Uganda Society for Disabled Children (USDC) is an indigenous childhoodnon–government organisation in Uganda established in 1985 committed torecognizing and equalizing the rights of children with disabilities. USDC’smain aim is to help children with disabilities and their families to accessresources and opportunities to enable them achieve their full potential andlead fulfilling lives.
Job Title: Project Coordinator (2 positions)
USDC, is implementing 2 projects on Promoting Inclusive Education for DisabledChildren in Uganda Using a ‘Child-to-Child’ Approach”, which use an innovativechild-to-child (CtC) approach to support all children to understand, discuss& take action on issues that impact them.
Both projects will focus on early childhood education using an innovativechild-to-child approach to enable early enrolment and preparation for school.
The USDC projects adopt a holistic approach by addressing each aspect of thesocial model of disability through the provision of individual learningsupports whist simultaneously targeting institutional barriers to inclusion(advocating for inclusive education policy commitments), environmental barriers(by providing school infrastructure modifications, assistive devices &inclusive learning materials) and attitudinal barriers (by combating disablingmyths through media campaigns, home visits & trainings with Parent SupportGroups).
This is a great opportunity for a motivated individual with a passion fordevelopment and child rights. You will be responsible for overall delivery ofthe grant including all project activities, deliverables and ensuring timelydelivery and coordination of all project work streams concurrently. As theprojects work across three districts in northern Uganda, each district hasDistrict Project Leads and School Liaison Officers. As the Project Coordinator,you will maintain ultimate responsibility for the project and work closely withthe district project teams to line manage and provide effective support andtraining to them to ensure quality delivery of the project and effectivenetworking across project stakeholders on a daily basis. Alongside the supportof the Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Officer, Partnership andAdvocacy Officers, you will oversee all the partnership and MEL associated withthe project and ensure effective delivery of advocacy activities withgovernment bodies, universities, schools, communities and other stakeholders atboth district and national level. Crucial to ensuring good financial managementof the project, you will oversee all project finances, including managingbudgets and funds, monitoring spend at each of the three district offices,accurately forecasting project spends, and the submission of timely andaccurate financial requests and reports to USDC Headquarters.
Person Specification 1. A Bachelor’s degree in Education, Early ChildhoodDevelopment, Social Sciences, Development Studies or Business Administrationand related fields. Added advantage: post graduate qualifications.
2. Minimum 2 years’ Project Management Experience working on projects funded bylarge institutional donors (such as DFID, UN, EU etc.) ; successful managementof entire project lifecycle. 3. Experience of line managing personnel teams 4.Significant and proven experience of working in an NGO; experience of usingparticipatory approaches for project planning, delivery and organisational developmentof partner organisations. 5. Experience of coordinating projects over large orhard to reach geographical areas. 6. Experience of working in partnership withother individuals or organisations to deliver projects, ideally remotely orinternationally. 7. A strong understanding of donor compliance principles andexpectations, Knowledge of key programme areas including education, health,child participation, livelihoods, child safeguarding and community engagement.8. Knowledge and understanding of the regional and cultural context of ruralregions in Uganda – preferably in relation to disability and local language.
Knowledge, Skills and Technical Competencies
1. Knowledge and understanding of the issues affecting disabled children andyoung people in Uganda 2. Excellent Monitoring and Evaluation skills and anunderstanding of the importance of incorporating the lessons learned into theproject framework. 3. Experience of successfully reporting against biginstitutional donor logical frameworks or similar reporting formats. 4.Experience of data collection and the differing tools and methodologiesavailable, particularly for the collection of qualitative and quantitativedata. 5. Excellent Financial Management skills and the ability to interpretfinancial data. Proven experience of maintaining a close overview of fundsreceived/ disbursed, expenditure status, forecasting and reporting. 6. Proventrack record of addressing issues of under/ overspends and alerting managementof any cash-flow challenges. 7. Demonstrated ability to foster genuine andcollaborative partnerships to deliver activities and promote effective capacitybuilding. 8. IT literate with good knowledge of Microsoft Office and competencyin using Excel to manage financial tracking and reporting. 9. Experience ofdeveloping systems, procedures and tools for programme design, delivery andgrant management.
Personal Qualities (Essential – Desirable): • An understanding of, andcommitment to, USDC’s vision, mission, values and approach. 2. High level ofpersonal integrity and commitment. • Innovative, creative, critical thinker andproblem solver. • Excellent time management and organisational skills; abilityto work under own initiative under pressure to prioritise and manage variedworkload and competing deadlines; attention to detail. • Ability to lead,motivate and collaborate with others; excellent team worker, Self Driven,motivated and hard working, strong influencing, advocacy and negotiation skills• Adaptable and flexible approach, particularly when working in partnership. •Willingness and ability to regularly travel for work purposes across the threeproject districts (Nebbi, Adjumani and Lira) and to Kampala (USDC HQ) for theduration of the project. • Willingness to work outside the core hours,infrequently but as needed, to meet the requirements of the role.
You will report to the USDC Programme Manager, and maintain a close workingrelationship with AbleChildAfrica in the UK.
Location: Uganda (exact location is flexible), with regular travel to Nebbi,Adjumani and Lira
Reporting to: Programme Manager
Salary: Negotiable per NGO rates
How to Apply
Your application should include a tailored Curriculum Vitae (CV) of no morethan 2 sides of A4, attached copies of certificates and a cover letter of nomore than 2 sides of A4. Your cover letter should detail your relevantexperience; ensuring this is in line with the above job description and personspecification, and provides specific evidence demonstrating how you meet requirement.Application delivery see details on last page.
USDC strives to be an equal opportunities employer. We particularly encourageapplications from people with disabilities and people with direct experience ofliving or working with children with disabilities. All Persons with Disability(PWD) applicants who meet the minimum criteria will be offered an interview.USDC is committed to equality of opportunity and to non-discrimination for alljob applicants and employees, and we seek to ensure we achieve diversity in ourworkforce regardless of gender, race, religious beliefs, nationality, ethnic/national origin, sexual orientation, age, marital status or disability.
USDC is an equal opportunities organization and welcomes applications frompeople who identify themselves as disabled people and guarantees interviews tothose who meet our minimum criteria. Send your CV (max 2 pages); a letter ofmotivation (max 1 page) outlining how you meet the person specification (pleasestate current or most recent salary); the names and contacts of 3 professionalreferees.
Email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Can also hand deliver application addressed to the Executive Director, UgandaSociety for Disabled Children, Plot 112 Owen Road, Mulago Hill, Kampala. Tel0776675577/ 0703417044 Website: www.usdc.or.ug by 23.59 pm Friday, 11thDecember, 2019.
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