Government and Stakeholder Relations Coordinator – Uganda

LOCATION: Uganda
EXPERIENCE: 5+ years
REPORTING TO: Head of Programs
TRAVEL REQUIRED: 90%

About Raising The Village

We are Raising The Village, a non-profit international development organization on a mission to end ultra-poverty in Sub-Saharan Africa.

What started as a small start-up in 2012 has now become a fast-growing organization with 100+ national staff in Uganda and a team of 7 people in Toronto and New York, working together to lift communities out of ultra-poverty in last-mile villages in Uganda. To date we have supported more than 500,000 people through our innovative holistic approach. We have achieved this tremendous growth with the help of amazing funders and partners from all around the globe who believe in our model and impact. We are looking for a Director, Programs and Innovation to help us aim higher and expand further.

 

Job Description

The incumbent supports government and stakeholder engagements at the local and national levels, secures MOU and organizes inception meetings with the new districts that RTV will be expanding. S/he also links the relevant ministries, offices and other key players, including sharing reports with districts, ministries, other stakeholders and attending District Council meetings.

 

Roles & Responsibilities

Government Liaison:

  • Develop, link and maintain relationships with government officials and other influential stakeholders at the local level
  • Support the Head of Programs, PEAL team and the implementation team with signing and securing MOUs with government
  • Liaise between the government and RTV in all matters related to planning, programming, program implementation, monitoring and evaluation of RTV’s programs
  • Organize and lead need assessments, focus group discussions, community meetings, and other community mobilization activities
  • Liaise with relevant stakeholders, including governmental authorities, humanitarian and development organizations
  • Support the coordination of international and local partners on activities and assistance conducted within the area of intervention
  • Carry out field-level coordination with community stakeholders in areas of project implementation
  • In collaboration with the districts teams, facilitate and monitor project activity implementation by local partners with a focus on performance/ reliability, discussing capacity building needs, and delivering capacity building/basic training
  • Organize and lead field level monitoring and evaluation activities, and develop success stories from project implementation
  • Develop messaging around project implementation methodology, the scope of work, selection criteria, and any other related beneficiary project documents and ensure effective delivery of such messaging to beneficiaries and stakeholders
  • Keep detailed, organized records of project information, and support logistics and procurement processes, including ensuring budget accountability
  • Attend relevant coordination meetings.

 

Engagement:

  • Secure MOUs and organize inception meetings with new district officials and other stakeholders, in order to prepare teams to start a new project and also to realign existing projects that have been going on
  • Share reports with relevant government department and ministries and/or other stakeholder organizations
  • Map stakeholders at the local level and ensure that management is kept updated on the structures of other players and government at local level including any changes
  • Ensure coordination with all relevant national and local stakeholders related to the preparation and submission to the RTV project concepts
  • Ensure that technical cooperation policies and procedures are disseminated, understood and adhered to by the district officials
  • Stay informed about national institutions involved in coordinated research project (CRP) activities as part of a reference base of the RTV’s overall engagement with government, and inform relevant districts
    that have relevance to the achievement of national objectives or the enhancement of technical cooperation activities
  • Ensure stakeholder records are kept up-to-date and reflect latest contact and engagement activities.

 

Others:

  • Facilitate and follow up on all meetings with relevant stakeholders, local leaders and local representatives
  • Prepare monthly progress reports to be sent to government entities and other relevant stakeholders
  • Build a knowledge base for national development programs through liaising with development agencies, and identify potential areas for RTV collaboration and donor participation
  • Help promote the understanding of national goals and objectives, and seek complementarities between national development priorities, the strategy and RTV’s policies to ensure that the proposed activities add value to the government.

 

Related Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in social sciences, social work, social development or another related field
  • A minimum of 5 years of professional experience in government and stakeholder engagement
  • Experience in working with last-mile communities is an added advantage
  • Excellent understanding of data privacy standards, integrity, honesty, and critical thinking skills
  • Ability to travel at least 90% of the time to different districts of the project’s operations
  • Previous experience with stakeholder mobilization and liaison work
  • Basic computer skills (Microsoft Suite)
  • Excellent analytical and numerical skills
  • Good time management skills
  • Strong ethics, with an ability to manage confidential data
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work in a goal-oriented and evolving environment
  • Outstanding interpersonal and communication skills.

 

Application Process

The deadline for applications is July 3, 2022. While we appreciate all the applications, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Raising The Village is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusion. For any inquiries through the process, please get in touch with [email protected]