Sense International Uganda was established in 2005. It was registered formally as a local NGO in the year 20082. We are part of Sense International which is a global charity supporting deafblind children and adults in Kenya, Tanzania, India, Bangladesh, Peru and Romania. Sense International Uganda is the only organization in the country which works exclusively to support people with deafblindness/MSI to connect with their families and to the world around them.
Reports to: Country Representative - Uganda
Responsibility for: Project / Programme Officers
To ensure the successful implementation of Sense International’s programmes through efficient management of programme budgets and schedules, by ensuring that programme outputs are delivered to the expected level of quality, through managing relationships with stakeholders including government offices and partner organisations, and through taking corrective action where necessary to ensure the project outcomes and impact are achieved. Additional responsibilities are to design and plan new programmes, report on existing programmes both internally and to donors and to line manage the Programme Officer(s).
Ensure the successful implementation of Sense International’s programmes through efficient management of programme budgets and schedules, by ensuring that programme outputs are delivered to the expected level of quality, and through taking corrective action where necessary to ensure the project outcomes and impact are achieved.
Manage the relationships with key stakeholders such as government offices, education and health professionals, development agencies, Disabled People’s Organizations, Parents’ Associations, other NGOs, etc in order to ensure the successful achievement of programme outcomes.
Monitoring and evaluation
Develop appropriate monitoring tools and systems for each programme and manage the monitoring of outputs, outcomes and impact as per the programme Logframe.
Coordinate periodic reviews and evaluation of programme implementation, effectiveness, impact and sustainability.
Collect data on a quarterly basis to measure Sense International’s organisational Key Performance Indicators that measure the achievement of Sense International’s global strategy.
Contribute to the development of new projects and lead on the development of new programme plans and budgets.
Contribute to the development of project concept notes and applications for funding under the direction of the Country Representative.
Develop partnerships with government, NGOs, Disabled People’s Organisations and other stakeholders in order to create opportunities for new project partnerships and joint fundraising.
Contribute to the development of Sense International Uganda’s strategy in line with Sense International East Africa’s regional strategy and the overall Sense International global strategy.
Assist the Country Representative in the development of annual operational plans.
Report regularly on the progress of the programme to the Country Representative, documenting all lessons, challenges, risks and issues and contribute to the quarterly reporting process to the UK under the direction of the Country Representative.
Manage the process of preparing project progress reports for donors as per the deadlines given by different donors.
Assist the Finance and Administration Manager and the Country Representative to develop the annual country budget in consultation with the Global team in the UK Office, by providing relevant data on items required at the field level.
Manage, monitor and evaluate the implementation of project budgets within the country programme reforecasting programme budgets as required in order to keep spend against budget on track in response to challenges in programme implementation or exchange rate fluctuations.
Review monthly finance and narrative reports to the UK office, working closely with the Finance and Administration Officer and for the submission of donor finance and narrative reports to the Country Representative for review.
Advocacy and awareness raising
Contribute to the advocacy work of the organisation, participating in advocacy meetings and networks as required and influencing government officials and other key stakeholders in line with the organisations advocacy objectives.
Build the capacity of partners and networks to raise awareness about deafblindness for the purpose of identifying deafblind persons and referring them to appropriate services whilst combatting stigma towards people with disability within the community.
Build the capacity of partners and networks to advocate for the rights of people with deafblindness.
Manage the Programme Officer(s) working with them to set personal objectives and to ensure that the Sense International annual appraisal and performance management process is followed.
Uphold high standards of safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults and raise awareness among communities and other stakeholders of the importance of safeguarding.
Where required undertake due diligence assessments of partners, assessing risks and discussing mitigation and corrective actions.
To perform any other duties that may be assigned to him/her.
A Bachelor’s Degree in development studies or related field with at least 7- 10 years of experience in managing and implementing programs in the development sector, 5 of which should be in senior management position within an NGO set up. A Master’s degree is an asset.
At least 5 years’ experience delivering projects/programmes for vulnerable people, preferably working with people with disabilities in Uganda
Sound knowledge of monitoring and evaluation practices, including the design of Logframes and monitoring, evaluation and accountability frameworks, and application of the Theory of Change approach
Advanced skills in the use of Microsoft Office applications including proficient use of Microsoft Excel.
Strong project cycle management skills.
Understanding of and sensitivity to the rights of people with disability
Knowledge of Disability Act, Special Needs Education Policy, etc.
Knowledge of the challenges facing people with disabilities, and it would be a pre to have some understanding of deafblindness and multi-sensory impairments.
People management experience and skills to support staff, interns, volunteers, trainers and consultants working across various projects
Experience of managing large and complex projects, budgets and preferably of managing a collection of projects concurrently, throughout the project cycle
Experience of writing and contributing to project proposals to successfully secure funding; and writing reports to funders, trustees and other stakeholders.
Ability to work effectively to tight deadlines with a minimum of support.
Excellent interpersonal and team skills including tolerance and flexibility. Strong training and workshop facilitation skills.
Willingness to travel regularly within Uganda and occasionally within the East Africa region.
Good skills in interacting with the community and government officials.
Excellent written English and report writing skills
Excellent personal communication skills
Fluency in spoken English languages
Experience in working with people with deafblindness and/or multi-sensory impairments.
Knowledge of both sign language and tactile sign language, or willingness to learn.
Sense International Uganda is an equal opportunity employer.
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While we thank all applicants for your interest, only those selected for interviews will be contacted.