Programme Manager – ACCoSS NGO Careers – SOS Children’s Villages

Job Title:       Programme Manager – ACCoSS
Organization: SOS
Children’s Villages
Reports to: National
Programme Development Advisor
Duty Station: Entebbe,
Uganda
About US:
SOS Children’s
Villages Uganda is an indigenous non-government, social development
organisation affiliated to SOS Children’s Villages International, a worldwide
child care organisation, currently running Children’s Villages and other
projects in 135 countries around the world. SOS has been working in Uganda since
1991, and runs Children’s Villages and other projects at Kakiri, Entebbe
(Abaita Ababiri), Gulu and in Fort Portal – Kabarole district.
About Project:
The Alternative Care
Consortium for Systems Strengthening ACCoSS is a two-year project (2018- 2021)
funded by SOS Netherlands.  The Project
objective is to support the development of an inspired and inclusive response
to protect children from abuse including children without appropriate Care in
Central, East and Northern Regions of Uganda through strengthening systems for
alternative care at community, district and national level. 
Job Summary:  The Programme Manager – ACCoSS will spearhead
the implementation of the project to build the capacity of the existing
alternative care existing systems at the national level and rolling out to the
districts, community and family in order to contribute to significant reduction
in institutionalization of children by 2021. The position holder shall oversee
the project implementation in the districts of Buikwe, Mukono and Wakiso.  The Project Manager will work closely with
other relevant SOS CV Uganda program units and partners in and outside Uganda
to ensure that the complex problems related to alternative care for children
across sectors, and vulnerabilities associated with children in the Ugandan
context are managed and responded to appropriately. 
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
Programme
Development and Management of Alternative Care Models
  • Coordinate the development of alternative care strategy.
  • Oversee day-to-day implementation of all project activities,
    providing constructive supervision of the project team.
  • In collaboration with co-workers, lead the design, implementation
    and delivery of innovative alternative care models in the areas of
    operation.
  • Monitor current debates within the organisation and national forums
    on alternative care and identify opportunities to shape and influence
    these policies.
  • Work with key programme co-workers to develop and maintain a
    knowledge hub and keep others in the organisation informed of the trends
    and opportunities.
  • Coordinate the project management team, including external key
    implementing partners.
  • Liaise Regional Office and other organisations to ensure that the
    SOS CV Uganda has the relevant strategic connections.
  • Promote the recognition of SOS Family-like Care model as one of the
    Alternative Care Options in the country.
  • Ensure that the Project implementation complies with SOS, donor and
    national requirements.
  • Chair consortium meetings and participate in alternative care forums.
Capacity Building,
Knowledge Management and Information dissemination
  • Develop a Communications Strategy and protocol for acquiring and
    disseminating project related information, activities and achievements.
  • Lead on the development of an ACCoSS Uganda Management Information
    System
  • Coordinate the development of ACCoSS information materials based on
    the activities funded under the project.
  • Develop, implement and evaluate different kinds of alternative care
    models
  • Identify capacity gaps among co-workers pertaining to alternative
    care of children, and facilitate capacity building processes accordingly
  • Create, share, use and manage knowledge and information on
    alternative care.
  • Develop and execute linkages between the advocacy strategy, national
    strategies and the alternative care models
  • Keep informed and up to date on the main activities and events of
    the civil society within the country focusing on alternative care issues
  • Actively develop and maintain effective working relationships with
    key stakeholders at the District level and with the Ministry of Gender,
    Labour and Social Development (MGLSD)
  • Coordinate SOS Uganda project activities with relevant officials and
    other humanitarian agencies, acting as the main focal point for
    interactions with donors and partners
  • Actively develop and maintain effective working relationships with
    all relevant stakeholders including community leadership, NGOs, INGOs,
    government authorities.
  • Ensure maximum visibility of SOS Uganda in the MGLSD and amongst the
    NGO community.
  • Draft reports and provide updates to the National Programme
    Development Advisor.
Develop and Nurture
Partnerships
  • Build and maintain contacts with relevant NGO networks working on
    alternative care to ensure the inclusion of SOS CV key messages into
    policy documents, meetings and events as appropriate.
  • Participate and / or organise alternative care meetings, conferences
    and other events in liaison with other NGOs.
  • Represent the SOS Uganda with at national and local government
    authorities, and other NGOs at the field level. Engage and or delegate to
    project team for area representation as appropriate.
