International NGO Jobs – Country Representative at WaterAid

Organization: WaterAid
Duty Station: Kampala,
Reports to: Head of
Region – East Africa
About WaterAid:
WaterAid is an international
NGO that has been working in Uganda since 1983. Increasingly WaterAid is working
through a range of partners from local government authorities to NGOs to
deliver safe water, improved sanitation and hygiene education to poor
communities in 11 districts.  The country
programme currently works in 5 districts including Kampala, and predominantly
in the north and north east regions, working through local partners and with
local governments.  With a team of 27
committed, energetic and vibrant staff, the country programme is increasing its
influence in the sector for greater equity, sustainability and accountability
for the poor.
Job Summary: The Country
Representative (CR) will provide leadership to the Country Programme (CP) so as
to contribute to the regional, pan Africa and global leadership of WaterAid.
The Country Representative achieves this by steering the direction of the
Country programme, empowering and developing staff and partners and influencing
public and private institutions on the impact that improvements in safe water
and improved sanitation and hygiene can make to the poorest and most excluded –
therefore contributing to wider poverty reduction and human development.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
  • Offer
    strong strategic leadership to the country team promoting a management
    culture that is supportive, empowering and collaborative.
  • Steer,
    manage and motivate a team, creating an environment that enables staff to
    maximise their potential and facilitates high performing teams; ensure
    that the Senior Management Team is effective in promoting effective
    internal collaboration and joined-up working.
  • In
    charge of developing and delivering the Country Strategy in line with
    WaterAid’s Global Strategy.
  • Ensure
    the successful, on time, delivery of all multi-year plans and budgets.
  • Represent
    WaterAid externally, ensuring that WaterAid’s vision, mission, values and
    aims are communicated in a positive and compelling way. Facilitate the
    building of relationships between partners, staff and other stakeholders.
  • Build
    and strengthen working relationships between sector stakeholders (actors)
    to support the development of the sector.
  • Collaborate
    with colleagues from across WaterAid to enhance relationships and ensure
    effective organisational working.
  • Contribute
    as a member of the Global and Regional leadership teams of WaterAid to
    support organisational effectiveness and development.
  • Lead
    the approach to ensuring that the CP has integrated Rights, Equity and
    Inclusion into its work as well as being a diverse and inclusive place to
  • Stay
    aware of local funding context and identify appropriate opportunities to
    increase income, in conjunction with the Head of Region and the Strategic
    Funding Unit.
  • In
    charge of developing thorough understanding of the external environment
    WaterAid is operating in, identify and manage risk including ensuring appropriate
    health and safety and security procedures are in place.
  • Ensure
    that WA’s global policies are adapted to the country context (as
    appropriate) and adhered to; represent WA’s stated global positions on key
    development issues effectively, adapting it to the country context as
Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The
    Country Representative should preferably hold a Degree or professional
    qualification in a relevant subject. Possession of a Post graduate
    qualification in a related subject.
  • Proven
    experience of heading a Country Programme/Office.
  • Strategic
    leadership and management of a multi-disciplinary team of professionals,
    preferably in water and sanitation sector.
  • Past
    exposure and experience in strategic planning development in a senior
    management capacity.
  • Prior
    experience of developing key strategic and operational partnerships with
    national level NGOs and government authorities for programme, policy and
    advocacy interventions.
  • Experience
    of raising funds from government and/or international agencies
    (bilateral/multilateral), managing large budgets with diverse
    international donor base.
  • Skilled
    in leading on engagement with national governments, bilateral and
    multi-lateral agencies on policy influencing.
  • Proven
    leadership skills and strategic management skills.
  • Senior
    management experience in an international development organization is
  • Proven
    experience in managing organisational growth and change.
  • Prior
    experience of leading on participative monitoring and impact assessment
  • Past
    experience of working in Uganda is an added advantage
  • Significant
    experience of community-based water supply, sanitation and hygiene
    promotion projects.
  • Detailed
    knowledge and understanding of international development (policy and programme),
    especially in the water and sanitation developing countries.
  • Ability
    to think clearly and analytically.
  • Ability
    to develop long term strategic plans at an organisational level within a
    country and further developing operational short and medium term plans.
  • Ability
    to plan own work, setting priorities and completing it under pressure or
    when faced with competing demands.
  • Ability
    to lead financial and budget management processes and ensure high level of
    accountability to internal and external stakeholders.
  • Ability
    to communicate and make presentations clearly in English.
  • Detailed
    understanding of participative hygiene promotion approaches and
  • Ability
    to use computers both for word-processing and spreadsheet packages.
  • Ability
    to develop innovative approaches to development problems.
  • Ability
    to communicate clearly in a relevant local language.
  • Exhibit
    commitment to gender sensitive, inclusive and pro-poor development work.
  • Show
    commitment to WaterAid’s values and approach.
  • Consultative
    and empowering management style and willingness to learn from others.
  • Willingness
    to work within an organisational framework in the spirit of mutual trust
    and the spirit of mutual trust and respect.
How to Apply: 
All suitably qualified and
interest candidates should send their applications addressed to Mission Talent
via email: to stating WA-CR-UG/+your surname in
the subject line.
The application must include an
updated CV (in English) and a motivation letter (of 350 words or less) which
that summarizes how your profile aligns with the key requirements, skills and
abilities of this role. Please kindly send these to Mission Talent as Word
files only.
After submitting your
application you will receive an automatic confirmation. If you do not receive
this (kindly please check your spam folder as well), please contact Mission
Talent via at or call via phone: +49 30 76 77 52
Thank you in advance for your
interest in this position. Please note that only candidates under serious
consideration will be contacted by Mission Talent for follow-up.
Deadline: 17th August 2015
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