Project Director Employment Opportunity – Private Sector Foundation Uganda (PSFU)

Job Title:   Project Director

Organization:  Private Sector Foundation
Uganda (PSFU)

Duty Station:   Kampala, Uganda

Reports to: Deputy Executive Director

About US:

Private Sector Foundation Uganda (PSFU) is Uganda’s apex
body for the private sector. It is made up of 250 members covering the whole
spectrum of business in the country. Its members are drawn from business
membership organisations, corporate bodies and the major public sector agencies
that support private sector growth. Since its founding in 1995, PSFU has served
as a focal point for private sector advocacy as well as capacity building and
continues to sustain a positive dialogue with Government on behalf of the
Private Sector. PSFU aims to strengthen Private Sector capacity for effective
policy advocacy and market competitiveness; through undertaking research and
representing advocacy positions, provision of priority business development
services, training and capacity building services.

Job Summary:  The Project Director will head the Project
Unit with responsibility for management of the intervention in close
consultation with stakeholders and partners. The Project Director will provide
required technical and administrative support to coordinate and implement
activities. He/she will ensure effective management of the Intervention and any
co-funding resources through close contacts and guidance of the PSFU Deputy
Executive Director and the MCF Country team. The Project Director will report
to and be guided and supported by the Project Committee (PC), which will
provide policy and technical guidance to achieving goals, ensuring cost
effectiveness and reaching scale. The Project Director has the responsibility
to ensure the effective and efficient day to day implementation of the
intervention under the overall guidance and supervision of the Deputy Executive
Director who is responsible for YAW(U) Strategy anchor role at PSFU. The
Project Director will ensure the functioning of the intervention from beginning
to the end including intervention inception activities, annual and quarterly
planning and reporting, and implementation of activities, reviews and sharing.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:  

·      
Be accountable for the overall day-to-day
management and implementation of intervention outputs and activities as
outlined in the proposal,, work plans, and Project Committee decisions as
applicable;

·      
Supervise and coordinate the planning and
implementation of activities, providing proposals and liaising with partners in
developing work plans, procurements, consultancies, recruitment, logistics,
budgeting and disbursements;

·      
Establish and maintain collaboration and working
arrangements with YAW-Uganda partners to ensure timely conduct of activities,
including inter-partner collaboration arrangements;

·      
Liaise with government departments, related
interventions and partner organisations to ensure good coordination and
collaboration, including any co-funding arrangements;

·      
Monitor and supervise the execution of
activities and ensure quality outputs including supervision of project staff;

·      
Identify and timely inform the PSFU, MCF and the
PC of problems and obstacles that need attention or specific assistance and in
those respects make proposals for actions to be taken;

·      
Prepare the terms of reference and identify
consultants/institutions to undertake outsourced assignments in accordance with
the approved annual Work Plan, and submit required documentation to the PSC,
PSFU and MCF for approval;

·      
Monitor and supervise the work of consultants,
including PSFU members/Community Based Organisations/Cooperatives that will
participate in implementation of the Intervention, facilitate meetings and
ensure the timely and responsive delivery of outputs and reports;

·      
In consultation with the PSFU and PC determine
dates, agendas, budgets and participation for national workshops and/or
exchange visits, and upon approval of these plans, undertake the organization
and conduct of the workshops and/ or learning visits;

·      
Work in close collaboration with the Project
Committee members providing them with periodic reports on the progress of
intervention activities and issues arising;

·      
Supervise the Intervention staff and take the
lead in the preparation of annual Work Plans for submission to the PSC, PSFU
and MCF and updates on a quarterly basis with explanations of any changes;

·      
In close collaboration with Lead firms,
partners, and any relevant community-based organisations, organize review
meetings, check in sessions, training activities, etc. in accordance with the
annual work plans;

·      
Proactively create opportunities for and support
youth trained and supported by Young Africa Works in Uganda partners to ensure
market linkages with firms at various levels;

·      
In collaboration with PSFU Director PSD, liaise
with Government and local governments and the PSFU to promote an enabling
business environment and regulatory environment that would facilitate business
growth and creation of sustainable jobs for youths;

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

·      
The applicant must hold a Master’s level degree
or higher in economics, business management/administration, international economics,
project management, or related field;

·      
At least 10 years’ working experience in project
management including in a private sector setting with demonstrated experience
in BDS facilitation to beneficiaries, coordination of partners (multiple
actors) and business environment/policy related engagement and advocacy.

·      
Strong management skills including ability to
provide strategic guidance and technical oversight; build strong teams, mentor
staff, develop work

·      
plans, and manage budgets and expenditures;

·      
An appreciation of the workings of the Uganda
economic/trade policies as well as a good understanding of private sector
operations and concerns;

·      
Deep knowledge of the economic and market
environment in which the private sector is operating, including the wider East
and Central African region;

·      
A good understanding of private sector
development issues and appreciation of the role the private sector can play in
economic development;

·      
An appreciation/understanding of the extent and
effects of youth unemployment; and of the social (especially gender and youth)
dimensions of development;

·      
Good interpersonal skills with experience in
networking with partners at all levels (ministry, donors, private sector, NGOs
and local community based organizations);

·      
Experience working with or in international and
donor organizations with implementation of participatory Interventions;

·      
Demonstrated written, analytical, presentation,
reporting and computing skills and familiarity with modern communication
systems (internet, worldwide web, email etc.);

·      
Ability to work unsupervised and under tight
schedules;

·      
Ability and readiness to work in a multicultural
and multi-disciplinary environment;

·      
Effective communication skills anchored in an
excellent command of spoken and written English.

Desirable:

·      
A passion for youth employment- men and women;

·      
Desire for learning and use of information for
adaptation and action.

·      
Flexible, team player and passionate about
private sector

·      
A commitment to the protection of youth and
children

·      
Deliverables: Project targets on

·      
Improved access to job opportunities by young
women and men

·      
Improve access to professionalised BDS, trained
business leaders and entrepreneurs

·      
Improve LF capacity and efficiency

·      
Improvement in efficiency and production of SMEs
working within the LFS

·      
Improved availability of skilled youth with
market relevant skills

·      
Ecosystem is conducive for new and existing
businesses to grow

How to Apply:

All interested Ugandan candidates should hand-deliver their
application, together with detailed Curriculum Vitae and copies of academic and
professional certificates in a sealed envelope clearly marked “APPLICATION FOR
THE POSITION OF PROJECT DIRECTOR” on the right hand corner of the envelope
addressed to;

The Executive Director

Private Sector Foundation Uganda

Plot 43 Nakasero Road

P.O. Box 7683,

Kampala, Uganda

Deadline: 21st February 2020

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