Fresher Programme Development Officer NGO Jobs – Viatores Christi (VC)


Job Title:    Programme Development

Organisation: Viatores Christi (VC)                     

Duty Station:  Kampala, Uganda

Salary: UGX 53 million Gross

Reports to: Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus
Leadership Team


About US:

Viatores Christi (VC) is a Dublin-based development organisation working
within faith-based international development. VC works with over 30 partners
across a range of sectors and countries. VC addresses needs through development
and humanitarian assistance interventions and recruits, trains and places
skilled personnel. VC works with partners to help provide access to health,
education and livelihoods to local project stakeholders. VC partners with the
Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus to provide access to Irish Aid/Misean Cara
funding and to support capacity building.


Job Summary:  VC is
now working with SHS to recruit, train and support a Programme Development
Officer and provide technical assistance in the setting up of an SHS Development
Office as part of the SHS strategic plan.


The SHS require a suitably qualified Programme Development Officer to
work as part of the Country Management Team. His/her role is to help ensure
that SHS develops and maintains effective donor, foundation and trust
partnerships as well as close coordination with both Misean Cara and VC in
Kampala and Dublin ensuring the effective coordination, writing, monitoring and
development of fund-raising proposals relevant to the office’s strategic
objectives. A main focus of the country development officer is to set up a SHS
Central development office in Kampala to streamline improve coordination of
activities in SHS programmes across East Africa.


The VC appointed Programme Development Officer will undertake the start-up
and implementation of a regional development office for the SHS congregation in
Kampala. The role will involve capacity building through workshops, mentorship
and hands-on training of the SHS sisters involved in the implementation of
projects throughout the region. Areas of capacity building will include needs
assessment, research methodologies, proposal writing, reporting and monitoring
and evaluation.


Key Duties and Responsibilities:  The Programme Development Officer reporting
to a senior SHS sister and in line with the SHS contract will be responsible
for the following tasks over a period of 36 months (initial 12 month contract,

monthly communication process with each project location and obtain basic
situational analysis information from each site, which will then feed into the
Strategic Planning process in Year 2.

and mentor SHS central programme counterpart and site project co-ordinators in
project cycle management, technical report writing, grant writing, monitoring
and evaluation.

a policy and procedures document for best practice in programme delivery across
all sectors where SHS operates.

training on the new Child and Vulnerable Adult Safeguarding Policy to each of
the Congregation’s project site co-ordinators (Train the trainer methodology so
the co-ordinators can train project staff).

and establish suitable metrics for local project team to measure key indicators
for the success of the organisation. Include any mandatory metrics required by
local authorities where applicable. Set up a database to record data and a
process to facilitate regular monitoring and summary reporting of data from
each project location.

local consultants to prepare and deliver a professional training workshop on leadership
and good governance to staff, management and management board to help the board
and management reflect, learn, review gaps within the current governance
documents and structures and align with a clear work-plan

local consultants to prepare and deliver a professional training workshop on
financial management and accountability to the local staff of SHS to increase
their knowledge and improve their practice.

local consultants to carry out a participative strategic review and document a
strategic plan for SHS in line with the Government’s line ministries &
congregation vision and mission to set out the key strategic objectives for the
congregation for the next 5 years, with plans to achieve those objectives (in
line with capacity and resources)

with the SHS council at regional level

new opportunities for possible future linkages and collaborations with the
organisation including funding opportunities from private and government
sources to continue developing the networking capacity area.

formal staff meetings of SHS project team every 2 weeks to ensure project is
running as planned, progress on project is regularly assessed. Document Lessons
learned and put mitigation plans in place for any off-track items identified
and notify VC.

and submit comprehensive 6-monthly project reports to VC, as per contract, and
in the templates provided. Include stories of change and photographs where

with VC Kampala and Dublin projects office on key areas around reporting and
ongoing monitoring and evaluation

out any other assignments given by Country Director.

VC Venture online training programme

VC Network/mentoring meetings

to assist in other areas may be required at certain times

at training events, conferences and other functions as necessary

with current policies and procedures

at fundraising or networking events as required


Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

ideal candidate must hold a Degree in Development studies or equivalent

experience in a project/programme management position (i.e. someone who has
managed a donor funded programme)

of establishing monitoring systems

experience of managing financial systems

understanding of managing for results or Results Based Management (RBM) and
Project Cycle Management

of applying for and managing successful funding proposals for major donors an

English communication skills (both written and verbal) and excellent
organisational and interpersonal skills are essential with an ability to work
under pressure and meet deadlines.

and training skills to a high level

willing to be flexible, committed with a sense of humour.

to work with a wide range of people in a respectful and collaborative manner

of development issues, particularly pertaining to Uganda, S. Sudan, Kenya

with an ability to interact with different groups of people


Salary & Benefits: Remuneration: 53 million UGX Gross per year
depending on experience paid locally. Accommodation is provided pro-bono if


How to Apply:

All candidates should send an updated CV and cover letter to


Deadline: 22nd Feb


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