Portfolio Coordinator Inclusive Skilling and Learning Development – Kampala

Portfolio Coordinator Inclusive Skilling and Learning Development – Kampala


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Job Summary:   GOAL is currently seeking to hire an experienced, qualified and business minded Portfolio Coordinator Inclusive Skilling and Learning Development (1) to join our team in Kampala under the Young Africa Works Markets for Youth Programme. This is an exciting opportunity for you to join an extremely dynamic International NGO and to apply your skills in implementing a youth inclusive programme. If you have worked directly with agribusinesses/MSMEs, are familiar with and have experience in market systems development and private sector engagement approaches and have worked with programs promoting youth and other vulnerable groups (women, refugees and persons with disabilities) participation in livelihoods and market systems context within Uganda and internationally, then this role is perfect for you!


Qualifications, Skills and Experience:  To be successful in this role, you will need:

Essential Criteria

  1. A master’s degree holder preferably in, Agriculture, Development Economics, Entrepreneurship or Development studies, at least seven (7) years’ experience in managing and delivering livelihoods development programmes with strength in Agri-based Value chain development of which 5 years at senior technical level.
  2. Experience in partnership development, programme, people and budget management.  Demonstrated success at working with market-based development programs and familiarity with the agribusiness sector is a must.
  3. Strong knowledge and understanding of multi-sectoral development issues centered around youth livelihoods with a particular focus on vocational training and agricultural enterprise development.
  4. Excellent understanding and experience of project cycle management, organizational assessment, planning and M&E tools and processes.
  5. Agile in programme budgeting, planning, monitoring and management.
  6. Excellent attention to detail and ability to complete tasks in a timely manner.

Desirable Criteria

  1. Evidence of leadership skills and people management skills, experience of developing, coaching and managing high performing teams.
  2. Highly analytical and systematic thinker
  3. Initiative and proactivity in problem identification and proposing solutions.
  4. Self-motivated, highly organized, positive attitude, resilient, willing to learn new skills and to be continually adaptive within a dynamic and often self-directed working environment.
  5. Ability to work under pressure to tight deadlines, focus on and prioritise day-to-day tasks at hand while also working towards longer-term objectives with an understanding that the workload will change continuously.
  6. Strong communication and interpersonal skills, ability to work in a team, and a commitment to capacity building.
  7. Willingness to spend more time in the field and work closely with program target groups.


Key Duties and Responsibilities:

Programme Technical Support on Market Facing Skills Development for Youth

  1. Act as Technical Lead on design and implementation strategy to link youth to market relevant and specialized (alternative and formal) skills development opportunities and intelligence, in line with the Programme’s overall market systems development strategy.
  2. Develop tools and resources to support market assessment of current status, critical constraints and opportunities in the skilling services sector, corresponding program design, activities implementation and monitoring and evaluation.
  3. Manage the skilling and learning portfolio from training institutions identification, co-design youth-centered innovative interventions, partnership agreement signing, implementation and documenting evidence based- learning.
  4. Work with the Head Business Partnerships to ensure that the interventions are implemented in line with the programme results frame, and within the required timelines.
  5. Provide technical direction and support the Market Systems Team Leads (MSTL)/Sector Specialist and Market System Officers (MSO), as well as the technical staff of partners to ensure implementation of youth skilling programmes is in compliance with the market systems approach, to ensure programme targets are met.
  6. Take lead in identifying Formal and Alternative Skills providers with the right “skill and will” for systemic change, lead on the partner on-boarding and partnership management processes to deliver objectives.
  7. Work with the Programme teams to identify and support implementation of skilling interventions for targeted youth.
  8. Identify and champion innovative ICT solutions geared towards improving and harnessing efficiency-learning/ICT based skilling service provision that increases gender inclusion and empowers young womens’ ability to participate in relevant and specialized skilling programs and upgrade their skills.
  9. Coordinate with other portfolio coordinators to develop or leverage opportunities for improved small enterprises and business to showcase their positive experiences to other young people at district, regional and national levels.
  10. Initiate and identify the need for consultants for the skills development portfolio activities and surge support.
  11. Identify and operationalize business opportunity linkages between market actors (between various companies and with rural young women and men farmers that will culminate into development of job placement opportunities and business relationships.
  12. Support the field MSTLD/Sector Specialists and MSOs to identify and work with Formal and Alternative Skills providers, including the development of value propositions and game plans with them.
  13. Participate in the development of the programme work plans and budgets, specifically the Agricultural Markets Development component work plans and budgets.

Contribute to Program Quality Control, Learning and adaptive management.

