Reconciling and reintegrating former child soldiers of Kony's Lord's Resistance Army with their communities.

Program Director (Head of Mission) for Reintegration + Peace-building NGO in Northern Uganda

The Grassroots Reconciliation Group (GRG) seeks a Program Director (Head of Mission) to head the office in Gulu, northern Uganda and lead the setting up of projects in new areas of refugee settlements. Registered as a non-governmental organization in Uganda and a 501c3 in the US, GRG runs innovative peace-building and livelihood projects for the reintegration of former members of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) and their war affected communities. This involves a broad range of locally designed interventions, including livelihoods, micro finance, trauma support, community theater, dialogues and reconciliation.

GRG has worked with over 1,880 direct beneficiaries since 2007 with communities in Gulu, Amuru, Nwoya and Lamwo in Northern Uganda. See for more information

Job Summary: The Program Director (Head of Mission) will have the overall responsibility for implementation of peace-building programs across northern Uganda, in rural communities, financial management, fundraising, staffs supervision, and coordination with development partners and government officials in Uganda.

Key Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Managing the office with 5-6 other permanent staff and 2-3 international and local volunteers.
  • Managing livelihood and peace-building projects in rural communities in northern Uganda, with about 70% office-based and 30% field-visits.
  • Managing psycho social and counseling programs for traumatized populations.
  • Overseeing the implementation of GRGs program activities in close collaboration with the program associates.
  • Management of internal finance system, budgets, and program cost control.
  • Regular networking and outreach to other NGO partners, foundations, and other donor agencies.
  • Leading GRG’s monitoring, evaluation and learning system for successful program implementation.
  • Working on grant proposals and fundraising activities.
  • Setting up GRG projects in new locations and expansion, into programs that support South Sudanese refugees in northern Uganda.
  • Supporting GRG’s communications strategy including blogging, video uploads, monthly meetings etc.

Qualifications, Skills & Experience:

  • At least 2-3 years of experience with project management in a developing country (Sub-Saharan Africa), preferably with a background in conflict resolution and international development.
  • High degree of self-motivation and proven ability to work independently.
  • Project management skills, particularly on international development, livelihoods, and peace-building projects.
  • Good cross-cultural communication skills and interpersonal relations.
  • Good writing skills.
  • Knowledge of sustainable development issues and conflict resolution.
  • Knowledge of northern Uganda a plus.
  • Experience with psycho social methods and counseling programs is a plus.
  • Proven fundraising experience, in particular on grants.
  • Knowledge of multi-media, including web design, blogging, etc. a plus
  • Fluency in English (written and spoken)

GRG offers a significant field project management experience and opportunities for growth, personal development, and leadership.

Application deadline: November 30th, 2017.  

How to apply: All interested applicants should send a CV/Resume and cover letter to Kasper Agger, GRG co-founder at

Note: Only short-listed candidates will be contacted. Please indicate in the subject line if you are already in Uganda.

Thank you for expressing your interest in working with us in Northern Uganda.