Director of Programmes Career Opportunity – WaterAid

Job Title:    Director of Programmes
Organization: WaterAid
Duty Station: Kampala,
Reports to: Country Director
About Us:
WaterAid’s Vision is of a world where everyone has access to safe water
and sanitation. Our mission is to transform lives by improving access to safe
water, hygiene and sanitation in the world’s poorest communities, WaterAid
works with partners to maximize its impacts for policy change/influence.  WaterAid works through supporting local
organizations and government authorities to design low cost sustainable
projects using appropriate and affordable technologies that can be managed by
the community itself.  WaterAid also
seeks to influence the policy change through government and other key
international organizations to secure and protect the right of poor people to
safe, affordable water and sanitation services.
Job Summary: The Director of
Programmes will take a leading role in the strategic development of the country
programme, ensuring an integrated programme approach that adheres to WaterAid
international and WAU standards and policies. The incumbent will take specific
responsibility for leading, coordinating, managing and reporting on the design,
development and implementation of WAU’s programmes in accordance with WAU
Country Strategy objectives and relevant MOUs with Government of Uganda and
funding partners.
Key Duties and
Strategic Management:
o   With
other members of the SMT, take a leading role in providing strategic direction
for the WAU programme including the development and implementation of the new
country programme strategy for WAU for the next five years.
o   Steer
the development of new and innovative WAU programmes, operating at
international aid delivery standards, to deliver equitable, inclusive and
sustainable WASH services.
Programme Planning and Management: Lead
in high quality programme development through appropriate Project Concept
Notes, Proposals and associated budgets, ensuring adherence to WAU programme
Cycle Management Procedures, global policies & procedures.
Donor Compliance and Reporting: Work
in close collaboration with the Fundraising and strategy unit, ensure effective
compliance with funding agreements through translated proposal documents,
start-of-project workshops and training on donor guidelines
Financial Management & Systems:
o   Review
programme budgets and ensure appropriateness and alignment with donor
regulations and project budgets.
o   Work
in liaison with Director of Finance and the assigned programme budget holders
for different WAU projects to ensure close management of relevant budgets and
expenditures in compliance with donor guidelines and management account
Coordination & Networking:  Support the Country Economist (WASH
and Wealth) to develop and use cutting-edge analysis and position papers on
relevant WASH or inter-sector issues and other programme-related knowledge
piece with national, regional or local level impact to ensure WASH is
prioritised as the first step out of poverty and a pivot to Uganda’s strive for
MIC status
Staff Management, Development and
Organisation Learning:
Provide technical support and on-going
on-the-job training and coaching to staff in management and or technical
(programme) areas, including in particular a thorough induction at the start of
their contract.
Qualifications, Skills and
The applicant must hold a Masters level
qualification in Development Studies, Public Health, WASH, or other related
At least twelve years’ experience working in a
developing country in a development and/or humanitarian context, with prior
experience in senior programme management, including experience in planning,
developing and evaluating programmes
Prior WASH related experience would be an
Advanced and proven ability in written and
spoken English
Significant experience of programme design and
successful funding proposal development.
Proven management and communication skills
including the ability to motivate, support and mentor staff and to pass on this
competency to staff
Substantive demonstrable experience in support
to all phases of the monitoring and evaluation process, including the design
and implementation of M&E plans, databases and tools, and the analysis and
use of data and results to improve programme quality.
Previous exposure and competence in networking
and effective relationship building with peers, donors and government. High
level of diplomacy and tact
Previous exposure and experience in approaches
to supporting community participation and accountability with programme design
and implementation.
Prior experience of capacity building with
partner organisations and government
Specific experience in managing WASH programmes
Previous exposure and experience with gender,
equality, Climate change mainstreaming
Skills in Digital Data Gathering, statistics and
statistical analysis software packages
Cross-cultural awareness and sensitivity
Ability to work to deadlines and under pressure
Strong proven delegation, time management and
prioritising skills.
How to Apply:
All candidates should send their applications with updated curriculum
vita including contacts of three professional referees to: The Director
Executive Recruitments, Future Options Consulting Ltd, 4th Floor, Diamond Trust
Building, Kampala Road, P.O. Box 34934, Kampala, Uganda via email to:
NB: Please include the
title of the position for which you are applying in the subject line of the
Deadline: 10th
November 2016

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