Uganda: Country Representative, BRAC Uganda

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Organization: BRAC
Country: Uganda
Closing date: 31 Jul 2019

Career with BRAC International

BRAC is a development success story, spreading anti-poverty solutions born in Bangladesh to 10 other developing countries in Asia and Africa, making it a global leader in providing opportunities for the world’s poor.

BRAC was founded in Bangladesh in 1972 by Sir Fazle Hasan Abed, and is today one of the top leaders in developing cost-effective, evidence-based poverty innovations in extremely poor, fragile and post-disaster settings. BRAC started its first programme outside of Bangladesh in Afghanistan in 2002 through the Stichting BRAC International, which is registered in the Netherlands. BRAC International is currently reaching over 19 million people beyond Bangladesh and creating opportunities to break the cycle of poverty.

With a holistic approach that uses a wide array of interventions including microfinance, education, healthcare, legal services and more, BRAC invests in communities’ own human and material resources, catalyzing lasting change and creating an ecosystem in which the poor have the chance to seize control of their own lives. Of the world’s top development and humanitarian relief organisations, BRAC is one of the few based in the global south. In February 2019, BRAC was ranked as the number one NGO in the world for the fourth consecutive year by the Geneva-based NGO Advisor, an independent media organisation committed to highlighting innovation, impact and governance in the non-profit sector.

BRAC Uganda launched its first pilot programmes in 2006. Through its unparalleled network of 159 branches across 80 districts, BRAC Uganda creates large scale, positive changes though a holistic and integrated set of programmes in Microfinance, Agriculture, Food Security and Livelihood (AFSL), Empowerment and Livelihoods for Adolescents (ELA), Education, Early Childhood Development (ECD), Ultra-poor graduation, Health, Nutrition, and WASH, and a Seed Social Enterprise. BRAC also operates a highly capable Independent Research and Learning Unit in Uganda.

BRAC International is seeking application from competent, dynamic and self-motivated individuals to fill up the following position –

Country Representative, BRAC Uganda

The role provides immense opportunity to play an increasingly important and decisive strategic role within BRAC International while leading a diverse workforce in-country. The jobholder formulates country strategy and Annual Operating Plan (AOP), ensures quality progarmme development and implementation, resource mobilization, and manages finance and human resources according to the relevant values, policies, protocols and standards of BRAC and BRAC Uganda and builds a sustainable country operation. S/he represents BRAC International in the country at different platforms and ensures its profile and reputation with stakeholders are strong and reflect organizational value, vision and mission. The role is reportable to the Director, Africa region and closely works with programme anchors and other unit heads in BRAC International based in the head office and affiliate offices in the UK, and USA and fundraiser representatives in the Netherlands. Job responsibilities include but not limited to the following –

Key Responsibilities:

  • Lead the development and implementation of high quality country strategic plan and AOP relevant to the local context and the organizational priorities
  • Lead, guide and supervise the program managers on planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the projects to ensure the effective and efficient execution of project deliverables

  • Lead and oversee the grants acquisition and management effort in the country ensuring long-term health of the portfolio and achievement of annual targets

  • Strengthen the financial sustainability of programs and operations through effective and efficient resource development effort, outstanding healthy financial ratios, and effective budget administration

  • Ensure adequate systems are in place and followed, regarding program procurements, management and maintenance of project assets, regular inventories and similar activities

  • Develop brand and reputation among foreign and national governments, partners, donors and other stakeholders, and develop and maintain productive relationships and be the BRAC’s representative and spokesperson to all publics, including local and international media/ audience

  • Direct and manage staffing in the country while focusing on developing capabilities appropriate to the strategic and operational needs of projects/programs and also the needs of both the present and the future within the country and create ownership among local staff

  • Ensure proper and transparent management of resources and reporting systems are established in the country in accordance with the policy and procedures and all regulatory requirements of BRAC, host country governments and donor’s policy

  • Visit projects to encourage, advice, build relationships, evaluate and inspect the funded projects. Accordingly follow-up with the program managers on the findings of audit, risk register and monitoring report

  • Drive, develop, and ensure the adaption, integration, and learning around key areas including safeguarding, gender equity and diversity, monitoring and evaluation framework, risk management registrar in place and updated regularly.

  • Uphold, promote, follow and apply the Core Values and Mission of BRAC in the host country

  • Establish a safeguarding culture across all level of the programme by implementing the safeguarding policy. Act as a key source of support, guidance and expertise on safeguarding for establishing a safe working environment

  • Responsible to ensure team members are appropriately trained, supported and have access to resources regarding issues that are identified and actioned in accordance with the safeguarding policy and procedure

  • Follow the safeguarding reporting procedure in case any reportable incident takes place, encourage others to do so.

Other responsibilities:

  • Organize national and international workshop/seminar to represent the BRAC and commence new initiatives
  • Attend different national/ international events
  • Engage with different service providers to ensure input procurements for smooth implementation of programme activities
  • Organize and participate in inter program coordination meeting like Audit review committee meeting, Country Management Team (CMT)meeting, compliance meeting
  • Communicate and discuss with other civil society, organizations, relevant persons & bodies like educationist, economist to find out the members for advisory committee
  • Consult and collaborate with Lawyers to resolve legal issue

Educational Requirements: Masters in any Discipline.

Required Competencies:

  • Professional knowledge in diverse development approaches
  • Demonstrable leadership, managerial and administrative skills
  • Strong people skill with ability to influence and build credibility at all levels and establish collaborative working relationships
  • Ability to think strategically, conceptualize new ideas, digest and analyse complex information and present coherent work plan
  • Ability to analyze situations or problems and make timely and accurate decision
  • Ability to anticipate changes, capitalize on future opportunities and drive changes effectively
  • Excellent in networking and relationship building
  • Knowledgeable in current and future policies, practices, trends and information relevant to the organization and its operations at host country
  • Ability to write and speak clearly and concisely in variety of communication settings
  • Culturally sensitive and comfortably work with diverse workforce
  • Ability to effectively work remotely, across time zones, decentralized and geographically diverse organizational structure
  • Flexible to travel widely within the country and internationally

Experience Requirements:

  • 10+ years’ proven programme management experience, preferably in Uganda or east Africa
  • Preferred to have experience as Country Director/equivalent role or Deputy Country Director/ equivalent role in INGOs

Employment type: Contractual

Salary: Negotiable

Job Location: Country Office, Kampala, Uganda

How to apply:

If you feel you are the right match for the above mentioned position, please follow the application instructions accordingly:

External candidates need to email their CV with a letter of interest mentioning educational grades, years of experience, current and expected salary at recruitment.bi@brac.net

Internal candidates need to apply with their latest CV including all job assignments in detail with BRAC PIN and email to internal.bi@brac.net

Please mention the name of the position and AD# BI 27/19 in the subject bar

Only complete applications will be accepted and short listed candidates will be contacted

Women and African nationals are highly encouraged to apply

Application deadline: 31 July 2019

BRAC is committed to safeguarding children, young people and adults, and expects all employees and volunteers to share the same commitment. We believe every stakeholder and every member of the communities we work with has the right to be protected from all forms of harm, abuse, neglect, harassment, and exploitation – regardless of age, race, religion, gender, status as an individual with a disability or ethnic origin. Therefore, our recruitment policy and procedure include extensive background checks and disclosure of criminal records in order to ensure safeguarding to the fullest extent.

BRAC is an equal opportunities employer

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