DESCRIPTION

About the Organisation(s)

ICCO is an independent non-governmental organization with business features and data-driven interventions. Our aim is to leverage data in securing the livelihoods and rights of farmers and small businesses in low and middle-income countries. ICCO has a decentralized organizational structure in 5 regions in Africa, Asia and Latin America with (sub)regional offices. We are present in 25 countries and run programs in 76 countries. ICCO as part of the ACT has been active in Uganda for 30 years in both humanitarian and development sectors responding to the refugee crisis
and supporting local communities in rural areas. In Uganda, ICCO together with Cordaid are implementing data-driven programmes in disaster risk management (DRM), sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV), Performance-Based Financing (PBF), health, agriculture and agribusiness, and youth entrepreneurship. These programmes aim to build the resilience of rural households to withstand the shock.

Operational details & security context:

Uganda has a multi-cultural and multi-ethnic population of 42.9 million people according to the 2017 census. With a population growth rate of 3.3%, Uganda has one of the highest fertility rates in the world. More than half this population is below 15 years. The rapid population growth puts a significant stress on access to basic services and natural resources in the near and further future.
Various reports indicate persistent degradation of the country’s natural resources. This degradation impacts heavily on livelihoods of the poor by constraining their ability to increase incomes, and making them more vulnerable.
Across the country, natural disasters continued to pose serious threats to life and livelihood, tragically demonstrated by regular prolonged droughts, landslides and floods in different parts of the country. 2020 has witnessed some of the worst floods in many parts of Uganda. As of 30th November 2020, Uganda hosted 887,832 refugees from South Sudan, in addition to some 554,306 refugees from Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Burundi, Somalia, Rwanda as well as Eritrea, Sudan, and Ethiopia. The majority of the South Sudanese refugees arrived after July 2016 and are hosted in a series of new settlements in Northern Uganda. So far, the influx has not resulted in major clashes between the host and refugee communities, though scarcity of land, food and limited access to water could all result in increased tension with potential security implications. However, there is occasional crime and unrest, eg. during food distribution. Both ICCO and Cordaid are implementing resilience programmes for the South Sudanese refugees and host communities in northern Uganda. These programmes involve using data to improve on the service delivery and leaving no one behind.

Covid -19
In Uganda, as of today there have been 21,409 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 206 deaths (source Ministry of Health). The COVID-19 pandemic has affected the workplace in Uganda in several ways. ICCO and Cordaid have developed guidelines to regulate working from the office. The guidelines are in line with the government directives and containment measures of the Netherlands and Uganda. During the pre-deployment induction in The Netherlands and during the in-country briefing, the EU Volunteers will be guided on the guidelines of ICCO regarding COVID-19 and of COVID-19 Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) from the Government of Uganda, especially in the refugees’ settlements.

Job Summary

The EU Aid Volunteers is an initiative of the European Union. It brings together volunteers and organisations from different countries, providing practical support to humanitarian aid projects and contributing to strengthening the local capacity and resilience of disaster-affected communities. Participants in the EU Aid Volunteers initiative must be over 18 years of age and be a citizen of an EU Member State or a long-term resident in the EU.

The Junior EU Aid Volunteer Women Peace & Sexual and Reproductive Health Right (SRHR) Officer role is a 12-months deployment opportunity in Uganda. The volunteer will support the Women Peace & SRHR related programmes of ICCO and Cordaid. The volunteer will support the implementation of Gender-Based Violence (SGBV) and Sexual Reproductive Health project(s), as well as mobilizing the community to respond to emerging gender issues affecting women and men, boys and girls. The volunteer will promote, organise, manage and coordinate Gender-Based Violence and SRHR interventions for the Country Office and Field Offices in close cooperation with other stakeholders. The volunteer will be based in Kampala with regular travel to field locations.

