Programme Manager Irish NGO Jobs – GOAL International

Job Title:   
Programme Manager
Organization: GOAL
Duty Station: 
Kaabong, Uganda
Reports to:  Deputy
Programme Director
About US:
GOAL International is an
international non-profit organization that was founded in 1977 and works to
promote the realization of the fundamental rights of the poor, the vulnerable,
and those affected by humanitarian crisis. GOAL currently works in 16
countries, with our head office in Dublin, Ireland.
About GOAL DYNAMIC Programme:
DYNAMIC will reach 125,000
out-of-school youth aged 15 – 24 living in peri-urban and rural areas within
eight districts of northern Uganda over five years. Through an innovative,
market facilitation approach, DYNAMIC will promote long-term efficiency in
existing agricultural systems.  Youth
already engaged in on-farm activities will move from subsistence to more
productive and profitable farming. DYNAMIC will increase the employability of
Ugandan youth by facilitating access to demand driven technical skills,
knowledge and market information that directly respond to business
opportunities in the agricultural sector. In parallel, DYNAMIC will link
agribusinesses and microenterprises to market opportunities and diverse
stakeholders, and ensure they can utilize appropriate (formal and informal)
financial services. DYNAMIC’s design recognizes that youth are a diverse age
group requiring tailored interventions to fit their stage in life and
transition into the workforce. In particular, DYNAMIC will ensure that
participating youth, particularly young women, are engaging in appropriate,
safe, and productive economic opportunities. 
Job Summary: The Programme
Manager is mainly responsible for providing overall oversight and leadership to
the implementation teams in two assigned districts (comprising eight team
members) of the MasterCard Foundation funded DYNAMIC programme. S/he also works
closely with an extended team from GOAL and all consortia partners to research,
design, implement and measure the district level programme outputs/outcomes.  The role is ultimately about the Programme
Manager being the key focal person for drawing all elements of the program
together at a district level, while at the same time ensuring compliance to
GOAL systems, effective people management; ensuring that programme staff are
given clear direction, support supervision and remain productive and
Key Duties and Responsibilities:
Program Management:
  • Oversight
    of all assigned district level teams, coordinate and implement district
    level activities in line with approved project proposal, budget and within
    the agreed time frames
  • Ensure
    compliance to all GOAL, Donor and Government of Uganda policies,
    procedures and guidelines that relate to the implementation of the of the
  • Ensure
    project deadlines and quality standards are met
  • Ensure
    an integrated approach to program implementation in order to maximize
    resource utilization and synergy between the programme staff and different
    programme partners
  • Make
    on-site field visits regularly to provide technical back stopping and/or
    design suggestions.
  • Work
    in close consultation with DPD, Technical and the MEL Team, ensure that
    staff measure and report on the programme in a timely and accurate manner
  • Additionally,
    the Program Manager will be responsible for the initial launch of the
    program at a district level and once the research is published, undertake
    a full launch to all stakeholders at a district level.
Staff Management, Professional
Development and Team building:
  • Coordinate,
    manage and motivate program teams through ensuring that they have clear
    objectives/individual work plans as part of performance management and
    receive constructive feedback on their performance.
  • Ensure
    capacity building of the district teams on market facilitative approaches
    to agricultural system development with youth.
  • Monitor
    and advise on district level staffing needs.
  • Ensure
    evaluations and disciplinary measures are made, as necessary according to
    GOAL policy.
Partnership Management
  • Build
    and maintain productive working relationships with Local Government
    officials and line departments, soliciting their participation in all
    activities where appropriate.
  • Responsible
    for all engagement with other district stakeholders including private
    sector actors and youth representatives
Monitoring, Evaluation and
  • Participate
    in the development and continual revision of a dynamic, program-wide
    monitoring and evaluation system linked to program strategies, indicators,
    and information management tools, which supports program management,
    accountability and learning.
  • Coordinate
    data gathering and management with all district-based program staff and
    take overall responsibility for monitoring and evaluation.
  • Ensure
    that district program team members are paying sufficient attention to the
    continual gathering and digestion of operating environment and activity
    reports, and that teams are holding frequent activity review sessions to
    continually re-examine the relevance and impact of the program.
  • Manage
    the scheduling and production of formal and informal reports on all
    aspects of the district level program activities in a timely and efficient
  • Ensure
    close coordination and sharing of information with other district level
    stakeholders such other NGOs, and local authorities.
  • As
    part of GOAL’s agency-wide Organizational Learning Initiative, all team
    members are responsible for spending 5% of their work time in formal
    and/or non-formal professional learning activities.
External Representation and
  • Support
    all efforts towards accountability to project participants. This includes
    actively engaging participating communities as equal partners in the
    design, monitoring and evaluation of programmes.
  • Work
    closely with teams to represent the programme at the district levels and
    lower levels.
  • Ensure
    establishment and maintenance of good relations and accountability with
    target communities, and local government structures.
  • Linking
    into existing DLG coordination structures, S/he will promote and
    facilitate the existing district food security and livelihoods
    coordination meetings which occur on a 1-3 monthly basis; and collaborate
    with District Youth Councils
  • Support
    and coordinate visits from regional and HQ based staff and external
    visitors, such as donors and media, in collaboration with Director of
  • Conduct
    himself/herself both professionally and personally in such a manner as to
    bring positive recognition to GOAL, and to not endanger GOAL’s mission.
Program Support Operations:
  • Coordinate
    with program and finance and administration staff to ensure operational
    systems are in place to support field activities including logistics
    (transport, warehousing and asset management), procurement, security,
    administration and human resources.
  • Other
    duties as assigned by your supervisor.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The
    ideal candidate for the GOAL International Programme Manager job
    opportunity should hold a Bachelor’s Degree in business, economic
    development or other relevant field
  • Five
    years’ experience including three years of relevant management experience,
    with positions of progressively greater responsibilities.
  • Experience
    with market facilitation, supporting systemic change and promoting
    supporting services indirectly, is preferred (M4P and or value chain and
    private sector development experience),
  • Some
    practical experience managing partnerships.
  • Strong
    writing, communication, organization, prioritization and negotiating skills.
  • Excellent
    (English) verbal and written communication skills with proven financial
    management skills.
  • Strong
    computer literacy with a full knowledge of office applications
How to Apply:
All suitably qualified and
interested candidates should send their applications which must include at
least 4 reference contacts (2 professional, 2 character references, including
your supervisor and the most recent/previous employer), and daytime contact
number to; The Human Resource Manager, GOAL Uganda on the email: Please do not attach certificates, indicate the job
title in the subject line.
Deadline: 30th January 2018
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