Job Posting – Project Coordinator, Shanti Uganda Society


Shanti Uganda is a grassroots Canadian Charity and Ugandan NGO that is eradicating preventable maternal mortality throughout Uganda using a unique collaborative care model. We are committed to sustainable community based development and the midwifery model of care.

The Shanti Uganda Birth House is a solar powered maternity center on one acre of land in the Luweero District of Uganda. The Birth House provides mother-centered care throughout pregnancy, birth and the postnatal period and is staffed by our team of Ugandan midwives, traditional birth attendant and lab technician. From the Birth House, Shanti Uganda runs prenatal education classes, prenatal yoga, a Community Garden Program, and a Teen Girls Program.  We also run an internship/volunteer program, and host two training retreats annually; an international doula training and a prenatal yoga teacher training. We are poised for growth in the coming year, and will be scaling up many of our services.

Closing date: October 7th 2016

Start Date: December 15th 2016 (training beginning November 24th)

Work Location: Luwero, Uganda


Working alongside both interns/volunteers and Ugandan staff, and reporting to the Director of Ugandan Operations in North America, the Project Coordinator is an inspirational leader with proven experience growing organizations and fostering a team environment that is aligned to the organizational culture and strategic plan.

With a sound understanding of Shanti Uganda’s three core objectives (to improve infant and maternal health, provide safe mother-centered care and support the well being of birthing mothers and women living with HIV/AIDS in Uganda) the Project Coordinator ensures programs are effectively implemented, monitored, evaluated, and adequately reported.

The Project Coordinator is responsible for the management of staff, volunteers, programs, and the program budget. The Project Coordinator is passionate about community development, safe maternal health and the empowerment of women on a global scale.


Human Resource Management and Leadership

  • Provide motivational and inspirational leadership to interns/staff and act as an ambassador for Shanti Uganda
  • Recruit, train, and manage all Ugandan staff and local and international volunteers
  • Create postings, projects, placements for volunteers and interns
  • Responsible for identifying and recruiting local volunteers  
  • Facilitate weekly interns’ meetings and co-facilitate monthly staff meetings
  • Manage the Volunteer House and volunteer needs
  • Maintain a positive and supportive work/living environment

Project Management and Communications  

  • Oversee the implementation of plans to ensure expenditures, activities and deliverables are within budget and in line with Shanti Uganda’s strategic plan as well as donor agreements
  • Collaborate with the Director of Ugandan Operations, Interns, Head Midwife, Stakeholders, and Advisory Committee to ensure continuous developmental improvements in all project areas and angles
  • Report to the Director of Ugandan Operations weekly
  • Manage the local bank account, balance monthly expenses, and control overall project budget
  • Manage social media updates from Uganda and prepare regular blog entries

Partnership & Fund Development

  • Work on grant applications, sponsorship proposals, LOIs, and requisition letters
  • Build new local partnerships and steward current/potential local funders
  • Coordinate the planning of two Shanti Uganda annual fundraising events and Shanti Uganda’s participation in District activities/celebrations   
  • Represent Shanti Uganda at District meetings and events  
  • Maintain and promote revenue generation
  • Actively seek out new sources of funding including Ugandan and East African-centric grants, partnerships and corporate opportunities       
  • Facilitate meetings with funders in Uganda

Monitoring and Evaluations

  • Monitor, evaluate and report on programs
  • Develop financial reports and progress papers for funders and local partners
  • Prepare quarterly and annual program reports and oversee monthly reporting

Other duties may be assigned as needed



  • Degree in International Development, Global Public Health, Non-profit Management, or other relevant degree. Minimum undergraduate degree, masters preferred. 
  • Minimum six months experience living and working in low resource areas
  • Relevant experience in fund development and grant writing and reporting
  • Proven management of 15 (or higher) member teams
  • Successful management of spending in line with approved budgets
  • Capable of managing multiple projects under strict deadlines
  • Proven ability to work well with limited supervision
  • Experience establishing and maintaining local partnerships
  • Experience seeking and managing income generating opportunities

Personal Attributes

  • Able to develop and support other team members
  • Excellent English language communication skills, both written and oral
  • Resourceful, mature, and dependable
  • Open-minded, flexible, and patient
  • Impeccable organizational skills with keen attention to detail
  • Results oriented
  • Relationship builder with exceptional networking skills
  • Lead by example
  • Empathetic and compassionate
  • Ability to enjoy life in rural Uganda
  • Value self-reflection and open communication
  • Embrace challenges and are driven by your selfless commitment to others
  • Team-player with good interpersonal and conflict management skills
  • Flexibility is a must


  • Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and online social media tools (twitter, facebook, instagram). Ability to use Adobe photoshop an asset
  • Tangible knowledge of monitoring and evaluations and results based management tools
  • Demonstrated interest in women’s health, human rights, community development and social justice, the midwifery model of care and holistic health
  • Public speaking and networking skills an asset
  • Possess the ability and willingness to live and work in close quarters with the interns and volunteers you supervise while being respectful of space and mindful of the professional vs personal relationship dynamic

Working Conditions

This is a full time contract position starting December 15th 2016, with orientation to begin November 24th 2016 in Uganda. The initial contract is for one year, with the possibility of extension. The work week is 40 hours per week including occasional evening and weekend work. Round trip airfare and visa costs are covered by Shanti Uganda. The Project Coordinator will be provided with their own private furnished bedroom and office within the Shanti Uganda Volunteer House compound. The Shanti Volunteer House accommodates interns/volunteers from around the world and contains a furnished kitchen, living room and bathroom.

The orientation period will be from November 24th 2016 to December 15th 2016 in Uganda and be provided by the outgoing Project Coordinator who is currently onsite. During this period, the new applicant will work a 30-hour workweek with a pay prorated to $400/month. Beginning on December 15, 2016, the pay will increase to $800 a month.

How to Apply

Please email your resume, one-page cover letter detailing your interest, and the contact information for three references to the Director of Ugandan Operations at by October 7th, 2016.

We are grateful to all applicants for their interest; however, only those selected for further consideration will be contacted. No phone calls please.

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