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Sunday 21 April 2013

Consultancy - Mercy Corps

Job tile Consultancy - Renewable Energy & Mini-Grid Project Development (218547-927)

Mercy Corps seeks a qualified, short-term Technical Advisor with a background in renewable energy and renewable electricity generation for isolated mini-grids to help with project development for an upcoming proposal that will twin to our current work in northern Uganda. It is expected that the Technical Advisor will contribute significantly to the final, written product while also providing considerable technical guidance toward the overall proposal design.


To provide technical guidance and support related to renewable energy and, particularly, renewable energy-based electricity generation for isolated mini-grids toward proposal development, design and finished product.


Work in close collaboration with Mercy Corps staff in the development of the project design, including:
− Participate in design meetings with Mercy Corps Uganda and Energy Technical Support Unit staff.

− Lead design workshop with partners.

− Provide a narrative review and accompanying logframe documenting the project design that successfully incorporates the vision of Mercy Corps and our partners as well as systemic thinking and facilitative development strategies into the best-fit project.

Conduct feasibility analysis and recommendations for mini-grids best fit to our geographic area of operation in northern Uganda, examining:
− Review of best practices and lessons from other locations

− Cost breakdown, financial sustainability, cost recovery, expected revenues, IRRs, expected outreach, key recommendations and any other relevant information and guidance.

− Recommendations for mini-grid operation, including required government involvement and permission, technical competence, required equipment and costs, etc.

− Completed Proposal Annexes 6, 3, 7.

Develop a table of technical and financial indicators according to Proposal Annex 2
Provide technical feedback on proposal narrative and budget for first and second drafts.
Provide technical guidance as needed.


Mercy Corps responsibilities for this consultancy include the following:

Provision of the necessary documents for review
Support for partnership development and overall program design; lead proposal writing.
In-country travel and related expenses

April 28: Arrives in Kampala

April 29-30: Initial document review and design meetings with Mercy Corps Uganda/Energy TSU

May 1: Design workshop with partners

May 2-3: Finalize project design, including logframe

May 8: Final mini-grid analysis, including feasibility, cost breakdown, financial sustainability, cost recovery, expected revenues (IRRs), expected outreach, key recommendations and any other relevant information (Proposal Annexes 6, 3, 7 and broader guidance), complete

May 9: Table of technical and financial indicators (Proposal Annex 2) complete

May 10: Departs Kampala

May 21: Comments on first narrative draft and budget due

May 27: Comments on second narrative draft and budget due

Overall level of effort up to 15 working days.


Experienced technical advisor for market-based energy projects, particularly rural electrification projects related to establishing and managing electricity generation for isolated mini-grids
Deep technical knowledge of renewable energy and micro-grid technologies
Strong project and proposal development background
Experience applying technical knowledge in developing country settings, ideally in East Africa
Understanding of market systems and facilitative approaches desired
Proven ability to work independently, delivering high-quality end products
Ability to structure and manage complex tasks in close coordination with a broad array of partners and other staff
Mercy Corps is an AA/EOE

How to apply:

Country Director - Kissito Healthcare International

Job title Country Director - Uganda

Position Overview: Kissito Healthcare International (KHI) is looking for a dynamic and self-driven individual for the Country Director position for its operations in Uganda. KHI develops and delivers low-cost, high impact, innovative, locally relevant, evidence-based solutions to improve the health and well being of people around the world. KHI currently has active programs in Uganda, Ethiopia, Somalia and South Sudan with a focus on Maternal, Newborn and Child Health; Research and Intervention in Childhood Disease; Nutrition and Acute Malnutrition Management; and Health Sector Strengthening, Integration and Capacity Building.

Based in Mbale, the Country Director (CD) will lead all ongoing programs in Uganda and work with the country staff to ensure the overall success of the Uganda program. The position of CD provides senior level content knowledge, technical assistance, consultation and support for the development and execution of project/program specific strategies. S/he exercises judgment within broadly defined practices and policies in selecting methods, techniques, and evaluation criteria for obtaining results. S/he determines methods and procedures on new assignments. S/he represents the project and the company to the host government, and other donors and cooperating agencies. The CD will help coordinate and support KHI’s team on the ground to achieve the program’s objectives, and forge stronger relations with the Ministry of Health and other government agencies and partners. S/He will help with managing many aspects of the program including strategy, budgets, implementation and team management.

The Country Director reports to the Chief Operating Officer.

