Gender and Women Empowerment Program Manager at Alight

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  • Company: Alight
  • Location: Uganda
  • State: Uganda
  • Job type: Full-Time
  • Job category: NGO Jobs in Uganda
Job Description

Hello Hello! Alight is recruiting Gender and Women Empowerment Programme Manager for our program in Uganda to be based at Kampala Office. You’re interested in joining us? Welcome, we’re happy you’re here!

If you join us, you will find… A team with deep experience in co-designing solutions that create new value around the world. We know we need to always be better, and we believe in the power and abundance of everyday people, everywhere, to change the world with us. A culture of radical accountability to our customers –as we help build a meaningful life for and with the displaced, we ask them what they want and then deliver on it. Reporting to the Head of Programmes, the Gender and Women Empowerment Programme Manager will be responsible for providing overall leadership and management of the program through structured oversight and coordination with ALIGHT team members, partners, government and stakeholders, private and public sector stakeholders. He/she will be responsible for analyzing and constantly adapting to an ever-changing political, economic and social context to ensure that the program meets its objectives in terms of quality, scope, budget and schedule, while creating lasting, positive and gender-transformative changes for women and girls in refuge settlements of Nakivale, Oruchinga, Kyaka II Rwamwanja and Kyangwali. He/ she will set the strategic direction and provide program leadership with respect to the vision to develop and implement holistic, transformative, gender-focused programming and rights-based in accordance with best practices and feminist principles. He/she will be required to harness strategic partnerships at National, Districts and Local level to support including private partnerships to improve the Impact of the programme and ensure clear sustainability.

