Uganda: Grassroots Reconciliation Group (GRG) Head of Mission

The Grassroots Reconciliation Group (GRG) seeks a Program Director (Head of Mission) to head the office in Northern Uganda. GRG works on innovative peace-building and livelihood projects for the reintegration of former child soldiers and combatants. We are looking for a person with visionary ideas and someone who can take the lead in making the organization grow.

The Program Director (Head of Mission) will have the overall responsibility for implementation of programs in rural communities, as well as financial management, fundraising, and coordination with development partners and the local government.

Duties will include the following:
1. Managing the office with 3-4 other permanent staff and 2-3 international and local volunteers.
2. Managing livelihood and peace-building projects in 10-20 rural communities in northern Uganda, entailing weekly field visits. The job will be about 50% office-based and 50% field-based.
3. Financial management, budgets, and cost control.
4. Regular networking and outreach to other NGO partners, foundations, and other donors.
5. Leading GRG’s monitoring, evaluation and learning system, providing regular reporting for internal learning, donors, and others.
6. Working on grant proposals and fundraising activities.
7. Setting up GRG projects in new locations.
8. Supporting the design of projects and methodologies for field engagement.
9. Supporting GRG’s communications strategy including blogging, video uploads, etc.

The Grassroots Reconciliation Group (GRG) helps former child soldiers and combatants in war-torn northern Uganda reclaim their future through locally designed projects with the twin aims of reconciliation and small-scale development.  Building directly on a previous 3-year USAID reconciliation program, GRG projects bring together former combatants of the rebel Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) and local community members to plan out their own paths to reintegration and reconciliation. This involves a broad range of locally designed interventions, from livelihoods, to trauma support and peace-building activities. By supporting these projects, GRG encourages the long-term social and economic rehabilitation of the war-weary people of northern Uganda.  Registered as a 501c3 non-profit organization, GRG has worked with over 1100 people since 2007, and currently works with over 600 people in 12 communities between Gulu and the border with South Sudan. Seewww.grassrootsgroup.org for more information of our work.

Requirements: We are looking for a person with at least 2-3 years of experience with project management in a developing country (preferably in Sub-Saharan Africa), preferably with a background in conflict resolution and international development.

Key competencies:
1.  High degree of self-motivation and proven ability to work independently
2. Project management skills, particularly on international development, livelihoods, and peace-building projects
3. Good cross-cultural communication skills
4. Good writing skills
5. Knowledge of sustainable development issues and conflict resolution
6. Grassroots community mobilization experience a plus.
7. Knowledge of northern Uganda a plus.
8. Excellent networker
9. Proven fundraising experience, in particular on grants.
10. Knowledge of multi-media, including web design, blogging, etc a plus

We offer a two year contract with initial salary of $1000-$1200 per month, depending on experience, along with health insurance. The Program Director will be expected to cover their own transport costs to the office in Gulu.

To apply, please send a CV/resume and cover letter to Kasper Agger, GRG co-founder at kasper@grassrootsgroup.orgPlease note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.  Please note in the subject line if you are already in Uganda.

Deadline for applications:  3 May 2013
Interviews will be conducted the following week. Candidate should be able to start in Uganda mid-June 2013 (recommended date: 17 June)


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Antumi Toasijé

Antumi Toasijé
Doctor en Historia, Cultura y Pensamiento