Programme Officer Policy and Governance CSO Career Jobs - Uganda Youth Network (UYONET)

Organisation: Uganda Youth Network (UYONET)
Duty Station:  Kampala, Uganda
Reports to: Programme Manager Policy Governance Leadership and Rights

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 Programme Officer Policy and Governance will lead and coordinate all leadership programming and enabling us to continue to position young people to build a stronger youth movement in Uganda.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:
Implementation and Coordination (40%)
  • Take lead on all programme development, priorities and ensuring quality review of the work plans, resources and the implementation schedules
  • Support the Programme Manager in the development of Organisational Operational Plan.
  • Plan appropriate, achievable and sustainable strategies for future programme expansion
  • Working closely with the programme Manager Policy Governance Leadership and Rights, liaise with the programme, finance and M & L team to ensure timely development of financial reports relating to programme reports
Fundraising, Partnership Development & Management (20%)
  • Support the programme management team in fundraising activities for the organisation, preparing concept notes and proposal for key programme donors.
  • Build and maintain effective partnerships with all key stakeholders including relevant Line Ministries at national and community levels
  • Participate in the relevant progress meetings underpinning the programmes
  • Lead on partnership activities and communication to raise the profile of the programmes and secure leverage and other commitments of support
  • Develop and disseminate communication materials about the programmes in collaboration with the Monitoring and evaluation unit.
Serve as active member of the UYONET Leadership Team:
  • Take active role in the development and regular review of programme operational plan.
  • Ensure timely documentation and dissemination of key findings from programme to inform learning and presenting to the Management Committee.
  • Play key role in the strategic planning and reviews process in coordination with the other programme team and immediate stakeholders.
  • Provide regular updates on partnerships underpinning the programme
  • Provide detailed information and linking finance and programmes unit.
Financial Planning and Management of Donor Budgets (20%)
  • Support developing, managing regular reviewing of programme budgets and reviewing of financial reports relating to programmes as required
  • Support the finance team to manage the donor budgets and organisational financial systems.
  • Ensure procurement and financial policies and procedures are adhered to by the team and others.
Monitoring, learning and reporting (20%):
  • Lead on all donor reporting for the programmes
  • Work closely with the Monitoring and Learning Unit in M&L processes, including analysis of data collected and dissemination of results to ensure continual programme improvement.
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 Bachelor’s degree in Social Science, Development Studies or related field of study
  • At least five years’ experience in development sector in an African context, including good knowledge of advocacy and policy engagement.
  • At least three years’ experience in programme design and management including proven experience of managing large programmes relating to youth development initiatives
  • Knowledge of Policy, leadership development, governance is a must.
  • Strong partnership development and networking skills
  • Excellent numeracy skills with experience in budget development and management
  • Excellent understanding of project cycle management
  • Excellent report writing skills particularly donor reporting.
  • Fluent in written and spoken English.
  • Excellent IT, interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills.
  • Preferable
  • Previous work experience in Uganda and having knowledge of the national languages.
  • A clear understanding of contemporary development issues and trends in youth health sectors
  • Experience of performance managing people
  • Experience of managing multi-site implementation works
  • Experience in handling budgets and finances.
  • The individual must be results oriented, highly self-motivated and have demonstrated analytical skills.
  • Must be able to lead and inspire a team of strong programme officers
  • The successful candidate will thrive in a multi-cultural environment as part of a rapidly growing and developing organisation and be personally committed to UYONET missions and values

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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