Key Responsibilities: • Provides senior leadership, management oversight, and coordination to KHI Uganda programs • Maintain a trusted relationship and dialogue with the government based on a track record of delivering results that exceed expectations in speed and quality • Plan specific programmatic initiatives in the country to support the national program, support the team in program implementation and track progress against milestones • Provide high-quality technical assistance to the government as needed/requested, often under a short timeframe • Manage processes and tools for planning, budgeting and financial reporting • Manage process for internal and external donor reporting on a monthly and quarterly basis • Build and leverage strong effective relationships with key partners and stakeholders • Maintain appropriate bi-directional communication and information flow with HQ to ensure KHI’s capabilities are being fully leveraged on-the-ground • Provides subject matter expertise/technical assistance to all current programs, technical staff and administrators as per program requirements • Provides analytical and evaluative techniques to identify, consider, and resolve issues or problems • Uses various quantitative and qualitative techniques to perform contract or cooperative agreement tasks • Leads and/or reviews and monitors programmatic functions, i.e. development of work plans and budgets • Ensures quality of services and compliance per project/program requirements • Provides functional guidance to outside vendors to ensure deliverables are met within timelines and budgets as needed • Participates in and/or prepares necessary program-related reports, including presentations and white papers • Organizes and supports as needed project/program trainings, conferences, workshops, and meetings • Participates, and represents the organization as needed, in outside associations, conferences, and symposia • Leads and assists in research, data collection, policy formulation, training and capacity building efforts in support of contract/agreement activities and deliverables • Provides guidance to lower level staff members

  Qualifications & Skills:
• Advanced degree in a relevant discipline (MBA or an MPH Preferred). • 7+ years of experience in public health program management, health governance, health economics, policy formulation, or other field related to global health programs and leadership that should include at least 5 years of management experience • Experienced in working in environments that are less structured with few systems and processes and with minimal levels of supervision • Experience conceiving, planning and executing programs or projects with documented results • Proven track record of achievement and a desire to use skills to improve healthcare in developing countries • Substantive professional, social and cultural experience in a developing country is ideal • Fluent written and spoken English is required, Luganda is preferred. • Strong interpersonal, writing, presentation, and organizational skills are required • Experience working with bilateral and multilateral donor agencies is required • Demonstrated problem solving, analytic, financial and evaluative skills • Knowledge of project management methodology • Attention to detail and ability to effectively and efficiently perform multiple tasks and balance competing priorities often within a required time frame • Effective written and oral communication skills • Ability to take initiative and/or respond independently to situations • Ability to build trust-based relationships with peers in the Ministry of Health and influence work outcomes with partners, government & other stakeholders • Ability to navigate complex government processes, and at negotiating and achieving consensus • Proficient at working on highly complex problems without extensive structural or operational support • Mentor and lead teams for consistent performance willing to micro-manage as required • Ability to execute projects in collaboration with the Government - on time and within budget • Strong analytical and problem solving skills • Ability to work with limited resources (financial as well as human) • Excellent business-oriented oral and written communication skills

How to apply:
How to apply: All applications for this position should be sent to Sam.Rasoul@kissito.org. Please include your CV, minimum salary expectations & salary history, cover letter, and references. KHI provides equal employment to all participants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, veteran or marital status.

Program Director (Head of Mission) - Grassroots Reconciliation Group

Job title Program Director (Head of Mission)

The Grassroots Reconciliation Group (GRG) seeks a Program Director (Head of Mission) to head the office in Northern Uganda. GRG works on innovative peace-building and livelihood projects for the reintegration of former child soldiers and combatants. We are looking for a person with visionary ideas and someone who can take the lead in making the organization grow.

The Program Director (Head of Mission) will have the overall responsibility for implementation of programs in rural communities, as well as financial management, fundraising, and coordination with development partners and the local government.

Duties will include the following:
Managing the office with 3-4 other permanent staff and 2-3 international and local volunteers.

Managing livelihood and peace-building projects in 10-20 rural communities in northern Uganda, entailing weekly field visits. The job will be about 50% office-based and 50% field-based.

Financial management, budgets, and cost control.

Regular networking and outreach to other NGO partners, foundations, and other donors.

Leading GRG’s monitoring, evaluation and learning system, providing regular reporting for internal learning, donors, and others.

Working on grant proposals and fundraising activities.

Setting up GRG projects in new locations.

Supporting the design of projects and methodologies for field engagement.

Supporting GRG’s communications strategy including blogging, video uploads, etc.

The Grassroots Reconciliation Group (GRG) helps former child soldiers and combatants in war-torn northern Uganda reclaim their future through locally designed projects with the twin aims of reconciliation and small-scale development. Building directly on a previous 3-year USAID reconciliation program, GRG projects bring together former combatants of the rebel Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) and local community members to plan out their own paths to reintegration and reconciliation. This involves a broad range of locally designed interventions, from livelihoods, to trauma support and peace-building activities. By supporting these projects, GRG encourages the long-term social and economic rehabilitation of the war-weary people of northern Uganda. Registered as a 501c3 non-profit organization, GRG has worked with over 1100 people since 2007, and currently works with over 600 people in 12 communities between Gulu and the border with South Sudan. See www.grassrootsgroup.org for more information of our work.

