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Job Title:    Senior National PRoL Manager

Organization: International Rescue Committee

Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda

Reports to: Protection and Rule of Law Coordinator


About US:

The International Rescue Committee helps people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover, and gain control of their future. It was created by Albert Einstein more than 80 years and has been working in Uganda since 1998. It has particularly working in the conflict zones where tens of thousands of people have been kills and over 1.6 million displaced. Following a peace agreement in 2006, Ugandans are returning home and looking to rebuild their lives. The IRC is there to protect women and children from violence and exploitation by fostering a safe environment and encouraging education, and is supporting farmers and small businesses, and helping communities promote peace and long-term development.


Job Summary:  IRC Uganda is currently looking for a Senior National Protection and Rule of Law Manager to contribute to operational and technical leadership of an integrated Protection and Rule of Law portfolio with activities in Greater Kampala, Yumbe and Lamwo. The ideal candidate has a proven record of effectively managing Rule of Law and Access to Justice programming, with excellent team building, staff super-vision, mentoring and coaching skills, and robust coordination and networking skills. S/he will also have capacity to innovate and solve problems efficiently and the ability to work effectively on humanitarian, development and peacebuilding programmes in different geographic locations, providing cohesion and strategic direction to IRC Uganda’s Protection and Rule of Law team with a focus on Governance, Rule of Law, Economic Justice, Gender Justice and Legal Aid programmes.  S/he will liaise with key government entities, UN, INGO and interagency counterparts and contribute to innovative systems strengthening approaches in line with the Global Compact on Refugees, the Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework and localised SDGs in Uganda.


The Senior National Protection and Rule of Law Manager will provide day-to-day oversight of cutting edge PRoL programmes supported by the European Union, the World Bank, IKEA and private funding. S/he will work closely with IRC PRoL field staff ensuring that IRC’s interventions are context appropriate, align to national systems and meet minimum international standards. Focus is on program quality, with program progress being monitored and evaluated against quantifiable benchmarks.  The Senior National PRoL Manager will provide technical direction and guidance on cross-cutting RoL and Access to Justice issues across all sites of implementation as well as support and mentor senior PRoL field staff overseeing Seed/IKEA, World Bank and EU Supreme programmes in respective field locations.


The Senior National PRoL Manager reports to the  PRoL Coordinator and is based in Kampala, and will be expected to spend up to 35% in Yumbe and Lamwo to provide direct start-up support, supervision, monitoring and staff capacity building. This position supervises field based PRoL Program Managers under the Governance and Rule of Law pillar and provides technical backstopping as necessary to PRoL field managers.


Key Duties and Responsibilities:  

Program Management – Governance, Rule of Law, Access to Justice and Peacebuilding

·        Contribute to strategic direction and vision for the IRC’s Governance, Rule of Law, Access to Justice and Peacebuilding programming in Uganda, while observing high program quality and ensuring alignment with IRC’s best practices.

·        Contribute to oversight of the technical aspects of the implementation and coordination of programs, including legal aid, economic justice, systems strengthening —  providing support to field-based managers to develop and monitor work plans and spending plans to guide implementation of approved grants.

·        Support field based program managers [Urban IKEA, Yumbe and Lamwo] and field teams in the implementation and monitoring of the work plans ensuring that activities reflect the commitments IRC made to the donor and the community.

·        Contribute to monitoring and evaluation systems that are effectively designed and integrated into all stages of the project; that output and impact data are captured and that data is used to optimize program quality.

·        Participate in cross-departmental collaboration and coordination with economic recovery and development, health and women’s protection and empowerment (WPE) colleagues to ensure that linkages between programs are made and programs gain from protection best prac-tice.

·        Ensure that all interventions are in compliance with Uganda’s Refugee Act and Constitution and other national laws and policies as well as relevant international laws including International Refugee Law and Human Rights Law; and Humanitarian law. Additionally, IRC’s protection mainstreaming guidelines will need to be observed during the implementation of all project activities.

·        Provide routine support to and monitoring of local partners to ensure adherence with best practices and alignment with approved project documents. Support the field-based staff to put in place capacity building plans as necessary.

·        Participate in grant opening, midterm review and grant closing meetings for all PRoL grants and ensure that the same process is implemented in the field.

·        Contribute to monthly PRoL field team meetings which review Budget vs. Actual expenditures, log frame deliverables and monitor targeted cash support.

·        Review all reports prepared by the field staff and provide appropriate feedback to the concerned staff, and ensure that reports are written and submitted to concerned bodies in a timely manner.

Staff Support

·        Provide technical guidance, on the job mentoring and coaching for the managers of the World Bank, EU, IKEA and SEED programs.

·        Ensure ongoing training and targeted capacity building of PRoL staff. This includes staff training in program management areas such as reporting, budgeting, monitoring, evaluation, and supervision.

·        Provide continuous support to and ensure targeted capacity building of staff.

·        Review performance of PRoL field based managers of the World Bank, EU, IKEA and SEED programs.

New Business Development

·        Contribute to design and development of concept notes and proposals to grow the Governance, Rule of Law, Justice and Peacebuilding pillars of the PRoL portfolio.

·        Ensure all designed protection projects use to the IRC theories of change and that outcomes are evidence-driven and evidence-generated.

·        Coordinate and participate in the development of budgets for program proposals in conjunction with the grants and finance departments.

·        In coordination with the MEAL coordinator, develop proposal log frames and indicators that will optimize program quality.

·        Develop and/or input into protection assessments and protection reporting analysis for the purpose of program development.

·        Identify opportunities for partnership and strategic collaboration.

Representation, Coordination and Advocacy

·        Coordinate with other Coordinators/Deputy Coordinators to forge connections with key government counterparts; with UNHCR and other UN, I/NGOs, human rights actors and other sub-national government actors.

·        With PRoL Coordinator, represent the IRC in high level and strategic meetings involving peace, justice, security and development actors.

·        With PRoL Coordinator, regularly coordinate with internal program and operational stake-holders, including the Protection/Rule of Law Technical Advisors, Women’s Protection and Empowerment and other IRC colleagues.


Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

 The Senior National PRoL Manager will need to meet the requirements below:

·        University degree in international law, law, governance, criminal justice or other related field;

·        At least five years’ experience working in at least one of the following fields: access to justice, legal aid, criminal justice, economic justice, rule of law, governance, peace building, conflict prevention, ADR, social cohesion

·        Proven record of programme management, including budget monitoring

·        Experience in working with and coordinating with the UN, donors, INGOs and other stake-holders;

·        Demonstrated experience in staff supervision, capacity building, project design and budget management;

·        Strong communication and interpersonal skills with excellent analysis and writing skills;

·        Excellent analytical, writing skills and fluency in English;

·        Strong team and people leadership, management, organizational and development skills;

·        Works well in and promotes teamwork, comfortable in a multi-cultural environment, flexible and able to handle pressure effectively and productively; and

·        Additional qualities: ability to multi-task, ability to handle pressure well, ability to improvise, flexibility, adaptability to transitions.


Please note: This position is open only to Ugandan nationals.


How to Apply:

All suitably qualified and interested candidates are encouraged to apply online at the link below.


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The IRC and IRC workers must adhere to the values and principles outlined in IRC Way - Standards for Professional Conduct.  These are Integrity, Service, and Accountability.  In accordance with these values, the IRC operates and enforces policies on Beneficiary Protection from Exploitation and Abuse, Child Safeguarding, Anti Workplace Harassment, Fiscal Integrity, and Anti-Retaliation.


Deadline: 10th December 2020


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