Deputy Country Director International NGO Jobs – Action Against Hunger (ACF)

Organisation: Action Against Hunger (ACF)
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda
Reports to: Country Director
About US:
Against Hunger (ACF) is an international humanitarian NGO for over thirty years
and it has been implementing Food Security and Livelihoods, Nutrition, Water,
Sanitation and Hygiene programs in the Lango, Acholi, West Nile and Karamoja
regions of Northern Uganda.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
1. The Deputy Country
Director will coordinate technical country strategy and ensure operational
management of all technical areas
  • The incumbent will be ensuring the overall
    planning and follow-up of technical reporting for donors, authorities and internal
    requirements (Activity Progress Reports) in coordination with the support
  • Visiting ACF field activities regularly and
    report on problems, challenges and obstacles while building an intimate
    knowledge of fieldwork realities
  • The incumbent will implement the internal
    quality control, by promoting monitoring mechanisms (ex: self-evaluation tool),
    facilitating internal control and external evaluations
  • Ensure programmes are coherent with the
    operational strategy and with ACF mandate.
  • Make sure there is quality and integrity of
    programme implementation, including adherence to technical guidelines,
    Administrative systems, establish information needs and deadlines.
  • Ensure appropriate monitoring, evaluation,
    documentations and learning to promote organizational learning and high
    standard quality.
  • Steer the process of developing and reviewing
    Programme strategies, thematic plans and annual plans for various sectors
    in the mission.
  • Ensure ACF technical staff attend regular
    coordination meetings and take lead in drafting future Programme
  • Identify the constraints and opportunities in
    HR, Finance and Logistics of the potential response to the humanitarian
    needs and briefing the Country Director and the department Coordinators on
    the consequences.
  • Makes sure to maintain open communication
    channel with Field Coordinators and Head of Bases for feedback on the
    support department performance
  • In charge of promoting the respect of ACF
    charter of principle and preventing all forms of abuse of power; ensure
    risk management policies are disseminate to all staff.
2. Represent and liaise
for operational strategy and programme related issues to donors, authorities,
The Deputy Country Director / Programme is
responsible for:
  • Working closely with stakeholders if a senior
    level involvement is required, upon request of the
  • Country Director
  • Leading ACF’s technical contingency planning
    by region and department
  • Strengthening field and capital level
    information-sharing with IOs, NGOs and Government
  • Advance and disseminate ACF’s strategic
    positioning to donors and other stakeholders as this related to
    humanitarian analysis and future financial planning.
  • Oversee the development of support aspect of
    proposal writing and budget building (forecast of specific logistics
    needs, Support HR needs etc) in the line of donor rules and ACF internal
    procedures and support the development of Programme Manager/Project Managers
    of basic management tools (Project Procurement Plan and Supply plan,
    anticipation of challenges and mitigation measures, anticipation of complex
    procurement, Finance or HR related needs)
  • Ensure organizational compliance to donor
    policies and guidelines and ACF staff regulations.
  • Ensure that the mission has up to date
    knowledge of donor strategies and funding mechanisms to be fed into the
    coordination and country Strategy planning process.
  • Ensure that all reports prepared by Programme
    staff for donors and other external parties are carefully reviewed and if
    necessary revised before sign off.
3. Analyze the
Humanitarian and development needs:
The Deputy Country Director / Programme is
responsible for:
  • In charge of identifying humanitarian &
    development needs, briefing the country management team on humanitarian
    & developmental events in the country and designing potential
    responses within the operational country strategy
  • Responsible for collecting, summarizing and
    analysing information from external sources and from technical advisors
    for future opportunities
  • Ensure that high quality programme assistance
    in all sectors is available to operations and Programme staff at any
    required time.
  • Provide the coordination team with
    information related to humanitarian and developmental events in the
4. Management of Human
The Deputy Country Director / Programme is
responsible for:
  • Supervision and management of all staff
    directly reporting to DCD (Programmes) (Head of technical department,
    project and or programme managers)
  • Oversee the recruitment of all staff directly
    reporting to DCD (Programmes)
  • Recruitment and Retention:
    • Take charge of the recruitment of
      programme staff in collaboration with administration and the Country
    • Provide induction/kick off meetings
      for all upcoming grants in collaboration with coordinators and programme
    • Set for and facilitate the
      development of individual action plans by staff members with corresponding
  • Performance appraisal and career development.
