Senior Project Officer at NGO, Business for Peace Project at International Alert Uganda


Job Title: Senior Project Officer, Business for Peace Project
Organisation: International Alert
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda
Reports to: Project Manager, Business for Peace

About IA:
International Alert is a 30-year old independent peacebuilding organization based in London, UK. We work with people who are directly affected by violent conflict to improve their prospects of peace, and we seek to influence the policies and ways of working of governments, international organisations like the UN and multinational companies, to reduce conflict risk and increase the prospects of peace.

About Business for Peace Project:
The Uganda programme has been running since 2007, implementing among other projects, the Business for Peace project with a vision of contributing to a more peaceful and stable Uganda. The project goal is to Empower Economic and Private Sector Actors to Promote Sustainable Peace and Development in Uganda. It has the following strategic objectives:
• Influencing the mind-set of business sector actors and helping them to define what a peace economy is in Uganda;
• Empowering business actors to act towards the creation of a peace economy;
• Advocating with private sector actors for the creation of an environment that is conducive towards peaceful business activity; and
• Garnering general support from various groups in Uganda (including youth) towards the role of the private sector in peacebuilding and development.

Job Summary: The Senior Project Officer will support the Project Manager on a portfolio of activities working with different private sector associations and relevant government institutions on dialogue and advocacy activities to Empower Economic and Private Sector Actors to Promote Sustainable Peace and Development in Uganda. The incumbent will conceptualise and manage relevant processes so as to build working relationships with business associations; iteratively evolve the strategy for this project; and play a support role in facilitating relevant dialogue sessions. The successful candidate will be an inspiring facilitator with experience of facilitating dialogue and network processes, as well as a good understanding of the private sector and peace and conflict dynamics in Uganda.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:
1. Support in designing and managing Alert’s engagement with the private sector in Uganda:
• Render support in the design and implementation of project activities related to business for peace;
• Significantly contribute in building activity from inception, regularly reviewing strategic direction in consultation with key stakeholders and Alert colleagues;
• Support related research activities and their links to peacebuilding, working closely with Head of Research;
• Facilitate private sector dialogue events, actively supporting follow-up work;
• Lead on work related to cross-border trade and peace and/or women and youth business groups;
• Strengthen Alert advocacy for conflict-sensitivity and in relevant business policies and regulations, as well as other priorities emerging from the work, through conducting related policy advocacy and outreach activities;
• Identify new directions for private sector work and develop relevant concept notes and fundraising ideas;
• The job holder will support in ensuring direction and impact of business for peace activities is regularly monitored, evaluated and well-communicated using outcome mapping approach, working closely with the M&E Officer.
2. Contribute to development of strong and effective relationships and partnerships:
• Responsible for developing, nurturing and strengthening excellent working relationships critical to ensuring the impact and success of these initiatives: especially with a range of business leaders and associations, relevant government officials/institutions and local government representatives, development partners and media;
• Identify strategic partnerships for the work and over time ensure that necessary Memoranda of Understanding are developed and kept up-to-date, observed, and relevant;
• Support excellent team relationships with within Alert Uganda, as well as Alert, GLP, and liaise closely with other Alert colleagues working on private sector and peace issues globally.
• Represent Alert at highest level in private sector, government, development partner, and international fora.
• Work as an inspiring facilitator to build forward momentum and trust among participants, nurturing and sustaining evolving networks.
3. Contribute to Alert Uganda’s strategic growth and consolidation; Alert’s Great Lakes Programme (GLP); and wider organisational goals and objectives:
• Take part and contribute to GLP activities and events including regional meetings plans, etc;
• Coordinate with colleagues in the GLP team to create linkages between Uganda and GLP work, specifically as this relates to cross-border trade activities;
• Stay up-to-date with and participate in wider organisational discussions and processes e.g. liaising with Peacebuilding Issues Programme staff and Asia Programme staff concerning business champions for peace work, the Communications team, etc;
• Significantly contribute to GLP and wider organisational reporting as required.
4. Support internal systems and procedures relevant to successful implementation of the business for peace project:
• Render support in managing budgets and monitoring expenditure as required, ensuring compliance with Alert, donor and government regulations;
• Assist in developing appropriate Memoranda of Understanding with consultants and research partners and closely monitor compliance with these;
• Significantly contribute to relevant donor reports and fundraising, maintaining forward momentum for the project by developing new strands;
• Actively contribute to proper implementation of all other relevant Alert policies, in close coordination with FA&HR team;
• Contribute towards excellent team relationships within Alert Uganda, as well as Alert globally, particularly the GLP, as well as Peacebuilding Issues Programme in London;
• Play an active role in contributing to Alert Uganda’s country strategy reviews and development of new projects.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
• The ideal candidate should hold a good Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent in Peace Building, Human Rights, Social Works and Social Administration, Social Sciences, Development Studies and Economics.
• At least five years’ experience in related programmes in an International NGO setting.
• Prior experience of managing research activities
• Past exposure and experience in peacebuilding-related programmes and familiarity with conflict-sensitive approaches to development.
• Broad background in Private Sector Development policy, with excellent knowledge of the private sector in Uganda, including different associations, sectors, government institutions working with the private sector; challenges and opportunities faced by business actors
• Knowledge and skills in business for peace initiatives
• Ability to leading sensitive dialogue processes with a strong flair for facilitation, networking with key partner agencies, multi-tasking, mobilising and galvanising a diverse and dispersed collection of Partners behind your leadership and vision of Alert’s peacebuilding programme in Uganda.
• Excellent organizational skills with a keen attention for detail
• Possess the ability to operate efficiently and at approved professional standards
• Highly analytical and reflective outlook
• Excellent track record of successful design and implementation of dialogue processes
• Broad knowledge and understanding of peace and conflict dynamics/ national reconciliation issues in Uganda
• Strong grasp of project management in an INGO, including successful record of fundraising, donor reporting and managing staff and budgets
• Demonstrated ability to build strong working relationships
• Skilled facilitator, with experience of managing networks
• Able to work independently and deliver results
• Innovative, creative, problem-solving attitude
• Demonstrated ability to lead a portfolio of work, maintaining strategic direction
• Computer literacy skills i.e. proficiency in MS-Word, Excel and PowerPoint
• Good communication and reporting skills; both verbal and written
• Committed to organisational goals of International Alert

How to Apply:
All suitably qualified and interested candidates should send a Cover Letter and updated CV alongside completed Application and Equal Opportunities form to

Deadline: Friday, 25th September 2015 by 5pm Uganda time.