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JOB DESCRIPTION

Position: Mobile Coordinator, Rwenzori Region

Reports to: Conflict Prevention and Reconciliation Advisor (on technical matters) and Civil Society Specialist (on management matters)

Duty Station: Fort Portal, Western Uganda

Internal Relationships: Uganda SAFE Program Personnel,

External Relationships: USAID SAFE implementing partners in the Rwenzori Region, including Conflict Monitors and Program grantees, as well as other USAID Uganda Implementing partners in the Rwenzori region.

THE NATIONAL CENTRE FOR STATE COURTS (NCSC)

Founded more than 40 years ago by the leadership of the U.S. courts to deliver on the promise of Equal Justice Under Law, NCSC is a mission-driven non-profit organization providing technical assistance, training, and technology to advance justice across the 50 U.S. states and around the world. NCSC has enhanced the quality and efficiency of justice services, and created more equitable and transparent justice systems, in more than 30 countries. NCSC expertise spans the range of public sector management and administrative efficiency; institutional transparency and accountability; coordination of formal and traditional justice systems; case management, enforcement, Legal Aid, and ADR systems.

THE UGANDA PROGRAM

In Uganda, NCSC is implementing, in partnership with Search for Common Ground (SFCG), a five-year (2012-2017) USAID Program, Supporting Access to Justice, Fostering Equity and Peace (USAID-SAFE). The Program will strengthen the capacity of the Government of Uganda’s (GoU) with respect to peace building and conflict mitigation. It intends to enhance the capacity of local actors, and strengthen mechanisms for resolving and mitigating conflicts related to land, the discovery of oil, cultural and ethnic diversity, address residual effects of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) conflict in northern Uganda, and transform emerging conflicts into peaceful outcomes.

SUMMARY OF POSITION

The Mobile Coordinator will be a representative for the SAFE Program and will support implementation of all USAID SAFE activities in the Rwenzori region of Western Uganda, with a special focus on the conflict situation in the region.

The Mobile Coordinator will be the field focal point person for all activities under the Program’s two Components: Access to Justice, and Peace and Reconciliation. The position holder will be based in the Office of SAFE Program’s implementing partner/sub-grantee based in Fort Portal. The Mobile Coordinator will spend at least 75% of their time working with SAFE’s partner on a specific project addressing the conflict and violence in the Rwenzori region.

PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

While other duties may be assigned, responsibilities over the course of the Program in accordance with the timeline and implementation plan will include the following:

MANAGEMENT

  • Lead the set up and operationalization and functioning of the Rwenzori region field office
  • Contribute to the development of Annual Work Plans, and progress reports
  • Identify and communicate, in a timely manner, opportunities for involvement of USAID/US Embassy officials in activities of the grantee and in the Rwenzori region in general
  • Foster collaboration between the SAFE Program and other USAID Implementing Partners
  • Foster collaboration between the SAFE Program and other stakeholders (including local government officials, religious leaders, cultural leaders, CSOs, security agencies, the UN).
  • Organize and coordinate field visits undertaken by USAID SAFE Program officials to the Rwenzori region
  • Organize and coordinate field visits undertaken by USAID Uganda/US Embassy officials to the Rwenzori region

GRANT RECIPIENT MONITORING AND COORDINATION

  • Monitor and report on Program grantee performance of the SAFE’s Implementing Partner/grantee
  • Be an immediate field contact for SAFE’s grantee in the Rwenzori
  • Represent the SAFE Program at the major activities of SAFE’s grantee in the Rwenzori
    CONFLICT AND CONTEXT ANALYSIS, ASSESSMENT AND REPORTING
  • Undertake continuous context and conflict analysis in Rwenzori region
  • Provide weekly updates/briefs on the context and conflict analysis in Rwenzori, suggesting the needed short-term, medium-term and long-term actions
  • Support the monthly conflict assessments in the Rwenzori region
  • Be the direct field contact point for Conflict Monitors in the Rwenzori region
  • Serve as the main source of information for Program assessments and verification of any information received
  • Proactively seek and identify opportunities for collaboration between the SAFE Program and other USAID Implementing Partners.

COMMUNICATIONS/REPORTING:

  • Mobilization for Program activities, including making contacts in target districts and setting meetings for Program staff
  • Assist in dissemination of information related to Program gains in service delivery in the Rwenzori region;
  • Engage in activities implementation to promote community-government dialogue, and problem solving on issues of peace and reconciliation;
  • Contribute to regular periodic reports and briefings;
  • Contribute as requested by the Supervisor or other Program staff to quarterly reports on all Program activities undertaken in the Rwenzori region during the quarter as well as anticipated activities in following quarter; and
  • Submit required reports and documentation, including any success stories as required

RELATIONSHIPS

  • Develop and maintain relationships with Program grantees, Conflict Monitors and other stakeholders in the Rwenzori region (i.e. Local Governments, Cultural Institutions, Religious Leaders, Media houses, civil society, among others)
  • Maintain good working relationships with the KRC office

TRAVEL:

As required for Program implementation, travel within the Rwenzori region to carry out Program activities. It is anticipated that the position will involve occasional travel to Kampala and any other locations in Uganda as the need may arise.

QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE

  • At least a Degree Social Sciences, Development Studies, or related field. A Masters Degree in Peace, Conflict Studies, or Development Studies is an added advantage.
  • Minimum of 2 years of experience in mobilization and program coordination work
  • Experience working on legal, land, or conflict related issues
  • Experience liaising with cultural/traditional and religious institutions
  • Experience working on a donor-funded project, preferably USAID
  • Knowledge of local languages in the Rwenzori region
  • Experience working with CSOs and local government officials
  • Written and oral proficiency in the English language
  • Clear commitment to the values of peace building
  • Flexibility for frequent travel to the project locations
  • Ability to work within a diverse team;
  • Results oriented with ability to work under pressure, and sometimes in very remote environments
  • Good interpersonal and networking skills, as well as the ability to conduct professional working relationships
  • Cross-cultural experience and sensitivity, with some experience living and working in Rwenzori region
  • Ability to work with people at all levels, ranging from high-level officials to community leaders;

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY POLICY

The Mobile Coordinator shall take steps as are necessary to assure that all employment practices under their control, including hiring, firing, promotions, demotion, and discipline are conducted so as to comply with equal opportunity laws and NCSC’s policy with regard to race, sex, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, age, disability or any other characteristic protected by law.

DISCLAIMER

The duties listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The position holder may be required to undertake other duties that are broadly in line with the above key responsibilities.

The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.

COMPENSATION

Commensurate with experience and level of education

HOW TO APPLY/DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION

Interested potential applicants should send their applications to:

USAID SAFE Program,
Plot 9, Yusuf Lule Road – Nakasero
P. O Box 75130, Kampala Uganda

You can also send the application, with relevant academic and professional testimonials to: administrator@safeprogram.ug and the deadline for receiving the applications is Wednesday 8th June 2016, 5:00pm.

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