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Programme Officer Economic Empowerment NGO Jobs - Uganda Youth Network (UYONET)

Organisation: Uganda Youth Network (UYONET)
Duty Station:  Kampala, Uganda
Reports to: Programme Manager Economic Empowerment

About Us:
The Uganda Youth Network (UYONET) is a regional focused leading umbrella Youth CSO Network that works to mainstream young peoples’ engagement in development and governance processes in East Africa and beyond. UYONET was started in 2002 to respond to the increasing demand for a collective platform for research, training and policy advocacy for young people by young people. With a membership of 31 district networks constituted by over 147 youth organizations, UYONET has continued to be the apex of youth programming and designing appropriate interventions that respond to the needs of the youth across the region.

Job Summary: The Programme Officer Economic Empowerment will take a lead on overseeing the achievement of the Economic Empowerment objectives and ensuring that all objectives are achieved. S/he will work to ensure and maintain linkages with all programme activities the organisation is implementing. S/he will oversee programme strategy and implementation, monitoring, leading a team of talented young staff.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:
Programme Strategy, Implementation and Coordination (30%)       
  • Working closely with the Head of Programs and Programme Managers
  • Implement economic empowerment activities relating to implementation of economic rights and strategies, engendering the economic development process and entrepreneurship initiatives
  • Provide support and supervisory role to Programme Officer in maintaining relationship with partners in implementation of the projects
  • Conduct field visits as and when needed to monitor the implementation of trainings and other initiatives and provide guidance and technical assistance to partners.
  • Maintain close contacts with civil society and government partners on the implementation of economic empowerment activities
  • Serve as the resource person for the economic empowerment initiatives and provide advisory updates to the pillar management on the interventions in this area
Fundraising, Partnership Development & Management (20%)           
  • Take active role in fundraising activities for the organisation, preparing concept notes and proposal for key programme donors showcasing all our different approaches.
  • Build and maintain effective partnerships with all key stakeholders including relevant Line Ministries at national, provincial and community levels
  • Participate in the relevant progress meetings underpinning the programmes
  • Lead on partnership activities and communication to raise the profile of the programmes and secure leverage and other commitments of support
  • Develop and disseminate communication materials about the programmes in collaboration with the Monitoring and evaluation unit.
Serve as active member of the UYONET Leadership Committee:
  • Take active role in the development and regular review of programme operational plan.
  • Ensure timely documentation and dissemination of key findings from programme to inform learning and presenting to the Management Committee.
  • Play key role in the strategic planning and reviews process in coordination with the other programme team and immediate stakeholders.
  • Provide regular updates on partnerships underpinning the programme
Financial Planning and Management of Donor Budgets (20%)          
  • Ensure efficient grant management of all programmes by taking a lead on developing, managing and regularly reviewing the programme budgets, monitoring spending to ensure they are within the budgets.
  • Ensure all budget holders are conducting budget tracking .developing and reviewing of financial reports relating to programmes as required
  • Support the finance team to manage the donor budgets and organisational financial systems.
Monitoring, learning and reporting (20%):
  • Under the guidance of the Head of Programme and in close coordination with other programme Manager, lead the monitoring of all economic empowerment initiatives and provide oversight on evaluation of those activities as per the donors’ agreement for programme strengthening while taking initiatives to engage in proactive and remedial action for the current and future similar initiatives.
  • Lead on the development of the programme narrative reports of all programmes with inputs with from the programmes team and the Monitoring and Learning Unit for final submission.
  • Work closely with the Monitoring and Learning Unit in M&L processes, including analysis of data collected and dissemination of results to ensure continual programme improvement.
  • Lead on communications with donors and partners in collaboration with head of programs and executive director.
Human Resources Management and Capacity Building (10%.):
  • Ensure effective personnel and performance management of the programme Associates and volunteers under the component.
  • Line and performance manage team, serving as role model at all times
  • Ensure OHR policy and procedure are adhered to by team and others
Other: Other duties as required, sometimes requiring working on weekends and holidays for which time off can be taken.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The applicant must hold a Bachelor’s Degree in a relevant field of study
  • At least five years’ experience in development sector in an African context, including good knowledge of advocacy and policy engagement.
  • Three years’ experience in programme design and management including proven experience of managing large programmes relating to youth development initiatives
  • Experience is livelihood programming, climate smart agriculture, managing agribusinesses is a must.
  • Strong partnership development and networking skills
  • Excellent numeracy skills with experience in budget development and management
  • Excellent understanding of project cycle management
  • Excellent report writing skills particularly donor reporting.
  • Fluent in written and spoken English.
  • Excellent IT, interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills.
  • Previous work experience in Uganda and national languages.
  • Broad knowledge and understanding of contemporary development issues and trends in youth economic development sector
  • Experience of performance managing people
  • Experience of managing multi-site implementation works
  • Experience in handling budgets and finances.
  • Individual must be results oriented, highly self-motivated and have demonstrated analytical skills.
  • Must be able to lead and inspire a team of strong programme officers
  • The successful candidate will thrive in a multi-cultural environment as part of a rapidly growing and developing organisation and be personally committed to UYONET missions and values

How to Apply:
All suitably qualified and interested candidates should send their updated CVs and cover letters via Email to with the job title in the subject line.

Deadline: 29th January 2018

NB: Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. If you do not hear from us by 31st March consider yourself unsuccessful.

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