Fresher Project Officer – Conflict & Land NGO Jobs - Saferworld

Organisation: Saferworld
Reports to: Project Manager, Uganda
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda

About US:
Saferworld is an independent international organisation working to prevent violent conflict and build safer lives. We work with local people affected by conflict to improve their safety and sense of security. We do this by supporting effective policies and practices through advocacy, research and policy development, and through supporting the actions of others. We have a strong thematic focus to our conflict prevention work prioritising: people’s security and access to justice services; gender norms that cause and perpetuate violent conflict; the impact of external conflict drivers including weapons flows; conflict-sensitive political, economic, development, and security engagement; and inclusive and accountable governance and peacebuilding processes.

Saferworld has been working in Uganda since 2001. Our main focus has been on supporting civil society involvement in conflict prevention and security provision, conflict-sensitive approaches to development, and advocating stronger national and regional controls on small arms and light weapons. Current priorities include delivering conflict sensitivity support to institutions and stakeholders working on issues related to land and minerals including working to improve conflict resolution and community safety in Karamoja, northern Uganda, and other areas of central Uganda experiencing land conflict and insecurity.

Job Summary: The Project Officer will support the effective delivery of the project ‘Strengthening conflict-sensitive and rights-based approaches to land governance in Northern Uganda’, and will be responsible for the regular day-to-day implementation, documentation, and operations of project activities. The project seeks to increase collaboration between relevant local government officials, civil society, cultural institutions, and communities to tackle local land conflicts in Northern Uganda. It is expected to increase awareness of rights and issues relating to land conflicts. Lessons will be used to inform policy and promote good governance. The project will work closely with civil society organisations, local communities, and relevant authorities.

Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
1: Support the effective delivery of the project and take responsibility for the day-to-day implementation, documentation and operation of project activities;
  • Support the Project Manager in coordinating work with partners to deliver timely and high quality activities, including training, consultation, research and analysis
  • Offer support in the delivery of training, including designing, facilitating or co-facilitating where necessary
  • Build and strengthen working relations with staff in partner organisations who are working on project implementation
  • Ensure timely completion of internal reporting requirements and contribute to the completion of donor reports
  • Offer support in the development and regular revision of project work plans for Saferworld staff and partners
  • Keenly monitor project budgets on a monthly basis in coordination with colleagues to ensure optimum expenditure of funds and timely and accountable financial reporting by local partners
2: Build and maintain effective relationships in support of Saferworld’s work in Uganda;
  • Build and maintain positive working relationship with project partners
  • Actively contribute to the strengthening of Saferworld’s coordination with other civil society organisations, national and international peacebuilding actors in Uganda
  • Represent Saferworld at external meetings, and promote lessons learnt from Saferworld’s work.
3. Ensure regular liaison and information sharing with other parts of Saferworld:
  • Significantly contribute to cross-organisational learning and sharing, including drafting pieces for the weekly internal news
  • Ensure effective communication of project activities, results and lessons learnt within Saferworld, including contributing to organisational outcome harvesting workshops and biannual reporting
4. Support ongoing monitoring and evaluation and reporting on the project’s work:
  • Offer support in monitoring the impact of Saferworld’s work in Uganda and participate in regular debriefings and lessons learning sessions with Saferworld and partners
  • Maintain a database of project outcomes
  • Coordinate staff and donor monitoring visits and evaluations as appropriate
  • Prepare and submit timely and accurate activity reports and support the Project Manager in the drafting of donor reports

Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The applicant should preferably hold a first degree or professional qualification in: Peace and Conflict Studies, Social Sciences or Development Studies
  • One year of experience working on peace and/or governance issues in a non– governmental organisation
  • Previous experience in project administration, planning and implementation
  • Broad knowledge and understanding of peace, governance, and conflict sensitivity, and an active interest in the workings of civil society
  • Excellent communication skills, written and oral
  • Ability to relate sensitively to diverse groups
  • Self-driven and able to deliver results with minimum supervision
  • Good report-writing skills with excellent written and spoken English
  • Demonstrable interpersonal and team working skills
  • Flexibility in traveling and working in challenging situations with unpredictable working hours
  • Computer literacy i.e. proficiency in Microsoft Office and use of internet for research
  • Previous experience with peacebuilding and land-related projects
  • Prior experience in designing and facilitating workshops and seminars
  • Working knowledge of and experience working on gender-sensitive programming
  • Broad knowledge and understanding of conflict sensitive programming
  • Skills in participatory approaches to research and programming.

How to Apply:
All suitably qualified and interested candidates are encouraged to send a complete application form, download here and send to Susan Abok at (please use subject heading: Ref: UgPO1)

Deadline: 2nd October 2016 by 5pm (Uganda time)

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