International NGO Careers – Program Director at Mango Tree

Title:    Program
Organisation: Mango
Project Name: Northern
Uganda Literacy Program
Lira, Uganda
About Mango Tree:
Mango Tree is an
international NGO whose mission is twofold: to empower African educators with
the best tools and methods, and to serve as a socially responsible business
model for Uganda. Mango Tree was created in 2000, the brainchild of an American
Peace Corps Volunteer who served as a trainer for primary school teachers in
eastern Uganda. During his time upcountry, he experienced firsthand the need
for quality educational materials – created using local artists and locally
available materials – that fit within the national education curriculum. He
decided to address this need by creating a business, rather than an NGO. In his
own words: “There are many NGOs in Uganda that do a lot of good work. What I
believe Uganda desperately needs, however, are socially responsible companies
that can serve as role models for other businesses.”
Mango Tree is
known for making high quality, impact-oriented educational and communication
tools. With its first mission in mind, the company has helped many
organizations transform information that is only accessible to those at an
academic level into a range of educational materials that are understandable
for audiences of varying literacy levels. Every day, Mango Tree supports
thousands of professionals to educate millions of the most vulnerable members
of emerging economies in Africa on life changing topics such as health,
HIV/AIDS, nutrition, safe water, sanitation, hygiene, agriculture, life skills,
economic empowerment and good governance. Mango Tree does this by executing
tool development projects for over 100 clients every year. Mango Tree operates
a multi-million dollar early primary education program in northern Uganda.
About NULP:
Mango Tree’s
Northern Uganda Literacy Program (NULP) is working in the Lango language
community, based in Lira. Our goal is to improve literacy performance among
pupils in early primary classrooms (P1-P3) and strengthen the literacy
infrastructure in northern Uganda so that reading and writing, especially in
the local language, become a meaningful part of daily life. The Literacy
Laboratory Project (LLP) within NULP focuses on improving pupils’ performance
in reading and writing in their local language and English in the first three
years of primary school. Mango Tree has developed a literacy instructional
model, methodology and teaching and learning materials for early primary
classrooms in both the mother tongue and English. Following a successful pilot
impact evaluation in 2013, Mango Tree is now implementing the project in a
larger number of schools and districts in the Lango Sub-region. The Mango Tree
literacy model has a number of key innovations that make it significantly
different from, and more successful than, other large-scale literacy projects
currently underway in Uganda and East Africa.
Job Summary:  The Program Director will manage Mango Tree’s
Northern Uganda Literacy Program (NULP) in the Lango Sub-region. The PD will be
directly responsible for the planning, organization and execution of all
program activities. The incumbent will also ensure that the program is
administered properly and that the activities, budget and schedule of the
program are followed and that results are attained in line with the program’s
theory of change and results frameworks. He/she will also actively participate
in the strategic planning, advocacy and results-sharing and onwards growth of
this highly successful literacy program. The incumbent will also play a pivotal
role in communicating with donors. The PD will be responsible for all donor
reporting and will participate in strategic meetings with funders/donors and
represent NULP locally, nationally and internationally.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
Program Management:
The incumbent will ensure on time and high quality
execution of program activities according to proposal, activity matrix and
budget as specified in the program documents.
Assist in proper planning of the design and
production needed from Mango Tree Kampala for project materials, assuring
follow up on work needed and milestones to make final deadlines.
Manage the recruitment of NULP management staff.
Mentor and supervise NULP management staff including
supervision of work plans, activities, budgets and expected deliverables.
Staff Capacity Building:
Train and coach program staff in an effort to build
their capacity and improve the quality of work.
Offer technical direction to ensure that Mango
Tree’s literacy model is implemented effectively. Provide on the job training
to NULP implementation team and participate in teacher engagement and
development activities taking place throughout the school year.
Financial Administration and Reporting:
The incumbent will also manage the NULP budget
according to proposals, timelines and activity matrix as specified in program
Closely manage the NULP requisition, transfer and
financial reporting process assuring good integration of spending in QuickBooks
at Kampala office, including segregation of duties and proper handling in
requisition, approval, retrieving and spending of money transferred to the Lira
program account.
The incumbent will also be responsible for the
development of narrative and financial reports necessary for various
donors/funders of the program, including government and civil society
stakeholders. Develop internal reports for the Mango Tree senior management
team and BOD.
Communication and Partnership Development:
Advocate for the program through results sharing and
national level stakeholder engagement with development partners and ministry
officials with the objective of integration of the model into national
Manage the program’s communication and advocacy plan
and be responsible for its execution and reporting.
Ensure superior internal communication and planning
between Kampala and Lira regarding design, production, contract negotiations
and reporting, assuring smooth running of program and on time delivery and to
further develop synergies between the program and the company.
Donor Relations:
Routinely communicate with funders/donors regarding
grant applications and other proposals as well as all donor reporting.
Coordinate with the lead grant writer for Mango Tree
as well as other grant writers to ensure that applications are prepared
appropriately and on time.
Send timely applications and proposals along with
supporting documents and meet all submission requirements and deadlines.
The Program Director will also manage a donor
database to ensure excellent communication with donors that is timely and meets
all grant expectations.
Qualifications, Skills and
The Mango Tree Program Director should hold a Bachelor’s
Degree or its equivalent from a reputable post-secondary institution is required,
ideally in an education-related field such as international education,
comparative education, primary, secondary or ESL education.
A minimum of three to five years’ experience in a
senior management position in the education sector.
Prior experience in the field of primary, secondary
or ESL education in a developing world context, preferably East Africa, with a
commitment to, understanding of, and passion for improving the delivery of
education services.
The Program Director must have strong technical
knowledge of and passion for improving education, ideally in an African or
Ugandan context, as well a proven track record of program management in the
developing world, particularly the African context.
The PD must have a background that allows them to
thrive in an up country environment in East Africa.
The applicant must show a strong commitment to
empowering junior staff and working collaboratively with employees at every
level within the organization and project partners and stakeholders in government
and civil society, both nationally and internationally.
Past exposure and experience managing a donor funded
project in Africa. Experience with major international donors, such as USAID,
DFID, World Bank, etc. desirable.
Significant experience in M&E, working with
researchers on longitudinal studies and/or impact evaluations preferred.
Past experience managing a small, diverse team of
10+ staff members, and excellence in empowering staff and delegating work.
Proven project management skills and strong financial
management skills, preferably for multi-million dollar programs.
Proven leadership in a multicultural environment
with a track record of high-level performance, strategic thinking and
Clear and effective written and oral communication in
Excellent computer skills, including Microsoft
Office programs and ideally accounting software.
Self-motivated and able to work with minimal
Excellent organizational skills, including reporting
and record-keeping.
Ability to speak publically about the program to a
variety of audiences, presenting the program’s image, competencies and
objectives in a professional manner.
Efficient and comfortable with local and national
Willingness to work outside of regular office hours
to meet project objectives and targets.
Compensation Package:
Competitive salary to commensurate with experience
AAR health insurance
Housing in Lira town provided
Work-related transport to and from Kampala covered
Reimbursement for work-related expenses (e.g.
airtime, Internet)
How to Apply: 
All suitably
qualified and interested candidates should send a cover letter (no longer than
one page) which should include why you are interested in becoming Mango Tree’s
Program Director, NULP and why you think your experience makes you the best
candidate. Please also send a copy of your CV and details for three references
NB: Please include the following in the subject line:
Application for the position of Program Director, NULP
Deadline: 31st August 2015
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