Fresher Community Development Worker (Law/Mediation) NGO Careers – Viatores Christi

Job Title:    Community Development Worker

Organisation: Viatores

Duty Station: Uganda

About US:

Viatores Christi is
an Irish-based organisation supporting and working within the faith-based
international development sector. We specialise in the recruitment, training
and placement of skilled volunteers on projects identified by a mission partner
which meets the needs of the beneficiaries. We also specialise in the area of
grant support, (proposal writing), monitoring and implementation of projects as
well as in the recruitment of experts/consultants for clearly defined projects
in developing countries. The organisation is needs-driven focusing on
assignments in projects identified by its partners in the field which meet the
needs of their beneficiaries. VC is a signatory to the Comhlámh Code of Good
Practice for volunteer sending organisations and holds Comprehensive Compliance
status. Since 1960 we have recruited, trained and placed over 2000 volunteers
in 48 different countries. Today we have volunteers in Africa, Asia, Latin
America and the Caribbean.

About Project:

Viatores Christi
(with grant support from the Overseas Aid Budget of Ireland through Misean
Cara) has been in partnership with the Diocese since 2016 and a project on
Capacity Building and Institutional Strengthening of the Diocesan Justice &
Peace Commission (JPC), to facilitate the network of Justice and Peace
Commissioners in their advocacy and peace building work with vulnerable members
of the community has been running since then.

Key Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Develop staff skills and confidence in programme/project management
    and related activities (organisation, strategic and operational
    priorities, time management, fundraising, networking) Implement the new
    strategic and operational plan to provide a more unified, structured and
    effective approach to the delivery of JPC programmes and services from
    2020 onwards.
  • Provide further training, support and community dialogue engagement
    with the 2 refugee settlements in the Hoima diocese, Kyangwali and
    Kiryandongo, to develop the work of Justice and Peace Committees in
    encouraging community dialogue, peace building and harmonius living
    amongst the local population and refugees, which includes a varied range
    of nationalities and tribes.
  • Develop a mediation service, settling disputes amongst the most
    vulnerable members of the community, who otherwise could not afford to
    access legal/mediation services.
  • Provide refresher mediation training to the 5 volunteer mediators
    (training to be facilitated by local legally qualified professionals with
    support from volunteer expertise) to fully equip the mediators. Develop
    the weekly radio show on Radio Maria and expand into commercial radio, to
    include a more structured approach to content and scheduling in line with
    other JPC activities, improved content with expert/specialist guest
    presenters, phone-ins, dramatic plays in local language, and facilitate
    the use of commercial airtime slots (provided to the government and
    police) which are currently not being utilised.
  • Monitor and analyse the phone-ins and develop subsequent content in
    response to key issues raised.
  • Implement the JPC Community Sensitisation Programme by engaging with
    the Hoima community to disseminate relevant information on areas of
    conflict most affecting their lives, including domestic violence, child
    abuse, addiction, land grabbing, environmental damage and inheritance
  • Use speaking slots at the end of church services to reach a large
    number of people, organise community workshops, conduct refresher
    mediation training and seminars in rural areas and organise monthly
    inserts to parish newsletters.
  • Submit comprehensive project reports to VC every 6 months as per
    funding contract and required templates. Include stories of change,
    learnings and any unintended outcomes. Photographs will be included where
  • Facilitate local team meetings at least every 2 weeks to review
    progress of the project against all planned activities and results. Notify
    VC of any off-track items and put mitigation plans in place where necessary
  • Facilitate the consolidation and strengthening of the Justice &
    Peace clubs in schools. Design the content to highlight the importance of
    child safeguarding and positive discipline, increase knowledge and
    awareness of human rights and family values amongst children and young
    adults in vulnerable communities.
  • Provide refresher training to JP Commissioners on modern
    peacebuilding. Include updates and guidance on the new mediation service,
    and how the referral system will work so that they are clear on their
  • Conduct annual evaluation of the implementation of the child
    protection/safeguarding policy. Provide a report to the diocese and to VC
    outlining findings and recommendations.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 

  • The applicant must hold a relevant legal degree and/or experience in
    community development
  • Legal Justice, peace or mediation experience.
  • Experience of facilitation and conflict resolution
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Past experience of project management
  • Good administration skills
  • Ability to work with a wide range of people in a respectful and
    collaborative manner
  • Experience in mentoring / supervising
  • Good understanding of development issues in Uganda
  • Fluency in English

How to Apply:

All candidates
should forward letter of motivation and career summary, highlighting relevant
experience, skills and personal profile to

Deadline: 4th October 2019

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