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The key responsibility of the Programme Manager is supporting the successful implementation of the different projects and activities in the NIMD Uganda programme

  • Minimum Qualification : Masters
  • Experience Level : Senior level
  • Experience Length : 5 years

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The Netherlands Institute for Multiparty Democracy (NIMD) works to promote peaceful, just, and inclusive democracy worldwide. To that end, we work with the entire political sector in a country, from aspiring politicians to political leaders, and from the national to the local level. Together with the partners in our network we promote dialogue, we strengthen the capacities of political actors, and we train young and established leaders in our Democracy Schools. Currently, NIMD runs programmes in around twenty countries in Africa, Latin America, Southeast Asia, and the MENA region. To see all countries where NIMD works, see www.nimd.org/where-we-work 

Our headquarters are in The Hague (Netherlands) and we have 14 country offices around the world, of which NIMD Uganda is one. Our working culture is informal and open, and encourages initiative, professionalism and interaction.  

This position is located in the Kampala office of NIMD Uganda. Together with a dedicated team of finance and programmatic staff, and under the guidance of the NIMD Country Director, the future Programme Manager will support the implementation of NIMD’s overall programme in Uganda.  


The key responsibility of the Programme Manager is supporting the successful implementation of the different projects and activities in the NIMD Uganda programme. You will lead all activities related to capacity support to political parties and associations, different forms of dialogue, democracy education, and women and youth leadership. In addition, you support the Country Director in representation, fundraising, and strategic networking. 


You have strong interpersonal and political analysis skills, enabling you to build trust with all Ugandan political actors. You have experience working in the field of international development and/or politics for at least five years. You are discreet, able to maintain confidentiality and be politically sensitive while working with critical political actors. You have great writing skills and a soldi track record in fundraising. For the impartiality of NIMD and its Uganda office, the selected candidate cannot be an active member of a political party or association, and should be perceived as being truly impartial.


Programme management:

  • Coordinate the overall implementation of interventions and activities for the different projects that NIMD Uganda operates. 
  • Support specifically the political actor dialogue process and the related capacity development of dialogue participants. 
  • Prepare annual plans/budgets, ensure financial accountability, adhere to the timeline of the project activities, adhere to reporting requirements and deadlines, and carry out risk mitigation and reduction. 
  • Ensure compliance with donor requirements for contract management.
  • Ensure timely and quality inputs from advisors and consultants contracted to implement the Uganda projects. 
  • Monitor and prepare daily and weekly political events and development to provide political and programmatic analysis and recommendations for the NIMD Country Director as needed.

Representation and networking

  • Establish and maintain political partnerships and networks in Uganda and the NIMD network around NIMD objectives. 
  • Establish and maintain relations with crucial beneficiaries in Uganda, including political parties, political associations, relevant government institutions, civil society organizations, and other relevant stakeholders 
  • Liaise with political and civil society actors to analyse the political landscape and identify opportunities to foster the political participation of currently under-represented groups, particularly women and youth. 
  • Promote NIMD’s core principles of impartiality, inclusiveness, diversity, local ownership, and long-term commitment in every NIMD organized activity, stakeholder interaction, and external communication. 
  • Represent NIMD Uganda at external events and activities in line with programme objectives and the NIMD Code of Conduct. 

Fundraising and communications

  • Support communications and advocacy efforts in line with NIMD’s principles and style guide and compliance with the EU communication and visibility guidelines. 
  • Support expanding of NIMD’s programming with new projects by active networking and fundraising, in collaboration with HQ. 
  • Give inputs (writing) in funding proposals to be developed by the office in terms of experience and adaptations from other interventions. 


  • A Master’s degree or higher in a field relevant to NIMD’s work. 
  • At least 5 years of experience working with international development programmes, particularly around inclusive governance and democratization. 
  • Experience with various donor grants requirements, in particular the EU. 
  • Deep knowledge of the Uganda political context and system 
  • Experience, based on both theory and practice, in project cycle management, monitoring, reporting and evaluation. 
  • Experience with political dialogue facilitation, capacity development of political actors, supporting women’s political participation and/or working with democratic institutions such as political parties, the National Legislature and National Elections Commission is a clear advantage. 
  • Strong analytical skills and capacity for strategic thinking and planning. 
  • Excellent writing skills, especially related to proposal writing, with excellent command of the English language.
  • Politically sensitive and proven interpersonal communication skills. 
  • Ability to bring people together and facilitate trust and relationship building between different stakeholders. 
  • Commitment to NIMD’s core values regarding gender equality, integrity, and diversity. 



NIMD offers a competitive remuneration package with good secondary benefits. 



Interested candidates should send their updated CV and application (motivation) letter to recruitment@nimd.org latest by Monday 22 July 2024.

Interviews will be held shortly thereafter. Kindly refer to the position you are applying in the subject line of your email: “Programme Manager Uganda”. Only replies by individual candidates for this job will be considered; no agencies, please.

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