Program Officer

Organization: Foundation for Community Development and Empowerment
Location: Kasese, Uganda
Eligible Citizenship: Uganda
Application Code: G05-Nat
Job Function: Development / Fundraising / Grant-Writing, Monitoring and Evaluation / Quality Improvement, Program / Project Management, Strategic Planning / Consulting
Issue Area: Economic Development, HIV / AIDS


Foundation for Community Development and Empowerment (FCDE) collaborates with established community-based organizations to increase their institutional capacity. Acting as a catalyst, FCDE provides direct support to strengthen each partner organization’s efficacy in the community and ensures that local voices direct development. Some of our capacity building approaches include conducting skill building workshops, providing one-on-one support, placing interns with organizations, helping conduct institutional self-assessments, grant making, assisting organizations with identifying funding opportunities, and providing a localized resource center for the community.

Position Overview

The Program Officer will help to develop, improve, and expand the organization’s positive impact on underserved communities by increasing the efficacy of the health programs of FCDE’s community partners in Uganda.  The Program Officer will be responsible for technically supporting local organizations to deliver quality services through planning, implementing, monitoring, and evaluating programs and projects focusing on health and HIV/AIDS programs. 


Key result areas

  • Design and Implementation - Work with FCDE partner organizations to design and implement innovative health and HIV/AIDS programs and projects in line with new trends in the field
  • Monitoring and Evaluation - Help partners design and implement monitoring and evaluation frameworks (including reporting and delivery) to track impact of set goals, objectives and indicators for programs and projects
  • Fund Mobilization - Assist partner organizations to increase their capacity for fundraising through grant writing, marketing, and sustainability planning

Roles and responsibilities

  • Conduct assessments of partner organizations to identify gaps in programmatic design and management of innovative programs/projects focused on health and HIV/AIDS
  • Research and disseminate information to partners on new trends of health and HIV/AIDS issues; be an advocate for creative solutions and new ideas in the field
  • Provide training and mentorship to partner organizations in the areas of designing, implementing, monitoring, and evaluating health programs/projects in relation to new trends; this includes developing project log frames, setting realistic goals, objectives and indicators, designing tools for data collection, data analysis, and interpreting and generating reports from the analyzed data
  • Support partner organization’s fundraising efforts through identification of potential funders, writing quality proposals, and marketing their stories

Desired Skills and Experience

Items indicated with an asterisk (*) are required
  • Bachelor’s degree*
  • Interest in organizational capacity building, especially in rural communities* 
  • Knowledge of new trends in health and HIV/AIDS issues, or strong interest in learning about them*
  • Ability to work in a team environment with self-sufficiency and self-motivation*
  • Experience with project planning and management, including monitoring and evaluation*
  • Experience with proposal writing*
  • Ability to undertake regular field visits to rural communities*
  • Experience with advocacy
  • Training and facilitation skills; comfortable with public speaking
  • Experience in partnership development
  • The ability to get things done and come in with an open mind, new ideas, and a passion for global health 

Fellowship Logistics

During the fellowship year, all fellows are provided with:

  • A living stipend of $550/month
  • Housing and utilities
  • Health insurance
  • A professional development grant of $600
  • An award of $1500 upon successful completion of the fellowship year
  • Travel costs covered to and from placement site, training and retreats

*Note: The living stipend and the completion award may be paid out in USD or local currency, as determined by the placement organization.

Living and Working in Uganda: Fellows are provided with housing and utilities during the fellowship year. Housing arrangements vary based on the placement organization and location within the country and are subject to change. All housing will meet GHC safety standards. Fellows at FCDE are provided with a private room in a house that will be shared with other GHC fellows. The living quarters are self-contained, meaning that the kitchen, bathroom, living, and sleeping areas are in one building. It is basic but comfortable, situated in Kasese, a peri-urban center in Uganda.

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