Gender and Advocacy Project Officer NGO Job Careers - Caritas Moroto

Organisation: Caritas Moroto
Project Name: Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (MF4 Project)
Funding Source: Catholic Agency for Overseas Development (CAFOD)
Duty Station: Uganda
Reports to: WASH Project Coordinator

About US:
Caritas Moroto is the social development arm of the Catholic Diocese of Kotido and it operates as a Faith Based not-for-profit development organization. Caritas Moroto oversees all the Diocesan Development Programs. The Vision is ‘‘a peaceful, dignified, and self-reliant community in Moroto.’’ Her Mission is ‘‘to strengthen the capacity of subsistence farmers and vulnerable groups for equitable and sustainable rural development.’’ Currently, it operates in Moroto, Napak, Nakapiripirit and Amudat districts and its activities focus on sustainable livelihoods; justice and peace, gender and development, emergency and disaster risk reduction. Her Values are; Integrity, Honesty, Accountability.

About CAFOD Project:
Caritas Moroto has signed an agreement with Catholic Agency for Overseas Development (CAFOD) to implement a three (3) year project on Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (MF4 Project) in Nadunget Sub-county, Moroto District.

Job Summary: The Gender and Advocacy Project Officer will take lead in ensuring that the gender and advocacy components of the Match Fund IV project on Water, Sanitation and Hygiene in Uganda is rolled out and successfully executed to meet the expectations of the local communities, project beneficiaries, DFID and other stakeholders. This entails working closely with district local governments, project staff, CSOs in the area, Caritas agencies implementing same project, local media and CAFOD among others.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:  
  • To develop and implement an advocacy strategy that informs and engages a wide range of external audiences around the project aims.
  • Lead and or support policy research and drafting of advocacy documents to enhance the scope and vision of the project’s advocacy work.
  • Responsible for preparation of reports on advocacy components of the project’s advocacy work and evidencing the Voice and Accountability tool that will be used.
  • Ensure gender dimension in M&E system and support project officers and monitor the progress on gender issues across all programme work.
  • Responsible for local level representation and advocacy to governments, project beneficiaries and CSO’s.
  • To develop reports, briefing papers, opinion pieces and WASH articles to UWASNET
  • Produce information, materials and documentation to support the achievement of the project’s advocacy objectives
  • Undertake gender analysis at the community and at project level
  • Provide training, support and other capacity building efforts to staff on gender mainstreaming and analysis
  • To contribute to local media efforts for expanded and more vigorous advocacy campaigns such as on hand washing day, world toilet day and other advocacy opportunities.
  • To build strong relationships with local governments and civil society organisations on WASH.
  • To build advocacy capacity of staff, religious and community leaders through training.
  • Build strong network and alliance with like-minded stakeholders to strengthen gender awareness at both local and national levels.
  • Establish and facilitate communities and share advocacy learning and practices among other Caritas gender and advocacy project officers.
  • Any other duties as assigned

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:  
  • The applicant should hold a Degree in Political science, International Development or social science and or related fields.
  • Significant experience of working as a development professional with NGOs, especially of advocacy/gender work
  • Basic understanding of policy scope in North eastern Uganda context- Ugandan Government policies in relation to WASH such as District Development Plans (DIP), District Implementation Manual (DIM), Sector Performance Manuals (SPMs) among others.
  • Demonstrable knowledge of the development, gender issues and policy challenges facing north eastern Uganda and in particular WASH challenges.
  • Experience and or ability to work with the local media and other stakeholders to disseminate advocacy messages to segmented advocacy audience.
  • Experience and or ability to write advocacy related articles such as newsletter, policy briefs to profile match Fund Iv project in Northern Uganda on advocacy and gender.
  • Experience of developing or supporting the development of advocacy materials such as posters, letters, banners, position papers, among others.
  • Experience of working with other stakeholders such as CSO’s for networking, advocacy and learning.
  • Experience of working with and influencing government policy makers.
  • Ability to work with local community advocacy groups to influence policy and practise in WASH sector or other development sectors.
  • Successful candidate must demonstrate competencies in the following areas.
  • Excellent communication skills- internal-external, written-spoken and online-offline communication
  • Strong research, gender and advocacy skills.
  • Riding skills and possession of riding license is an added advantage.
  • Ability to work with others in a cohesive team spirit.
  • Good work planning and organizational skills
  • Project delivery, Implementation, reporting and learning
  • Excellent interpersonal and collaborative skills
  • Ability to network and inspire others to collaborate
  • Cultural sensitivity.
  • Project management (Assessment, Planning , M&E)
  • Good report writing skills
  • Facilitation skills
  • Computer skills
  • TOT development

How to Apply:
All suitably qualified and interested should submit their application letters, Curriculum Vitae, three referees with their telephone contacts, relevant academic and work based certificates to: The Director, Caritas Moroto, Moroto Diocese, P.O Box 46, Moroto-Uganda, by hand or email at

Deadline: 19th August, 2016 by 5:00 PM

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