For more information about this position, please follow this link; https://webgate.ec.europa.eu/echo/eu-aid-volunteers_en/junior-eu-aid-volunteer-women-peace-srhr-officer_en

KEY DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES

  • The Junior Women Peace & SRHR Officer will support implementation of Gender-Based Violence and Sexual Reproductive Health project(s), as well as mobilizing the community to respond to emerging gender issues affecting women and men, boys and girls.
  • The Women Peace & SRHR officer will promote, organise, manage and coordinate Gender-Based Violence and SRHR interventions for the Country Office and Field Offices.
  • S/he will also systemize working closely for coherence with other stakeholders.
  • Under the overall direction of the Program Manager Women Peace & SRHR, and in accordance with ICCO/Cordaid policies, procedures and practices, the Junior Officer will be supporting in developing partnerships and successfully compete on the marketplace aiming at diversification and growth of ICCO/Cordaid’s Women Peace & SRHR portfolio in Uganda.
  • S/he will closely work with Program Managers, and operations colleagues to ensure efficient and effective support to programme and project development, implementation and closure while maintaining strong internal controls.
  • S/he would also closely monitor and facilitate the evaluation of results

 

KEY RESULT AREAS

Strategy & Program Development & Management 

  • Contributing to strategic and technical guidance on key components of ICCO/Cordaid’s women leadership and Women Peace & Security work to foster good practices and ensure that minimum standards are met in all sectors.
  • Conduct regular field visits to monitor the progress of programmes and projects on the ground and ensure effective oversight of and support of local partners taking corrective action with minimal delay.
  • Maintain effective collaboration with other Programme Managers to enable the development of an integrated and innovative portfolio.
  • Maintain effective collaboration with the Regional PMEL manager to ensure timely and correct measurement of results, outcomes and impacts and to facilitate learning towards continuous improvements in the design and delivery of programmes and projects.
  • Contributes to develop a Country Strategic Report and the Annual Country Report.

Program Management

  • Supports effective implementation of the project to ensure that ICCO/Cordaid delivers the quality outcomes agreed upon, outputs and services as formulated in the approved project proposal. Provide advice on changes and improvements where needed.
  • Identify and mitigate operational risks of the Women Peace & SRHR  projects
  • Support the collection and analysis of sex- and age- disaggregated data (quantitative, qualitative and anecdotal) as well as streamlining the needs assessment, collection and analysis so that it can be more effective in meeting beneficiary needs

Acquisition

  • Implement long-term and short-term programs that create new opportunities for acquisition, retention and transformation of a diverse set of private and governmental donors.
  • Identify opportunities to support the development of Women Peace & SRHR project interventions.
  • Taking part in project teams for proposal development for award opportunities from government agencies, multilateral and bilateral institutions, and major foundations. This includes pre-proposal, proposal development, post-submission phases in accordance to donor requirements and standards.

Representation and Communication

  • Develop and maintain close relationships with partners.
  • Ensure that Cordaid programmes and partnerships are actively represented in coordination structures. Share progress and update on programme activities within the cluster system and relevant donors.
  • Contribute to the development of project related documents such as success stories and publications.
  • Facilitate documentation of stories and media materials with human interest related to Cordaid and partners’ programmes and projects and liaise with concerned units for broader coverage (digital and printed, media).

Financial & Operational Compliance

  • Ensure project quality adherence, contractual compliance and timely reporting.
  • Monitor the overall financial integrity of Cordaid program funds through grant management, monitoring and evaluation.
  • Strengthen the organizational practices that result in successful financial and operational audit scores and take lead in the implementation of audit recommendations as per the findings.

Contribute to Knowledge Management and Innovation

  • Contribute to the development and introduction of innovation to ensure ICCO/Cordaid is continually incorporating best practice approaches in Country Office operations.
  • Contribute to the dissemination and sharing of best practices and lessons learned for corporate development planning and knowledge building and contribute to relevant Communities of Experts and Communities of Practice accordingly.

 

NOTE: An apprenticeship is not part of this role.

REQUIREMENTS

  • A Masters university degree in, Health, development studies, gender and/or women’s studies or any other related field.
  • Proven experience with project management, MEL, in Women Peace & SRHR programme development/implementation
  • Proven skills on proposal development process and technical writing
  • Demonstrable experience of driving advocacy, communications, and fundraising approaches.
  • Proven experience of maintaining partner relations.
  • Experience of working with systems and tools to oversee complex project portfolios across different sectors and locations as well as within consortiums
  • Ability to live and work under pressure in a rapidly changing and sometimes insecure environment
  • Team player with excellent communication and strong participatory leadership skills
  • Knowledge and Experience.

Core Competencies:

  • Excellent interpersonal, coordination and negotiation skills, and the ability to establish and maintain effective working relations with people in a multicultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity.
  • Strong commitment to integrity, professionalism, creativity and innovation, learning, accountability, planning and organization, results orientation, teamwork, and technological solutions.

