruptions in daily programme activities and liaise with Deputy Programme
    Director, Programme Management Unit (PMU) team, Country Directors (GOAL
    and consortia Country Directors and technical teams), as necessary. 
  • Monitor programme implementation, measure
    impact and calibrate programme strategy and implementation accordingly.
  • Work in liaison with the GOAL MEL
    Coordinator and ODI on the MEL systems design and measurement
  • Ensure that achievements and best
    practices are captured and disseminated including the continual
    re-evaluation of programme activities and information, with resulting
    activity adjustments.
  • Ensure proper logistics, administration,
    human resources and transport needs of the programme are conducted within
    GOAL policy and with the maximum benefit to the programme.
  • Ensure all programme funds are spent in
    accordance with donor rules and regulations and are reasonable and that
    work with the private sector conforms to MasterCard Foundation guidelines.
  • Work with the Deputy Director to forecast
    expenditure surpluses and deficits to enable adjustments to be made to the
    programme in a timely fashion.
  • Ensure that all work follows international
    quality standards and best practices and that agriculture initiatives are
    technically and environmentally sound.
3. Team Management:
  • Build the capacity of the PMU and
    consortia partners staff’s for a market facilitative approach to
    agricultural system development with youth.
  • Manage the recruitment and training of
    programme staff to ensure staff are of the quality and capacity to ensure
    the successful implementation of activities. Monitor and advise on
    staffing needs throughout the programme. Ensure evaluations and disciplinary
    measures are made, as necessary according to GOAL policy.
  • Provide direct and ongoing supervision and
    managerial support to all staff in the PMU.
4. Representation:
  • Technically support all efforts towards
    accountability – to project participants and to international standards
    guiding development work. This includes understanding and following
    established international guidelines and actively engaging participating
    communities as equal partners in the design, monitoring and evaluation of
  • Work in liaison with the Country Director
    to represent the programme to the MasterCard Foundation, the Uganda
    government at national and district levels. As well as the programme
    Steering Committee, Consortia Coordination Group, National Advisory
    Committee and the National Youth Working Group.
  • Ensure good relations and accountability
    with the MasterCard Foundation, Ugandan government counterparts and
    private sector partners.
  • Ensure establishment and maintenance of
    relationships with target communities, and local government structures.
  • Represent DYNAMIC at external conferences
    (Global Youth Economic Opportunities Conference, SEEP conference, etc.)
    and relevant thought leadership events as needed
Qualifications, Skills and
  • The ideal candidate should preferably hold
    a Master’s Degree in economic development or other relevant field is
  • A minimum of seven years of relevant
    international experience including three years in a senior management
    position Experience managing consortia led programmes.
  • Proven technical experience in market
    facilitation, youth development, livelihoods and/or agriculture and value
    chain programming.
  • Past experience in Uganda or East Africa.
  • Practical experience managing consortia
    led grants involving international NGO partners.
  • Complex program management and
    demonstrated success building, managing and leading a team of
  • Strong writing, communication,
    organization, prioritization and negotiating skills.
  • Excellent (English) verbal and written
    communication skills with proven financial management skills.
  • Significant experience in building and
    maintaining effective partnerships with implementing and strategic partner
    agencies, and government authorities and counterparts.
  • Strong computer literacy with a full
    knowledge of office applications.
  • The successful candidate will possess
    strong leadership skills with the ability to maintain a broad perspective.
  • Skills in undertaking innovative
    approaches, be agile in the conceptualization of new programme ideas and
    will be well versed in strategic thinking and planning.
  • S/he will also have ability to juggle
    multiple priorities under tight deadlines, and to calmly and
    diplomatically deal with unexpected events impacting programme operations.
  • The ideal candidate will be familiar with
    market based agricultural programmes targeting youth, and will demonstrate
    cultural knowledge and sensitivity, while also demonstrating skills and
    ability to build and maintain partnerships with international
    organizations and private sector partners. 
  • Strong interpersonal skills and an ability
    to communicate and manage expectations of many stakeholders.
  • Possess the ability and desire to grow a
    cohesive and professional team from across multiple partners is essential.
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