Financial Inclusion Project Manager Employment Placement – Opportunity International

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Organization: Opportunity International

Duty Station:  Kampala, Uganda

About US:

Opportunity International is working to end global poverty by creating/sustaining 20 million jobs by 2020. We believe that enabling individuals to create dignified and sustainable work is the foundation for transforming their lives, their children’s futures and their communities. Opportunity International was founded in 1971 by two visionary leaders who were inspired to take action by their experiences with people living in extreme poverty.

Job Summary:  The Project Manager will be responsible for working closely with the Transformation Manager Opportunity Bank and UK Programme Manager in coordinating all project activities across the project partnership and will be the main point of contact for Opportunity UK’s Disability project in Uganda. In this capacity, he/she will work closely with all partners in the planning, monitoring, and evaluation of field activities in line with budgets and work plans agreed with the UK Programme Manager. The Project Manager will have experience of supporting international programme Management especially with persons with disability on sizeable and complex development projects. Strong project and data management skills are essential. The Project Manager will coordinate regularly with partners and programme stakeholders for maximum outreach. Working closely with the OIUK Programme Manager in the UK, he/she will be responsible for ensuring proper documentation and follow through of all programme activities and commitments.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 

  • The applicant must hold a Degree in the humanities or social sciences.
  • At least five years of experience in international project management and experience of coordinating and reporting on large complex grants/projects.
  • Strong interpersonal, partnership brokering and networking skills. Experience of working with, managing and developing relationships with project partners based both locally and oversees.
  • Proven and strong risk and financial management skills with a determined attitude for a thorough approach to risk mitigation and management.
  • Experience of communicating and monitoring compliance to complex donor regulations concisely and clearly to stakeholders with varying degrees of knowledge.
  • Strong MEL experience with a proven track record of design, monitoring, evaluation and impact analysis and research design and supervision.
  • Excellent written communications and experience in preparing reports, in English.
  • Computer skills, including word processing, email, and internet.
  • Commitment to and understanding of Opportunity International’s mission, vision, and values.
  • Ability to travel within Uganda, sometimes for extended periods and at short notice.
  • Fluency in English and at least 2 local languages.
  • Must have the right to work in Uganda
  • Experience in a financial institution with speciality in group lending or VSLA


  • Background in financial literacy and/or business management skills training
  • Background in working with persons with disabilities.
  • Safeguarding and Child Protection knowledge.
  • Ability to work without supervision, take initiative and make decisions on the spot.
  • Post graduate studies with a focus on research, development or gender.
  • Adult training skills
  • Report writing
  • Financial inclusion for Persons with Disabilities knowledge

Core Capabilities:

  • Achieving quality results & service. Managing projects effectively, achieving predefined outcomes in a timely manner. Planned & organised; able to manage expectations and prioritise competing demands from multiple stakeholders. Positive, optimistic and resourceful in dealing with obstacles and with change.
  • Communicating information effectively. Excellent level of verbal and written communication with stakeholders at all levels. Facilitating appropriate information flow amongst staff and with key stakeholders. Keen negotiation skills.
  • Building collaborative relationships. Building and promoting constructive internal and external relationships. Confidence and ability to deal diplomatically at all levels including senior management. Strong networking and consortium building skills.
  • Linking persons with disabilities VSLA /groups to Opportunity Bank. Providing leadership to project staff, organizing and coordinating meetings between partners/stakeholders

How to Apply:

All candidates should send their updated CVs (no more than 2 pages) and cover letters to Melissa Bell

Deadline: 22nd March 2019

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