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Fontes/Refactory is looking for a Job Placement Programme Coordinator!

by Ryan Humbert on 03/12/2019 No comments

Job Placement Program Coordinator – Refactory

..are you passionate about reducing youth unemployment in Uganda? you have experience in guiding and coaching youth towards improving their careers?

..are you exceptional in connecting with students and knowing their aspirations for the future? you have professional communication skills and are you able to professionally deal with industry partners?

..are you curious about the future of work and how the digital economy is changing this at a global level?

Refactory is looking for an experienced person with a strong interest in youth empowerment and who can easily connect with students. He/she must present excellent career counselling skills.

One of the key objectives of Refactory is to ensure all students end up in meaningful employment. Key to achieving this goal, focusing on making opportunities from the sector known to the students and preparing them to succeed in the application processes is the main task of  the Job Placement Programme Coordinator. The position will be contracted through Fontes Foundation, which shares its premises with Refactory. The JPP Coordinator will report to the Refactory Coordinator at Fontes Foundation, and works in close collaboration with the Partnerships Manager at Refactory.

Application deadline: 06.01.2020

About Refactory

Refactory is an initiative that seeks to address the shortage of skilled software developers in Uganda and youth unemployment. Refactory was established with support from the Norwegian Government and implemented by three partners; Clarke International University (CIU), Laboremus Uganda Ltd and Fontes Foundation. Read more about Refactory here.


  • Coach students on career direction, roles and career paths in the tech industry
  • Develop personalized or group workshops on CV writing, LinkedIn profile improvement, interview skills, communication skills, work etiquette and other seminars with the help of Fontes Foundation, Laboremus and CIU
  • Establish partnerships with relevant employers. This includes pro-actively seeking out organisations that hire large numbers of tech graduates and establish strong partnerships with them
  • In cooperation with the Refactory Partnerships Manager, effectively manage JPP partners and ensure they are followed up in a professional way
  • Manage the JPP platform and ensure postings for jobs and internships are frequently shared
  • Manage other requests for talent such as from professional HR agencies
  • Organise a Career Day twice a year with different activities for industry partners and students 
  • Document all program activity, track student placement in jobs and internships, analyse data and prepare periodic reports
  • Develop the JPP Programme towards a revenue-generating aspect of Refactory. Participate in the development of the business model, pricing strategies and execute pilots
  • Manage the Refactory alumni database, organise periodic alumni events and ensure they stay engaged. Keep supporting alumni as they advance in their careers

 Skills and experience

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Minimum of 2-3 years of work experience
  • Experience in mentoring/coaching young people
  • Excellent and professional communications skills (both written and verbal), with basic knowledge of customer care
  • Some previous exposure to recruitment processes in the private sector
  • Basic experience from the IT/software development sector in order to know the main roles in software development projects
  • Organized and able to follow through and prioritize tasks
  • Self-starter who takes initiatives and sees opportunities
  • Knowledge and network in the IT/tech sector in Uganda is an added advantage
  • Excellent written and oral English and Luganda skills

 Are you the one we are looking for?

Applications for this position are closed!

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Fontes is looking for a new Director!

by Ryan Humbert on 03/12/2019 No comments


…do you want to grow your leadership and team-building skills?

…do you want to make a real impact on reducing youth unemployment in Uganda?

…do you want to join Refactory leadership team and be part of shaping an highly innovative tech programme?

…do you want to take Fontes Foundation to the next level and move significant parts of the organization towards a social enterprise model?

…do you want to work with passionate and committed individuals in an international network?

…do you like to be creative, innovative and see things happen?

Then you might be the one we are looking for!

Fontes Foundation is looking for a highly reliable, responsible and motivated person with a strong interest in youth empowerment and who takes the initiative. He/she must present excellent organisation skills as well as great interpersonal skills.

The Director is responsible for the overall management of the organization including all the projects in Uganda, international contacts, as well as its staff. This includes financial management (accountability, budgeting, and taxes), strategic planning, fundraising, project management (planning, implementation and reporting), human resources as well as donor, public and stakeholder relations. The Director will also join the leadership team of Refactory and be directly involved in coordinating programme activities as well as managing partnerships.

Application deadline: 06.01.2020

About Fontes Foundation

Fontes Foundation Uganda is the executing arm of Fontes Foundation, registered in Norway. Fontes Foundation has been active in Uganda since 2003 and started out in the water sector where we trained community groups in basic business management so they could manage their small piped water schemes. Since 2012 Fontes has been active in youth empowerment, mainly through a youth centre in Bunga providing skills to disadvantaged youth. Since 2019 Fontes is a partner in Refactory, an innovative skilling programme for youth interested in a tech career. It also equips motivated young people who have a passion for tech with software development as well as personal leadership skills to adress the current gap between clients’ standards and conventional education. Refactory and the Youth Centre are currently the main two projects at Fontes Foundaion, which consists of a small team at the head office (3-4 staff) as well as 12-15 staff at the youth centre (most are part-time facilitators). 

The Director reports to the Board of Directors of Fontes Foundation Uganda, but also works closely with the Director of Fontes Foundation in Norway, which is responsible for most of the fundraising. The Director will receive coaching and continuous follow up from the Chairperson of the Board.

Starting salary: UGX 7.5 – 8.5m gross.


  • Oversee staff and optimize their output by listening to – and supporting- them as well as creating an optimal culture for effective team work.
  • Constantly think of ways to improve the NGO’s work through innovation, synergies with partners, restructuring and creating an environment for a social enterprise model.
  • Ensure staff are motivated, engaged, followed up and know their priorities and tasks at any one time.
  • Ensure there is a working culture that reflects the vision, mission and values of the organisation: long-term and out-of-the-box thinking, constant learning, honesty, transparency, responsibility, and efficiency.
  • Ensure that project activities are implemented on time and activities are adequately reported.
  • Ensure the implementation of Refactory remains in line with the grant agreement.
  • Overall responsibility for the financial health of the NGO and raising financial concerns early. 
  • Support Fontes Foundation Norway in fundraising efforts such as proposal writing and carry out local fundraising to expand the organisation’s work.
  • Represent Fontes Foundation to other stakeholders at events and ensure there is social media coverage.
  • Be passionate about helping vulnerable communities.

Skills and experience

  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree.
  • Minimum 3-4 years of work experience.
  • Having been a team member but also having led a team.
  • Experience in execution of projects and project activities.
  • Passionate about reducing youth unemployment in Uganda.
  • Excellent communications skills (both written and verbal).
  • Organized and able to follow up and prioritize tasks.
  • Self-starter who takes initiatives and sees opportunities.
  • Experience from the IT sector or education sector is an added advantage.
  • Experience with financial management such as project accounts, budgets, financial planning and financial reporting.
  • Excellent written and oral English skills.
  • Are you the one we are looking for?

Applications for this position are closed!

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