Protection and Rule of Law Manager Job Placement - International Rescue Committee (IRC)

Organization: International Rescue Committee (IRC)
Duty Station: Uganda
Reports to: Protection and Rule of Law Coordinator

About US:
The International Rescue Committee helps people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover, and gain control of their future. It was created by Albert Einstein more than 80 years and has been working in Uganda since 1998. It has particularly working in the conflict zones where tens of thousands of people have been kills and over 1.6 million displaced. Following a peace agreement in 2006, Ugandans are returning home and looking to rebuild their lives. The IRC is there to protect women and children from violence and exploitation by fostering a safe environment and encouraging education, and is supporting farmers and small businesses, and helping communities promote peace and long-term development.

Job Summary: The Protection and Rule of Law Manager will be responsible for provision of technical guidance and oversight of IRC’s Protection and Rule of Law programming.  This will include leadership of internal protection and legal capacity building activities, activity design and implementation as well the identification and analysis of legal and protection issues of concern. The Protection and Rule of Law Manager will undertake coordination with other relevant actors (among which UNHCR, government counterparts, and other national and international NGOS), as well as participating in local-level coordination forums (such as the protection cluster), as needed.    

Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
Programme Management:
·         Manage the implementation of the Protection and Rule of Law programming, including: timely recruitment; development of program work plans; reporting in accordance with IRC and donor regulations.
·         Develops effective training materials in line with IRC technical best practice and standards.
·         In cooperation with the Protection and Rule of Law Coordinator, devises broader legal services programming strategy.
·         Steers the development of all training materials, and provides follow up support and guidance to the volunteers engaged with IRC on Protection and Rule of Law activities.
Staff Management & Technical Guidance:
·         Directly supervise two protection officers, one legal officer and two Community Engagement officers, and support them.
·         Provide technical guidance to Protection and Rule of Law and legal staff within IRC’s Protection and Rule of Law department, to ensure adherence to best practice in the approach and response to legal protection issues.
·         Maintain up-to-date familiarity with all relevant provisions of national laws and regulations, in particular related refugees and asylum seekers.
·         Provide continuous support to build capacity of the team, ensuring the submission of weekly work plans, weekly meetings and professional development opportunities in-line with performance monitoring and evaluation plans.
·         Discuss job expectations, set objectives and provide appropriate and timely feedback regarding performance, including timely implementation of the annual staff performance management system.
·         Clearly define the training needs of direct reports and ensure they are able to access training and professional development resources appropriate to their skill gaps/needs.
·         Maintain open and professional relations with team members, promoting a strong team spirit and providing oversight and guidance to enable staff to successfully perform in their positions including staff development plans.
·         Provide leadership support for the successful implementation of and adherence to the IRC Global HR Operating Policies and Procedures.
·         Lead with commitment, integrity and accountability to the “IRC Way” – Global Standards for Professional Conduct.
Representation, coordination and advocacy:
·         Build connections with counterparts including INGO, Local NGO, governmental and other non-governmental stakeholders.
·         Collaborate with the WPE Manager and the Protection and Rule of Law Coordinator to identify and coordinate advocacy plans and initiatives on legal issues of importance and concern.
·         Collaborate closely with other program departments in order to ensure that linkages between programs are made and programs gain from training best practice. 
·         All other duties as assigned.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
·         The applicant should preferably hold a Law Degree. PGD in Law from Law Development Center (LDC)
·         A minimum of three (3) years of prior professional experience in protection programming and as a practicing lawyer or in a position where legal advice, counseling and assistance was frequently provided to vulnerable clients.
·         Previous experience providing legal counseling and assistance on issues including HLP, employment law, and refugee and asylum seekers issues.
·         Prior exposure and experience interacting with judicial, security and administrative authorities as well UNHCR and INGOs.
·         Good protection background and knowledge of refugee context, as well as demonstrated ability to identify and refer vulnerable cases, is desirable.
·         Strong experience managing a diverse team.
·         Strong management and organizational skills.
·         Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work as part of a team, as well as independently.
·         Excellent ability to interpret, analyze and synthesize information in a fast-paced environment.
·         Excellent knowledge of the Uganda legal system, its stakeholders and processes is strongly preferred.
·         Excellent organizational skills, timeliness, ability to determine priorities and great attention to detail.
·         Proactive, flexible, team spirited and willing to learn.
·         Good computer skills including MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
·         Language Skills: Excellent drafting and oral communication skills in English.

How to Apply: 
All suitably qualified and interested candidates should send their applications online at the link below.

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