Country Manager UK NGO Jobs – Saferworld

Job Title:      Country
Organisation: Saferworld
Duty Station: Kampala,
About US:
Saferworld is an
independent international organisation that works to prevent and reduce violent
conflict and build safer lives. We work with civil society, international
organisations and governments to encourage and support effective policies and
practices through advocacy, research and policy development and through
supporting the actions of others. We engage in over 18 countries in the Middle
East, Africa, Asia and Europe/Central Asia.
Job Summary:  The Country Manager will be responsible for
further development of Saferworld’s Uganda country strategy and programme, and
overseeing the implementation of current and future activities with local
partners, and national and international actors. The post-holder will have
experience in implementing community programming, excellent analytical skills
and an understanding of peacebuilding and conflict prevention issues in
Uganda.  The Country Manager will be
responsible for further developing Saferworld’s Uganda country strategy and
programme, overseeing the implementation of current and future activities and
developing and managing relationships with local partners and with
international and national actors in country. The post-holder will also be
responsible for overall team management and security, managing and monitoring
programme delivery against objectives, managing and monitoring programme
expenditure, fundraising and advocacy, and networking with, and reporting to,
donors. The post-holder will ensure all regulatory requirements for operation
of the Uganda office are in place; all Saferworld compliance elements are
understood and applied across the board. Finally, the post holder will
contribute to organisation-wide processes and discussions to advance
Saferworld’s thematic priorities, methodological approaches and organisational
Key areas of
responsibility: Lead the implementation, planning, monitoring and reporting of
Saferworld’s activities in Uganda. Develop and establish new areas of
engagement, ensuring that a strong strategic direction is maintained.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
  • Lead the development and periodic review of Saferworld’s Uganda
  • Manage the overall development and implementation of programme
    components in fulfilment of Saferworld’s Uganda strategy and in accordance
    with funded programme obligations, including developing new areas of work
    as relevant
  • Lead in ensuring effective planning, monitoring and reporting for
    Saferworld’s Uganda programme components and activities, including
    preparation of high-quality, timely donor reports
  • Remain updated on the context in Uganda and ensure that the
    programme remains relevant and responsive to the context and that context
    analyses are shared with the wider organisation
  • Provide technical expertise to programme staff as relevant and/or
    assist in ensuring that the correct technical expertise is available to
    programme staff
  • Lead on the design and development of continuing and new project
    initiatives and intervention areas.
  • Promote lesson learning within the team and the greater
    organisation; ensure the overall monitoring and evaluation of, and
    learning from, the programme is systematic, and regular programme reviews
    and outcome harvesting processes are held.
  • Ensure timely donor and internal reporting as well as quality grant
    management for all projects.
  • Engage with other teams, including policy, programme support and
    learning, funding, and regional teams as appropriate, to ensure that
    potential programmatic or operational synergies are maximised.
  • Build and maintain effective relationships in support of
    Saferworld’s work in Uganda
  • Maintain good relationships and regular contacts with the government
    of Uganda; international partners and stakeholders, including Saferworld’s
    donors; civil society organisations that Saferworld works with and/or
    supports based on Saferworld’s partnership principles.
  • Ensure effective management of any formal partnerships between
    Saferworld and government, civil society and international partners.
  • Monitor official and non-governmental debates on conflict, security,
    justice, governance, and development issues in Uganda in order to identify
    the best opportunities for Saferworld to provide input into the policy
  • Represent Saferworld at meetings, seminars, co-ordination fora and
    other events, acting as spokesperson as appropriate
  • Lead on implementation of advocacy strategies on Uganda and overall
  • Identify and develop – together with Head of Fundraising –
    fundraising opportunities for the Uganda programme; play a leading role in
    developing funding applications
  • Ensure the physical welfare, well-being and professional development
    of programme staff
  • Provide line management to the Uganda core staff and consultants as
    needed while ensuring
  • learning and development plans are implemented across the team.
  • Ensure high calibre staff are employed with requisite technical
  • Monitor and support the performance of staff on the basis of
    Saferworld’s performance management system.
