Job Vacancies

Post 1:  Executive Director

Post 2: Safeguarding Officer

About the Mount Elgon Tree Growing Enterprise
 

The Mount Elgon Tree Growing Enterprise (METGE) is an NGO based in Mbale, Uganda dedicated to mitigating and adapting to climate change, and the alleviation of poverty through the planting of trees. In this respect METGE has recently passed the 15-million target of trees distributed, free of charge to smallholder farmers. Its aspiration is to plant 25 million trees by 2025 in the Mount Elgon region of Uganda

 

Our mission:

 

To enable individuals and communities to see the benefits of growing trees: mitigating the effects of climate change, providing sustainable supplies of fuel, shelter and food, and alleviating poverty for today and for future generations

 

METGE was formed in 2017 and has achieved NGO status.  Working closely with local leaders and rural communities in seven districts in the Mount Elgon Region it is being recognised as a leading promoter of agroforestry in the region.   Over the period 2020-21 the organisation saw significant investment and growth both in its capacity to produce trees and the infrastructure to support its committed implementing partners. The organisation is at an exciting phase of its evolution and expectations are high to deliver at pace and continue its success and support its mission.

 

The Central Office team consists of eight staff who are responsible for the delivery of the programme through its implementing partners and the extended network of around 100 local people through 55 community nurseries.

 

METGE is generously funded by the Size of Wales charity and the Welsh Government from the UK to combat climate change and to enhance the wellbeing of rural communities in Eastern Uganda.

Post 1.

 

Executive Director
 

Job Role: To provide overall strategic leadership to METGE as an NGO. To work closely with the Chair and the Board of Directors to ensure that the organisation’s Mission, the Board’s strategic direction and deliverables are being implemented successfully. The successful candidate will be passionate about the environment and making a difference to the wellbeing of rural communities.

Reporting to: the Chair of the Board of Directors
 

Location: Mbale, Uganda, East Africa
 

Website: https://www.metge.ug
 

Job specification
 

  • Provide inspirational leadership for METGE staff to drive results against agreed performance targets

  • Provide support to the Board in the delivery of the programme in maintaining financial oversight, performance of the programme and compliance with Ugandan laws

  • Build capability and capacity of the organisation to ensure that as funds become available it can match increasing targets

  • Take responsibility for the annual organisational planning and budgeting process timescales

  • Maintain performance against an annual budget and targets set by the Board

  • Develop and ensure that METGE policies are followed and maintain staff performance at all levels

  • Work with the Programme Manager to ensure that the annual programme performance targets and budgeting are in place at the beginning of the financial year

  • Always promote the organisation positively through your own behaviour and protect its reputation for integrity

  • Report to the Board of Directors at regular intervals and compile both financial and performance reports, including reports to funders and donors

  • Host and attend, on METGE’s behalf, high level strategic visits and meetings and relevant international conferences to form partnerships that will enhance the organisation’s advancement and reputation

  • Initiating, supporting, and facilitating the organisation’s marketing and communications strategy

  • Establish and nurture beneficial relationships with funders, key stakeholders and other climate change and tree planting programmes

  • Identify funding gaps within the programme, advise on and support development plans that require resources to present to the Board

  • Establish and/or maintain strong expertise in tree planting/agroforestry programmes and stay up to date with relevant developments in the sector including through participating in local, national and international networks

  • Ensure that mainstreaming of Safeguarding and Gender Equality of Social Inclusion is delivered

  • Develop and oversee METGE’s monitoring and evaluation (M&E) systems

Person specification

 

  1. First degree and/or a master’s degree in forestry, agriculture, or environmental studies

  2. An MBA or substantial high-level experience or a professional qualification in a business-related discipline

  3. A strong background in leadership in achieving tasks, building and maintaining a team, and developing and motivating individuals

  4. Three years minimum experience in implementing donor projects and requirements

  5. Substantial proven senior management experience in a reputable international organisation (preferably an NGO) including reporting to the Board of Directors or Senior Management Team

  6. The ability to manage organisational change at pace, ensuring staff are consulted, involved, and motivated

  7. Established successful project and financial management skills and experience

  8. Proven interpersonal, networking and people management skills in relation to key stakeholders to create consensus and effective decision making

  9. Experience of developing and implementing programme monitoring and evaluation [M&E] systems

  10. Strong demonstration of analytical, strategic thinking, and advocacy skills

  11. Excellent report writing and communication skills in English.

  12. A good working knowledge and familiarity with IT including MS Office

  13. Experience of working closely with marketing and communications staff to oversee planning and the strategic use of media

  14. A current vehicle driving permit

Salary

A competitive salary will be offered to the successful candidate

Equality and Diversity

METGE is committed to Gender Equality and Social Inclusion (GESI)  supporting the principle that everybody should have the same opportunities for employment, development and progression  based on their ability, competence and suitability for the job.

This means that no applicant or employee should receive less favourable treatment on the grounds of their race, colour, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, disability, religion, family or domestic responsibilities.

 

Application:

  1. Letter of application stating why you believe you have the necessary skills and experience to make a success of this job opportunity (max. 600 words)

  2. Detailed Curriculum Vitae

  3. Communication details of three (3) referees, one must be your current or most recent employer

 

Closing date: 26 April 2021

Send your application to jobs@metge.ug  putting Executive Director in the subject line

Note: Copies of degree and other certificates are not required at this stage.

