Programme Manager NGO Jobs – GOAL International

Job Title:    Programme Manager
Organization: GOAL International  
Duty Station:  Lira, 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.
Working in consortia with Mercy Corps, VSO and Restless
Development, the Driving Youth-led New Agribusiness and Microenterprise
(DYNAMIC) programme will strengthen systems and facilitate the creation of
sustainable economic opportunities for disadvantaged Ugandan youth. DYNAMIC’s
overall goal is to increase the number of young people who are in secure
employment or self-employment and to promote effective and efficient
agricultural market systems for youth. Through a market-driven and holistic
approach, DYNAMIC will engage an array of public and private sector actors to
increase access to goods, services, markets, information and productive and
social assets to increase productivity of Ugandan agribusinesses and non-farm
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. 
GOAL is the prime grantee and along with Mercy Corps, will
directly implement the programme across eight districts. VSO is the technical
lead for skills and learning and Restless Development is the technical lead for
youth engagement. Mercy Corps is the technical lead for market development and
financial services and GOAL is the technical lead for M&E. Overseas
Development Institute (ODI) will provide technical back stopping to overall
M&E systems on behalf of MasterCard Foundation.
Job Summary:  The Programme Manager is 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
  • Ensure compliance to all
    GOAL, Donor and Government of Uganda policies, procedures and guidelines
    that relate to the implementation of the of the programme
  • 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.
  • In 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
  • Responsible for all
    engagement with other district stakeholders including private sector
    actors and youth representatives
Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning
  • Actively 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.
  • Oversee the scheduling and
    production of formal and informal reports on all aspects of the district
    level program activities in a timely and efficient manner.
  • 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 Coordination
  • 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 programs.
  • 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.
  • GOAL team members are
    expected to support all efforts towards accountability, specifically to
    our beneficiaries and to international standards guiding international
    relief and development work while actively engaging beneficiary
    communities as equal partners in the design, monitoring and evaluation of
    our field projects

Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The ideal candidate for
    the GOAL International Programme Manager job placement should hold a Bachelor’s
    Degree in business, economic development or other relevant field is
  • A minimum of five years of
    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: 14th July 2018
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