Programme Manager job opportunity at SOS Children's Villages

Job Title:  Programme Manager- Institutional Partnership Development

SOS Children’s Villages Uganda is an indigenous non-government, social development organisation affiliated to SOS Children’s Villages International, a worldwide child care organisation, currently running Children’s Villages and other projects in 135 countries around the world. SOS has been working in Uganda since 1991, and runs Children’s Villages and other projects at Kakiri, Entebbe (Abaita Ababiri), Gulu and in Fort Portal – Kabarole district.

Job Summary: The Programme Manager- Institutional Partnership Development steers the strategic development of institutional partnership development and health programmes. He/she leads the National programme development team, and works with counterparts in the national association, to ensure successful development of proposal.

Key Job Duties and Responsibilities:
  1. Fundraising and Donor Liaison:
  2. Donor Contract Management:
  3. Strategy, Capacity Building:
  4. Partnership Development and Networking:
  • Identify institutional partnership opportunities at the national local level (from bilateral, multilateral, international organizations and embassies and foundations)
  • Coordinate with the program team to conduct assessments and feasibility studies that inform program design. Conduct background research relevant for designing projects
  • Coordinate and write program proposals and be the link between program, finance and submit this to potential institutional donors
  • Develop and maintain good relationships with donors by ensuring regular communication, knowledge exchange and effective reporting.
  • Working in liaison with the National director, be the link between SOS Uganda and donors especially in management of institutional funding contracts. Ensure regular communication with the SOS international and regional offices
  • Coordinate, monitor and assess the quality of donor reporting making sure that donor requirements are met during the project implementation phase.
  • Compile and submit IPD monthly updates and quarterly reports to the regional office.
  • Responsible for Donor Contract Management (DCM) of institutional (restricted) grants, including contract preparation, development of consortium agreements, compliance with donor requirements, submission of reports.
  • Develop and maintain a mechanism for management of institutional contracts.
  • Carry out routine donor contract administration for country programmes including maintenance of records on donor contracts in Uganda
  • Establish a close working relationship with the Finance Department and provide advice to ensure synergy in donor budgeting, contract management and reporting.
  • Develop and implement an institutional fundraising and partnership strategy in line with the needs of SOS Children’s Villages Uganda and ensure this is infused within the national plans
  • Mentor and train and support relevant staff in Project Cycle Management and Logical Framework Approach
  • Build fundraising capacity within the programme team, by training staff on funding policies donor relations, reporting, contract management, etc.
  • Establish and maintain regular contact with donors by organizing donor roundtables, face to face meetings, attending donor forums etc
  • Responsible for the negotiation of collaboration with partner institutions and government departments in support of SOS Uganda subject to approval from the National director
  • Assess and where possible develop partnerships and consortiums with other like-minded organizations for purposes of bidding for large donor projects.
  • Represent SOS Uganda in sector level meetings (development and humanitarian/emergency) and other networking forums and use this to aggressively develop funding partnerships
  • Take part in regional IPD networking and training forums and contribute to development of new IPD strategies to improve practice

Qualifications, Skills and Experience needed for the job:

  • The candidate should ideally possess a Bachelor’s degree in development/social sciences (Sociology, Development studies, Economics or related field). A Master’s degree will be an added advantage.
  • Extensive knowledge and understanding of program design and development especially in the sectors of Education, Health, Livelihoods or Child Protection
  • A minimum of three to five years extensive experience in planning, securing and managing funds from institutional donors as well as a thorough understanding of development programming.
  • Potential candidates should demonstrate evidence of medium/large proposals they have developed and won (0.5 – 2M USD)
  • A thorough understanding of PCM, training approaches is required.
  • He/she should be highly proficient in MS Word, Excel, Access, Power-point and the use of Internet for research.
How to Apply for the job:

All candidates are encouraged to send their application letters enclosing a detailed Curriculum Vitae, current salary information, copies of academic transcripts and certificates, including telephone contact and details of at least three references to:

The Human Resource Coordinator,

SOS Children’s Villages Uganda,

25 km on Kampala-Entebbe Rd, Abaita Ababiri,

P.O Box 27510,


Or send by e-mail to:

NB: The submitted written application should clearly be indicating the position title in the subject line. Please use standard file types such as Microsoft Word (.doc) and Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) and send all documents in one file attachment.

Deadline: Wednesday 15th October 2014.

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