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


Organisation: Viatores Christi
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 disputes.
  • 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 possible
  • 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 role.
  • 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 apply@viatoreschristi.com

Deadline: 4th October 2019

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