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We’re hiring! Project Coordinator in Post-conflict Northern Uganda

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Project Coordinator in Post-conflict Peace-building, Grassroots Reconciliation Group in Northern Uganda – Apply by January 18th

The Grassroots Reconciliation Group (GRG) seeks a Project Coordinator to head the office in Northern Uganda, Gulu. 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 Project Coordinator 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 outreach to other NGO partners, foundations, and other donors.
  5. Setting up GRG projects in new locations.
  6. Providing input for the GRG’s “Soldier No More: Now What?” fundraising campaign through innovative multi-media support, including blogging, video uploads, etc.
  7. Documenting GRG projects through reports on projects in each location, as well as individual-focused stories.
  8. Working on fundraising proposals.
  9. Monitoring and evaluation of progress in GRG beneficiary groups in communities.

 

The Grassroots Reconciliation Group (GRG) helps former child soldiers 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 living in displacement camps in project groups of approximately 40 persons each.  Together, the two groups build relationships and work hand-in-hand on projects that they design themselves, such as communal farming, brick-making, and counseling.  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 in 2007, GRG currently works in 8 communities with over 400 project participants with a small staff and budget.  Since we started, GRG has helped start over 300 new businesses for participants and send over 700 of their children to school through school fees.

 

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 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. Knowledge of multi-media, including web design, blogging, etc
  9. Excellent networker
  10. Proven fundraising experience, in particular on grants.

 

We offer a two year contract with initial salary of $1000 per month, along with health insurance.   The Project Coordinator 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.org. Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.  Please note in the subject line if you are already in Uganda.

 

Deadline for applications: January 18th, 2012  

Start date: February 2012

8 Comments

  1. I visited your work in Northern Uganda in August when I was visiting my former school mates and also on my field research back home in Africa. I like what you are doing. I congratulate you and give you thumbs up for your work in peace and reconciliation in the post conflict Uganda. I would love to work for you supporting my people to heal and forge ahead after many years of wars which left some indelible marks both physically and psychologically. We shall communicate but once again I am glad about your approach to peace.

  2. Lillian ALur says:

    Hey.i am searching for an opportunity in your organisation..I am currently volunteering with an NGO in Kampala called ACTogther-Uganda where we work with slum dwellers in 5 districts of Uganda,We facilitate processes that develop organizational capacity at the local level and promote pro-poor policy and practice in Uganda’s urban development arena.
    I am fluent in Acholi..
    Hoping to hear from you soon

  3. LUBEGA MOSES says:

    AM VERY MUCH INTERESTED IN WORKING WITH YOUR ORGANISATION AM BASED IN GULU WORKING AS ASIST DATA OFFICER AT STRAIGHT TALK GULU YOUTH CENTER

  4. Mark Olokotum says:

    This is a wonderful opportunity for my brothers and sisters who are in the north for such a chance to find and feel what home used to be before the WAR. It is really a good break through in the region.

  5. Andrew says:

    Hullo Sasha,
    Thank you so much and the entire team for the work you are doing in Northern Uganda. I have a passion for community service and have long looked for this opportunity. In case i don’t know the local language but have the willingness to learn, am i fit to apply for the job?

  6. Michael says:

    Hi, I already applied for this job in December, Do i need to reapply again.

    I look forward toward hearing from you.

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