Initiative Manager Job Placements – CARE International

Job Title: Initiative Manager

CARE International

Duty Station:

Grade: E

Reports to: WENG
Program Manager

About US:

CARE is a global
leader within a worldwide movement dedicated to ending poverty. We are known
everywhere for our unshakeable commitment to the dignity of people. CARE works around
the globe to save lives, defeat poverty and achieve social justice. We seek a
world of hope, tolerance and social justice, where poverty has been overcome
and all people live with dignity and security. We put women and girls in the
centre because we know that we cannot overcome poverty until all people have
equal rights and opportunities. CARE has been working in Uganda for 50 years
and in 2019/2020, we improved the lives of 2.6 million people (60% women). Our
goal for the next five years is to reach ten million people, through our gender
transformative, resilience building, and lifesaving programs

About The Evergreening Project:

CARE International
in Uganda with funding from G9 Ark Foundation is implementing a 5-year 
project in Northern
Uganda. The project will be implemented in partnership with CRS, World Vision and other
implementing agencies. The project aims to reverse global warming by restoring 302,656
hectares of ecosystems that have been destroyed by mankind since the beginning of the
industrial revolution in Agago, Gulu, Kitgum, Omoro & Pader districts (in
Acholi Sub region) and Kole, Otuke & Oyam districts (in Lango Sub region).

Job Summary:  The Initiative Manager will be responsible for
managing all aspects of Evergreening Project funded by ARK 2030 Foundation,
including human resources, planning and timely and quality implementation of
the project in line with approved proposal, work plans, CARE’s and GEA rules and
regulations. S/he is responsible for the management of the project assets and
financial in line with approved budget and donor requirements. The holder of this
position will be directly  responsible
for the project monitoring, evaluation and reporting with support from the WENG
M&E Specialist.

Key Duties and Responsibilities: 

 Project Planning
and Implementation (30% of time)

·       Lead the setting
up, planning and management of the Evergreening project.

·       Provide
technical oversight in all capacity development interventions, needs assessment
and evaluations.

·       Manage the staff
performance and
build the team
for delivering the project desired objectives.

·       Ensure Detailed
Implementation Plan is followed and closely monitored to ensure timely
implementation of activities and within
available resources

·       Promote
effective implementation of projec
t’s visibility and communications plan.

·       Facilitate
smooth coordination between the consortium members and other agencies
such NEMA, NFA and other INGOs, active in the
delivery of all relevant interventions to avoid duplication, leverage
comparative strengths, and contribute to joint advocacy.

·       Take lead in
monitoring and reviewing the project’s budget & monthly expenditure
reports to ensure compliance to CARE’s and
the donors’ rules and regulations.

·       Work closely with finance to prepare accurate and
timely donor financial reports and ensuring allocation of expenses to the right
budget lines, preparing quarterly projection of needed funds, pipeline
projections, etc.

·       Lead in
preparation of procurement plans fo
r all goods and services related to these initiatives, according to
approved budgets and activity plans and in line with both CARE and the donors’
procurement rules and policies

Program Quality (20%)

·       Participate in
grants acquisition under Evergreenin
g project through proposals and concepts and development

·       Ensure that the
project is aligned to CARE’s Gender, Resilience and Governance Markers

·       Promote gender
equity and diversity in all project aspects

·       Models CARE’s
core values, commitment to Gender

Equity and Diversity, and Safeguarding policies.

