SENSE International.- Country Director Uganda


Sense International is an international development NGO that works to ensure children and young people with deafblindness and multi-sensory impairment live, learn and thrive. Sense International works in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Romania, Peru, India, Bangladesh, and Nepal.

Job title: 
Country Director Uganda
Closing date: 
May 25, 2018 - 5pm

Reports to: Director of Sense International
Location: Kampala with domestic, and occasionally, regional and international travel.

Responsible for: Managing the Sense International Uganda team.
Line reports: Programme Manager, Programme Funding Manager, Finance and Administration Officer
Salary Scale: A location-appropriate package commensurate with experience will be negotiated with the right person.
Hours: 37.5 hours a week.

Sense International is an international development NGO that works to ensure children and young people with deafblindness and multi-sensory impairment live, learn and thrive. Sense International works in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Romania, Peru, India, Bangladesh, and Nepal.

Purpose of the Role:
The Director is responsible for delivering Sense International Uganda’s mandate in line with its vision, mission, values and established policies. The Country Director provides strategic leadership to the organisation, and is accountable for all functions of Sense International Uganda. The position provides the strategic direction for the work in Uganda working with the Board of Sense International Uganda and Sense International UK. The Director is responsible for managing overall planning, programme quality, advocacy, human and financial resources, communications, resource mobilisation, partnerships and alliances, monitoring and evaluation, compliance and accountability.

Key responsibilities:
1) Strategic Direction and support for Governance
Leadership and oversight of
2) Programmes, including capacity building with partner organisations
3) Financial management and reporting
4) Grant / Contract management
5) Resource mobilisation, partnerships and alliances
6) Advocacy, representation and communications
7) Human resource management
8) Accountability, compliance and learning

1) Leadership and governance support
• Provide leadership, shaping organisational strategic direction in collaboration with the Board of Sense International Uganda.
• Support good governance of the organisation by the Board of Sense International Uganda, including support to Board meetings and AGMs.
• Provide strategic guidance and professional advice for senior management and their teams.
• Ensure programmes in Uganda are delivered and aligned with Sense International’s global strategic framework and Uganda’s priority areas.
• Harness opportunities to further Sense International’s vision and mission.

2) Programme oversight
• Provide overall leadership to the team on programme implementation.
• Align the team to the strategic objectives by setting and managing annual work plans and budgets.
• Ensure that Sense International Uganda has agreements in place with the Government of Uganda to achieve its goals.

With the Programme Manager:
• Ensure a high level of project quality and accountability.
• Ensure effective programme planning and implementation, as well as seeking out opportunities for continuous improvement and innovation.
• Ensure monitoring, evaluation and reporting systems are in place to facilitate reporting, learning, accountability and quality assurance.
• Oversee production of timely and accurate reports which document progress and how challenges were overcome.
• Supervise contracting and oversight of consultants for specialist work such as provision of technical assistance on deafblindness, evaluations, quality assurance, research and scoping of innovation.
• Oversee the building of the capacity of partner organisations to deliver high quality services for people with deafblindness and multi-sensory impairments.
• Oversee high quality research and collection of evidence.

3) Financial Management and reporting
• Ensure strong budgeting, disbursement, reporting and forecasting.
• Ensure financial risks are managed working with the Finance and Administration Office and Sense International UK Finance team e.g. around exchange rate fluctuations.

• Development of annual and multi-year plans and budgets; monitoring of implementation, and production of quality and timely programme and financial reports to share with Sense International UK, donors and others.
• Adherence to established financial systems and procedures (e.g. ensure adherence to policies covering prevention of fraud, transparent procurement and contracting), proposing improvements where feasible.
• Monitoring and control of expenditure, and proposal of revised forecasts and budgets, for specific programmes and for Sense International Uganda overall.
• Review of partner organisations’ financial management capacity and the under-taking due diligence assessments.

4) Grant / Contract Management
• Ensure that effective grant management systems are in place which deliver compliance with grant conditions.
• Ensure submission of accurate and timely reports complying with grant agreements.
• Oversee effective monitoring systems and end of project evaluations, sharing learning across the team and organisation.

5) Resource mobilisation, partnerships and alliances
• Overall responsibility for annual ‘in-country’ fundraising targets.

With the Programme Funding Manager:
• Work collaboratively to develop creative fundraising activities to increase and diversity funding and deepen relationships with donors and supporters. Ensure maximum core cost recovery and raising of unrestricted funds.
• Look out for new funding opportunities and coordinate the development of high quality funding proposals and responses to calls for proposals.
• Facilitate donor visits, donor meetings, round table discussions and evaluations.
• Collaboratively develop innovative concepts for new funding.
• Develop alliances with a view to collaboration on joint funding proposals and consortium bids.
• Partner with other organisations for mutual benefit e.g. to mainstream disability.

