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Country Director

at Lutheran World Relief
Location Kampala, Uganda
Date Posted October 9, 2019
Category Management
Currency UGX


Country Director, Uganda
Organisation:  Lutheran World Relief

Closing date: 23 Oct 2019
The Country Director (CD) leads the LWR and IMA Uganda team to develop and execute high quality development and humanitarian projects in alignment with the agency strategic priorities in the health, livelihoods and economic development, and emergency response sectors. S/he plays a key role, working with other LWR and IMA departments, to link programs and partners with key stakeholders and reach agency-wide targets. The CD also has overall responsibility for ensuring that the office is efficiently and effectively managed.


Coordination and Representation

Develop and maintain strategic relationships with key actors (donors, private sector, peer organizations, local partners, US and local government entities, etc.) that will advance agency priorities and allow for safe and effective operations.
Represent the country program to host government authorities, the U.S. Embassy and USAID, peer agencies, donor organizations, and forums such as ACT and the Uganda NGO Forum.
Business Development and Program Leadership

Provide leadership in developing and managing a program that is consistent with LWR and IMA strategic priorities and values.
Lead the business development efforts in Uganda related to strategy, positioning, capture and proposal development.
Play a lead role in reviewing and negotiating agreements and contracts with donor agencies.
Ensure all LWR and IMA programs/projects receive the appropriate technical assistance and project oversight in alignment with existing best practices and LWR and IMA policies.
Lead emergency response as needed in coordination with the Emergency Operations team and other HQ.
Guide LWR and IMA's philosophy and ethos in identifying, building, maintaining, and evaluating partner relationships. Promote partner organizational capacity strengthening as a part of the accompaniment process.
Ensure the timely submission of quality progress, financial, audit and evaluation reports in accordance with LWR and IMA and/or donor guidelines.
Ensure monitoring and evaluation data is analyzed and used for decision making to improve programmatic and administrative aspects of projects and to inform future projects.
Human Resource Management


Extensive knowledge of U.S. government funding rules and regulations, cooperative agreements and contracts. Other bi-lateral donor rules and regulations a plus.
Demonstrated experience in the design, management, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of programs.
Demonstrated ability to lead diverse team within an evolving context. Excellent interpersonal skills and demonstrated experience in human resource management, including capacity building, coaching and conflict management.
Highly developed analytical and communication skills, and ability to assimilate and process information for wide-ranging audiences.
Ability to work with diverse groups of people in multicultural, team-oriented environment.
Proficiency in using accounting, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and web browser software.
Professional proficiency in written and spoken English and at least one Ugandan language.
Ability to travel up to 40% of his/her time. Ability to travel occasionally within the East Africa region and to the US.
Evidence of status to work legally in Uganda. This is a local hire and no relocation or other allowances are provided.

Experience Requirements

At least seven years of progressively responsible professional experience related to economic and social development in Uganda, with experience in public health, agricultural development, and/or rural livelihood. Emergency response, gender integration and youth-focused programming experience a significant plus.
At least 3 years of experience managing direct reports.
Five or more years of experience implementing or overseeing financial and administrative aspects of multi-year, high value institutional donor funded programs.

Education Requirements

University degree in a relevant field, master's degree preferred.
Deep commitment to LWR and IMA's core values and culture and the ability to model the same in relationships with colleagues and partners.