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CUG0043-Project Officer ( For Internal training of staff-Fort Portal) (CARE Uganda)

Company Vision
We seek a world of hope, inclusion, and social justice, where poverty has been overcome and all people live with dignity and security.

Company Mission
CARE works around the globe to save lives, defeat poverty, and achieve social justice.

The Project Officer-WAY will be a self-driven team player with innovative skills in implementing gender transformative approaches. S/he will be responsible for the day-to-day management of UNFPA supported initiatives in the assigned district, ensuring coordinated planning and timely preparation of weekly, monthly, and quarterly work plans and reports on field activities.
S/he will work closely with the Specialists and various WAY supported platforms, including but not limited to Primary and Secondary school clubs, VSLA & YSLA groups, farmer groups, village health workers, refugee volunteers and youth groups to integrate Gender, GBV and SRHR into their interventions and promote behavioural change using tested participatory approaches, including Gender modules, Mentorship modules, Women leadership modules, SASA methodology, School club training materials, the theatre for development approach and other recreational tools. S/he will facilitate and conduct information, education, and communication (IEC) sessions and develop context appropriate learning materials to respond to issues affecting women, adolescents, youth, and communities. They will also be responsible for capacity building, training and guiding Women, girls, youth volunteers and selected community leaders across the platforms to integrate Gender, GBV and SRHR into their interventions.

The Project Officer-WAY is responsible for writing and documenting reports of activities planned, implemented, and ensuring that data is captured in CARE databases and capturing case stories of lessons learnt from the allocated District. S/he will work closely with the project Specialists and Initiative Manager to ensure quality and timely execution and delivery of project deliverables.

Responsibility #1: Implementing Sexual Reproductive Health Rights and Gender Based Violence approaches of the WAY Program at district, sub county, village, and household levels (70%)
1. Work closely with the various Specialists, Coordinators, Initiative Manager, Volunteers, Youth Groups, Farmer Groups to roll out CARE models, training & develop IEC materials.
2. Lead and organise the planning of the community identification processes in the respective district to join/form the various group MAGs, the women mentorship groups, the role model men groups to ensuring inclusiveness of vulnerable and marginalized categories of individuals.
3. Ensure key stakeholders in the respective district such as religious leaders, cultural leaders, contribute and effectively engage in CARE’s WAY Program.
4. Prepare and participate actively in all GBV and SRH related sector and cluster meetings at community level and present CARE’s position and progress at those levels.
5. Prepare and share timely activity, weekly and monthly progress reports with the Supervisor, MEAL Coordinator, Initiative Manager & other Coordinators of the group activities at community level.
6. Lead the continuous operational rapid and mini assessments so that all activities are appropriate and based on a clear understanding of the working environment in the respective district.
7. Ensure that project resources (including financial resources) are used effectively and transparently to further the goals of the project.
8. Bring issues that affect the security and safety of CARE property, staff, or beneficiaries to the attention of the Initiative Manager and immediate supervisor.
Responsibility #2: Capacity-building of women, youth and girls’ groups, project partners and GBV promoters (10%)
1. Develop and adapt IEC materials for GBV campaigns and community awareness.
2. Work with the Initiative Manager to identify partner organizations who can undertake the direct implementation of the project.
3. Assess opportunities for capacity building and provide training basic support/ counselling skills to GBV community promoters and partner on key principles of gender programming, communication skills and GBV case management.
4. Liaise with GBV and SRH service providers and follow up and report on the responsiveness to GBV survivors.
5. Ensure that quality project strategies and gender responsive operational plans are developed and implemented in a participatory manner.
6. Supervise, mentor, and build the capacity of the District Project Assistant assigned to the respective District.

Responsibility #3: Project Monitoring and Evaluation: (10%)
1. Working with the MEAL Team, ensure Monitoring and Evaluation systems are in place and functional, which can be used to demonstrate project impact and provide management information to assist in timely decision making.
2. Write, review, and consolidate activity reports.
3. Maintain a healthy communication, relationship and robust information flow among all key beneficiaries and stakeholders in the respective groups in the district.
4. Document stories of change on an individual, group and community level regarding the WAY program goals.
5. Take lead in supporting donor and stakeholder visits in the assigned district(s) with support of the Specialists.
Responsibility # 4: Promote Gender Equity & Diversity and Safeguarding Practices (5%).
• Practice a behaviour that is consistent with CARE’s core values, and promotion of gender equity and diversity goals.
• Plays a leadership role in identifying and implementing initiatives that enhance CARE’s commitment to gender and diversity.
• Ensure that CARE Safeguarding policies and procedures are adhered to by all and the staff that S/he supervisors both directly and indirectly.
• Ensure that staff and related personnel under your jurisdiction are familiar with the following organizational policies and procedures and can identify when needed how these may have been breached, The CI Safeguarding policy, Protection from Sexual Harassment, Exploitation and Abuse and Child Abuse, The anti-discrimination and harassment policy, The code of conduct and the organizations Values.
9. Job Responsibility #5: Any other duties assigned from time to time (5%)
• Step in and cover for any of the Specialists on the project from time to time
• Take on stretch assignments assigned from time to time
Situations will vary and the incumbent’s response will involve analysis, problem definition, development of alternatives, and making recommendations.

