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NGO Careers – Country Director at Agency for Cooperation and Research in Development (ACORD)

Job Title:  Country Director
Organisation: Agency for
Cooperation and Research in Development (ACORD)
About ACORD:
Agency for
Cooperation and Research in Development (ACORD) is a Pan African organization
working for Social Justice and Development in Africa. ACORD seeks to go beyond
addressing the consequences of poverty by understanding, challenging and
changing the conditions that cause poverty and exclusion through a Pan Africa
Programme that unites practical work, research and advocacy operating in 17
African countries. We work in common cause with people who are poor and have
been denied their rights to understand, challenge and change these conditions
by working in alliance with -organizations worldwide to achieve these aims. In
Uganda, ACORD is implementing programmes focusing on livelihoods, governance,
peace– building and HIV/AIDS.
ACORD is
operating in areas prone to conflicts or in transition and recovering from
conflicts including Adjumani and Moyo districts in West Nile sub– region, Guiu,
Amuru, Kitgum and Pader in Acholi sub-region, Kabong and Kotido in Karamoja
sub-region in North Uganda. ACORD Uganda also functions in the districts of
Isingiro, Mbarara, Kiruhurajbanda, Ntungamo, Kabala, Kanungu, Kisoro,
Bushenyi.Rukungiri, and recently Rakai in Mbarara region in the Southwest.
Job Summary:  The ACORD Country Director will be responsible
for overall strategic leadership of the Country Programme including providing
strategic direction, programme development and operational management of the
Uganda Country Programme. The incumbner will also represent ACORD with
Government, Local and International Organisations in the country and
develop/strengthen Partnerships at different levels. The incumbent will take a
leading role in overseeing, reviewing and monitoring of the Country strategy
and ensuring the same is aligned with the overall ACORD strategic directions
and thematic focus (Food Sovereignty & Livelihoods; Gender; Health &
HIV&AIDS; and peace building & conflict transformation. The CD is
responsible for developing new programming initiatives and ensuring cross
learning and knowledge management in all areas of programming, national,
regional and international policies and development issues. S/he is responsible
to lead fundraising initiatives ensuring the smooth running of the Country
Programme and its programmatic & financial sustainability. He / she will
also be responsible for overall financial and human resources management of the
Country Programme and ensuring the requisite systems and structures are in
place and well functioning.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
·        
Provide leadership in the development, implementation,
& review of the ACORD Country Programme strategy in line with the overall
ACORD      Strategic Plan and the country
context ensuring continued relevance in the rapidly changing environment
·        
Represent ACORD and its interests in its relations
with government, international and local organisations, network/alliances,
media and other partners in Uganda
·        
Oversee the raising of ACORD profile, visibility and
Public Relations  at all levels.
·        
Manage the development of the Country Programme
providing sound methodological & technical guidance, informed by participatory
human rights methodologies, in line with the organizational thematic alignment,
programming approach and accountability mechanisms
·        
Ensure that systems and processes are in place for
participatory monitoring & evaluating activities, result and impact at
programme level and promote organizational learning
·        
Responsible for the development, implementation and
monitoring of research, advocacy and campaign agenda focused on issues of
relevance in the country aligned with ACORD’s strategic priorities
·        
Manage resource mobilization, management of donor
relations and ensure that effective grant management systems are in place in
line with the overall organization policy
·        
Ensure that efficient financial management &
internal control systems are in place, monitor budgeting process, delivery,
documentation & reporting in adherence to organizational procedures
·        
Ensure that comprehensive human resources management
policy and practice are in place in accordance with the overall ACORD human
resources management manual and the labour laws
·        
Ensure that all external communication are made to
reflect the objectives and interest of the organization
Qualifications, Skills and
Experience: 
·        
The candidate should preferably hold a Master’s
Degree level education in development studies, Social Sciences, Sustainable
Development or Similar field. Management training is essential
·        
A minimum of eight years’ field experience within
NGO development programmes in
·        
Africa with four years’ experience working in senior
management position
·        
Excellent track record in successfully mobilizing
resources for at least one of the thematic areas of ACORD
·        
Working knowledge of and ability to penetrate the networks,
alliances and relevant policy influencing spaces in Uganda
·        
The incumbent must be an exceptional strategic
leader with a passion for social justice.
·        
Significant experience in programme management,
establishment of partnership, high level networking and alliance building,
resource mobilization, policy and advocacy
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Ability to work with minimal supervision with a
spirit of teamwork and collaboration at different levels.
·        
Passionate networker, alliance builder, and a
seasoned policy and advocacy expert
·        
Prior exposure and experience in supervising
programmes and managing strategicgrants; and in human and Financial resources
management
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Past experience in strategy and program formulation,
implementation and monitoring
·        
Working knowledge of current thinking on development
methods and understanding in at least two of the ACORD themes of Food
sovereignty, Gender, Health & HIV/AIDS and peace building-& conflict
transformation
·        
Detailed working knowledge and experience of the Ugandan
development scene and engagement with like Minded CSOs
·        
Familiarity with and commitment to participatory
methodologies & gender approach to development
·        
Good report writing and proposal writing skills,
excellent oral and written communications skills, creative/open to ideas
·        
Basic computer literacy skills
How to Apply: 
All suitably
qualified candidates should send their applications to: Human Resources &
Organisational Development Manager, ACORD Nairobi, ACK Garden Annex, P.O. Box
61216,00200, Nairobi, UGANDA Tel: +254 202721172,2721185/86
Please complete
this application form, download
here
, and email it with a detailed Curriculum Vitae and cover letter to
recruit@acordinternational.org with the Job Title in the Subject line.
Deadline: 17th September 2015
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