Social Work Jobs – Assistant Country Director – Programmes at Concern Worldwide

Organisation: Concern Worldwide
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda
Job Ref: JO/ACP/UG
Salary Range: €37,763 to €42,876 with benefits
About Concern:
Concern Worldwide is an Irish-based non-governmental, international, humanitarian organisation dedicated to the reduction of suffering and working towards the ultimate elimination of extreme poverty in the world’s poorest countries.
Concern receives a substantial amount of funding from external donors each year.  Increasingly donors are introducing requirements whereby future funding is conditional on Concern ensuring that the names of any new employee or volunteer do not appear on terrorism lists generated by the European Union (List of person, groups and entities to which Regulation (EC No. 2580/2001 applies), the US Government (Office of Foreign Assets Control list of specially designated Nationals and Blocked Persons) and the United Nations (Consolidated List).  Any offer of employment (either paid or voluntary) with Concern Worldwide will not be made pending a clearance check being conducted on the applicant.  For additional information please consult our web site or contact the Human Resource Division in our Head Office.
Job Summary:  The Assistant Country Director Programmes (ACDP) is responsible for ensuring that Concern’s programmes are designed and delivered in a way the transforms the lives of the extreme poor in Uganda.   As a member of the Country Management Team (CMT) the ACD-P contributes to the management of the Country Programme with specific responsibility for programme design, Implementation oversight, proposal development, PM&E, Emergency Interventions and guiding, directing and building capacity of the programmes team.
Key Duties & Responsibilities:
1.      Leadership and Overall Programme Strategic Direction
  • Promote Concern’s values and commitments and engage the programme team in internalising these values in programmes.
  • Fostering team spirit and collaboration necessary to achieve programme and organisation goals in Uganda and globally
  • Ensure that Uganda has programme staff with the relevant competencies and attitudes by planning programme HR requirements, participate in recruitment, induction and capacity building of staff
  • Coordinate the monitoring of the Country and Programme level Results Frameworks; contribute to the monitoring progress against the Strategic Plan.
  • Active participation in Country Management meetings, contributing significantly to decisions on policy and strategic direction.
2.     Programme Development & Design
  • Lead on the development and design of programmes based on Concern global and Country Strategic plans, Uganda Context Analyses of Extreme Poverty (CA) and funding opportunities.
  • Ensure the Uganda programme achieves high standards in terms of design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation through Concern Worldwide’s Project Cycle Management System, Humanitarian Accountability Partnership (HAP), Programme Quality Guidelines and the PME Framework.
  • Lead on proposal development for new interventions and in response to calls for proposals ensuring submission of good quality competitive proposals aligned to our priority objectives.
  • Ensure that programmes incorporate best practice in their relevant technical area and contribute to learning through ensuring programmes have elements of research and innovation.
  • Encourage reflection and critical thinking necessary to achieve high programme quality , improving approaches and interventions 
  • Ensuring accountability, gender, HIV&AIDS and DRR and incorporated into programme design
  • Support capacity building of the team and partners on Concern’s ‘How Concern Understands Extreme Poverty’ through building understanding of and capacity to implement equality, risk and vulnerability and assets and return on assets concepts;
3.     Programme Management: 
  • Take overall responsibility for non RWANU programmes and support aspects of RWANU as requested by CD
  • Ensure effective operational management of Concern Uganda through line management of key staff, providing strategic and technical guidance to staff and partners.
  • Ensure that all programme staff have regularly set and reviewed personal performance objectives that are relevant to programme direction and needs
  • Lead on annual planning facilitating staff and partner participation in the planning process and ensuring each programme has detailed implementation plans (DIPs) which deliver on proposal commitments.
  • Oversee implementation progress against annual plans and support programme staff in identifying problems and solutions and monitor corrective actions.
  • Lead on engagement with partners through MOU negotiations, financial and programme oversight and strategic discussion on future collaboration. Oversee CLOSAT and CLOFAT processes with new partners.
  • Liaise actively with partners ensuring open two-way communication engaging partners in strategic and operational discussions on programme direction and priorities.
  • Work with ACD-S and CFC to ensure effective systems and financial support to programmes.
