Executive Director NGO Careers - ACTogether Uganda

Job Title:       Executive Director
Organisation: ACTogether Uganda
Duty Station:  Kampala, Uganda
Reports to:  Executive Director

About US:
ACTogether Uganda is a registered NGO established in 2006 as an alliance of Slum Dwellers International (SDI). ACTogether strives to create inclusive cities with united and empowered communities of the urban poor who have capacity to voice, promote, and negotiate for their interests. The primary strategy ACTogether uses to achieve this aim is to support the development of a strong and active National slum dwellers federation and hence forms a special partnership with the NSDFU, which requires joint program development. Since inception ACTogether has supported the growth of the NSDFU to 20 municipalities with 74759 members. ACTogether work focuses on slum upgrading, participatory governance and accountability, profiling enumeration and mapping of slum settlements and improving the livelihood of the urban poor.

Job Summary: The Executive Director will oversee the operations, functions and activities of ACTogether. The incumbent will be the face of the organization, responsible for giving proper strategic direction and implementing a high quality vision; while the Finance and Administration manager will manage the operations and activities in the finance departments and oversee the administrative responsibilities of the organization.The Executive Director is ultimately responsible for the overall leadership and management of the organization and all aspects of its operations. This primarily involves the supervision and coordination of all projects which provide ACTogether’s services to the urban poor community. 

Key Duties and Responsibilities:   
Personnel management:
  • Ensure timely recruitment of quality staff in accordance with the organisational recruitment policies
  • Coordinate and supervise administrative and management staff to enable them achieve their performance objectives
  • Ensure that all staff have valid contracts and job descriptions, and that they understand them.
  • Implement performance review and performance management for all staff.
  • Ensure development and implementation of Staff development plans
Working with the Board of Directors:
  • Attend all Board meetings.
  • Oversee implementation of all Board decisions regarding policies, and procedures.
  • Serve as liaison between Board and staff – ensuring timely provision of information to both the Board and staff
  • Keep Board updated on all operations, changes, and problems.
  • Coordinate Board/Committee activities and attend Committee meetings.
Financial Management:
  • Oversee the operations in the finance department
  • Review and approve all monthly and quarterly financial budgets and reports before they are submitted to the donors
  • Ensure timely submission of monthly and quarterly financial reports to grantors (as required).
  • Oversee and ensure compliance with organisational financial policies and approved funding agreements /contracts
Agency and Program Planning:
  • Oversee and guide the production of work plans and project reports as well as long term time oriented strategic plans
  • Oversee program compliance with established policies and procedures.
  • Develop, implement, and maintain tracking systems and/or for activities
  • Review program progress and compare to goals and objectives.
  • Assure compliance with both national and international set program standards
Resource Development and Maintenance:
  • Research and prepare grant proposals and other funding applications.
  • Develop and maintain a donor base for both monetary and non-monetary resources.
  • Develop and maintain a donor tracking system.
  • Work closely with Board in any fundraising events or activities.
Net working and Public Relations:
  • Coordinate public relations with the purpose of increasing public awareness of the ACTogether and NSDF program in Uganda.
  • Build and maintain relationships with all appropriate groups, agencies, and organizations, and key government actors in slum upgrading processes
  • Approve and oversee release of press packets and news releases, and follow-up of any media coverage.
  • Attend official events/engagements and act as a liaison between ACTogether and a range of external stakeholders.
  • Cultivate long-term strategic partnerships or donor relationships to increase the organization's effectiveness in serving the unmet needs of the urban poor. 
Qualifications, Skills and Experience:  
  • The applicant must be an influential mature manager with ability to lead and motivate a team of both staff and the national working team of the National Slum Dwellers Federation of Uganda. The incumbent must also hold a Master’s degree in any relevant field with outstanding organization and leadership abilities and ability to take a holistic approach in managing the organization’s operations. The following are also desirable:
  • Proven experience as executive director or any other managerial position.
  • Ability to apply successful fundraising and networking techniques
  • Extensive knowledge and understanding of urban planning and slum upgrading issues
  • In-depth knowledge and experience in managing donor funded programs/projects
  • An analytical mind capable for “out-of-the-box” thinking to solve problems
  • Excellent communication (oral and written) and public speaking skills
  • Previous work in slum communities will be an added advantage

How to Apply:
All suitably qualified candidates are encouraged to send their applications to the following address: admin@actogetherug.org copy isaac.ssonko3@gmail.com

NB: Qualified candidates who live and stay in slum communities are particularly encouraged to apply.

Deadline: 20th July 2017

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