Earn 54m as Programme Coordinator at Restless Development

Job Title:    Programme Coordinator

Organisation: Restless Development

Duty Station:  Kampala, Uganda

Salary: Paid UGX 54,984,612 /=

Reports to: Programmes Manager Voice


About Restless Development:

Restless Development knows young people have the power to solve the challenges we face in our world, but they are being ignored and overlooked. We are the agency that works with young people so they can lead in solving those challenges. Whether that means supporting communities to end child marriage or prevent HIV, we work with young people to change their lives and the lives of people in their communities.


We have operated in Uganda since 1997. Our work is guided by four goals set out by young people; (1) Voice: we recognize that young people have a voice and that participation is only meaningful when linked to power. (2) Living: We support young people to achieve a decent living and hold governments accountable for investing in youth-driven sustainable economies. (3) Sexual, Reproductive and Health Rights: We support young people to make positive choices about their health. and (4) Leadership: We empower young people and communities to prevent and lead the response to emerging crises, we make sure that this is part of a wider approach to invest in young people to build long-term resilience and sustainability through community mobilization.


Our programmes are genuinely life-changing, but can’t do any of this without talented, creative individuals at every level of our organization!


Job Summary:  Restless Development Uganda is seeking to recruit one talented individual to coordinate all activities relating to our project “Countering Corruption through Increased Youth-led Budget Advocacy’’.  The programme is being implemented with support from Ford Foundation across 4 districts of Eastern Uganda (Buyende,Kaliro, Bugweri and Bugiri), national level and in the East African countries of Kenya and Tanzania. The programme objective focuses on strengthening youth-led budget monitoring and advocacy for transparent governance in Uganda and Eastern Africa.


Specifically, the project will promote a youth led approach to building the capacity of young people in budget literacy, take lead on budget monitoring in their communities to inform their budget advocacy efforts at local, national and East African levels. It will also strengthen the voice, leadership and civic participation of diverse young people in budgeting processes, so that there is increased transparency in public spending, reduced corruption and more responsiveness of public delivery systems towards the needs of Ugandan and East African citizens.


Supported by the Programmes Manager-Voice, the Programme Coordinator will oversee the successful delivery of this initiative at the local government, national level and at the East African levels (Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania) and working closely with Young Accountability advocates, and Civil Society.


Key Duties and Responsibilities: 

Programme Preparation and delivery (50%)

Supported by the Programmes Manager and working with the programme officers,

  • Take responsibility for effective preparation, implementation, management and monitoring of the Countering Corruption through Increased Youth-led Budget Advocacy project.
  • Take lead role in sensitization of key actors on the programme and on pre- and post budget advocacy with the aim of ensuring that priorities of young people are considered by the respective governments during the planning and budgeting processes
  • Take lead role in the selection and mapping of young Accountability advocates, youth-led and youth serving CSOs and other relevant stakeholders at local, national and East African level in the implementation of the project.
  • Support the training of young Accountability Advocates and the selected CSOs on Budget Literacy, budget analysis and monitoring and strengthen their ability to monitor compliance by government at the local national and East African level.
  • Support the development of training and other relevant materials drawing on best practices.
  • Work with Young Accountability Advocates to support young advocates to conduct quarterly budget monitoring visits at district level and generate reports to inform their advocacy efforts.
  • Facilitate young advocates’ participation in local accountability platforms like the District Youth Working Group meetings, and District Integrity Promotion Forum (DIPF) meetings and Community Barazas to present findings from budget monitoring visits and advocate for action
  • Compile and share budget monitoring reports from the young advocates with stakeholders at local and national level to inform budget advocacy at the national level.
  • Support young Advocates to participate in National level budget advocacy and media spaces to advocate for youth priorities.
  • Support young Accountability Advocates on their advocacy work by facilitating spaces for their engagement with local government officials and at the national level.
  • Oversee all M&E processes of the programme, including ensuring timely programme reports.

Partnership Development Management (15%)

  • Collaborate with existing regional youth platforms at the East African level, to highlight young people’s priorities in East African countries’ budgets.
  • In partnership with partner organizations, conduct a youth-led analysis of the annual budgets of Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania and publish the findings in major newspapers and media platforms.
  • Hold sessions with young leaders and other stakeholders on the importance of youth participation in budgeting processes.
  • Host cross-learning events amongst youth from within the region on budget advocacy through webinars and trainings.
  • Identify key youth-led and youth-serving organizations working on budget advocacy to join the East Africa Debt Network, in order to increase the voice and representation of young people in this space.
  • Build and maintain effective partnerships with all key stakeholders.
  • Develop quarterly, annual programme narrative reports and review quarterly and annual financial reports, as well as lead on internal programme reports concerning the project..
  • Plan and coordinate quarterly engagement meetings with district government officials and lead on following up commitments and actions from engagements with different stakeholders.
  • Lead on partnership events and activities to raise the profile of the programme.
  • Work with the Young Accountability Advocates to coordinate quarterly district youth working group or District Integrity Promotion Forum (DIPF) meetings focused on budget and service delivery advocacy.
  • Develop communication materials about the programme in collaboration with the Restless Development communications team
  • Support the development of donor expenditure reports

People Management and Development (15%)

  • Ensure that the Young Accountability Advocates have clear performance objectives and development plans
  • Continually support and supervise the Young Accountability Advocates through line management, support visits and performance reviews.
  • Support young advocates in solving genuine challenges and communicate to the Programme Manager as necessary
  • Line manage and performance manage the Young Accountability Advocates

Financial Planning and Management (15%)

  • Work closely with the Programme Manager and Finance unit to:
  • Track the project budget and develop monthly and quarterly financial reports
  • Ensure that financial management is undertaken according to Restless Development policy and procedures
  • Lead on generation of regular updates and reports as required

Other duties as required (5%)

  • Other duties as required. Occasionally working on weekends, late night in case of volunteer incidents and holidays for which time off in lieu can be taken.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

Restless Development invites applications from candidates who are able to demonstrate the following skills, knowledge and experience:


  • Graduate-level Degree in relevant field of study (Advocacy, Social work, social sciences, development studies) or equivalent work experience. Post graduate qualification is an added advantage.
  • Experience in Budget Advocacy
  • Experience in managing and reporting against programme budgets
  • Experience managing staff, including line and performance management
  • At least 3 years of experience managing similar programmes including significant experience in designing and delivery of youth-led research and youth-led advocacy programme
  • Demonstrated ability to identify, develop and manage local/national/regional partnerships
  • Ability to analyse problems and make sound operational decisions
  • Excellent organizational skills and methodological approach to programme management
  • Excellent budget management skills
  • Valid Riding Permit



  • Experience in writing policy briefs, budget framework papers and other materials for external audiences
  • Experience in M&E systems and research
  • Experience in lobby and advocacy programmes
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills (written and verbal), fluency in written and spoken English essential and excellent IT skills
  • Experience working in a youthful, multicultural environment including welfare provision
  • Risk mitigation, response and management


How to Apply:

All candidates should send a completed application form, Download Here to ugandajobs@restlessdevelopment.org


Please note that we do not accept CVs, resumes or covering letters. First round interviews are scheduled to take place week commencing 25th June 2021. Only successful candidates will be notified. Restless Development is an Equal Opportunities employer and encourages people from diverse backgrounds to apply.


Deadline: 17th June 2021 by 5:0opm


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