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Offer: Job Opening: Project Coordinator


Source: The Shanti Uganda Society

The Shanti Uganda Society, Kasana, Uganda

Closing date: 30 September, 2013

Shanti Uganda is a Canadian Charity and Ugandan NGO that improves infant and maternal health, provides safe mother-centered care and supports the well being of birthing mothers and women living with HIV/AIDS in Uganda. Shanti Uganda is a grassroots organization committed to sustainable community based development, holistic birth and the yogic principles of selfless service.

The Shanti Uganda Birth House is a solar powered maternity center on one acre of land in the Luweero District of Uganda. The Birth House provides mother-centered care throughout pregnancy, birth and the postnatal period and is staffed by our team of Ugandan Midwives, Traditional Birth Attendant and Lab Technician. From the Birth House, Shanti Uganda runs prenatal education classes, a Community Garden Program, a Teen Girls Program and a Women's Income Generating Group – a collective of HIV positive women who produce bags and jewellery which are sold throughout North America.

Who You Are

You are passionate about conscious activism, international development, maternal health and the empowerment of women on a global scale. You have a great respect for traditional and local knowledge and believe in local solutions for local problems.

You are motivated, innovative and willing to commit to the long-term growth of a grassroots community based organization. You have a proven history of leading initiatives from start to finish. You understand the importance of self-inquiry, communicate openly, embrace change and challenges and are driven by your selfless commitment to others.

With strong leadership skills and demonstrated ability managing people, you have learnt how to delegate work with confidence but also trust in your network of support. You are good listener with a knack for making people feel valued and heard. You are an innovative fund developer and financial manager able to make the most of a small budget. You are capable of managing multiple projects under strict deadlines, and are able to adjust to changing priorities in a challenging living environment.

You are a skilled communicator and networker with demonstrated ability to form lucrative partnerships. You enjoy preparing and communicating presentations for small to medium sized audiences of prospective donors and supporters. Similarly you feel equally at ease facilitating group meetings and workshops with local beneficiaries.

Your Responsibilities

Report to the Executive Director weekly
Collaborate with the Executive Director, Interns, Head Midwife, Stakeholders, and Advisory Committee to ensure continuous developmental improvements in all project areas and angles
Prepare quarterly reports, gather and log monthly statistics, and update program materials
Complete bi-annual staff evaluations
Pay staff, handle any major staff grievances, and ensure staff retention and overall staff satisfaction
With the head midwife, hire and fire staff
Support the head midwife in the overall management of the Birth Centre
Ensure constant recruitment of interns and volunteers
Prepare internship placements, oversee interns' work, manage the Volunteer House and intern/volunteer needs
Write grant applications, sponsorship proposals, LOIs, and requisition letters
Source out new local funding partnerships, meet with potential sponsors and maintain existing donor relations in Uganda
Sustain Shanti Uganda's strong relationship with the local community and District officials
Manage social media updates from the field
Facilitate stakeholders' meetings, as well as Staff and Interns' meetings
Represent Shanti Uganda at District meetings and events
Coordinate the overall planning of Shanti Uganda special events and Shanti Uganda's participation in District activities
Manage the local bank account, balance monthly expenses, and control overall project budget
Travel to the capital as needed to meet with the lawyer, insurance, NGO board, and development partners

You Qualifications and Experience

Degree in International Development, Masters of Public Health, Project Management & Logistics or demonstrated interest and related experience
Strong leadership and negotiation skills
Excellent written and oral communication skills
Resourceful, professional, and dependable with proven ability to work well under limited supervision and meet deadlines
An interest in the evaluation and measurement of progress in programs relating to health and development
Demonstrated interest in women's health, human rights, community development and/or social justice
Demonstrated intercultural effectiveness skills and ability to manage a team of up to 20 local and international staff and volunteers
Open-minded, flexible, and patient
Possess the ability and willingness to live and work in close quarters with the interns and volunteers you supervise while being respectful of space and mindful of the professional vs personal relationship dynamic
Possess excellent inter-personal and networking skills
Impeccable organizational skills with keen attention to detail
Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and online social media tools (twitter, facebook, pinterest). Ability to use Adobe photoshop an asset.
Experience drafting grant proposals, communication and other written promotional material
Must have experience living/working in the Global South
Relevant experience in fund development and event planning (preferably in the not-for-profit sector) - an asset
Knowledge of and passion for the midwifery model of care, yoga and holistic health - an asset

Working Conditions

This is a full time position starting December 15th 2013, with orientation to begin November 15th 2013 in Uganda. The workweek is 40hrs per week including occasional evening and weekend work. One round trip ticket will be provided to the Project Coordinator. The Project Coordinator will be provided with their own private furnished bedroom and office within the Shanti Uganda Volunteer House compound. The Shanti Volunteer House accommodates interns/volunteers from North America and around the world and contains a furnished kitchen, living room and bathroom.

The orientation period will be from November 15th 2013 to December 15th 2013 in Uganda and be provided by the outgoing Project Coordinator who is currently living there. During this period, the new applicant will work a 30-hour workweek with a pay of $600/month.

The new Project Coordinator's contract will run from December 15th 2013 to December 15th 2014 with a salary of $1000/month.

To apply:

Please email your resume, one-page cover letter and 3 reference letters to the Executive Director at by September 30th 2013. We hope to notify the new project coordinator by October 11th 2013 of their acceptance.

We are grateful to all applicants for their interest; however, only those selected for further consideration will be contacted. No phone calls please.

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