    • Conduct performance review of staff
      under his / her direct supervision and ensure that all staff under the
      department is regularly assessed.
    • Organizing and carrying out capacity
      building for programme Staff taking into consideration their profiles,
      the cultural context and the on the basis of the finding of the needs
    • Actively facilitate cross programme
      learning through joint review and planning meeting with other departments.
    • Assess the impact of the training on
      staff capacity and programme performance.
    • Critically assess the pertinence and
      quality of the training programmes.
    • Coaching and mentoring of team
      members in leadership and management skills.
    • Identify training opportunities and
      help team members to participate.
    • Availing of learning materials,
      reports, lessons learn and case studies.
  • Creating a learning environment at mission level (participatory
    planning, review and programme development)
    • Providing leadership in programme
      management, Human resources and financial management.
    • In charge of organizing and leading
      meetings with the team and individual staff members, on both a regular
      and ad hoc basis.
    • Lending support to teams in the
      organizational and coordination skills.
    • Resolving problems arising in the
      teams with the support of CD, when necessary, in consultation with
      mission Human Resources
    • In charge of soliciting and
      accepting feedback from team members (on technical matters relating to programmes).
    • Ensure programme staff is motivated
      and committed to ACF charter and programmes
5. Follow-up on management
of programme budgets:
The Deputy Country Director / Programme is
responsible for:
  • Ensuring that budgets are respected in
    relation with relevant Head of Department
  • Significantly contribute to the
    identification of potential funding opportunities
  • Ensure Programme and Operation forecasts are
    produced on time and respected.
  • Work closely with the Finance Coordinator to
    ensure that under spending or over spending of budgets are adjusted.
6. Programmatic and
Strategic Leadership
  • Actively contribute to implementation of a
    strategy adapted to the local situation with gradual evolution toward
    long-term development interventions, partnership with local and international
    NGOs and research institutions and integrations of sectors.
  • Identify, propose and develop new programme
    orientations, strategies and activities.
  • Lead, in strict collaboration with the CD and
    TAs, the process of identification and design of concept papers/proposals
    and responsible for timely and qualitative submission.
  • Work closely with other departments (LOG,
    ADM, HR) for the identification of logistic and financial needs of new
  • Identify opportunities for deeper assessment,
    applied research, or publication related to past/ ongoing/proposed
    programmes that aid policy advocacy.
  • Identify programme implementation modalities
    that include participant targeting criteria, mobilization approaches,
    local partnerships, seasonality of input support, participant training, monitoring
    and reporting systems, cash projections, procurement plans, etc.
  • Identify partnerships with NGOs and research
    / technical institutions for new programmes and researches.
7. Act as Country
Director in his / her absence
  • Provide support in the absence of the country
    Director in managing Programmes.
  • Act as the focal person on Safety and
    Security of ACF personnel and assets in the absence of the Country
  • Represent ACF in meetings in absence of the
  • Act as signatory for all correspondence in
    the absence of the CD
  • Provide support to oversee all mission
    activities in the absence of the Country Director.
Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The applicant should preferably hold a Degree
    in related humanitarian issue. Possession of an Advanced Degree / Masters
    is an added advantage
  • Significant experience with INGOs. Previous
    experience with ACF an asset.
  • Excellent management skills (HR, projects,
    stress management)
  • Advanced knowledge of donors’ guidelines and
    procedures (ECHO, UNICEF, DFID, OFDA, etc.)
  • Proven ability to multi task
  • Demonstrated ability to organize, train and
    motivate a multicultural team
  • Excellent diplomatic and negotiation skills
  • Disciplined and able to work and arrive at
    decisions autonomously with minimal guidance.
  • Fluent in English (professional English
  • Excellent drafting and written skills.
  • Previous experience in insecure setting is an
  • Previous experience as Field Coordinator is
    also desired
How to Apply:
suitably qualified and interested candidates are strongly encouraged to apply
online by clicking on the link below.

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