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Executive Director Employment Opportunity - AfriChild Centre

Job Title:     Executive Director
Organization: AfriChild Centre (AfriChild)
Duty Station:  Kampala, Uganda
Reports to: The Board Chair

About US:
The AfriChild Centre (AfriChild) is a multidisciplinary research Centre that works to improve child-focused policy and practice through scientific research, analysis and knowledge development in collaboration with the public and private sectors, academia and civil society.

Job Summary:  The Executive Director provides vision, leadership, management and effective high-level national and international representation for AfriChild.  The Executive Director is responsible for overseeing the implementation of the AfriChild Strategic Plan, will work closely with the AfriChild Board and manage a highly effective team.

Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
Organisational Representation
  • Implement and further develop AfriChild’s vision, mission, goals, Values and principles in line with agreed AfriChild strategies and organisational priorities
  • Represent AfriChild in a variety of forums and maintain external relationships within a diverse range of stakeholders in the sector including government, key national and international NGOs, donors, academic, social movements, CBO’s, media and other relevant institutions globally
  • Actively contribute to AfriChild’s development as a member of an international network of research institutions on issues pertaining to children.
  • Provide inputs to AfriChild’s national and international initiatives as and when required, including participation on task forces, training courses and conferences.
Institutional Governance
  • Work with the AfriChild Board in ensuring the organisation is aligned with good practices of governance and AfriChild governance policies/ frameworks.
  • Develop and manage professional/sound relationships with Board Chair/Board members.
  • Collaborate with the AfriChild Board to identify and manage risk and inform the Board of any development that may have organizational policy implications.
  • Provide Secretarial services to the AfriChild Board.
  • Supervise the implementation of the decisions and/ resolutions of the AfriChild Board.
  • Prepare and present activity, performance and financial reports including budgets and work plans to the AfriChild Board.
  • Keep custody of AfriChild’s governance documents, files and other organs of the Centre.
  • Develop a funding strategy and plan to mobilise and diversify AfriChild’s resource base to support the implementation of the AfriChild Strategic Plan.
  • Build capacity of staff to mobilize and access research grants.
  • Establish and develop working relationships with key donors worldwide.
  • Actively develop local and international funding sources appropriate to AfriChild’s resource needs.
  • Ensure a regular flow of information is available to AfriChild’s funding function and to donors and official funders as required by the various funding mechanisms.
  • Position AfriChild as a lead agency in management of donor funds relating to Children–focused research initiatives in line with the AfriChild strategic plan.
Communications and Campaign
  • Lead the development of a communication strategy that will deepen the impact of AfriChild’s work, identify key priorities, channels, audiences and messages to establish an appropriate public image for the Centre in line with AfriChild values and culture
  • Develop and manage a sound relationship with all sections of the media and ensure that any published material accurately reflects the views of AfriChild.
  • Encourage the development of appropriate research to improve the quality of work and to influence change in policy to foster the Centre’s goals and objectives.
  • Conduct promotions to create connections between practitioners and various policy makers and stakeholders to increase the public awareness of, and support for issues pertaining to children.
HR Management
  • Maintain effective and appropriate staff recruitment, induction, appraisal, and remuneration and development policies and practices at all levels to ensure the optimum utilisation and development of AfriChild’s human resources.
  • Appoint, develop and manage all senior staff. Ensure a high calibre of staff is recruited while promoting a gender balance in the organisation, and that optimum investments are made in their development.
  • Develop a qualified and valued AfriChild team, based on equality and diversity, and provide this team with an empowering and enabling environment conducive to quality programming by fostering innovation, ongoing learning and team work.
  • Actively promote staff exchange, secondment and development schemes, where these contribute to the meeting of AfriChild’s programme objectives and priorities.
Strategy Development and Implementation
  • Lead and account for the delivery of AfriChild’s strategic plan and oversee the implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the strategy.
  • Articulate a research agenda for the Centre and follow through its implementation.
  • Lead and direct the work of AfriChild in accordance with sound management practices and AfriChild’s organizational policies and accountability systems.
  • Ensure all programme activities are sensitive to and responsive to changes in the legal, political, social, and economic environments.
  • Develop and maintain appropriate contingency plans for all kinds of emergencies that may affect AfriChild’s work or its researchers’ work.
  • Develop AfriChild's capacity to document, disseminate and learn from Children’s Rights -related work and ensure all reporting meets the highest standard.
Operations & Finance
  • Ensure mutual accountability between AfriChild and related stakeholders with the establishment of all organisational processes, systems and policy to ensure the effectiveness of the Centre.
  • Ensure the financial integrity and accountability of AfriChild in accordance with the Centre’s Financial Management framework
  • Authorization payments/sign Cheques and Web banking
  • Manage the financial resources allocated to or raised by the Centre in compliance with approved policies/ frameworks as well as national law and donors’ regulations.
  • Lead the preparation of the Centre’s budget and financial plan to ensure that that the control of expenditure and the disbursement of resources in accordance with the established procedures.
  • Provide progress and financial reports as required by the government, the Board, AfriChild’s accountability procedures and as required by other donor organisations.
  • Maintain an efficient internal control framework to ensure that AfriChild has a well-balanced, well documented and cost effective programme.
Partnership management, coordination and development
  • Identify, develop and manage co-operative relationships established with various institutions and partners in and outside the country and ensure that these joint initiatives conform to programme objectives and strengthen the profile of AfriChild.
  • Lead the development and implementation of AfriChild - specific guidelines for the management of partnerships in line with the AfriChild Strategic Plan and other relevant organizational policies.
  • Build relations for growth between international academic institutions and the Centre and link the Centre to global networks for learning and sharing.
  • Act as a focal person to identify and manage all risks/ crisis related to AfriChild’s operations

Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The applicant must hold a Bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences, Law, Business, Finance, Development Studies or Management from a recognized institution.
  • Five years in a senior management position of development work with an interface with INGOs as well as child-focused program.
  • Demonstrated senior management expertise.
  • Proven experience on successful fundraising programmes with emphasis on regular giving and corporate fundraising.
  • Proven experience in managing complex financial control and management systems with the budget size of 1 million USD
  • Demonstrated expertise in strategic and long term planning and the ability to ensure that operational plans and activities meet targets and appropriately reflect longer term perspectives. 
  • Proven experience of working and negotiating with donors at all levels.

How to Apply:
All suitably qualified candidates should send their applications by clicking on this link. Please upload the following in your application; an updated CV / resume (PDF or Word Format) which should include your contact information and three work related references and a one page statement describing your suitability for the role should be included.

Deadline: 16th September 2019

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