Project Officer - Information, Counseling and Legal Assistance - Ugandans only - Uganda

Adjumani / Pakelle

The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) is a non-governmental, humanitarian organization with 60 years of experience in helping to create a safer and more dignified life for refugees and internally displaced people. NRC advocates for the rights of displaced populations and offers assistance within Shelter, Education, Food security, Legal Assistance, Camp Management Water, Sanitation and Hygiene sectors.

Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) has been implementing projects for Internally Displaced Persons and Refugees in Northern Uganda, West Nile and South Western respectively, since 1997. Having smoothly phased-out by end of August 2014 in the North, NRC reopened from September 2014, to compliment efforts of the Government of Uganda and UNHCR in supporting the South Sudanese Refugees currently settled in the Districts of Adjumani, Yumbe and Arua in West Nile. With funding from SIDA, NMFA, ECHO, UNHCR, UNICEF, NRC is implementing integrated projects in Adjumani/Arua/Yumbe refugee settlements. NRC now seeks to hire Project Officers for its Information, Counseling and Legal Assistance (ICLA) Project to be based in 1) Kampala and 2) Adjumani.
The Project Officer is responsible strengthening the ICLA Project activities at the respective location.
NRC may be required to verify the identity of its partners/employees and to check that its partners/employees have not been involved in illegal activities. NRC reserves the right to use electronic screening tools for this purpose

Job description

The Project Officer shall:
• Ensure that ICLA Project activities are implemented in accordance with approved proposals, donor requirements, NRC policies, international standards and local customs.
• Act as a focal person for needs assessment and beneficiary selection.
• Has oversight responsibility in ensuring smooth project cycle from implementation, project monitoring, verification of completion and evaluation.
• Lead ICLA project activities, giving advice and information to clients on the processes involved, awareness sessions and managing local authorities’ capacity building programmes.
• Apply participative and inclusive process in project implementation and in promoting local capacities to help them wherever possible.
• Understand the situation, including the legal situation (according to national and international laws and principles), for refugees, returnees and internally displaced persons in Uganda.
• Assist in developing and implementing case management system and database of cases.
• Support preparing and updating of mapping of all service providers in the area of responsibility.
• Conduct information and counseling sessions on ICLA thematic areas for beneficiaries.
• Assist in conducting needs assessments for the selected target groups; including focus groups; questionnaires; surveys; and stakeholder interviews.
• Prepare documents containing legal and related information for target communities.
• Establish excellent relations with beneficiaries, including understanding the needs of beneficiaries through regular visits and frequent contact.
• Document findings of needs assessments; including preparation of reports and other relevant documents.
• Regularly meet with other relevant actors and stakeholders and coordinate work, including attending meetings in the field.
• Identify awareness-raising and outreach opportunities for ICLA work and assist in conducting sessions.
• Identify training needs for beneficiaries and stakeholders and, as relevant, prepare and conduct training.
• Assist in conducting research as required.
• Assist in strategic review; monitoring and evaluation activities and identification of other relevant ICLA activities.
• Collation of information on government and NGO policies pertaining to refugees and monitor the general context through regular field access to identify issues affecting refugees which relate to ICLA themes.
• Contribute to the development of NRC’s Country strategy, action plan and activities plan and priorities in the ICLA sector.
• Supervise, evaluate and appraise ICLA Project Assistant (s) in the respective location
• Perform other relevant tasks as assigned by the Project Coordinator/Manager/Area Manager/Specialist of Adviser

Qualifications

• University degree in law, social studies, development studies / other relevant field/ the equivalent
• Minimum of 3 years work experience with NGO, legal or international organization in the area of protection or human rights
• Experience from working as a Protection Officer in a humanitarian/recovery context
• Experience working with and implementing projects through local partners
• Training skills
• Reporting skills
• Budget monitoring
• Experience in research and data analysis
• Previous experience from working in complex and volatile contexts
• Documented results related to the position’s responsibilities
• Knowledge about own skills/profile

Education field

  • Law

Education level

  • Academy college / University

Personal qualities

Knowledge of the context in Uganda
• Knowledge of the English and local language
• Experience working with government, local authorities, humanitarian actors, host community and displaced populations (IDPs, returnees and Refugees)

We offer

Duty Station: Adjumani, Kampala
Salary: As per NRC Scale

Miscellaneous info

  • Travel: Some travelling must be expected
Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.
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  • Organization: NRC - Norwegian Refugee Council
  • Location: Adjumani / Pakelle
  • Grade: Mid/Senior
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Legal - Broad
    • Emergency Aid
  • Closing Date: 2017-09-29

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