Jobs in Uganda at Samaritan's Purse- based in Karamoja

Job Title: Program Manager, Food Assistance Project)

Org: Samaritan's Purse

Samaritan's Purse is a nondenominational evangelical Christian organization providing spiritual and physical aid to hurting people around the world. Since 1970, Samaritan's Purse has helped meet needs of people who are victims of war, poverty, natural disasters, disease, and famine with the purpose of sharing God's love through His Son, Jesus Christ.

Closing date: 01 May 2011

Location: Uganda - Karamoja

Program Manager, Food Assistance Project, Uganda (623)

Karamoja, Uganda - The Program Manager, Food Assistance Project will be responsible for overall coordination and management – both programmatic and financial – of the Food Assistance Project across Moroto and Napak Districts. Responsibilities will include guiding, training, directing and supporting project staff in implementing food assistance activities while also providing monitoring and evaluation tools to assess progress against agreed objectives. The Program Manager is ultimately responsible for ensuring timely, orderly and effective food distribution to beneficiaries and for ensuring timely and accurate data collection, recording and financial management according to World Food Program (WFP) and statutory guidelines. The Program Manager will be responsible for regular project reporting to the Samaritan’s Purse (SP) Uganda Country Office and to WFP, and must ensure effective coordination of project activities with the relevant District Local Government departments.


• Direct line management of Food Assistance Operations Coordinator and Drivers in the districts of operation, including performance review, ongoing direction, support, encouragement and correction
• Update HR records for all project staff in the districts of operation, sending monthly reports to National Program Manager for attendance, leave and contractual changes as they arise
• Ensure effective budget management and administration of project finances, including adherence to SP and WFP financial management guidelines
• Act as official SP representative to stakeholders for all matters concerning Food Assistance in districts of operation
• Establish clear strategy and direction for Food Assistance Project in the districts of operation in collaboration with the National Program Manager
• Work alongside National Program Manager to develop additional food security programs in districts of operation
• Coordinate effective implementation of clear security protocol for distribution
• Ensure all project activities are conducted in accordance with agreed work-plan and proposal
• Coordinate updating of beneficiary lists, sending updates to WFP as required
• Submit monthly and quarterly reports to National Program Manager, including activity summary, progress against objectives, commodity distributed, beneficiary caseload data, achievements to date, issues faced, impact stories and financial expenditure
• Ensure coordination of all activities at District-level with relevant Local Government departments, NGOs, and community stakeholders, and maintain constant coordination with WFP in strategic project implementation
• Any other duties as assigned by the National Program Manager


• Bachelor’s degree (B. A.) from four-year college or university preferably in the field of International Development or another related field
• Food Security and/or infrastructure assets-based programming experience in Africa
• People management experience in cross-cultural settings
• Willingness to travel in and out of field
• Practical, quick, reasoning skills; must be able to keep communication lines open with all parties in program
• Clear understanding of the workings of major donors and their perspectives, requirements and standards
• Organizational and time management skills
• Good interpersonal and written oral communication skills
• Ability to coordinate activities with other agencies, build and maintain positive working relationships
• Ability to understand complex security situation and advise program design accordingly
• Ability to effectively present information to top management, public groups, and/or boards of directors.

Length of contract: 12 months
Target date to the field: May 2011
How to apply
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Closing date: 01 May 2011


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