Lively Minds

Lively Minds is improving the quality of life for deprived children and their families in rural Ghana and Uganda through creative education programmes. We believe that every child should be given the opportunities to develop their full potential so that they have the best possible chances for the fu...


Programmes Manager in Uganda , Uganda

Organisation: Lively Minds Uganda
Position: Programmes Manager
Reports to: Country Director
Location: Jinja (with daily travel to the field)
Salary: competitive Jinja salary
Hours: Full time
Contract: Permanent

Lively Minds Uganda is working to improve the lives of deprived children in rural Uganda through an innovative early childhood care and education (“ECCE”) programme. We believe that one of the main barriers to ECCE is that parents in remote communities lack the information, education and aspiration to provide simple affordable opportunities for their children. Our programme involves training uneducated Mothers to run educational Play Schemes for pre-schoolers and to provide better home-based care, using cheap local resources. The Play Schemes reach young children at a crucial stage in their development, improving their education, health and wellbeing. Our evaluations show dramatic positive effects on the children and the Mothers.

These are exciting times for Lively Minds Uganda. Having proven the success of our programme, we are now testing ways to scale by transferring all delivery and coordination responsibility to local government and implementing through a train the trainers approach.

The Programmes Manager will play a lead role in developing, delivering and refining the existing activities and coaching local government stakeholders to take-over responsibility for all elements of the programme.


Implementation accountability
 Work with training team colleagues to adapt, test and refine engagement/on-boarding activities to prepare local government for their roles & responsibilities
 Develop and implement activities and processes so local government are able to:
o Coordinate and supervise all start-up training given to Mothers by local trainers
o Keep Play Schemes running to high standard through regular monitoring, coaching and problem-solving
o Plan and deliver top-up training to right standard
o Track performance through KPIs
 Ensure that the project is implemented to the highest standards, coaching the team to actively manage risks, engage stakeholders, respond to challenges and make adjustments as necessary to ensure the successful completion of the project
 Keep track of KPIs, calendars/workplans to ensure programme compliance and take focused action to manage risks/problems
 Conduct spot checks and other quality assurance activities
 Regularly review processes/systems lessons and make improvements in next implementation cycle
 Manage the relationship with local government teams

Leadership and team development
 Line manage Lively Minds Uganda staff members – training them in new systems/processes and ensuring they are working to quality standards
 Provide excellent value for money/accountability to keep costs low & maximise scalability

We are seeking a highly motivated individual to lead a local team and help us to take our programme through this exciting period of transformative growth. You must be an excellent project manager with experience of grassroots development work and stakeholder management. You must be a self-starter and able to work independently with little supervision. You must have excellent interpersonal skills and be able to lead and motivate stakeholders to deliver the programme to the highest quality. We have extremely limited resources and we work in very remote resource-poor villages so you must be flexible and able to come up with creative low-cost solutions that can achieve quality results in this context.

- Minimum of 5 years of project management experience with demonstrated results managing people, budgets and activities
- Stakeholder engagement experience and demonstrable results of influencing others
- Experience coaching and training others
- Ability to manage a complex and varied work load and to work under pressure
- Excellent communication skills, both oral and written
- Experience of working in rural communities
- ICT skills: Microsoft Word (Power Point desirable)

Due to our limited resources we will only be able to reply to shortlisted candidates.
Lively Minds operates a strict Child & Vulnerable Adult Protection

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Expiring: Apr 22, 2018