Country Director

at Voluntary Service Overseas
Location Kampala, Uganda
Date Posted November 9, 2019
Category Administration
Job Type Full-time
Currency UGX


VSO aspires to take its work in Uganda to significantly greater scale than at present. It is already one of our larger programmes, but there is potential for it to grow, expanding significantly the numbers of primary actors we can support to achieve better development outcomes.

Getting to scale does not only involve significant efforts in business pursuit. It also involves assuring quality in implementation, ensuring we deliver effectively and efficiently even as our programmes grow.

We are looking for a leader with passion and energy to take forward this ambitious agenda. The right person will be a natural networker and communicator, experienced at pre-positioning with donors and building relationships with potential consortium partners. S/he will be passionate about VSO's mission, and able to inspire our team of staff and volunteers as well as other stakeholders with the power of volunteering to create real, sustainable change. S/he will be a strong operational manager, able to ensure compliance with the highest standards of project and award management. That may mean having courageous conversations and managing change such that we get the people and the systems we need to deliver change excellently with and for our primary actors.



Business Pursuit

Meet ambitious business pursuit targets, allowing VSO Uganda to scale its programmes and impact by securing more significant grants and contracts. Working with the business pursuit team, identify new funding sources, cultivate donor relations and develop quality funding submissions.

Strategic Leadership, Representation and Policy Dialogue

Actively participate as a VSO global leader as well as provide strategic leadership to the VSO Uganda team. Represent VSO Uganda internally and externally, in line with our organisational agendas, by engaging in evidence-based influencing, alliance building and policy dialogue. Contribute to raising the profile of VSO in-country with key actors.


Programme Development and Management

Lead the development and delivery of impactful programmes demonstrating VSO’s volunteering for development approach. Lead in management of VSO’s partner portfolio in Uganda ensuring high quality partnerships that contribute to quality programming and positive impact.

Leadership, Engagement and People Management

Lead, manage engage and develop our people in Uganda through coaching and mentoring approaches as necessary. Ensure people related policies are implemented in line with VSO’s country and global requirements. Collaboratively drive and support people engagement by ensuring alignment to VSO’s mission, vision and overall strategy.


Financial and Resource Management

Accountable for the country office’s overall resources, financial performance, and the management of specific grants and contracts. Ensure robust compliance with financial controls, VSO policies, donor and host government requirements.


Governance and Legal Compliance

Ensure full legal compliance in all areas (NGO, tax, employment, health and safety, insurance and internal VSO requirements etc.).

Safeguarding, Security and Risk Management

Commit to safeguarding and take a zero tolerance approach to abuse and harm. Accountable for emergency and risk planning/management in Uganda. Ensure plans are developed in collaboration with the duty of care team and stakeholders (staff, volunteer, primary actors, etc.) are aware and comply.

Skills, Knowledge and Experience

Essential criteria  (must have to be able to carry out the role successfully)




  • Significant business pursuit experience and proven success; a passion for networking, relationship building and pre-positioning.


  • Significant experience in awards management, ensuring projects achieve desired results on time, on budget, and on scope.


  • Strong change management experience, with the skills and determination to push through needed changes.


  • Proven track record of leading and developing a high performing multicultural team working in a global matrix management team environment.


  • Substantial experience of financial management and procurement.


  • Strong political awareness and sensitivity.


  • Solid risk and incident management experience.




  • Excellent leadership skills, including the ability to inspire teams with a vision.


  • Excellent representational skills with substantial experience in policy dialogue, networking and influencing a diverse range of stakeholders.


  • Commitment to VSO’s mission and values.


  • Fluency in written and spoken English.


Desirable Criteria: (skills that could be an advantage in the role)


  • Knowledge and understanding of the role of volunteerism in development.


  • Sectoral knowledge in the fields of inclusive education, livelihoods, and maternal and child health.
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