Programme Manager – Livelihoods NGO Job Careers – VSO

Organization: VSO
Duty Station: Gulu, Uganda
Salary Range: UGX 65,000,000
Reports to: Head of
Programmes (HoP)
About VSO:
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 – Livelihoods will lead and manage the strategic development,
implementation and successful delivery of the VSO Uganda’s Livelihoods
Key Duties and
Programme Development and Delivery: Lead the development and
delivery of VSO Uganda livelihoods projects that align with and contribute to
the resilient livelihoods core programme and country strategic plan.
Steer the development of signature programmes
under youth employment & entrepreneurship and agri-business;Analyse and
understand the livelihoods context and needs, key stakeholders and strategic
partners. Ensure cross-cutting themes (governance, gender, inclusion and
climate change) are suitably integrated within the overall programme
development for resilient livelihoods.
Proactively identify livelihoodsfunding
opportunities and potential (strategic) partners. Work with HoP, Business
Development Manager, Regional Funding Adviser, Senior Grants Coordinator and
Country Director to develop concepts and proposals. 
Build and maintain string working relationships
with key stakeholders and partners in livelihoods. Build and support networks
between key stakeholders (donors, other agencies, volunteers, partners etc.) to
strengthen programme impact;ensure application of VSO people first principles
in the partnerships.
Represent VSO at internal and external events
and meetings as relevant and required.
Budgeting and Forecasting: Develop realistic project plans and
budgets, ensuring compliance with donor requirements and that resources
(volunteers, staff and funding) are allocated appropriately and achieve value
for money; full participation in the annual budget process.
The incumbent will maintain and regularly review
financial plans/budgets to deliver programme/project objectives; ensure
effective grants management and expenditure within agreed& approved
budgets; monitor budget variances and take timely, corrective actions; Ensure
VSO’s financial and procurement guidelines are adhered to by project teams and
Monitoring & Evaluation and Reporting: Working with the
M&E team, ensure that project deliverables are monitored and results
achieved through appropriate and robust M&E plans in projects; ensure that
excellent communications materials including good practice documentations are
developed for and from the project results; take necessary timely corrective
actions in consultation with relevant colleagues to ensure planned project
objectives are achieved; and that reporting is in line with VSO and donor
Ensure regular and periodic project monitoring
visits and review meetings are conducted to ensure implementation is on track
according to activity plans and targets in project log frames with emphasis on
quality standards to mitigate risk; Ensure activity and monthly reports are
submitted by the project(s) teams, are reviewed and feedback for quality
enhancement and reported back to HoP for internal and donor submissions.
The incumbent will ensure livelihoods projects
deliver against timeframes and output and outcome targets/ objectives within
the programme strategy and plans. Ensure projects are implemented according to
agreed annual, quarterly and monthly work plans and budgets, providing support,
technical advice and supervision to staff, volunteers and partners.
Facilitate a culture of learning and knowledge
sharing between staff, volunteers and partners.
People and Performance Management: Work closely with the
support team to identify, induct, orient and provide appropriate and timely
support to volunteers, including action and advice on safety and emergencies.
Work with HR department to assess volunteer training
needs and oversee the delivery of agreed learning.
Engage volunteers together with the project
teams in planning and review processes, ensuring alignment between their work
plans and delivery of project objectives.
Ensure that volunteers are integrated as part of
project and organisational teams. Provide personal support as appropriate.
Ensuring application of VSO people first principles in volunteer management and
support; Conduct monthly 1-2-1 and quarterly review meetings with project(s)
Manage, coach and motivate a high performing
livelihoods team within the performance management framework, ensuring
application of VSO people first principles; ensure that monthly 1-2-1 meetings
with direct reports and between staff and volunteers are held and periodic
performance reviews are held as per VSO performance management guidelines.
Other Duties: Deputise for the HoP or other colleagues as
required and undertake tasks/responsibilities as requested by the HoP.
Qualifications, Skills and
The ideal candidate must hold a Master’s degree
in Development studies, Agriculture, Business Administration or other
equivalent qualification.
At least five years’ experience in managing and
delivering youth livelihoods programmes and teams
Significant experience and knowledge of youth
livelihoods programming, including vocational and agricultural related skills
training; enterprise development; market-led approaches.
Proven 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
Proven experience in financial management,
including building a budget, monitoring and managing expenditure. Previous
experience of having compiled financial reports
Excellent understanding and demonstrated
experience of project cycle management, organisational assessment, planning and
M&E tools and processes.
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 and some weekend and evening work.
Previous experience gained within a
volunteering/NGO context and of managing a volunteer programme is desired
Previous experience and knowledge of the country
and region.
Fluency in languages common to northern Uganda
Possess a clean, valid motorbike driving
How to Apply:
All suitably qualified and interested candidates are encouraged to
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