  1. Engage in development and rollout of agency tested tools and initiatives to ensure consistent high-quality implementation, documentation and learning.
  2. Monitor implementation of program strategies and consistently review their effectiveness in achieving inclusion for rural young women and men and other vulnerable groups in the priority districts.
  3. Work closely with GOAL Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning team to ensure that the programme has appropriate M&E plans and staff are adhering to them and reporting on a timely basis.
  4. Work closely with partner staff to ensure technical quality of implementation.
  5. Organise quarterly and bi-annual partner coordination/learning and reflection sessions to leverage program learning and enrich intervention strategies across the programme area.
  6. Improving program intervention /co-design opportunities; Utilize evidence and data from MEAL team to guide reflection, learning and adaptation/ youth engagement strategies to attain efficiency and effectiveness within the agricultural market system.
  7. Ensure regular updates of issues emerging from program implementation issues log.
  8. Review partner narrative and financial reports and flag issues for discussion with partner teams.

Reporting and Coordination

  1. Develop program information flow matrix and ensure that partners can upload and retrieve program data using robust information sharing and storage products.
  2. Report on implementation progress, prepare regular impact stories and case studies.
  3. Contribute to the preparation of all quarterly and annual reports for the skills development for youth component.
  4. Network, coordinate, and cooperate with key agricultural market systems actors at national, regional and district level, including government ministries, and their Departments and Agencies, ensuring buy-in for interventions to maximize impact and affect system level change.

Direct Supervision and Performance Management of Field Teams

  1. Manage all aspects of staff in line with GOAL policy – timesheets, objective setting, performance reviews.
  2. Liaise closely with other Portfolio Coordinators, MSTLs and with MEL staff to ensure work quality oversight and team integration.
  3. Conduct refresher and specialized training as needed with staff and partners and design and roll out the necessary didactic materials.
  4. Build a strong team, leveraging unique strengths of all team members.

Other duties

  1. Represent GOAL Uganda in a range of external fora and building strategic relationships and partnerships.
  2. Respect local laws, customs and adhere to GOAL systems procedures for personnel, communications, finance, logistics, health and safety.
  3. Carry out any other tasks as required, to ensure the overall success of the programme.


General terms and conditions

Code of Conduct and Accountability within GOAL

GOAL is an equal opportunities employer and has values and behaviours framework which defines our code of conduct. Any candidate offered a job with GOAL will be expected to adhere to the following key areas of accountability.

  • Comply with GOAL’s policies and procedures with respect to safeguarding, Code of Conduct, health and safety, data protection and confidentiality, do no harm principles and unacceptable behaviour protocols.
  • Report any concerns about the welfare of a child or vulnerable adult or any wrongdoings within our programming area.
  • Report any concerns about inappropriate behaviour of a GOAL staff or partner.



Children and vulnerable adults a must be safeguarded to the maximum extent from deliberate or inadvertent actions and failings that place them at risk of abuse, sexual exploitation, injury, and any other harm. One of the ways that GOAL shows this on-going commitment to safeguarding is to include rigorous background and reference checks in the selection process for all candidates.



Established in 1977, GOAL is an international humanitarian agency, with a global team of 2,400 personnel, dedicated to alleviating the needs of the most vulnerable communities. Currently operating in 13 of the world’s most vulnerable countries, GOAL delivers a wide range of humanitarian and development programmes, ranging from humanitarian relief in disaster situations, to focusing on nutrition, food security, and building greater resilience and sustainable livelihoods.


General description of the country programme:

First operational in Uganda in 1979, the current GOAL Uganda country programme focuses on Health (including WASH, Health Accountability and Nutrition programming); and a market-based systems approach to improving agricultural livelihoods and WASH. GOAL Uganda mainstreams gender, child protection, social behaviour change and resilience strategies across all programming. GOAL works on a district focused approach and uses a mixture of direct implementation and partnerships with national and international civil society organizations, local government, the private sector and communities to give effect to our mission.


GOAL Uganda has a skilled team of approximately 100 personnel and manages an annual operating budget of approximately €8.7 million (2018). GOAL is currently operational in the North, South, East and West of Uganda with six established offices in Kampala, Lira, Bugiri, Budaka, Kabarole, Moroto, Hoima, Kaabong and Agago Districts. GOAL Uganda country programme is funded by a number of donors who include Mastercard, charity: water, Irish Aid and some small foundations.

Our package includes a competitive salary, health insurance cover for up to 3 dependents, comprehensive 24-hour personal accident cover, terminal benefits equivalent to one month for each completed year of service, a flexi-work arrangement and our working hours provide for a half day on Fridays.  GOAL promotes a learning and development environment with training & study opportunities aligned to our staff development policy.


How to Apply:

All interested applicants who meet the requirements should submit their applications by email with at least 3 reference contacts (current or former Line Manager) from the last three employers and daytime contact number to; recruitment@ug.goal.ie  indicating the title “Portfolio Coordinator Inclusive Skilling and Learning Development (Kampala)” in the subject line. PLEASE DO NOT ATTACH CERTIFICATES.


Deadline: 13th November 2023


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Date Posted 2023-10-31
Valid Through 2023-11-13
Employment Type FULL_TIME
Hiring Organization GOAL Uganda
Job Location Kampala, Kampala, Kampala, 0256, Uganda

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