Start Date: As Soon As Possible

Duration: 1 Year, with Possibility of Extension

Location: Kampala, Uganda, with frequent mission travel throughout the Horn of Africa

Reports To: SIHA Regional Programmes Coordinator

Job Summary

The Regional Projects Officer (RPO) is an instrumental position within SIHA. The RPO will work very closely with the SIHA Regional Director, Regional Programme Coordinator (RPC) as well as the program staff in Sudan, South Sudan, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Somalia, Kenya, and Somaliland. He/She will manage a portfolio of projects and related activities and contribute to further refine SIHA’s strategy and its effective implementation. The RPO has the responsibility to manage the SIHA projects, contribute to the development of its programs and fundraising activities, maintaining contact with stakeholders, including donors, members, partners and others.

Main Tasks and Responsibilities

• To facilitate and contribute to SIHA program development, implementation and general overview of all regional projects;

• Coordinate the implementation of regional SIHA projects including planning, contracting, monitoring, reporting and evaluation;

• To identify opportunities for fundraising and to suggest ideas for new programs and initiatives, often working closely with SIHA’s Programme Development and Fundraising Officer to develop new concepts / proposals;

• To establish communication and collaborate with researchers, technical experts, knowledge institutes and grass roots experts;

• To contribute to all SIHA publications, reports, public statements and proposals;

• Ensure, in close collaboration with SIHA’s Communications Officer, effective co-ordination between the broad base of SIHA staff, Members, and allies in the Horn of Africa;

• To ensure the network’s sustainability by communicating effectively in collaboration with the Communications Officer with all SIHA members and to identify possible new members for SIHA;

• To contribute to the development of policy papers, statements and briefings required for SIHA advocacy, as well as occasional contribution to public statements, press releases, and other outreach communications;

• Planning, reporting and supervising the proper use of the budget allocated and ensuring alongside the SIHA Finance Department the proper documentation and use of all SIHA funds expended in support of SIHA programming throughout the Horn of Africa;

• To monitor in-person, during frequent field visits to SIHA work throughout the Horn of Africa, the progress of projects in course, conduct contextual analysis, and related these back to the Kampala Secretariat;

• To continue to build systems for increasing the efficiency and visibility of SIHA programming in the Horn of Africa, including but not limited to project start-up (‘Grants Opening’), development of project-based Operational Plans and Implementation Timelines, and the maintenance of SIHA reporting systems.


The candidate for this position should have strong knowledge and understanding of the Horn of Africa, specifically, Sudan, South Sudan, Somalia, Somaliland, Djibouti, Kenya and Ethiopia. A commitment to women’s rights and the principles of gender equality and interest in social movements is essential, with proven track-record on right-based programming being a precondition for shortlisting. SIHA will be interested in individual applicants with commitment to indigenous civil society organizations and their essential role in promoting the improvement of conditions for women and girls across the Horn of Africa.

Other Requirements

• Strong combination of studies and work experience in the fields of women, human rights and development in the African context, East and Horn of Africa and/ or /Middle East & North Africa;

• Have at least 4 to 5 years of work experience in the field of gender  cooperation preferably within civil society, human rights NGOs or donor organizations, with preference being focused work in the human rights field and similar sectors;

• A combination of strong academic backgrounds and professional and voluntary experiences on women/human rights, project management and M&E framework, with Masters-level education preferable in the field of Gender and a Bachelors of Social Sciences / Gender or any related field;

• Flexibility and ability to shift priorities based on changes of context;

• Good understanding of the Horn of Africa political and social context, and knowledge of the regional and international mechanisms/dynamics influencing the region;

• Have experience and understanding of project cycle management, including monitoring and evaluation, results-based management, technical and financial reporting;

• Strong writing skills – fluency in written and spoken English is a prerequisite, with knowledge of other regional languages an added value;

• Strong communication, networking and advocacy skills;

• Strong organizational skills, including the ability to manage priorities, work under pressure and meet tight deadlines;

• Have the willingness to travel regularly often around the region, often in areas affected by conflict or instability;

• Previous exposure to international and/or multicultural /multilingual environment –Able to function effectively within a multi-cultural team;

• Strong sense of initiative and creativity is desirable;

• Ability and experience in staff management and capacity building preferable;

• Curiosity, willingness to ‘learn while doing’ and a strong and genuine interest in the Horn of Africa, particularly in Horn women and girls and their strengths and challenges, is essential;

• Ugandans and those having residence in Uganda are encouraged to apply.

SIHA is committed to offer a fair remuneration based on qualifications and experience

To Apply

Interested Candidates are asked to provide their current CV and Cover Letter, expressing her/his motivation in applying and relevant experience/expertise, to SIHA’s Human Resources Department CC: by November 1st 2018. Please enter “Application Materials: SIHA Regional Projects Officer” in the subject line. SIHA may, because of the immediate need of the recruitment, contact shortlisted candidates before 1st November 2018. Due to the anticipated volume of applications, please note that SIHA will contact only shortlisted candidates. We thank you for your interest in joining SIHA!

About SIHA

The Strategic Initiative for Women in the Horn of Africa (SIHA) is a coalition of civil society organizations from Sudan, South Sudan, Uganda, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Djibouti, Somalia and Somaliland. SIHA was founded in 1995 by a collection of women’s groups with the view of strengthening the capacities of women organizations in the Horn of Africa countries. SIHA advocates for social change and gender equality for men and women in the Horn region and works specifically on: gender equality, women rights activism, women economic empowerment, eliminating violence against women and girls, promoting human rights, peace building and conflict transformation, enhancing women’s leadership and political participation and the production and dissemination of knowledge. More information about SIHA is available at