Senior Associate

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Senior Associate

November 25, 2017

Job Category: Program/Project

Kampala, Uganda

Organization Summary (Please summarize the organization in 250 words or less.)

CivSource is a privately held consulting practice, based in Kampala Uganda, whose mission is to “refine the practice and footprint of philanthropy in Africa”. Our goals are to support and mediate relationships between donors and African civil society; to promote philanthropy that is well-informed and responsive to the needs of African civil society, while meeting donor requirements; and to support efforts of strengthening the capacity and effectiveness of African civil society organizations.

CivSource hires, promotes and retains employees based on their professional qualifications, demonstrated abilities and work performance, as well as on the degree to which these qualities are required in the employment positions made available by CivSource’s service needs and business requirements. CivSource welcomes individuals with diverse experience and backgrounds.


The Senior Associate provides critical oversight to CivSource’s programming to strengthen civil society and philanthropy in Uganda. This is a full-time position based in Kampala, but will involve travel throughout Uganda.


-Provide key input, support, and monitoring to CivSource clients on their programming;
-Conduct due diligence and site visits for current and prospective grant recipient organizations; monitor NGOs’ activities and use of funds; evaluate organizational performance; report findings and recommendations through regular updates and meetings;
-Research and make recommendations to clients about issue areas of interest;
-As directed by CEO, provide management and oversight to associates in carrying out their programmatic responsibilities;
-Exercise field leadership by networking and collaborating with donors and NGOs working in relevant fields; attend relevant forums, meetings and conferences;
-Provide updates on current events that may have an impact on programs;
-Provide support in the planning and coordination of technical assistance provision, trainings and convenings;
-Support partner organizations to ensure completion and submission of their applications and reports; communicate grant information to partner organizations;
-Support clients in planning and executing site visits to local partners in Uganda; and
-Perform related duties as requested and as needs evolve.


-10+ years professional experience working in human rights or international development in Uganda, including extensive experience working with Ugandan civil society organizations;
-University degree required; graduate degree preferred;
-Ability to work across a range of programmatic issue areas; specific experience in the areas of human rights, women’s rights, reproductive health, and/or children’s education preferred;
-Experience successfully managing staff preferred;
-Prior experience with grantmaking and/or organizational development a plus;
-Excellent English oral and written communications skills and analytic abilities required, knowledge of local languages;
-Initiative, resourcefulness, and flexibility—ability to work independently with minimal supervision;
-Demonstrated commitment to human rights and social justice;
-Ability to travel within Uganda and internationally; and
-Ability to handle confidential client information with complete discretion.


University degree required; graduate degree preferred.

Application Instructions

For employment consideration, please submit an application to Subject Line: “[Your name]— SENIOR ASSOCIATE.” All applications must include:
-a résumé;
-a thoughtful cover letter, including how you became aware of this opportunity (i.e., job portal, referral, etc.),why you think you are suitable for the job, and your salary requirement (you must specify an actual amount and range); and
-one writing sample (No less than 3 and no more than 5 pages) No phone calls please.
The application deadline is NOVEMBER 25th, 2017.