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Kampala, Uganda



October 5, 2023 at 2:00:00 PM

About the Organisation

WaterAid is an international not-for-profit making clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene normal for everyone, everywhere.

Job Title

Director of Programmes job at WaterAid

Job Description

You are a member of the Senior Management Team. Acting as the bridge between strategy and execution, you will be responsible for overseeing the successful planning and execution of programmes (and associated projects) that positively impact WaterAid Uganda Vision.

You will lead the strategic oversight, technical design, management and effective implementation/ delivery of WaterAid Uganda AIMS on WASH in Public Health and in Climate change.

You will be accountable for setting, achieving and maintaining high standards of programming quality that reflect adherence to WaterAid quality programme standards, best practice and donor guidelines, while fostering needs-driven innovation to improve effectiveness and impact.

You will galvanize team members with diverse expertise to collaborate effectively to deliver exceptional results that positively impact the communities we work in.

Duties and Responsibilities

Main Responsibilities and Duties

Programme Leadership:

Programme Delivery:

  • Develop a comprehensive country-level strategy for implementing WASH programmes in alignment with the strategic AIMS of public health and climate change resilience. The focus will be on leading the growing WASH portfolio, which is focused on building quality and capacity of public health centers, whilst advancing the technical quality of climate resilience portfolio of projects.

  • Accountable for ensuring all programmes are integrated with WaterAid programme delivery approaches and adhere to programme quality standards. This includes best practices, donor guidelines, fostering needs-driven innovation to improve effectiveness and impact with the purpose of enhancing evidence-based standards and international best practices.

  • Develop operational plans and budgets for the implementation of programmes. Manage and monitor expenditure against budgets for strategic and annual plans in adherence to financial guidelines, ensuring value for money, and acting as appropriate within delegated authorities.

  • Lead the provision of technical and strategic direction and support in climate change and public health programme activities. This includes strengthening the public health sector’s participation in the Climate Change Agenda by placing human health issues at the center of climate discussions at the national, regional and global fora.

  • Conduct regular monitoring and evaluation of program activities to measure impact, identify areas for improvement, and ensure compliance beyond donor requirements. This will involve preparing and submitting timely reports to management, donors, WaterAid and other stakeholders to demonstrate programme achievements and impact.

  • Ensure timely and quality preparation of donor narrative reports, periodic Country Programme reports, Country Programme annual business plans, evaluation reports, and any other reports needed/required by the Uganda government, donors, WaterAid East Africa & Ethiopia Region or WAUK.

  • Ensure the adherence to WaterAid’s Quality Programming Standards (QPS) in the implementation of programmes and projects

Advocacy and Influencing:

  • You will work in partnership with the Director Policy and Advocacy to integrate policy and advocacy into programming to influence policy at all levels.

  • Encourage and actively promote cross sectoral linkages so that WASH is mainstreamed in other sectors and strong links are established with all relevant stakeholders.

  • Stay updated on the latest trends, research, and innovations in WASH for public health and climate change resilience to inform programme strategies and interventions

  • Collaboration and Networking:

  • Establish and maintain strong partnerships with relevant Ministries, Departments and Agencies, CSO/NGOs, and other stakeholders to ensure collaboration, coordination, and resource mobilization for WASH in public health and climate resilient projects.

  • Identify various donor priorities and funding opportunities for WASH interventions including public health and climate change and play a lead role in development of highquality proposals and concept notes in response to these opportunities.

  • Work collaboratively with grant management and fundraising teams to effectively manage relationships, negotiations and communication efforts with donors and partners in all phases of project design and implementation; promote appropriate involvement of partners at all stages of the project cycle.

  • Promote a culture for learning and knowledge management across the organisation. Encourage effective documentation and sharing of learning through workshops, seminars, exposure visits, sharing meetings etc.

  • Ensure that WAU is appropriately represented and participates actively in relevant coordination structures at the national and district level and provide lead as and where necessary. This will include representing WAU in different taskforces, working committees, inter-sectoral committees, networks, alliances, workshops and meetings as assigned.

  • Support the development of an organisational culture that reflects our values, promotes accountability and high performance, encourages a team culture of learning, creativity and innovation, and frees up our people to deliver outstanding results.

Safeguarding & Safety & Security

  • Ensure that Safeguarding, Child Protection, and Gender Equality policies are fully embedded in project design and implementation as well as relationships with all actors Ensure that comprehensive health, safety and security measures (e.g. risk management plans, local security protocols) have been put in place when designing programmes / project and are consistently upheld during their implementation.

Qualifications and Competencies

Key Competences, Skills, experience, and Knowledge

Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills and Experience


  • Master's degree in Public Health, International Health, other Health Sciences with extensive experience in WASH programming.

  • Minimum ten (10) years professional experience and at least seven (7) of which should be in a senior management position in reputed international or national non governmental organization (NGO) leading multisector development programmes that deliver transformational change

  • A minimum of seven (7) years of experience in managing multidisciplinary team with a minimum project portfolio of 1.5 million USD, implementing WASH programs, preferably in the context of either or both public health and climate change resilience.

  • Proven experience in program management, including strategic planning, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation.

  • Excellent leadership and team management skills, with the ability to build and motivate high-performing teams.

  • Strong analytical and problem-solving abilities, with a focus on innovation and creative solutions

  • Competence in application of WaterAid common approaches to work including partnerships, convening, inclusion, systems strengthening, creating behavioral change, and mainstreaming gender and inclusion of youth.

  • Proven ability to build collaborative partnerships and alliances for influencing government policy and programme delivery.

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to engage and collaborate effectively with a wide range of stakeholders

  • Track record of gender sensitive approaches and programming of cross cutting issues i.e. people with disabilities, youth, and marginalized communities.


  • Knowledge and understanding of climate change adaptation and mitigation to WASH intersection.

  • Experience with gender equality and climate change

  • Skills in digital data gathering, statistics and statistical analysis software packages

  • Professional skills in preparation of research reports, policy design and interpretation.

  • Having a good number of publications of articles in the recognized journals is preferred.

  • Experience of policy dialogue with government and donors.

  • Experience and knowledge on WASH sector issues is desirable with proven ability to analyse (qualitative and quantitative) data.

  • Extensive experience of Policy or Communication campaigns.

Behavioral competencies

  • Excellent skill of leading and managing a high performing team, to drive excellence and change within a multi discipline team

  • High personal integrity and ethical behavior; flexible attitude, sense of transparency, proactive and has respect for gender, diversity and organizational cultural

  • Commitment and modeling WaterAid’s values, on Accountability, Integrity, Respect Collaboration, Courage, and Innovation

  • Result -oriented, agile and adaptable to a changing environment

  • Should be able to draw confidence and support from others.

  • Self-motivated with good interpersonal skills and capacity to work in a multicultural setting.

  • Excellent relationship management skills. Proven ability in building strong working relationship with colleagues and a variety of stakeholders such as government officials, partners and community members, donors, business leaders, senior academics, other sector actors and high-level decision makers.

  • Able to work with and across the organisation and other teams effectively.

  • Excellent communication skills.

  • Cross-cultural awareness and sensitivity.

  • Ability to work to deadlines and under pressure.

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