Programme Officer Economic Empowerment NGO Jobs – Uganda Youth Network (UYONET)

Organisation: Uganda
Youth Network (UYONET)
Duty Station:  Kampala,
Reports to: Programme
Manager Economic Empowerment
About Us:
The Uganda Youth Network
(UYONET) is a regional focused leading umbrella Youth CSO Network that works to
mainstream young peoples’ engagement in development and governance processes in
East Africa and beyond. UYONET was started in 2002 to respond to the increasing
demand for a collective platform for research, training and policy advocacy for
young people by young people. With a membership of 31 district networks
constituted by over 147 youth organizations, UYONET has continued to be the
apex of youth programming and designing appropriate interventions that respond
to the needs of the youth across the region.
Job Summary: The Programme
Officer Economic Empowerment will take a lead on overseeing the achievement of
the Economic Empowerment objectives and ensuring that all objectives are
achieved. S/he will work to ensure and maintain linkages with all programme
activities the organisation is implementing. S/he will oversee programme
strategy and implementation, monitoring, leading a team of talented young
Key Duties and Responsibilities:
Programme Strategy, Implementation
and Coordination (30%)       
  • Working
    closely with the Head of Programs and Programme Managers
  • Implement
    economic empowerment activities relating to implementation of economic
    rights and strategies, engendering the economic development process and
    entrepreneurship initiatives
  • Provide
    support and supervisory role to Programme Officer in maintaining
    relationship with partners in implementation of the projects
  • Conduct
    field visits as and when needed to monitor the implementation of trainings
    and other initiatives and provide guidance and technical assistance to
  • Maintain
    close contacts with civil society and government partners on the
    implementation of economic empowerment activities
  • Serve
    as the resource person for the economic empowerment initiatives and
    provide advisory updates to the pillar management on the interventions in
    this area
Fundraising, Partnership Development
& Management (20%)           
  • Take
    active role in fundraising activities for the organisation, preparing
    concept notes and proposal for key programme donors showcasing all our
    different approaches.
  • Build
    and maintain effective partnerships with all key stakeholders including
    relevant Line Ministries at national, provincial and community levels
  • Participate
    in the relevant progress meetings underpinning the programmes
  • Lead
    on partnership activities and communication to raise the profile of the
    programmes and secure leverage and other commitments of support
  • Develop
    and disseminate communication materials about the programmes in
    collaboration with the Monitoring and evaluation unit.
Serve as active member of the
UYONET Leadership Committee:
  • Take
    active role in the development and regular review of programme operational
  • Ensure
    timely documentation and dissemination of key findings from programme to
    inform learning and presenting to the Management Committee.
  • Play
    key role in the strategic planning and reviews process in coordination
    with the other programme team and immediate stakeholders.
  • Provide
    regular updates on partnerships underpinning the programme
Financial Planning and
Management of Donor Budgets (20%)          
  • Ensure
    efficient grant management of all programmes by taking a lead on
    developing, managing and regularly reviewing the programme budgets,
    monitoring spending to ensure they are within the budgets.
  • Ensure
    all budget holders are conducting budget tracking .developing and
    reviewing of financial reports relating to programmes as required
  • Support
    the finance team to manage the donor budgets and organisational financial
Monitoring, learning and
reporting (20%):
  • Under
    the guidance of the Head of Programme and in close coordination with other
    programme Manager, lead the monitoring of all economic empowerment
    initiatives and provide oversight on evaluation of those activities as per
    the donors’ agreement for programme strengthening while taking initiatives
    to engage in proactive and remedial action for the current and future
    similar initiatives.
  • Lead
    on the development of the programme narrative reports of all programmes
    with inputs with from the programmes team and the Monitoring and Learning
    Unit for final submission.
  • Work
    closely with the Monitoring and Learning Unit in M&L processes,
    including analysis of data collected and dissemination of results to
    ensure continual programme improvement.
  • Lead
    on communications with donors and partners in collaboration with head of
    programs and executive director.
Human Resources Management and
Capacity Building (10%.):
  • Ensure
    effective personnel and performance management of the programme Associates
    and volunteers under the component.
  • Line
    and performance manage team, serving as role model at all times
  • Ensure
    OHR policy and procedure are adhered to by team and others
Other: Other duties as required, sometimes requiring
working on weekends and holidays for which time off can be taken.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The
    applicant must hold a Bachelor’s Degree in a relevant field of study
  • At
    least five years’ experience in development sector in an African context,
    including good knowledge of advocacy and policy engagement.
  • Three
    years’ experience in programme design and management including proven
    experience of managing large programmes relating to youth development
  • Experience
    is livelihood programming, climate smart agriculture, managing
    agribusinesses is a must.
  • Strong
    partnership development and networking skills
  • Excellent
    numeracy skills with experience in budget development and management
  • Excellent
    understanding of project cycle management
  • Excellent
    report writing skills particularly donor reporting.
  • Fluent
    in written and spoken English.
  • Excellent
    IT, interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills.
  • Previous
    work experience in Uganda and national languages.
  • Broad
    knowledge and understanding of contemporary development issues and trends
    in youth economic development sector
  • Experience
    of performance managing people
  • Experience
    of managing multi-site implementation works
  • Experience
    in handling budgets and finances.
  • Individual
    must be results oriented, highly self-motivated and have demonstrated
    analytical skills.
  • Must
    be able to lead and inspire a team of strong programme officers
  • The
    successful candidate will thrive in a multi-cultural environment as part
    of a rapidly growing and developing organisation and be personally
    committed to UYONET missions and values
How to Apply:
All suitably qualified and
interested candidates should send their updated CVs and cover letters via Email
to with the job title in the subject line.
Deadline: 29th January 2018
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. If you do not hear from us by
31st March consider yourself unsuccessful.
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