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Project Director- Capacity Strengthening for Disabled

at Aga Khan Foundation
Location Kampala, Uganda
Date Posted April 19, 2019
Category Management
Currency UGX


Project Director- Capacity Strengthening for Disabled Persons Organisations (Cap4DPOs) in Uganda
Organisation:  Aga Khan Foundation

Closing date: 30 Apr 2019
About us

For nearly 50 years, AKF has been partnering with communities, governments and local leaders to harness the best from people from all backgrounds to improve the quality of life. The Foundation’s work is rooted in core values of self-reliance, pluralism, and respect for human dignity. AKF is a member of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), one of the world’s leading poverty solutions networks. The AKDN’s integrated approach makes long-term investments, builds permanent institutions and cultivates an active civil society, impacting tens of millions of people annually in 30 countries. Alongside its sister AKDN agencies, the Foundation implements innovative, community-driven solutions that are based in decades of experience, learning and evaluation. In Uganda, AKF is managing a robust and expanding portfolio of multi-sectorial initiatives that includes programs in education, early childhood development, sustainable economic development and civil society strengthening.

AKF in consultation with various stakeholders in the disability sector have co-produced a multi-donor-funded initiative to strengthen the institutional and technical capacities of disabled persons organisations (DPOs) in Uganda. The first phase of this anticipated four-year initiative places emphasis on strengthening the DPOs’ internal systems including capacity to learn, adapt, and raise funds, and on providing opportunities for the DPOs to design and implement innovative approaches.

Purpose of the role

The Project Director (PD) will manage a project management team, playing a key role in facilitating overall strategy, management and oversight of the DPO capacity strengthening initiative. The PD will report to AKF Uganda Country Manager and work closely with AKF East Africa Civil Society Advisor.

Key responsibilities

Accountable for the technical oversight of the project, and lead and motivate staff comprised of a Learning and Reporting Officer, and three Capacity Strengthening Specialists.

Coordinate the development, implementation and learning around the capacity strengthening activities. This includes capacity assessments, trainings, technical assistance, coaching and mentorship and providing direct capacity development support to the DPOs.

Focal point for coordination among implementing partners and the DPOs, ensuring excellent inter-organisation communication and joint implementation.

Support the development and maintenance of an M&E framework and system for the project ensuring synergies between M&E, program, and finance.

Coordinate the work planning and reporting processes respectively, and submission to the donor.

Ensure the project team articulates lessons learnt, challenges, and risks emerging from the project; and feeds these back into the planning and implementation processes.

Ensure the capacity strengthening initiative has a visible profile within and beyond the region.

Ensure the project team fulfils its function as the secretariat to the project’s governance bodies including coordination of the project’s Steering Committee.

Facilitate close collaboration with the other projects supported by the donor to improve the quality and approaches of capacity strengthening interventions critical to positioning the DPOs to deliver on their mandate.

Work closely with NUDIPU to build relationships with relevant government and semi-autonomous government agencies and stakeholders to engage them on key disability sector capacity building issues.


Strong understanding of the civil society landscape in Uganda and familiarity with organisational strengthening approaches.
An understanding of organizational development trends, technologies and practices.
Leadership qualities, motivational skills, mentoring ability; proven experience overseeing and developing a team.
Knowledge of effective financial and budgetary controls.
Solid experience writing comprehensive, high quality narrative reports.
Experience supporting staff to engage in reporting by systematically collecting and compiling correct, meaningful information/data, etc.
Excellent interpersonal, communication and presentation skills.
Self-motivated with the ability to work autonomously in a highly stressful and challenging environment.
Fluency in written and spoken English required.

Experience Requirements

A minimum of 8 years experience in similar roles.
Demonstrated excellence in development project management and coordination.
Knowledge and experience in the disability sector and understanding of disability issues in Uganda.

Education Requirements

A degree in Social Sciences or any related field.