Program Director for Peacebuilding + Child Soldier Reintegration NGO in Northern Uganda

The Grassroots Reconciliation Group (GRG) seeks a Program Director to head the office in Gulu, northern Uganda. Winner of the United Nations Intercultural Innovation Award in 2019, GRG runs innovative peacebuilding and livelihood projects for the reintegration of former child soldiers and refugees in northern Uganda. We are looking for a proven project manager with fundraising and field experience and visionary ideas and who can take the lead in growing the organization.

GRG projects bring together former combatants and local community members to plan their own paths to reintegration and reconciliation. This involves a broad range of locally designed interventions, including livelihoods, agriculture, microfinance, trauma counseling and support, community theater, and peacebuilding activities. Registered as a 501c3 non-profit organization in the United States and as an NGO in Uganda, GRG has helped over 2,600 former child soldiers and refugees since 2007, and currently works with over 300 beneficiaries in communities in rural northern Uganda. See for more information.

Job Summary: The Program Director will have the overall responsibility for implementation of programs in rural communities, donor relations and fundraising, financial management, and coordination with development partners and the local governments in Northern Uganda.

Key Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Managing the office with 3-5 other permanent staff and 2-3 international and local interns.
  • Networking with donors, development partners, and foundations, particularly in Uganda but not only, and working on grant proposals and fundraising activities.
  • Managing livelihood and peace-building projects in rural communities in northern Uganda, entailing weekly field visits. The job will be about 50% office-based and 50% field-based.
  • Overseeing the implementation of a psychosocial support program for ex-combatants and war victims, in close collaboration with the program and counselling staff.
  • Financial management, budgets, and cost control.
  • Networking and outreach to other NGO partners.
  • Leading GRG’s monitoring, evaluation and learning system, providing regular reporting for internal learning, donors, and others.
  • Setting up GRG projects in new locations.
  • Supporting the design of projects and methodologies for field engagement.
  • Supporting GRG’s communications strategy including blogging, video uploads, etc.


Qualifications, Skills & Experience:

  • At least 2-3 years of experience with project management in a developing country (preferably in Sub-Saharan Africa), preferably with a background in conflict resolution and international development
  • High degree of self-motivation and proven ability to work independently
  • Project management skills, particularly on international development, livelihoods, and peace-building projects
  • Proven fundraising experience, in particular on grants.
  • Very good cross-cultural communication skills
  • Very good writing skills
  • Knowledge of sustainable development issues and conflict resolution
  • Grassroots community mobilization experience a plus
  • Knowledge of northern Uganda a plus
  • Excellent networker
  • Knowledge of multi-media, including blogs and social media a plus
  • Fluency in English (written and spoken)

GRG offers a two year contract, significant field project management experience and opportunities for growth, personal development, and leadership. Salary level: $900-1200 per month.

How to Apply

All interested applicants should send a CV/resume and cover letter to

*Please note that only short-listed candidates will be contacted. Please note in the subject line if you are already in Uganda.