Regional Program Manager –Humanitarian Non-profit Jobs – Food for the Hungry (FH)

Organisation: Food
for the Hungry (FH)
Duty Station: Kampala,
Reports to: Program
About FH:
Food for the Hungry
(FH) is a Christian international relief and development organization that has
been working in Uganda since 1989. FH’s primary goal is to respond to
development needs and complex humanitarian emergencies. FH is currently
operating programs in more than 26 countries and has national offices in the
UK, Canada, Switzerland, Korea, United States of America and Japan. In Uganda,
FH is operational in the communities of Pader, Kitgum, Lamwo, Agago, Kole,
Kween, Mbale, and Mukono Districts implementing programs in four main sectors
of Education; Food Security and livelihoods; Health/Nutrition and Disaster Risk
Reduction; with the Head office located it Kampala.
Job Summary:  The Regional Program manager (Humanitarian
Response) is a member of Senior Management Team. S/he will be responsible for
the overall management of Food for the Hungry’s humanitarian response programs
in in Uganda. The position will support the scale up of humanitarian response
in line with the country strategy for FH Uganda and the local government’s
response plan. The position holder will also assist the Program Director (PD)
representing Food for the Hungry towards donors, humanitarian partners and
coordination bodies and authorities where required. The Regional Manager will
have overall accountability to ensure quality, timely and effective implementation
of Food for the Hungry’s humanitarian response projects, upholding
organizational values and humanitarian principles.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
Program Management
  • In coordination with the Support Office and country teams:
  • Supports and Monitors the implementation of humanitarian response
    projects/programs to make sure they are being managed and implemented in a
    manner that will result in achievement of goals within set timeframe and
    allocated resources.
  • Participates in, and provides leadership to the regional
    humanitarian/relief team in assessments, planning and implementation of
    emergency preparedness, relief and recovery activities.
  • Ensures that all humanitarian response interventions have clear exit
    or transition strategies established well in advance of the completion,
    and oversees the implementation of those exits or transitions to
    longer-term development programming.
  • Ensures sufficient, timely and accurate flow of management and
    operational information and reports, both internally within Country Office
    and with Support Offices and Donors in accordance with the set
    communication protocols
  • Initiates and provides leadership in M&E initiatives in the
    respective regions to ensure that project design, M&E plans and
    monitoring and evaluation processes for projects/programs are undertaken
  • Ensures proper documentation is in place to demonstrate program
    effectiveness and resource mobilisation.
  • Ensures that the humanitarian response program undertakings are in
    alignment with government relief and recovery plans, and where
    appropriate, relief programming is contributing to the formulation and
    implementation of those plans.
  • In conjunction with the Logistics & Security Manager, ensures
    that appropriate security measures are in place and undertaken as
Staff Supervision
  • Provides leadership and technical supervision to the Program Area
  • Supports HR with recruitment, training and development of regional
    program staff
  • Ensures annual appraisal of line managed staff against responsibilities/performance
    objectives and key performance Indicators are conducted appropriately.
  • Takes lead in the implementation of the organizational culture
    actionables in the region in line with the organization’s practices,
    policies & procedures.
  • Assesses and identifies capacity gaps of staff in the respective
    region and link them with opportunities for capacity building and provides
    support for proper orientation, training, development & succession
Grants Management:
  • Supports in the management of Grants by planning and controlling the
    regional Grant resources in line with FH’s policies/procedures,
    International Accounting Standards and ensuring compliance with the donor
  • Actively participates in strategic planning and management through the
    provision of technical support in grant acquisition and proposal budget
    preparations and ensuring proper budget management of all the grants
  • In consultation with the PD, addresses risk management through the
    profiling of risk in grants and ensuring that appropriate action is taken
    to address findings and implement recommendations.
Engagements and Advocacy
  • Develops a stakeholder analysis, engagement plan and works with
    implementing partners and inter-agency groups in her/his respective
  • Acts as a spokesperson for the Partnership and external stakeholders
    in collaboration with the Program Director and Country Director (CD).
  • S/he is responsible for the initiation and maintenance of effective
    working relationships and communication with: Program Area Managers and
    Sector specialists who are stakeholders in humanitarian response program
    systems or activities being implemented, or communities which are the
    sites of relief programming.
  • Relevant departments and ministries of the Government, especially
    Office of the Prime Minister and district local governments;
  • UN agencies (e.g., UNICEF, WFP, OCHA, FAO, UNDP, UNHCR) and Uganda
    based international donors and other key humanitarian agencies, tracks
    donor trends and priorities and informs Support Office (HQ) of upcoming
    program priorities;
  • Attends relevant meetings and networking events (e.g., regional and
    national coordination meetings, relevant partner meetings, donor
    consultations) as needed for the performance of duties;
  • Participates and provides contributions to joint agency assessments,
    task-force teams and workshops as required and in collaboration with the
  • Builds effective working relationship with partners representing
    both refugees and the host community beneficiaries with whom FH Uganda is
  • Takes precautions to prevent the raising of expectations that cannot
    be filled.
  • Ensures proper branding and visibility of FH’s work in the Region
    and shares with relevant partners with appropriate means.
Programme Proposal
  • Establishes growth plans and sustainability mechanisms for the
  • Leads and guides program design processes for a credible and high
    quality humanitarian response program
  • Establishes areas for possible funding opportunities and develop
    concept notes for marketing to potential donors
  • Participates in grant acquisition / resource mobilization activities
    and proposal writing,
  • Prepare regular and consolidated for the humanitarian response
    program and submits to the PD according to the time line;
  • Undertakes other ad hoc tasks, as instructed by PD; and,
  • Operates within the prescribed policies, guidelines and SOPs setting
    an example for other field staff.
  • Engages in needs assessment for project proposals as necessary;
  • Contributes to program design, for solicited and unsolicited
    programs, and for pilot and full scale programs;
  • Participates in proposal writing as well as costing efforts;
  • Tracks proposal efforts and report to PD on status;
  • Supports effective go/no-go decisions and cost share analysis;

Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The applicant for the Regional Program Manager –Humanitarian job
    must hold University degree in Law, Social Sciences, Social Work, and/or
    related field of study. A master’s degree in Public administration,
    Management, International Relations, Public Health is an added advantage
  • A post graduate in Project Planning and Management and/or Human
    Rights is an added advantage
  • Five years of experience in INGO context, previous experience with
    USAID funding preferred
  • 10 years’ minimum relevant work experience with progressively
    increasing responsibility
  • Conceptual understanding of and commitment to development work,
    especially Christian, child-focused, community-based development concepts,
    approaches and processes;
  • Strong understanding of the context of humanitarian response
    operations and of government ministries
  • Good understanding of latest developments and trends of humanitarian
    crisis worldwide and specific to the Region
  • Proven success in grant writing and networking
  • Networking/coordination skills among different
  • Demonstrated capacity building and facilitation skills;
  • Demonstrated skills to work within a mult cultural &
    multi-sectoral environment
  • Good time management and organizational skills;
  • Good project planning & management skills
  • Must have good communication and interpersonal skills
  • Must have proven advocacy and documentation experience
  • Must have proven experience in policy analysis training
  • Must be computer literate
  • Must be able to travel extensively within Uganda as and when
  • Ability to communicate fluently in writing and orally
How to Apply:
All suitably
qualified candidates are encouraged to apply by submitting only electronic
copies of not more than 2MB of an application letter, a detailed CV, contact
telephone numbers, copies of relevant testimonials/certificates, names/contact
details of three referees, addressed to:
The Human Resources
Manager, Food for the Hungry Uganda
Email to:
Deadline: 3rd August 2018
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