Senior Project Officer – Advocacy and Inclusion US Non-profit Careers – Catholic Relief Services (CRS)

Job
Title:              Senior Project Officer –
Advocacy and Inclusion

Organization:  Catholic
Relief Services (CRS) 

Duty Station:  Uganda

Reports to:  Homes
and Communities Program Manager

About US:

Catholic Relief
Services (CRS) is an international non-profit organization which implements the
commitment of the Bishops of the United States to assist the poor and
vulnerable overseas. Our Catholic identity is at the heart of our mission and
operations. We welcome as a part of our staff and as partners people of all
faiths and secular traditions who share our values and our commitment to
serving those in need.

Job Summary:
The Senior Project Officer – Advocacy and Inclusion is required to support CRS’
programs to ensure the legal rights of refugees and landowners are protected
and help the project team address challenges with ensuring women, the elderly,
child headed households and persons with disabilities, who may not be able to
travel to find work, or face protection risks or greater problems accessing
homes, land and property, have appropriate access to all project activities.

Key Duties and Responsibilities: Under the supervision of the Homes and
Communities Program Manager, the Senior Project Officer – Advocacy and
Inclusion will:

·       
Carry
out an assessment of the context in Bidibidi refugee settlement and surrounding
host communities to determine the current legal framework related to HLP. If
one does not exist, in consultation with camp management, local government, NGO
actors and refugee welfare committees lead the development of a legal framework
for HLP;

·       
Prepare
documentation for securing agricultural land access and rental agreements
whilst ensuring rights of refugees and landowners are protected;

·       
Lead
identification of landowners and liaise with them with regard to access
arrangements;

·       
Lead
discussions on Natural Resource Management with the community and local
authorities;

·       
Monitor
compliance with existing tenancy/land agreements;

·       
Manage
landowner/access database;

·       
Produce
regular reporting updates on the status of land access/tenancy related to CRS
operations and the wider community;

·       
Compile
and submit timely weekly activity reports and monthly progress reports

·       
Advise
management about issues affecting project implementation, or key local issues
affecting future project developments;

·       
Elaborate,
compile and maintain database of protection referrals and support in the
follow-up of referred cases as appropriate, including cases that are referred
through the Community Centers;

·       
Elaborate,
compile and maintain key protection and gender resources library;

·       
Form and
build relationships to maximize the potential for collaborative programming
with Local Government;

·       
Support
Accountability staff to ensure Feedback Response Mechanisms (FRM) are in place
and are accessible to all members of the community;

·       
Ensure
protection and environmental issues are fully considered throughout the project
cycle with women, elderly, most vulnerable being included in decision-making
for all project activities;

·       
As
required, lead trainings on HLP and awareness raising campaigns within target
communities.

·       
Contribute
in collecting good practices, case studies for documentation, evidence-building
and demonstration. alternative solutions and designs that can reach scale;

·       
Pilot
alternative HLP related solutions and processes for families to attain safe
dignified home and community.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

·       
The
ideal applicant for the Catholic Relief Services (CRS) Senior Project Officer –
Advocacy and Inclusion job must hold a Bachelor’s degree or higher in law,
agriculture, agroforestry, economic, business or social sciences from a recognized
academic institution.

·       
Experience
with HLP and land negotiation in refugee and host communities in West Nile.

·       
At least
five years of professional experience. Appropriate relevant and comprehensive
experience in the field of humanitarian response/early recovery with
markets-based cash/voucher programming, agricultural livelihoods, or
shelter/WASH experience a plus.

·       
Must
have experience working in Housing, Land and Property and a demonstrated
understanding of regulatory environment within the context of Ugandan refugee
settlements.

·       
Good
knowledge and experience of working with local partners.

·       
Proven
experience in liaison with all levels of Local Government.

·       
Fluent
English language (speaking and writing). Knowledge of the local languages
spoken by South Sudanese and host communities living on or near Bidibidi
settlement

Agency-Wide
Competencies (for all CRS staff):
These are rooted in the mission, values, and principles of CRS and used
by each staff member to fulfill his or her responsibilities and to achieve the
desired results.

·       
Serves
with Integrity

·       
Models
Stewardship

·       
Cultivates
Constructive Relationships

·       
Promotes
Learning

Emergency
Competencies:
Each staff member
working in emergencies is expected to use the following competencies to fulfill
his or her responsibilities and to achieve the desired results.

·       
Communicates
strategically under pressure

·       
Manages
stress and complexity

·       
Actively
promotes safety and security

·       
Manages
and implements high-quality emergency programs

Influence
Competencies (for all Homes and Communities Staff)

·       
Effectively
communicates the agency’s priorities and leverages local relationships to bring
stakeholders perspective to decision-makers, based on job-specific
responsibilities

·       
Transmitting
feedback and local perspectives to project manager to reflect/adjust the Homes
and Communities strategy and related influence hypothesis

·       
Supports
thinking around scaling-up over time and impacting indirectly the lives
Refugees in terms of access to land and housing (e.g. influencing legal
policies around access to land and housing)

·       
Strategically
represents the technical sector for influence

Desirable attributes:

·       
A
capacity and desire to pass on skills and information, a confident communicator
and willing to work in a collaborative and respectful way with target
communities.

·       
Flexibility
and ability to work under pressure and meeting deadlines in changing situations

How to Apply:

All candidates
should Email a cover letter and CV only to ug_recruitment@crs.org. Large files
and/or scans of documents will lead to rejection of your application, in the
subject

line of the email,
copy and paste – SENIORPROJECTOFFICERADVOCACY. All applications that do not
contain this exact subject line will be rejected and not read.

Deadline: 20th May 2020

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