Based in the field offices (one in the South West and one in the West), the Regional Coordinators are responsible for planning and coordinating the operations of the project activities at zonal level. The position serves as the extended arm of the project headquarters (HQ) in the field and works closely with the project HQ team and field-based staff.
- Minimum Qualification:Masters
- Experience Level:Senior level
- Experience Length:8 years
Integrated Seed and Sector Development Uganda (ISSD Uganda) is an independent local NGO in Uganda, which aims to be a leading agricultural development organization in fostering resilient seed and food systems for sustainable agricultural production. ISSD Uganda builds on the impactful outcomes and experiences of the successfully implemented seed projects that focused on; seed sector transformation; capacity building and knowledge transfer; partnerships and sector coordination, as well as supporting fragile communities including refugees.
Restoring Resilience of highland farmer communities and watersheds in Uganda is a 4-year project funded by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Kampala. The project is a land restoration and farming systems project in the Western and South Western Highlands of Uganda, implemented in a collaborative partnership between Wageningen Environmental Research (WENR) as lead partner, and ISSD Uganda, as the local implementing partner. The project works through three pathways to achieve its goal to build resilient farmer communities and watersheds in the highlands of Uganda. In Pathway 1 “resilient farming systems” the project focuses on empowerment and motivation of farmer households to work towards establishing resilient farming systems through the PIP approach; Pathway 2 “watershed restoration” focusses on restoring natural resources and ecosystem functioning to enable restored watershed resilience; and Pathway 3 “improved marketing” focusses on improved marketing opportunities for all farmers directly engaged in the project, and the wider community. The project headquarters will be in Fortportal.
Based in the field offices (one in the South West and one in the West), the Regional Coordinators are responsible for planning and coordinating the operations of the project activities at zonal level. The position serves as the extended arm of the project headquarters (HQ) in the field and works closely with the project HQ team and field-based staff. The Regional Coordinators also play a liaison role as the focal point for Government authorities in their respective zones, districts, project partners, and civil society. They will provide leadership, strategic direction and ensure that implementation of project interventions goes according to project objectives and respective zonal water management plans. They will work in collaboration with partners in joint implementation of project activities including coordinating synergies, promoting awareness, learning, and advocacy for natural resource restoration and conservation.
Main Duties and Responsibilities
The Regional Coordinators have the following duties and responsibilities;
• Oversee technical implementation of the project activities at the zonal level through the field staff
• of the project (team of 12 field staff)
• Supervise and coordinate implementation of project activities at the zonal level by the field staff to
• ensure that work plans are followed adequately and phased budgets are spent as required
• Maintain a comprehensive overview of project interventions in the zone through regular
• communication and reporting with the project HQ team
• Coordinate the interaction of activities implemented by staff along the three project pathways and
• provide strategic guidance to achieve project outputs and outcomes
• Work closely with regional water management programs of the Ministry of Water and Environment
• to align project activities with the respective zonal watershed management plans
• Represent the project in zonal forums and mechanisms that require focal points, and promote
• partnership-building with respect to watershed management issues
• Convene periodic meetings with relevant stakeholders in the zone to facilitate information-sharing,
• identify opportunities for cross-project collaboration, and synthesize best practices and lessons
• Facilitate implementation of the project baseline study and relevant research studies by actively
• contributing to their design, rollout, and report writing
• Facilitate opportunities for synergy with other interventions within the project sites through cross
• project planning and implementation to complement project interventions and address issues
• beyond the project’s scope
• Review and approve activity workplans, budgets, and field activity reports developed at zonal level
– within delegated approval limits
• Assume organizational responsibility for monitoring of field office operations, including the
• coordination of shared resources and common services and harmonization of operational
• procedures and systems according to guidelines from management
• Ensure compliance with project systems and requirements, including responsibilities over quality and
• timely reporting (financial and narrative) on a periodic basis
• Systematically document experiences and lessons learned across districts, watersheds and facilitate
• information sharing and learning with the rest of the project team
• Compile and prepare periodic progress reports highlighting progress made in implementation of
• activities within the zone based on periodic plans
• Contribute to project newsletter articles and annual reports
• Facilitate implementation of the project baseline study and relevant research studies (as they come
• up) by actively contributing to their design, rollout and report writing
• Perform any other related duties as required.
Qualifications, Experience, and Skills
• Masters’ Degree in Biology, Agronomy, Environmental Resource Management or related field
• Post graduate studies in Business Administration or Project Management, is an added advantage
• At least 8 years of professional work experience in a similar role/position, with proven experience in
• project management and leading a team of field staff of 12 people or more
• Experience in the areas of sustainable development, community-based approaches and natural
• resource management especially natural resource restoration and watershed management
• Demonstrated capacity to support, advise and guide institutional networking processes with Local
• Government and other stakeholders
• Strong leadership skills, interpersonal skill and commitment to team work
• Proven ability to use Microsoft Office tools such as Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, etc.
• Superior organizational, interpersonal, public speaking, and team-building skills
• Excellent communicator with good writing and presentation skills in English language. Knowledge
• of local languages is an added benefit
• Flexible approach to take on additional responsibilities as assigned/delegated
• Excellent organisational, negotiation, influencing and advisory/coaching skills
• Affinity with capacity development and institutional change processes
• Ability to work independently with minimal supervision
• Willingness to travel & work extensively in highland areas of Uganda
How to apply.
To apply for a position of your interest, please find the respective detailed job description on the ISSD Uganda website via: www.issduganda.org. Then email your application (Cover Letter and CV maximum 4 pages) to firstname.lastname@example.org while indicating the job title and desired location in the email subject, not later than 4th December 2022 at 5:00pm EAT. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
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