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Saturday 5 October 2013

Program Manager - The Water Trust

Job Title Program Manager
Organization The Water Trust
City Kampala
Country Uganda
Category Management
Closing date: 20 Oct 2013

The Water Trust (TWT) provides sustainable investments in water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) to combat disease and poverty in the developing world and allow people to live empowered lives of dignity. Currently, TWTs geographic focus is western Uganda. TWT implements community driven projects, the majority of which are village partnerships that consist of a hand dug well, TWT-facilitated Community Led Total Sanitation and monitoring and evaluation of these developments that are implemented in collaboration with the local government, village and TWT. Additionally, TWT implements pilot studies aimed to improve the long-term management of the water sources.

Position: Project Area Manager Reports to: Executive Director, TWT and Board of Directors, New York, NY Responsible for: Ensuring project work is carried out efficiently and to budget Based In: Masindi, Uganda Salary: Based on experience and education. TWT offers a flexible leave allowance; one annual flight, benefits & visa/work permit costs. Hours: Provisionally 40 hours per week – Mon to Fri (though these are often longer and include weekends depending upon workload) Main Purpose of the Job • To execute on a program of water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) community-driven implementation, education and monitoring projects in target areas • To ensure that the program is done in accordance with an agreed work plan and budget • Manage a team of 14 full-time employees and 5 contracted employees in two different locations (Masindi and Kiryondongo Districts of western Uganda)

Key Relationships • Maintain a strong communications link with US management, Board of Directors and development partners • Liaise with Local Government officials, suppliers, development partners and stakeholders

Scope of the Job • Ensure field activities are implemented on time through efficient planning and logistical management • Provide regular reports to US Management on all operational aspects of the project (weekly and quarterly) in a clear and effective communication style • Manage the authoring of webpage with pictures, video and commentary • Maintain records in accordance with internal regulations • Develop quarterly and annual work plans and budgets to meet targets successfully in collaboration with US Management • Financial modeling, budgeting and planning for $400,000 budget and a team of 14 employees • Build and maintain a strong working relationship with local Government officials and other development partners keeping them abreast of project progress and seeking their feedback • Oversea and conduct strategic planning in alliance with TWT and needs of local WASH space • Represent TWT at local, district and national levels in a professional manner • Ensure project staff are motivated and morale is kept high • To carry out additional reasonable tasks as required

Person Specification: The ideal candidate will have management experience in a developing country, excellent oral and written communication skills, strong planning and organizational skills, patience and a sense of humor Knowledge/Qualifications • Educated to degree level (or equivalent) • Project management skills and the capacity to manage time and workload effectively • Ability to meet heavy workloads and multiple project deadlines simultaneously • Able to absorb information quickly, understand it and make decisions based upon it within a short timeframe • Good working knowledge of IT; word processing, spreadsheets, Excel databases, email and comfortable with illustrative media, photo & video production • Attention to detail and organization • Understanding and fluency of budgeting, financing, accounts and overseeing internal and external regulations • Driving license (4wd off road experience preferable)

Experience • Experience of working at management level within a developing world context (preferably within a WASH context) for a minimum of 2 years • Experience managing a team of 10 or more people • Experience of communicating with parties in all levels of organization in a manner most appropriate to the party concerned • Experience of dealing with external stakeholders, including Government Officials • Experience in simultaneously managing multiple projects with different deadlines • Experience implementing, evaluating and making suggestions for improvements of new ideas and strategies

Skills and Attributes • Strong leadership ability; possessing confidence, humility and integrity • Highly motivated individual, a "self-starter" able to manage their own time, coordinate staff and other parties and balance an extensive range of tasks • Excellent oral and written communication skills • Comfortable operating independently; entirely self-sufficient with the resourcefulness and confidence to resolve situations in isolation • Strong planning and problem solving skills • High frustration threshold and ability to cope with stress

How to apply:
• No later than October 20, 2013 email current CV, cover letter, 2 references and answers to the below questions to jobs@watertrust.org; CV only applications will not be considered. • Why do you want to work for The Water Trust? • Give an example of when you were a self-starter in the past? • Due to the number of applications received only finalists will be contacted.