Field Assistants job at The Trans Youth Initiative

Reports to: Project Coordinator
Duty Station: Mbarara (with frequent field travels)
Duration: 3 years

Job Summary
The Field Assistant is a dynamic, on-the-ground role that supports the successful execution of our projects by working directly with the community, stakeholders, and project teams. This position is essential for facilitating project activities, collecting data, and ensuring the voice of the community is heard and integrated into our initiatives.

Major duties and Responsibilities
1. Serve as the vital link between the project team and the community. Facilitate open and effective communication, organize and conduct community meetings, and actively assist in mobilizing community members to participate in and support project initiatives. Your role will be instrumental in ensuring community buy-in and active participation, which are crucial for the project’s success.
2. Play a key role in gathering both qualitative and quantitative data essential for monitoring and evaluating the project’s impact. This includes conducting surveys, interviews, and focus groups, ensuring meticulous data entry, and assisting in the analysis and preparation of detailed reports that highlight key outcomes and insights from field activities.
3. Provide critical logistical support for all field operations. This includes arranging transportation, managing supplies, and coordinating with local vendors and service providers to ensure the smooth execution of project activities. Your efficiency in managing these elements is vital to maintaining the project timeline and quality of work.
4. Accompany project coordinators and other team members in meetings with key stakeholders, including local leaders, partner organizations, and government officials. Assist in managing these relationships and ensure collaborative efforts are effective and aligned with project goals.
5. Maintain accurate and comprehensive records of all field activities. This includes documenting community interactions, keeping detailed minutes of meetings, and managing participant lists and consent forms, ensuring all project documentation is organized and accessible for review and compliance purposes.
6. Actively collect and compile feedback from community members and stakeholders. This crucial feedback is a key component of our iterative process, helping to refine and adjust project strategies to better meet the community’s needs and enhance project effectiveness.

Relevant qualifications, skills and experiences
1. Minimum of 2 years in a field support role, ideally within a nonprofit environment focused on health, human rights, or community development. Demonstrated ability to effectively implement field activities and adapt quickly to changing on-ground realities.
2. Holds at least a diploma in Community Development, Social Work, Public Health, or a related field. A bachelor’s degree in these areas would be highly beneficial and indicative of a deeper understanding of the theoretical frameworks supporting the fieldwork.
3. Exceptional verbal and written communication abilities are essential, with fluency in local languages. You should have a proven track record of effectively engaging with and mobilizing diverse community groups, facilitating discussions, and conveying complex information in an accessible manner.
4. Exhibits strong organizational capabilities with meticulous attention to detail. Must be adept at prioritizing and managing multiple tasks simultaneously, often under tight deadlines, without compromising the quality and accuracy of work.
5. Must possess the willingness and physical ability to travel extensively across the project area, often in challenging conditions. This role requires a high level of adaptability and resilience in various operational environments.
6. Sensitivity and adaptability to cultural differences and a deep understanding of the challenges faced by Key Population and gender-diverse communities. Commitment to fostering an inclusive environment that respects diverse perspectives and promotes equality.

a. All positions require deep understanding of cultural sensitivities related to gender and health issues in diverse settings as well as commitment to upholding high ethical standards in personal and official engagements.
b. The agency celebrates gender and inclusivity in all its forms, so as an equal-opportunity employer, welcomes all applicants from diverse environments.
c. All candidates MUST exhibit excellent verbal and written communication skills in English as is essential for drafting high-quality reports and communicating with partners and stakeholders.
d. Proficiency in local languages specifically dialects used in Central and Western Uganda is highly beneficial for effective stakeholder engagement and fieldwork.
e. All applicants shall need to demonstrate computer proficiency especially use of basic packages and both knowledge and appreciation of modern social media and on-line communication programs.
f. Ability to ride a motorcycle shall be an additional advantage

Work Hours: 8

Experience in Months: 24

Level of Education: Bachelor Degree

Job application procedure
a. Full applications in form of (i) Detailed CV (i) detailed motivational letter and (iii) relevant certifications, all AS ONE COMBINED PDF DOCUMENT, to preserve formatting, must be email to
b. Only suitable and eligible candidates whose applications are received before the deadline will be contacted. Applicants are encouraged to provide right and accurate information.
c. Applicants must ensure that in the SUBJECT line of their email, they clearly indicate the position being applied for and their names in full e.g “Advocacy Officer – Dr. Ocean Joe”. This shall help to ensure that your application is promptly and properly sorted by the respective assessment committees.
d. All positions carry a highly competitive package to suitably qualified and motivated successful applicants.
e. Deadline: All application must be received by 21st June 2024 before 5:00pm EAT

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