Programme Manager Non-profit Jobs – Sense International

Job Title:    Programme Manager
Organisation: Sense
International Uganda
Duty Station: Kampala,
Reports to: Country
About US:
Sense International
is a global charity supporting people with deafblindness in Bangladesh, India,
Kenya, Nepal, Tanzania, Peru, Romania and Uganda. We are one of the world’s
leading international organisations working for people with deafblindness and
their families.
Job Summary:  The Programme Manager will ensure the
successful implementation of Sense International Uganda’s programmes through
efficient management of programme budgets and schedules, by ensuring that
programme outputs are delivered to the expected level of quality, through
managing relationships with stakeholders including government offices and
partner organisations, and taking corrective action where necessary to ensure
the project outcomes and impact are achieved. The jobholder will design and
plan new programmes, report on existing programmes both internally and to
donors and manage performance and development of the Programme Officer(s),
volunteers, partners and project steering committees.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
  • Implementation of programmes through efficient management of
    programme budgets, schedules, and quality, as well as taking corrective
    action where necessary to ensure the project outcomes and impact are
  • Manage relationships with key stakeholders such as government
    offices, education and health professionals, development agencies,
    Disabled People’s Organizations, Parents’ Associations, other NGOs, etc in
    order to ensure the successful achievement of programme outcomes.
Monitoring and
  • Develop appropriate monitoring tools and systems for each programme
    and manage the monitoring of outputs, outcomes and impact as per the
    programme Logframe.
  • Coordinate periodic reviews and evaluation of programme
    implementation, effectiveness, impact and sustainability.
  • Collect data on a quarterly basis to measure Sense International’s
    organisational Key Performance Indicators that measure the achievement of
    the organization’s global strategy.
  • Contribute to the development of new projects and lead on the
    development of new programme plans and budgets.
  • Contribute to the development of project concept notes and
    applications for funding under the direction of the Country Director.
  • Develop partnerships with government, NGOs, Disabled People’s
    Organisations and other stakeholders in order to create opportunities for
    new project partnerships and joint fundraising.
  • Contribute to the development of Sense International Uganda’s
    strategy in line with Sense International East Africa’s regional strategy
    and the overall Sense International global strategy.
  • Assist the Country Director in the development of annual operational
  • Report regularly on the progress of the programme to the Country
    Director, documenting all lessons, challenges, risks and issues and
    contribute to the quarterly reporting process to the UK under the
    direction of the Country Director.
  • Manage the process of preparing project progress reports for donors
    as per the deadlines given by different donors.
  • Assist the Finance and Administration Manager and the Country
    Director to develop the annual country budget in consultation with the
    Global team in the Sense International UK office, by providing relevant
    data on items required at the field level.
  • Manage, monitor and evaluate the implementation of project budgets within
    the country programme reforecasting programme budgets as required in order
    to keep spend against budget on track in response to challenges in
    programme implementation or exchange rate fluctuations.
  • Review monthly finance and narrative reports, working closely with
    the Finance and Administration Manager and submit donor, finance and
    narrative reports to the Country Director for review.
Advocacy and
awareness raising
  • Contribute to the advocacy work of the organisation, participating
    in advocacy meetings and networks as required and influencing government
    officials and other key stakeholders in line with the organisations
    advocacy objectives.
  • Build the capacity of partners and networks to raise awareness about
    deafblindness for the purpose of identifying deafblind persons and
    referring them to appropriate services whilst combatting stigma towards
    people with disability within the community.
  • Build the capacity of partners and networks to advocate for the
    rights of people with deafblindness.
Staff management
  • Manage any Programme Officer(s), and volunteers/interns working with
    them by setting performance objectives and ensuring that the appraisal and
    performance management process is followed. Hold regular 1:1 meetings to
    support performance and achievement of objectives.
  • Uphold high standards of safeguarding of children and vulnerable
    adults and raise awareness among communities and other stakeholders of the
    importance of safeguarding.
  • Where required undertake due diligence assessments of partners, assessing
    risks and discussing mitigation and corrective actions.
  • Contribute to the implementation of SI Uganda’s strategy in line
    with the Sense International global strategy.
  • Ensure implementation of the Sense International Safeguarding
  • Continually seek to improve knowledge on deafblindness, staying up
    to date with international best practice.
  • Perform any other duties that may from time to time be assigned to
Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The applicant must hold a Bachelor’s Degree in development studies
    or related field with experience in managing and implementing programs in
    the development sector.
  • A post graduate qualification in monitoring and evaluation
  • Five years of experience delivering projects/programmes for
    vulnerable people, preferably working with people with disabilities in
  • Relevant Skills and knowledge in programme management and leadership
  • Sound knowledge of monitoring and evaluation practices, including
    the design of Logframes and monitoring, evaluation and accountability
    frameworks, and application of the Theory of Change approach
  • Ability to contribute to effective strategic and operational
    decision making.
  • Advanced skills in the use of Microsoft Office applications
    including proficient use of Microsoft Excel.
  • Strong project cycle management skills.
  • Understanding of the rights of people with disability including
    skills in disability inclusion in development programmes
  • Knowledge of the challenges facing people with disabilities, and it
    would be a preferred to have some understanding of deafblindness and
    multi-sensory impairments.
  • People management experience and skills to support staff, interns,
    volunteers, trainers and consultants working across various projects
  • Experience of managing large and complex projects, budgets and
    preferably of managing a collection of projects concurrently, throughout
    the project cycle
  • Experience of writing and contributing to project proposals to
    successfully secure funding; and writing reports to funders, trustees and
    other stakeholders.
  • Ability to work effectively to tight deadlines with a minimum of
  • Excellent interpersonal and team skills including tolerance and
    flexibility. Strong training and workshop facilitation skills.
  • Good skills in interacting with the community and government
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English

Personal Characteristics
  • Strong commitment to high standards of service delivery and customer
  • Must be a Ugandan national or with legal right to remain and work in
  • Willingness to learn about deafblindness and commitment to Sense
    International’s mission.
  • Ability to work to deadlines and prioritise workloads.
  • A positive and proactive approach to all areas of work with a ‘can
    do’ attitude, in line with the organisation’s values.
  • High standards of personal integrity, honesty and discretion.
  • Willingness to travel regularly within Uganda and occasionally
    within the East Africa region.
  • Experience in working with people with deafblindness and/or
    multi-sensory impairments.
  • Knowledge of both sign language and tactile sign language, or
    willingness to learn.
  • Experience of Safeguarding children and vulnerable adults.
How to Apply:
All candidates
should email a cover letter and current CV to   please include Programme Manager – UGANDA in
the subject line of your email. No email be heavier than 2MBs.
Your cover letter
must include:
  • Why you are interested in this position
  • How you think your experience and skills match the job description
  • List your current salary/benefits
  • Your day time contact number
  • Available start date
Deadline: 28th September 2019
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