2 Big Lottery Fund UK Project Officer Job Placements - ADD International

Organisation: ADD International
Funding Source: Big Lottery Fund UK 
Duty Station: Jinja and Omoro, Uganda
Reports: Programmes Manager, ADD International Uganda programme

About Us:
ADD International fights for independence, equality and opportunity for disabled people living in poverty in Africa and Asia.  We work with local, regional and national groups run by and for persons with disabilities, known as Disabled People’s Organisations or DPOs. We work with people with all types of impairments in areas of extreme poverty, regardless of religious or ethnic background. Whether it is visual, hearing or mobility impairments, neurological conditions, intellectual disabilities, albinism or more, we believe it is not the impairment, but the barriers in society, that limit people from reaching their full potential.

Over the last few years ADD International has developed a clear organisational theory of change that captures our rights based approach. We have invested in a robust monitoring and evaluation system and are developing a learning culture across the organisation. We have documented good practice and are building on our extensive experience of building the capacity of Disabled People’s Organisations. We have played a key role in making sure the Sustainable Development Goals are inclusive of people with disabilities and are now working to make sure that they are effectively implemented at a national level.

Job Summary:   The Project Officer will primarily ensure efficient, effective and timely implementation of the Sustainable Livelihoods project by  coordinating collaboration and capacity building for Disabled People’s Organisation (DPO) partners, local government and other stakeholders, ensuring conformity to the partnership agreement, project design, ADD International’s global and country strategies, theory of change, frameworks for Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning, communications and publicity, as well as donor contract.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:  
Support the capacity building of disabled people’s organisations for effective implementation of the sustainable livelihood projects:
  • Actively participate in participatory capacity assessments for partner DPO using ADD International’s core tools: Three Circles (organisational capacity assessment), Gender Assessment
  • Provide continuous training, mentoring, and management support to DPO partners on identified areas of gaps and weaknesses as part of Capacity Building support to DPO
  • Work closely with DPO partners to identify community based DPOs to participate in the project using the agreed criteria
  • Guide partner DPO to conduct participatory capacity assessments for each community DPO using ADD International’s core tools: Three Circles (organisational capacity assessment) Gender Assessment)
  • Based on the capacity assessments, work with the partner DPO to facilitate a participatory process of developing Capacity Building plans for each community based DPO clearly stipulating ADD and partner contributions, roles and responsibilities
  • Oversee the identification and engagement of external resource persons/ institutions (e.g. for training, information, advice) in the execution of community DPO capacity building programmes in consultation with partner DPOs and manager programme implementation
  • Support development of Partnership Agreements/ MOUs by DPOs and other partners (in collaboration with the  Programme Manager, CD and FAM) to clarify roles, expectations and obligations of ADD International and partners during joint programme/project implementation
  • Maintain and ensure regular communication with DPOs on joint project implementation, reflection and learning, opportunities for engagement with powerholders, and other areas of mutual interest
  • Take part in the development of project annual and quarterly plans for the sustainable livelihoods project and contribute to development of the ADD Annual Operational plans.
  • Support the empowerment of individual People with Disabilities (PWDs) and their households participating in the Sustainable Livelihoods for People with Disabilities project
  • Guide DPO partners and stakeholders in identification of PWD and beneficiary households and ensure the identification is in conformity with the defined and approved criteria
  • Work closely with DPO to ensure multi-stakeholders’ consultations/involvement in the development of households’ livelihood enhancement plans
  • Ensure partners and staff implement PWD household livelihoods plans in line with approved plans
  • Ensure that DPO partners implement the beneficiaries’ feedback loop; and support problem-solving during instances of disagreement/conflict between the partner organisations and project beneficiaries during project implementation, with support from the Programmes Manager, and escalate where necessary
Participate in campaigns to reduce stigma,  change social norms and increase public awareness of the rights, needs and potentials of PWDS: Maintain an updated list of project beneficiaries disaggregated by gender, disability and other demographic characteristics
Support project monitoring learning and evaluation:
  • Support partners and project staff to use the ADD International and project specific MEL tools for gathering data and evidence which contribute to learning and accountability processes.
  • Work with partners and project staff to document lessons learned, and good practices on sustainable livelihoods projects for internal and external sharing and application within ADD International’s current and future projects
  • Support the MEL and Programmes Manager to plan and co-facilitate quarterly reflection meetings of ADD International staff and partners
  • Compile detailed activity reports
  • Participate in joint learning forums for ADD International staff, partner organizations and other stakeholders for regular exchange of information, reflect on practice and methodologies.
Participate in project networking and collaboration:
  • Work in liaison with partner organisations to carry out stakeholder mapping in the specific project locations as the basis of networking, collaboration, influencing and securing external support to the project
  • Represent ADD and the sustainable livelihood project in field-based engagements with government institutions and civil society networks for learning and leveraging the influence of ADD International
  • Engage with mainstream NGOs implementing livelihood programmes for disability inclusion purposes in consultation with the Programme Manager
Child and Vulnerable Adult Safeguarding:
  • Support project partners and staff to mainstream vulnerable adult and child safeguarding in planning, implementation and review of the livelihood project by;
  • Tasked with facilitating participatory adult, child safeguarding training and competency assessments with partner organizations with support of the Programme Manager and Child Safeguarding Focal point and make recommendations for improvement, and agree action plans
  • Guide DPOs to implement approved action plans to improve child and vulnerable adult safeguarding practice for the sustainable livelihood project

Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The applicant for the ADD International Project Officer job placement should preferably hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Humanities, Social Sciences, Community or Development studies from a recognised university/institute, and for PWD, equivalent demonstrated knowledge and experience (specialism in one of ADD International’s programme areas is an added advantage)
  • At least three years’ experience with duties related to programme implementation, capacity building.
  • Previous experience in promotion of human rights of vulnerable people
  • Demonstrated experience of networking and collaboration with civil society and government at district and community level
  • Commitment to and understanding of gender sensitivity in programmes, including of issues related to violence against women and girls
  • Familiarity with capacity building processes
  • Demonstrated ability to work with limited supervision
  • Ability to document and communicate in English
  • Proven interpersonal and networking skills to build relationships with a wide variety of stakeholders
  • Ability to lead and motivate others
  • Personal integrity and an ethical approach to work
  • Knowledge of the local language is an added advantage
  • Specialism in livelihoods is desired
  • Additional training in child/ vulnerable adult safeguarding is an added advantage
  • Prior work experience in organisations working with persons with disabilities.
  • Training/qualification in gender in development is an added advantage
  • Broad knowledge and understanding of the issues facing persons with disabilities in Uganda and/or a lived experience of disability is desired

How to Apply:
All suitably qualified and interested applicants should send the following attachments by email:
  • Updated resume / CV (max 2 pages)
  • Letter of motivation (max 2 pages), please state your current or most recent salary
  • Completed equal opportunities form, Download Here
  • The names, contact numbers of 2 referees (please state if you are not happy for them to be contacted at this stage).

Please send your application to the Head of Finance and Administration, Uganda Programme office: First Floor, Plot 32, Kanjokya Street, email info@add-uganda.org

Deadline: Wednesday 12th July 2017 

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