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IRRI is currently seeking a new Executive Director. Preference would be for a Kampala based candidate, but flexibility could be shown for an exceptional candidate.


Reporting to the Board of Directors, and working in close collaboration with its Chair, the Executive Director (ED) is responsible for the strategic and operational activities of IRRI. S/he will be responsible for overall day to day operations and management, program development and implementation and the public and donor relations of IRRI.

The Executive Director will be in charge of developing strategic orientations, ensuring the effective and sound financial management of the organisation, and promoting staff development. S/he will ensure that IRRI continuously adapts to its social, economic and political context and that its endeavours are consistent with its mission and vision. The Executive Director will also act as spokesperson for IRRI, keeping abreast of developments in refugee rights and the rights of excluded communities and working closely with local and international partners.

The ideal candidate will be a creative, visionary and courageous human rights activist with experience in the areas of refugee rights and forced migration, in addition to conflict analysis, citizenship, or preventing and responding to mass violence who has held senior positions, including leadership/management positions. S/he will have a strong grasp of international refugee rights, human rights and humanitarian law, with a deep practical experience of human rights analysis and advocacy including from the grassroots, and preferably within Africa. S/he will understand network and coalition building, including with excluded communities, and have an appreciation of how action-oriented research and new technologies can enhance capacity building for effective advocacy.

Responsibilities and Duties

Reporting to the Chair of the Board, the Executive Director is responsible for the following core areas:

1. Strategic and Programmatic Leadership

2. Public Leadership

3. Financial Oversight

4. Administrative Leadership

5. Personnel Management

6. Other Duties



Knowledge and experience

To Apply

We encourage all qualified and interested applicants to submit an up-to-date CV and covering letter describing your suitability for each of the core competencies outlined in the job profile together with salary history and desired salary requirements and three professional references (including current/last employer).

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IRRI provides equal opportunity and fair and equitable treatment in employment to all people without regard to race, colour, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, political affiliation, marital status, or sexual orientation.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Applications must be received by 31st October, 2013. Only candidates who have been selected for an interview will be contacted.