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Uganda Response Innovation Lab (U-RIL) Team Leader



Oversight and leadership of the U-RIL portfolio and team

  • Line manage, coach and support the U-RIL Manager, the U-RIL Learning Hub Manager, the U-RIL Communications Manager, the U-RIL MEAL Co-ordinator, the U-Learn Consortium Manager and support other U-RIL project staff to understand and manage the U-RIL model to deliver quality, timely, efficient and impactful in their area of responsibility
  • Manage the ICT4D Advisor consultants and oversee the development of meaningful and quality digital solutions for the humanitarian community
  • Support the conceptual design of all U-RIL activities, ensuring synergies between the learning team and the innovation team and various partners
  • Lead U-RIL’s adaptive programming efforts depending on the evolving portfolio and context
  • Support the team in documenting and conducting lessons learnt and after-action reviews
  • Ensure quality control across the entire multi-donor portfolio – particularly through the provision of conceptual support of activities and review of outputs at different stages of production.
  • Provide overall oversight of U-RIL’s operational processes for the timely and high-impact delivery of the U-RIL portfolio across the entire project cycle for all U-RIL activities (training of innovators, innovation challenges and seed funding, matchmakers, conveners, learning reviews, digital tools, etc…)
  • Provide ad-hoc support to the team during the delivery of aforementioned activities as needed
  • Mainstream Safeguarding, CHS, and Humanitarian Innovation Ethics principle across the portfolio to ensure Do No Harm
  • Pro-actively propose more efficient and effective administrative and technical approaches in consultation with other functions to deliver U-RIL mandate in line with SCI structures and practices


Strategic development for U-RIL, partnership engagement and fundraising 

  • Develop and oversee implementation of the U-RIL strategy and particularly a localization strategy – in relation to the SCI and global RIL priorities and strategies. This includes localization of the team and localization of the U-RIL Steering Committee through the integration of new partners.
  • Scope partners for growth of U-RIL Executive Committee (co-managing partner, host entity) and test partnership opportunities with a focus on driving the localization agenda.
  • Network and/or support the team to network with in-country stakeholders (including U-RIL-led communities of practice and Ugandan representatives of global RIL partners) and market the RIL functions and services to stakeholders.
  • Donor engagement and research of opportunities (local and global funding opportunities).
  • Lead development of proposals (budget and narrative) and teaming agreements in consultation with SCI and the RIL Executive Committee.
  • Partnership development & management to position U-RIL and SCI for new strategic opportunities.
  • Ensure coherence in the overall U-RIL portfolio and synergies between awards and opportunities.
  • For each confirmed award for U-RIL, lead the contractual negotiations and ensure startup of the project, including through the recruitment and induction of team members as required.
  • Lead the team effort in communicating impact of their work and disseminating findings to external and internal audiences (website, social media, newsletter).
  • Ensure U-RIL is adequately represented at various fora and events to raise visibility, promote work, source partnership opportunities both externally and within the movement.


Liaison with U-RIL and SCI and optimising collaboration

  • Further the establishment of synergies between the portfolio of U-RIL and SCI wherever relevant and enhance the integration and scale up of innovations and uptake of learning by SCI
  • Support a Country Office Innovation Task Team to support identification, curation, integration and uptake of relevant innovations in the portfolio.
  • Accompany staff from Operations and Programme Development in the research of innovation and learning and when relevant link to U-RIL services.
  • Ensure SCI Uganda staff across the board are informed of U-RIL work and services.
  • Feed into global innovation and learning initiatives of RIL and SCI.
  • Ensure adequate dissemination and raise visibility of U-RIL and SCI-generated learnings and innovations in collaboration with MEAL and Coms teams internally and externally.
  • Ensure the Executive Committee of RIL is regularly updated and consulted, with a particular focus on the Save the Children ExComm representative
  • Ensure liaison with the Central Support Unit of the RIL, feedback practical country-level-learning, contribute to the overall RIL strategy development and ensure coherence between global approach and Uganda portfolio.
  • Ensure Country Office Senior Leadership Team is kept abreast and consulted in relation to the implementation of U-RIL activities, opportunities and challenges.



To be successful for this role you will bring/have the following:

  • Post-graduate degree in Political Science, Social Sciences, International Development, Administration, Management or other relevant subject
  • Ability to provide advice on a variety of themes and sectors is needed (market-driven livelihoods, engagement of private sector, digital solutions, innovation scale-up, etc…)
  • Highly developed interpersonal and English communication skills including influencing, negotiation and coaching
  • Strong analytical skills and strategic planning abilities.
  • Computer literacy and excellent knowledge management skills are a must
  • Ability to proactively identify issues and problem-solving skills to address these
  • Ability to establish and maintain conducive collegial relations and perform effectively in a team
  • Politically and culturally sensitive with qualities of patience, tact and diplomacy
  • Highly developed cultural awareness and ability to work well in an international environment with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures
  • Excellent time management and planning capacity
  • 10-year+ work experience in the field of international development and humanitarian assistance, including significant field-based roles
  • Partnership-development skills and ability to present programmes to a wide range of audiences
  • Experience of leading the preparation successful funding (narrative and budget) proposals
  • Previous experience of project management and project cycle management, including project design, implementation and evaluation
  • In-depth conceptual understanding of the Grand Bargain and the Localization agenda
  • Past experience leading or managing programming with significant innovation and learning components
  • Understanding of digital tools and concepts of digital public goods
  • Knowledge of human/user centered design / design thinking principles
  • Experience navigating different perspectives and approaches, able to remain diplomatic and find compromise while maintaining true to own vision.


Where we Work –Where We Work | Save the Children International

The Organisation

We employ approximately 25,000 people across the globe and work on the ground in over 100 countries to help children affected by crises, or those that need better healthcare, education and child protection. We also campaign and advocate at the highest levels to realise the right of children and to ensure their voices are heard.

We are working towards three breakthroughs in how the world treats children by 2030:

  • No child dies from preventable causes before their 5th birthday
  • All children learn from a quality basic education and that,
  • Violence against children is no longer tolerated


We know that great people make a great organization, and that our employees play a crucial role in helping us achieve our ambitions for children. We value our people and offer a meaningful and rewarding career, along with a collaborative and inclusive environment where ambition, creativity, and integrity are highly valued.

Application Information:

Please apply using a cover letter and up-to-date CV as a single document. Please also include details of your current remuneration and salary expectations. A copy of the full role profile can be found at:

We need to keep children safe so our selection process, which includes rigorous background checks, reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse.

Application closes on 23rd June mid night Uganda time.

Save the Children is an equal opportunity employer and seeks to employ and assign the best qualified talent, persons with disabilities and female candidates are encouraged to apply.

Disclaimer: Save the Children International does not charge any kind of fee at whichever stage of the recruitment process and does not act through recruitment agents



Save the Children International is committed to create a truly inclusive, effective and representative organisational culture, encouraging equity and diversity among its employees and eliminating unlawful discrimination. We want our people to be truly representative of all sections of society. Having a diverse profile of employees, different age groups, backgrounds, cultures, disabilities, gender identities and expressions, sexual orientation etc., including a range of different experiences and capabilities helps us understand, represent and serve our beneficiaries better. We are guided by our values in everything we do, and recognise that being a diverse and inclusive employer helps us fulfil our responsibility to make a difference for children around the world.


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