Country Director, VSO Uganda

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Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) is an international development charity with a vision for a "world without poverty" and a mission to "bring people together to fight poverty". VSO recruits professionals to work as volunteers, living and working alongside local populations in developing countries. VSO was founded in 1958, and currently works in 23 countries in Africa, Asia and the Pacific.

VSO started work in Rwanda in 1998 at the invitation of the Government of Rwanda and it focuses on programmes in Education, disability and youth/national volunteering. VSO Rwanda's work revolves around six development goals including, Secure livelihood, HIV/AIDS reduction, Education, Participation and Governance, Health and Disability

Country Director, VSO Uganda


Location: Kampala, Uganda
Salary: A competitive salary and benefits
Contract type: Permanent
Full Time: 38 hours per week
Application Closing Date: 25 Nov 2019
Interview date: 2nd December 2019
Start date: February 2020

VSO is the world’s leading international development agency using volunteering for the development approach. We currently programme in 23 countries in Africa and Asia in education, health, and livelihoods. Our vision is a fair world for everyone.

Role overview

VSO aspires to take its work in Uganda to a significantly greater scale than at present. It is already one of our larger programmes, but there is potential for it to grow, expanding significantly the numbers of primary actors we can support to achieve better development outcomes.

Getting to scale does not only involve significant efforts in business pursuit. It also involves assuring quality in implementation, ensuring we deliver effectively and efficiently even as our programmes grow.

We are looking for a leader with passion and energy to take forward this ambitious agenda. The right person will be a natural networker and communicator, experienced at pre-positioning with donors and building relationships with potential consortium partners. S/he will be passionate about VSO's mission, and able to inspire our team of staff and volunteers as well as other stakeholders with the power of volunteering to create real, sustainable change. S/he will be a strong operational manager, able to ensure compliance with the highest standards of project and award management. That may mean having courageous conversations and managing change such that we get the people and the systems we need to deliver change excellently with and for our primary actors.

Skills, qualifications and experience

Equal Opportunities

VSO promotes equal opportunities and values a diverse workforce.

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VSO has zero tolerance for abuse and exploitation of vulnerable people. We expect all our employees/volunteers to ensure we protect children, young people and vulnerable adults from harm and abide by our safeguarding policy (PDF).