Give Us Wings US NGO Jobs – Africa Program Director

Organisation: Give Us Wings
Duty Station: Tororo, Uganda
Reports to: Give Us Wings
Executive Director, USA
About Give Us Wings:
In 1998, Mary Steiner and her daughter Shawn traveled to east Africa as
part of a volunteer organization. They were confronted daily with poverty of an
unbelievable magnitude. The suffering they witnessed quickly challenged Mary
and Shawn to do more than they could accomplish within the organization with
which they were volunteering.  They
decided that they had to set out on their own.
Many, larger organizations had tried and failed to help them because
they had not asked the people what would help them most to succeed. Mary and
Shawn decided that they would do the opposite and talk to the people and that
the foundation of their work must be the establishment of trusting
relationships with the people they hoped to help.  Mary and Shawn vowed that the money their
organization raised would go to empower the people of Uganda and Kenya: to help
them become self-sufficient, to maintain their dignity, and to preserve their
culture while they worked hard to provide for their families.
Job Summary: The Africa
Program Director works in close collaboration with community-based
organizations to develop and implement effective community-led programs to
overcome extreme poverty. S/he facilitates communication and ensures effective
coordination between multiple staffs and programs in Kenya and Uganda. S/he
manages and supervises Give Us Wings Kenya (GUWK) and Give Us Wings Uganda
(GUWU)staff. S/he actively consults with the Board of Directors of each Give Us
Wings entity regarding the hiring and supervising of staff members.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
1. Program Coordination and Development:
  • Understand and
    implement all programs and projects in accordance with the Give Us Wings’
    mission and development model.
  • Work collaboratively
    with Africa staff and Give Us Wings’ constituencies to:
  • Assist the Africa
    staff facilitate group discussions with CBOs/self-help groups that
    promote a collaborative approach to problem solving and idea generation.
  • Work closely with Give
    Us Wings’ country staff, meet and consult regularly with members of the
    CBOs with which we work in order to maintain and strengthen GUW’s
    grassroots model of development.
  • Work with Africa staff
    to monitor, manage and assess projects and programs as they are
    implemented and ensure that they are in compliance with the stated goals
    of the project or program plan.
  • Gather and collect
    data necessary to conduct evaluations of Give Us Wings’ activities and
  • Manage current
    projects and programs, including but not limited to, health programs,
    adult education programs, sponsorship program and small business loan and
    mentorship program.
  • Form and grow key
    partnerships in Kenya and Uganda with like-minded organizations that share
    our vision for development work in Africa.
2. Program Budgeting Responsibilities:
  • Develop annual budgets
    for GUWK and GUWU.
  • Prepare and submit to
    the GUW Executive Director quarterly funding requests in accordance with
    the established guidelines and schedules
  • Prepare or direct the
    preparation of all final financial reports and arrange for and organize
    the annual audits in each country.
3. Human Resource Development and Management:
  • Oversee the
    implementation and utilization of all human resources policies and
    programs for GUWK and GUWU, including organizational planning and
    development, training, development, compensation and benefits, performance
    evaluation, and recruiting; provide clarity around roles, motivate staff
    and facilitate effective team dynamics.
  • Conduct quarterly
    performance appraisals on all program staff and make recommendations for
  • Manage and support the
    professional development of program staff.
4. Board and Leadership Development:
  • Work with GUWK’s and
    GUWU’s Boards of Directors to review project proposals submitted by
    CBOs.Assist the Boards of Directors in assessing whether to recommend
    project proposals for approval by GUWUSA.
  • Work with Give Us
    Wings Kenya Board of Directors and Give Us Wings Uganda Board of Directors
    to supervise, maintain, operate and evaluate Give Us Wings projects in
    their respective countries
  • Serve as liaison
    between the Africa Boards of Directors and the GUW Executive Director and
    the GUWUSA Board of Directors.
  • Coordinate and
    facilitate quarterly Board of Directors meetings in each country
5. Documentation and Communications:
  • Serve as liaison
    between Give Us Wings’ Africa operations and the GUW Executive Director by
    maintaining frequent and regular communications
  • Prepare timely reports
    and updates to the GUW Executive Director on project activities, staffing,
    issues and concerns
  • Work with Kenya and
    Uganda staff to produce timely, accurate and complete financial reports to
    be submitted to the Africa Boards of Directors and to the GUW Executive
  • Ensure GUWK and GUWU
    are compliant with national NGO laws, policies, and procedures including
    tax compliance.
6. International Education, Fundraising, and Development:
  • Raise funds and obtain
    technical assistance and other resources for Give Us Wings’ groups by
    working with international foundations, governmental agencies and
  • Develop strategic
    partnerships with government ministries and other NGOs
  • Research possible
    income generating activities in villages in Kenya and Uganda
  • Work with the GUW
    Executive Director to prepare requests and reports for funders and donors
  • Help arrange and
    coordinate annual individual and group volunteer trips
  • Seek out and apply for
    program funding from donors and grantors located in Africa.
Qualifications, Skills and
  • The preferred
    candidate should hold a Master’s degree in a relevant area or Bachelor’s
    degree and seven or more years’ international development experience in
    management position
  • Past exposure and
    experience working with an international NGO
  • Proficiency in Luganda
    and Kiswahili preferred
  • Previous experience
    and comfort reporting to American funders, Executive Director, and Board
    of Directors
  • Previous experience in
    grassroots community organizing.
  • Previous experience in
    development, non-profit management and advocacy work required.
  • Self-motivated and
  • Must demonstrate
    integrity and respect for grassroots leaders from diverse communities
    affected by extreme poverty.
  • Exceptional
    interpersonal skills, strong written communications skills, initiative,
    and ability to prepare clear plans and reports on financial and program
How to Apply: 
If you would like to join this dynamic team and help strengthen
community empowerment and poverty eradication for African communities, please
send the following: A CV/resume that should include the full contact details of
three professional references; a cover letter, an English writing sample, and a
one-page explanation on your philosophy of development work. Please submit all
the above required information to Give Us Wings Program Director, Danielle May,

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