Job Requirements


Bachelor’s degree

Work experience:

3 years

Language skills:


Job Summary

Contract Type:

Full time

Plan International is an independent development and humanitarian not-for-profit organization that advances children’s rights and equality for girls. Plan International is committed to reach 100 million girls to Lead, Learn, Decide and Thrive in Uganda. We support children’s rights from birth until they reach adulthood. And we enable children to prepare for and respond to crises and adversity. We drive changes in practice and policy at local, national, and global levels using our reach, experience, and knowledge. We have been building powerful partnerships for children for over 75 years, and are now active in more than 70 countries.
Plan International Uganda is looking for a Deputy Project Manager to provide technical leadership in the implementation of a 5-year project- “Play Matters- Sparking Life Long Learning Project funded by the LEGO Foundation. The project is aimed at supporting play-based learning for children aged 3-12 years in refugee and host communities in the West Nile region. The project goal is to see every child inspired by playful learning, in every setting, every day, at school, in the home, and in the community.

The Deputy Project Manager will be fully responsible for timely, efficient, and gender-responsive implementation of all project interventions in a bid to achieve the project outcomes aimed at ensuring that: 1) Preschool and primary school teachers and education personnel apply play-based learning in their classrooms; 2) Parents and caregivers apply and support play-based learning with their children; 3) Government and humanitarian actors integrate play-based learning into their services and 4) Support Introduction and testing of innovative solutions for out-of-school children


• At least 3-5 years of demonstrated experience in managing Early Childhood Development and Primary Education programs in Emergency and Development contexts

• Bachelor’s degree in an interdisciplinary area such as Education Management, Development Studies, International Development, Strategic Planning, Program Management, etc. or equivalent

• Proven leadership, inter-personal and cross-cultural skills, and ability to build and motivate multi-disciplinary teams

• Demonstrated experience working collaboratively managing consortium projects with skills in effective partnership management

• Previous financial management of projects with multiple partners (including government and civil society).

• Ability to communicate clearly and professionally in person and with remote teams

• Strong understanding of gender-responsive programming and meaningful child participation in programs

• Conversant with national and decentralized education service delivery systems, structures, operations, and networks

• Knowledge of effective participatory Monitoring, Evaluation, and Research systems and processes

• Ability to work independently and as a team player who demonstrates leadership

• Experienced in engaging with the international donor community and developing donor reports for grants

• Experience with Learning through Play approaches will be considered a strong asset

• Excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to work in a matrix environment

• Excellent written and oral communication skills, including presentation and public speaking

• Strong analytical and problem-solving skills

• Excellent organizational skills and the ability to multitask while working on projects with varying activities, objectives, and deliverables

• Good negotiation and influencing skills

• Creates a strong sense of purpose within the portfolio and with stakeholders

• Sound judgment and decision-making in complex situations

• Aware of the impact on others and adjusting own behavior accordingly

• Frequent travel within Uganda


1- Program delivery

• Support explain, clarify and update clear project work plans for each district/location regularly in line with emerging changes.

• Understands the project management cycle and utilizes tools (including detailed implementation plans) to support the project team effectively implement project activities.

• Support provides daily oversight in the implementation of project activities and Achieves project results, and monitors appropriate benchmarks, targets, and performance indicators.

• Support provides technical inputs on education, WASH, child protection in an emergency, and gender to support enable the Project Manager to provide a high quality of implementation ensuring that programmatic strategies are of high quality, based on best practices, and in line with donor standards.

• Identifies changes in project activities (if any) and shares with the Project Manager who will produce clear documents justifying changes, analysis of change impact, and budget impact.

• Systematically reviews risks and challenges to quality implementation of project activities and shares with the Project Manager for the development of clear and timely mitigation strategies including resources required.

• Support in preparation of narrative/financial reports for review by the Project Manager.

• Participates and provides valuable input into the technical network meetings.

• Promotes full integration of the project with other initiatives implemented in the same location in close coordination with the Project Manager and Programme Area Manager.

2- Communication and Working Relationships

• Builds strong relationships with Plan Uganda and government stakeholders at the District level

• Develops appropriate internal and external Working Relationships (and partnerships) to support quality project delivery and compliance.

3-Advocacy, Influencing, and Visibility

• Represents Plan International Uganda at the district level to champion implementation of advocacy and influencing agenda.

• Supports with technical documentation of evidence from the project and produce stories of change when required with support of the MER Coordinator  

4– Staff Management

• Manages project staff and/or volunteers according to the established policies and practices of the organization.

• Ensures internal planning meetings are organized regularly to provide direction and guidance for the project team.


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