Job and Person Specification (requirements)
• Bachelor’s degree in public health, nursing or clinical/medical field, Sexual Reproductive Health Rights (SRH&R), Social Sciences, Social Work, or any other related field, or relevant Post graduate qualification.
• A valid riding permit and with ability to ride a motorcycle.
• Advanced knowledge and at least three years of proven practical experience technically supporting gender transformative approaches.
• At least 3 years of hands-on professional experience in community development work (including working with institutions, understanding their culture, breaking taboos in conversations, ability to discuss sensitive topics such as gender norms, masculinity, and sexuality in a sensitive but direct way) with experience in implementing gender transformative programs a must.
• Experience working with cross cultural teams, Local Governments with multiple deliverables is desirable.
• Strong inter-personal communication and facilitation skills; sound judgment and decision-making skills.
• Ability to network, build relationships and establish collaboration with different partners, agencies local and international networks.
• Ability to link with community activists and social movements
• Working knowledge of M&E, report writing and documentation.
• Unshakable commitment to gender equality.
• Knowledge of SASA methodology and mentorship processes is a plus
• knowledge of languages used in the participating districts are considered an added value

Personal attributes
1) Ability to communicate with respect and impact, in both written and spoken English.
2) Collaborative, able to thrive in a matrix structure.
3) Results oriented, able to prioritise and remain focused amidst competing demands.
4) Resilient, able to cope with ambiguity and manage work-life balance.
5) Strong work ethic, able to lead by example and demand accountability from others.
6) Progressive and brave, challenges business-as-usual and is not afraid to fail, but willing to try new things or new ways of doing things.
7) Professional training and experience in gender equality, women, and girls’ empowerment
8) Professional experience in working with young people, displaced & refugee communities.
9) Good understanding/knowledge and experience of humanitarian-development nexus
10) Good understanding/knowledge of urbanisation and emerging urban programming.

CARE’s Competencies
• Respect – Behaving in a manner that reflects a true belief in and appreciation for the dignity and potential of all human beings. Gaining other people’s confidence and setting an environment of trust and openness.
• Integrity – Maintaining social, ethical, and organizational norms; firmly adhering to codes of conduct and ethical principles inherent to CARE.
• Commitment to Service – this competency is woven throughout all aspects of the employee’s performance
• Excellence: Sets high standards of performance for self and/or others; successfully completes assignments; sets standards of excellence rather than having standards imposed; ensures interactions and transactions are ethical and convey integrity.
• Integrity: Maintains social, ethical, and organizational norms; firmly adheres to codes of conduct and ethical principles inherent to CARE.
• Communicating with Impact: Diplomatically, logically and clearly conveying information and ideas through a variety of media to individuals or groups in a manner that engages the recipient / audience and helps them understand and retain their message.
• Facilitating Change: Supports and manages the change process at CARE Uganda by developing a culture affirmative of change; encouraging others to seek and act upon opportunities for different and innovative approaches to addressing problems and opportunities; critically analysing evolving and fluid situations; facilitating the implementation and acceptance of change within the workplace; actively engaging with resistance to change.
• Strengthening Partnership: Identifying and utilizing opportunities within and outside of CARE Uganda to develop effective strategic relationships between one’s area and other areas/departments/units or external organizations to achieve CARE’s objectives.
• Management Excellence: Makes the connection between values and performance. Influences the performance of others, and ultimately, the performance of the organization. Sets direction, coaches & develops, promotes staff wellness & safety, practices & promotes compliance, models gender equity & diversity, communicates effectively.
• Developing Teams: Using appropriate methods and a flexible interpersonal style to help build a cohesive team; facilitates the completion of team goals.
• Adaptability- Expected to well adjust with the country, the Cooperating environment and with the Project team to function effectively and efficiently
• Coaching – Ability to demonstrate to enhance skills and capacity of staff working in the field and office for them continue to serve CARE in the future program activities

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