US Non-profit Careers – Country Director at Akola Project

Job Title:      Country Director
Organization: Akola Project
Duty Station: Uganda
About US:
Akola (she works) Project is a US founded non-profit, social business
that empowers women by facilitating vocational training, employment
opportunities, savings and loans associations, education programs, support
groups and leadership development.
Job Summary: The Country
Director manages all human resources for Akola Uganda; Responsible for building
healthy work environment and positive working relationships with all women’s
groups and communities; Manage all empowerment, ministry and educational
programs and program staff including monitoring and evaluation; Host all
Key Duties and
Leadership (30%)
  • Manage Akola Project staff and
    beneficiaries in a way that facilitates a high performance egalitarian
    culture of learning and development, trust and integrity
  • Lead organization-wide meetings as
  • Seek understanding with and unified
    leadership alongside the leadership team in the spiritual development,
    social development and economic development of Akola Project women and
    involvement in Uganda
  • Provide a good example of good stewardship
    with time, resources and privilege for the staff, employees and women’s
  • Serve as an active advocate for Akola
    Project, promoting the vision, mission, and goals of the organization
    amongst the community at all times to ensure the organization maintains a
    positive public standing
  • The incumbent will manage weekly
    leadership and professionalism training for all Akola staff members and
    provide mentoring and coaching as required
  • Directly manage Akola’s Empowerment Team
Empowerment Programs (40%)
  • Work closely with Akola leadership to
    develop and define the Akola Development Model
  • Manage all non-business aspects of the
    Akola Development Model in Uganda (including empowerment programs,
    ministry programs, M&E, social services, wellness programs)
  • Make sure that development programs
    promote sustainability and are in alignment with the mission and vision of
    Akola Project
  • Ensure that people, tools and processes
    are properly resourced and supported to carry out all empowerment program
  • Create plans and documented procedures for
    implementing and routinely reporting on all aspects of the Akola
    Development Model
  • Actively contribute to managing the the
    Akola Development Model Uganda budget and logistical operations
  • Contribute to donor relations, networking,
    grant-writing and marketing, including hosting visitors
  • Work closely with Akola leadership to
    define appropriate M&E strategies and exercises aimed at assessing and
    promoting program quality and organizational goals
  • Ensure overall indicator design aligns
    with program framework and that indicators are realistic, measureable and
    targets reflect indeed outcomes
  • Ensure understanding of M&E theory and
    practice by implementation staff; identify training needs, organize and
    lead appropriate training sessions
  • Create and deliver annual M&E reports
    to be presented to the board and used for Akola Project marketing and
    additional reports as requested
Human Resources (20%)
  • The jobholder will create and manage HR
    policies and practices for Akola Members and Ugandan staff members that
    are in line with applicable Ugandan Laws
  • Manage all safety and security policies
    and strategies for all staff including an emergency action plan, regular
    safety training, and acting as lead responder to any emergencies
  • Maintain an up-to-date and compliant
    policy handbooks for national staff, expatriate staff and beneficiaries
    and standard operating procedures
  • Orient new team members with
    organizational policies and procedures and provide proper on-the-job
    training and mentoring
  • Manage and actively contribute to
    enforcement and implementation of all established policies
  • Anticipate issues, problems and conflicts
    and facilitate the resolution of conflicts among staff and women’s groups
    as needed
  • Actively seek new strategies for
    facilitating strong relationships with the Akola Project women’s groups
  • Communicate regularly with Akola
    leadership regarding HR and safety policies and enforcement
  • Manage recruitment, interviewing and
    hiring for staff and beneficiaries and maintain up-to-date contracts for
    all employees and beneficiaries
  • Manage the creation and coordination of HR
    evaluation systems
Administration (10%)
  • Keep records of all contacts, documents,
    agreements, material costs, and any other necessary records pertaining to
    the Akola Project
  • Keenly track all expenses with appropriate
    supporting documentation including contracts, receipts and invoices
  • Assist with other Akola Project programs
    as needed
  • Produce a manual upon the expiration of
    your contract that includes contact information, logistics descriptions,
    research findings, exercise reports, and any other data and notes
    necessary for future staff to succeed in this role
Qualifications, Skills and
  • The applicant for the Country Director
    vacancy must hold a Bachelor’s degree from four-year college or
    university; Graduate degree in relevant field preferred
  • At least four years’ experience working in
    a professional environment
  • A minimum of three years of professional
    experience supervising and managing a multi-disciplinary team in a
    cross-cultural professional setting (ideally in an African context)
  • Extensive international development
    experience with emphasis in participatory methods
  • Strong human resource management skills
    including capacity building and mentoring
  • Demonstrated success in managing projects
  • Strong security management experience
  • Legally eligible to work in the US
How to Apply:
All suitably qualified and interested candidates should send the E-mail
applications labeled “Application: Country Director” to The application should send the following;
  • Resume/CV highlighting work experience
  • Cover letter that outlines (1) Why you are
    interested in this position, Akola Project, the mission/vision, and Uganda
    specifically; (2) Why you believe you are the best candidate for the job;
    (3) The role your faith plays in your work
NB: Applicants are
encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Only shortlisted candidates will be
contacted for an interview.
Deadline: 1st
November 2016
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