Program Manager Non-profit Careers – Aga Khan Foundation (AKF)

Job Title:       Program
Manager, West Nile

Organization: Aga
Khan Foundation (AKF)

Duty Station: Uganda

About US:

The Aga Khan
Foundation (AKF), an agency of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), was
established by His Highness the Aga Khan in 1967. AKF is a private,
not-for-profit international development agency that seeks to provide long-term
solutions to society’s problems. AKF brings together human, financial, and
technical resources to address challenges faced by the poorest and most
marginalised communities in the world. AKF has a special focus on investing in
human potential, expanding opportunity, and improving the overall quality of
life, especially for women and girls. AKF’s primary areas of focus are;
Education; Early Childhood Development (ECD); Health and Nutrition; Civil
Society; Agriculture and Food Security; and Economic Inclusion.

Job Summary: The
Program Manager will provide overall leadership of AKF’s growing portfolio in
the West Nile region of Uganda. Immediate responsibilities will focus on the
successful inception, start-up, and on-going management of two new Global
Affairs Canada (GAC) supported education programmes both delivered in
partnership with other organisations including Aga Khan Development Network
sister agencies and World University Service of Canada (WUSC). These programmes
focus on dismantling the barriers to education and learning for all children
with an explicit focus on enhancing the ability of vulnerable primary aged and
adolescent girls living in refugee and host communities to have the abilities
and opportunities to learn and actively participate in and contribute to a pluralistic
society. Moving forward, the Programme Manager will be responsible for ensuring
all projects are delivered in a coordinated manner, on time, on budget, with
quality, and in compliance with internal and external donor compliance.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:

Project Management

·       
Steer
the inception and start-up two multi-year GAC funded education projects,
including the Project Implementation Planning (PIP) processes

·       
Lead the
project management cycle for all AKF projects in West Nile ensuring all workplans,
implementation, and reports comply with donor requirements

·       
Ensure
all project funds are fully accounted for and financial reports and
documentation are accurate and in-line with project delivery.

·       
Support
the Deputy Project Managers, Program Coordinators and teams to write all
evidence based narrative reports and review these to ensure quality and
accuracy. Ensure all narrative and financial reports are submitted through
AKF’s reporting structure on time and with quality

·       
Effectively
manage a cross-organisational team to deliver a coordinated and impactful
projects that meet the project aims and needs of the girls, boys, and
communities the project serves

·       
Line
manage project staff both from within and outside of AKF’s organisational
structure to ensure project accountability

·       
Ensure
all project management processes comply with AKF’s gender and social inclusion
and child and community safeguarding policies, support the development and
ensure implementation of AGENCI’s Gender Equality Strategy and actively
participate in the project’s Gender Equality Task Force

Programme Quality

·       
Ensure
the Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) team have established and
operationalised the project M&E frameworks and tools to ensure high quality
M&E compliant with donor minimum requirements. Ensure all frameworks are
gender responsive and data collection tools are integrated in project
activities, not parallel to them

·       
Ensure
M&E team effectively establish a high-quality cross programme M&E data
management system integrating ICT where appropriate. Ensure all data management
systems adhere to AKF’s safeguarding and data protection policies

·       
Ensure
data management system has feedback loops to enable all project staff to access
and understand project progress and challenges and promote participatory
project planning and reviews

·       
Ensure
M&E team input accurate M&E data into all donor and AKF reports
(quarterly, semi-annual, and annual). This will include the timely data input
into AKF’s internal programme management systems

·       
Collaborate
with AKF East Africa (EA) senior leadership and technical advisors to establish
and manage a gender responsive programme quality system to assess programme
quality and project decisions, interventions, and proposed changes are informed
by data and evidence

·       
Conduct
project site visits to validate project quality

·       
Ensure
the undertaking of a Strategic Environmental Assessment and adherence to
Environmental Sustainability Strategy

Learning and
Communications

·       
In
collaboration with M&E team, lead on ensuring project learning is
effectively communicated internally to the project team, AKF EA senior
leadership, and relevant technical advisors. Ensure this learning is responding
to and promoting gender and social equity in AKFs programming and the broader
education ecosystem

·       
Lead on
communicating project learning to external stakeholders including local and
national government, development partners (including UNHCR), local civil
society, and the communities and schools in which AKF is operating

·       
Ensure
programme learning and evidence is being effectively communicated at the local,
national, and international levels to inform policy, practice, and broader
education discourse, particularly with respect to gender politics

·       
Represent
AKF and AKF’s programmes at local, national, and international fora to share
and effectively communicate progress and learnings based on evidence

Partnerships

·       
Manage
operational partnership with AKDN sister agencies, project partners, and other
implementing partners to ensure the smooth delivery of all projects

·       
Actively
seek out and identify partnership opportunities able to increase AKF’s impact
in West Nile Uganda. Contribute to developing these opportunities into new
programmes

·       
Establish
and develop positive and collaborative partnerships with government and
non-government organisations operating in the education space in West Nile.
This will include representing AKF at local and West Nile regional events

·       
In
collaboration with AKF Country Manager, Uganda, AKF EA senior leadership, and
the Regional Education and ECD Advisor to establish and develop collaborative
partnerships with government, non-government, and development partners at the
national and international level

·       
Represent
projects at project leadership meetings, attended by donors and local government
representatives

·       
At
times, the Programme Manager will be required to fulfill additional functions
related to AKF Uganda’s programming as directed by AKF Country Manager, Uganda.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

·       
The
applicant must hold a graduate degree in social development or other relevant
field post-graduate highly desirable

·       
Proven
experience in managing high impact social programming in challenging contexts.
Minimum of five-years at senior project management level

·       
Proven
experience in managing large projects and high-impact consortium partnerships,
including managing project teams

·       
Proven
experience of managing diverse budgets and financial management capacity.
Previous GAC experience preferable

·       
Proven
experience of operating in refugee and crisis contexts

·       
Excellent
knowledge and understanding of gender and social inclusion issues and proven
experience of delivering programmes that explicitly address these inequalities

·       
Excellent
knowledge and understanding of child and community safe-guarding issues and
proven experience of operationalising relevant policies and procedures

·       
Evidence
of drawing on learning and evidence to inform and improve internal project
delivery

·       
Evidence
of developing strong partnerships with government, development partners, and
no-government partners to increase impact and influence in practice and policy

·       
Strong
inter-personal skills and working collaboratively with internal teams and
project and non-project partners

·       
Strong
communication skills, written and oral, and fluency in English

·       
Strong
leadership skills with diverse competencies in organisation, multi-tasking,
critical thinking, and M&E

·       
Strong
ICT skills and experience operating with Microsoft and emerging new software

N.B. Must be
comfortable being based in Arua with regular travel to project sites in West
Nile and occasional travel to Kampala, across East Africa, and globally.

How to Apply:

All candidates
interested in this unique career opportunity with AKF should submit a two-page
cover letter and maximum three-page CV including the names and contact
information of three professional referee. E-mail these documents to
recruitment@akfea.org with ‘Programme Manager, West Nile’ in the subject line.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Deadline: 17th April 2020 by 12:00 Noon

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