UK Charity Jobs – Project Officer – Family Strengthening at RETRAK

Organisation: RETRAK
Duty
Station:
Kampala, Uganda
About
US:
Retrak is an
international non-profit UK charity working with street connected children in
Uganda, Ethiopia, Malawi, Tanzania and Kenya. Retrak works to transform highly
vulnerable children’s lives; preserve families; empower communities and give
each of them a voice. Retrak’s vision is of a world where no child is forced to
live on the streets.
Job
Summary:
The Project Officer – Family Strengthening will actively contribute to
the implementation of Retrak Community Prevention project activities, in
particular focusing on prevention and community level resilience activities to
reduce on child – family separations through awareness creation and training
parents and care givers in parenting skills.
Key
Duties and Responsibilities: 
1. Family Strengthening:
·        
Work closely with local leadership structures in
the identification of beneficiaries for the project, specifically through
training on different tools including the VAT, NAT, and follow up of FARE
vulnerable children and their household members as well as actual on field
mentorship and guidance in the area of family strengthening and access to
critical services
·        
Work in liaison with the local leadership
structures, other project officers under the guidance of the Retrak Programme
Manager – FARE project; support the Community Trainers conduct dialogues and
workshops for vulnerable households on the importance of creating and providing
a supportive and protective family environment and education for their children
·        
Mentor and train implementing partners to increase
the capacity of vulnerable women and children and their households to access,
acquire or provide critical services
·        
Work in liaison with the Retrak Programme Manager
– FARE project in the development of relevant linkages with service level
actors including private sector firms in order to enable vulnerable children
households’ access and utilize these linkages
·        
Work closely with the local leadership structures,
and the Community Trainers under the guidance of the Retrak Programme Manager –
FARE project, deliver both in-school and out of school age specific
psychosocial services including life skills that ensure that all children,
youth and their household members in need of psychosocial support receive a
quality and holistic package of care at individual, family, and group level
·        
Under the direction of the Retrak Programme
Manager –FARE project and in collaboration with the other FARE Programme
Officers, and the M&E Officer, monitor and support the implementation of
project activities and carry out needed capacity building of Community Trainers
and beneficiaries.
2. Child Protection and Legal Services:
·        
Work in liaison with other project officers and
the Retrak Programme Manager – FARE project as well as Community Trainers and
service actors in the region of operation carry out regular mapping and
identify existing community support structures and informal organizations and
systematically build their capacity in child protection approaches and
principles
·        
Work in close collaboration with the other project
officers, under the guidance of Retrak Programme Manager – FARE project,
support the Community Trainers to 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
·        
In collaboration with the Community Trainers,
other relevant stakeholders support the local leadership structures and
beneficiaries to conduct interactive learning sessions and legal clinics for
households to create awareness on child abuse and neglect, and other forms of
abuse
·        
Provide support to the Community Trainers and
local leadership structures to undertake and promote child participation
through sport, and other psychosocial related innovative activities that build
the coping, self-esteem and relational abilities of children and adolescents.
2. Communication and Reporting:
·        
Collaborate with the FARE M&E team with
support of the Retrak Programme Manager –FARE project in the development of
reports, standards, protocols, manuals, tools and dedicated reports related to
the family strengthening and Child Protection and Legal services objective,
success stories, and other reports related to project activities.
·        
Work closely with the FARE M&E Officer and
other staff in reporting and documenting both for the internal Retrak FARE
(quarterly reports) as well as consistency checks of all field reports directly
designated to you for the family strengthening objectives as required by the
M&E standards.
·        
Document lessons learned and best practices of the
different project aspects to inform roll out of the strategies on a wider
scale.
3. Networking and Representation:
·        
Conduct regular mapping of critical service points
in collaboration with the other project officers and the Retrak Programme
Manager as well as the Iocal leadership structures and other service actors in
the region of operation and ensure the consistent use of district level
inventories for referral as well as a regular coordination platform for all
service partners.
·        
Represent Retrak in relevant district, county, sub
county technical/coordination forums.
4. General:
·        
Uphold and work within Retrak’s policies and
procedures, including Equal Opportunities, Health and Safety and Child &
Vulnerable Adult Protection policies.
·        
Provide spiritual leadership and encouragement by
actively participating in the religious life of the organisation.
·        
Promote Retrak’s core values of Boldness,
Excellence, Innovation and Respect across the organisation and partners.
·        
Travel to Retrak field operations as and when
required.
·        
Conduct any other duties, as appropriate to the
post, as delegated by the line manager.
Qualifications,
Skills and Experience: 
·        
The ideal candidate should hold relevant
qualifications capable of performing the aforementioned duties and
responsibilities.
·        
Broad working knowledge and skills in family
strengthening
·        
Extensive working knowledge and skills in child
protection
·        
Prior knowledge and skills of working with local
leaders and other key stakeholder is desired
·        
Excellent communication skills
·        
Ability to build networks with key project at
stakeholders
·        
Good report writing skills
·        
Good facilitation and training skills
How
to Apply: 
All suitably
qualified Ugandan nationals should send their applications and CVs via email
to: frida.safina@retrak.org
Deadline:
Friday, 22nd January 2016
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