Project Driver, MHU at SOS Children’s Villages Uganda

Application deadline closed.

Job Description

SOS Children’s Villages Uganda is a child-focused, social development, non-governmental organisation with a strong reputation for fulfilling children’s right to quality care and protection, education and health. Since the beginning of its work in 1991, SOS Uganda has reached over 60,000 children, youth and adults directly and indirectly to become empowered and self-reliant and contribute significantly to their families and communities.

Mental Health Uganda (MHU) is an indigenous, non-governmental, membership-based disabled people’s organisation; an organisation of people with a lived experience of mental health problems.
MHU was established in 1997 and formally registered as a national NGO in 2001. MHU is based in all regions of the country and works for equal access to services and opportunities for people with mental health issues. MHU is the biggest organisation of people living with mental illness in Africa with over 25,000 members.

 

The 2 partners will implement a 3-year project from January 2023, primarily targeting young people between the ages of 13 to 19 in 10 selected secondary schools (5 from Gulu district and 5 from Wakiso district). The project seeks to: normalize mental health problems and reduce stigma and discrimination; facilitate access to psychosocial support in the targeted schools; and contribute to improved policy and legal framework in favour of young people experiencing mental health problems in Uganda.

 

Youth active participation and empowerment is a key proponent of the project, ensuring that youth lead the development and implementation of project activities. For the delivery of this project, SOS and MHU are recruiting suitably qualified and competent Ugandans to fill the following positions:

Job Title: Project Driver, MHU
Work station: Kampala
Contract Type: Full Time, Two – Year Term (with a possibility for a 1 – year extension)
Working hours: 8:30am- 5:00pm (Monday – Friday)
Salary: Commensurate with experience, knowledge and skills
Start date: January 2023

Job Purpose
The driver’s responsibility will be to provide efficient and safe transportation of authorized personnel and/or commodities in a clean and well maintained vehicle.

Main duties and responsibilities of the role
i. Drive project personnel and equipment to locations in Uganda for project activities
ii. Adhere to timely schedules set by Staff
iii. Maintain Project vehicles, keep accurate records for vehicle issues including fuel

iv. Observe all organizational vehicle utilization policies and in country traffic laws
v. Perform daily errands such as collecting and delivering mail, making bank transactions, purchasing items for the office, and refuelling the vehicles ahead of needs
vi. Ensure the readiness and road compliance of the vehicle, in a good mechanical condition, prepared for long trips (even on rough terrain), properly insured, etc., all the time
vii. Maintain the cleanliness of the vehicle both inside and out. Ensure that the first aid kit is in place and stocked at all times
viii. Carry out routine service of the vehicle, including oil changes and general service
ix. Complete the vehicle logbook on a daily basis, recording all travel and requesting staff transported to sign and submit to Administration for review and approval on a weekly basis.
x. Assist in routine office chores when necessary such as photocopying, binding, filling, moving furniture
xi. Other duties as may be assigned by the supervisor from time to time.

Required qualifications, experience and competences
 A Minimum of ‘O ’level Certificate
 Possession of a valid Driver’s license with Classes B, DL
 At least 6 years driving experience
 Experience in Defensive driving is desirable
 Skills in Motor Vehicle Mechanics is an added advantage
 Experience working with NGO’s is an added advantage
 Good oral and written English language is a must
 Good work ethic and interpersonal skills (respecting all teams in different capacities)
 Very high level of integrity.

Application process
Interested individuals should send a motivation letter and CV as one PDF document/file (of maximum 8 pages for the Project Coordinator and 6 pages for all other positions), not later than 4:00pm on Friday 18th November 2022 via email to jobs@sosuganda.org and copy to mhu@mentalhealthuganda.org – subject line is the job title e.g. “Project Coordinator”. Do not send academic documents – heavy files containing academic documents or submitted as images, or any other that do not adhere to these instructions and or late applications, will not be considered. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. The motivation letter must also include the details of 2 suitable referees who can comment on the candidate’s ability. Women and Persons with disabilities are highly encouraged to apply, including those with a lived experience of mental health problems.

Note
1. The commencement of these positions is subject to the availability of funding.
2. SOS and MHU promote zero tolerance for discrimination/harassment based on gender, religious beliefs etc. All staff and volunteers shall adhere to strict guidelines in order to facilitate “silent” inclusion. Staff and volunteers also adhere to safeguarding provisions – a set of procedures and practices designed to ensure that no harm comes to project beneficiaries as a result of contact with MHU’s programs, operations or individuals.