Project Manager

IRC, Kampala, Uganda

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
5 years
Closing Date for Applications: 
4th November, 2020

Job Description

Job Description

The IRC has been working in Uganda since 1998 supporting IDPs, refugees and various institutions in the country notably the government, community based organizations, the civil society and the private sector. The current program portfolio in Uganda includes health and nutrition, support to persons with specific needs (PSNs) including case management, legal assistance to refugees, prevention and response to gender-based violence, and economic recovery and development. The IRC has a country office in Kampala and field offices in Amudat, Imvepi, Kyegegwa, Lamwo, Moroto and Yumbe, as well as an urban office in Nsambya within Kampala.

Job Description:

The IRC is seeking a Project Manager, based in Kampala, Uganda, for a Euro 30 million five year, urban livelihoods program:  Refugees in East Africa: Boosting Urban Innovations for Livelihoods Development (RE:BUILD) program funded by the IKEA Foundation will be implemented in Kampala and Nairobi. The IRC is the Lead Partner and will coordinate a consortium of local and international partners to deliver the program. RE:BUILD seeks for urban refugees and vulnerable host residents to achieve economic self-reliance and benefit from strengthened urban economic, regulatory and social environments. RE:BUILD will aim to enable change at varying levels, from better access to livelihoods opportunities and inclusive services within communities, to improved refugee-related policies and more targeted and effective service delivery from national, regional and global actors. Key features of RE:BUILD’s approach include flexible funding, adaptive design and knowledge and evidence generation.


This position is a member of the regional RE:BUILD Project Management Unit that will support the implementation of the program across Kenya and Uganda. The Project Manager will sit in the IRC’s Uganda  country office and will be a key interface between the IRC Uganda country team and the RE:BUILD Program Management Unit. The Project Manager will lead the day-to-day project management of implementation teams in Uganda, support stakeholder engagement and contribute to partnership management. The Project Manager will be responsible for managing and supervising the delivery of project milestones, in accordance with workplans, managing sub grants as well as ensuring grant compliance according to donor requirements.  
The Project Manager will report directly to the RE:BUILD Project Director and the IRC Uganda, Economic Recovery and Development (ERD) Coordinator.
Key responsibilities include:

Program Management

  • Coordinate with the Project Director and ERD Coordinator in the implementation of a coherent livelihoods program for urban refugee and vulnerable residents in Kampala;
  • Provide leadership and guidance to the implementation of program activities, ensuring that all relevant policies and procedures are applied.
  • Ensure that all interventions are implemented in a timely and professional manner, according to established objectives, goals and indicators and in line with donor requirements and client needs.
  • Supervise and guide project teams in the development, implementation and monitoring of work plans, ensuring that activities reflect the commitments IRC made to the donor and the communities.
  • Ensure all implementation approaches employ a programming strategy that integrates across multiple sectors.
  • Identify partners for skills building and apprenticeships for clients and liaise with supply chain, safety and security and finance in signing service agreements
  • Coordinate and support of the RE:BUILD sub-grantees and other community-based organizations

Budget management

  • Work closely with the RE: BUILD Regional Finance Manager in tracking the project expenses
  • Ensure all program activities are delivered within acceptable budget thresholds.
  • Contribute to the development of spending plans and track them against actual spending.
  • Lead and coordinate the iteration, revision and realignment of the project budget annually
  • Actively participate in Grant Management Meetings and ensure resulting actions are followed up.

Monitoring & Evaluation

  • In collaboration with the RE:BUILD Regional M&E Coordinator and Senior  Data and M&E officer, select and implement appropriate monitoring and evaluation systems, analyzing results to ensure and enhance program effectiveness and quality.
  • Support the selection, set-up, and implementation of client feedback mechanisms and ensure that client feedback received is actioned appropriately.
  • Support coordination of field monitoring visits and provide feedback/troubleshooting support on M&E

Reporting and fundraising

  • Working closely with the Regional RE:BUILD Grants and Partnership Manager, participate in the development and timely submission of donor reports including reporting against the logical framework.
  • Lead and coordinate the iteration, revision and realignment of the project budget annually.

Coordination & Representation

  • In coordination with the RE:BUILD Project Director and Advocacy and Communication Manager, establish contacts with relevant international/local NGOs and line ministries in Uganda to support urban refugees
  • Regularly attend coordination meetings in Kampala
  • Upon request by the Project Management Unit, organize and facilitate field visits for stakeholders interested in RE:BUILD activities.
  • Coordinate with the RE:BUILD Project Director and RE:BUILD  Project Manager in Kenya  to share lessons learned on Re:Build implementation

Partner Management

  • In coordination with the Project Director, manage relationships with local partners, including community-based and refugee-led organizations
  • Liaise with research partners in planning and implementation of research studies and pilot implementation


  • Bachelor’s Degree in international relations, economics, social science, human rights, urban planning or related field required.
  • Minimum of five years professional experience in economic or related programming, applying technical expertise in livelihoods and economic recovery.
  • Experience in organizing and planning multi stakeholder consultations/meetings/workshops
  • Experience implementing large and complex, multi-partner, multi-year international economic recovery and development projects
  • Exceptional project management skills, including development and tracking of workplans, budgets, and risk management plans
  • Strong relationship management skills and a sound understanding of major actors in the humanitarian and development space in Kampala
  • Demonstrated ability to critically assess programmatic data and translate this into recommendations for actionable course corrections and design improvements
  • Professional fluency in written and spoken English and Swahili
  • Highly motivated, possesses strong sense of integrity and a positive attitude


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