Country Director with Visions in Action - Uganda

Background:
Visions in Action is an international NGO based in Washington DC, working in relief and development in Uganda, Tanzania, South Africa and Liberia in the areas of education, HIV/AIDS and food security. During the past 20 years over 700 volunteers and staff have served for periods of 6-12 months in the areas of food security, education, human rights, communications, public health, microenterprise, social work and community development.

The Country Director will provide overall management of current projects and oversee the development of new initiatives in Uganda. 

Location:
Position is based in Gulu, Uganda, with frequent travel to Kitgum and Kampala. Should spend at least one week per month in Kampala networking with donors and other NGOs


Qualifications:
- Five or more years of international development and relief program experience in Africa
- University degree required; Masters degree preferred.
- Knowledge of education programs, food security programs, HIV/AIDS programs and African development issues desired.
- Experience in humanitarian field logistics, administration, security and finances required.
- Previous experience researching, developing & writing program proposals preferred.
- Must have excellent communication skills and be willing to work in and travel to challenging rural environments, including war zones, to gather data and manage program operations.
- Must have a grassroots mindset, and be willing to accomplish program development objectives on a shoestring budget.

Responsibilities:
Program:
- Set strategic direction for relief and development programs in the areas of education, HIV/AIDS, public health and food security in Uganda
- Continue the management of the current HIV/AIDS VCT Program in Northern Uganda, and assure that monthly program targets are met. Secure donor funding so that the program continues.
- Manage relations with the government, especially the Ministries of Health and Education in Gulu, Amuru, Kitgum and Kampala, and the Ministry of Finance in Kampala
- Maintain relations with our major donors
- Establish and secure partnerships with Ugandan hospitals & clinics, Ugandan NGOs and international NGOs working in HIV/AIDS, so that we may provide technical assistance to their programs in the areas of IEC and VCT. Pursue new programs that make the most of the strengths of various partners.
- Search for new program opportunities, and write new proposals in the HIV/AIDS, Education, Food Security sectors with guidance from the Director
- Improve the current Classic Volunteer Program, assuring that orientations and volunteer placements are tightly managed, that all program objectives are met, and that volunteers are satisfied with program administration

Staff Management:
- Hire and oversee local staff and international volunteers in the areas of education, HIV/AIDS, and operations
- Evaluate the performance of all the 50 local staff, and recommend needed staff changes
- Manage and coordinate staff in the areas of education, agriculture, HIV/AIDS, and public health
- Supervise and coordinate closely with the Finance Officer on financial issues, the Administrator on administrative issues, and Logistics Officer on logistics issues.
- Assure that program targets are being met on schedule
- Manage and support international volunteers to assure they are productively engaged.
Government Relations:
- Obtain approval of the new VIA terms of reference by the NGO Board in Kampala and approval of duty free status at the Ministry of Finance.

Vehicles & Transport:
- Manage the vehicle fleet, including vehicles and motorcycles.
- Manage a regular service schedule for all vehicles and motorbikes.
- Analyze vehicle use and fuel consumption and issue a report each month.
- Approve reasonable vehicle repairs as needed within the budget and according to guidelines.
- Assure correct training & supervision of drivers and logistics assistants by the logisticians.
- Track all movement of goods and supplies throughout the country with waybills. Keep accurate waybill records.

Facility Management:
- Assure that the logistics staff manage and service the generators to assure continuous electrical supply to the offices and guest houses.
- Assure that there is running water at all times in the offices and guest houses. Supervise routine maintenance of the compounds.
- Work with the logisticians to maintain offices and guest houses, including procuring furniture & supplies, and maintaining all office equipment (computers, printers, etc) as needed.

Finances and Reporting:
- Assure that budgets are being met and supplies and equipment is purchased within the approved budget.
- Assure compliance with USG finance and procurement standards. Keep a running Assets Register of all program assets.
- Create and submit required financial and programmatic reports monthly.

Compensation:
- Salary will be determined according to experience, organizational policies, and grant guidelines.
- Basic medical insurance
- emergency evacuation insurance,
- shared housing provided in the VIA guest houses in Gulu, Kitgum and Kampala,
- use of vehicle,
- roundtrip transportation to Uganda will also be provided


How to apply:
Please send cover letter, CV, and list of three references to [email protected]
Application deadline: 20 October 2009
Applications will be reviewed until position is filled. Early submission is highly encouraged.

