Director of Programs NGO Careers – Lifewater International (LI)

Job Title:      Director of Programs

Organization: Lifewater International (LI)

Duty Station:  Kampala, Uganda

Reports to: Country

About US:

Lifewater International (LI) is a Christian water
development organization dedicated to effectively serving vulnerable children
and families by partnering with underserved communities to overcome water
poverty. Motivated by our faith in Jesus Christ, we serve the least and last as
a demonstration of God’s unconditional love for all people. Lifewater
International serves all people, regardless of religion, race, ethnicity, or

Job Summary:  The Director of Programs (DP) leads all
aspects of the implementation and expansion of the Vision of a Healthy Village
(VHV) program in alignment with the country strategy. Providing leadership,
strategic direction, management and evaluation of the Lifewater programs in
Uganda, the Director of Programs also plays a key role in program coordination,
team leadership, external representation, and legal compliance.

The purpose of this position is to ensure the highest
quality of WASH programming in the existing operational areas (Kaliro, Mayuge,
and Kakumiro districts). The goal is to ensure every programm is delivered
successfully and adds greatest value to the organisation. The DP will do this
by providing leadership to each of the program managers, critical analysis of
program data/results, oversight of new program development, preparation of
reports for external stakeholders, and by performing regular visits to the
field for planning, monitoring, evaluating, and coaching of staff and quality
assurance. Lifewater International Uganda seeks to recruit qualified persons to
fill the vacant position of Director of Programs.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:  

Proactive Program Management and Leadership (60%)

Initiate programs in collaboration with the
Country Director (CD), Area Programme Managers (APMs) and headquarters (HQ)
planning and design team in line with the strategic objectives of the

Responsible for the overall management of
Lifewater International program activities to ensure effective and efficient
use of financial, human, and material resources within policies, procedures,
and work plans

Oversee program implementation and ensure
effective and efficient use of financial, human and material resources within
the required timeframes. Where necessary, ensure preventative and corrective
action is taken

Provide technical inputs and assistance to
programs staff with particular attention toward financial management and
reporting systems

Represent the organization and liaise with local
and national authorities and donors to facilitate successful coordination of
activities and ensure transparency in the community

Make sure that operation and maintenance, as
well as environment and sustainability issues are considered and factored into
program design; ensuring that it is evidence based and well linked to other
sector activities

Supervise all program managers, provide feedback
and resolve complex problems

Discover ways to enhance efficiency and
productivity of procedures and people

Review reports prepared by managers to determine
progress and issues

Ensure program operations and activities adhere
to legal guidelines and internal policies and standards

Keep senior management informed with detailed
and accurate reports

Ensure appropriate security procedures, and
monitoring, analysis, and reporting systems are functioning and transparent at
all field sites

Serve as a member of the Country Management Team
(CMT) and support in organizing CMT meetings and implementation of the action

Program Quality / Capacity Building (20%)

Using program data and discussions with field
teams, identify areas for improvement in VHV activities and strategy, and work
with HQ to make needed adjustments to improve effectiveness

Determine training and capacity needs for field
staff and develop relevant action plans

Provide ongoing training and capacity building
of program managers and other field staff to increase their responsibilities in
order to build capacity and ensure sustainability of programs

Make necessary arrangements for trainings to be
conducted by HQ in Uganda.

Ensure that appropriate care, training and
support are being provided to all staff in the organization

Provide guidance for policies, practices,
standards and guidelines to all field staff

Plan for and implement reflective practice and
learning events by program staffs and country office for ongoing improvements
in program delivery

Compliance (10%)

Monitor, evaluate, and report on all program
activities to CD

Collaborate with CD and program managers to
maintain security of staff

In conjunction with CD and APMs, support teams
in project design, budgeting, developing concept notes, ensuring that projects
meet government and donor planning, programming, monitoring, reporting and
financial requirements, including program quality standards

Assist CD in implementing the Lifewater
strategic plan

Conduct weekly meetings with CD to ensure that
week’s planning and priorities are optimal

Representation (10%)

Stand in for CD in his/her absence as needed

Attend and represent the organization at
coordination meetings which are relevant to country operations activities,
including government and sector meetings

Interface with national government and relevant
agencies to ensure mutual understanding of operations

Contribute to the creation of a positive image
and overall credibility of the organization, notably through the application of
the organization’s Code of Conduct, ethics, values and stand-point with regard
to internal and external actors

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

The applicant must hold an advanced degree in
Community Development, Social Work and Social Administration, Development
Studies, Public Health or related field preferred and with hands-on experience
in managing rural WASH programs

8-10 years of progressively responsible program
management experience, in a WASH National/International NGO setting, including
Senior or Country-level positions

Significant experience in managing WASH
programs, or related programs in rural Uganda

Hands-on experience in managing remote teams in
different locations

Broad knowledge of program management principles
and techniques

Demonstrated ability to lead and build effective
program teams

Strong writing, data analysis, presentation and
reporting skills

Demonstrated ability to nurture relationships
and represent the organization in National and Regional-level forums

Excellent organizational and leadership skills

Excellent Knowledge of performance evaluation
techniques and key methods

Strategic and analytical mindset

Ability to develop, manage plans and budgets

Strong writing, presentation and reporting

Knowledge of operational safety and security
practices and standard operating procedures

Ability to proactively improve organisational
processes and procedures

Fundraising and grant management knowledge and

Proficiency with MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint,

Ability to read, write, analyze and interpret,
technical and non-technical in the English language

Ability to effectively present information and
respond appropriately to questions from senior managers in the field and HQ,
counterparts, senior government and other related regional players

Personal Attributes

Committed Christian, active in a local church

Commitment to the mission, vision, and core
values of Lifewater

Strong desire to work in and serve rural

Strong negotiation, interpersonal and
problem-solving abilities

Flexible and adaptable to changing environments

Honest and dependable in all areas including

Ability to pay attention to detail

Collaborative and with excellent communication

Ability to exercise self-control

Analytical thinking

Ability to work under pressure

Servant leader

How to Apply:

All candidates should apply online at the link below.

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