Functional Competencies

Knowledge Management and Learning

  • Actively works towards continuing personal learning and development, acts on learning plan and applies newly acquired skills

Development and Operational Effectiveness

  • Good knowledge of best practices in addressing Women Peace & SRHR  issues for women.
  • Good knowledge in project management (from design to implementation to closure, incl. evaluation).

OTHERS/EXTRA DETAILS

Minimum Requirements

ICCO/Cordaid apply a policy of equal opportunities and accept applications without distinction on the grounds of sex, race, color, ethnic or social origin, genetic features, language, religion or belief, political or any other opinion, membership of a national minority, property, birth, disability, age or sexual orientation.

 

SELECTION CRITERIA

Applications are made directly within the sending organisation, please check out the how to apply (https://webgate.ec.europa.eu/echo/eu-aid-volunteers_en/how-apply_en) section.

Eligibility and exception criteria:

The candidate for EU Aid Volunteers must be a citizen of the EU or a third country national who is a long-term resident in an EU Member State, and must have a minimum age of 18 years.
Availability for the following activities:

  • Central Training EU: February 2021 (depending on the Covid-19 situation)
  • Pre-deployment induction in ICCO/CORDAID, The Netherlands: February 2021 (online)
  • Deployment: March 1, 2021 (depending on the Covid-19 situation)

 

CONDITIONS OF SERVICE

Learning Opportunities

  • Participation in Central training of ECHO-
  • Participation in Security training of ICCO/CORDAID
  • Participation in staff meetings and close cooperation with project staff will result in knowledge sharing and learning
  • Opportunity to acquire experience of working at an international NGO in a developing country.

Working and Living Conditions:
Living conditions:

  • All costs associated with the deployment in Uganda are fully covered including subsistence allowance, medical, travel and accommodation as well as insurance coverage.
  • The volunteer will be based at ICCO/CORDAID office in Uganda, in a safe area in Kampala.
  • The volunteer will work from there, and travel approx. once per two months to the project areas. In the project areas (West Nile refugees settlement, Nebbi, Eastern Uganda and Lango sub-region) the volunteers will use a well-known hotel for accommodation.
  • The EU Volunteer shall have a clean lockable room with access to clean water and sanitation facilities. The room shall be located at a reasonable distance from the EU Aid Volunteers main working location.
  • To the extent possible, the communication shall facilitate integration of the EU Aid Volunteer into the community and it will enable the volunteer to interact with the expatriate community.
  • The EU Aid Volunteers shall have access to means of communication enabling contact to the hosting and sending organisations as well as the volunteer’s relatives.
  • When travelling in-country in other (rural) areas for work, accommodation in local hotels or guest houses will be provided for.

Working conditions:

  • Regular working hours shall not exceed 40 hours per week on average, calculated over a four-month period.
  • The volunteer shall have access to a dedicated working space in accordance with their task assignment and with agreed-upon safe, secure and healthy working conditions.
  • All costs will be covered for the volunteer during deployment, and this includes accommodation in-country for the entire period of deployment, travel, and monthly subsistence payments per month (317.93 Euros per month).

Travel:

  • A roundtrip flight from/to the home country will be provided.
  • The cost of pre-departure preparations, including medical checks, vaccinations, visas, etc., will be provided.
  • The volunteer will be covered by a travel insurance plan provided by the sending organization.

Post-deployment:

  • A resettlement package will be provided to the volunteer in which a standard of 100 Euros will be provided for every single month spent in-country upon return to Europe, as well as a debriefing.

 

SELECTION PROCESS

Shortlisting and Interviews:

  • 30 January – 5 February 2021

Interview Process:

  • The interviews will be held face-to-face or by an online interviewing process.

Expected decision date on the outcome:

  • 05/02/2021

 

TIMETABLE

Date of training:

  • February 2021 (dates are dependent on the Covid-19 situation)

Apprenticeship Placement:

  • N/A

Pre-deployment preparation and induction:

  • February 2021 (dates are dependent on the Covid-19 situation)

Deployment:

  • March 1 – February 28 2022 (exact dates of deployment are dependent on the Covid-19 situation)

Post-deployment activities:

  • Debriefing and follow-up

Sectors: 

  • Gender
  • Health
  • Linking Relief, Rehabilitation And Development (Lrrd)

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