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Deputy Project Director

Kampala (Uganda)

  • Organization: IRC - International Rescue Committee
  • Location: Kampala (Uganda)
  • Grade: Senior - Internationally recruited position - Senior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date:

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Requisition ID: req7638

Job Title: Deputy Project Director

Sector: Program Administration

Employment Category: Regular

Employment Type: Full-Time

Open to Expatriates: Yes

Location: Kampala, Uganda

Job Description

IRC is seeking a Deputy Project Director for a five-year project, “PlayMatters”, funded by the LEGO Foundation to promote play-based, early learning solutions for nearly 1 million pre-primary and primary school aged children impacted by the humanitarian crises in East Africa and living in Ethiopia and Uganda. This major initiative seeks to build children’s social, emotional, cognitive, physical and creative skills through play in their homes, learning spaces, and communities. The Deputy Project Director will be responsible for supporting the Project Director in management of staff, capacity building, and partner engagement, and leading all aspects of the project’s operations. The Deputy Project Director will also coordinate the development, implementation, and reporting on detailed management plans, including implementation and deliverable tracking, in their assigned area(s) of responsibility.
Job Responsibilities:
•Provide financial and operational management that optimizes resources through sound budgets, consistent financial tracking, and timely submission of reports to the donor;
•Ensure project delivery meets all standard operational policies and procedures;
•Lead consortium partnerships and maintain reciprocal partner relations;
•Support reporting to LEGO Foundation through formal and informal debriefings, quarterly and annual reports;
•Assist the Project Director in maintaining active and reciprocal relationships with all key partners, including government officials, project partners, other implementing agencies, and related institutions;
•Represent the project and the organization in the public and ensure the distribution of information about project achievements and lessons learned;
•Support project staff by crafting and maintaining a work environment that promotes partnership, trust, and mutual respect, and empowers staff to take responsibility for their work.


• Advanced degree (PhD or MA) from an accredited university education, international development, or related field.
•Minimum of five years of experience in managerial roles on similar projects, experience with projects designed to create systemic change in educational policy and practice for refugees and displaced populations preferred;
•Experience working in East Africa and/or Ethiopia and Uganda preferred;
•Significant previous experience balancing operations for similar programming in conflict or crisis situations;
•Significant experience leading multi-partner and/or multi-country project preferred;
•Strong negotiation skills and the ability to develop relations with local counterparts, donors, and other partners;
•Proven experience in scaling up activities of similar scope and in similar contexts;
•Shown success in staff capacity-building;
•Strong interpersonal skills, both oral and written;
•Proficiency in English required.

Working Environment: This role will work in the IRC Uganda office and be provided regular administrative and logistics support to perform his/her responsibilities.

The IRC and IRC workers must adhere to the values and principles outlined in IRC Way - Standards for Professional Conduct. These are Integrity, Service, and Accountability. In accordance with these values, the IRC operates and implements policies on Beneficiary Protection from Exploitation and Abuse, Child Safeguarding, Anti Workplace Harassment, Fiscal Integrity, and Anti-Retaliation.

Gender Equality:IRC is committed to narrowing the gender gap in leadership positions. We offer benefits that provide an enabling environment for women to participate in our workforce including parental leave, gender-sensitive security protocols and other supportive benefits and allowances.

IRC is an Equal Opportunity Employer IRC considers all applicants on the basis of merit without regard to race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status or disability


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