Canadian NGO Jobs - Africa Program Officer - Right To Play (RTP)

Job Title:            Africa Program Officer  
Organization: Right To Play (RTP)
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda
Reports to: Africa Programs Director (APD)

About Us:
Right To Play is a global organization, using the transformative power of play to educate and empower children facing adversity. Through playing sports and games, Right To Play helps over one million children learn through play to create better futures, while operating in more than 20 countries each week. Founded in 2000 by social entrepreneur and four-time Olympic gold medalist Johann Olav Koss, Right To Play is headquartered in Toronto, Canada and has national fundraising offices in Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Regional offices are in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. Our programs are facilitated by more than 600 international staff and 14,400 local volunteer Coaches.

Job Summary: The Africa Program Officer works in close collaboration with the Africa Programs Manager (APM), the Global Capacity Building & Training Specialist and other Africa regional office staff to provide support to country offices. As part of the programs team, the incumbent is responsible for the proper implementation of program activities in Right To Play within Africa including Uganda, Burundi, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Mozambique, Ghana, Mali, & Rwanda. The incumbent is also expected to make a significant contribution to fundraising for Right To Play programs through development of high quality concept notes and proposals. The position is based in Kampala, Uganda and has regional remit.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:
Documentation and Reporting: 25%
  • Work closely with other members of the program team, coordinates the; development, compilation, and review of project reports across the region, in line with grant requirements and deadlines.
  • Writes sections of consolidated reports, as required.
  • Supports country teams in writing quality reports and meeting deadlines, as required.
Program design and proposal development (25% of Time):
  • Contributes to the development and review of new program logic models, including activities, outcomes, and indicators across the region.
  • Contributes to the development and assessment of new funding opportunities across the region, and shares with the APD.
  • In collaboration with the APD, supports countries to identify and pursue new funding opportunities.
Program planning and coordination (20% of Time):
  • In collaboration with the APD, leads the development, compilation and review of project work plans across the region in line with approved grants.
  • Provides written and verbal guidance and feedback as necessary to support the development of quality project work plans.
  • Participates in quarterly calls with country program teams to review progress against plans, identify lessons learned, and develop mitigation strategies to address any challenges.
Capacity building of staff and partners: (15% of Time):
  • Supports in the planning and facilitation of regional meetings and capacity building activities.
  • Identifies areas for support and capacity building among country teams and informs the APD.
  • Builds the capacity, through written and verbal feedback as well as training sessions, of country staff on the development of quality project work plans and budgets.
Budget and grant management (10% of Time):
  • Supports countries in the development of project budgets as necessary, in line with approved grants.
  • In collaboration with the APD and Regional Finance Director, participates in the quarterly implementation review across the region and assesses spending against approved budgets.
  • Upon request by HQ, National Offices or Country Offices, reviews donor financial reports.

Others:  Performs other duties as assigned. (5% of Time):

Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The applicant must hold a Master’s Degree in International Development or related field OR an equivalent combination of education
  • At least four to six years of relevant professional experience in role(s) with comparable levels of complexity and technical relevance.
  • Experience in a regional or headquarters role would be an asset.
  • Previous experience in coordinating, supporting and completing initiatives within complex, cross-functional organizations/projects. Experience in managing or supporting the management of grants and cooperation agreements for government and donors.
  • Experience with Global donors such as Global Affairs Canada or NORAD would be an asset.
  • Experience in planning, budgeting and financial management. Understanding of donor rules and regulations, including, but not limited to GAC, NORAD UN agencies and other institutional donors.
  • Ability to legally work in Uganda, without sponsorship.

How to Apply:
All candidates should send an updated CV / resume and cover letter to: AfricaHR@righttoplay.com and kindly include “Africa Program Officer” and your name in the subject line. Please indicate your salary expectations in the cover letter.

Deadline: 15th December 2017


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