Job Title: Project Officer
Organisation: Fields of Life
Project Name: Irish Aid Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM/WASH) Project
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda
Reports to: Program Manager, Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH)
Fields of Life is an international charitable organization which is committed to sharing the Christian faith by collaborating with local communities and churches in East Africa to bring about positive change through community based projects. Through its WASH program, FOL seeks to improve health and quality of life by positively impacting the socioeconomic development of the beneficiary communities. The program incorporates its water and hygiene promotion projects which provides reliable and sustainable water sources and seeks to improve access to sanitation. Through campaigns like ‘I Am Girl’, the program challenges negative attitudes, advocating and providing training in best hygiene practices and reducing stigma associated with menstruation. It also addresses cross-cutting issues like girls’ retention in education, gender inequality, abuse, child protection, and disability within the most vulnerable communities.
About Irish Aid Project:
Fields of Life’s WASH program has received funding from Irish Aid’s Civil Society Fund (CSF) and will be implementing a project on reducing barriers to Girls/Women’s empowerment in Mubende and Mityana districts. The project will seek to reduce barriers to women’s empowerment and gender equality associated with girls’ menstruation, gender based violence and absence of child protection environments which prevent girls from fully participating in education in 04 primary schools.
Job Summary: The Project Officer – Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM/WASH) Project will be responsible for day-to-day implementation of the project activities, plus other sanitation and hygiene promotion interventions in Uganda.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:
- Offer technical expertise to the WASH team in implementing the project in line with WASH/MHM/Health sector guidelines/ standards.
- Build effective working relations with the school management, administration, students, community leaders and other stakeholders while also ensuring clear communication of the project and its purpose to them.
- Work in close liaison with the WASH Program Manager and MEL department, facilitate participatory project monitoring and evaluation of project activities and the development and implementation of a learning framework
- Preparation an submission of project related reports that are timely and of high quality based on the key project indicators and reporting formats as required by the donor and Fields of Life.
- Build capacity of resource teams, IAG Champions to carry out community mobilization and sensitization on access to and importance of WASH, MHM services, Gender and Child Protection.
- Support in convening and facilitating project workshops, meetings, health promotion and training (to the children, teachers and communities) on an on-going basis
- In charge of the maintenance of the project database with all schools, beneficiaries and the different health aspects undertaken
- Actively contribute to the initiative’s advocacy and external representation on issues relating to sanitation and hygiene’s MHM
- Promote community and schools participation and involvement in decision making from pre-construction, construction and post-construction phases of WASH facilities while also monitoring their operation and maintenance.
- Facilitating the mobilisation and sensitisation of communities where project inputs such as WASH/MHM, Child Protection and Gender, training have been provided and ensuring communication is maintained regularly
- Actively participate in developing periodic (weekly, monthly, quarterly) project and activity work-plans and budgets.
- Support documentation of lessons learned / success stories from the project and ensure that lessons and achievements are disseminated widely.
Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
- The ideal candidate should preferably hold a Bachelor’s Degree Field of Development Studies, Public Health, Social Sciences, or a related field.
- The applicant should have two to three years of related work experience
- The Project Officer should have prior experience in implementing health promotion and/or sanitation projects with major focus in MHM and WASH.
- Broad knowledge and understanding of a community development approach to sanitation and hygiene promotion project work
- Ability to work in teams with good training, partnership building, networking, facilitation, documentation, report writing, and communication (both oral and written) skills in multi-cultural contexts.
- Aptitude for community mobilisation and engagement
- Self-motivated, enthusiastic with a desire to learn
- Previous exposure and experience in mentoring and building the capacity of communities and partners is desirable
- Capacity to work under pressure and manage personal stress levels
- Computer knowledge in Microsoft Office Software (Word, Excel spread Sheets and PowerPoint presentation)
How to Apply:
All suitably qualified and interested candidates should send their updated CVs and cover letters with three professional referees to the address or e-mail below. All applications shall be marked with the position title you are applying for. E-mails that exceed 2MB will not be considered.
While we thank all applicants for your interest, only those selected for interviews will be contacted. Any form of lobbying will lead to automatic disqualification. Ugandans and Non-Ugandans are all welcome to apply.
E-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Deadline: 6th May 2016
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