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Kampala, Uganda



May 16, 2024 at 2:00:00 PM

About the Organisation

The International Rescue Committee is a global humanitarian aid, relief, and development nongovernmental organization.

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world's worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. The International Rescue Committee provides vital support to Ugandans who are rebuilding from decades of war while hosting a growing influx of refugees from South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Founded in 1933, the International Rescue Committee ( is a world leader in relief, rehabilitation and post-conflict development services for those uprooted or affected by violent conflict and oppression. The IRC is currently working in over 40 countries around the world, addressing both the immediate and lifesaving needs of conflict affected people in emergencies and the reconstruction needs of post-conflict societies.

The IRC began programming in northern Uganda in 1998 in response to mass displacement and devastation wrought by rebel group, the Lord’s Resistance Army. In 2002, the IRC expanded to the remote, conflict-affected region of Karamoja and in 2011, began working with refugees in Kampala. Monitoring the influx of South Sudanese refugees at the end of 2015, the IRC began scaling up its response to refugees arriving in the West Nile region. By promoting durable solutions that deliver on the interdependent aims of saving lives, strengthening institutions, and supporting social cohesion, the IRC in Uganda is laying the building blocks for long-term stability and development –bringing people from harm to home. The IRC currently works in 9 districts in Uganda, including Kitgum, Lamwo, Kyegegwa, Moroto, Amudat, Yumbe, Arua, Kasese and Kampala.

Job Title

Senior Program Development and Quality Coordinator - Team Lead (Re-advertised) job at International Rescue Committee (IRC)

Job Description

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover, and gain control of their lives. Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the IRC works with people forced to flee from war, conflict and disaster and the host communities which support them, as well as those who remain within their homes and communities. At work today in over 40 countries and 22 U.S. cities, we improve outcomes in the areas of health, safety, economic wellbeing, education and power. Given the disparity faced by women and girls, IRC seeks to narrow gender inequalities and also ensure social inclusion of all vulnerable groups in broader policies, processes and actions affecting their lives.

The IRC has been working in Uganda since 1998 supporting refugees, vulnerable host communities and various institutions in the country notably the government, community-based organizations, the civil society and the private sector. Currently, the IRC in Uganda has presence across six sub-regions and six refugee settlements, implementing programming in the sectors of health, protection and rule of law (PRoL), women’s protection and empowerment (WPE), economic recovery and development (ERD), and education. IRC Uganda also implements cross-cutting programming focused on systems strengthening and accountability to affected persons. As part of IRC Uganda’s strategic ambitions, the IRC works closely with local actors, including civil society organizations, local non-governmental organizations, local and national governments, among others, to strengthen their capacity and with intentions of transferring more resources for locally-led implementation and support to our clients.

Job Overview
The IRC Uganda is currently seeking a Senior Program Development and Quality Coordinator (SPDQC) who will lead the program support team. As a senior program role, the position provides strategic direction, leadership, quality assurance and oversight of the business development, grants, monitoring and evaluation (M&E), client responsiveness, partnership, communications and advocacy functions in the Uganda country program.
The position ensures timely and effective management of a $25 million USD+ multi-donor grant portfolio and will lead the process of identifying funding opportunities, writing winning proposals, and overseeing post-award management and donor engagement. S/he will ensure high-quality data collection, oversee the routine application of evidence and learning in program design, promote the development of equitable partnerships with Ugandan NGOs and local authorities, strengthen communication and advocacy efforts, and provide leadership support to client engagement and accountability efforts through strengthening actionable feedback mechanisms.

Based in Kampala, the SPDQC reports to the Deputy Director of Programs (DDP) and directly manages the Grants Coordinator, MEAL Coordinator, Partnerships Coordinator, Communications and Advocacy Coordinator, and the Senior Program Manager, U-Learn. This position has close working relationships with the sectoral Technical Coordinators, Operations and Finance staff, and members of the regional support team and is considered a senior leader in the country program.

Duties and Responsibilities

Business Development and Grants Management (30%)

  • Manage and advance the country’s business development plan by mobilizing team members, securing appropriate resources to support execution of the plan, and reporting progress to the SMT.

  • Identify new funding opportunities by monitoring and analyzing donor strategies and funding trends. Research and advise the DDP on the benefits and risks of pursuing different funding streams in line with the country program’s Strategic Action Plan.

  • Lead new program design in close coordination with the DDP and technical coordinators.

  • Support the Grants Coordinator to manage the development and review of concept notes and proposals. Ensure all proposal outputs are accurate and complete prior to submission.

  • Track, monitor and supervise all external reporting to ensure the timely delivery of reports which meet donor and IRC requirements.

  • Facilitate open communication with headquarters-based focal points during proposal development and throughout the grant management cycle.

  • Maintain a strong working relationship with existing and potential donors and other external stakeholders. Participate in donor meetings together with the CD and DDP as required.

Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability, and Learning (15%)

  • Support the MEAL Coordinator to ensure that all projects have strong M&E plans with clear data collection mechanisms. Ensure quality data inputs and analysis for reporting to donors and other stakeholders.

  • Champion an organizational culture where data and client input and program learning are routinely used for decision making and program adaptation. Promote systems which ensure that evidence is actively gathered and used to inform proposal design and theories of change.

  • Ensure all new proposals contain adequate resources to support the delivery of M&E and CRA to the required standard and promote investment in M&E technology.

  • Facilitate open communication with third party monitoring (TPM) companies, including timely provision of required documents and feedback on monitoring reports.

