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JSI Job Opening: SPRING/Uganda Country Manager (based in Kampala)

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27 Oct 2014, 14:39

SPRING/Uganda Country Manager Job Description Function The Country Manager is the SPRING project’s highest level representative in Uganda. The incumbent will be responsible for defining the strategic direction for SPRING/Uganda, and will oversee implementation of the SPRING/Uganda program. He/she will supervise a team of locally hired staff, coordinate and oversee technical support from SPRING/Washington, and serve as SPRING’s primary point of contact for USAID Uganda. The position will be based in Kampala, Uganda with frequent travel to other SPRING/Uganda offices. The Country Manager will report to the Director of Country Initiatives in Arlington, VA. Strengthening Partnerships, Results, and Innovations in Nutrition (SPRING) is a five-year cooperative agreement funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to provide state-of-the-art technical support and facilitate country-led, regional, and global programs to improve the nutritional status of women and children. The SPRING implementation team consists of JSI Research & Training Institute, Inc., Helen Keller International (HKI), the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Save the Children (SC), and The Manoff Group (TMG). USAID/Uganda has requested support to implement district-level nutrition programming in the Southwest and East Central regions. The incumbent will lead this work on behalf of SPRING. Responsibilities 1. Develop and oversee all aspects of the SPRING/Uganda portfolio. 2. Define strategic direction for SPRING/Uganda. Identify opportunities for project growth and development. 3. Lead development of work plans and budgets. Secure approval and commitment from SPRING/Washington and USAID/Uganda. 4. Oversee implementation of project activities, and ensure performance against targets. Take corrective action where necessary. 5. Manage project budgets, and identify and supervise a team of high performing national operations and program staff. 6. Ensure the technical integrity of the project. Identify technical assistance (TA) needs, and work with SPRING Washington to identify appropriate TA providers. 7. Oversee project monitoring and evaluation. Ensure use of data for decision making, and ensure timely quality reporting to SPRING/Washington, USAID/Uganda and USAID/Washington. 8. Ensure compliance with SPRING and USAID rules and regulations. 9. Manage relationships with USAID/Uganda, SPRING partners, SPRING/Washington and other key stakeholders at country level. 10. Engage with key Government Agencies and other stakeholders in particular to support the implementation of SPRING/Uganda. 11. Represent SPRING in national and regional forums. Document program successes, and serve as an advocate for SPRING/Uganda. 12. Develop and maintain a detailed understanding of the health and nutrition issues in Uganda including national policy development, key players in government, INGOs, UN and national/regional and local civil society organizations. 13. Represent SPRING global program interests at country level, and contribute to SPRING global success at global level. 14. Travel domestically to project sites (approximately 25%), and internationally as needed. Qualifications 1. Master’s degree in nutrition, public health, social sciences, international development, or a related field. 2. At least 15 years of experience leading, managing and implementing large international development projects in nutrition, health policy, health systems strengthening, behavior change communication, community development, food security, or a related field. 3. Demonstrated success across the whole range of project management: strategic program planning; work planning and budgeting; financial, administrative, contractual management and oversight; relationship management with multiple clients; oversight of program monitoring and evaluation; and documentation of results for USAID-funded programs. 4. Superior leadership, management and communication skills, including demonstrated experience interacting with U.S. Government agencies, host country governments and other relevant stakeholders. 5. Excellent English language skills, both written and spoken with strong presentation skills. Ability to prepare and disseminate project findings, success stories and other documents effectively. 6. Strong interpersonal and organizational skills. 7. Several years of professional experience working in Uganda preferred. 8. Proven ability to supervise and mentor staff from different cultures. 9. Working knowledge of Microsoft software packages: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook. Please apply at:

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