Grants Available: Strengthening Uganda's Systems for Treating AIDS Nationally

Document Type: Grants Notice
Funding Opportunity Number: RFA-617-09-000005
Opportunity Category: Discretionary
Posted Date: Sep 16, 2009
Creation Date: Sep 16, 2009
Original Closing Date for Applications: Oct 15, 2009
Current Closing Date for Applications: Oct 15, 2009
Archive Date: Nov 14, 2009
Funding Instrument Type: Cooperative Agreement
Category of Funding Activity: Health

Category Explanation:
Expected Number of Awards: 1
Estimated Total Program Funding: $75,000,000
Award Ceiling: $75,000,000
Award Floor: $0
CFDA Number(s): 98.001 -- USAID Foreign Assistance for Programs Overseas
Cost Sharing or Matching Requirement: Yes

Eligible Applicants Unrestricted (i.e., open to any type of entity above), subject to any clarification in text field entitled "Additional Information on Eligibility"

Agency Name Uganda USAID-Kampala

Description The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is seeking applications from eligible and qualified local and international organizations and institutions that are nterested in implementing a program to strengthen the national systems for delivery of HIV/AIDS services in Uganda by providing quality HIV/AIDS care and treatment, and related laboratory services at regional referral and district hospitals in Uganda and to build the capacity of the public and private sector to provide care and treatment in a sustainable manner.
If you have difficulty accessing the full announcement electronically, please contact: Godfrey Kyagaba
Aquisition & Assistance Specialist
Phone +256414306001 [email protected]

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Coming up on Boxing: Rogers Mtagwa (Tanzania) vs Juan Manuel Lopez (Puerto Rico) - UPDATED video.

After winning by TKO on the 10th round of the 2008-11-07 super bantamweight boxing match vs  Tomas Vill at the Casino del Sol in Tucson, AZ, our one and only Rogers Mtagwa, is scheduled to contest a world title opportunity in October at the Madison Square Garden. He will be challenging Juan Manuel Lopez, of Caguas, Puerto Rico

SCHEDULED MATCH

Date - 2009-10-10
Opponent - Juan Manuel Lopez
Location - Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, United States

Rogers Mtagwa's short bio (from http:/boxrec.com)
Name: Rogers Mtagwa
Born: 1979-03-22
Birth Place: Dodoma, Tanzania
Nationality: Tanzania
Hometown: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Sex: Male
Career Record: click
Alias: The Tiger
Stance: Orthodox
Height: 5′ 5″ / 165cm
Reach: 72″ / 183cm
Rating: 17 / 1172 and 1 / 33
Manager: Joe Parell
Trainer: Bobby "Boogaloo" Watts
Global ID: 15639
US ID: 056809
WBO Rank #: 9

Record:
Won 26 (KO 18) + Lost 12 (KO 2) + Drawn 2 = 41
Rounds boxed 276: KO% 43.9

Mtagwa is a former NABF and uSBA featherweight champion.

Watch Mtagwa throwing punches superbly in the 10th round, finally managing to steal a win by TKO. Don't forget to watch him in action again on the 10th of October 2009.

Video I


Video II

How to automatically import blog's RSS feeds to your Facebook page

Last week (or two) I promised (on my facebook status update) that I would prepare a post for people who would like to automatically have blog/site RSS feeds uploaded directly to their Facebook profile.
This is should work out like charm. Here is how you do it (click on the image to enlarge for a better view):

  1. Login to facebook.com and go to your profile page
  2. Click on the "Notes" tab
  3. Click on the "Import a blog"
  4. Enter your blog's RSS (for blogspot users, your blog's RSS feed is commonly: http://YOUR-BLOG-NAME.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default ) or if you have your feeds burned with FeedBurner, the address will  be http://feeds2.feedburner.com/YOUR-BLOG-NAME )
  5. NB: Substitute these words "YOUR-BLOG-NAME" with the actual name of the blog you want to import
  6. Click the "Start Importing" button.
  7. Contents of the RSS feed you provided should show up, if all is well,
  8. Click on the "Continue" button
  9. From now on, your RSS feed will automatically be uploaded into your "Notes" section of Facebook

  • Imported RSS feeds cannot be edited on Facebook page, however, you can edit it on your blog. Login to your site/blog and edit that particular post, then publish and give it some few minutes, the changes will be seen later on your imported feeds.
  • You can "Edit Importing Settings" and discontinue / suspend the service (see diagram marked 2)
  • You can Edit Notes Privacy to decide who should or shouldn't read your notes (see diagram marked 3).
Caution:You  have to be the owner of the imported content or have an agreement to reproduce the content from the blog/site that you are importing those RSS feeds.

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