Programme Development Coordinator

Country/Region: Uganda Country Office

Location: Kampala, Uganda

Organization: Save the Children International

Join us to lead sustainable change for children:

  • Be part of a GLOBAL and DIVERSE technical community
  • Get EXPOSURE in many different contexts
  • Test and scale up INNOVATIVE SOLUTIONS
  • Influence policies that affect MILLIONS OF CHILDREN


Are you passionate about being an advocate for children? Do you want to use your expertise to bring about lasting change for children and be a part of an inspiring, dynamic global movement?

The Programme Development Coordinator will support the Programme Development and Partnerships Team, ensuring strong internal engagement and information sharing, and overall coordination. The role will be responsible for ensuring coherence between project documents, including log frames, narrative proposals and budgets and for managing the Programme Development tracker, maintaining templates and relevant donor information and supporting planning and coordination processes.

This role will work closely with the colleagues across the country office, particularly with the PDQ technical team, including MEAL, Advocacy and Communications, Finance and Awards. The post covers both development and refugee response programming.

Sounds interesting? Read more below


Proposal Development:

  • Support the development of administrative documents for the proposal development process
  • Prepare and format donor templates for completion by the technical and finance teams
  • Active writing on (parts of) various proposals to institutional (including ECHO, EU, UN Agency and Government funding) and non-institutional (including foundation and internal funding) proposals
  • Ensure alignment of documents for specific proposals and support proofreading with a critical eye
  • Gather, coordinate and follow-up regularly on inputs and feedback from internal stakeholders within Save the Children (including Director, Programme Development and Quality, Education Consortium Manager, Head of Education, Programme Development Manager, Head of Advocacy and Communications and Deputy Director, Emergency Response) and provide regular updates on progress
  • Support amendments, top ups and extensions as required
  • Contribute to effective management of partners through the proposal development process where working in consortia
  • Review and summarize key call for proposals for presentation to technical team, when requested
  • Lead the Pre-Awards Actions process in close coordination with other departments
  • Coordinate the Kick Off process in close collaboration with the Awards Team

Business Development:

  • Develop and maintain a functional donor database
  • Work closely with the Awards Team to ensure the Awards Management System is functional and accurately updated
  • Support engagement with strategic Members to track new funding opportunities, including documentation of meetings and minute taking

To be successful for this role you will bring/have the following:

  • At least a Master’s degree in Program/NGO management, social studies, development studies or similar; applicants with a Bachelor’s degree will be considered if they have suitable relevant experience
  • At least three (3) years’ experience coordinating internal or external processes in an NGO or similar environment (preferably on children’s rights)
  • Good interpersonal skills, with proven ability to positively influence cross departmental and cross sector working.
  • Good personal organisational skills, including time management, analytical skills and ability to meet deadlines and work under pressure
  • Fluency in written and spoken English, including the ability to consolidate complex information into user friendly text
  • Information Communication Technology literate
  • Strong appreciation for partnerships and innovation
  • Experience, or educational background, in more than one of the Save the Children priority sectors: Education, FS/L, Child Protection, Child Rights Governance, in development and emergencies, is an added advantage
  • Familiarity with project design methods and tools (including assessments, logical frameworks, and work planning) and budgeting is as an advantage
  • Practical experience and successful track record in writing and leading proposals for a variety of donors, particularly EU/ECHO, USAID, FCDO, private sector foundations and UNICEF is an advantage
  • Good knowledge of the development and emergency donor environment and expectations in Uganda is an advantage

Application Information:

Please apply using a cover letter and up-to-date CV as a single document. Please also include details of your current remuneration and salary expectations. Please use the link below to apply for this role.

We need to keep children safe so our selection process, which includes rigorous background checks, reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse.

Application closes on 24th   March 2023 at midnight Uganda time.

Save the Children is an equal opportunity employer and seeks to employ and assign the best qualified talent, persons with disabilities and female candidates are encouraged to apply.

Disclaimer: Save the Children International does not charge any kind of fee at whichever stage of the recruitment process and does not act through recruitment agents


Save the Children International is committed to create a truly inclusive, effective and representative organisational culture, encouraging equity and diversity among its employees and eliminating unlawful discrimination. We want our people to be truly representative of all sections of society. Having a diverse profile of employees, different age groups, backgrounds, cultures, disabilities, gender identities and expressions, sexual orientation etc., including a range of different experiences and capabilities helps us understand, represent and serve our beneficiaries better. We are guided by our values in everything we do, and recognise that being a diverse and inclusive employer helps us fulfil our responsibility to make a difference for children around the world.