Senior Initiative Manager job at Future Options Consulting Ltd

Future Options Consulting Ltd

Senior Initiative Manager job Post

Location:  Jobs in Uganda 2022 - 2023

Work Hours: Full-time, 08 hours per day

Salary: UGX

No. of vacancies: 01

Deadline: 09 September 2022

Hiring Organization: Future Options Consulting Ltd

Job Details:

Knowledge, Skills & Competences
• Sets high standards of performance for self and/or others; successfully completes assignments; sets standards of excellence rather than having standards imposed; ensures interactions and transactions are ethical and convey integrity.
Integrity: Maintains social, ethical, and organizational norms; firmly adheres to codes of conduct and ethical principles inherent to the organization.
Communicating with Impact
• Diplomatically, logically and clearly conveying information and ideas through a variety of media to individuals or groups in a manner that engages the recipient / audience and helps them understand and retain their message.
Facilitating Change
• Supports and manages the change process at by developing a culture affirmative of change; encouraging others to seek and act upon opportunities for different and innovative approaches to addressing problems and opportunities; critically analyzing evolving and fluid situations, facilitating the implementation and acceptance of change within the workplace; actively engaging with resistance to change.
Strengthening Partnership
• Identifying and utilizing opportunities within and outside of the organization to develop effective strategic relationships between one's area and other areas/departments/units or external organizations to achieve objectives.
Management Excellence
• Makes the connection between values and performance. Influences the performance of others, and ultimately, the performance of the organization. Sets direction, coaches & develops, promotes staff wellness & safety, practices & promotes compliance, models gender equity & diversity, communicates effectively.
Developing Teams
• Using appropriate methods and a flexible interpersonal style to help build a cohesive team; facilitates the completion of team goals.
• Promoting, valuing, respecting and fully benefiting from everyone's unique qualities, background, race, culture, age, gender, disability, values, lifestyle, perspectives or interests; creating and maintaining a work environment that promotes diversity.
• Expected to well adjust with the country, the Co-operating environment and with the Program team to function effectively and efficiently
• Ability to demonstrate to enhance skills and capacity of staff working in the field and office for them continue to serve in the future program activities
• Good communication, presentation, public speaking, discussion, and negotiation skills.
• Good research, evidence-generation, policy debate and advocacy skills.
• Organizing skills and capacity to multi-task in rapidly changing and fast-paced environments.
Knowledge of and demonstrated personal commitment to relevant organizational codes of conduct including anti-fraud and anti-corruption, safeguarding etc.
To achieve this overarching goal, this initiative will advance five specific objectives:
• Support the Uganda Microfinance Regulatory Authority's (UMRA) finalization of the savings groups' registration guidelines and implementation plan
• Strengthen the Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development ability to develop and finalize the national Self-Help Group (SHG) policy framework through a consultative process.
• Support the evidence generation, research to policy publication and dissemination efforts of the Project for Financial Inclusion in Rural Areas (PROFIRA) initiative.
• Support the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development, Uganda Women Entrepreneurship Programme (UWEP) by strengthening and embedding improved monitoring, research, and implementation approaches in the second phase of UWEP.
• Support MOGLSD on the planning and Implementation of the World Bank GROW project.
• Support different MDAs in planning and implementation of the Parish development model.

Job Summary
• The Senior Initiative Manager (SIM) provides overall leadership of the initiative.
• The SIM is responsible for providing strategic direction, project management oversight, and technical leadership on program quality and learning (POL).
• The SIM is responsible for partnership management, strategic engagement of stakeholders, and people management of the staff working on this initiative.
• The SIM will ensure that the initiative is gender transformative and achieves the best value for money.