  • Promote a culture of learning, shared leadership, responsibility and
    mutual accountability
  • Maintain a risk analysis and review and update regularly. Ensure
    risks associated with fraud, bribery, money laundering, and reputation of
    Saferworld are prevented and managed.
  • Oversee the implementation of Safeguarding policies and measures
  • Ensure day-to-day compliance with the Uganda programme’s security
    plan and procedures, ensuring regular staff briefings and training.
Ensure effective
management of programme finances
  • As the overall country programme budget holder, oversee all
    programme budgets and management accounts, in-line with Saferworld’s
    organisational processes. Ensure all costs (staff, operations, activities,
    and overheads) are adequately budgeted for and effectively managed.
  • Undertake timely and accurate annual budgeting and forecasting
  • Ensure timely and accountable financial reporting.
  • Ensure that programme staff and partners comply with internal
    accounting and financial management procedures
  • Develop and maintain donor relationships and ensuring donor
    requirements regarding reporting are met.
  • Ensure that the capacity of budget holders and partners is built
    into finance and grants management processes and learning and development
  • Provide oversight to ensure the efficient running of the office.
Fundraising and
donor relations
  • Together with the Funding team, regularly review and revise the
    fundraising strategy for the Uganda country programme.
  • Establish, cultivate and maintain good relations with all donors.
  • Lead and manage the development of funding proposals for the Uganda
    country programme, ensuring a strong pipeline of ideas are generated and
    developed into successful proposals.
  • Ensure grants are effectively managed according to Saferworld
    standards and funding protocols, as well as donor requirements.
Organisation and
  • Lead the Senior Management Team to ensure effective communication is
    in place between the SMT and all staff.
  • Oversee the effective management of office functions, working with
    the HR/Operations Manager.
  • Oversee the effective management of all finance functions in
  • Ensure Uganda and security protocols and duty of care standards are
  • Ensure that Saferworld in Uganda is compliant with local legislation
    and directives, Saferworld’s policies and procedures, and donor
    procurement regulations.
  • Represent Saferworld at meetings, seminars, co-ordination fora and
    other events, while acting as spokesperson as appropriate

Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The applicant for the Saferworld Country Manager should hold a
    Master’s degree in conflict or security studies, peacebuilding, gender
    studies or similar.
  • Substantial senior management level experience, managing
    multi-thematic programmes in development and/or peacebuilding/conflict
    prevention organizations, and in a conflict-affected and logistically
    challenging environment.
  • Proven ability to manage and motivate staff at all levels. Experience
    of remote line management is essential;
  • Proven ability to undertake and lead strategic planning, programme
    development, and evaluation;
  • Experience of managing and implementing community programming;
  • Experience of working in partnership with NGOs and other civil
    society organizations and networks;
  • Experience of donor liaison and fundraising (including reporting to
  • Experience of managing safety and security needs in a challenging
    and unstable security environment.
  • Experience of financial management of major international donor
    governments and agencies, including overseeing financial procedures,
    budget management, and donor reporting
  • Skills
  • Excellent analytical skills and proficiency in written and spoken
  • Good organisational skills and the ability to work under pressure
  • High level communication skills, including experience of
    communicating effectively across cultures and with diverse audiences, both
    verbally and in writing
  • Demonstrable ability to think creatively and practically in support
    of initiatives to achieve positive change
  • Strong planning skills
  • Ability to work in a non-partisan and impartial manner, particularly
    in high-stress and highly politicised environments, appreciating gender,
    cultural and ethnic diversity
  • Compliance with and commitment to Saferworld’s safeguarding
  • Excellent understanding of peacebuilding and conflict prevention
    issues in Uganda, including conflict dynamics and actors, key political,
    social and economic issues, and peacebuilding/conflict prevention
    measures, including the role of various regional and international actors.
How to Apply:
All candidates
should send a complete application form, Download
, and send to Recruitment Team at (please
use subject heading: Ref: UgCM )
Deadline: 23rd June 2019 by 5:00pm.
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