Country Manager NGO Jobs – Saferworld

Job Title: Country Manager

Organisation: Saferworld

Duty Station:  Kampala, Uganda

Reports to:   Country Director, South Sudan


About US:

Saferworld is an independent international organisation working to prevent violent conflict and build safer lives. We work with people affected by conflict to improve their safety and sense of security, and conduct wider research and analysis. We use this evidence and learning to improve local, national and international policies and practices that can help build lasting peace. Our priority is people – we believe in a world where everyone can lead peaceful, fulfilling lives, free from fear and insecurity. We are a not-for-profit organization operational in 12 countries across Africa, Asia and the Middle East.


Job Summary: The Country Manager will be responsible for further developing Saferworld’s Uganda country strategy and programme, overseeing the implementation of current and future activities and developing and managing relationships with local partners and with international and national actors in country.


The post-holder will also be responsible for overall team leadership and management, security, managing and monitoring programme delivery against objectives, managing and monitoring programme expenditure, fundraising and advocacy, and networking with, and reporting to, donors.


The post-holder will ensure all regulatory requirements for operation of the Uganda office are in place; and all Saferworld compliance elements are understood and applied across the board. Finally, the post holder will contribute to organisation-wide processes and discussions to advance Saferworld’s thematic priorities, methodological approaches and organisational development.


Key Duties and Responsibilities:

Lead the implementation, planning, monitoring and reporting of Saferworld’s activities in Uganda.

  • Develop and establish new areas of engagement, ensuring that a strong strategic direction is maintained.
  • Lead the development and periodic review of Saferworld’s Uganda strategy.
  • Manage the overall development and implementation of programme components in fulfilment of Saferworld’s
  • Uganda strategy and in accordance with funded programme obligations, including developing new areas of work as relevant.
  • Lead in ensuring effective planning, monitoring and reporting for Saferworld’s Uganda programme components and activities, including preparation of high-quality and timely donor reports.
  • Remain updated on the context in Uganda and ensure that the programme remains relevant and responsive to the context and that context analyses are shared with the wider organisation.
  • Provide technical expertise to programme staff as relevant and/or assist in ensuring that the correct technical expertise is available to programme staff.
  • Lead on the design and development of continuing and new project initiatives and intervention areas.
  • Promote lesson learning within the team and the greater organisation; ensure the overall monitoring and evaluation of, and learning from, the programme is systematic, and regular programme reviews and outcome harvesting processes are held.
  • Ensure timely donor and internal reporting as well as quality grant management for all projects.
  • Engage with other teams, including policy, programme support and learning, funding, and regional teams as appropriate, to ensure that potential programmatic or operational synergies are maximised.

Build and maintain effective relationships in support of Saferworld’s work in Uganda

  • Maintain good relationships and regular contacts with the government of Uganda; international partners and stakeholders, including Saferworld’s donors; and civil society organisations that Saferworld works with and/or supports based on Saferworld’s partnership principles.
  • Ensure effective management of any formal partnerships between Saferworld and government, civil society and international partners.
  • Monitor official and non-governmental debates on conflict, security, justice, governance, and development issues in Uganda in order to identify the best opportunities for Saferworld to provide input into the policy debate;
  • Represent Saferworld at meetings, seminars, co-ordination fora and other events, acting as spokesperson as appropriate.
  • Lead on implementation of advocacy strategies on Uganda and overall programme.
  • Identify and develop – together with Head of Fundraising/ programme support and learning – fundraising opportunities for the Uganda programme; and play a leading role in developing funding applications.

Ensure the physical welfare, well-being and professional development of country programme staff

  • Provide line management to the Uganda core staff and consultants as needed while ensuring learning and development plans are implemented across the team.
  • Ensure high calibre staff are employed with requisite technical expertise.
  • Monitor and support the performance of staff on the basis of Saferworld’s performance management system. Promote a culture of learning, shared leadership, responsibility and mutual accountability.
  • Maintain a risk analysis and review and update regularly. Ensure risks associated with fraud, bribery, money laundering, and reputation of Saferworld are prevented and managed.
  • Oversee the implementation of Safeguarding policies and measures.
  • Ensure day-to-day compliance with the Uganda programme’s security plan and procedures, ensuring regular staff briefings and training.

