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Country Director - Uganda

Job Title Country Director – Uganda
Location Kampala
Contract Type Fixed term/Part Time until December 31st with 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



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.



The Uganda Country Director is the lead for THET in country and is responsible for leading and growing an ambitious country programme 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 organisation is effectively run and that the team is supported and managed to achieve their full potential.

Essential skills:

  • University honours Degree in public health or related discipline
  • Strong programme management experience within the health sector, preferably in post-conflict countries in Africa, overseeing large donor programmes
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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)
  • 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.

Main Duties and Responsibilities:

1. Strategic Leadership and Representation

2. Programme Management, Quality, Monitoring and Learning

3. New Business Development

4. External Engagement, Communication and Representation

5. Operations and Financial Management

6. People Leadership and Management

7. Volunteer Support

For more information and the full job description please click here. 

To apply, please send your CV and cover letter to jobs@thet.org no later than midnight (GMT) on 19th July 2019.

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