·       Build on CARE
Uganda’s strengths in the financial inclusion sector, in Women’s Economic
Empowerment and on relationships with
existing partners (banks, private sector, etc)

·       Develop a
gender, youth and a
natural resources management strategies Evergreening project, within three

·       Ensure
coordination with other Natural Resources and Livelihood actors in Local and
National levels through participation
technical working groups and other avenues

Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning
(MEAL) (20%)

·        Work with the M&E specialist to create and
maintain project database to allow keeping
track of project participants/reach

·       Compile and
share donor’s narrative and financial reports in
a timely manner

·       Ensure that
project indicators are sex disaggregated and gender sensitive

·       Ensure CARE and
partner staff are trained on the developed monitoring and evaluation

·       Ensure the
routine collection, assembly and reporting of related climate change
indicators and environmental/agricultural information
concerning services provided and their subsequent impacts

·       Contribute to
refinement and application of restoration metr
ics, working closely with program and monitoring/evaluation teams

·       Coordinate and
supervise the baseline and periodic monitoring survey work in the
priority landscape

·       Facilitate and
document regular project reviews with key partners and ensure these
reviews inform project implementation and are
used to improve project quality

·       Ensure learning
products, briefs, human interest stories and papers that can be used for
advocacy or information purposes are
developed and disseminated

·       Facilitate a
ry approach in
project management, planning, and implementation among consortium members and
partners, in the location of operation with a focus on cross-learning and
harmonization of common activities

·       Collaborate with
the M&E Specialist to ensure that p
roject data are reported annually in Project/Program Impact Information
Reporting (PIIR) System and Marker

 Partner’s Management & Nurturing (20%)

·       Collaborate with
Grants and Contracts to conduct due diligence and organizational
capacity assessments in line with CARE and
GEA’s policies before signing MOUs

·       Ensure selected
sub grantees have clear MOUs, Scopes of Work and detailed budgets as
per policy and are very clear about their

·       Initiate
discussions with sub grantees on revisions of SOWs, work
plans and budget as needed;

·       Lead on-going
capacity building at organizational and technical level, including attention
to Gender Equity and Diversity based on
findings of due diligence and capacity assessments

·       Ensure sub
grantees’ agreements are in li
with CARE International’s sub agreement policy

·       Manage
relationships with these sub grantees to ensure deliverables are met timely and
with quality and also partners
have in-depth knowledge of the projects’ objectives and strategies

·       Ensure sub
grantees’ financial and narrative reports are submitted timely and analyzed
and that feedback is shared with partners

·       Take leadership
in ongoing review of sub grantees’ performance and provision of
support as needed

·       Ensure that sub
s are involved in all
critical project events like planning & review meetings, steering committee
meetings, baseline and evaluation studies

Support Country Office 5%

·       Attend the CO
organized events (PQL meetings, All Managers meetings and learning

·       Represent CARE
on steering committees, working committees and task forces where

·       Externally, the
Manager will maintain regular contact and dialogue with strategic
partner organizations, key Government
Ministries. Regular contact, information sharing and collaboration will also be
nurtured with other key stakeholders working within the sector; both at
national, regional and international level.

Any other Duties as assigned (5%)

·       Advocacy and

·       Resource

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

·       The ideal applicant must hold a Master’s
degree in Agriculture, Natural Resources, Land Economics or related field
is  required is a must

·        At
least 7+ years’ experience in ecological resource restoration, Climate Smart

·       Agriculture, Forest Management, Natural
Resources Management and Livelihood projects or programs

·       Must have at least 5 years of proven
practical project management experience including strong skills and experience
in M&E, report writing, participatory planning, financial management,
people’s management.

·       Practical experience in financial inclusion
(VSLAs and bank linkages), market engagement and value chain approaches, on and
off farm livelihood preferred

·       Excellent verbal and written communication
skills in English.

·       Commitment to CARE’s mission and values.

·       Fluency in written and spoken English
(additional language abilities welcome).

·       Computer literacy (email, Microsoft Word,
Excel & PowerPoint)

·       Strong managerial, networking, relationship
building and partnership nurturing skills

·       Familiar with working in various partnership
frameworks at local Government and National levels.

·       Significant experience of creating
partnerships and relationship-building in consortia.

·       Proven track record of leading a high
performing team.

How to Apply:

Interested and
suitable candidates should submit their applications and CVs including the names,
daytime telephone contacts and email addresses of three work related referees

Please indicate job
title in your email subject line.

Please Note that
CARE does not ask any applicant payment for any recruitment process.

Deadline: 31st May 2020

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