Programme Director UK Charity Jobs – Link Community Development International

Job Title:     Programme Director
Organisation: Link
Community Development International
Duty Station: Kampala,
Reports to: Chair of the
Board, Link Community Development Uganda
About US:
Link Community Development
International is a family of not-for-profit organization working together to
transform education for children and communities across impoverished rural
areas of Ethiopia, Ghana, Malawi, Rwanda and Uganda. Since our foundation in
1995 we have worked in 3,000 schools and improved the lives of over two million
children through unique and effective school improvement models. We guide governments
and educators to adopt low-cost solutions to improve learning and support for
children, with a focus on literacy, numeracy and inclusion for the most
marginalised children. Through a partnership delivery model which embeds
piloting and learning within local systems, we influence changes to policy,
practice and accountability on a national scale, and our interventions are
regularly adapted and replicated by governments and NGOs in new countries and
contexts. Link Community Development International (Link), based in Edinburgh,
Scotland supports all project, M&E, fundraising, finance and governance
activities in our five sub-Saharan partner countries.
Job Summary: The Programme
Director will develop overall strategy for Link Uganda and, following approval
by the International Management Team and Board, to effectively manage the
resources available to Link Uganda to deliver the strategy. To ensure that the
country programme remains focused on and aligned with Link Uganda’s mission and
the education policies of the Government of Uganda.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Lead on Link Uganda strategy and policy
    development, operational planning and reporting.
  • Ensure successful delivery of Link Uganda programmes to influence
    systemic change at district and national level.
  • Devise, design and secure funding for new
    projects to support Link Uganda and MoES programmes, strategies and
  • Develop and deliver a strategy to raise the profile of Link Uganda with donors and
    other NGOs in Uganda.
  • Create new programme opportunities as
    appropriate with guidance from Link Community development International
  • Build and maintain relationships with key
    partners in MoES at national,
    division and district levels.
  • Lead on donor proposals / reporting / liaison
    and in-country fundraising.
  • Ensure dissemination to policy makers,
    stakeholders, partners and donors.
  • Liaison with the board of directors and LCDI to
    ensure appropriate governance
    and strategic direction of the organisation.
  • Oversight of financial management (budgeting,
    recording, financial reporting and audit) and HR management.
  • Ensure fiscal and programmatic accountability.
  • Develop policies and procedures, and ensure observance of internal controls and NGO
  • Provide effective human resource management
    through provision of leadership for the team, supporting personal
    development plans and annual appraisal processes.
  • Line Manage the Finance and Administration Manager, Senior Programme Manager
    and Project Manager.
  • Participate as an active member of the International
    Management Team.
  • Effectively represent Link Uganda to external

Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The applicant must hold a Bachelor’s degree in Education, Social Science,
    business administration/management or any development related field,
    including gender.
  • Proven track record of devising, developing and
    delivering development sector programmes, especially in education,
    community development and
  • Five years senior management experience,
    including proven track record of managing complex multi-donor budgets.
  • Good knowledge of the Uganda Ministry of
    Education and Sports policies and systems.
  • Experience of liaising at Ministry level.
  • Competence with all stages of the project
    management cycle.
  • Demonstrated experience in donor reporting and
    proposal writing, including budget development.
  • A Masters degree in education, social science
    or any development-related field.
  • Experience of managing a country programme in
    the NGO, donor or government sectors.
  • Experience of delivering training and the
    ability to adapt training materials.
  • Experience of managing a diverse team, including international
  • A self-starter, able to work autonomously at
    all levels.
  • High level of analytical skill.
  • Proven leadership, interpersonal and
    team-building skills.
  • Excellent written and spoken language skills in
    English (including presentations and report writing)
  • Experience in contributing to organisational
    strategy and development.
  • Strong financial skills, including preparation
    and management of budgets.
  • Delegation,
    time management and prioritizing skills.
  • Proven leadership, interpersonal and
    team-building skills.
  • Capable of rapid and quality turnaround on a
    high work load and multiple tasks.
  • Advanced IT skills in MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint
    and E-Mail
  • Willingness to travel frequently to the field
    and spend time away from Kampala.
  • Possession of SADC Class ‘B’ Driver’s License.
  • Must be dynamic, creative, and passionate about
    delivering positive change in the world
How to Apply:
All suitably qualified
candidates should send a completed CV, cover letter and equal
opportunities monitoring form
 to with the subject line “Programme Director Application”
Deadline: 2nd February 2018

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