US Non-profit Program Manager Careers – Lutheran World Relief (LWR)

Title:        Program Manager
Organisation: Lutheran World Relief (LWR)
Kampala, Uganda
Country Director
Lutheran World Relief is a
US non-profit organization that works with local partners to provide lasting
solutions to poverty, injustice and human suffering. LWF Uganda works to reduce
people’s vulnerability, supporting them to realize their potential, to build on
their assets, and to respond to their own problems and needs. LWF Uganda
currently has five areas of operation in Pader, Kitgum, Adjumani, Katakwi,
Sembabule, Kampala and Kamwenge Districts.
The Program
Manager’s core functions are to support the Country Director (CD) in
identifying partners, research and project development, and preparation of
project concept papers and proposals for approval, assisting in project
implementation (especially in technical assistance to farmer organizations in
organizational development and agribusiness), grant management, and deriving
lessons learned from projects. The role of the Program Manager is to ensure
that the projects are implemented in accordance with contractual obligations
and meet the highest standard of implementation.
Duties and Responsibilities: 
  • Ensure LWR projects are designed and
    implemented in accordance with LWR Design, Monitoring, Evaluation, and
    Learning Minimum Quality Standards.
  • Ensure
    that project design, implementation, and evaluation teams (LWR staff,
    partner staff, and/or contractors) use LWR’s Design, Monitoring,
    Evaluation, and Learning approaches and tools accurately.
  • Support
    the CD in developing relationship with private and public sector
    partnerships to leverage resources and create innovative programs.
  • Provide
    leadership in developing concept papers, proposals, and budgets. Ensure
    that all proposal submissions are complete and properly formatted and that
    they are received in sufficient time to allow for a complete review and
    response, as needed, by the partners before submission to headquarters.
  • Work
    closely with implementing partners to ensure the progress, financial,
    audit, and evaluation reports are submitted to the LWR Uganda office in
    accordance with the LWR’s guidelines and that they are submitted to the
    headquarters and donors on a timely basis.
  • Keenly
    monitor detailed implementation plan and budget of the projects; ensure
    that partners implement activities as planned.
  • Assist
    with the exchange of correspondence between LWR and implementing partners
    and potential partners; send all relevant correspondence from the
    headquarters to partners; send relevant communications to headquarters.
  • Maintain
    partner, project related information and input all data into the data base
    management system.
  • Assist
    internal and external communications about LWR programs, including
    branding and visibility of LWR programs, working with partners in
    identifying key lessons learnt from projects, and documentation of case
  • Stay
    abreast of development trends in Uganda.
Emergency Response and
Material Resources:
  • Work
    in consultation with the CD to assist partners in timely response to
    disasters and complex emergencies.
  • Ensure
    that partners are in compliance with LWR material resource guidelines and
    cooperation agreements.
  • Ensure
    the monitoring, receiving, and distribution process with partners and advise
    partners of any issues that require its attention as appropriate. Periodic
    monitoring visits to the partner organizations, warehouses and
    distribution sites, as well as examination of any records kept for the
    said transactions.
Team Work:
  • Offer
    support in the development and implementation of LWR’s country operational
  • Actively
    participate in the development and periodic review of LWR’s strategy for
  • Build
    and strengthen working relationships between LWR and its institutional and
    community partners in Uganda.
  • Actively
    participate in LWR country, regional, and global staff meetings.
  • Conduct
    any other duties assigned by the CD
Skills and Experience: 
  • The
    ideal candidate must hold a Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field. Master’s
    degree preferred.
  • At
    least five years’ experience in agriculture, rural development,
    finance/economics, or a related development field;
  • Previous
    experience in project management and managing development programs within
    an international NGO.
  • Prior
    experience implementing institutional donor funded projects (bilateral
    donors such as USAID, multilateral donors such as the European Union or UN
    institutions, etc.).
  • Significant
    experience in independently designing, managing, implementing, monitoring,
    and evaluating development and risks reduction projects.
  • Previous
    experience in agricultural livelihoods and agricultural value chain
    development a must. Specific experience supporting producer organizations
    to access agricultural inputs, advisory and business development services,
    and output markets; increase their production and marketing efficiencies;
    and enhance product competitiveness preferred.
  • Working
    knowledge of gender and youth integration approaches relevant to
    agricultural value chains is an added advantage.
  • Significant
    experience using information and communication technology for project data
    collection and/or to facilitate business transactions and service delivery
    a plus.
  • Demonstrated
    high-level technical, analytical, interpersonal skills and ability to meet
    tight deadlines with logical analyses and clear presentation.
  • Computer
    literacy i.e. proficiency in MS Outlook, MS Word and other Microsoft
    Office programs as well as common internet applications.
  • Fluency
    in English, with excellent written communication skills. Ability to speak
    at least one Ugandan language.
  • Ability
    to travel up to 70% of his/her time, mostly within Uganda. Ability to
    travel occasionally within the region and to the US.
  • Evidence
    of status to work legally in Uganda. Uganda national preferred. Women are
    strongly urged to apply.
  • Show
    commitment to LWR’s core value and ability to model those values in
    relationships with colleagues and partners.
to Apply:
All suitably qualified and
interested candidates should send an email to with the job
title for which you are applying in the subject line. Include in the body of
the email the following information:
  • NAME:
    SALARY EXPECTATION (monthly, gross):
Please include as
attachments in a single PDF file a cover letter and CV. Do not include copies
of diplomas or certificates.
15th August, 2016 by 5:00 PM
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