Requisition ID: req17672

Job Title: Policy and Advocacy Advisor

Sector: Education

Employment Category: Regular

Employment Type: Full-Time

Open to Expatriates: No

Location: Kampala, Uganda

Job Description


Organisation Description

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) is an international non-governmental organization founded in 1933. IRC works in 28 countries providing relief, protection, and resettlement assistance to refugees and displaced populations.  IRC was registered in Uganda in mid-1998 and implements rehabilitation activities in the sectors of Child and Youth Protection and Development, Economic Recovery and Development, Health and Women Protection and Empowerment. IRC Uganda has a head office in Kampala with field offices in Kitgum, Moroto, Yumbe, Imvepi, Kyaka II and Kiryandongo.

IRC is leading the PlayMatters consortium in partnership with War Child, Plan International, Behavioral Insights Team and Innovations for Poverty Action to implement the PlayMatters project. The 5 year initiative funded by LEGO Foundation aims to increase play-based learning opportunities for nearly 1 million pre-primary and primary school aged refugee and host community children impacted by the humanitarian crises in East Africa and living in Ethiopia, Tanzania and Uganda.

The Ministry of Education and Sports (MOES) in Uganda supports the project in accordance with the Education Response Plan for refugees and host communities in Uganda (ERP) -2007-2021 which sets out a realistic and implementable plan to ensure improved learning outcomes for increasing numbers of refugee and host-community children and adolescents across Uganda

Job Overview

IRC in partnership with the Education Response Plan (ERP) secretariat is seeking a Policy and Advocacy Advisor  to provide technical and strategic support to  engage , influence, coordinate and support integration ECD and PlayMatters Learning through Play core agenda within  in the ERP and other education sector plans and priorities for both pre-primary and primary .  The role will also support the monitoring function of the ERP Secretariat for the LEGO Funding  

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Ensure inclusion of ECD/ PlayMatters initiatives into existing government – led coordination mechanisms and relevant education sector departments. 
  • Identify entry points and support IRC Consortium Partner engagement within the ERP and other subsectors in the Ministry of Education and conduct up to date mapping of the strategic partners.
  • Representation of the ERP/PlayMatters mandate in key strategic platforms to ensure accurate information dissemination and learning exchange.
  • Support advocacy for ECD and Learning through Play in Refugees and host communities in ECCE and other relevant sector policy implementation and prioritization.
  • Develop a clear ECCE strategy for ECCE in the ERP II while maintaining the guidance provided in the ESSP and ECCE strategy.
  • Support mobilization of resources for ECCE in the ERP and track utilization of resources invested while documenting key outcomes and gaps.
  • Develop a TOR for advocacy interventions to mitigate challenges and risk factors affecting ERP implementation especially the need for increased burden responsibility sharing.
  • Prioritize and facilitate Policy dialogues regarding key issues relating to ECCE and Learning through Play (LtP) in pre-primary and primary school education.
  • Support the development of policy briefs, advocacy papers for ECCE and Learning through Play among Refugees and ensure their dissemination in strategic forums and processes.
  • Attend meetings and dialogues on behalf of PlayMatters/ERP/MoES and ensure following up on key emerging issues.
  • Monitor and support inputs of ECD and PlayMatters data periodically into the ERP and other relevant databases for PlayMatters and the collaborating sector departments.

Position reports to:  Dual reporting to ERP Coordinator and Uganda PlayMatters Senior Project Coordinator




  • A Master’s Degree in Education, Economics, Social Sciences or any relevant field of study. 
  • A post graduate training in policy analysis, international relations or any relevant field of study is an added advantage.
  • A minimum of 5 years relevant work experience supporting planning, strategy design development of policies in education sector and development of ECCE strategy in the humanitarian sector. Relevant work done in ECD will be an advantage.  
  • Experience working with multiple stakeholders in the humanitarian sector and development context in Uganda.
  • Good Team spirit and leadership skills.
  • Excellent understanding of the Ugandan Government systems, policies, and procedure especially in the education sector
  • Excellent working knowledge of written and spoken English. 
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, including cultural sensitivity.

Please note: Deadline for receiving applications is July 16th 2021.

The IRC and IRC staff 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.

We are committed to narrowing the gender gap in leadership positions. We offer generous benefits that provide an enabling environment for women to participate in our workforce including parental leave, gender-sensitive security protocols and other supportive benefits and allowances. We welcome and strongly encourage qualified female professionals to apply.

All staff, regardless of role, are required to create a culture of client responsiveness by requesting and using client feedback data to make decisions. In addition, all staff are expected to demonstrate inclusiveness when making programmatic decisions and working with clients, partners and colleagues from diverse backgrounds. You can read more about the IRC’s commitment to client responsiveness here:

IRC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. IRC considers all applicants on the basis of merit without regard to race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, disability or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.