Post 2.

Safeguarding Officer
 

Job Role:

To provide overall strategic leadership to METGE as an NGO in Safeguarding (SG), Gender Equality and Social Inclusion (GESI) in leading specific actions across all the supported Districts to integrate SG and GESI throughout both service delivery and in communities, focusing on institutional change and whole community transformation. The officer will also support the mainstreaming of Safeguarding and GESI into relevant METGE planning and operations.

Scope of work: The position holder will ensure that the Safeguarding, Gender Equality and Social Inclusion activities of the tree planting programme are implemented to highest international standards in a coordinated and collaborative approach with key stakeholders. They should work and integrate with the programme delivery team in its partner network to mainstream these areas and be able to support data input for monitoring and evaluation.

Reporting to: Executive Director
 

Location: Mbale, Uganda, East Africa
 

Website: https://www.metge.ug

Key accountabilities

  • To deliver the strategy and implementation of METGE policies in the areas of Safeguarding, and Gender Equality and Social Inclusion

  • Ensure development and regular review of the SG and GESI workplans

  • Oversee implementation of the Social inclusion and Gender and Social inclusion interventions as laid out in the work plans developed, including organising and facilitating trainings, orientation, and community engagement sessions.

  • Provide continuous technical support and guidance to Implementing partners (IPs) on gender mainstreaming, women empowerment and leadership skills.

  • Undertake appropriate measures to prevent and respond to all forms of harm, abuse, exploitation, and harassment that may result into negative programme outcomes.

  • Ensure that the above measures are instituted at all levels of METGEs operations while putting special focus on vulnerable individuals and communities to make sure we Do No Harm in our work with children, youths and vulnerable adults; making efforts to minimise and mitigate harm from “METGE associated persons,” and ensuring METGE’s operations and programmes in no way contribute to or increase their risk of harm

  • Capacity building of staff and IPs through trainings, orientations, coaching and mentorship on safeguarding, gender mainstreaming and disability inclusion

  • Support integration of SG and GESI in all the METGE service delivery aspects through review of their work plans, activities, reports, and identify SG and GESI related gaps to be addressed.

  • Ensure that the correct procedures are followed as laid out in  METGE policies, are documented and reputational risk is minimised

  • Support the Model Village/Parish committees to promote female leadership

  • Support the board of directors in SG and GESI awareness, reporting and development

  • Liaise with the monitoring and evaluation office to support monitoring of interventions by ensuring collection and reporting of quantitative and qualitative information on SG and GESI related indicators, utilising the recommended data collection tools; document success stories and lessons learnt

  • To assist with data collection, inputting of data and the development of the systems and processes relevant to monitoring and evaluation

  • To support other areas of METGE’s business as deemed necessary from time to time

Stakeholder engagement and advocacy

 

  • Engage with key stakeholders including funders, other NGOs, Government Ministries, IPs and others that will be relevant in identifying gaps in delivery of SG and GESI

  • Develop relevant materials for addressing SG and GESI awareness in communities in METGEs operations in collaboration with the METGE Marketing and Communications Manager

  • Engage with IPs and other stakeholders through the community groups to ensure the needs of the women, girls and excluded groups are prioritised

  • Coordinate with IPs to ensure that community interventions and outreach activities to women, girls and other excluded groups and ensure negative social cultural gender norms are addressed.

  • Organise and lead advocacy and awareness raising activities on SG and GESI aspects with community (including with Local councils, church leaders and male engagement activities) and during international and national events such as Women’s Day.

 

Person specification Qualifications and experience:

 

Essential

  • University degree or advanced training/ course in psychology, sociology, anthropology, gender studies, or social work

  • Minimum of two years’ experience working with vulnerable communities, basic needs, and social service experience, and/or advocacy programmes

  • Experience of working with or in a Non‐Governmental Organisations (NGO)

  • The ability to train the organisation’s staff and programme delivery network personnel

  • Good understanding of Safeguarding and GESI principles and practice

 

Desirable

  • Experience in community mobilisation

  • Capability to develop communication materials for target identified audiences with clear messages

  • Good interpersonal skills

  • Ability to manage confidential or sensitive information

  • Good communication skills and ability to conduct training and awareness

  • Good Computer skills (Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel)

  • Good organisational and management skills.

  • Ability to build strong relationships with a range of stakeholders

Salary

A competitive salary will be offered to the successful candidate

Equality and Diversity

METGE is committed to Gender Equality and Social Inclusion (GESI)  supporting the principle that everybody should have the same opportunities for employment, development and progression  based on their ability, competence and suitability for the job.

This means that no applicant or employee should receive less favourable treatment on the grounds of their race, colour, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, disability, religion, family or domestic responsibilities.

 

Application:

  1. Letter of application stating why you believe you have the necessary skills and experience to make a success of this job opportunity (max. 600 words)

  2. Detailed Curriculum Vitae

  3. Communication details of three (3) referees, one must be your current or most recent employer

 

Closing date: 26 April 2021

Send your application to jobs@metge.ug  putting Safeguarding Officer in the subject line

Note: Copies of degree and other certificates are not required at this stage.