Country Manager – Right To Play

Job Title:     Country Manager 
Organization: Right To Play
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda
About US:
Right To Play is a global
organization that uses the transformative power of play to educate and empower
children facing adversity. Through playing sports and games, Right To Play
helps over one million children learn through play to create better futures,
while driving lasting social change in more than 20 countries each week.
Founded in 2000 by social entrepreneur and four-time Olympic gold medallist
Johann Olav Koss, Right To Play is headquartered in Toronto, Canada and has
national fundraising offices in Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway,
Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Regional offices are in
Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. Our programs are facilitated by more than
600 international staff and 16,000 local volunteer Coaches.
Job Summary: The Country Manager will primarily be responsible
and accountable for the management and development of all Right To Play work in
the country of deployment. The incumbent represents Right To Play in the
respective country and will be responsible for the overall strategy, management
and development of the program as well as human resources. The ultimate purpose
of this position is to manage and grow the organization’s programming, to
increase the quality, efficiency and long term impact of the program.
Key Duties and
1. Communication & Representation (25%):
  • Represents
    the organization in local media, promotes knowledge of RTP programs,
    mandate and values amongst all stakeholders, potential partners and
    general public.
  • The
    Country Manager will serve as the main local contact for all external
    stakeholders; develops and maintains links with relevant senior country
    representatives in donors, UN bodies, intergovernmental bodies, and other
    international NGOs.
  • Build
    and strengthens strong working relationships and collaborations with
    current and new partner organizations through regular correspondence, engagement,
    reporting and meetings.
  • Supports
    preparation and hosting of strategic donor and RTP HQ visits and
2. Donor Stewardship & Fundraising (20%):
  • Assess
    potential partners and partnerships; secures and stewards local funding
    opportunities and builds the relationships on the ground that are needed
    to support donor cultivation.
  • Oversees
    proposal development for prioritized funding opportunities, facilitates
    participation by key team members to produce winning submissions.
  • Steers
    the development of proposals for expansion of new programs and the
    continuation of existing ones through coordinated efforts with RTP
    Regional team as well as headquarters team.
  • Represents
    RTP to current or potential donors to secure and sustain funding,
    including government/institutional donors, corporate sector and
3. Program Strategic Leadership (15%):
  • Develops
    the strategic vision and direction of the program(s) in line with the
    strategic direction of RTP.
  • The
    incumbent will develop and manage the portfolio of program activities of
    the country in line with RTP strategic country plans and region and global
  • Actively
    promotes knowledge and awareness of RTP program amongst all stakeholders,
    ensures effective communication plan is in place and used by the program
  • Ensures
    accountability of RTP activities at all levels through efficient and
    transparent use of program resources, in line with RTP policies and
4. Program Financial Management, Quality & Reporting (15%):
  • Manages
    the country annual budget and monitors and verifies the program budgets in
    adherence to approved budgets and procedures.
  • Ensures
    financial monitoring systems provide timely and relevant reports to
    country staff, including analysis and tracking of grant commitments and
  • The
    incumbent ensures timely and quality finance report submission to RO/HQ
    and donors.
  • Ensures
    all program staff has understanding of financial and internal control
    systems, budget analysis and work in compliance with RTP policies and
  • Oversees
    the collation and timely submission of key technical, baseline, project
    evaluation, donor and other monitoring and evaluation related reports to
    donors, Regional Office and HQ as required.
  • Ensures
    that learning is regularly generated within all projects, documented and
5. Human Resources Management, Capacity Building & Compliance
  • Manages
    the overall country HR management processes providing advice on the
    management of all staff to ensure that it’s carried out within RTP stated
    policies, practices and procedures as well as the country employment laws.
  • Provides
    advice on the interpretation of policies, regulations and rules and
    supports the senior team in explaining rights and responsibilities to the
  • Ensures
    effective recruitment of qualified staff in coordination with the Regional
    and HQ office and leads the selection process.
  • Ensures
    all employees receive the appropriate orientation and understand the work
    required from them.
  • Oversees
    the mentoring and training of staff to ensure that they have the
    appropriate skill levels for their positions and are developing to their
    full capacity.
  • Ensures
    on-going and timely appraisal of all staff performance.
  • Leads,
    coaches and develops the senior team ensures they are equipped with the
    required expertise at country level (e.g. in programmes, policy, advocacy
    and finance).
  • Manages
    staff compensation in line with approved budget and RTP compensation
    policy and approves the monthly payroll.
  • Manages
    the exit of employees and ensures that information gathered during exit
    interviews are used for improvement.
6. Security & Staff Welfare (5%):
  • Conducts
    risk, vulnerability and threat assessments as well as physical security
    assessments of all sites making prioritized recommendations for
    improvement and follows through with approved recommendations until fully
  • Works
    closely with local and regional officials, UN, NGO and other agencies
    regarding security issues in the planning, coordination, promotion of, and
    support for existing RTP projects.
  • The
    Country Manager is accountable for security of all RTP Country Office
    assets and handling these assets in conformance with Right To Play policy.
7. Other Duties (5% of Time): Perform any other duties as assigned.
Qualifications, Skills and
  • The
    applicant should preferably hold a Master’s degree in business
    administration, social sciences, development studies or other related
  • At
    least ten years’ experience in a leadership role within a large or
    international organization working on strategic planning, quality
    improvement, project planning and implementation, monitoring and
    evaluation, human resources, financial management.
  • Strategic
    planning skills
  • Leadership,
    influencing and managerial skills
  • Possess
    the ability to gain trust and secure donor funding
  • Excellent
    interpersonal communication skills to build rapport with staff, partners,
    government officials, donors and community leaders
  • Creativity
    and problem solving skills
  • Excellent
    presentation skills
  • Exceptional
    organizational skills and ability to multi-task
  • Ability
    to work under pressure meeting deadlines
  • Detailed
    working knowledge of program management tools and procedures
  • Proven
    knowledge of budgetary control and financial management, including ability
    to read and understand financial data.
  • Strong
    understanding of financial analysis is desired
  • Sport
    and play industry experience
  • Past
    experience in proposal development and report writing
  • Demonstrated
    computer skills especially in MS Office packages
  • Detailed
    knowledge and understanding of Human Rights and peace building concept
  • Understanding
    of country laws and regulations
  • Fluency
    on both written and spoken English.
How to Apply: 
All applicants who are
suitably qualified should send an updated resume and cover letter to: [email protected]
and kindly include “Country Manager, Uganda” and your name in the subject line.
Please indicate your salary expectations in the cover letter.
NB: While
we thank all applicants for their interest, only those selected for interviews
will be contacted.
Deadline: 24th June
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