Job Title: Programme Manager - Livelihoods
Duty Station: Gulu, Uganda
Salary Range: UGX 65,000,000 p.a.
Reports to: Head of Programmes (HoP)
VSO is the world’s leading independent international development organisation that works through volunteers to fight poverty in developing countries. Our high-impact approach brings people together to share skills, build capabilities, promote international understanding and action to change lives and make the world a fairer place.
Job Summary: The Programme Manager – Livelihoods will lead and manage the strategic development, implementation and successful delivery of the VSO Uganda’s Livelihoods Programme.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:
Programme Development and Delivery: Lead the development and delivery of VSO Uganda livelihoods projects that align with and contribute to the resilient livelihoods core programme and country strategic plan.
· Steer the development of signature programmes under youth employment & entrepreneurship and agri-business;Analyse and understand the livelihoods context and needs, key stakeholders and strategic partners. Ensure cross-cutting themes (governance, gender, inclusion and climate change) are suitably integrated within the overall programme development for resilient livelihoods.
· Proactively identify livelihoodsfunding opportunities and potential (strategic) partners. Work with HoP, Business Development Manager, Regional Funding Adviser, Senior Grants Coordinator and Country Director to develop concepts and proposals.
· Build and maintain string working relationships with key stakeholders and partners in livelihoods. Build and support networks between key stakeholders (donors, other agencies, volunteers, partners etc.) to strengthen programme impact;ensure application of VSO people first principles in the partnerships.
· Represent VSO at internal and external events and meetings as relevant and required.
Budgeting and Forecasting: Develop realistic project plans and budgets, ensuring compliance with donor requirements and that resources (volunteers, staff and funding) are allocated appropriately and achieve value for money; full participation in the annual budget process.
· The incumbent will maintain and regularly review financial plans/budgets to deliver programme/project objectives; ensure effective grants management and expenditure within agreed& approved budgets; monitor budget variances and take timely, corrective actions; Ensure VSO’s financial and procurement guidelines are adhered to by project teams and partners.
Monitoring & Evaluation and Reporting: Working with the M&E team, ensure that project deliverables are monitored and results achieved through appropriate and robust M&E plans in projects; ensure that excellent communications materials including good practice documentations are developed for and from the project results; take necessary timely corrective actions in consultation with relevant colleagues to ensure planned project objectives are achieved; and that reporting is in line with VSO and donor requirements.
· Ensure regular and periodic project monitoring visits and review meetings are conducted to ensure implementation is on track according to activity plans and targets in project log frames with emphasis on quality standards to mitigate risk; Ensure activity and monthly reports are submitted by the project(s) teams, are reviewed and feedback for quality enhancement and reported back to HoP for internal and donor submissions.
· The incumbent will ensure livelihoods projects deliver against timeframes and output and outcome targets/ objectives within the programme strategy and plans. Ensure projects are implemented according to agreed annual, quarterly and monthly work plans and budgets, providing support, technical advice and supervision to staff, volunteers and partners.
· Facilitate a culture of learning and knowledge sharing between staff, volunteers and partners.
People and Performance Management: Work closely with the support team to identify, induct, orient and provide appropriate and timely support to volunteers, including action and advice on safety and emergencies.
· Work with HR department to assess volunteer training needs and oversee the delivery of agreed learning.
· Engage volunteers together with the project teams in planning and review processes, ensuring alignment between their work plans and delivery of project objectives.
· Ensure that volunteers are integrated as part of project and organisational teams. Provide personal support as appropriate. Ensuring application of VSO people first principles in volunteer management and support; Conduct monthly 1-2-1 and quarterly review meetings with project(s) volunteers.
· Manage, coach and motivate a high performing livelihoods team within the performance management framework, ensuring application of VSO people first principles; ensure that monthly 1-2-1 meetings with direct reports and between staff and volunteers are held and periodic performance reviews are held as per VSO performance management guidelines.
Other Duties: Deputise for the HoP or other colleagues as required and undertake tasks/responsibilities as requested by the HoP.
Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
· The ideal candidate must hold a Master’s degree in Development studies, Agriculture, Business Administration or other equivalent qualification.
· At least five years’ experience in managing and delivering youth livelihoods programmes and teams
· Significant experience and knowledge of youth livelihoods programming, including vocational and agricultural related skills training; enterprise development; market-led approaches.
· Proven experience of securing external funding and grants, including proposal development. Evidence of understanding the challenges of donor and contract management and the implications for programme management.
· Proven experience in financial management, including building a budget, monitoring and managing expenditure. Previous experience of having compiled financial reports
· Excellent understanding and demonstrated experience of project cycle management, organisational assessment, planning and M&E tools and processes.
· Effective verbal and written communication skills and experience of compiling donor reports.
· Good leadership and people management skills; experience of developing, coaching and managing high performing teams
· Evidence of ability to provide effective support to international and national volunteers.
· Strong representation and negotiation skills – ability to negotiate and maintain relations with external stakeholders
· Able to develop multiple ideas to solve an issue or situation and take a swift decision, including in a high risk situation.
· Able to adapt to new and demanding situations, with experience of living and working in developing countries.
· Able to travel and work long hours, including work away from the home base for up to 30% of time, both within the country and occasionally internationally and some weekend and evening work.
· Previous experience gained within a volunteering/NGO context and of managing a volunteer programme is desired
· Previous experience and knowledge of the country and region.
· Fluency in languages common to northern Uganda
· Possess a clean, valid motorbike driving license.
How to Apply:
All suitably qualified and interested candidates are encouraged to apply online by clicking on the web link below.
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