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Director of Government Relations-Building Tomorrow

Director of Government Relations

Organization: Building Tomorrow

Building Tomorrow, an international nonprofit organization, is seeking an exceptional, values-aligned Director of Government Relations. In this role, you will drive forward Building Tomorrow’s government relations strategy, focusing on securing national government adoption and implementation of BT’s community-powered education initiatives in Uganda.

About Building Tomorrow: Started in 2006, Building Tomorrow supports community-powered learning in rural areas. Through over 500 Building Tomorrow Fellows and over 14,000 Community Education Volunteers (CEVs), we have enrolled over 140,000 out-of-school children and reached over 350,000 learners with our signature Roots to Rise literacy and numeracy camps. Our innovative work has received funding and recognition from Echoing Green, Big Bang Philanthropy, the Clinton Global Initiative, and Forbes Magazine. More information can be found online at Building Tomorrow’s website.

Position Highlights:

  • The Director of Government Relations (DGR) will solidify and enhance Building Tomorrow’s engagements with key government ministries, including the Ministry of Education and Sports (MoES), the Ministry of Finance, and the Ministry of Gender, Labor, and Social Development.
  • You will lead BT’s collaborative partnership with the national government to design and guide a plan for government adoption of BT’s foundational literacy learning program, Roots to Rise (R2R), and the formalization and oversight of CEVs.
  • This full-time position is based in Building Tomorrow Uganda’s Country Office in Kampala, working closely with the Education Systems Strengthening team.

Key Responsibilities for Director of Government Relations

  1. Strategic Engagement and Advocacy:
    • Develop a multi-year vision for government relations work, aligning annual goals with the national adoption of community-powered learning initiatives.
    • Cultivate strong relationships with key stakeholders at the national level, including the Ministry of Education and Sports (MoES), the Ministry of Finance, and the Ministry of Gender, Labor, and Social Development.
    • Actively participate in policy discussions and advisory committees to influence education policies supporting literacy and numeracy.
  2. Networking and partnership building:
    • Maintain a robust network of government contacts, attending relevant ministry meetings.
    • Share learnings and research through policy forums.
    • Provide intelligence and insight to the BT Leadership Team.
  3. Communication and Reporting:
    • Passionately represent BT’s work to government stakeholders, emphasizing impact and progress.
    • Prepare compelling presentations, reports, and briefings.
    • Leverage evidence-based advocacy through policy briefs and materials.
  4. Coordination and supervision:
    • Align government relations activities with BT’s overall goals.
    • Collaborate with the Education Systems Strengthening Manager (ESSM) and highlight achievements and challenges.
    • Provide technical assistance and capacity-building support as needed.

Must-Haves for Director of Government Relations:

  1. Proven Track Record:
    • Demonstrated success in engaging with national government stakeholders and influencing policy decisions.
  2. Experience:
    • Minimum of 7 years in government relations, public policy, or advocacy in East Africa (preferably Uganda).
  3. Critical Thinking:
    • Ability to understand both the big picture and intricate details, knowing when each perspective is needed.
  4. Negotiation and Diplomacy:
    • Excellent negotiation skills and the ability to build consensus while effectively managing conflict.
  5. Communication Skills:
    • First-rate oral and written communication in English and at least one local Ugandan language, conveying complex ideas clearly.
  6. Collaboration:
    • Demonstrated experience working collaboratively and fostering positive relationships.
  7. Education:
    • Bachelor’s degree in Public Policy, International Relations, Social Sciences, Business, or a related field (Master’s degree preferred).
  8. Project Management:
    • Strong project management skills, handling multiple tasks simultaneously, and excellent organizational abilities.

Job application procedure

If you have already submitted your application for this position, please do not resubmit. If someone referred you to apply for this position, please include his or her name in your cover letter. Applications will be accepted until July 12, 2024.

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