16 May 2017

Head of Programmes Job Placement - VSO

Job Title:         Head of Programmes
Organization: VSO
Duty Station: Kampala / Gulu, Uganda
Salary Range: UGX 93,000,000 p.a
Reports to: Country Director
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 Head of Programmes will oversee and lead the delivery and development of VSO Uganda’s strategic programmes in accordance with the Country Strategic Plan.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:  
Programme Quality:
  • Oversee the delivery of VSO Uganda’s (VSOU)programmes/projects by applying and meeting VSO’s People First principles, donor guidelines and evidence-based M&E framework;
  • Formulate and implement a coherent and integrated annual operational plan for programmes;
  • Ensure that robust and effective M&E methods & tools are applied to evidence generation supporting data analysis, reporting and programme decision making.
  • Lead drafting of impact oriented donor and internal reports including Annual Country Review Report by working in close collaboration with the M&E lead and Programme Managers(PMs);
  • Ensure effective partnerships are developed with a mechanism in place and review the partnership and measure impact of capacity support provided to partner.
Knowledge Management:
  • Lead programme monitoring by engaging programme staff and volunteers to ensure shared understanding and contributions to quality programme delivery and development.
  • Work in liaison with the PMs and other relevant colleagues in the wider organisation to develop quality communication materials on VSOU’s programmes targeting strategic internal and external audience.
Programme Development:
  • Ensuring that the Country Programme has up-to-date understanding and analysis of the development context and needs, engaging all relevant stakeholders.
  • Support PMs to finalize and operationalize Signature Programmes in Education, Livelihoods and Health. Also ensure that VSO’s Core Approaches of Gender & Social Inclusion, social accountability and resilience are appropriately embedded across all signature programmes.  
People Management/Volunteer Support:
  • Provide leadership and management support to programme team, ensuring the effective and timely management of the country programme, including the planning and delivery against agreed targets.
  • Effectively manage performance of the direct report as also the overall programmes team by adopting a people-centered approach and holding staff and volunteers to account. Working with all members of the VSO team to support and maintain a collaborative culture between volunteer experts and the Country Office, particularly with respect to the participation and engagement of volunteer experts in programme planning, implementation and review; supporting them to identify linkages between their work and delivery of VSO’s goals.
  • Ensure application of people first principles in volunteer experts management and support
Country Leadership Team (CLT):
  • Work closely and collaboratively as a member of the CLTon all aspects of VSO’s programmes in Uganda and make strategic contributions. 
  • Working closely with programme team, and within the framework of the Country Strategic Plan while embedding VSO’s people first principles into the daily practice of VSO.
Financial and Resource Management:
  • Working in liaison with the Finance Manager and budget holders to develop, manage and monitor programme budgets (including ensuring value for money, effective grants management and expenditure within agreed budgets).
  • Be accountable for VSOU’s programming resources and assets (including ensuring VSO procurement and other policies, procedures, and control systems are followed by project teams and implementing partners).
Security and Risk Management: Ensure that programme staff and volunteers are familiar and comply with VSOU’s Security Guidelines. Take part in the VSO Emergency Officer rota system.
Representation, Advocacy and Networking:
  • Build strategic networks enabling VSO to leverage a collective voice in support of our country strategy.
  • Working in liaison with the Country Director to develop a media strategy, create communication tools and produce seminal materials in sync with the country strategy.
  • Develop strategic civil society and private sector networks and alliances, strengthening civil society action in line with our country strategy.
  • Ensure VSO participation at relevant fora – such as sectoral working groups, conferences etc.
  • Represent VSO in strategic external fora as appropriate and as delegated by the Country Director

Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The ideal candidate for the VSO Country Director job opportunity should hold a higher level degree in a relevant field.
  • A minimum of seven years of senior level programme leadership and management experience in a complex INGO.
  • Substantial prior success in developing successful, major, multiyear proposals and securing funding.
  • Previous experience in M&E and ability to apply range of techniques.
  • Proven experience of managing and ensuring high quality delivery of complex and multi donor programmes
  • Previous exposure and experience in diverse, holistic, integrated development programming including in livelihoods, education and health.
  • Significant exposure and experience in implementing grants from major bilateral and multilateral donors, including DfID, UNICEF, EU and MasterCard is also desired. .
  • Hands-on experience gained within a volunteering/NGO context and of managing a volunteer programme will be a distinction
  • Effective leadership and people management skills; experience of developing, coaching and managing high performing teams
  • Previous experience of working collaboratively as a member of a Senior Management Team member, and of building partnerships in a multi-cultural environment.
  • Ability to prioritise tasks, manage time and tight schedules, work effectively under pressure, and assist direct reports with prioritization of tasks and meeting deadlines.
  • Proven experience in financial management and ability to develop and monitor programme budgets.
  • Excellent representation and negotiation skills ability to negotiate and maintain relations with external stakeholders.
  • Ability to develop multiple ideas to solve an issue or situation and take a swift decision, including in a high risk situation.
  • Good written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills. Strong trainer and facilitator.
  • Computer skills – MS Office, Outlook, Internet.
  • 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.
  • Good understanding of the Uganda context is an added advantage

How to Apply:
All suitably qualified and interested candidates are encouraged to apply online by clicking on the web link below.

Deadline: 17th May, 2017

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