  • Enable organisational approaches such as HIV & Aids mainstreaming, accountability, equality, partnership are effectively incorporated across programmes.
4.     Advocacy:
  • In collaboration with CD and programme staff develop an advocacy strategy and plan in line with organisational priorities (country and global) with effective micro, meso and macro linkages.
  • Engage with relevant staff and partners on major organisational advocacy issues, providing support in the implementation of the advocacy strategy including key strategic campaigns and initiatives such as SUN
5.     Financial Management
  • Work with the Country Director and the Desk Officer to develop and maintain a funding strategy to ensure future funding streams are known and developed to the greatest extent possible.
  • Preparation of detailed budgets for programmes in collaboration with ACD-S and CFC, ensuring compliance with donor limits and guidelines and ensuring good value for money.
  • Track programme expenditure through monthly management and quarterly financial accounts and take corrective action if required.
  • Approving expenditure within the Uganda Delegation of Authority framework.
  • Review donor financial reports , providing explanations for under/over expenditure and contribute to donor budget revisions as required.
  • Monitor partner expenditure and work with Uganda Internal Auditor in supporting partners strengthen their accountability.
6.     Emergency Preparedness and Response:
  • Contribute to developing  Concern Uganda’s  capacity to prepare for and respond to emergencies
  • Act as point person for PEER and lead on contingency planning
  • Monitor the humanitarian environment especially refugee inflows etc
  • Should an emergency occur the ACD-P may be requested to lead on initial response.
7.     Reporting:
  • Manage the donor reporting schedule and lead in the preparation of  high quality reports and timely submission to donor, government and Concern Head office
  • Guide teams in preparing Concern’s Annual Programme Reports, and consolidate inputs into the country level report.
  • Work with PSO to develop an effective reporting system which captures quantitative and qualitative  information
8.     Human Resources:
  • Ensure that each member of the programme team fully understands outcomes which are expected of them and that they are aware of the success criteria relating to their work.
  • Monitor and review performance and, in particular, holding staff accountable for meeting the success criteria and delivering any improvement goals which have been identified; giving corrective feedback where required and taking decisive action in the case of poor performance.
9.     Programme Quality & Organisational Learning;
  • Strengthen M&E system and practices following organisational and programme results framework and adjust programme interventions based on the needs.
  • Plan for evaluation needs through development of TORs, assessment of Consultants and feedback on draft reports.
  • Lead on 6 monthly  Learning and Accountability  meetings in programme areas facilitating active input from staff, partners and local government.
  • Enable effective learning and sharing in the organisation, supporting regular dialogue between programme teams and with other agencies/actors
  • Ensure Concern liaises with other agencies, training /academic/ research institutions and networks on advocacy and programme priorities.
 Qualifications, Skills & Experience:  
  • A Masters’ level qualification in Development Studies, or other related discipline.
  • At least three years overseas experience in Africa in similar or related senior management positions
  • Experience working in health (WASH), poverty focused social development
  • Experience in developing and rolling out advocacy strategies.
  • Strong analytical competencies to translate findings of context analysis into viable programme options.
  • Experience in managing 2-3 teams in different locations.
  • Experience of programme development, management and participatory planning methodologies in both partnership and direct implementation contexts.
  • Fluent English – written and spoken.
  • Experience of staff development  with strong training and mentoring skills
  • Excellent communication skills both verbal and written
  • Ability to organize and plan effectively and ability to work under pressure often to strict deadlines.
 Personal Competencies:
  • Ability to work with culturally diverse groups of people.
  • Patience and perseverance
  • Problem Solving and Decision Making skills.
  • Ability to inspire and build capacity of national staff.
  • Good interpersonal skills and good team worker
  • Excellent English Language (both written and spoken)
  • Information Technology (MS Office, Internet).
  • Empathy with Concern’s vision, mission, goal and objectives
 How to Apply:
All those interested in working with Concern Worldwide should submit their electronic applications through our website at
  • CV’s should be no more than 4 pages in length.
  • Only shortlisted candidates will be notified for a first round interview with and email afte the application deadline
 Deadline: 26th June, 2013

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