Project Coordinator - Kulea Watoto Job at International Rescue Committee

International Rescue Committee

Project Coordinator - Kulea Watoto Job Post

Location:  Jobs in Uganda 2022 - 2023

Work Hours: Full-time, 08 hours per day

Salary: UGX

No. of vacancies: 01

Deadline: 31 July 2022

Hiring Organization: International Rescue Committee

Job Details:

The IRC has been working in Uganda since 1998 supporting refugees, vulnerable host communities and various institutions in the country notably the government, community-based organizations, the civil society and the private sector. Currently, the IRC in Uganda has presence across six sub-regions and six refugee settlements, implementing programming in the sectors of health, protection and rule of law (PRoL), women’s protection and empowerment (WPE), economic recovery and development (ERD), and education. IRC Uganda also implements cross-cutting programming focused on systems strengthening and accountability to affected persons. Recently, IRC Uganda extended support to the Afghan evacuee response in Entebbe.

Job Overview

The IRC has recently submitted a 3-year, 10 million USD project proposal, “Kulea Watoto,” or “Nurturing Care” to the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, which aims to improve access to quality early childhood care and development for children aged 5 and under through a two generational approach, reaching both young children and their adult caregivers through improved livelihoods opportunities. Kulea Watoto is anticipated to start in October 2022 and end in September 2025, and will be implemented across three districts of Uganda, specifically Kyegegwa, Kampala and Yumbe districts. It is anticipated that Kulea Watoto will be implemented in partnership with four local organizations, of which one will be responsible for the research component.

To provide oversight of the project, the IRC is seeking a Project Coordinator, who will be responsible for pushing forward all agreed project deliverables with the Hilton Foundation and work in collaboration with all project staff, including the IRC Uganda’s technical coordinators for economic recovery and development (ERD) and education, and IRC ERD and early childhood development (ECD) technical unit staff based in IRC headquarters. The role is based in Kampala with frequent travel to the project sites.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Complete project planning and scheduling, from the high-level planning phase to detailed short-term activity scheduling. 
  • Track project progress against high-level and detailed plans, troubleshooting and flagging barriers to success with relevant staff and leadership.
  • Ensure that project communications are timely, relevant and accurate, including regular status updates.
  • Manage and oversee the project budget, track expenditure and maintain accurate projections.
  • Support the project teams in developing, managing and implementing key project management tools, such as workplans, spending plans, procurement plans, etc.
  • Serve as the main liaison with the HQ technical unit focal points, ensuring that they provide technical insight and support to project activities and objectives.
  • Oversee consortium project management, acting as the program focal point with the implementing partner organizations to ensure that they are on track with their deliverables, targets and spending.  
  • Liaise with the PlayMatters and Re:Build project focal points to ensure that synergies and complementarities are incorporated in the Kulea Watoto project.
  • Coordinate with the International Philanthropy & Partnerships Senior Officer to ensure that all feedback and requests for information from the Hilton Foundation are timely addressed.
  • Represent program in donor-facing conversation.

Key Working Relationships


Position reports to: Senior Program and Accountability Coordinator

Indirect reporting to: Deputy Director, Programs

Other internal contacts: Kulea Watoto Program Managers; Technical Coordinators in ERD and Education; Partnership Coordinator; MEAL Coordinator; Grants Team; IRC ERD and ECD Technical Units

External: Implementing Partner Focal Points.


  • At least 5 years of professional experience responding to complex humanitarian crises and/or post-conflict situations.
  • Experience in project managing large-scale, cross-functional, multi-location projects, including overseeing teams across different locations.
  • Demonstrated creativity, ability to apply innovative thinking and problem-solving skills.
  • Excellent analytical, presentation, communication and representation skills.
  • Fluency in English (written and spoken) is essential, with demonstrated exceptionally strong writing and presentation skills.
  • Ability to navigate interpersonal and inter-departmental organizational and personnel dynamics to keep focus on goals and products.
  • Ability to work well under administrative and programmatic pressures.
  • Flexible to adapt to changing requirements.
  • High levels of attention to detail and strong organizational skills.
  • Ability to make difficult decisions, as necessary, to ensure that the project is on track and focused.
  • Strong commitment to the IRC’s mission, purpose and values.
  • Must be able to work independently while being a team player.
  • Experience with training and staff capacity building.
  • Experience managing and supporting partners.
  • Experience representing programs to donors or clients.
  • Strong cross-cultural communication skills and eager to work as part of a diverse team. Sensitive to interpersonal differences and a range of viewpoints.
  • Exceptional advance planning and organizational skills. Able to effectively prioritize and follow multiple activities and deadlines simultaneously.
  • Analytical, strategic, and able to proactively develop solutions to complex challenges.
  • Reliable, patient, and able to work independently in a fast-paced environment. Comfortable with ambiguity.

Working Environment

Current security level is yellow across all IRC operating areas in Uganda, with the exception of Karamoja region which is orange. The security situation across the country is generally calm with main concerns related to petty crime.

The position is based in Kampala, with expected travel to all project locations.

Please note

This position is contingent on approved donor funding.

Deadline for receiving applications is July 31st 2022.

Application procedure


Date Posted: 2022-07-11




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