Job Title: Field Assistant (3 Job Careers)
Organization: SOS Children’s Villages
Project Name: USAID/Uganda Better Outcomes/DREAMs Project
Reports to: Technical Officer
Duty Station: Gulu, Uganda (Sub-counties of Lakwana, Bungatira, and Bardege)
SOS Children’s Villages Uganda is an indigenous non-government, social development organisation affiliated to SOS Children’s Villages International, a worldwide child care organisation, currently running Children’s Villages and other projects in 135 countries around the world. SOS has been working in Uganda since 1991, and runs Children’s Villages and other projects at Kakiri, Entebbe (Abaita Ababiri), Gulu and in Fort Portal - Kabarole district.
About USAID Better Outcomes Project:
SOS Children’s Villages Gulu under Family Strengthening Program, with support from USAID/Uganda BETTER OUTCOMEs/DREAMs Project has got an extension to new sub counties of Lakwana, Bungatira and Bardege. Through our Family strengthening program (FSP), our community work in Gulu District focuses on children at risk of losing parental care. The FSP is a sustainable and innovative community based methodology that empowers orphans and other vulnerable children (OVC) from within their natural family environment. The project intends to ensure that more OVCs, youth and their care givers access and utilize core services to improve Health, Nutrition, Education and psychosocial wellbeing and reducing abuse, exploitation and neglect.
About USAID BETTER OUTCOMES Project:
SOS Children’s Villages Gulu under Family Strengthening Program, with support from USAID/Uganda BETTER OUTCOMEs/DREAMs Project has got an extension to new sub counties of Lakwana, Bungatira and Bardege.
Job Summary: The Field Assistant will play a focal role in Community-based support for orphans and vulnerable children, youth and their care givers to improve access to socio economic opportunities, care and other essential critical health and protective services. The Field Officer will also support in the day today direct programme planning and implementation of field programme activities including documentation and monitoring of progress of programmes.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:
· Prepare weekly, monthly, bi annual and annual plans for activity implementation based on approved budgets.
· Actively participate in regular field data collection through appropriate monitoring tools on programme intervention.
· Support in the identification and mobilization of community support groups for programme support (VSLA, school clubs, youth groups)
· Carry out assessment of beneficiary households to identify specific household needs for programme support using VI and HAT tools.
· Support in timely implementation of activities from the approved annual plans and budgets.
· Support families access to essential services required to fulfill their children’s development needs and rights.
· Support the mobilization and training of existing community structures as per the programme strategy needs.
· Improve referral and linkages for OVCs to access critical services
· Identification and training of key personnel in schools for case management.
· Support beneficiary home visits for case managements and assessment of household progress.
· Document family and child success stories on programme intervention.
· Support the ECD programmes for children and their care givers in target communities.
· Support the formation and functioning of children and youth support groups. (Young positive clubs, Girls first clubs and peer educators clubs)
· Enhance referral mechanisms to improve access and utilization of a wide range of child protection services among vulnerable children, youths and their household members
· Strengthen caregivers/households, formal and informal sectors to identify, support and address child abuse issues and access to protection services
· Improve management, monitoring and evaluation of referred cases for child protection services
· Prepare and submit timely progress reports to the Technical Officer on programme intervention.
Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
· The applicants should hold diplomas in social science/development studies, community psychology and related fields including other relevant professional course from a recognized institution
· A minimum of three years’ experience in community development work with a reputable organization.
· Good knowledge of participatory approaches to community mobilization and engagement.
· Excellent organizational, interpersonal and management skills.
· Previous experience in facilitating meetings to reach a goal or consensus.
· Good skills in partnership and networking.
· Good facilitation skills and TOT.
· Ability to work independently and show professional judgment in carrying out assigned task.
· Ability to function as a productive member of a result oriented team is important.
· Hold a valid riding permit.
· Must be a resident from the specified sub county.
· Must have a letter of recommendation from the LC1 and LC3 from the specified sub county.
Note: Specify the Sub County of preference in the subject of your application letter (Lakwana, Bungatira, and Bardege)
How to Apply:
All applicants, who meet the specified job requirements, should send their application letters enclosing a detailed Curriculum Vitae, current salary information, copies of academic transcripts and certificates, including telephone contact and details of at least three professional references. Please submit your written application indicating in the subject line the position title, all copies of submitted academic papers MUST be certified. Address your application to:
The Human Resource Coordinator,
SOS Children’s Villages Uganda,
25 km on Kampala-Entebbe Rd, AbaitaAbabiri,
P.O Box 27510,
E-mail to: email@example.com or hand deliver to SOS Gulu office behind Pece Stadium.
Deadline: 11th November, 2016 by 4:00pm
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