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Roving Humanitarian Programme Manager Uganda


Cordaid believes in a world without poverty and exclusion. We strive for just and sustainable societies where every person counts. We stand for knowledge and talent sharing between North and South, between farmers and businesses, between activists and policymakers. Where poverty, conflict and exclusion divide societies, we connect people and communities. We stand for professionalism, expertise and solidarity across borders. We aim at maximizing our social impact and contributing to systemic change. We operate where natural disasters strike, where conflicts tear up communities and where lack of opportunities and service delivery keep families in extreme poverty.

Cordaid is one of the leading CSO’s in the Netherlands, working in fragile contexts on Health, Resilience, Economic opportunities, Humanitarian aid and Security & Justice. Apart from our work abroad we also contribute to new forms of job creation and social innovation in The Netherlands.

Cordaid is a member of the international Catholic networks Caritas and CIDSE and we are active in worldwide civil society networks. We work in around 30 countries in Africa, Middle East and Asia.

For the Cordaid Humanitarian programme in East Africa, Cordaid is looking for a

Roving Humanitarian Programme Manager Uganda


Cordaid has been active in East Africa for more than 20 years, with a strong focus on civil society capacity-building. Currently it has programmes in the area of emergency response, DRR, health, food security, extractives, security & justice, women leadership and investments. Cordaid Humanitarian programmes in the region are implemented in the CAR, RDC, Burundi, South Sudan, Ethiopia and Uganda.

Because of the current famine crisis, Cordaid is increasing its humanitarian response programme to different parts of the region. For that purpose, additional technical capacity is required. Cordaid is therefore currently seeking to recruit a Humanitarian Programme Manager.

Position and responsibility

The Humanitarian Programme Manager (HPM) will further develop Cordaid’s humanitarian strategy in Uganda and translate this strategy into project activities, actively identifying needs, gaps and relevant funding opportunities. The HPM could be used in other Cordaid countries in the region if required. The HPM will report to the Manager of the Humanitarian Aid Unit of Cordaid HQ in The Hague and liaise with the relevant technical officers of the same unit and with relevant staff at the respective Cordaid Country Offices, in particular with the Programme Manager Resilience of Cordaid in Uganda. He or she will manage Cordaid Uganda’s humanitarian staff (to be established).

General objective of the posting

The HPM will oversee the effective planning, coordinating and efficient delivery of Cordaid’s humanitarian aid programme in Uganda and supports its development in other countries when required, in line with Cordaid’s humanitarian strategy. He or she will actively link relief, rehabilitation with development working closely together with other Cordaid programmes such as Health and Resilience. He or she will also build the institutional capacity and staff capability of partner organisations to deliver and account for Cordaid funded humanitarian programmes.

Specific objectives:

  • Develop Cordaid’s humanitarian strategy and programme in Uganda and the region;
  • Ensure the quality and timely implementation of the Cordaid famine response programme in Northern Uganda;
  • Develop an adequate funding strategy for Cordaid’s humanitarian programmes in Uganda and the region;
  • Develop new proposals and successfully apply for funding;
  • Promote LRRD working closely together with other Cordaid programmes;
  • Identify new national and international partners and build consortia;
  • Lead the capacity building of selected partner organisations;
  • Take responsibility for networking, representation and coordination within the Caritas Diocesan and International network, International NGO community, UN agencies and UN clusters, and potential back donors (ECHO, EC, Netherlands Embassy, UN agencies and Private funds, amongst others).


  • A master’s degree in the social sciences, disaster risk management, international relations and/or any development and humanitarian aid related studies.
  • Proven experience in the delivery of humanitarian aid, participatory needs assessment, emergency preparedness and SPHERE Standards;
  • At least 5 years proven experience with analysing, developing, managing complex emergency response programmes
  • Strong proposal writing skills (ECHO, EC, UN, etc.)
  • Proven experience in building the capacity of CSOs to respond to emergencies and training partners in EP & R and preparing contingency plans with them is an asset
  • Strong project management, analytical, budgetary, negotiation and problem-solving skills;
  • Experience in working with internationally-funded programmes, including coordination, reporting and monitoring according to different donor templates (e.g. ECHO, OCHA);
  • Experience or understanding of the Caritas network is an asset;
  • Knowledge of the socio-political environment in the relevant East African countries is an asset;
  • Be diplomatic, culturally sensitive and result-oriented;
  • Experience in working in security sensitive environment in complex (post)conflict situations;
  • Excellent English and French language writing and communication skills

Specifics of station

This is a non-accompanied posting

Duty station is in Uganda (Kampala) with frequent travel to the project areas and potentially in the region

Contract information

The contract period is for 6 months starting as soon as possible, with the intention to extend for a longer period. We offer a Cordaid contract with a competitive salary and a benefit package which may include R&R, a comprehensive insurance cover, social security and pension contribution, a holiday allowance, 13th month, hardship allowance and cost of living allowance (if applicable).

Further information & how to apply

Applications including a motivation letter and extensive CV in English, including the contact details of at least three professional references, should be forwarded to the attention of Marten Treffers, before 5 May 2017. Because of the urgency of the position and situation in country, CV's will be reviewed as they come in. An assessment might be part of the procedure.

Please note that we accept applications through our website only: then select the relevant vacancy, and click on the ‘apply’ button.

Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.

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  • Organization: Cordaid - Catholic Organisation for Relief and Development Aid
  • Location: Kigali
  • Grade: Mid/Senior - Internationally recruited position - Mid/Senior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Development Cooperation and Sustainable Development Goals
    • Humanitarian Aid and Coordination
    • Operations and Administrations
    • Development Cooperation and Sustainable Development Goals
    • Humanitarian Aid and Coordination
    • Operations and Administrations
    • Project and Programme Management
  • Closing Date: 2017-05-05

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