Program Director NGO Jobs – Foundation for Community Development and Empowerment (FCDE)

Job Title:     Program Director
Organisation: Foundation
for Community Development and Empowerment (FCDE)
Duty Station: Uganda
About US:
Foundation for
Community Development and Empowerment (FCDE) collaborates with established
community-based organizations to increase their institutional capacity. Acting
as a catalyst, FCDE provides direct support to strengthen each partner
organization’s efficacy in the community and ensures that local voices direct
development. Some of our capacity building approaches include: conducting skill
building workshops, providing one-on-one support, placing interns with
organizations, helping conduct institutional self-assessments, grant making,
assisting organizations with identifying funding opportunities and providing a
localized resource center for the community.
Job Summary:  The Program Director (PD) is a senior level
management position responsible for the development and maintenance of the FCDE
site, providing capacity building support to a network of local partner
organizations throughout the respective District. The essential
responsibilities of the position include the fiscal and programmatic management
of the FCDE site and its programs, management of site team, implementation of
relevant strategic plan objectives and initiatives and representing FCDE at key
civic and networking events. The PD position in Kasese works under the
supervision of the Country Director (CD).
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
Program Development
and Maintenance
  • Develop and maintain relationships with potential partner
    organizations and institutions. Ensure that these organizations work in
    one or more of FCDE’s focal sectors and are community-based and locally
  • Maintain a firm understanding of the local partner organizations
    (LPOs) and be able to effectively work with them to increase their
    capacity to carry out their projects, initiatives, and development
  • Create relationships with local government institutions, community
    organizations, beneficiaries and other stakeholders in order to foster
    awareness and understanding of FCDE’s community-driven approach and work
    to motivate networking and collaboration.
  • Provide ongoing trainings, consulting (one-on-one or small group),
    as well as site visits to support the development and ongoing success of
    our partner organizations’ programmatic activities and the ultimately the
    achievement of each partner’s program objectives.
Program and
Personnel Management
  • Provide personnel management for the site including the
    hiring/terminating of staff, developing work plans and annual objectives and
    conducting personnel reviews for staff and appropriate contractors and
  • Work with the CD to facilitate FCDE’s Small Grants Program,
    including the grant projects and the LPO grant program activities.
  • Manage the program site office providing leadership to the team and
    a sense of purpose and unity.
  • Provide staff with leadership and professional development
    opportunities. Act as a mentor and coach to increase staff skill and build
    a positive work environment and culture to the office.
  • Manage and maintain the site budget. Work with CD and FCDE financial
    staff to provide sound accounting practices, a balance budget, and work
    within the means of the organization.
  • Liaise with appropriate local government, community and NGO
    personnel to ensure the smooth and efficient running and support for FCDE
  • Coordinate and communicate with FCDE’s sister site. Ensure that
    cross-site collaboration is a priority and communication is open and
    consistent. Hold weekly meetings with FCDE site PDs.
  • Actively participate in Upper Management (PDs, CD, US staff)
    meetings monthly and Country Management meetings weekly. Come to meetings
    prepared with key updates from the site and innovative ideas for moving
    FCDE forward.
  • Manage Global Health Corps Fellowship process from start to finish
    of the cycle (recruitment to hosting a fellow to evaluating the work).
    Monitor the progress of the GHC Fellows while at the site and act as a
    mentor and learning partner.
Local Partner
Capacity Building & Training
  • Work in close conjunction with site team, conduct and document
    baseline organizational assessments and maintain ongoing tracking of
    partner organizational capacity development.
  • Support the development and the implementation of work plans for
    each partner organization.
  • Lead site team to deliver all capacity development related
    activities for LPOs in diverse areas of organisational development such as
    leadership and management, financial management, human resources, partner
    relations, communications, M&E, grant management amongst others.
  • In accordance with the Tier Approach, build and manage partner
    skills and capacity through targeted, tier-specific, technical workshops
    and trainings.
  • Develop materials and processes for tailored tier-specific LPO
    needs, including mentoring and coaching of partners as well as connecting
    partners with external consultants and resources.
  • Provide networking and resource sharing opportunities to support
    collaboration among the local partners. Research and identify key
    partnerships that might benefit specific LPOs based on tier level.
Program, Monitoring
and Evaluation
  • Work in close conjunction with the CD and US Team, develop a
    strategy for achieving
  • FCDE objectives in the community, including establishing annual
    indicators, Segal Family Foundation milestones and implementation plans
    with monitoring and evaluation reporting to FCDE headquarters.
  • Manage sound M&E data collection practices at the site level in
    line with the current tools and systems in place.
  • Provide regular reports to the CD and FCDE headquarters in a timely
    manner, to evaluate and make recommendations regarding performance of
    program, local partners, staff, and interns.
  • Represent FCDE to Local and Funding Agencies and Partners
  • In support of the CD, work to develop and strengthen relationships
    with local organizations that can provide funding or strategic
    partnerships that help further the work of FCDE.
  • Represent FCDE at local conferences, speaking engagements or other
    appropriate venues to advance the awareness and work of FCDE.
  • Act on FCDE’s behalf in meetings with local supporters and funders.
  • Coordinate with appropriate stakeholders in planning and
    implementing community activities as appropriate and as relevant to FCDE’s
  • Other Duties and Activities (not to exceed 5% of the time)
  • Perform other related duties as assigned by the Country Director
    and/or Director of Operations.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The applicant must hold a Bachelor’s degree in organizational
    development, social studies, community development, economics, public
    administration, or related field.
  • At least five years of experience in NGO development, community or
    organizational development, international development experience or in
    related fields.
  • Preferred qualifications
  • Graduate degree in related field strongly preferred.
  • A minimum of five to ten years of experience in NGO development,
    community or organizational development, international development
    experience or in related fields.
  • Skills and Abilities:
  • Ability to represent FCDE effectively with good communication skills
    to: local officials and community members, different levels of government
    officials, international agency personnel, etc.
  • Ability to develop ongoing relationships with key stakeholders
    including grantors, local community partners, and interns.
  • Demonstrated ability to exercise good judgment under often complex
    and stressful conditions.
  • Proven leadership skills and ability to successfully motivate and
    lead with experience supervising a team.
  • Strong interpersonal and team building skills including effective
    and professional cross-cultural communication and conflict management.
  • Computer literacy in word processing and database management is
  • Significant knowledge and ability to provide leadership in
    organizational operations, project and program management, staff
    supervision, strategic planning, and community development and training.
  • Demonstrated ability to create and lead trainings and workshops.
  • Strong financial planning, tracking, reporting and money management
    skills are essential.
  • Language Proficiency: Advanced spoken and written skills in both English and the
    relevant local language(s).
How to Apply:
All candidates
should send a cover letter and updated CV (with three references) to
Deadline: 6th March 2019
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