Programme Manager Non-profit Jobs – WaterAid

Job Title:     Programme Manager
Organization: WaterAid
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda
Reports to: Head of Programmes
About Us:
WaterAid’s Vision is of a world where everyone has access to safe water
and sanitation. Our mission is to transform lives by improving access to safe
water, hygiene and sanitation in the world’s poorest communities, WaterAid
works with partners to maximize its impacts for policy change/influence. 
WaterAid works through supporting local organizations and government
authorities to design low cost sustainable projects using appropriate and
affordable technologies that can be managed by the community itself. 
WaterAid also seeks to influence the policy change through government and other
key international organizations to secure and protect the right of poor people
to safe, affordable water and sanitation services.
Job Summary: The Programme
Manager is a member of the Senior Management Team in WaterAid Uganda (WAU), the
job holder will take a leading role in the strategic development of the country
programme, ensuring an integrated programme approach that adheres to WaterAid
international and WAU standards and policies. Sh/e will lead, coordinate and
report on the design, development and implementation of WAU’s programmes in
accordance strategy objectives. The Programme Manager will be responsible for
providing policy analysis of WASH and development issues to enhance the sector
influencing capacity of WAU through contributing to research into WASH Issues
in a bid to have sustainable improvements in the provision of safe water,
sanitation and hygiene to the poor in Uganda.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
Strategic Management:
  • As part of SMT, take a leading role in
    providing strategic direction for the WAU programme through development
    and implementation of the new country programme strategy.
  • Lead on the development of new and innovative WAU programmes, operating
    at international aid delivery standards to deliver equitable inclusive and
    sustainable WASH services.
  • Lead in the development and roll out of
    organisational and country specific policies &
  • Lead the production of strategic analysis,
    reviews, evaluations and plans for adaptive programme management
    development and expansion.
  • Work with the Country Director to develop and
    maintain a funding strategy to ensure future funding stream
    s are adequate for delivering WAU
    strategic objectives.
  • Ensure that internal and external reporting
    requirements are met in an effective and timely manner in collaboration
    with the relevant units,
  • Take leading role in the effective management
    and monit
    oring of
    partnership and funding contracts ensuring adherence to quality standards
    and relevant donor requirements while assuring community preferences.
  • Ensure and promote good communication and
    knowledge exchange between programme and WAU sites, East Af
    rica region and the global organisation.
    Use knowledge to continuously improve programme quality, design and
Programme Planning and
  • Lead in high quality programme development
    through appropriate Project Concept Notes, Proposals an
    d associated budgets, ensuring adherence
    to WAU programme Cycle Management Procedures, global policies &
  • Provide management and technical support to
    Programme leads to ensure effective implementation of programmes;
    compliance to donor guideli
    and timely delivery on programme objectives
  • Ensure that WAU develops and maintains a
    capacity to respond and mitigate emergencies as deemed appropriate by SMT
  • Ensure that opportunities for working through
    partners are fully explored and due diligen
    ce checks are carried out
  • Support the management and implementation of
    capacity building plans for partners as required and that partners are
    integrated into programme cycle management processes.
  • Ensure that cross cutting issues -equality, gender, climate change, sanitation
    and hygiene – are mainstreamed into all programme activities;
Donor Compliance and Reporting
  • Work in close collaboration with the
    Fundraising and strategy unit, ensure effective compliance with funding
    agreements through tra
    proposal documents, start-of-project workshops and training on donor
  • Effectively manage and lead the programme teams
    to ensure appropriate funding agreement reporting schedules, preparation
    of quality donor narratives and financial reports.
  • Guide teams in preparing WAU’s Annual and
    half-year Programme Reports, consolida
    ting inputs into the country level report.
Financial Management &
  • Review programme budgets and ensure
    appropriateness and alignment with donor regulations and project budgets.
  • Work with Finance and the assigned programme
    budget holders to ensu
    close management of relevant budgets and expenditures in compliance with
    donor guidelines and management account feedback
  • Prepare programme portion of funding proposals’
    budgets in collaboration with Finance and relevant programme staff and
    respond to
    or act upon reviews
    of all donor financial reports for compliance and accountability
  • Ensure procurement plans are in place for each
    project and programme according to programme budgets & budget
  • Support develop effective systems and logistical support to programmes, ensuring
    programme managers understand and comply with WAU finance and procurement
    Procedures & Policies.
Coordination & Networking:
  • Oversee the development and use cutting-edge
    analysis and position papers on
    relevant WASH or inter-sector issues and other programme-related
    knowledge pieces with national, regional or local level impact to ensure
    WASH is prioritised.
  • Ensure WAU is appropriately represented and
    participates actively in relevant coordination stru
    ctures at the field level and provide the
    appropriate support to sector institutions and donors targeted at
    strengthening sector capacity and institutions.
  • Support the articulation and clarity of WAU
    policy positions on key issues of focus and other evol
    ving national challenges and obstacles
    for the right to water and sanitation, using these to effectively
    influence government and sector actors, strengthen voice and participation
    of citizens in WASH and national governance.
  • Contribute to national-level INGO, bilateral and multilateral
    institutions, including the UN, coordination efforts to facilitate
    effective aid delivery in the country.
  • Stand in for the Country Director to represent
    WAU at relevant government, donor or inter agency meetings.
  • Analyse
    government and donor policies and assess impact on sustainable and
    equitable delivery of WASH services.
  • Responsible for the communication of evidence
    to the sector and other relevant stakeholders; gauge sector processes and
    gather intelligence s
    o as
    to ensure the ‘research into use’ is timely and targeted.
  • Facilitate the process of building capacity of
    WAU and its partners to plan and undertake effective policy and
    campaigning programmes.
  • Support the mainstreaming and integrating of
    issues re
    garding Policy and
    Advocacy in WAU programme activities.
  • Keep informed about key political and socio
    economic developments and WASH events and opportunities in Uganda and
    region, to assess policy development by other sector players.
  • Identify,
    prioritize and manage a specific policy agenda as part of WaterAid’s
    influencing work in Uganda.
  • Take an active part in national water sector
    dialogue mechanisms such as annual sector reviews.
  • Support networks and build allies and
    to leverage
    WAU’s visibility in the sector and beyond to include working with parliamentarians,
    CSOs and other partners.
  • Develop and strengthen links with policy and
    advocacy networks nationally and, in collaboration with the Director of
    Policy, Researc
    h and
    Advocacy, regional team spearhead WAU’s policy influencing agenda.
Staff Management, Development
and Organisation Learning:
  • Provide technical support and on-going
    on-the-job training and coaching to staff in management and or technical
    (programme) areas.
  • Ensure proper staff performance management
    processes are undertaken and maintained with people management
    that all processes are properly documented.
  • Ensure that work within the programme team(s)
    is planned and organised in a way which will meet the organisation’s needs
    in the most cost effective manner, ensuring that team members are given
    iate workloads and
    are working efficiently.
  • Build clear processes in each programme to
    ensure organisational learning is prioritised and systematically used in
    Project Cycle Management, external exchange and advocacy.
  • Undertake any other responsibilities, tasks or activities as reasonably
  • The
    above is given as a broad range of duties and is not intended to be a
    complete description of all tasks. It is important to note that the
    responsibilities may change to meet the evolving needs of the way WaterAid

