Non-profit Jobs – Project Officer Child Protection and Legal Services at AVSI Foundation

Organization: AVSI
Foundation
Project Name: Sustainable,
Comprehensive Responses for vulnerable children and their families (SCORE) Project
Duty Station: Gulu, Uganda
Reports to: SCORE Area
Manager
About US:
AVSI Foundation
is an international not-for-profit, non-governmental organization (NGO) founded
in Italy in 1972. Its mission is to promote the dignity of the person through
development cooperation activities, with special attention to education,
according to the social teaching of the Catholic Church. AVSI has been present
in Uganda since 1984, first supporting hospitals and agriculture projects in
Gulu and Kitgum districts, and later expanding around 1990 to establish the
present-day headquarters in Kampala, offices in Pader, Gulu and Kitgum, and
project activities in 12 other districts. AVSI staff has remained through the
long periods of instability in northern Uganda caused both by anti-government
rebellions led by Lord’s Resistance Army, and by conflict across the northern
border in Sudan, which caused displacement in both countries.
About SCORE Programme:
AVSI is leading
a consortium of partners including CARE, TPO and FHI360 is implementing a USAID
funded project titled “Sustainable, Comprehensive Responses for vulnerable
children and their families – SCORE” in 23 districts in Uganda.
Job Summary:  The Project Officer Child Protection and Legal
Services will actively contribute to the implementation of activities, in
particular, focusing on improving the socioeconomic status of vulnerable
children and their household members.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
·        
Work in liaison with implementing partners, TA Child
Protection and Legal Services, the Area Manager and other project officers:
·        
The incumbent will carry out periodic vulnerability
assessment to establish child protection needs amongst beneficiary households
and plan age appropriate interventions.
·        
Conduct regular mapping and identify existing
community support structures and informal organizations and systematically
build their capacity in child protection approaches and principles.
·        
Deliver both in-school and out of school age
specific child protection services that ensure that all children in need of
protection and legal support receive a holistic package of care at individual,
family, and group level
·        
The job holder will conduct interactive learning
sessions and legal clinics for households to create awareness about child abuse
and neglect, profiling the rights of the OVC’s.
·        
The incumbent will also support the implementing
partners to Identify and monitor incidents of children in need of legal
support, collaborating closely with the prisons, police and judiciary as well
as the probation officer to ensure that all action taken is in the best
interest of the child.
·        
Ensure that project activities are sensitive to the
peculiar needs of children especially those with special needs.
·        
Undertake innovative advocacy activities and promote
child participation through sport, and other innovative activities that build
the coping, self-esteem and relational abilities of children and adolescents.
·        
Work closely with the SCORE Child Protection and
Legal services Technical Advisor  in the
development of reports, standards, protocols, manuals, tools and dedicated
reports related to the Child Protection and Legal services objective, success
stories, and other reports related to implementing partners
·        
Collaborate with the Area Manager and other staff in
reporting and documentation both for the internal AVSI SCORE (quarterly
reports) as well as consistency checks for the IPs’ reports directly designated
to you and for all IPs for the Child Protection and Legal services objective as
required by the supervisor
·        
Under the direction of the supervisor and in
collaboration with the other POs of SCORE, and the project Child Protection and
Legal services, the Project Officer will monitor and support the implementation
of project activities and carry out needed capacity building at implementing
partner and beneficiary level
·        
Perform other duties within the area of
responsibility as requested by the SCORE Area Manager.
Qualifications, Skills and
Experience: 
·        
The ideal candidate should preferably hold a University
Degree in Social Work, Social Sciences, Development Studies, Law or a related
field of study from a recognized institution
·        
Additional certificate-level or on-the-job training
in child protection, psychosocial support and juvenile justice is an added
advantage.
·        
A minimum of two years’ experience delivering child
focused interventions at community level
·        
Prior experience in delivering services that target
OVC and their households is an added advantage.
·        
Demonstrated ability to work with both formal and
informal community organizations in a rural setting.
·        
Ability to interact with community groups and
communicate in the local language
·        
People management skills – team building initiatives
·        
Effective interpersonal skills – oral and written communication
skills
·        
Computer literacy skills
How to Apply:   
All suitably
qualified candidates should send their application letters, accompanied with
updated Curriculum Vitae indicating three professional referees and copies of
relevant certificates via E-mail with the subject line indicating ‘Application
for Project Officer – Child Protection’ addressed to:
The Human
Resource Manager,
AVSI
Foundation,
P.O. Box 6785,
Kampala, Uganda.
E-mail to: hr.kampala@avsi.org
Deadline: 26th November 2015
by 5.00 pm

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