Jobs – Associate Area Coordinator at Evidence Action

Job Title:Associate Area Coordinator
IPA is an international non-profit research organization. Based in New Haven, Connecticut, USA, with offices in Washington, D.C., USA and worldwide, IPA works with development partners and academic researchers to create and evaluate approaches to solving development problems, to communicate “what works” in development and to scale up successful projects in a variety of fields, including health, education, microfinance, governance and agriculture.
About Evidence Action:
Evidence Action is a new organization working in partnership with IPA to scale proven interventions. IPA has played in important role incubating technical assistance and service delivery programs, such as the Dispensers for Safe Water Program and the Deworm the World Initiative, which are currently housed within IPA. The management and further growth of these “scale up” initiatives is transitioning to Evidence Action. IPA will continue to provide support for these programs during their transition period.
About the Dispensers for Safe Water Program:
Each year, over 1.8 million children under the age of five die from diarrhea, a leading cause of which is unsafe drinking water. Dispensers for Safe Water (DSW) is an entrepreneurial team tasked with scaling the Chlorine Dispenser System (CDS) – a proven innovation that dramatically expands access to water treatment at an extremely low cost. DSW is growing rapidly: we currently serve over 650,000 people in Uganda. Our goal is to reach 5 million people in the end of 2015 in multiple countries, which will prevent 2.3 million cases of child diarrhea and avert over 2,200 child deaths each year.
Job Summary: The Associate Area Coordinator position is a key leadership role for Dispensers for Safe Water Program, assisting in the management of field activities in Eastern Uganda. As a middle level management position, the Associate Area Coordinator will lead and manage program operations for the dispenser program in a designated area/region.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:  
  • Support the Area Coordinator in building and managing the Dispensers for Safe Water program in Eastern Uganda;
  • Oversee a team of Field Officers to ensure thousands of dispenser installations across Eastern Uganda annually;
  • Take lead of a team of Field Officers in delivering high quality community sensitization and education meetings, community leader meetings and local government meetings;
  • Technically support field team to develop efficient and cost-effective weekly work plans for the dispenser implementation roll out;
  • Steer teams to implement dispenser activities through teamwork, training, coaching and mentorship;
  • Responsible for the coordination of various team activities and promote team ownership;
  • Effective supervision of the field teams to ensure high quality deliverables for activities;
  • Recruit high caliber field staff, with consultation of the Area Coordinator, through a competitive, fair and transparent process;
  • Oversee the dispenser program in his/her designated area following the laid down financial procedures and in a cost effective manner;
  • Conduct staff performance reviews with the consultation of the Area Coordinator and Program Manager;
  • Perform any other duties and responsibilities as assigned by the Area Coordinator and Program Manager.
Qualifications, Skills and Experience:  
  • The applicant should hold a degree in Management, community work, project management or equivalent from a recognized institution;
  • A minimum of two years’ significant operations and management experience with a non-governmental organization as well as demonstrated experience working in the field;
  • Excellent written and spoken English required; Eastern languages desirable
  • High level of financial integrity and stewardship;
  • Demonstrated experience developing work plans and budgets to execute field activities;
  • Excellent organization and coordination skills;
  • Good people management and leadership skills and demonstrated experience in leading large field teams;
  • Embraces team work and aspires and supports the ideals of working in a team work environment as a team champion;
  • Passion to work in a rural community setting in Eastern Uganda;
  • Past experience with social work and social administration;
  • Flexible mindset and willingness to take challenging assignments not within the scope of this position;
  • High personal self-drive and highly motivated to deliver results within tight deadlines;
  • Possess the ability to communicate effectively within the organization and externally with the rural communities and local leaders;
  • Excellent computer skills/data management skills and comfort to advance the skills in a dynamic IT field;
  • Proactive and ambitious to support innovation and change in a dynamic working environment;
  • Carry a positive attitude to work and to develop in a fast paced work environment.
How to apply for the job:  
The complete applications can be submitted via email to with the subject line “Associate Area Coordinator” Please attach the following documents: Cover letter explaining interest in the position and fit for the role CV/Resume, Salary Expectations. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted by email for an interview. More information on the Dispenser for Safe Water Program can be found at: and at
Deadline: Friday, 4th July, 2014 – 5:00pm EAT
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