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
  • The WaterAid Programme Manager should hold a Masters level qualification in
    Development Studies, Public Health, WASH, or other related discipline.
  • At least twelve years’ experience working in a developing country in a
    development and/or humanitarian context, with prior experience in senior
    programme management, including experience in planning, developing and
    evaluating programmes
  • Prior WASH related experience would be an
  • Advanced and proven ability in written and
    spoken English
  • Significant experience of programme design and
    successful funding proposal development.
  • Proven management and communication skills
    including the ability to motivate, support and mentor staff
    and to pass on this competency to staff
  • Substantive demonstrable experience in support
    to all phases of the monitoring and evaluation process, including the
    design and implementation of M&E plans, databases and tools, and the
    analysis and use of data and

    results to improve programme quality.
  • Demonstrable experience and competence in
    networking and effective relationship building with peers, donors and
    government. High level of diplomacy and tact
  • Experience in approaches to supporting
    community partici
    pation and
    accountability with programme design and implementation.
  • Experience of capacity building with partner
    organisations and government
  • Specific experience managing WASH programmes
  • Experience with gender, equality, Climate
    change main
  • Skills in Digital Data Gathering, statistics
    and statistical analysis software packages
  • Professional skills in preparation of Research
    reports, Policy design and interpretation. Having a good number of
    publications of articl
    es in
    the recognized journals is preferred.
  • Experience of policy dialogue with government
    and donors.
  • Experience and knowledge on WASH sector/ issues
    is desirable with proven ability to analyse (qualitative and quantitative)
  • Extensive experience of Policy or Communication
Personal Competencies:
  • Cross-cultural awareness and sensitivity
  • Ability to work to deadlines and under pressure
  • Strong proven delegation, time management and
    prioritising skills
  • Flexible, patient and adaptable to a changing environment.
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication and team
    building skills.
  • Effective networking abilities
  • Excellent people management capabilities
  • Good public speaking ability in English
How to Apply:
All suitably qualified and interested candidates should send their
updated CVs and motivation letters to: including
three work related referees. Emails should not exceed 2MB.
NB: In order to apply for this role, you must be
able to demonstrate your eligibility to work in Uganda.
Deadline: 15th April 2018
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