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Posted by Self Help Africa Private Central
  • Company: Self Help Africa
  • Experience: Undefined
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  • Category: Management - Executive - Director
  • Contract: Undefined
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The Country Director is responsible for the overall management and development of SHA’s programme in Uganda and for ensuring that Self Help Africa’s work contributes effectively and efficiently towards meeting the needs of small holder farmers and the goals of the organisation. The Country Director has the key responsibility to liaise with current and potential new donors to position SHA Uganda as a key player in the nutrition, agriculture and agribusiness sectors and to explore opportunities for expanding our work into humanitarian efforts with rural communities. The Country Director will report directly to the Head of Region for East Africa located in the UK.Roles and ResponsibilitiesProgramme Direction and ManagementThe Country Director will provide a clear strategic vision, ensuring staff, partners and other stakeholders support for the strategy, bringing sound analysis of processes of change and effectively operationalising this strategy. The Country Director will maintain a general oversight of the entire programme; ensure that all issues are dealt with appropriately and that a good working atmosphere across the programme is maintained. You will be expected to be proactive in identifying shortcomings and problems and deal with them decisively, such that you maintain our programme, financial and legal integrity.Specifically, this includes:Keeping up-to-date in terms of relevant socio-economic, food security, livelihood and rural economic developments and trends within the development sectors and how these will impact on programme direction and effectiveness;Providing on-going review and development of overall country strategy, and of individual project objectives;Ensure that adequate mechanisms to assess and monitor the security environment are in place and that security measures mitigate identified risks;Lead the development and implementation of the Country Security Guidelines and Management Plan / Standard Operating Procedures ensuring that the organisation’s management practices reflect these;Ensuring that all projects are monitored and evaluated, are in line with deadlines, are appropriate, necessary, cost effective, targeted, sustainable and in keeping with SHA’s philosophy and strategy.Working closely with the programme support team in Ireland / UK to ensure best practice in all aspects of project cycle management from identification, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation;Ensuring positive working relationship with all partners and stakeholders (government ministries, communities, NGOs, etc.), including preparation of partnership agreements where necessary.Providing technical advice and support, where necessary, to project teamsEnsuring that an appropriate development programme which is balanced, well documented and effective in terms of costs and outputs is delivered.working with our partner organisations to drive forward and develop national and sometimes regional activities for Policy, Research and Advocacy to further the interests of small holder farmers in Uganda.Encouraging the development of appropriate research with a view to improving the quality of field work and influencing policy changes that will improve the quality of life for people in Uganda.Ensure partnership agreements and MOUs are properly prepared, monitored and implemented throughout their timeframe.Business DevelopmentResponsible for ensuring, with the Programme Funding team, the country programme continues to grow through a diversified funding base. This includes:Develop and implement a funding strategy for the Country Programme to secure restricted grants from institutions including annual targetsDevelop relationships and work closely with major institutional donors and contractors with a view to optimising financing for programmesKeep abreast of the trends within the donor environment in the Country and InternationallyEnsure the team support the production of good quality funding proposals and respond to call for proposals in a timely mannerFacilitate donor visits, donor meetings, round table discussions and evaluations as necessary.Human Resource ManagementResponsible for the management and development of all staff in the Kenya programme in line with SHA policy: this includes:Direct line management of senior staffAccountability for the overall health, welfare and safety of personnelRecruitment of all senior staff ensuring a high level of competence in personnel recruited via good induction, contract extension / termination /promotion in conjunction with and liaising with HR management in Ireland/UK, HR policy guidelines and Uganda Labour LawEnsuring that there are procedures in place to support and encourage appropriate personal and professional development of staffEnsuring that there is ongoing review/evaluation of staff performanceEnsuring adherence by all staff to SHA rules, regulations and policies.RepresentationThe Country Director is the official representative of SHA in Uganda. Responsibilities include:Building and maintaining effective relationships with Government Ministries and Local Government Authorities at national, regional and local levels.Building and maintaining effective relationships with a range of partners from research organisations, agricultural colleges, universities, other NGOs and donorsCreating opportunities to promote and disseminate lessons learned within SHA programmes to a wider audience (farmers, local government, research institutions, other NGOs, etc.)Creating opportunities for Media and PR coverage for the work of SHA.Financial and Resource ManagementEnsuring the responsible and efficient management of financial and other resourcesUltimate accountability for all financial matters and compliance with all financial controls as set down by the Chief Financial Officer of SHA, donor regulations and the Government of UgandaWorking with HQ to develop and implement effective information and resource management systemslead responsibility for increasing and overseeing fundraising through the identification of opportunities with various donors, the preparation of appropriate funding proposals and the management of donor relations.OtherYou will be expected to undertake any other reasonable duties as assigned at the discretion of your line managerRequired Skills and CompetencesIn order to succeed in this role, the successful candidate is expected to have:EssentialA strong commitment to the aims, objectives and values of the programme in UgandaHigh level of initiative, motivation, commitment and professionalismA minimum of 5 years management experience in a similar environmentThe ability and resilience to cope with multiple internal and external demands together with proven experience in managing change in complex environmentsAppropriate degree level qualifications, preferably supplemented by relevant post-graduate qualifications.Excellent verbal, analytical, organizational and written skills in English.Strong interpersonal and inter-cultural communication skills. This should include the ability to instil trust and confidence in partner organisations and colleagues from a variety of backgroundsExcellent staff management and personnel skills including a proven ability to develop the capacities of multi-disciplinary professional teams.Experience in programme proposal and report writing with a proven ability to secure fundingExperience in liaising with government officials and a variety of donorsAbility to properly manage complex financial control and management systems.Sound and up to date knowledge of development concepts, methodologies and techniques and the ability to critique them.Commitment to international and humanitarian NGO codes, standards and practices.DesirableExpertise in rural enterprise development – value chains, credit, cooperative/farmer association development, etc.A strong appreciation of how to use media, lobbying and mass mobilisation.A knowledge and experience of working in Uganda.Key relationshipsHead of Region East Africa, Director of Programmes, Executive Director and Programme Support Coordinator at SHA HQStaff of SHA UgandaGovernment Ministries and Local Government AuthoritiesPartner and Community RepresentativesCEO of Self Help AfricaOther senior staff of SHA HQDonors/Supporters, etc.National and International NGOs and other stakeholders in Uganda.Area of ResponsibilityCountry Programme areas in UgandaObligationsIt is expected that you will:Carry out these accountabilities within the operating and process frameworks that apply to the whole organisation.Work together with all your key stakeholders – line and functional – to ensure organisational objectives, mission and vision are met.Exemplify highest Standards of Integrity, Purpose & Values.Be in a position to travel extensively.
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