Responsibility #1: Project MANAGEMENT Oversight (SIMO)
The SIM is responsible for ensuring timely delivery of planned deliverables as per approved proposal, budget, and grant agreement.
This will require the SIM to secure required staffing, partnerships, consultants, volunteers, equipment, and other resources on time.
• This will require the SIM to provide effective oversight for planning, implementation and regular reviews of all implementations plans and budgets, providing timely remedial actions.
• It will require the SIM to ensure proper management of sub-granting process and supervision of implementing partners as per award and sub-award policy.
• It will require the SIM to ensure effective budget management oversight including effective budget planning and monitoring of budget utilisation to ensure a culture of zero tolerance to overspends and underspends and ultimately, zero No-Cost Extensions (NCES).
• It will require the SIM to ensure effective risk management across, where risks are clearly defined and managed using appropriate risk management system and tools.
Responsibility #2: Program QUALITY assurance and LEARNING (POL)
• The SIM is responsible for program quality, accountability, and learning, ensuring the project delivers high quality results empowering women and girls.
• This will require the SIM to embrace and embed quality markers (gender, resilience, governance) across the project cycle, regularly monitoring and reporting progress using the established MEAL system including quarterly program dashboards and other reporting systems like PIIRS.
• It will require the SIM to maintain a solid PQL field footprint and consistent field presence across locations where the initiative is implemented across the country.
• It will require the SIM to establish and implement effective reporting mechanisms which allows the project to report progressively and account for their resources to donors, government of Uganda, beneficiaries: this will include individual monthly reports from staff as well as quarterly and annual donor reports.
• The SIM will ensure the quality, transparency, timeliness and consistency of these reports and the reporting mechanism.
• The SIM will ensure quality engagement at PQL platforms including monthly Program Review Meetings (PRMs) and quarterly PQL workshops. It will require the SIM to define the research, evaluation and learning agenda and ensure that the research is robust, evaluations are rigorous, and learning is intentional and continuous.
• It will require the SIM to effectively manage a growing body of knowledge and credible evidence generated through research, evaluation, and learning, and to use the knowledge and evidence to inform design of new initiatives, inform strategic debates or discourse and influence development policy, practice and programs.
• It will require the SIM to ensure robust communications and visibility across different platforms like shares, social media using quality content.
Responsibility #3: Strategic ENGAGEMENT and NETWORKING (SEN)
• The SIM is responsible for external engagement, representation and influencing systemic change at the highest level using different platforms, networks, alliances, and coalitions.
• This will require the SIM to constantly review the initiative strategies, approaches, and models to ensure the initiative is protecting and empowering women and girls and aligned with GOU priorities, regional and global development landscape including global goals and International vision 2030.
• This will require the SIM to regularly represent the initiative within global networks and across different external platforms including Technical Working Groups and INGO coordination mechanisms and especially with Women's Organisations and networks at national and international level.
• It will require the SIM to regularly engage with and maintain strategic relationships with current and potential donors, relevant GOU line ministries, INGO and local NGOs implementing similar programs.
• It will require the SIM to regularly engage with and maintain strategic relationships with research, evaluation and learning partners.
• It will require the SIM to engage and maintain influential relationships with advocacy coalitions, social media platforms and mainstream media. It will require the SIM to bring credible knowledge and evidence from the initiative to inform strategic discourse, policy debate and advocacy initiatives positioning and its partners as evidence-based and datadriven actor within the sector.
• It will require the SIM to produce think pieces, research papers and publications to inform and influence strategic and technical debates/discourse within the sector, especially on how this initiative is contributing to gender transformation and empowerment of girls and women.
• This will require the SIM to establish a structure for external engagement and mechanism for reporting back to ensure feedback is shared and applied across the organization.
Responsibility #4: Human Resource MANAGEMENT (HRM)
• The SIM is responsible to hiring, training, and retaining a gender-balanced, competent, and motivated team of professional staff, consultants and volunteers by establishing a collaborative team culture, high team performance standards and transparent team performance management practice using appropriate combination of reward, recognition and reprimand.
• The SIM is required to ensure gender equity and diversity within the team and nurture core values and code of conduct.
• The SIM will promote continuous learning and professional development of the team through on-job learning, relevant exposures, and appropriate stretch assignments.
• The SIM will ensure transparent and visible workflow across the team through Microsoft TEAMS, outlook calendar and other appropriate platforms. The SIM will ensure that annual performance goals and regular evaluations are conducted in a timely manner.
• Responsibility #5: Project Steering and Coordination (PSC)
• Establish project governance mechanism including Steering Committee (SC) and Project Management Unit (PMU) to ensure effective project steering and coordination.
• Serve as Chairperson of the Project Management Unit (PMU) and ensure regular monthly meetings take place, are well documented and agreed upon actions followed-up.
• Serve as Secretary of the SC to prepare and document SC meetings and to follow up on agreed upon actions;
• Ensure SC Chairperson calls for SC meetings with heads of partner agencies.
• Ensure effective mechanisms for information sharing and cooperation with other complementary initiatives with which the GATES funded project will collaborate ( services actors, agricultural actors), including organizing regular coordination meetings with them.
• Ensure effective mechanisms for joint planning, integrated implementation, joint & participatory monitoring, and management between partners.
• Support effective mechanisms for information sharing and cooperation among partners and other key stakeholders at all levels.
Responsibility #6: Promote Gender Equity and Diversity and Safeguarding Practices (5%)
• Practice a behaviour consistent with core values and promote gender equity and diversity goals.
• Play a leadership role in identifying and implementing initiatives that enhance commitment to gender and diversity.
Ensure that Safeguarding policies and procedures are adhered to by all and the staff that S/he supervisors both directly and indirectly
• Ensure that staff and related personnel under your jurisdiction are familiar with the following organisational policies and procedures and can identify when needed how these may have been breached. The CI Safeguarding policy, Protection from Sexual Harassment, Exploitation and Abuse and Child Abuse, The anti-discrimination and harassment policy, The code of conduct and the organizations Values.
Responsibility #7: Any other duties assigned from time to time (5%)
• Any other duties incidental to the role or assigned by supervisor.

• Master's degree in development relevant field of study from reputable institution is a MUST".
• Professional training and experience in project management, Monitoring and Evaluation.
• Professional training in budget management, people management and communications.
• Professional training in research, analytical writing, advocacy, and policy influencing.
• Professional experience in economic empowerment models including financial inclusion.
• Professional training and experience in gender equality women and girls' empowerment

Details of experience
• Experience managing similar programs with similar complexity and context.
Experience in gender transformative approaches, including specific experience in working with and empowering women and girls in emergency or conflict or disaster settings.
• Experience in program design, proposal writing, resource mobilisation.
• Experience in managing a diverse and complex team of professionals.
• Experience in networking and strategic relationships management at National level.
• Experience in Private sector engagement and enterprise development.


Application procedure

Interested candidates should send their documents to; not later than 9th September 2022
Application deadline: 2022-09-09

Date Posted: 2022-09-03




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