Project Monitoring
and Evaluation
  • Ensure appropriate M&E activities are carried out regularly by
    the project team in all sectors (data collection & analysis, monitoring
    of project progress against established work plans, monitoring of
    established indicators and utilization of results to inform project
    (re-)design).
  • Support the Monitoring Evaluation and Learning Officer to develop,
    adapt and implement appropriate M&E systems that enhance program
    effectiveness and quality.
  • Support in Identifying gaps in M&E systems and make
    recommendations for improvements;
  • Ensure timely submission of all program reports, quality of program
    data and proper archival of program information;
  • Conduct regular meetings with project team and community members to
    assess progress toward objectives, discuss issues and assist in finding
    solutions to challenges identified.
  • Manage timely and competent external assistance for formal project
    reviews and evaluations in compliance with contractual obligations 
Financial
Management
  • Monitoring overall contract compliance ensuring that all reporting
    and contractual requirements are adhered to. 
  • Develop annual project work plans and budgets
  • Review and monitor programmatic and financial performance of
    implementing partners.
  • Ensure effective collaboration of all implementing partners with SOS
    CV Uganda finance department in developing detailed budgets and a
    quarterly financial reporting system
  • Review and approve all project related finance documents submitted
    by staff and consortium members subgrant
  • Lead regular internal project performance reviews with implementing
    partners
Human Resource
Management and Development
  • Maintain open and professional relations with team members,
    promoting a strong team spirit and providing oversight and guidance to
    enable team to successfully perform in their positions.
  • Ensure all staff know and understand SOS Uganda HR Policies and the
    staff Code of Conduct. Document and address breaches of policy and
    disciplinary issues in coordination with the HR Coordinator in a
    professional manner.
  • Ensure the Performance Management cycle is implemented and
    documented timely for all project staff.
  • Supervise and mentor direct-report team, including communicating
    clear expectations, setting performance objectives, establishing a
    supportive environment while emphasizing accountability, providing regular
    and timely constructive performance feedback, and leading documented
    annual and semi-year performance reviews.
  • Provide direct supervision of staff ensuring recruitment, staff
    orientation, leave management and exit management processes are carried
    out timely and in line with relevant policies and procedures.
  • Support staff to implement personnel policies including coaching,
    performance evaluation, team development, and disciplinary measures.
  • Maintain open and professional relations with team members,
    promoting a strong team spirit and providing oversight and guidance to
    enable team to successfully perform in their positions.


Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The applicant must hold a Bachelors and a Master’s degree in
    Development Studies, Project Planning and Management, International
    Relations, Gender & Conflict Resolution, Social Work and Social
    Administration, Social Sciences and any other relevant management or
    technical field.
  • Post Graduate training in institutional capacity building and
    management.
  • Seven years’ experience managing complex development project.
  • At least 3 years’ experience managing a consortium and / or group of
    organisations to implement a single initiative
  • At least 3 years managing a donor funded programme including work
    plan development
  • Experience working with Government line Ministries and Local
    Governments
  • Good understanding of SOS CV Strategic Direction including child
    rights and rights-based approaches.
  • Excellent communication skills – presentation/written/oral with
    proven ability to communicate knowledge, ideas and issues around
    alternative care, orphans and vulnerable children.
  • Advocacy Skills
  • Excellent leadership, people management, interpersonal and
    negotiation skills and a demonstrated ability to develop harmonious teams
    in cross cultural context.
  • Strong diplomatic skills. Ability to establish good working
    relationships with partners, donors and other stakeholders.
  • Strong people management skills: the ability to effectively lead and
    supervise team.
  • Advanced computer skills including Ms word processing, Ms excel,
    database systems, and PowerPoint.
How to Apply:
Applicants, who meet
the specified job requirements, should send their application letters enclosing
a detailed Curriculum Vitae, current salary information, copies of academic
transcripts and certificates, including telephone contact and details of at
least 3 references  to:
The Human Resource
Manager
SOS Children’s
Villages Uganda
Plot 53 Ntinda II
Road
P O Box 27510
Kampala. Uganda
Or via email:
nationaloffice@sosuganda.org
Applications via
email should use standard file types such as Microsoft Word (.doc) and Adobe
Acrobat (.pdf) with all documents in one file attachment. Attachments which do
not follow this procedure will not be considered.
Deadline: Monday, 28th January 2019
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