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Protection Officer (2 positions) – International Rescue Committee

Requisition ID: req9457

Job Title: Protection Officer (2 positions)

Sector: Protection and rule of law

Employment Category: Regular

Employment Type: Full-Time

Open to Expatriates: No

Location: Kyegegwa, Uganda

Job Description

The Protection Officer in line with prevention and response approaches will be responsible for the day to day direct delivery of Protection and Rule of Law activities. She\he will provide; supervision and support to community based volunteers, lead protection monitoring exercises, be responsible for the development and implementation of relevant communication with community activities, coordinate the community engagement through leadership structures, lead case management process for extremely vulnerable individuals, ensure the functioning of Information Support Centers (ISCs) represent the organisation at zonal and village level coordination meetings, ensure regular data on all activities and reports are available. They will work closely with Legal Officers, WPE staff, identifying areas for collaboration and sharing of resources in achieving the objectives of the sector. On a rotational basis, they will assume leadership role building their supervision and management skills, deputising for the Programme Manager as appropriate, undertaking tasks appropriately delegated following consultation with the Field Manager. They will be part of an integrated protection team delivering activities agreed by the Protection consortium. 

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Lead and conduct protection monitoring exercises, organising FDGs, KIIs and providing data from ISCs for analysis.
  • Ensure Information and Support Centers are fully functional – with all the resources and staffing required to provide a safe and effective service to community members
  • Ensure service mapping is up to date, referral pathways established and follow up of cases, concerns and issues are conducted by Assistants and volunteers
  • Provide case management support for extremely vulnerable individuals (EVIs), ensuring tools provided are used and process and procedures complied with by Assistants and Volunteers
  • Oversee PSN needs assessment exercises and ensure SOP and other related procedures are followed in the provision of targeted assistance support and home visits
  • Have in place a clear system for the collection and storing of data on all activities
  • Ensure CommCare is used efficiently
  • Work closely with the Legal Officers to ensure linkages and referrals are done in a safe, effective and timely manner
  • Work closely with colleagues in health and WPE teams, OPM and UNHCR to provide a comprehensive support to the affected population
  • Provide weekly reports, data and work plans covering area of operation in a timely manner for review by the Programme Manager
  • Ensure at zonal level that a system is in place for the collection and storing of data in line with principles of confidentiality.
  • Participate in Zonal Coordination meetings involving UNHCR, OPM and all other partners 
  • Organise training and mentoring sessions for community leadership structures; Refugee welfare committees, Neighborhood watch committees, Women executives and Youth executives established at village and Zone level to effectively carry out their functions.
  • Lead the development and implementation of peaceful co-existence activities, working with both the refugee and host population.
  • Ensure the proper functioning of youth recreational centers and implementation of activities with youth that result in protection outcomes
  • Map capacity and resources of refugee communities, supporting them in implementing community based protection activities\projects
  • Develop strategies for communicating with communities, working with BBTT teams and Community based volunteers in developing messages and planning information sessions.
  • Liaise with partners to receive and follow up on messaging needs and ensure quality and relevance of messaging
  • Complete Purchase requests  as part of procurement process
  • Conduct weekly meetings with volunteers
  • Deputise as appropriate for the Programme Manager when required

Key Working Relationships

Position reports to: Programme Manager

Position directly supervises:  Community Based Volunteers

Other Internal and/or external contacts

Internal: PRoL Coordinator, Senior Protection Manager, Legal Officers, Health, WPE and  colleagues, Field Manager

External: UNHCR, OPM, and other Protection Actors and Protection consortium members

Qualifications

  • Educated at degree level in the humanities or other relevant field.
  • At least two years of prior professional experience in a similar post, preferably with an international organization.
  • Demonstrable knowledge of protection issues and knowledge of refugee context.
  • Strong supervisory and organizational skills.
  • Excellent time management skills and ability to meet deadlines.
  • Good interpersonal skills and ability to work as part of a team, as well as independently.
  • Flexible and able to work in a dynamic and diverse environment.
  • Comfortable using information technology (Computers, Smartphones and Tablets) and MS Office Word and Excel.
  • Proficiency in English (written and verbal)

Please note:

  • This position is open only to Ugandan nationals.
  • Deadline for receiving applications is July 7th 2020.

The IRC and IRC workers must adhere to the values and principles outlined in IRC Way – Standards for Professional 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, Anti Workplace Harassment, Fiscal Integrity, and Anti-Retaliation.

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