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Job: Project Officer – Street Children –Prevention through Sustainable Graduation from Poverty

Organization: International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)

Duty Station: Uganda

About US:

Caritas Switzerland (CACH) has formed a consortium with Agency for Accelerated Regional Development (AFARD) and IUCN to implement a 3-year project in Yumbe District, West Nile, Uganda – the “Graduating Refugees and Nationals into self-Development (GRAND) Project”. The graduation approach technical support to this project is provided by the BOMA Project, Kenya. The project is a multi-sectoral intervention that includes child protection, livelihoods and sustainable natural resource management (NRM) components.

The project employs a holistic approach to strengthen the resilience of vulnerable refugee and host community households with children and youth at risk of living and working in the streets through addressing root drivers of why children live and work in the streets. The project thas three outcome areas including:1)Strengthening community-based structures to support children’s rights and protection; (2) Strengthening the resilience of vulnerable households using the Graduation approach; and (3) Promoting sustainable natural resource management as a basis for sustainable livelihoods.

Job Summary: Under the overall supervision of the Senior Programme Officer will support an integrated and holistic implementation of the Natural Resources Management (NRM) component of the project in tandem with the graduation approach of the child protection and livelihoods components of the project. The officer will directly support the overall coordination, management and implementation of the Graduating Refugees and Nationals into self-Development (GRAND) Project.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Ensuring that project activities are implemented on track and contributing to the timely achievement of the project’s deliverables.
  • Providing technical inputs and guidance into the outputs of the projects under the guidance of the Senior Program Officer.
  • Collating information on a regular basis from the project components and prepare project reports, technical series and other innovative communication materials as appropriate.
  • Maintaining very close working relationships with District Local Governments, Civil Society and Private Sector Organisations in the region as well as linking with local opportunities in the region

Project management, administration and implementation;

  • Organise, supervise and support the implementation of the NRM component activities of the project, including those implemented in collaboration with AFARD and BOMA.
  • Managing projects’ budgets according to the work plan, and in accordance with IUCN accounting procedures and CARITAS reporting guidelines.
  • Identification, training, supervision and mentoring of Refugee Settlement Leaders/Extension Workers for the implementation of the project.
  • Organisation and implementation of workshops, seminars and training activities, and providing technical guidance and logistical support to these events.
  • Coordinating and working with District Local Governments, Civil Society and Private Sector Organisations in the area in the implementation of the projects’ activities.
  • Contributing to the implementation of cross-district, national and other related project assignments when required by the job direct and functional reporting lines.
  • Providing monthly updates on the project to the Project Implementation Team with support from the Senior Program Officer.

Project planning, assessment and reporting;

  • Drawing up of detailed budget and activity plans.
  • Preparation of technical and financial reports, according to the project’s agreements and internal institutional monitoring requirements.
  • Facilitating project monitoring and evaluation processes.

Technical support and guidance;

  • Providing technical input into workshops, meetings and reports that pertain the project under the guidance of the Senior Program Officer.
  • Contributing to national and sub-national discussions and debates relating to the project, and such other matters on emerging issues relating to the project implementation.
  • Ensuring quality regarding the engagements as well as deliverables at National and sub national level.
  • Providing support in the implementation of other related projects to strengthen synergies and linkages

Networking, relationship building and communications;

  • Facilitating and supporting the development of strategic communications’ products and contributing to the effective presentation of project experiences and lessons learned with the technical assistance of the Senior Program Officer.
  • Convening planning and coordination meetings for key project partners on a regular basis.
  • Developing and maintaining close working and communications relations with existing relevant national and regional networks.
  • Building relationships and coordinating activities with staff and other implementing organizations of the project, both at local, district, regional and national levels.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

  • The applicant must hold a Bachelor’s degree in a field relevant to environment and natural resources management.
  • The position requires a professional with at least seven years’ experience in field level implementation of integrated development and sustainable natural resource management projects.
  • Seven years of work experience in managing and coordinating projects within the environment sector.
  • Proven experience in participatory natural resource planning and management.
  • Proven ability to organize and facilitate multi-stakeholder participatory processes.
  • Proven ability to undertake community level demonstration activities on natural resource management and livelihood enhancement.
  • Demonstrated capacity to work in a multi-disciplinary, multi-cultural and multi-partner environment.
  • Proven ability in project management and administration.
  • Ability to communicate with different partners and stakeholders
  • Demonstrated skills in computer literacy, technical report writing and communication
  • Possession of driving licence and ability to ride a motorcycle
  • Demonstrated ability to work with government agencies, research institutions and NGOs
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a team
  • Fluency in English and knowledge of languages spoken in the project area is an added advantage

Functional competencies;

  • Willingness to work and travel in a remote and refugee settlement situation
  • Ability to be innovative and pro-active
  • Understanding of and motivated to work towards achieving the IUCN vision
  • Ability to work with minimum supervision and function in a multidisciplinary environment
  • Sensitivity to local conditions, ethics and norms and sensitivity to gender and children issues
  • Willingness to travel frequently in-country and in harsh conditions and circumstances.

Core Competencies;

  • Transparency: Able to build trust and contribute to informed and responsible decision making by carrying out the work of IUCN in a transparent manner; provides clear guidance to ensure that objectives and desired measurable results are understood by members of the team.
  • Inclusiveness: Understands and accepts cultural diversity, and provide a tolerant, positive and supportive working environment that fosters respect for diversity, demonstrates ability to work in a multicultural, multi ethnic environment and to maintain effective working relations with people of different nationalities and cultural backgrounds.
  • Professionalism: Promote the organization’s interests, objectives and values in a diligent and professional manner.
  • Accountability: Takes responsibility of individual and collective actions, promotes the IUCN One Programme approach.

How to Apply:

All candidates should apply online at the link below.

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Deadline: 3rd March 2021

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