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Country Director (Uganda)

Are you a professional with over 10 years of professional work experience in management and providing technical leadership in the development sector? Do you have experience in developing strategies, managing diverse portfolios, mobilising resources and managing high performing teams? Well, we have an exciting opportunity for you.

About the role

Terre des Hommes Netherlands intends to engage the services of a Country Director to work towards achieving four main outcomes outlined in our Theory of Change; 1). Children are empowered, have access to and utilise spaces where they feel safe and their voices are heard, 2). Communities address sociocultural norms and other factors leading to child exploitation, and put in place structures that support children, 3). Duty bearers actively create spaces where children can be heard and contribute to coordinated action that prevents and responds to exploitation of children, 4). Professional bodies, intergovernmental organisations and human rights accountability mechanisms ensure that duty bearers effectively fulfill their commitments and obligations to protect children from exploitation.

Objective of the function

The Country Director will be Terre des Hommes Netherlands’ representative in Uganda reporting to the Regional Director, Africa, based in Nairobi, Kenya for general direction in terms of realising programs, operational responsibilities, developing strategy and executing. He/she will be accountable for managing and supervising TdH NL’s development and emergency projects in Uganda, working closely with Global Programme Leads in ensuring delivery of quality results in line with our global and in-country strategic plan, performance and accountability frameworks. The Country Director will be responsible for managing and growing the grant portfolio as well as providing strategic leadership to Uganda country office staff, in alignment with TdH NL’s organizational core values and practices. He/she will additionally ensure project partners (co) implementing projects meet the set deliverables. 

Result areas

1. Realize and develop department policy (including realization of UG Country Strategy)

Result: Country annual strategic plan is developed and implemented so that clear and explicit objectives are formulated and realized for the country.

  • Work professionally within TdH NL’s policies and codes of conduct, including those related to child protection/safeguarding, confidentiality, safety and security and ethical practice.
    • Ensure that the country office and project partners follow the policies, processes and protocol regarding child safeguarding.
    • Communicate incidents and violations of the policies in line with the established protocols.
    • Ensure full adhere to TdH NL integrity framework including the Speak Up! Policy, conflict of interest guidelines and other HR policies.
  • Develop clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies and in line with budgets.
  • Work closely with the Regional Director of Africa to ensure goals and objectives are aligned with strategies.
  • Identify priority activities and assignments; adjust priorities as required.
  • Foresee risks and allow for contingencies when planning.
  • Possess a strong commitment to social justice and development of quality services within the field of child sexual abuse, exploitation and violence.
  • Keep up to date with the political, economic, social and technical situation of the country as well as programme related developments and incorporate these developments into annual reports and annual and strategic plans. 
  • Keep the programme database up to date, analyse the outputs of each programme and reflect on the outcome in terms of planned versus achieved in quarterly and annual reports and annual plans.  
  • In case of self implementation of programmes, manage the implementation efficiently and effectively to create maximum results at beneficiary level.
  • Collaborate with donors that support TdH NL’s project partners and see to it that there is a common understanding on project outputs/outcomes.
  • As a member of the programmes team advise the programme development manager, whether solicited or unsolicited on fundraising and programme development opportunities and threats 
  • Work together closely with the other Country Directors / Country Leads and exchange ideas and experiences.  
  • Organize the Uganda country team and coordinate with the Regional Office technical team to undertake fundraising / resource mobilization to operationalise the Uganda short, medium and long term country plans in line with the global strategy. 

2. Finance and administration

Result: The finance and administration of the country office is done in line with TdH NL’s finance and administration policies.

  • Ensure that TdH NL’s finance and administration policies and operational guidelines are being implemented at the country office. 
  • Approve and ensure timely submission of quarterly funds requests/ disbursements to partners after receipt of quality signed off reports.
  • Monitor in close collaboration with the Global  finance office, the annual budget spending in relation to the approved annual budget.
  • Monitor with the support of the country finance staff, financial management practices and provide immediate backstopping where policies are not followed as expected. 
  • Immediate report on any violations of the finance policies and procedures. 

