Partnership/Advocacy Specialist Job Vacancy at CARE Uganda

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The Women Leadership and Voice (WVL) Uganda and West Bank Gaza Project is a 5-year project  (Jan2023- Oct 2027)  with funding from Pathy Family Foundation through CARE Canada, worth CAN$2,750,000 with an annual budget of approximately CAN$500,000. The overall objective is to improve the performance of Women Rights Organizations and Women/Youth Led Organisations (WRO/W/YLOs) to deliver women and girls effective health and economic rights in refugee/IDP settlements and host communities in West Nile and Northern Uganda and in conflict-affected and most marginalized West Bank (mainly Area C) and Gaza (WBG). For the first year (2023), the project will be implemented in Uganda under the Gender Justice Program. The project will support new WROs and W/YLOs in targeted areas to tackle gender inequality, end harmful practices, gender-based violence and promote the economic and sexual, and reproductive health rights of vulnerable women and girls.


The Partnership/Advocacy Specialist will report to the Initiative Manager-WAYREP and will be responsible for the quality delivery of the project. Specifically, the Specialist will strengthen the capacity of the selected WROs and W/YLOs to govern themselves as well as the networking, and advocacy that is necessary for the promotion of economic and SRHR rights. The specialist is tasked to ensure that CARE’s standards for gender transformation and building resilience are adhered to and will be expected to liaise with relevant project team members to train, coach, and mentor project stakeholders in a bid to facilitate systemic change. This will be a field-based role, with 50% travel time to the project location and for national/international level engagements.

Specific responsibilities and tasks:

Responsibility #1: Technical Leadership and steering of the project implementation (40% of the time)

  • Take the lead on the ideation process in liaison with the IM and the relevant partners, ensuring that proposed interventions address the needs of the WROs and W/YLOS.
  • Coordinate all capacity-strengthening interventions with and for selected WROs and W/YLOs to promote economic and SRHR rights among women and girls in refugee/IDP settlements and host communities
  • Communicate effectively with local partners and project participants to monitor implementation, identify project or capacity gaps and advocacy issues, identify/anticipate emerging and/or unanticipated risks, and addressing these accordingly in liaison with project staff, partners, and CARE Canada.
  • Identify networks, coalitions, and movements that are relevant for advancing CARE’s gender agenda and in liaison with the IM and the Program Manager (Gender Justice), use these for learning and/or sharing best practices.
  • Initiate and/or strengthen coalition/multistakeholder platforms (where needed) for linkage and advocacy.

Responsibility #2: Evidence-based advocacy (30%)

  • Provide technical support in evidence-based advocacy for the selected WROs and W/YLOs
  • Identify advocacy issues and lead/guide evidence-based advocacy actions among the WROs and W/YLOs.
  • In liaison with the IM, identify spaces where the selected WROs and W/YLOs for influencing policy and practice at local, national, and global levels level, and support to organize the necessary engagements.
  • Facilitate the development and dissemination of advocacy briefs, and position papers, as required for different advocacy interventions with the WROs and W/YLOs.
  • Plan and implement advocacy-related media campaigns including relevant capacity development for media, media activities such as investigative journalism, and social media campaigns among others.
  • Participate in relevant advocacy platforms within and outside CARE.

Job Responsibility #3: Program quality and Learning (20%)

  • Work closely with the PQL unit to monitor and evaluate project implementation using agreed tools,  CARE’s Advocacy Impact Measurement tools, and are reported into PIIRS.
  • Support the IM with a programmatic relationship with the CMP and donor ensuring that the CARE Canada Programme Officer has up-to-date and timely information.
  • Coordinate research and analytical processes (such as gender analysis) in close collaboration with the Program Quality and Learning team and Senior Gender Advisor for purposes of generating climate and gender disaggregated information and knowledge.

Responsibility #4: Promote Gender Equity and Diversity and Safeguarding Practices (5%)

  • Practice a behavior consistent with CARE’s core values, and promotion of gender equity and diversity goals;
  • Play a leadership role in identifying and implementing initiatives that enhance CARE’s commitment to gender and diversity.
  • Ensure that CARE Safeguarding policies and procedures are adhered to by all and the staff and that S/he supervisors both directly or indirectly
  • Ensure that staff and related personnel under your jurisdiction are familiar with the following organizational policies and procedures and can identify when needed how these may have been breached; The CI Safeguarding policy, Protection from Sexual Harassment, Exploitation and Abuse and Child Abuse, The anti-discrimination and harassment policy, The code of conduct and the organization’s Values.

Responsibility # 5 Any other duties assigned from time to time (5%)

 Job and Person Specification (requirements)

  • Bachelor’s degree in Law, Humanities, or international relations. A postgraduate Diploma or Masters in this field is a MUST.
  • Practical experience in advancing advocacy initiatives
  • Excellent partnership management, teamwork, networking, communication, and collaboration skills with a wide range of actors, both within and outside CARE International networks
  • Experience/ knowledge of international development and relevant humanitarian framework works, refugee rights, preferably in Uganda
  • Exceptional conceptual abilities, strategic thinking, and analytical writing skills.
  • Organizing skills and capacity to multi-task in a fast-paced environment.
  • Knowledge of and demonstrated personal commitment to relevant organizational codes of conduct including anti-fraud and anti-corruption, safeguarding, etc
  • Sensitive and committed to Gender Equity and Diversity


  • Excellence: Sets high standards of performance for self and/or others; successfully completes assignments; ensures interactions and transactions are ethical and convey integrity.
  • Integrity: Maintains social, ethical, and organizational norms; firmly adheres to codes of conduct and ethical principles inherent to CARE.
  • Communicating with Impact: Diplomatically, logically, and clearly conveying information and ideas through a variety of media to individuals or groups in a manner that engages the recipient/audience and helps them understand and retain their message.
  • Facilitating Change: Supports and manages the change process at CARE by developing a culture affirmative of change; encouraging others to seek and act upon opportunities for different and innovative approaches to addressing problems and opportunities; critically analyzing evolving and fluid situations; facilitating the implementation and acceptance of change within the workplace; actively engaging with resistance to change.
  • Strengthening Partnership: Identifying and utilizing opportunities within and outside of CARE to develop effective strategic relationships between one’s area and other areas/departments/units or external organizations to achieve CARE’s objectives.
  • Management Excellence: Makes the connection between values and performance. Influences the performance of others, and ultimately, the performance of the organization. Sets direction, coaches & develops, promotes staff wellness & safety, practices & promotes compliance, models gender equity & diversity and communicates effectively.
  • Developing Teams: Using appropriate methods and a flexible interpersonal style to help build a cohesive team; facilitates the completion of team goals.
  • Diversity – Promoting, valuing, respecting, and fully benefiting from each individual’s unique qualities, background, race, culture, age, gender, disability, values, lifestyle, perspectives, or interests; creating and maintaining a work environment that promotes diversity.
  • Adaptability– Expected to well adjust with the country, the CO operating environment and the Project team to function effectively and efficiently
  • Coaching – Ability to demonstrate to enhance skills and capacity of staff working in the field and office for them to continue to serve CARE in the future program activities


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