Key Duties & Responsibilities Strategic Direction • Under the Supervision of HoP and Technical Support from Country Protection Technical Lead, the Programme Manager will assume overall responsibility for strategic Leadership of the programme including designing implementation plans, hiring staff, budget tracking and programme roll out in 5 settlements • S/He will Establish and ensure an unwavering commitment to a feminist and gender-transformative program strategy and team culture that promotes gender equality, diversity and inclusion not only in implementation, but also within resources of the program, operational approaches and governance structures of the program. Recognize opportunities for innovative action and create an environment where alternative viewpoints are welcome. • Set up and coordinate the program steering bodies (program steering committee, etc.). • Organize regular partner meetings to monitor program progress and recommend corrective actions to resolve issues if necessary. • Ensure the development and implementation of a program advocacy strategy to advance key issues that reflect project priorities and learnings with government, donors and other stakeholders. Ensure the development and implementation of a research and learning agenda to gather data and knowledge from the program to inform and contribute to strong and informed advocacy efforts. • With Support from Head of Program and Protection Technical lead, take Lead the program’s public engagement activities, including program launch, press releases, documenting successes and disseminating feedback • Support ALIGHT Country Gender, Diversity and Social Inclusion Strategy Implementation Program Program Management • Lead program planning and implementation to achieve key results, outputs and targets, overseeing all aspects (programmatic, financial, administrative, personnel management) to ensure they meet timelines, scope and the budget. • Work closely with consortium partners to ensure complementary and collaborative integrated planning and implementation. • Ensure that all program interventions are of high quality and lead to measurable impact. This includes, but is not limited to, overseeing the program implementation plan and preparation of the annual work plan, identifying external technical assistance needs, ensuring that appropriate management practices are used in program implementation and that monitoring, and evaluation systems are used to provide timely management Ensure program resources are used efficiently, effectively, and transparently to achieve desired results. • Regularly review program work plans, analyzing results and desired impact against the ever-changing national context, making critical recommendations for rapid adaptations as needed, based on real data and analysis disaggregated by sex. • Ensure that the program meets ALIGHT minimum program management standards and funder requirements; Guide the team for high quality implementation that are in line with national and global strategies and recognized good practices. • Supervise and guide the M&E (Monitoring, Evaluation, team of the program in carrying out a gender and power analysis; develop innovative quality and program monitoring tools and conduct quality monitoring through participatory methodologies that promote gender equality, diversity and social inclusion. • Manage the program budget and perform financial forecasting to inform cost-effective and on-budget programming. Develop and oversee systems to monitor monthly expenses. In collaboration with finance staff, prepare annual budgets based on donor-approved program contracts and ensure compliance with donor requirements. • Coordinate the development of program standard operating procedures, manuals and policies, and other compliance guidelines. • Implement tools for promoting environmental sustainability in delivery mechanisms and project programming. • Lead risk management and mitigation actions, regularly update tools and facilitate risk awareness within the team. • Oversee program security to ensure the safety and security of all team members and participants. Program Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting • Oversee the design and implementation of Monitoring, Evaluation, and procedures that prioritize gender-disaggregated data and participatory and inclusive approaches. • Oversee the development and updating of the program monitoring and evaluation plan to ensure that the program achieves its expected results, as well as its implementation to collect quantitative and qualitative baseline and routine monitoring data to monitor program performance and support decision-making. • Plan and conduct quarterly and annual program and review meetings to assess progress, adjust plans and capture/disseminate lessons learned. • Plan and conduct mid-term and final program evaluations. Coordinate the production of donor reports and ensure the submission of complete and high-quality reports, as well as the timely submission and approval of financial and narrative reports. Team Management • Create and maintain a work environment of mutual respect where accountability is encouraged, alternative viewpoints are welcomed, gender equality is prioritized, where the team strives for excellence and is conducive to professional growth. • Foster a strong team spirit. • Promote and emphasize capacity development, deepen understanding and ownership of individual roles and strengthen performance management systems through the implementation of a comprehensive staff training plan. • Promote accountability, communicate expectations, and provide constructive feedback informally and formally through regular one-on-one interviews and performance reviews. • Recruit and orient new team members, ensuring that human resources management reflects the project’s vision for gender equality and ensuring that staff are familiar with systems, procedures, and agency protocols for successful implementation. • Provide ongoing supervision, leadership, support, guidance and mentoring directly to program staff under the supervision of the Head of Program. Support national staff development in line with program objectives so that national staff increasingly take on decision-making and management roles. • Ensure that high standards of prevention and response to sexual exploitation and abuse are in place, in accordance with the ALIGHT Policy and Code of Conduct. Coordination And Representation • Represent ALIGHT and the program at relevant external meetings and events, leading to better coordination and information sharing. • Develop and maintain good working relationships to promote support, acceptance of ALIGHTs, and inclusion of local perspectives of women and girls in the project approach, emphasizing the importance of advancing gender equality sexes. • Support the programmatic and strategic relationship with the funder. • Perform any other professional duties assigned. Requirements • Master’s Degree in Education, Health, Social work, Development Studies, Community Psychology, or related field with relevant training in project planning and management, child protection or gender. • A minimum of 7 years’ of mid-to senior level management experience in developing, implementing and evaluating protection, livelihood, and/or implementation of community based activities with a focus on adolescent girls and young women. • Experience in Gender programming and mainstreaming • Training in results-based management and monitoring, evaluation and reporting • Comprehensive knowledge of case management, linkages, integration of multiple programmes and activities across the continuum of care. • Detailed knowledge of community-based services, structures, national policies, and programs. • Experience building budgets and facilitating work planning • Qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis skills preferred • Sensitivity of cultural differences and understanding of the political and ethical issues surrounding gender • Experience in stakeholder engagement with government, donors, civil society at senior levels of authority. • Proven ability to represent and influence policy direction and decisions. • Proven skills, knowledge and experience in program management, as well as community empowerment and community systems strengthening. Behavioral competences: • Strong leadership skills yet with ability to work individually and within a team. • High level of attention to detail, ability to multi-task and work well under pressure in a culturally sensitive environment. • Willingness to travel throughout communities and work in a participatory manner with a variety of populations. • Good listener, open-minded, non-judgmental, and sensitive to the needs and situation of GBV survivors and able to respect the survivors’ right to confidentiality. • Demonstrated interpersonal and written communication skills • Excellent partnership skills and the ability to interact effectively with donors, collaborating agencies, and local partners demonstrated through close work experience with international partners. • Ability as a trainer and capacity to transfer knowledge through formal and informal training. • Personal qualities include flexibility, persistence, and ability to work well with people and cross-cultural skills • Ability to work with external agencies, such as schools, churches, police, health facilities, community social services, and OVC service providers.

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