Programme Manager – West Uganda Mental Health Service Improvement Project

Job Summary

To ensure the high-quality delivery of the West Uganda Mental Health Project, implement the organization's project activities and coordinate the activities undertaken by project partners to ensure the project targets are met on time and within budget.

  • Minimum Qualification: Bachelor
  • Experience Level: Mid level
  • Experience Length: 5 years

Job Description/Requirements


Kampala, Uganda with regular travel to project sites in Western (Mbarara) and West Nile (Arua) regions.

Contract type 

Full time, fixed contract for 6 months (with potential for long term renewal depending on continued funding)


Between 5,000,000 to 7,000,000 Uganda Shillings per month gross, depending on experience and funding


Project management and monitoring and evaluation experience, and strong administration skills. 

Reporting to

Country Director 

Direct Reports


Working Relationships and Accountability

The Programme Manager will report directly to the Country Director. They will work closely with the Administrator in the Uganda office and the Programs and Finance teams in London office and project partners. They will be responsible for supporting logistical, monitoring, evaluation, learning activities and project management of the organisation run West Uganda Mental Health Project in Arua and Mbarara sites in close collaboration with project implementing partners. 

Main Purpose 

To ensure the high-quality delivery of the West Uganda Mental Health Project, implement the organisation project activities and coordinate the activities undertaken by project partners to ensure the project targets are met on time and within budget. 

Job purpose

Position summary

Under the supervision of the Country Director, the Programme Manager will be responsible for the holistic support for the implementation of the West Uganda Mental Health Project in Arua and Mbarara, Uganda. 

This will include working closely with project partners to refine and deliver project activities; leading on advocacy on a national and sub-national level, liaison with national and sub-national stakeholders, project management and oversee monitoring and evaluation with project partners.

The programme manager will ensure high-quality implementation of the Project on time and to budget. They will lead on the quality implementation of the programme and will take a lead in new programme development and resource mobilization for the continuation of the programme. They will support all monitoring, evaluation and learning activities and to develop and maintain systems to collect, analyse information on inputs, outputs, outcomes for the project as a whole. 

Project summary

The organisation with East London NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK and Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda received funding from the UK Department of Health & Social Care (DHSC) to implement the West Uganda Mental Health Service Improvement project. This project will strengthen the mental health care system in Uganda for refugee and host communities in West Nile and South-Western Uganda. It will utilise a co-created ‘mhGAP Plus’ approach to train non-specialist clinical and community staff and local leaders, through cascaded training from a local faculty trained by the project.  The project will also pilot a Peer Support Worker (PSW) approach for community-level mental health care in the two main centres within the project zone (Arua and Mbarara). This will involve the training of service users to undertake group and one-on-one therapeutic recovery sessions for community members, assisting the formal healthcare workers reach unmet need in the community. The project looks to build sustainability through the development of an online training and peer-supervision platform, as an ongoing repository of training resources, self-directed training, and peer/supervisor engagement.  

About Us

Our client 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. The organisation 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

Our client runs large health system and health workforce capacity development programmes in Zambia, Somaliland and Tanzania, and, under the Health Partnership Scheme, provides 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.

The organisation opened an office in Kampala, Uganda in 2016 with a focus on improving the coordination, joint learning, and ministerial alignment of UK-Uganda health partnerships.

Main duties and responsibilities

Specific tasks of the Programme Manager

Programme Management

• Day to day management of the West Uganda Mental Health Project including:

• Manage the planning and timely implementation of project activities with partners to ensure high-quality delivery to agreed work plans and budgets.

• Ensure quality of programme interventions and the seeking of relevant advice from partners and contacts

• Facilitate excellent coordination of programme activities, planning and dissemination between internal and external stakeholders.

• Managing budgets and providing timely and accurate financial reports to donors and the London office as well as monitor spend against budget for projects.

• Support the validation of training materials for health workers and per support workers

• Attend and support coordination of training sessions

• Support logistical arrangements for international and local travel by project team

• Establish and maintain effective communication with relevant partners in local government, including health facilities, training institutions, NGOs and donor organisations.

• Arrange, support and contribute to relevant meetings and workshops to further the goals of the programme.

• Maintain accurate records of project activities and spend

• Developing and updating a master contact list for key stakeholders

• Attend external meetings including with the MoH, key partners and relevant stakeholders whenever necessary

Monitoring and Evaluation

• Lead the development of monitoring and evaluation tools with project partners and  MEL officer

• Coordinate monitoring and evaluation activities with project partners

• Quality assurance of data collection

• Support the timely and accurate reporting to donors and stakeholders on programme activities, outcomes and impact. 

• Lead on the development of donor reports with support from the Uganda country office and  London Programmes and Grants teams

• Responsible for communicating monitoring, evaluation and learning strategies and activities to partners. 

• Contribute to the organisational evaluation of the project

• Overall responsibility for timely and accurate reporting within the organisation and to donors and stakeholders on programme activities, outcomes and impact.


• Lead on the periodic collection of communications materials for project programmatic purposes including:


Interviewing key project beneficiaries

Drafting case studies and other communications materials as required

New Business Development

• Lead on identifying and assessing funders for the continuity of the West Uganda Mental health project

• In liaison with the Uganda and London offices contribute to writing funding proposals and submit these to potential funders

• Contribute to the preparation of budgets for proposals

General Support

• Provide support to the Country Director as necessary and relevant.

• Represent the organisation externally as necessary and relevant.

• Any other duties as required and directed by the Country Director

Person specification


• Bachelor’s Degree in a relevant field or equivalent experience

• A Master’s degree in a relevant discipline.


• Proven project management experience is mandatory, along with preparing and managing budgets and donor contracts, high-level stakeholder engagement and writing donor reports.

• Experience in programme development, including donor tracking, proposal/project development. 

• Good financial/numeracy skills, including experience in budget preparation/ tracking. 

• Experience in monitoring and evaluation and/or research.

• Experience in preparing and delivering written and verbal communications to a range of audiences

• Experience in team working – able to work collaboratively with colleagues. 

• Experience in a voluntary, research or health sector organisation.

• Experience of developing systems/ tools to support programme management (or aspects of it)


• Understanding of international development and global health issues.

• Knowledge of project management and the project cycle. 

• Awareness of Monitoring and Evaluation principles

• Financial management concepts 

• Mental health concepts 

• Understanding of national and sub-national mental health stakeholders

• Knowledge of donor trends and interests

• international development and /or global health concepts


• Excellent interpersonal skills and confidence in dealing with UK and overseas partners as well as senior staff from diverse organisations.

• Excellent command of written and spoken English.

• Excellent computer skills, particularly with Microsoft Office software (word processing and spreadsheets)

• Excellent time management skills and ability to manage competing deadlines.

• Team player able to work independently when required and to manage a diverse and heavy workload


• Strong commitment to the organisation's cause and values

• Highly motivated self-starter. 

• Flexible and adaptable.

• Intercultural sensitivity and awareness


• Ugandan nationality required

• capacity to respond flexibly to changing requirements.

Our client is an equal opportunity employer and any form of canvassing will lead to automatic disqualification.

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