CUG005-Partnership and Innovation Specialist (CARE Uganda)

Company Vision

We seek a world of hope, inclusion, and social justice, where poverty has been overcome and all people live with dignity and security.

Company Mission

CARE works around the globe to save lives, defeat poverty, and achieve social justice.

Job Description


The partnership and innovations specialist will report to the Initiative manager and will be responsible for the quality delivery of the innovative solutions. Specifically, the specialist will facilitate the learning and iteration process as required under the innovation process as well as the networking, lobbying and advocacy that is necessary for the uptake and scaling up of the innovative solutions. The specialist is tasked to ensure that CARE’s standards for gender transformation and building resilience are adhered to and will be expected to liaise with relevant project team members to train, coach and mentor project stakeholders in a bid to facilitate systemic change. This will be a field-based role, with 20% travel time to other project locations and CARE offices. 


Responsibility #1: Technical Leadership and steer of the innovation cycle (30% of the time)

·        Support the identification of scaling partners and facilitate their sustained engagement along the innovation cycle.

·        Appraise the food and energy solutions, to identify any technological, managerial or governance issues which may hinder the intended impact, and devise solutions to these in consultation with the private sector partners, CARE team and relevant stakeholders.

·        Support processes for identifying and onboarding partners for the different stages of the innovation cycle.

·        Support the ideation process in liaison with the SIM and the relevant partners, ensuring that proposed innovations address the needs of targeted communities.

·        Coordinate the interventions of private sector partners in liaison with the different Local Government and/or settlement level structures during the testing and piloting of innovative solutions.

Job Responsibility #2: Program quality and Learning (20%)

·        Support generation, documentation, and management of knowledge from implemented interventions (including the innovations), to support decision making, reporting and presentation at different national and international fora.

·        Coordinate research and analytical processes (such as GCVCA) in close collaboration with program partners and the Program Quality and Learning team, for purposes of generating climate and gender disaggregated information and knowledge.

·        Support the establishment of learning mechanisms on the project and coordinate all stakeholder learning and knowledge exchange interventions in liaison with the SIM, while ensuring proper documentation of the learning process.

·        Support the development of knowledge and learning products, working closely with the SIM and the Communications team.

·        Support the SIM to design and implement the project feedback and accountability mechanism.

 Job Responsibility #3:  Networking, lobby and advocacy (20% of the time)

·         In liaison with the IM, identify spaces for influencing policy and practice at local, national and global levels level, and support to organise the necessary engagements.

·         Initiate and/or strengthen multi stakeholder platforms (where needed) for response to local adaptation needs.

·         Support initiatives for learning and influencing climate related policy and practice within CARE, using the available spaces.

·         Support both CARE and stakeholder led processes for implementing climate change policies, strategies and plans at national and sub national level, including advising CARE on the relevant actions that need to be taken.

·         Support program level actions that are geared toward positioning CARE Uganda as a Climate Change organization among donors and the government of Uganda.  

·         Identify networks, coalitions, and movements that are relevant for advancing CARE’s climate and gender agenda and in liaison with the IM and the Program Manager (Climate Justice), use these for gleaning and/or sharing best practices.

Responsibility #4: Gender transformation and Climate Resilience (20% of the time)

·        Initiate and implement actions for strengthening gender agency based on proven CARE models and best practice, working closely with the Gender advisor and the SIM.

·        Take lead on all key interventions for building resilience to climate change at community and household level, based on the CARE resilience framework and using tested CARE and/or other models and approaches.

·        Promote approaches for sustaining climate change adaptation and gender behavior change, ensuring that these approaches are integrated along the entire innovation and project cycle.

·        Work closely with the SIM and the gender advisor to facilitate partner learning and systemic change towards gender transformation and building of resilience to climate change.  

·        Closely monitor partner interventions to ensure adherence to gender and resilience standards, with the use of CARE tools such as the quality markers.

 Responsibility #5: Promote Gender Equity and Diversity and Safeguarding Practices (5%)

·        Practice a behavior consistent with CARE’s core values, and promotion of gender equity and diversity goals;

·        Play a leadership role in identifying and implementing initiatives that enhance CARE’s commitment to gender and diversity.

·        Ensure that CARE Safeguarding policies and procedures are adhered to by all and the staff that S/he supervisors both directly or indirectly

·        Ensure that staff and related personnel under your jurisdiction are familiar with the following organizational policies and procedures and can identify when needed how these may have been breached; The CI Safeguarding policy, Protection from Sexual Harassment, Exploitation and Abuse and Child Abuse, The anti-discrimination and harassment policy, The code of conduct and the organizations Values.

Responsibility #6: Any other duties assigned from time to time (5%)

·        Any other duties incidental to the role or assigned by supervisor.


  • Master’s degree or PGD in agriculture, veterinary medicine, economics, climate change, development studies or a related field is a MUST.
  • Minimum 5 years’ field experience in community development, food and nutritional security, as well as facilitation of capacity building initiatives.
  • A good understanding of innovation processes will be added advantage.
  • Experience in working with a wide range of partners, outside the traditional CSO partnerships.
  • Proven experience in knowledge management, including development of knowledge materials is a must.  

·        Demonstrated conceptual abilities, strategic thinking, and analytical writing kills. Ability to think outside the box will be an asset.

·        Excellent writing, presentation, and public speaking skills.

·        Organizing skills and capacity to multi-task in a fast-paced environment.

·        Knowledge of and demonstrated personal commitment to relevant organizational codes of conduct including anti-fraud and anti-corruption, safeguarding etc

·        Leadership and interpersonal skills and proven experience influencing others without necessarily directly managing them.

  • Ability to ride a motorcycle, and possession of a valid riding permit.