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Director of Programs -Kampala

Published on 09.08.2019


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Position : Director of Programs -Kampala

We are recruiting a Director of Programs to ensure the highest quality of WASH programming in the existing operational areas (Kaliro, Mayuge, and Kakumiro districts). The DP will do this by providing leadership to each of the program managers, critical analysis of program data/results, oversight of new program development, preparation of reports for external stakeholders, and by performing regular visits to the field for planning, monitoring, evaluating, and coaching of staff and quality assurance.

Reports to : Country Director

Reporting Positions : Program Managers

HQ Alignment : WASH Programs Manager


  • Assist the Country Director in the overall management of Lifewater International Uganda program activities to ensure the effective and efficient use of financial, human, and material resources within policies, procedures, and work plans.
  • Oversee program implementation in consultation with the relevant program managers and in accordance with the project plan to ensure objectives are met within the required time frames and budgets. Where necessary, ensure preventative and corrective action is taken.
  • Represent the organization and liaise with local and national authorities and donors to facilitate successful coordination of activities and ensure transparency in the community.
  • Provide technical inputs and assistance to programs staff with particular attention toward financial management and reporting systems.
  • Ensure appropriate security procedures, and monitoring, analysis, and reporting systems are functioning and transparent at all field sites.
  • Make sure that operation and maintenance, as well as environment and sustainability issues are considered and factored into program design; ensuring that it is evidence based and well linked to other sector activities.
  • Serve as a member of the Country Management Team (CMT) and support Country Director on organizing CMT meetings and working closely with members on implementation of the Action Areas.
Required profile for job ad : Director of Programs -Kampala
  • Working alongside Lifewater HQ, lead the rollout of programmatic enhancements across field offices. Guide field teams in addressing challenges that arise during program implementation to course-correct and increase quality of programming throughout the project cycle.
  • Using program data and discussions with field teams, identify areas for improvement in VHV activities and strategy, and work with HQ to make needed adjustments to improve effectiveness.
  • Determine training and capacity needs for field staff and develop action plans, accordingly.
  • Provide ongoing training and capacity building of program managers and other field staff to increase their responsibilities in order to build capacity and ensure sustainability of programs.
  • Make necessary arrangements for trainings to be conducted by LI HQ in Uganda.
  • Ensure that appropriate care, training and support are being provided to all staff in the organization.
  • Provide guidance for policies, practices, standards and guidelines to all field staff.
  • Plan for and implement reflective practice and learning events by program staffs and LI country office for ongoing improvements in program delivery.


  • Hands-on experience in managing remote teams in different locations
  • Demonstrated ability to build and deploy effective program teams
  • Strong writing, presentation and reporting skills
  • Demonstrated ability to represent organization in National and Regional-level forums
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and stream-line national policies and procedures
  • Knowledge of operational safety and security practices, including developing standard operating procedures, incident tracking, and evacuation protocols
  • Proven capabilities in leadership required
  • Strong negotiation, interpersonal and organization skills
  • Proficiency with MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint...etc.
  • Ability to read, write, analyze and interpret, technical and non-technical in the English language
  • Ability to effectively present information and respond appropriately to questions from senior managers in the field and HQ, counterparts, senior government and other related regional players

Personal Skills:

  • Committed Christian, active in a local church
  • Commitment to the mission, vision, and core values of Lifewater International
  • Strong desire to work in and serve rural communities
  • Flexible and adaptable to changing environments
  • Honest and dependable in all areas including finances
Job criteria for job ad : Director of Programs -Kampala
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Health and social professions
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Electricity, water, gas, nuclear, energy
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Social, public and human services
Employment type :
Permanent contract - Fixed-term contract - Temporary work - Internship - Freelance - Cooperative Education Program - Part-time work
Region :
Bwizibwera - Entebbe - Gulu - Hoima - Jinja - Kampala - Kasese - Kira - Lira - Masaka - Mbale - Mbarara - Mukono - Nansana - Rest of Uganda
Experience level :
5 to 10 years
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Number of Position(s) : 1

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