US Non-profit Careers - Country Director at Akola Project

Job Title:      Country Director
Organization: Akola Project
Duty Station: Uganda

About US:
Akola (she works) Project is a US founded non-profit, social business that empowers women by facilitating vocational training, employment opportunities, savings and loans associations, education programs, support groups and leadership development.

Job Summary: The Country Director manages all human resources for Akola Uganda; Responsible for building healthy work environment and positive working relationships with all women’s groups and communities; Manage all empowerment, ministry and educational programs and program staff including monitoring and evaluation; Host all visitors

Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
Leadership (30%)
  • Manage Akola Project staff and beneficiaries in a way that facilitates a high performance egalitarian culture of learning and development, trust and integrity
  • Lead organization-wide meetings as required
  • Seek understanding with and unified leadership alongside the leadership team in the spiritual development, social development and economic development of Akola Project women and involvement in Uganda
  • Provide a good example of good stewardship with time, resources and privilege for the staff, employees and women's groups
  • Serve as an active advocate for Akola Project, promoting the vision, mission, and goals of the organization amongst the community at all times to ensure the organization maintains a positive public standing
  • The incumbent will manage weekly leadership and professionalism training for all Akola staff members and provide mentoring and coaching as required
  • Directly manage Akola’s Empowerment Team
Empowerment Programs (40%)
  • Work closely with Akola leadership to develop and define the Akola Development Model
  • Manage all non-business aspects of the Akola Development Model in Uganda (including empowerment programs, ministry programs, M&E, social services, wellness programs)
  • Make sure that development programs promote sustainability and are in alignment with the mission and vision of Akola Project
  • Ensure that people, tools and processes are properly resourced and supported to carry out all empowerment program functions
  • Create plans and documented procedures for implementing and routinely reporting on all aspects of the Akola Development Model
  • Actively contribute to managing the the Akola Development Model Uganda budget and logistical operations
  • Contribute to donor relations, networking, grant-writing and marketing, including hosting visitors
  • Work closely with Akola leadership to define appropriate M&E strategies and exercises aimed at assessing and promoting program quality and organizational goals
  • Ensure overall indicator design aligns with program framework and that indicators are realistic, measureable and targets reflect indeed outcomes
  • Ensure understanding of M&E theory and practice by implementation staff; identify training needs, organize and lead appropriate training sessions
  • Create and deliver annual M&E reports to be presented to the board and used for Akola Project marketing and additional reports as requested
Human Resources (20%)
  • The jobholder will create and manage HR policies and practices for Akola Members and Ugandan staff members that are in line with applicable Ugandan Laws
  • Manage all safety and security policies and strategies for all staff including an emergency action plan, regular safety training, and acting as lead responder to any emergencies
  • Maintain an up-to-date and compliant policy handbooks for national staff, expatriate staff and beneficiaries and standard operating procedures
  • Orient new team members with organizational policies and procedures and provide proper on-the-job training and mentoring
  • Manage and actively contribute to enforcement and implementation of all established policies
  • Anticipate issues, problems and conflicts and facilitate the resolution of conflicts among staff and women’s groups as needed
  • Actively seek new strategies for facilitating strong relationships with the Akola Project women’s groups
  • Communicate regularly with Akola leadership regarding HR and safety policies and enforcement
  • Manage recruitment, interviewing and hiring for staff and beneficiaries and maintain up-to-date contracts for all employees and beneficiaries
  • Manage the creation and coordination of HR evaluation systems
Administration (10%)
  • Keep records of all contacts, documents, agreements, material costs, and any other necessary records pertaining to the Akola Project
  • Keenly track all expenses with appropriate supporting documentation including contracts, receipts and invoices
  • Assist with other Akola Project programs as needed
  • Produce a manual upon the expiration of your contract that includes contact information, logistics descriptions, research findings, exercise reports, and any other data and notes necessary for future staff to succeed in this role

Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The applicant for the Country Director vacancy must hold a Bachelor’s degree from four-year college or university; Graduate degree in relevant field preferred
  • At least four years’ experience working in a professional environment
  • A minimum of three years of professional experience supervising and managing a multi-disciplinary team in a cross-cultural professional setting (ideally in an African context)
  • Extensive international development experience with emphasis in participatory methods
  • Strong human resource management skills including capacity building and mentoring
  • Demonstrated success in managing projects
  • Strong security management experience
  • Legally eligible to work in the US

How to Apply:
All suitably qualified and interested candidates should send the E-mail applications labeled “Application: Country Director” to The application should send the following;

  • Resume/CV highlighting work experience
  • Cover letter that outlines (1) Why you are interested in this position, Akola Project, the mission/vision, and Uganda specifically; (2) Why you believe you are the best candidate for the job; (3) The role your faith plays in your work

NB: Applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview.

Deadline: 1st November 2016

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