Program Officer Job – ELMA Philanthropies Services

Job Title: Program Officer

Organisation: ELMA Philanthropies Services

Duty Station:  Kampala, Uganda


About US:

With offices in New York City, Cape Town, Johannesburg, and Kampala, The ELMA  Philanthropies Services develops program strategies, identifies and explores grant and other investing opportunities, monitors investment performance, and establishes philanthropic relationships for The ELMA Group of Foundations. This Group includes The ELMA Foundation, The ELMA Relief Foundation, The ELMA Vaccines and Immunization Foundation, The ELMA Music Foundation, The ELMA Growth Foundation, and The ELMA South Africa Foundation. The ELMA Philanthropies is largely focused providing these services to the largest foundation within the group,


Job Summary: The ELMA Philanthropies Services (East Africa) Ltd. (“ELMA Philanthropies”) in Kampala, Uganda, seeks a Program Officer to develop and manage grant investments, and provide strategic leadership for the dynamic and growing community-led initiatives portfolio in Africa. The Program Officer will report to Director, Programs, and will work closely with ELMA’s program, finance, and legal, teams across offices in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Kampala, and New York. The ability to be an active, collaborative, and collegial team member of a dynamic global team and to demonstrate flexibility to provide support across the ELMA portfolios is essential to success in this role.


Key Duties and Responsibilities:

Working closely with the Director, Programs, the Program Officer will be expected to:

  • Identify programs and organizations in East Africa that fit within ELMA’s community-led initiatives focus areas and broader approach to philanthropy
  • Conduct thorough grantee due diligence, including critical analysis of applications, budgets, organizational strengths and weaknesses, and external risk factors
  • Develop, write, and present concise, high quality investment recommendations
  • Critically monitor programmatic effectiveness and grantee’s financial management of grant funds through review of periodic reports and grantee site visits
  • Diligently manage all relevant aspects of grants administration
  • Analyze grantee reports and prepare documentation to facilitate timely grant payments and other grant actions
  • Support the success of grantees in the portfolio, including connecting them to appropriate resources
  • Assess performance of the portfolio, and design solutions to improve performance and impact
  • Manage and grow strategic relationships with grantees, co-funders, government, and other key stakeholders
  • Contribute to organizational learning and strategy development
  • Other duties, as assigned

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree is required
  • Master’s degree in a relevant field is strongly preferred but not required
  • Educational background and/or professional interest in at least one or more areas of the foundations’ focus areas
  • At least five years’ experience in managing programs, grant making, or equivalent private sector experience
  • Demonstrated facility with analyzing budgets, financial statements and conducting thorough financial due diligence of potential grantees
  • Excellent analytical skills and ability to strategize, plan, prioritize and identify/assess opportunities, risks, challenges in programming
  • Ability to source analyze, synthesize and effectively present information and data for a variety of audiences
  • A strong understanding of how to apply racial and gender analyses to programming so that ELMA’s philanthropy is directed to diverse,gender-equitable, BIPOC and African-led organizations
  • A strong and critical understanding of international development
  • Passion for social justice and improving the lives of children in Africa
  • Ability to work in a dynamic organization; flexible and adaptable to rapid change; quick learner, comfortable with fast paced environment; a self-starter and team-player
  • Strong work ethic and ability to prioritize and multi-task
  • Excellent relationship-building skills and ability to collaborate on internal teams of diverse backgrounds as well as with external stakeholders and partners
  • Experience developing and managing partnerships and programs
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills
  • Ability to work non-traditional hours and travel locally and internationally as needed
  • Fluency in English and excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Excellent Excel skills and ability to analyze and present data in a highly organized manner
  • Must be able to legally work in the country where this position is located without visa sponsorship


Additional Information

  • Salary, Benefits and other Details:
  • Salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications with attractive benefits. The salary range for this position is $50,000 to $60,000.
  • ELMA employees are expected to work in the office located in Kampala city Monday – Thursday, full time with the option to work remotely on Friday


How to Apply:

If you would like to apply for this position, please submit to Click Here your application with the following:

  • A cover letter
  • CV
  • Details of contactable references


Deadline:4th November 2022

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