Requirements: We are looking for a person with at least 2-3 years of experience with project management in a developing country (preferably in Sub-Saharan Africa), preferably with a background in conflict resolution and international development.

Key competencies:

High degree of self-motivation and proven ability to work independently

Project management skills, particularly on international development, livelihoods, and peace-building projects

Good cross-cultural communication skills

Good writing skills

Knowledge of sustainable development issues and conflict resolution

Grassroots community mobilization experience a plus.

Knowledge of northern Uganda a plus.

Excellent networker

Proven fundraising experience, in particular on grants.

Knowledge of multi-media, including web design, blogging, etc a plus

We offer a two year contract with initial salary of $1000-$1200 per month, depending on experience, along with health insurance. The Program Director will be expected to cover their own transport costs to the office in Gulu.

How to apply:
To apply, please send a CV/resume and cover letter to Kasper Agger, GRG co-founder at kasper@grassrootsgroup.org Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Please note in the subject line if you are already in Uganda.

Deadline for applications: 3 May 2013
Interviews will be conducted the following week. Candidate should be able to start in Uganda mid-June 2013 (recommended date: 17 June)

Grants & Partner Support Manager - AIDS Healthcare Foundation

Job Title: Grants & Partner Support Manager

Organisation: AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF)
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda
Reports to: Finance & Administrative Manager

About AHF Uganda:
AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) is an international not for profit NGO, with its Headquarters based in Los Angeles California, and is the largest community-based provider of HIV treatment and care in the United States of America.
AHF registered in Uganda as AHF-Uganda Cares, is collaboration between the Ministry of Health and AIDS Healthcare Foundation (U.S.A) to provide free HIV/AIDS services; including antiretroviral therapy in resource constrained settings.
AHF-Uganda Cares to date operates in 15 districts including; Masaka, Kampala, Rakai, Mpigi, Lyantonde, Soroti, Lwengo, Bukomansimbi, Kalungu, Amuria, Butambala, Gomba, Serere, Hoima and Tororo and supporting 21 clinic sites across Uganda

Key Duties and Responsibilities:

Ensure compliance with AHF/donor guidelines, procedures and contractual obligations, particularly on reporting, procurement, matching funds and visibility requirements; communicate to staff any donor regulations impacting their work.
Participate in prefunding partner capacity assessment, review funding applications, financial reports and financial audits of all partners to ensure effective internal controls, good governance, proper accountability and transparency.
Participate in program planning and support of all sites & partners to develop realistic work plans/budgets.

Train, Mentor and build staff & partner capacity in all sites to ensure adherence to AHF/Donor requirements.
Prepare accurate reports pertaining performance of sites and partners that will inform management decision making
Receive and review grants periodical reports for all funded sites/partners, for completeness and adherence to AHF/Donor requirements.
Monthly reconciliation of partner/site advances, identify gaps & provide formal feedback to partners & staff regarding the financial performance.
Design and use grant tracking/monitoring system to monitor partner expenditures for assigned activities, alert management on irregularities with recommendations for management action.
Take lead in program expansion through project identification, development and submission of winning grant/business proposals.
 Qualifications, Skills & Experience:

University degree in Accounting/Business related and a professional course either ACCA, CPA, CA is a MUST.
Training in Grants management or Project planning & management or any relevant course is an added advantage.
Minimum of 4 years working experience with an international NGO  or developmental agency involved in HIV /AIDS work and familiarity with donor funded projects.
Excellent computer skills especially Excel spreadsheets, Ms Word & PowerPoint.
Experience and knowledge in usage of relevant Accounting software.
Adaptation skills, and ability to work well in a multicultural environment
Highly motivated, responsible, self-directed, resourceful and flexible individual
Ability to respond to common inquiries or complaints from customers or partners, in a collaborative and team work approach.
Decision making and problem solving skills, Partnership and Negotiation skills
Excellent oral and written communication skills, analytical skills and strong interpersonal skills
Ability to plan, organize and implement multiple task, and problem solve, and ability to work under pressure, with minimum supervision
Sensitivity to ethics and confidentiality on finance, HR and HIV/AIDS client information.
How to Apply:
All interested candidates with the above qualifications and experience should send their C.V, photocopies of their relevant academic qualifications and application letter with 3 work related references addressed to;

The Regional Human Resource Manager,
AHF-uganda cares Secretariat
Plot 1, Baker Road, nakasero Hill.
P.o. Box 22914, Kampala
Or by email: globalhr@aidshealth.org

Deadline: Friday, 26th April, 2013

NB: Only short listed candidates will be contacted