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Deputy Protection and Rule of Law Coordinator

Kampala (Uganda)

  • Organization: IRC - International Rescue Committee
  • Location: Kampala (Uganda)
  • Grade: Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Legal - International Law
    • Managerial positions
    • Legal - Broad
  • Closing Date:

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The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises, assisting people to survive and rebuild their lives. Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the IRC offers lifesaving are assistance to refugees forced to flee from war or disaster. Today IRC works in over 40 countries and 22 U.S. cities, restoring safety, dignity and hope to millions who are uprooted and struggling to endure. The IRC has been working in Uganda since 1998 supporting IDPs, refugees and various institutions in the country notably the government, community based organizations, the civil society and the private sector.Currently, the IRC’s Protection and Rule of Law program works to safeguard the human rights andadvance the sustainable protection of refugees in Bidibidi and Kyaka II settlements, as well as urban refugees in Kampala utilising rule of law approaches.

Job Overview

IRC Uganda is currently looking for a Deputy PRoL Coordinator to contribute to operational leadership of an integrated Protection and Rule of Law portfolio with activities in Greater Kampala, Kyaka, Yumbe and Lamwo. The ideal candidate has a proven record of effectively managing multi-donor and large-scale programming, with excellent team building, staff supervision, mentoring and coaching skills, and robust coordination and networking skills. S/he will also have capacity to innovate and solve problems efficiently and the ability to work effectively on humanitarian, development and peacebuilding programmes in different geographic locations, providing cohesion and strategic direction to IRC Uganda’s Protection and Rule of Law team. S/he will liaise with key government, UN, INGO and interagency counterparts and contribute to innovative systems strengthening approaches in line with the Global Compact on Refugees, the Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework and localised SDGs in Uganda.

The Deputy PRoL Coordinator will work to oversee the quality and timely implementation of all aspects of the Protection and Rule of Law portfolio. S/he will work closely with IRC staff ensuring that IRCs interventions are context appropriate, complement other responses and meet minimum standards and expectations. Focus is on program quality, with program progress being monitored and evaluated against quantifiable benchmarks, providing technical oversight across all sites of implementation as well as supporting and mentoring the PRoL senior staff.

The Deputy PRoL Coordinator reports to thePRoL Coordinator and is based in Kampala, with significant travel to the field sites for monitoring and staff capacity building. This position supervises field based PRoL Program Managers and provides technical backstopping as necessary.

Major Responsibilities:

Program Management:

Contribute to strategic direction and vision for the IRC’s PRoL programming in Uganda, while observing high program quality and ensuring alignment with IRC’s best practices.

Contribute to oversight of the technical aspects of the implementation and coordination of PRoL programs, including legal, protection monitoring, information dissemination, community based protection, support to PSNs, protection case management, psychosocial support and protection mainstreaming - providing support to the senior manager and managers to develop work plans and spending plans to guide implementation of approved grants.

Support field based PRoL program managers and field teams in the implementation and monitoring of the work plans ensuring that activities reflect the commitments IRC made to the donor and the community.

Contribute to monitoring and evaluation systems that are effectively designed and integrated into all stages of the project; that output and impact data are captured and that data is used to optimize program quality.

Participate in cross-departmental collaboration and coordination with economic recovery and development, health and womens protection and empowerment (WPE) colleagues to ensure that linkages between programs are made and programs gain from protection best practice.

Ensure that all interventions are in compliance with Ugandas Refugee Act and Constitution and other national laws and policies as well as relevant international laws including International Refugee Law and Human Rights Law; and Humanitarian law. Additionally, IRCs protection mainstreaming guidelines will need to be observed during the implementation of all project activities.

Provide routine support to and monitoring of local partners to ensure adherence with best practices and alignment with approved project documents. Support the field-based staff to put in place capacity building plans as necessary.

Participate in grant opening, midterm review and grant closing meetings for all PRoL grants and ensure that the same process is implemented in the field.

Contribute to monthly PRoL field team meetings which review Budget vs. Actual expenditures, log frame deliverables and monitor targeted cash support.

Review all reports prepared by the field staff and provide appropriate feedback to the concerned staff, and ensure that reports are written and submitted to concerned bodies in a timely manner.

Staff Support

Provide technical guidance, on the job mentoring and coaching for the senior manager and managers.

Ensure ongoing training and targeted capacity building of PRoL staff. This includes staff training in program management areas such as reporting, budgeting, monitoring, evaluation, and supervision.

Support Field Coordinators/Managers to ensure ongoing capacity development.

Provide continuous support to and ensure targeted capacity building of staff.

Review performance of PRoL field based managers.

New Business Development

Contribute to design and development of concept notes and proposals to grow the PRoL portfolio.

Ensure all designed protection projects use to the IRC theories of change and that outcomes are evidence-driven and evidence-generated.

Coordinate and participate in the development of budgets for program proposals in conjunction with the grants and finance departments.

In coordination with the MEAL coordinator, develop proposal log frames and indicators that will optimize program quality.

Develop and/or input into protection assessments and protection reporting analysis for the purpose of program development.

Identify opportunities for partnership and strategic collaboration.

Representation, coordination and advocacy

Coordinate with other Coordinators/Deputy Coordinators to forge connections with key government counterparts; with UNHCR and other UN, I/NGOs, human rights actors and other sub-national government actors.

With PRoL Coordinator, represent the IRC in high level and strategic meetings involving protection actors such as protection working group meetings, inter-agency coordination meetings, and bilateral meetings.

With PRoL Coordinator, regularly coordinate with internal program and operational stakeholders, including the Protection/Rule of Law Technical Advisors, Womens Protection and Empowerment and other IRC colleagues.


Position reports to: Protection and Rule of Law Coordinator

Direct reporting:PRoL Managers - Urban, Kyaka and Yumbe

Other internal contacts: County Director, Finance Controller, Deputy Director of Operations, MEAL Coordinator, Grants Coordinator, other Technical Coordinators, Deputy Coordinators, Field Teams

Standards of Professional Conduct

The IRC and IRC workers must adhere to the values and principles outlined in the IRC Way – Code of Conduct. These are Integrity, Service, and Accountability. In accordance with these values, the IRC operates and enforces policies on Beneficiary Protection from Exploitation and Abuse, Child Safeguarding, Harassment-Free Workplace, Fiscal Integrity, Anti-Retaliation, Combating Trafficking in Persons and several others.

Deadline for receiving applications is November 19th,2020

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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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