Country Director Non-profit Careers – Water Mission

Job Title:        Country

Organisation: Water

Duty Station: Jinja,

Reports to:
Africa Programs Director

About US:

The Water Mission
organization is a Christian engineering nonprofit that designs, builds, and
implements safe Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) solutions for people in
developing countries and disaster areas. Since 2001, Water Mission has used
innovative technology and engineering expertise to provide access to safe water
for nearly four million people in 55 countries. Water Mission has 350 staff
members working around the world in permanent country programs located in
Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Caribbean. Notably, Charity Navigator has
awarded Water Mission its top four-star rating 12 years in a row, a distinction
shared by less than one percent of the charities rated by the organization. 

Job Summary:  The Uganda Country Director is responsible for
carrying out the mission of Water Mission in Uganda – to honor God by
developing, implementing, and sharing best-in-class safe water solutions that
transform as many lives as possible, as quickly as possible. This critical
position is both a calling and a career. This role is responsible for managing
a diverse team of local Ugandans and other international staff working in
various functional groups including human resources, accounting, WASH programs,
operations, project management, safety, quality, ministry, and administration.
By applying sound management and leadership, this role will ensure Water
Mission programs are implemented successfully according to Water Mission
standards. This role will require establishing full-time residence in Jinja,
Uganda for a minimum of three (3) years. Additional short-term travel of travel
to Charleston, SC, USA (Water Mission’s Headquarters) and other regional
country programs will be required in this role. The Water Mission Uganda
program is a recognized leader in solar pumping, water treatment, remote
monitoring, and community development for last mile, rural communities and
refugee settings. The Uganda program has experienced rapid growth over the past
five years. The new country director will be expected to expand on the
established reputation of the program as both an implementor and resource to
other like-minded organizations.

Key Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Exemplify servant leadership while upholding the vision, mission,
    and values (love, excellence, and integrity) of Water Mission in all
    aspects of program leadership
  • Maintain a strong Christian witness to colleagues, vendors, donors,
    beneficiaries, volunteers, and partner organizations
  • Lead a team of over 40 full-time and part-time staff in three
    offices based in Jinja, Yumbe and Arua
  • Communicate clearly and effectively to Uganda staff and Water
    Mission leadership
  • Track and report on country program operational performance against
    the approved ministry tactical plan and budget
  • Uphold Water Mission’s quality standards in the execution of all
    project activities
  • Ensure that Water Mission project management and enterprise
    accounting systems are accurate and up to date with operational and
    project activities
  • Manage employee relations issues (biblical discipline and
    performance improvement) and ensure personnel management practices are
    consistent with Water Mission standards
  • Identify staff knowledge, skill, and ability gaps and plan employee
    training activities as required to improve employee performance
  • Proactively engage with other organizations in the WASH sector to
    advance our mission and vision and evaluate people and organizations for
    potential ministry partnerships
  • Contribute to the development of the Uganda program strategy
  • Oversee preparation of written budget proposals, program proposals,
    and cost estimates
  • Provide regular country program communication updates to Water
    Mission’s Headquarters regarding administrative, financial, and
    programmatic updates/needs
  • Prepare and deliver presentations to Water Mission’s staff, the
    Uganda Program Board of Directors, partners, volunteers, and donors as
  • Develop and retain talented, mission driven employees

Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 

  • The applicant must hold a Bachelor’s and/or master’s degree from an
    accredited university in fields such as Management, Engineering,
    Development or Business, Public Health, or any other related discipline
  • Personal conviction in alignment with Water Mission’s statement of
    faith and lifestyle, demonstrating core values of love, excellence, and
    integrity required
  • Proven experience managing >1,000,000 USD programs
  • At least 6+ months experience living in a developing country;
    African country preferred
  • 10+ years in a leadership or management position with experience
    training, mentoring, and developing new leaders
  • Must be fluent in English; additional fluency in a local Ugandan
    language is welcomed
  • Construction and/or engineering project management experience
  • Proven experience developing, managing, and tracking operational
  • Ability to lead and thrive in an ever changing, highly fluid
    environment with unique obstacles
  • Leadership experience in Christian ministry, evangelism, and
  • Experience in establishing and maintaining multiple partnerships
    with Christian ministries, NGO’s, governments, UN organizations, and other
    development agencies
  • Advanced computer skills (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Office 365,
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills in cross-cultural
  • Demonstrated office management and organizational skills
  • Ability to work through complex issues and employ reasoning skills
    to solve problems
  • Willingness to ask for support when necessary
  • Creative and intuitive problem-solving skills
  • Confident and experienced working with board members, volunteers,
    and all levels of staff
  • Ability and willingness to work flexible hours, including nights and
    weekends, when necessary


  • Results Orientation
  • Concern for Quality
  • Integrity and Truth
  • Building Teamwork
  • Purpose, Principles, and Values

How to Apply:

All candidates
should apply online at the link below.


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