Programme Manager Job – Johanniter International Assistance

Job Title:  Programme Manager

Organisation: Johanniter-Unfall-Hilfe e.V. / Johanniter International Assistance

Duty Station:  Kampala, Uganda

Reports to:   Head of Mission Uganda (first line supervisor)

Head of Programmes, Berlin (second line supervisor)

Supervising: Programme Officer UGA

Receives technical advice from: Programme Coordinator HQ, Technical Advisors HQ

Gives technical advice to: Programme Officer UGA, Partner organisations

Standing in for: Programme Officer UGA

Replaced by: Programme Officer UGA



About US:

Johanniter Unfall-Hilfe e.V. ( is a German Christian non-governmental organization and has been active in Uganda since 2017 supporting local partners in various fields such as health care, disaster risk reduction, nutrition, food security, WASH and livelihoods. In 2017Johanniter opened an office in Kampala in order to enhance its Uganda programme and strengthen the coopera-tion with its local partners. Johanniter, through its implementing partners, is operating in districts of Madi Okollo, Lamwo, Obongi in Rhino, Palorinya and Palabek refugee settlement camps implementing both humanitarian and development interventions.


Job Description

The national Programme Manager is a staff position within Johanniter International Assistance in Uganda. The overall objective of the position is to coordinate, oversee, implement and guide all Johanniter programmes in Uganda and to ensure their quality in line with internal Johanniter, donor and stakeholder standards.


Job Summary:  Based in Kampala with frequent work in the field and working directly under the responsibility of the Head of Mission Uganda, the Project Manager will be responsible for the overall coordination, technical representation and oversight, implementation, guidance and quality of the running and future project/s.


Key Duties and Responsibilities:

Strategy and Vision

  • Actively supports the values of Johanniter and shapes work accordingly
  • Contributes to the development and implementation of the global strategy of Johanniter International As-sistance

Project Management

  • Coordination and supervision of the implementation (planning, monitoring and evaluation) of the Johan-niter projects in Uganda
  • Responsible for ensuring partners meet project objectives and that budget expenditure is on track
  • Provides supervision and support to Johanniter programming activities (e.g. nutrition, health, WASH, FSL)
  • Ensures donor compliance and adherence to internal Johanniter policies and guidelines, Ministry of Health and other relevant guidelines.
  • Reports regularly to the Head of Mission, Programme Coordinator in HQ and other stakeholders.


  • Oversees the collection and timely reporting of data and statistics for all projects in line with Johanniter and nutrition/health/WASH cluster guidelines and according to internal and donor requirements.

Standard Job Profile –Programme Manager

  • Ensures all stakeholders are provided with updates, following the established reporting structures.
  • Supports partners to ensure that local procurement and purchasing is done according to the project pro-posal, the procurement guidelines and in consultation with the JIA Finance Manager and Logistics Officer.

Staff and Partner Development

  • Recruits and supervises national project staff in collaboration with the Head of Mission / responsible HR person
  • Ensures capacity building of local partner organisations and project related staff as per the needs identified

Project Development

  • Identifies further needs in the areas of health, nutrition & food security / WASH, and undertakes assess-ments as necessary, supports in writing project proposals and in developing local strategies in the area of health, nutrition and WASH

Strategic Planning, Leadership and Representation

  • Represents Johanniter International when liaising with local authorities and partners, in coordinating with other NGOs, International Organisations, donors, etc. and is the first point of contact for them when the Head of Mission is not on site.
  • Contributes to the development of the Johanniter Country strategic plan, based on the global Johanniter strategy, in cooperation with the Head of Mission as required
  • Ensures project staff in the field office understand and apply the Johanniter global and country strategy, organizational core values and procedures
  • Ensures that key information is shared between the senior management team and field project staff in Uganda
  • Fosters a positive and inclusive work environment dedicated to the core values and mission of Johanniter
  • Ensures cross-departmental communication is efficient and effective through regular field management meetings
  • Builds capacity of project local staff by regular meetings, coaching/mentoring, preparing and enforcing training plans, plans for improvement
  • Attends heath cluster meetings or ensures that designated staff attend
  • Supports media and press work in conjunction with Johanniter spokesperson


  • Assists the Head of Mission in monitoring the security context and when in the field, ensures that all staff follow the security guidelines
  • Represents Johanniter in relevant forums and networks
  • Regularly coordinates all the above mentioned aspects with the Head of Mission and the Programme Coordinator in Berlin
  • Translates guidelines and templates for the programmes as required
  • Supports the Head of Mission in other tasks as requested

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

  • BSc or MSc degree in a relevant field
  • At least three years’ experience in project coordination in a humanitarian context/international development
  • Experience in coordinating public health/ health/ nutrition/wash/ livelihood/ rehabilitation / DRR projects including project accounting and managing of donor funds (EU, UN, German Foreign Office and Ministry of Cooperation etc.)
  • Experience in conducting health and/or livelihood baseline assessments, including SMART surveys
  • Experience in Monitoring and Evaluation, writing proposals and reports
  • Experience in staff management and capacity building
  • Experience in working with international and national partners, donors, health and other authorities
  • Experience working in an insecure context
  • Previous working experience in Uganda desirable
  • Strong management, project planning and organizational skills
  • Clear vision on programme development
  • Strong analytical, written and oral communication skills;
  • Ability to work in a remote location in an unstable security environment;
  • Cultural sensitivity and team competence;
  • Sense of delegation and commitment to local capacity building;
  • Common sense and being proactive;
  • Fluency in English

Travel to project sites is part of the job


How to Apply:

All applications should be sent to:


Please note: This Job Description is dynamic and can be adjusted. The employee is obliged, apart from the above-cited tasks, to fulfil – on demand by his/her supervisor – other tasks that belong by its char-acter to his/her post or are necessary due to operational needs.


It is Johanniter’s responsibility to create an environment built on integrity, respect and accountability, in which all staff and volunteers are comfortable to work and feel safe. We have a zero tolerance policy when people cause harm to others. Those who misbehave or are complicit will be held accountable for harmful actions. It is the employee’s responsibility to promote appropriate behaviour and to report infringements that could potentially harm those in our organisation’s care and damage the reputation of Johanniter. Those who raise complaints or concerns will be appropriately protected and respected.


Deadline: Friday 24th June 2022

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