Head of Programs Employment Opportunity - Uganda Youth Network (UYONET)

Job Title:      Head of Programs
Organisation: Uganda Youth Network (UYONET)
Duty Station:  Kampala, Uganda
Reports to: Executive Director

About Us:
The Uganda Youth Network (UYONET) is a regional focused leading umbrella Youth CSO Network that works to mainstream young peoples’ engagement in development and governance processes in East Africa and beyond. UYONET was started in 2002 to respond to the increasing demand for a collective platform for research, training and policy advocacy for young people by young people. With a membership of 31 district networks constituted by over 147 youth organizations, UYONET has continued to be the apex of youth programming and designing appropriate interventions that respond to the needs of the youth across the region.

Job Summary: The Head of Programs will manage all our program operations, ensure consistent high standards in our programmes and lead planning and delivering of our donor commitments. He/she will be a committed and talented individual who will be a core member of our Senior Management team, will proactively engage in supporting leadership of the organisation, deputise for the Executive Director and occasionally act on her behalf.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:
Performance Oversight to management team 35%
  • Direct performance management of the Programmes Managers, Monitoring and Learning Manager, and communications and advocacy Manager.
  • Sign off and oversight on strategies and plans for their respective Units.
  • Leading annual planning and regular monitoring of delivery for the organisation
  • Coordinating across all units to ensure organisational effectiveness.
  • Review programme performance across all units, producing regular reports on programs for Management committee and Board.
Donor and Grant management 30%:
  • Working through Programme Managers and downstream partners, ensure that all programmes are implemented to the highest quality, in an effective and efficient manner.
  • Be accountable for the implementation of programmes, through UYONET partners and members, against schedules and budgets agreed with donors.
  • Budget oversight - support to internal programmes teams and downstream partners in tracking and reporting on income and expenditure against budgets.
  • Ensure all donor reports are accurate, specific, well-communicated and submitted within deadlines both for internal programme teams and downstream partners.
  • Act as a focal person for communication with the already existing donors on matters related to programs and M&E.
  • Ensure internal communications systems are in place to include informal and formal communications, meetings and updates, annual schedule, unit and staff meetings, quarterly staff workshops, etc.
  • Ensure organisational effectiveness in management of grants through direct line management of key management staff and coordination of the organisational calendar
Strategic Direction 25%:
  • Lead strategic and organisational planning in line with the10-year National Strategy, partner objectives, national development priorities and the UYONET Strategic Framework.
  • Contribute to the achievement of the four strategic objectives in the UYONET strategic Plan
  • Contribute to leadership of the monthly Management Committee, consisting of Managers and ensure monthly staff meetings are happening and achieving their objectives
  • Support the Executive Director and Management Committee in the governance, oversight and direction of non-programmatic units
  • Support the Executive Director to develop and engage the Management Committee in the strategic growth and business expansion of UYONET
  • Values-based Leadership:
  • Serve as a role model at all times, personally embodying UYONET’s mission and values for all staff, volunteers, and external audiences.
  • Create and maintain a values-based ethic across UYONET to ensure that the UYONET’s values, codes of conduct, policies and standards are understood clearly by all and adhered to in practice.
Fundraising & Partnerships 10% Working closely with the Executive Director, Fundraising and partnerships manager and the Management Committee to:
  • Develop and manage identified donor relationships and represent UYONET at public events
  • Contribute to development of proposals, reports, media and PR materials to secure new funds and greater visibility for UYONET
  • Support the development of strategic relationships between UYONET and key development partners, including the government of Uganda, the UN, other NGOs, and the private sector
Other:  Other duties as required, sometimes requiring working on weekends and holidays for which time off can be taken.


Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The applicant must hold a graduate-level Degree in relevant field of study, or equivalent work experience
  • Proven leader, with at least five years management experience in programme, management.
  • At least five years of experience in the development sector, NGO experience preferred
  • Experience in programme management, strategic leadership, fundraising, monitoring and evaluation and/or capacity building
  • Excellent IT, interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills
  • Previous experience of working with young people highly preferred
  • The successful candidate will possess strategic astuteness, be results oriented, have demonstrated analytical skills, be forward thinking and be able to supervise and support programmes to maximize impact.
  • Fluent written and spoken English.

How to Apply:
All suitably qualified and interested candidates should send their updated CVs and cover letters via Email to applications@uyonet.or.ug with the job title in the subject line.

Deadline: 29th January 2018

NB: Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. If you do not hear from us by 31st March consider yourself unsuccessful.

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