Head of Programmes & Partnerships (WeLead)


Salary: Paid UGX 153,686,451
Location: Uganda
Closing date: 22 January 2021

About Restless Development.

We are living in a time of ‘peak youth’. Half the global population is under 30 and of these young people, 90% live in developing countries. Despite this, traditional approaches to development continue to ignore the power of young people as capable agents of change. At almost every stage in the development process, the knowledge and capacity of young people goes untapped and their power to lead change is weakened. We know young people have the power to solve the challenges we face in our world, but they are being ignored and overlooked. 

We are the agency that works with young people so they can lead in solving those challenges. Whether that means supporting communities to end child marriage or prevent HIV, we work with young people to change their lives and the lives of people in their communities. Through our innovative programmes and policy work, targeting decision makers globally, we ensure that young people’s voices are heard not only in their local communities but all the way up to world leaders. 

Restless Development has been working with young people since 1985 and our work is led by thousands of young people every year. We listen to young people, our work is led by young people, and together we help young people make lasting change in their communities and countries Our programmes are genuinely life-changing, but we can’t do any of this without talented, creative individuals at every level of our organisation.

Our newest programme is We Lead. 

We Lead is an inspiring, innovative and far-reaching programme that aims to improve the sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRH-R) of young women from four specific groups: young women who live with HIV, that have a disability, that identify as lesbian, bisexual, trans or intersex, and that are affected by displacement. The programme puts young women in the driving seat, while supporting them to sustainably advocate for their rights. The programme will be implemented in nine countries in Africa, the Middle East and Central America. 

The We Lead consortium consists of six civil society organizations (Positive Vibes, Restless Development, Marsa, FEMNET, the Central American Women’s Fund, Hivos) and the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Hivos is the lead party. The five-year programme has a budget of EUR 40,7 million, and is funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs under the SRHR Partnership Fund, which is part of the Power of Voices subsidy framework.

The programme started on January 1st, 2021.

About the Role.

As a key member of the consortium’s Overarching Management Team, the Head of Programme Partnerships will have strategic and operational oversight of the We Lead programme, delivering on behalf of Restless Development for the consortium. They will lead a diverse, and geographically dispersed team, applying Restless Development’s focus on youth leadership and youth led development to ensure effective programme delivery. 

The Head of Programme Partnerships will make strategic links between the We Lead programme and Restless Development’s Youth Collective – ensuring that learning from We Lead is shared with young people across the globe. The Youth Collective enables youth civil society organisations, groups and networks to work together, access funding and resources, collaborate with and learn from others and to problem-solve common challenges. Members of the Youth Collective have been mapped to increase their visibility to funders and partners and provide more opportunity for connection. For more information please visit www.youth-collective.org

We are looking for a values-driven, confident leader who shares our passion for youth and youth development, someone with a senior programme management background, with knowledge of MEL and Programme Quality, Evidence and Learning and with the ability to lead from the top. Above all this is a key leadership position – strong inclusive leadership skills are a must as you drive forward this ambitious programme and lead talented teams to deliver to the highest standards.

Skills and Experience.

Restless Development invites applications from Consultants able to demonstrate the following skills, knowledge and experience:

  • Experience leading and managing teams, including personnel development and capability management
  • Demonstrated ability to lead large-scale strategic programmes across countries and global regions
  • Understanding of a matrix style of working and the ability to build meaningful relationships across the global agencies
  • Outcome focused and proven ability to think strategically and plan, prioritise and organise a team’s work to meet organisation-wide strategic objectives
  • An eye for detail and a concern for accuracy, together with the ability to keep sight of the broad picture
  • Experience of writing technical documents for internal/external purposes, and delivering presentations to colleagues, donors and stakeholders.
  • Knowledge of budget tracking and monitoring
  • Fluent in English – both written and verbal


  • Good, up to date knowledge of SRH-R approaches 
  • We particularly welcome applications from women with lived experiences of one of the rights holders groups – that is women who live with HIV, that have a disability, who are excluded from a gender or sexuality context and who are affected by displacement

How to apply.

Interested candidates should download the Terms of Reference for more details, and send a completed application form to Jobs@restlessdevelopment.org by 9am EAT Friday 22nd January 2021. Interviews provisionally set for w/c 25th January 2021.

Only successful candidates will be notified. Restless Development is an Equal Opportunities employer and encourages people from diverse backgrounds to apply.