6) Advocacy, representation and communications
• Represent Sense International Uganda on technical working groups, at conferences, workshops and committees to promote deafblindness and the work of Sense International Uganda at the Government and sector level.
• Build strong professional relationships with key stakeholders championing the course of persons with deafblindness and multi-sensory impairments.
• Keep the advocacy strategy up to date and advocate for legislative, policy and other change.
• Raise awareness of deafblindness among Government, (I)NGOs, parents, professionals, and associations.
• Build the capacity of Government and NGOs to include people with deafblindness and multi-sensory impairments in mainstream programmes and foster the development of networks of parents, people with deafblindness, and professionals.
• Lobby government, both on behalf of Sense International Uganda, it’s programmes and target group and as part of wider initiatives on disability with other organisations, to ensure that deafblindness is on the national and local agenda.
• Build Sense International Uganda’s brand recognition through strategic partnerships, media exposure, and leadership in the disability sector. Safeguard Sense International’s brand and reputation.
• Actively promote the work of Sense International through appropriate media.
• Co-ordinate collection and curation of case-studies, photos and videos showcasing Sense International Uganda’s work, ensuring proper management of assets and permissions. Ensure provision of case-studies for Sense International publications and presentations.

7) Human Resource Management
• Oversee performance management and ongoing capacity building and professional development for the Sense International Uganda staff team.
• Lead the recruitment of in-country staff, in consultation with Sense International’s Senior Programme Manager for East Africa.
• Ensure management of staff in line with the HR Manual for East Africa and ensuring compliance with Ugandan legislation. Ensure annual reviews are conducted and recorded, management of annual leave and sickness.
• Keep an overview of staff salaries and other benefits.
8) Accountability, compliance and learning
• Accountable for the effective and efficient running of Sense International Uganda overall, and for ensuring transparency and compliance with organisational policies at all levels.
• Ensure all of Sense International’s policies are adhered to and regularly reviewed e.g. data protection, anti-fraud policies.
• Ensure strong implementation of Sense International’s Safeguarding policies ensuring staff are trained and partner organisations have suitable policies and training in place.
• Ensure compliance with all legal, financial and tax requirements of the Ugandan government.
• With the Programme Funding Manager, ensure International Aid Transparency Initiative postings are kept up to date.
• Keep the risk register up to date and manage and mitigate risks.
• Share learning across the Sense International family and contribute to learning by piloting new initiatives.
• Contribute to annual Regional Directors’ weeks, webinars, and innovations.
• Ensure learning from reviews and evaluations is shared and embedded in future work.

Person Specification

Experience and achievements
Master’s Degree in Business Administration, Social Science, Development Studies, or a related field. A post graduate qualification in international development, human rights, disability or a related field is an advantage.
At least 7 to10 years minimum working experience in the social or international development field, 5 years of these must be in a senior management position. At least 5 years’ experience in the disability and or child protection sectors.
Demonstrated experience with programme and grant management, including project planning and budgeting, initiation, implementation, reporting and closure. Significant experience of successful strategic development of development programmes working within an international NGO or similar, including demonstrated experience of supporting scale up, programme expansion, innovation, conducting due diligence reviews of potential partner organisations and overseeing evaluations.
Experience of managing a budget in the region of 1,050,000,000 Ugandan Shillings or GBP £243,000 per annum
Demonstrated experience in donor management, including knowledge and experience managing compliance to diverse donors. Experience of managing grants from the UK Department of International Development, Big Lottery Fund, UK Trusts and Foundations.
Proven experience in proposal development and a track record in raising funds. Experience of working within a federation, or family of organisations and co-ordinating with a ‘central’ office, secretariat or hub.
Experience of leading national level advocacy work, including setting advocacy targets and tracking change. Experience of sharing learning across a federation or family of organisations.
Experience of multi-tasking in a fast-paced environment, working independently and thriving in a team. Experience of overseeing communications work.
Proven experience as representative of a leading organization with reputable national programmes. Experience of public speaking and external representation.
Experience of collaborative work with other agencies and Government.
Experience in managing teams and staff capacity development. Experience of fostering high performing teams and managing performance issues.
Experience of supporting a Board and working with Board level Directors to ensure good governance.

Skills and abilities
Essential Desirable
Excellent written and oral presentation skills in both English and Swahili.
Strong financial management skills.
Highly developed inter-personal skills and the ability to influence and negotiate.
Excellent organisational and management skills, with the flexibility to prioritise own workload to deliver on deadlines.
Ability to work independently, combined with a commitment to working as a team member collaborating with colleagues across the world.
Fully computer literate including experience with Microsoft packages notably in-depth Excel capacity, Word, email and use of the Internet. Understanding of how to promote profile through social media.
Ability to effectively collaborate and problem-solve with a wide range of people, including from different countries, with tact and diplomacy.
Ability to thrive under pressure. Resilient with the capacity to solve problems and manage change.
Ability to both reflect and drive action.

Personal Qualities
Passionate about disability empowerment.
Leadership which is creative, inspiring, and participatory.
Ability to think strategically alongside attention to detail.
Fosters learning and innovation.
Confident and assertive with the ability to establish and maintain positive collaborative relationships with external stakeholders.

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