Ensure effective management of programme finances

  • As the overall country programme budget holder, oversee all programme budgets and management accounts, in-line with Saferworld’s organisational processes. Ensure all costs (staff, operations, activities, and overheads) are adequately budgeted for and effectively managed.
  • Undertake timely and accurate annual budgeting and forecasting. Ensure timely and accountable financial reporting.
  • Ensure that programme staff and partners comply with internal accounting and financial management procedures.
  • Develop and maintain donor relationships and ensuring donor requirements regarding reporting are met.
  • Ensure that the capacity of budget holders and partners is built into finance and grants management processes and learning and development plans.
  • Provide oversight to ensure the efficient running of the country office.

Fundraising and donor relations

  • Together with the Funding team, regularly review and revise the fundraising strategy for the Uganda country programme.
  • Establish, cultivate and maintain good relations with all donors.
  • Lead and manage the development of funding proposals for the Uganda country programme, ensuring a strong pipeline of ideas are generated and developed into successful proposals.
  • Ensure grants are effectively managed according to Saferworld standards and funding protocols, as well as donor requirements.

Organisation and Management

  • Lead the Senior Management Team to ensure effective communication is in place between the SMT and all staff.
  • Oversee the effective management of office functions, working with the HR/Operations Manager. Oversee the effective management of all finance functions in the country office.
  • Ensure Uganda office security protocols and duty of care standards are maintained.
  • Ensure that Saferworld in Uganda is compliant with local legislation and directives, Saferworld’s policies and procedures, and donor procurement regulations.
  • Represent Saferworld at meetings, seminars, co-ordination fora and other events, while acting as spokesperson as appropriate.


  • Any other duty may be assigned to the post holder as required by the Line Manager

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

  • Excellent understanding of peacebuilding and conflict prevention issues in Uganda, including conflict dynamics and actors, key political, social and economic issues, and peacebuilding/conflict prevention measures, including the role of various regional and international actors.
  • Desirable: Master’s degree in conflict or security studies, peacebuilding, gender studies or similar disciplines.
  • Substantial senior management level experience, managing multi-thematic programmes in development and/or peacebuilding/conflict prevention organizations, and in a conflict-affected and logistically challenging environment.
  • Proven ability to manage and motivate staff at all levels. Experience of remote line management is essential. Proven ability to undertake and lead strategic planning, programme development, and evaluation.
  • Experience of managing and implementing community programming.
  • Experience of working in partnership with NGOs and other civil society organizations and networks. Experience of donor liaison and fundraising (including reporting to donors).
  • Experience of managing safety and security needs in a challenging and unstable security environment.
  • Experience of financial management of major international donor governments and agencies, including overseeing financial procedures, budget management, and donor reporting.
  • Excellent analytical skills and proficiency in written and spoken English.
  • Ability to provide thought leadership and constantly driving for solutions.
  • Good organisational skills and the ability to work under pressure.
  • High level communication skills, including experience of communicating effectively across cultures and with diverse audiences, both verbally and in writing.
  • Demonstrable ability to think creatively and practically in support of initiatives to achieve positive change Strong planning skills.
  • Ability to work in a non-partisan and impartial manner, particularly in high-stress and highly politicised environments, appreciating gender, cultural and ethnic diversity.
  • Compliance with and commitment to Saferworld’s safeguarding principles.
  • Ability to break down barriers (structural, functional, cultural, other) between team and facilitating the sharing of expertise and resources.


How to Apply:

All candidates should download and complete an application form, Download Here and send to Human Resources at  (Ref: UG-CM)


Deadline: 12 May 2022


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