Programme Manager UK Charity Jobs – East African Playgrounds

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Organisation: East African Playgrounds

Duty Station:  Jinja, Uganda

About US:

East African Playgrounds is a UK registered charity and international NGO, focused on East Africa, primarily Uganda. Children need to play to access their childhood, allowing them to gain all the developmental benefits that play has to offer giving them the tools for future success. East African Playgrounds strives to ensure every child can access their right to a childhood and that no youth is left without the skills to develop. East African Playgrounds take an innovative child-centred approach to education and use the power of play to transform the lives of children through their play programs.

Job Summary:  The Programmes Manager is responsible for the day to day administration of the facilities at East African Playgrounds. They support the Country Director by taking care of operational support duties. The position holder shall foster a culture of accountability and ensures that organisational resources are used most cost-effectively. This position requires a high degree of confidentiality in dealing with personnel and finance matters. They must be friendly, courteous and have a professional approach towards children and staff.

Key Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Management of programme teams; Coordinating the construction, educational play, MEL and admin team in their work
  • Collating and producing weekly work plans and monthly reports; Responsible for putting together concise but detailed reports for senior management
  • Act as implementation leader on all of the programmes; Ensure all the logistics are prepared in order for the programme to take place effectively
  • Schedule and organise programme staff; Scheduling staff and ensuring there is enough staff for the programmes
  • Coordinate and manage the international volunteering projects; Coordinating and managing the project logistics of the volunteering projects as well as supporting the welfare of the in- country team ensuring protocol is adhered to
  • Manage the scheduling of vehicles; Manage the vehicles schedules to ensure they are in place as needed
  • Oversee the maintenance programme; Along with the Quantity Surveyor support the logistical scheduling and planning of the maintenance programme
  • Build the capacity of the team; Working with the HR officer, provide training to build the capacity of the team
  • Inventory management for all facility assets; Manage East African Playgrounds stock to ensure there is always an accurate account of assists
  • Any other duties that EAP deems suitable

Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 

  • A minimum of five years of management experience in emergency or development programmes at international/ regional level
  • Management experience implementing capacity building programmes in complex settings
  • Management experience in one or more of the following programmes: child protection, partnerships, institutional capacity building or organisational development
  • Experience of remote managing programmes in complex settings
  • Proven capacity to supervise, and coach staff and partners on both technical and programme management skills
  • Experience of, and commitment to, working through partners and contributing to partnership strategies at large
  • Ability to analyse information, evaluate options and to think and plan strategically
  • Ability to write a clear and well-argued assessment and project reports
  • Proven ability to represent the organisation to donors and other stakeholders
  • A team player who can work collaboratively and with people of diverse backgrounds
  • Politically and culturally sensitive with qualities of patience, tact and diplomacy
  • A high level of written and spoken English
  • Commitment to the aims and principles of EAP. In particular, a good understanding of EAPs mandate and child focus and an ability to ensure this continues to underpin our support


  • Experience or knowledge of working and living in relevant regions/contexts
  • Experience working and building the capacity of partners on technical issues

How to Apply:

All interested applicants should send a CV with full contact details and a covering letter to address your motivation for the role, salary expectations, what specific skills and expertise you would bring and how you meet the competencies outlined above. Please email this information with the subject heading ‘Program Manager Application’ to human-

Deadline: 12th April 2019 by 12:00 pm

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