Family Strengthening Programme Coordinator NGO Careers – SOS Children’s Villages

Job Title:    Family Strengthening Programme Coordinator

Organisation: SOS Children’s Villages

Duty Station:  Entebbe, Uganda


About US:

SOS Children’s Villages is an independent, locally registered, child-focused, social development non-governmental organization with a strong reputation for providing quality care and protection, education and health needs for vulnerable children. Since its inception in 1991, SOS CV Uganda has reached over 60,000 children, youths and adults directly and indirectly to become empowered and self- reliant to contribute significantly to the needs of their families and communities. Works in partnership with a number of donors, (institutional and corporate agencies) including; Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD), Austrian Development Agency (ADA), Grieg Foundation, ERIKS Development Partner, USAID/Bantwana World Education, European Union, AVIS Foundation, Brand Charity, USAID/Uganda Private Health Support Program (UPHSP), Terre des Hommes (TDH), Stanbic Bank Uganda, DHL — Go Teach, Madhvani Group of Companies.


Job Summary:  The Family Strengthening Programme Coordinator reports to the Programme Director with technical reporting line to the National Family Strengthening Coordinator at the National Office. S/he is responsible for leading, managing and coordinating the planning, execution and implementation of programs in the Location according to the laid down guidelines and in accordance with the needs and priorities of the local community with emphasis to orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) and their families.


Key Duties and Responsibilities:  

Leadership and Administration

  • Establish a Community Development Task Force (CDTF) to spearhead the programmes
  • Lead and coordinate the training of the CDTF on vulnerability assessment at family and Community levels
  • Guide and support the CDTF in the identification of programme participants
  • Establish an Admissions Committee to recommend programme participants identified to the Programme Management committee.
  • Guide and coordinate the establishment of functioning family support groups and other community initiatives
  • Guide and support the identification and training of staff and Key implementing partners in Family Development Process 2.0.
  • Ensure the creation, maintenance and update of all programme activities and participants.
  • Support the recruitment of Community Based Organisations (KIPs) and ensure their capacity is built to support the programme.
  • Develop effective administrative, internal control, monitoring and evaluation systems and ensure adherence.

Programme Assessment, Design, Planning, implementation and Budgeting

  • Conduct needs assessment and design right based projects aimed at addressing the vulnerability of children at risk of losing parental care
  • Coordinate the assessment of root causes leading to child abandonment using appropriate participatory tools
  • Recruit and select programme participants
  • Develop and schedule programme activities in accordance with approved guidelines and funding limitations
  • Coordinate, monitor and supervise the development and implementation of action plans by the programme officers; ensuring that families / caregivers get access to training on income generation and food security.
  • Lead in the identification and mobilization of local resources to support the implementation of action plans.
  • Oversee the preparation of community development plans and family development processes with families and ensure that they receive the required support to fulfill the needs and rights of children development.
  • Develop and monitor a risk management plan to mitigate potential risks
  • Prepare annual budgets in line with the strategic objectives
  • Oversee timely and effective implementation of the approved plans, ensuring that all assets and financial resources are used appropriately in line with the approved budget.
  • Ensure that organizations property and resources are used effectively in accordance to the program requirements.
  • Budget tracking: Monitor programme expenditures ensuring that budget allocations are adhered to.
  • Collaborate with all staff to ensure that all funds are properly managed and controlled and that accountabilities for funds disbursed are supported by approved activity schedules and are submitted to the Project Accountant on time and in accordance with the Financial Procedures Manual and guidelines.

Networking and Partnership Development

  • Establish a framework for identification, analysis and updating of stakeholder profiles.
  • Support the development of an effective and sustainable network of community, NGO and government departments for effective collaboration and service delivery.
  • Identify opportunities for partnerships to support the SOS strategies for OVCs.
  • Enhance strong linkages with other facilities and support the integrated approach of One Program (SOS Children’s Villages Policy).
  • Serve as a liaison with the community regarding programme implementation and effectiveness
  • Participate actively in sub county and district partnership meeting and engagement with stakeholders

Monitoring and Evaluation

  • Establish targets and indicators to assess the level of progress of project
  • Establish a mechanism for effective monitoring and evaluation of each project/ program intervention
  • Conduct daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly and annual review of activities as appropriate to ensure that the program is relevant to the community and families.
  • Monitor the performance of CBO’s and family support groups and submit quarterly reports.
  • Document the good practices and learning lesson for sharing across the organization.
  • Evaluate programme effectiveness to develop improved methods.

Reporting and documentation

  • Develop a schedule for reports and other end products of the programme and coordinate high quality execution of these products interventions.
  • Submit monthly and quarterly progress report to the Program Director and other relevant stakeholders on program performance as may be required by the reporting requirements.
  • Provide timely information to the National FSP Coordinator as may be required by the funding PSA, the Member Association or any other specific needs.
  • Submit stories / articles, photos and any other publication on the program to the National Office for public relations, fundraising and / or any other purposes as may be required from time to time.
  • Ensure that the community development structures document all program processes.
  • Ensure that families (Program participants) on the program are documented and timely updated on the program database or other relevant databases as may be required by the project.
  • Ensure that physical and electronic information of beneficiary information is confidential and highly protected.

People Management

  • Participate in the recruitment, orientation, training and development of program co-workers in conjunction with the Human Resource Coordinator.
  • Carry out performance management and maintain motivation among the co-workers
  • Together with the Human Resource Manager and the National FSP Coordinator, regularly review and suggest staffing patterns and capacity development of co¬workers.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

  • The applicant must hold a Bachelor’s Degree in community Development related studies such as social work, sociology, development studies, economics, agriculture, community nursing, rural development.
  • At least three years of experience in development and implementation of community programmes.
  • Sound understanding and practical experience on child rights, child development, family and community development, human rights based programming and management of CBOs.
  • Extensive knowledge of current trends and issues in child protection and community development
  • Knowledge of and experience implementing research based outcomes.
  • Ability to design training programmes and provide training to various sized groups.
  • Possession of a driving licence is an added advantage.
  • Working knowledge of programme development and design and project based reporting.
  • Consultative skills
  • Training skills
  • Strong facilitation, interpersonal and presentation skills
  • Ability to work independently as well as function effectively and collaboratively in a team environment
  • Ability to work with culturally diverse staff and populations and a variety of stakeholders and audiences.
  • Ability to monitor, analyse, consult and report on programme activities
  • Organisational skills and ability to handle multiple tasks
  • Excellent command of English language and grammar, both verbal and written.
  • Proficient with computer applications — a thorough understanding of the MS Office suite with ability to learn and master other computer technology / software programs as needed.
  • Good command of internet usage
  • Excellent follow through and persistence when corresponding with families and programme staff
  • Committed to the improvement of OVCs and their families and the mission of SOS


How to Apply:

If you believe you are the right candidate for this position, please send your application letter, detailed curriculum vitae (CV), and photocopies of academic certificates, and names and contact details of three traceable referees to the address below;


The Head Human Resource and Administration

SOS Children’s Villages Uganda,

Plot 53 Ntinda II Road

Kampala, Uganda

Electronic Applications must be sent as one Single PDF Document not exceeding eight pages to:


Applications that are late, do not have CV or certificates or exceeds eight pages or electronically submitted as images will be disqualified. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.


Deadline: Thursday 22nd April 2021


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