Programme Manager – Health Job Placement – Voluntary Services Overseas (VSO)

Organization: Voluntary
Services Overseas (VSO)
Duty Station: Kampala and
Gulu, Uganda
Reports to: Head of
Programmes (HOP)
About VSO:
Services Overseas (VSO) is the world’s leading independent international
development organisation that works through volunteers to fight poverty in
developing countries. Our high-impact approach brings people together to share
skills, build capabilities, promote international understanding and action to
change lives and make the world a fairer place.
Job Summary:  The Programme Manager – Health will oversee
the strategic development, implementation and successful delivery of the Health
Programme; supporting all of VSO’s work in country as required by the Head of
Programmes in order to optimise the contribution towards reducing poverty.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
Health Programme Development and Delivery:
Steer the development and delivery of the VSO Uganda
Health programme strategy.
Analyse and understand the health development
context and needs, key stakeholders and strategic partners.
Ensure cross cutting themes (gender, inclusion and
climate change) are included as well as integration with other thematic areas
(livelihoods, education and governance).
Work closely with relevant staff, volunteers and
partners to inform and operationalise the health programme and projects; ensure
health projects are delivered against timeframes and output and outcome
targets/ objectives within the programme strategy and project plans. 
Ensure programme/project documentation is in place
and up-to-date as per VSO guidelines and donor requirements, including for
volunteer placements and donor reporting.
Programme Funding:
Proactively identify health funding opportunities
and potential (strategic) partners. Work with HoP, Regional Funding Adviser and
Country Director to develop concepts and proposals. 
Budgeting and Forecasting:
Develop realistic project plans and budgets,
ensuring compliance with donor requirements and that resources (volunteers,
employees and funding) are allocated appropriately and achieve value for money.
Including full participation in the annual budget process.
Develop, maintain and regularly review financial
plans/budgets to deliver programme/project objectives, ensure effective grants
management and expenditure within agreed budgets.
Monitoring and Evaluation
Work closely with the M&E Coordinator, to design
and deliver the appropriate monitoring and evaluation mechanisms to measure,
document and disseminate progress, good practices and impact in health
Ensure continuous development and learning takes
place; provide early warnings were performance is below target; and that
reporting is in line with VSO and donor requirements.
Ensure monthly progress, quarterly review meetings
and quarterly monitoring visits are conducted to ensure implementation is on
track according activity plans and targets in log frames.
Partnership Development and Management:
Build and maintain working relationships with key
stakeholders and partners in health. Build and support networks between key
stakeholders (donors, other agencies, volunteers, partners etc) to strengthen
programme impact. 
Represent VSO at internal and external events and
meetings as appropriate.
Develop high quality volunteer placement
documentation with partners; liaise with Volunteer Placement Advisors to
recruit the most appropriate volunteers; seeking feedback and providing support
to partners as necessary.
Volunteer Management and Support:
work with the programme support team to induct,
orient and provide on-going support to volunteers, including safety and
Assess volunteer training needs and oversee the
delivery of agreed learning.
Engage volunteers in planning and review processes, supporting
them to identify linkages between their work and delivery of VSOs goals.
Ensure volunteers are given personal support if
Line Management:
Manage, coach and motivate a high performing health
team within the performance management framework, ensuring good customer
service and continuous improvement.
Provide leadership as a member of the country
management team.
Work with the VSO support team to effectively
delivery programme goals.
Other Duties:
Deputise for the HoP or other colleagues as
Support or take leadership in emergencies as
required, working closely with the Country Director and other team members.
Fulfil other appropriate level responsibilities as
defined by the HoP from time to time.
Qualifications, Skills and
The applicant should hold a Masters in public health
or a related field. Alternatively evidence of other equivalent qualifications.
At least five years’ experience in managing and
delivering complex health development programmes and teams.
Broad knowledge and experience of health programme
area, especially maternal and neonatal health and adolescent SRH. Able to
demonstrate knowledge and understanding of health development issues.
Extensive experience of securing external funding and
grants, including proposal development.
Evidence of understanding the challenges of donor
and contract management and the implications for programme management.
Prior experience in financial management, including
building a budget, monitoring and managing expenditure.
Previous experience of having compiled financial
Excellent understanding and experience of project
cycle management, organisational assessment, planning and M&E tools and
Effective verbal and written communication skills
and experience of compiling donor reports.
Good leadership and people management skills,
experience of developing, coaching and managing high performing teams
Evidence of ability to provide effective support to
international and national volunteers.
Strong representation and negotiation skills –
ability to negotiate and maintain relations with external stakeholders
Able to develop multiple ideas to solve an issue or
situation and take a swift decision, including in a high risk situation.
Able to adapt to new and demanding situations, with
experience of living and working in developing countries.
Able to travel and work long hours, including work
away from the home base for up to 30% of time, both within the country and
occasionally internationally.
Practical experience gained within a
volunteering/NGO context and of managing a volunteer programme is desired
Prior experience and knowledge of the Country and
region is also desired
Fluency in languages common to Northern Uganda would
be an added advantage
Possess of a clean, valid driving license is an
added advantage
How to Apply: 
All suitably
qualified and interested candidates are encouraged to send their applications
online at the web link below. Click on ‘Apply now’ and complete all relevant
fields on the online application form.
Deadline: 27th September 2015
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