Project Manager

Application Deadline: 8 December 2017

How to apply: Email with your CV/resume and brief cover letter or email introducing yourself with the subject line: Project Manager

Location: Kampala, Uganda

Start Date: January 2018


About the Company

The Global Livingston Institute (GLI) is a community-based research institute developing strategic partnerships in both East Africa and in the United States with a focus on education and social impact. Modeled after the Aspen Institute, GLI creates a place at the table for students and community leaders to discuss innovative and complex solutions to poverty. The organization is divided into two core areas of focus: Education (Listen. Think.) and Social Impact (Act.).

The GLI currently takes nearly 200 students and community leaders to East Africa each year for university study abroad trips, high school trips, leadership conferences, youth summits, research internships, and several other events. The organization also employs 19 Ugandans full time to manage our East African operations.

The Global Livingston Institute has two campuses; one in the Muyenga District of Kampala in Central Uganda and our main research center in Kabale in Southern Uganda (Entusi Resort and Retreat Center). The GLI is also operating research projects in northern Uganda and has public health and education contacts throughout the country. The GLI selected Uganda and Rwanda as both countries are eager to engage in research, education, and job creation opportunities. Since 2009, the GLI has developed extensive networks with the public, private, and nonprofit communities in both countries.

About Our Partner Business-Staffable Africa

Staffable is a recruiting and training company based in Kampala, Uganda. Launched by the East African Social Impact Fund, LLC in June 2016 as a for-profit social impact compact designed to create a pipeline for employment and training opportunities.  In partnership with GLI, this strategic collaborative is engaging university partnerships to develop an innovative public-private sector approach to workforce development.  As a workforce accelerator and a leading provider of talent and training in the region, Staffable’s mission is to match local talent with employment opportunities aligned with an individual’s skills, knowledge and background. At its core, Staffable builds capacity in a socially impactful manner, focused on improving the lives of local communities. This model has created a pipeline of job seekers who, as a part of the Staffable database, are either paired with a current client, or contacted at a later point once an opportunity becomes available.

Job Summary

The Project Manager is responsible for the implementation and success of all major workforce development initiatives for the Global Livingston Institute (GLI). This person will LISTEN to the communities where GLI works in order to THINK differently and bigger about community and international development. The Project Manager should ACT with local and global partners and collaborate with GLI staff to implement talent placement and workforce development training initiatives that place 250 – 500 Ugandans into the workforce in 2018.

Key Responsibilities

The primary responsibility of the Project Manager is to plan and manage all logistics designated for GLI workforce development and social impact projects. This includes working in concert with the Director of Workforce Development, Staffable Africa—GLI’s key social impact partner, and other American and East African partners to ensure that project initiation and execution are all successful. Tasks will include, but will not be limited to:

  • Overseeing all GLI social impact projects as the on-the-ground liaison between GLI and any of its East African and American partners;
  • Developing program budgets, managing resources, and supportive financial data for fundraising efforts;
  • Managing and recording expenses;
  • Hosting regular communication with GLI and Staffable Africa’s American and East African partners to ensure project success;
  • Conducting reports related to impact evaluation, grant funding, and research as it develops with the support of the Director of Workforce Development and Workforce Development Team at GLI;
  • Managing volunteer or student interns to create buy-in, meet project objectives, and set clear frameworks for collaboration among multiple partner agencies.

Apart from working with the Director of Workforce Development, the successful implementation of these events in East Africa will require this position to collaborate with GLI’s Executive Director to ensure consistent vision, the Chief of Staff to ensure logistical success, and the Development Director regarding the pursuit of funding opportunities.

Key Qualifications & Skills

  • You are an innovative, creative, and entrepreneurial person.
  • You have a passion for international community development.
  • You have a background, experience or interest in workforce development and the world of social impact.
  • As a project manager, you are able to retain large amounts of information, work in a fast-paced environment, pay close attention to detail, work well on teams, manage others gracefully, and develop systems and processes to reach target workforce development goals.
  • You have extraordinary oral and written communication in English.
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent preferred.

Compensation commensurate with experience.