  • Strengthen client feedback and response mechanisms in line with regional and global standards.

  • Support the MEAL Coordinator in reviewing and addressing major programmatic complaints in a timely manner.

Partnerships (20%)

  • Champion robust partner relationship management in order to achieve IRC Uganda’s partnership goals in the Strategic Action Plan (SAP) characterized by the core partnership principles from IRC’s Partnership Excellence for Equality and Results System (PEERS) of responsibility, results-oriented approach, equality, transparency and complementarity.

  • Collaborate with technical coordinators to proactively identify potential strategic partnerships with NGOs, government bodies and other relevant stakeholders.

  • Serve as a leader in building a culture of effective and respectful partnerships. Promote attitudes and values conducive to collaborative partnerships across the country program.

  • Ensure PEERS is adequately followed across the organization.

  • Ensure appropriate proactive and reactive communications and engagement with IRC partners to implement sub-grant agreements and complete program deliverables.

  • Identify and nurture potential partnerships in support of business development goals

  • Assist in ensuring that strategic partnership considerations are incorporated in program design, including in Go / No-Go funding discussions. Ensure the proactive engagement of partners in program development efforts.

Program Quality (15%)

  • Ensure that all departments in the country program adopt the IRC’s Program Quality Standards in the way they design and implement their programs. Provide training, support, and oversight to country-wide efforts to institutionalize the Program Quality Standards.

  • Work with the DDP and all sector leads to ensure IRC programs are measurably more outcome-focused, gender sensitive, responsive to clients’ needs and preferences, and adapted to contexts of intervention.

  • Oversee Project Cycle Management (PCM) processes to ensure they are implemented as effectively as possible across all functions.

  • Provide supervisory support to projects that are aligned to program quality and research. This includes the IRC’s component of the U-Learn consortium, which is focused on strengthening the broader system of accountability to affected populations within the refugee response.

Communications and Advocacy (5%)

  • Support the Communications and Advocacy Coordinator to advance the priorities in the communications and advocacy strategy.

  • Champion and support the development of quality communications and visibility materials to increase the IRC’s visibility/recognition in Uganda.

  • Provide oversight on external communications and advocacy materials, including sign-off of talking points, press statements, and other materials to ensure alignment with country program priorities and efforts.

  • Work closely with the DDP to ensure proper linkages between communications and advocacy with the technical sectors and program quality.

Departmental Leadership and Staff Management (15%)

  • Provide strategic leadership of the Grants, MEAL, Partnerships and Communications departments.

  • Promote integration and alignment across the teams, with Technical Coordinators and with Operations departments, and ensure the team upholds quality of support for program development and implementation.

  • Help to drive a culture of ambitious, responsible and committed leadership amongst the team.

  • Support program staff through close attention to staff care, mentoring, and development.

  • Create and sustain a work environment of inclusion and mutual respect where team members feel valued and strive to achieve excellence.

  • Contribute to country team-building efforts, help team members identify problem solving options, and ensure the integration of all team members into relevant decision-making processes.

  • Be responsible for HR processes related to team members including recruitment, performance management, and departmental communication.

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Qualifications and Competencies

  • Bachelor’s degree in relevant field.

  • At least 8 years of professional experience in grants/business development and program quality functions in a multi-donor, multi-sector working environments.

  • Demonstrated experience in a senior inter-departmental coordination and leadership role, with the ability to communicate with and balance the priorities of a range of stakeholders.

  • Extensive experience leading business development strategies, program design, proposal development and report consolidation, including the coordination of inputs and drafting of complex documents across multiple departments.

  • Experience of managing large bids/proposals preferred.

  • Excellent English writing/editing skills and comfort with external representation at a senior level are essential.

  • Experience in M&E and a basic understanding of quantitative/qualitative data quality standards.

  • A genuine commitment to collaborating with partners and various stakeholders including local and international NGOs and government.

  • Experience managing partnerships with and processing sub-awards to NGOs is a distinct advantage.

  • Experience in utilizing advocacy and communications to enhance programmatic and strategic goals.

  • Experience managing humanitarian relief and/or transitional programs in Uganda or other areas affected by displacement or crises. Experience in a range of operational settings is preferred.

  • Demonstrated experience in supervising expatriate and national staff, and in mentoring of national staff with strong commitment to staff capacity development.

  • Demonstrated creativity, ability to apply strategic and innovative thinking and problem-solving skills.

  • Excellent analytical, presentation, communication, organizational and representation skills.

  • Demonstrated qualities of leadership, sensitivity to cultural settings, commitment, and sound judgment. Ability to navigate interpersonal and inter-departmental organizational dynamics to keep focus on goals and products.

  • Ability to work well under administrative and programmatic pressures, effectively managing competing priorities, and meeting regular deadlines.

  • Flexible to adapt to changing requirements.

  • Strong commitment to the IRC’s mission, purpose and values.

  • Must be able to work independently while being a team player.


  • Highly developed leadership abilities, including the ability to coach, motivate, and support effective teams.

  • Strong cross-cultural communication skills and eager to work as part of a diverse team. Sensitive to interpersonal differences and a range of viewpoints.

  • Exceptional advance planning and organizational skills. Able to effectively prioritize and follow multiple activities and deadlines simultaneously.

  • Analytical, strategic, and able to proactively develop solutions to complex challenges.

  • Flexible and innovative. Able to adapt plans in response to contextual changes.

  • Reliable, patient, and able to work independently in a fast-paced environment.

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