Jobs at Uganda Red Cross Society - Program Manager

Job  Title : Program Manager – Disaster Preparedne & Response (1 Position) Grade : UR 4.1

Reports to : Director, Disaster Management

Location : National Headquarters, Kampala

Duration : Two Years

Job Summary:

Under the Disaster Management (DM) Directorate, the Program Manager is responsible preparedness and response ensures the delivery of the DM related work plan as well as providing technical assistance to Directorate; the position holder will coordinate activities as well as provide programmatic support related the program – Reducing Community Risks and Strengthening Response Program (RRSR).

Specific Responsibilities include but not limited to:

• Ensures support on Emergency Preparedness Planning through contingency plans working with the DM structures in the development of branch/region-wide preparedness work plans; guides branches in their establishment and skill building of emergency response teams (RCATs), application of URCS guidelines and contingency plans etc.

• Monitors and develops understanding of on-going contexts, vulnerabilities and produces occasional updates/situational reports and supports branches/ regions to develop their own.

• Supports the directorates to initiate responses to emergencies in consultation with the Assistant Director - DM, including advising on start-up, assessments and mobilization of resources.

• Supports the rapid deployment to the branches/regions and coordinates the start-up of responses within URCS response mechanisms.

• Promotes and guides quality in emergency response activities including promoting and guiding Branch Managers in their adherence to minimum standards.

• Strengthens quality by conducting capacity building, training, monitoring and facilitating compliance activities with URCS’s accountability framework for emergency responses such as After Action Reviews and Evaluations.

• Supports the implementation, monitoring and reporting of the RRSR Program and ensures input from all URCS Stakeholders and Partners in the realization of the program goal and objectives.

• Supports Program Management by ensuring timely, high quality reporting and maintains accurate and effective data management.

• Contributes to the strengthening of knowledge management in DM Directorate through monitoring progress and providing further input into the development of RRSR.

• Undertakes missions to provide assistance and advises field teams on the design and development of RRSR and Disaster Management Programming.

Minimum qualifications, experience and competences:

Qualifications and Experience: A Post Graduate

  • qualification in Social Sciences or a discipline relevant to Development or Disaster Management or Risk Reduction.
  • Three years progressive experience gained through service within DM preferably in an NGO/Agency is required.
  • Project management work certification or at least three years project management work experience in DM.


  • Ability to effectively utilize word processing, database management and spreadsheet programs.
  • Proven capacity to work with and establish working relationship with communities, local leaders, Government (at all levels) and NGO representatives.
  • Analytical skills; numeracy and financial management; Ability to communicate effectively with persons at all levels; Excellent report writing, data acquisition and analysis skills; good interpersonal and communications skills;
  • Good working knowledge of disaster, environment and project management issues; Knowledge of MS packages and web-based management systems.

How to Apply:
Applications with copies of Curriculum Vitae, names of three professional referees, copies of certified academic certifications, telephone contact should be submitted to:

The Secretary General, Uganda Red Cross Society, P.O.

Box 494, Rubaga Road, Plot 551/555, Kampala, Uganda.

Closing date for receipt of the applications is Friday

5th October 2012 at 5.00 pm.

Due to large volumes of applications; only short listed candidates shall be contacted. Canvassing shall lead to automatic disqualification

Deadline: 5th Oct 2012


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