Project Officer – Governance & Peace Building Officer NGO Jobs – Grassroots Alliance for Rural Development (GARD) 

Job Title:  Project Officer – Governance & Peace Building Officer

Organisation: Grassroots Alliance for Rural Development (GARD)

Duty Station: Kotido, Uganda

Reports to: Project Coordinator


About US:

Grassroots Alliance for Rural Development (GARD) is an independent not-for profit organization established and registered with the Uganda NGO Bureau in April 2019. Our vision is empowered and resilient communities, with the mission statement of a platform for building resilience and sustainable wellbeing. GARD works in a non-discriminatory and non-partisan way, with its head office in Kotido Municipality and two field offices in Amudat and Napak districts, Karamoja Uganda.


About Project:

GARD recently signed an MoU to implement a UNDP/KOICA Building Resilience in Conflict affected and Fragile Communities of Karamoja (BRICK) project in Kotido district. The BRICK Project is jointly funded by UNDP and Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) for the period 2024 to 2026. The project is a joint (consortium) initiative between UNDP/KOICA, GARD WSF, Riamriam, VEDCO and Better World with the aim of addressing main conflict drivers, which include but not limited to; competition over natural resources; the mass influx of refugees; inadequate transitional justice processes; and flawed electoral processes, leading to a more peaceful, secure, and resilient communities in Karamoja. The project is being implemented in 3 District and 6 Sub-counties of Kaabong: (Loyoro, Timu); Kotido (Nakapelimoru, Rengen); Moroto (Nadunget, Rupa). The overall project goal is to enhance the socio-economic empowerment of vulnerable households and the peaceful co-existence of communities through resilient and gender responsive livelihoods in three districts of the Karamoja sub-region.


Job Summary:  Reporting to the Head of Programs/Executive Director, the Officer will be responsible for project planning, budgeting, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation. The Governance & Peace Building Officer will be based at GARD Head offices in Kotido, where the project, is currently being implemented and will work closely, with the Livelihoods and Food Security Officer, Project Assistants, and community action groups, especially in the provision of technical capacity building in key drivers of conflict that the project is addressing. The Officer will collaborate with stakeholders, including partners and government agencies, to ensure the success and sustainability of the project. S/he will provide overall leadership and project implementation and as well support programs in the Food security and livelihood area of the organization.


Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

  • BA degree in Conflict Studies, Human Rights and Governance, Political Sciences and International Relations, Law, Social Sciences, with minimum of three (3) years of experience. Possession of any related post graduate qualification will be an added advantage.
  • Experience working in conflict and fragile contexts or rural community on conflict and gender sensitivity and peace building project will be of an added advantage.
  • Proven experience in project planning, budgeting, and reporting.
  • Strong coordination and partnership building skills to collaborate effectively with stakeholders.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills to work with diverse teams and communities.
  • Demonstrated understanding of community engagement strategies, the investment environment in Uganda, land laws and policies, peace frameworks, natural resource governance, human rights, election democracy, and conflict sensitivity with an active interest in the workings of civil society.
  • Understanding of the Karamoja context is an added advantage.
  • Experience in designing and facilitating workshops, seminars, and dialogues.
  • Fluency in English and the local language of the region of preference is an added advantage.

Skills and abilities

  • Excellent communication skills – written and oral.
  • Good report-writing skills with excellent written and spoken English.
  • Skills in participatory approaches to programming, and community engagement.
  • Demonstrable interpersonal and team working skills; and the ability to work closely with local partners and community members.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office and use of internet for research.
  • Ability to relate sensitively to diverse groups.
  • Self-driven and able to deliver results with minimum supervision.
  • Flexibility in traveling and working in challenging situations with unpredictable working hours.


Personal qualities Skills and conducts

  • Commitment to and compliance with GARD’s safeguarding principles, vision, mission, and values.
  • Transparency and Accountability: Holds self-accountable for making decisions, managing resources efficiently and transparently, achieving and role modelling GARD’s values.
  • Integrity: Strong sense of integrity, Honesty, openness, builds trust and confidence
  • Ambition: Sets ambitious and challenging goals for himself and team, takes responsibility for their own personal development and encourages their team to do the same
  • Collaboration: Approachable, good listener, easy to talk to; builds and maintains effective relationships with colleagues and external partners and stake holders
  • Creativity and innovation: Develops and encourages new and innovative solutions.
  • Self-driven and able to deliver results with minimum supervision.
  • Commitment to respect and value equality and diversity and understanding of how this applies to own area of work.
  • Commitment to own continuing personal and professional development.


How to Apply:

All suitably qualified and interested applicants should send their application to with a cover letter and an updated CV detailing your experience and qualifications, as well as copies of your academic qualifications in relation to the role with the subject line ‘Application: Project Officer – Governance & Peace Building Officer. Including contacts of three professional referees (two must be 2 professional references and 1 being your supervisor from the most recent/previous employer).


Deadline: 14th May 2024 at MID-DAY.


NOTE that this position will be recruited as soon as possible, CANDIDATES are encouraged to submit as early as possible.


For more of the latest jobs, please visit or find us on our facebook page

Date Posted 2024-05-06T04:32
Valid Through 2024-05-14T12:32
Employment Type FULL_TIME
Hiring Organization Grassroots Alliance for Rural Development (GARD) 
Job Location Kotido, Kotido, Kotido, 0256, Uganda

Related Jobs