Program Coordinator Non-profit Careers – International Rescue Committee (IRC)

Job Title:         Program Coordinator
Organization: International
Rescue Committee (IRC)
Duty Station: Kampala,
Reports to: Deputy Director
of Programs
About Us:
The International Rescue Committee helps people whose lives and
livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover, and
gain control of their future. It was created by Albert Einstein more than 80
years and has been working in Uganda since 1998. It has particularly working in
the conflict zones where tens of thousands of people have been kills and over
1.6 million displaced. Following a peace agreement in 2006, Ugandans are
returning home and looking to rebuild their lives. The IRC is there to protect
women and children from violence and exploitation by fostering a safe
environment and encouraging education, and is supporting farmers and small
businesses, and helping communities promote peace and long-term development.
Job Summary: The Program
Coordinator is responsible for ensuring the completion of special initiatives
including Exemplar, as well as advancing the country program’s commitments
towards partnership with local NGOs, usage of program tools, development of a
funding strategy, and development of communications tools.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:
Exemplar initiative         
  • Manage the Exemplar initiative, which
    includes the integration of key strategic initiatives IRC aims to rollout
    globally towards 2020 (specific initiatives to be chosen by the country
    office in February 2018).
  • Support sector teams including Protection
    and Rule of Law (ProL), Women’s Protection and Empowerment (WPE), Economic
    Recovery and Development (ERD), and Health, as well as operations
    departments such as HR, Supply Chain, IT, and Finance across the country
    to adopt the Exemplar new tools and practices in the way they design and
    implement their programs.
  • Through the Exemplar initiative, work with
    the DDP and M&E Manager to ensure IRC programs are measurably more
    outcome-focused, gender sensitive, cost-efficient, responsive to clients’
    needs and preferences, and adapted to contexts of intervention.
Partner mapping 
  • Carry out a partner mapping of local NGOs
    in Uganda that could be potential sub-grantees to IRC in Uganda.
  • Assess IRC Uganda’s capacity to partner
    with local organizations, including program, HR, Finance, and Supply Chain
    departments. The analysis could include an assessment of IRC’s capacity
    gaps or strengths in partner management knowledge and training, funding or
    other resources, or time.
  • Recommend and organize subsequent trainings
    or facilitate support through the regional office or headquarters to
    address capacity gaps found in assessment; as well as come up with
    strategies to capitalize on existing capacity strengths.
  • Work with the region to organize a
    training for staff on IRC’s partner/sub-grant management systems and
  • Map out potential synergies between IRC
    Uganda programs and local partners found in the mapping, and act as a
    starting focal point to contact local partners for future collaboration.
Funding strategy
  • Work closely with SMT and Grants to
    develop a funding strategy for IRC Uganda to widen and strengthen the
    donor base, using guidance from the Awards Management Unit and analyzing
    IRC Uganda’s Strategic Action Plan versus its operating budget.
  • Work in close coordination with the Senior
    Management Team, begin rollout of strategy.
  • Program tools
  • Ensure that program tools, including work
    plans, spending plans, procurement plans, and staffing plans, are
    developed prior to the start of each grant by field teams.
  • Facilitate in-depth trainings for all
    relevant field staff on each of these tools.
  • With technical coordinators, ensure that
    these are reviewed systematically and at all grant meetings.
  • With technical coordinators, ensure that
    corrective actions and updates are systematically made to plans in
    accordance with program changes.
Communications materials
  • Work with the DDP and Program Fellow to
    identify needs for communications and information materials.
  • Design and develop communications
    materials such as brochures, fact sheets, articles, posters, or
    audio-visual materials to promote the work of IRC Uganda among various
  • Confidentiality:
  • Ensuring the non-disclosure of any
    information whatsoever relating to the practices  and business of IRC acquired in the
    course of duty, to any other person or organization without authority,
    except in the normal execution of duty.

Qualifications, Skills and
  • The applicant for the Program Coordinator
    job opportunity must hold a Bachelor’s degree in Development Studies,
    International Relations, Social Sciences or a similar field (Master’s
    degree preferred).
  • At least two years of international
    experience working in a humanitarian or development setting.
  • Previous experience in the management of
    local partners and partner mapping and analysis.
  • Experience with fundraising and working
    with humanitarian and development donors.
  • Experience managing humanitarian projects.
  • Skills in creation of communications
  • Organized approach with ability to work on
    several different projects independently.
  • Ability to work and be flexible under
    difficult circumstances in a stressful environment
How to Apply:
All suitably qualified and interested candidates should send an updated
CVs and cover letters clearly indicating the position applied for as the
subject to: (The Human Resource and Administration
department, International Rescue Committee)
Deadline: 3rd January
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