Program Director NGO Careers – CARE International

Job Title:             Program
Organization: CARE
Duty Station: 
Kampala, Uganda
Reports to: Country
About US:
CARE International
is a leading global development and humanitarian organization. In 2014, CARE
worked in 90 countries around the world, supporting 880 poverty-fighting
development and humanitarian aid projects, reaching more than 72 million
people. CARE International in Uganda (CARE) works with others to make a sustainable
improvement in the lives of the very poor, with a focus on women and girls. Our
current program focusses on women and girls’ economic rights, particularly
financial inclusion and governance of natural resources women and girls depend
upon, and on their sexual and reproductive health rights, including a life free
of violence. Our programming is guided by our core values of excellence,
accountability, respect, integrity and transparency.
Job Summary:  The Program Director will be responsible for
ensuring that CARE’s Uganda’s programs contributes to CARE’s Vision of “a world
of hope, tolerance and social justice, where poverty has been eliminated and
people live with dignity and security”. The Program Director is expected
to provide strategic leadership in the areas of resource mobilisation, program
strategy development and implementation (including emergency response), MEAL
(Monitoring Evaluation Accountability and Learning), program quality assurance,
evidence based advocacy and IDOS (Institutional Development and Organizational
Strengthening). The PD will lead a team of humanitarian and development
practitioners committed to delivering impactful programs aiming at improving
the lives of women and girls, with a focus on addressing gender inequality and Gender
Based Violence across the continuum of aid. She will ensure CARE Uganda
significantly contributes to CARE’s Impact Growth Strategy on GBV in the Great
Lakes, building on CARE’s history, body of knowledge and evidence based models
to prevent and respond to GBV and build women and girls’ resilience in contexts
of chronic poverty and during emergencies. The PD ensures CARE Uganda has a
coherent program strategy that is used as the framework and foundation for
humanitarian and long term development program staff to work as one team,
drawing from each others’ skills and expertise. In the more
“developmental” sector, this includes strengthening CARE Uganda’s
transformation from an implementor of projects and service delivery to a
facilitator of social change, using rights based and gender transformative
approaches, in close collaboration with a range of strategic partners (civil
society and women movement, government, private sector, media, academia etc).
In the humanitarian sector, this involves ensuring CARE has its own delivery
capacity of gender responsive emergency interventions, while building capacity
of local actors. The PD will also ensure that evidenced based models from long
term development programs are integrated into CARE’s humanitarian work.   Reporting to the Country Director, the PD will
be responsible for creating a culture of learning and reflection so that
organizational knowledge is used to innovate and continuously improve program
strategy, evidence based models, program quality and impact. S/he is
responsible for, along with the Country Director (CD), maintaining good working
relationships with relevant line Ministries, donors and key strategic partners
with special attention to strategic civil society partners and women led
organizations. S/he directly line manages a team of 4-8 professionals based in
different locations and works in close collaboration with peers in program
support departments (operations, finance, administration and HR) to ensure
adequate operational, Human Resources and financial management capacity aligned
with program needs. S/he works closely with, and is supported by, colleagues at
regional level (particularly with CARE Offices in the Great Lakes sub region
and the broader East, Central & Southern Africa region) and in the wider
CARE International Federation offices (e.g Austria, Norway, Canada, Denmark,
UK, USA, etc). The PD is a member of the Country Office Senior Management Team
and may also be requested to act as Country Director during the latter’s
absence. Furthermore, the successful candidate must quickly acquire and
demonstrate an understanding of CARE’s programmatic needs as well as strict
commitment and adherence to CARE’s Core Values, Mission and Vision, and
promotion of Gender Equity and Diversity (GED).
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
  • Lead the program strategy development and regular reviews, based on
    sound contextual analysis, CARE International (CI) global program
    strategy, CARE’s Great Lakes Impact Growth Strategy (GL IGS) on GBV and
    CARE’s program approach
  • Ensure that all initiatives designed and implemented by the Country
    Office(CO) are in line with the CO program strategy, CI programming
    framework and performance standards and contribute to achieving the
    objectives of the CI global program strategy and Great Lakes IGS for GBV
  • Conduct regular donor scoping exercises of traditional institutional
    donors and stays current with donors’ strategies and funding forecasts to
    identify strategic funding opportunities in a timely manner
  • Leads resource mobilization efforts, including writing concept notes
    and proposals, having materials for resource mobilization ready (CO
    capacity statement, portfolio summary, projects’ past performance
    templates, learning briefs, etc);
  • Ensure the implementation of CARE’s performance management system
    for direct reports and their teams
  • Identify necessary staff development, career development and
    succession planning strategies for direct reports.
  • Monitor all CO programs and projects to ensure that they are
    implemented in a professional manner in line with the project proposals
  • Ensure donor and government reporting is done according to agreed
    upon standards, contractual and / or statutory obligations and in a timely
  • Ensure a user friendly and gender sensitive Impact Measurement &
    MEAL system that allows to track and report on the aggregated CO impact at
    country level (and over and above individual projects and initiatives) is
    in place
  • Establish mechanisms for knowledge sharing and learning between
    initiatives within the CO program and with stakeholders beyond the CO.
  • Establish and maintain good relationships with relevant
    counterparts/departments of the government, CI members, the
    locally-represented multi/bi-lateral donors, foundations, international
    and national NGOs, CBOs and other civil society organizations

Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The applicant must hold a Master’s degree in Humanitarian and /or
    Development studies or related field
  • A minimum seven (7) years in a senior management program position in
    the development and humanitarian sector with management experience of a
    large and diverse portfolio of restricted institutional donor grants
  • At least three (3) years’ experience directly managing USG and EU
    grants (e.g. ECHO, PRM, USAID, etc) as well as other donors such as ADA,
    Danida, Norad, etc
  • Demonstrated capability and experience in successfully developing
    and managing institutional partnerships with a range of actors (e.g.
    government, civil society, private sector, academia, donors, UN agencies,
  • Strategic thinker capable of facilitating the creation of a vision
    of change for women and girls that will inform CARE’s programs as well as
    CARE’s organizational culture and values
  • Excellent proposal writing skills (including for institutional
    donors like US Government, EU, etc) with a high success rate
  • Proven experience supporting organizational learning for quality
    insurance and innovation
  • Demonstrated experience in leading and managing organizational
  • Demonstrated leadership and interpersonal skills and proven
    experience in managing individuals and teams for success
  • Proven experience in and personal commitment to rights based
    approaches to development, with an unshakable commitment to gender
    equality and women and girls’ rights
  • Excellent understanding of drivers of poverty in developing
    countries, including at least three years experience working on programs
    that address gender inequality and GBV
  • Experience in Uganda desired
  • Fluent English (written and verbal)
How to Apply:
All candidates are
encouraged to apply online through CARE International’s e-recruitment portal.
CARE International doesn’t charge applicants for any fees during its
recruitment process.
Deadline: 31st January 2019
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