Associate Program Officer - The ELMA Philanthropies Services (East Africa) Limited

Hiring Organization: 
The ELMA Philanthropies Services (East Africa) Limited
City and State: 
Kampala, Uganda

Based in Kampala, Uganda, the Associate Program Officer will assist in the development and management of grant investments, primarily in health and education in East Africa. The Associate Program Officer will report to a Program Officer and will work closely with the team of five in the Kampala office, as well as colleagues based in New York, Cape Town, and Johannesburg. S/he will be joining a collaborative and dynamic global team. The ability to be a self-starter and an active and collegial team player is essential to success in this role.

About ELMA:

With offices in New York City, Cape Town, Johannesburg and Kampala, The ELMA Philanthropies Services develops program strategies, identifies and explores grant and other investing opportunities, monitors investment performance, and establishes philanthropic relationships for The ELMA Group of Foundations. This Group includes The ELMA Foundation, The ELMA Relief Foundation, The ELMA Vaccines and Immunization Foundation, The ELMA Music Foundation, The ELMA Growth Foundation, and The ELMA South Africa Foundation. The ELMA Philanthropies is largely focused on providing these services to the largest foundation within the group, The ELMA Foundation. A full description of the activities of each Foundation can be found on our website:

The ELMA Foundation’s mission is to improve the lives of African children and youth through support of sustainable efforts to relieve poverty, advance education, and promote health. Its primarily active across eastern and southern Africa.

The ELMA Relief Foundation’s mission is to provide post-disaster emergency assistance throughout the globe with special attention to the needs of children, who often suffer disproportionately in the aftermath of such tragedies.

The ELMA South Africa Foundation funds selected programs not aimed specifically at children, within the country of South Africa.

The ELMA Music Foundation’s mission is to provide philanthropic assistance to organizations in South Africa, the UK, and the USA that either provide music education to underprivileged children and youth or provide assistance to members of the music community who undergo personal and financial hardship.

The ELMA Vaccines and Immunization Foundation’s mission is to expand vaccine and immunization coverage for children globally.

The ELMA Growth Foundation’s mission is to invest exclusively in Africa in the growth or expansion of initiatives focused on the economic and social development of low-income individuals, families, and communities.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Conduct thorough due diligence, including critical analysis of proposals, budgets, work-plans, monitoring and evaluating frameworks, organizational strengths and weaknesses, and external risk factors of grantees
  • Manage with diligence and precision relevant aspects of grants administration, including timely preparation, review and maintenance of all grant reports and documentation
  • Assist in the drafting of grant recommendations and other documents for ELMA’s boards
  • Critically monitor the programmatic effectiveness and financial management of grantees and report this to senior management
  • Undertake analysis and prepare tables, reports and factsheets for presentation to the board, other colleagues, and stakeholders
  • Support scheduling and communication with partners, potential grantees, and current grantees
  • Respond to phone and e-mail inquiries
  • Assist in the administration of travel and meeting coordination
  • Other duties, as assigned

Required Qualifications:

  • Undergraduate degree required, Masters qualification preferred
  • At least two years of experience working in the education, health or development sectors within eastern Africa
  • Excellent research and analytical skills and ability to write and present effectively in English for a variety of audiences
  • Ability to analyze budgets and other financial information
  • Ability to source, synthesize, and effectively present information and data
  • Excellent communicator and able to collaborate on multi-country teams as well as with external stakeholders and partners
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills
  • Strong work ethic and ability to prioritize and multi-task
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office software
  • A valid passport and ability to travel in the region as needed
  • Ability to work non-traditional hours as needed
  • A Ugandan citizen or having legal authorization to work in Uganda

Salary and Benefits

Salary commensurate with experience and qualifications. Excellent benefits package.


If you meet the above requirements and feel equipped for this challenging position, please submit your application to by 30 April 2019

Your application should include the following:

  • Cover letter
  • CV
  • Details of three contactable referees.

The ELMA Philanthropies is an equal opportunity employer and encourages candidates of all backgrounds to apply for this position. 

Application Deadline: 
April 30, 2019
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