20/07 Country Director, Uganda


POSITION TITLE : Country Director, Uganda


REPORTS TO : Director, Volunteer Cooperation Program (Ottawa) & East Africa Regional Director (Nairobi)

CONTRACT TERM : 2 years with the possibility of renewal


EXPECTED START DATE : September 1st 2020

Are you an experienced leader in managing development cooperation projects? WUSC is currently looking for a Country Director in Uganda to lead the implementation of programming and program development in-country.


WUSC (World University Service of Canada) is a Canadian non-profit organization working to create a better world for all young people. We bring together a diverse network of students, volunteers, schools, governments, and businesses who share this vision. Together, we develop solutions in education, economic opportunities, and empowerment to overcome inequality and exclusion for youth around the world, particularly young women and young refugees. WUSC currently works in 25 countries across Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and Latin America, with an annual budget of approximately CAD $40 million. We have over 90 staff in our Ottawa office, and over 200 people overseas implementing 16 development projects in collaboration with donors such as Global Affairs Canada, the UK Department for International Development (DFID), the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, and the African Development Bank.

Volunteering for development is one of the important ways in which WUSC pursues its mission. WUSC’s Volunteer Cooperation Project (VCP) has ambitious targets to mobilize hundreds of skilled Canadian volunteers each year to support partners in developing countries where we are working to advance gender equality and facilitate economic opportunities for poor and marginalized young people, especially young women and refugees.

The Country Director Uganda will play an important role in the start up of the Volunteer Cooperation Program in Uganda as well as establishing a WUSC office in the country.


Under the supervision of the East Africa Regional Director and the Director of the Volunteer Cooperation Program, the Country Director Uganda, is responsible for:

Country Program Leadership

  • Developing a Uganda program strategy that contributes to WUSC’s mission and vision
  • Designing and delivering programming initiatives that align to WUSC’s theory of change and programming principles
  • Representing WUSC in Uganda, managing relationships with key partners – from public and private sectors and civil society to achieve programming goals
  • Representing WUSC in dealings with in-country governmental agencies, the Canadian government (Embassy, Global Affairs Canada), other funders and strategic partners in the country.
  • Identifying potential funding sources to develop programming in the country and coordinate the preparation of program proposals in collaboration with WUSC Ottawa’s Program Development team
  • Ensuring linkages and synergies across all WUSC initiatives in Uganda and building linkages with WUSC programs across the East Africa portfolio
  • Ethical, efficient management of a team of employees, volunteers, material and financial resources.

Project Management

  • Ensuring the effective implementation and delivery of projects in Uganda including WUSC’s Volunteer Cooperation Project, AGENCI girls education project, the Student Refugee Program, as well as other initiatives;
  • Coordinating the development of annual work plans and reports, in line with WUSC’s quality standards.
  • Establishing effective partnerships with Ugandan government, civil society and the private sector including the preparation and management of partnership agreements
  • Managing all WUSC initiatives in accordance with the policies, procedures and strategies established by WUSC.
  • Ensuring annual targets with regards to the number of volunteers and expected person-days are met.
  • Ensuring the documentation of results and good practices of WUSC initiatives in Uganda and the generation of content and knowledge, with the goal of the communication and dissemination thereof, both internally and externally.
  • Ensuring the application of WUSC’s Age, Gender and Diversity policy in all programming and operations.

Human Resource Management

  • Ensuring personnel management in the country, by supervising recruitment, training and performance reviews, in accordance with current policies and practices.
  • Ensuring that the emergency, security and safeguarding procedures established by WUSC with respect to volunteers and WUSC personnel are implemented, updated and enforced.
  • Supporting personnel, partners and volunteers in the development of their intercultural skills.
  • Ensuring that procedures are implemented to support volunteers upon their arrival and over the entire duration of their mandates, addressing aspects such as welcoming volunteers to the country, housing, security, safeguarding, living and working conditions, end of contract issues and emergency medical evacuations, with due consideration for how conditions may affect women and men differently.
  • Participating in the recruitment and mobilization of Canadian volunteers in collaboration with the Volunteer Mobilization Unit in Canada.
  • Coordinating the recruitment process for Global South and in-country volunteers (process to include the signing of contracts and volunteer mobilization).
  • Organizing appropriate in-country training/orientation sessions for volunteers, taking into account the specifics of each mandate, and in preparation for the arrival.

Finance and Administration

  • Managing the financial and material resources in accordance with WUSC guidelines, policies and procedures and in collaboration with the Director Programs, Director VCP and with the support of the Finance Manager.
  • Developing annual budgets and ensuring ongoing budget monitoring.
  • Authorizing expenditures, sign or co-sign cheques and approve the required financial reports.
  • Ensuring WUSC is in good legal standing in Uganda.
  • Ensuring day to day management of Uganda office operations.



  • Masters Degree in a relevant discipline or relevant work experience deemed as equivalent.

Experience & Competencies

  • Five to seven years of experience in managing development cooperation programs.
  • Two years of experience in coordinating intercultural teams preferably with experience in volunteer management.
  • Relevant experience in developing partnerships and networks.
  • Experience in needs analysis, capacity building and training.
  • Experience in personnel management.
  • Experience in project development and project management including budget development and management.
  • Previous experience starting new programs, teams or country offices is desirable.
  • Excellent communications and representation skills.
  • Knowledge of national development strategies, particularly in relation to the economic sector, businesses, entrepreneurship, employability, and vocational and technical training.
  • An innovative, entrepreneurial spirit.
  • Proficiency with information technologies and computer skills (Word, Excel, the Internet, etc.) and familiarity with Google Drive and Gmail an asset.
  • Knowledge of youth and women’s employment and entrepreneurship and/or girls education
  • Knowledge of, gender lens investing and blended finance models is considered an asset.
  • Adherence to the Gender Equality and social inclusion principles.
  • Curious, enthusiastic and willing to innovate and adapt.


Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English.


Join Us. Our work is important, cutting-edge, and fast-paced. We encourage curiosity, innovation, and flexibility. And we provide a phenomenal learning experience.

WUSC offers a dynamic international work environment with a diverse intercultural workforce. We offer employees exciting opportunities to apply their skills and gain experience all while making a difference in the lives of youth around the world. Employees at WUSC work hard to create lasting change in education, economic opportunities and empowerment.

We offer competitive benefits, safe and healthy working conditions, and fair compensation.


WUSC’s activities seek to balance inequities and create sustainable development around the globe; the work ethic of our staff, volunteers, representatives and partners shall correspond to the values and mission of the organization. WUSC promotes responsibility, respect, honesty, and professional excellence and we will not tolerate harassment, coercion, sexual exploitation or abuse of any form. Successful applicants will be required to undertake an enhanced criminal record check where appropriate.

WUSC is an equal opportunity employer. We welcome and encourage applications from people with disabilities. Accommodations are available upon request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.

Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. No telephone calls please.

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