Job Summary

The Uganda Country Director is the lead for THET in-country and is responsible for leading and growing an ambitious country program that responds to local Human Resources for Health priorities by drawing on THET’s unique expertise and experience. This post is responsible for developing and delivering the Uganda Country Strategy and ensuring that the organization is effectively run and that the team is supported and managed to achieve their full potential.

  • Minimum Qualification: Bachelor
  • Experience Level: Executive level
  • Experience Length: 6 years

Job Description

Contract Type Fixed term/Part-Time until December 31st with the possibility of extension to a full-time position thereafter. Salary £33,000 pro-rated Reporting To Country Programmes Manager, based in UK Responsible For The THET Uganda country team, and programme 

volunteers/consultants in-country Key Relationships Supervisory Responsibility: Administrator 

Job Purpose Background 

THET is a specialist global health organisation that educates, trains and supports health workers through global health partnerships, strengthening health systems and enabling people in low-and-middle-income countries to access essential healthcare. THET takes an integrated approach to Human Resources for Health and works at three levels: 

• Individual – working with health workers 

• Organisational – working with Civil society organisations, health training institutions and others 

• Institutional – working with Government and regulatory bodies THET runs health system and health workforce strengthening programmes in Ethiopia, Myanmar, Tanzania, Somaliland/ Somalia, Uganda Zambia, and under the Health Partnership Scheme has provided training, advice and grant support to more than 200 UK and overseas hospitals, universities and professional associations working in partnership across 29 countries in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. For more information about THET, please visit, 

Main Duties and Responsibilities

 1. Strategic Leadership and Representation 

• Lead on the development of vision and the development and delivery of the Uganda Country strategy in line with THET’s values, purpose and overall organisational strategy. 

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THET (Tropical Health and Education Trust) Charity Registration No. 1113101 | Company Registered by Guarantee 5708871 | 

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• Participate and contribute to THET international strategy development and direction 

• Ensure staff are continuously engaged and aligned with THET’s vision, mission, values, and strategic direction. 

• Provide regular, consistent updates on political, social and economic context to enable THET programmes to function as effectively as possible. 2. Programme Management, Quality, Monitoring and Learning 

• Ensure quality delivery, monitoring and assessment of THET Uganda programmes, management of grants and agreed objectives. 

• Ensure accountability to THET donors, partners, and other stakeholders in line with the agreed strategy and grant agreements. 

• Effectively implement planning and review systems to ensure delivery against plans, including appropriate internal and external reporting and monitoring. 

• Ensure management and development of high-quality partnerships as appropriate to support programme delivery, including the formalising of such arrangements through MOUs, annual plans etc. 

• Review reports produced by staff to ensure accurate monitoring and management and to inform decision making. 

• Ensure that effective MEL systems and processes are in place, with the appropriate planning and review to enable the impact, value for money and other metrics to be effectively captured and disseminated. 

• Provide high-quality MEL support, as described above, to partners (e.g. UUKHA) as required and to the stipulations of agreed work-plans. 3. New Business Development 

• Ensure the country programme is secured with adequate funding to achieve its strategic objectives and targets in Uganda. 

• Deliver the organisational resource mobilisation/income generation plans in Uganda. This will include donor and key partner relationship building, identifying and assessing new business opportunities, prioritising opportunities, developing concepts and proposals and finalising new grant agreements. 

• Assess and respond to a changing external/donor environment. 4. External Engagement, Communication and Representation 

• Plan and lead profile-raising of THET and networking with key people/bodies which includes representing THET externally to all parties in Uganda and regionally as relevant. 

• Build effective relations with national authorities, partners and other stakeholders. 

• Facilitate high standards of coordination and communication of THET’s profile, activities and programmes, internally and externally 

• Ensure the opportunities at high-level meetings and conferences are maximised exploiting opportunities as speakers/contributors and for networking opportunities. 5. Operations and Financial Management 

• Be accountable for and manage the Country Office, including personnel, financial management, procurement, reporting and other responsibilities in accordance with THET procedures and regulations. 

• Oversee the development, and support the regular review, of operational policies and processes such as security, HR, logistics, and finances to ensure quality programme management and staff and volunteers’ well-being. 

• Ensure efficient, effective and cost-effective admin and logistics procedures in place. 

• Ensure legal compliance in all areas (NGO, tax, employment, health and safety, insurance and internal requirements), including proper registration and legal status of the organisation and any international staff/ volunteers registration with government agencies as needed. 

• Be accountable for developing and managing the country budget, ensuring careful financial management and that expenditure is within income levels. 

• Be accountable for the organisational resources and assets, ensuring financial controls and cost-effectiveness is in place. 

• Be accountable at country level for emergency, security and risk management, developing a plan and ensuring staff and volunteer awareness and compliance. 

• Act as security focal point for liaison with THET’s UK Head Office and ensure that there are effective security policies in place for all staff and volunteers. 6. People Leadership and Management 

• Oversee and support the work of all office staff, ensuring effective liaison with THET’s UK Head Office and ensuring that policies and practices (ways of working) are in line with country and THET standards and requirements, and ensuring full staff awareness of them. 

• Ensure team motivation and development through training, coaching and mentoring 

• Ensure the promotion of teamwork and team spirit to enhance the healthy relationship and programme output. 

• Ensure office has an effective and efficient employee structure in place. 

• Ensure annual performance objectives and learning and development plans are in place for all THET Uganda staff. 7. Volunteer Support 

• Ensure high standards for volunteer support and duty of care. 

• Encourage a culture of partnership between volunteers and the country office, including feedback mechanisms and adherence to THET standards. 

Person Specification

Essential Desired Qualifications University honours Degree in  public health or related discipline 

Masters level qualification preferably MSc. Public Health or International Development from a reputable institution 

Experience Strong programme management 

experience within the health sector, preferably in post-conflict countries in Africa, overseeing large donor programmes 

Experience of working with the Health Authorities in Uganda 

Experience in developing and negotiating MOUs with partner 

Experience of working in a senior position in an INGO context. 

Significant experience of new programme development and resource mobilisation 

Significant experience of Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning in a programmatic context, developing and managing MEL systems and working with partners in their implementation 

Experience of working with senior technical advisors, consultants and those who volunteer their time to support programme delivery 

Experience of working in partnership with others to promote capacity building. 

Experience of managing security and risk in an INGO context 

organisations and then managing the delivery through partners 

Knowledge Excellent knowledge of good  practice in Global Health in Uganda and/or the East Africa region 

Knowledgeable in the field of HRH capacity building and health workforce education fields 

The network of contacts which would be beneficial to THET’s expansion 

Sound knowledge of relevant key partners and donors strategies, priorities and ways of working in the health field 

Skills Analytical skills and demonstrable  ability to think strategically 

Excellent representational, written and verbal communication skills in English. 

Strong self-awareness and effective interpersonal skills for team leadership, evidenced by experience in leading and motivating multi-disciplinary, multi-cultural and geographically dispersed people 

Proven financial skills (budget preparation and monitoring) 

Ability to develop vision and strategy 

Ability to develop the skills capacity of others (individual and organisational) 

Proven staff management and leadership skills and experience. Proven organisational and administrative skills with sound IT skills (Word and Excel) 

Flexibility and adaptability in the context of working within a small organisation and in a complex environment. 

Ability to work within tight deadlines for proposal development/reporting. Values Commitment to THET’s values, 

vision and mission. 

Commitment to partnership and capacity development 

Commitment to building local ownership Other Willing to work in remote and rural areas to visit project sites/ partners. 


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