Chief of Party (1 Position)

Job Description

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For over 90 years, Save the Children has been making a difference in children’s lives in more than 120 countries. We are the world’s largest independent child rights organisation, underpinned by a vision in a world in which every child attains the right to survival, protection, development and participation. Our mission to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children, and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives.

Save the Children is an organization for talented people with different backgrounds and perspectives. We are proud that our people are representative of the children we work with and we thrive on our diversity. We are an equal opportunity organisation dedicated to our core values of Accountability, Ambition, Collaboration, Creativity and Integrity. Our culture is embedded in these values, along with a strong commitment to our Child Safeguarding Protocol, ensuring that all representatives of Save the Children demonstrate the highest standards of behaviour towards children both in their private and professional lives.

In Uganda, we implement programmes in five thematic programme areas of Child Protection, Child Rights Governance, Education, Child Poverty, Health and Nutrition in development and emergency contexts. Save the Children delivers programs in over 36 districts in the North, Rwenzori, North-Eastern and Central regions of Uganda, Currently, Save the Children has a staff complement of 240 persons. We save children’s lives. We fight for their rights. We help them fulfil their potential.

Save the Children Uganda Country Office is looking to recruit for the following position:

Chief of Party (1 Position) : Location – To be Determined

Role Purpose:

The Food for Peace (FFP) Development Food Assistance Program (DFAP) is implementing a USAID-funded initiative in Uganda with the primary goal of improving food and nutrition security, and self-reliance among extremely poor households in refugee settlements and host communities in Kamwenge District in Western Uganda.  This initiative will be a pilot, multi-year “graduation activity” program which will include significant learning and research as well as engagement on the part of FFP and USAID’s Global Development Lab. Critical activities for this initiative will include the following: strong focus on households from both the Rwamwanja refugee settlement and neighboring host communities; targeted efforts for extremely poor households; and enrollment and graduation for one adult per household, typically the woman of the household.

Save the Children is currently recruiting for a Chief of Party (COP) who will provide overall management leadership, technical guidance, and comprehensive support for the food security/nutrition programs at the country level, including managing the response to food and nutrition emergencies and graduation activities within the scope of those programs. Of particular importance is the integration of long-term, sustainable interventions with the aim of reversing chronic food insecurity.  The Chief of Party is accountable for both the quality of program and for the effective financial and operational management thereof. S/he will serve as the management leader and coordinator of a team of agriculture/livelihoods, health/nutrition, commodity and other technical staff. The COP will also serve as the primary representative at national level for liaison with government, donors and partner agencies involved in the program. S/he will also liaise closely with field-based program managers who provide the direct liaison at regional, zonal and district levels with government partner agencies, local institutions and communities. The COP will be expected to play a pivotal role in the integration of the DFAP food security/nutrition programs and other complementary programs designed to address the causes and consequences of chronic food insecurity, and in the development of future funding proposals.

This is a senior leadership role and the recruit will serve as a key member of the project team in Uganda.

Academic background, Experience & Person Specifications;

  • –          Master’s degree in development studies, international relations, agriculture, nutrition, public health or related field
  • –          Minimum of ten years of progressively increasing management responsibility in international development projects
  • –          Prior experience managing development assistance projects of a similar size and scope in developing countries; experience managing multi-sectoral projects including agricultural development and maternal child health and nutrition
  • –          Proven leadership skills. Demonstrated experience recruiting, developing, and managing staff
  • –          Demonstrated ability to build and maintain relationships with host governments, donors, other donor-funded projects and stakeholders, local organizations, and partners
  • –          Understanding and demonstrated commitment to the importance of gender and youth issues in food security programming
  • –          Experience managing programmatic and financial reporting requirements
  • –          Excellent oral and written communication skills in English and other language(s), as required
  • –          Ability to travel within the country and internationally, as required
  • –          Able to produce thorough, high quality results within a tight timeframe and meet deadlines and deliverables to partners and donors
  • –     Ugandan nationals are strongly encouraged to apply.

Application information:

Please send a copy of your CV with a cover letter (attached as one document) indicating 3 referees, two of whom should have been direct supervisors to

Important to note:

–          Testimonials/certificates should not be attached to applications that are submitted online. Hand delivered applications will not be accepted and are therefore not considered during the shortlisting process.

–          Candidates from the districts/communities listed above are encouraged to apply. More information on the open positions is available at SCI district/regional offices.

Application closes on 24th February 2017 at midnight Uganda time.

We work with children, communities and governments all over the world and we believe in the right person for the job regardless of where you come from and how you identify yourself. We need to keep children safe so our selection process reflects our commitment to ensuring that only those who are suitable to work with children are considered for these posts. All successful applicants will therefore be required to complete a Police Check and must sign onto our Child Safeguarding Policy and organizational Code of Conduct.

Save the Children is an equal opportunity employer, persons with disabilities and female candidates are encouraged to apply.


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