3. Manage employees

Result: Employees are guided and instructed so that they are motivated to execute their tasks efficiently and effectively.

  • Manage the country team to ensure project goals and objectives are achieved, including taking direct project implementation roles as necessary.
  • Provide leadership and take responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.
  • Empower staff to translate vision into results.
  • Ensure sufficient staff numbers and capacity is in place in line with the approved annual budget plan and donor project resources. 
  • In line with the annual performance management plans, regularly discuss performance and provide feedback and coaching to staff.
  • Entrench within the Uganda team a Speak Up! Culture , where staff feel empowered to raise issues without fear of victimization. 

4. Facilitate internal management processes

Result: Internal management processes are facilitated so that the tasks and activities are efficiently aligned and quality is guaranteed.

  • Delegate the appropriate responsibility, accountability and decision-making authority.
  • Anticipate and resolve conflicts by pursuing mutually agreeable solutions.
  • Accurately judge the amount of time and resources needed to accomplish a task and match tasks to skills. 
  • Monitor progress against milestones and deadlines.
  • Make sure that roles, responsibilities and reporting lines are clear to each staff member.

5. Resource mobilization and networking

Result: Network is maintained so that cooperation is improved and all parties and individuals involved are correctly and fully informed. Fundraising plans and targets are realized. 

  • Ensure strong engagement in resource mobilization, including positioning and support to grant acquisition efforts to raise additional resources and diversify TdH NL’s portfolio in Uganda.
  • Recognise fundraising opportunities for TdH NL, take initiative to anticipate them and develop proposals in conjunction with the Regional and Head Offices.
  • Establish and maintain relationships with a broad range of groups (government, CSOs, private sector and beneficiaries) to understand project needs and gain support.
  • Represent TdH NL in Uganda, engage and build strategic alliances with government, major donors, other NGOs and media.
  • Represent TdH NL by participating in networks related to its mission and vision, and share and learn.

Education, experience and skills required

  • At least a Masters degree in the Social Sciences, Management or related fields.
  • Minimum of 10 years of professional work experience that combines managerial and technical leadership in development cooperation or executive management.
  • Professional experience with an INGO, NGO, or governmental organization, in the related field of child protection and safeguarding is an asset.
  • Experience in child exploitation and/or child rights is a minimum requirement
  • Experience in research and/or evidence-driven programming is recommended
  • Experience in fundraising and resource mobilization  and both humanitarian and development settings .
  • At least five (5) years of leadership experience including supervising teams and managing budgets.
  • Proficiency in written and oral English is required.

Personal profile

  • Strong management skills and track record at national level
  • Strong people management skills to include coaching/professional development
  • Proven budgeting skills and efficient management of financial resources
  • Proven capacity to lead, motivate and develop a team
  • Exhibits composure and professionalism. 
  • Ability to represent TdH NL in Uganda to donors, government officials, other NGOs, other external stakeholders in a self assured manner
  • Excellent negotiating and communication skills
  • Strong ability to direct and foster strategic partnerships and position for grants
  • Excellent grant acquisition experience, including experience with a diverse set of donors
  • Be a person of high professional integrity and firmness to safeguard organizational resources 

How to Apply

Interested candidates are advised to take note of the full vacancy description, which can be downloaded by clicking on the button below.The description gives more information about the position and  instructions on how to apply.

Please send your motivation letter and curriculum vitae (indicating your expected remuneration) by e-mail to: recruitment.africa@tdh.nl clearly demonstrating how you meet the qualifications for this position, no later than by 3rd February 2023  1700hrs (EAT). The application email subject should be: Country Director, Uganda. For more information about this position, you can contact us through the same email address.

This role is open to Ugandan and Non-Ugandan nationals. However, please be notified that TdH NL is not able to offer work permits/visas for this position, applicants must demonstrate the right to live and work in Uganda.

Please note that due to the expected large response only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. The selection procedure will also include checking of recent professional references.

Download the Invitation for Application for the Country Director Position (Uganda)
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