31 Oct 2016

IRC Jobs in Uganda : Law Deputy Manager

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The IRC has been working in Uganda since 1998 supporting nationals, refugees and various institutions in the country notably the government, community based organizations, the civil society and the private sector. The current program portfolio in Uganda includes health, peace building, gender-based violence, economic recovery and agribusiness, and children & youth. https://www.rescue.org/country/uganda. IRC has a country office in Kampala, a regional office in Kitgum, Adjumani, Kiryandongo and Moroto. Given the recent conflict outbreak in South Sudan, IRC re-opened the Yumbe Field site office to support refugees being settled in Bidibidi refugee settlement in Yumbe District

Job Overview/Summary:

The Protection and Rule of Law (PRoL) deputy manager will work alongside the Protection Manager to guide and oversee day to day program implementation. Additionally, he/she will support on all legal aspects of IRC’s Protection and Rule of Law programming, including support to the legal officer. He/she will ensure effective internal coordination both within the PRoL team and between the PRoL team and other IRC sectors. As guided by the manager, he/she will engage in external representation and coordination with other relevant actors (among which UNHCR, government counterparts, and other national and international NGOS), as well as participating in local-level coordination forums.

Major Responsibilities (not exhaustive) are listed below:

Programme Management

  • Develop and ensure timely implementation of work plans and procurement plans for all protection and legal activities.
  • Effectively manage all budget items under your responsibility to ensure spending is timely and in accordance with donor requirements.
  • Prepare weekly and monthly project progress reports for submission to the Protection Manager.
  • Provide recommendations for a legal programing strategy to the Protection manager
  • Work closely with the Protection Trainers and Protection Manager to develop appropriate training materials, training methodologies and guidance to support volunteers engaged with IRC on Protection and Rule of Law activities.

Staff Management & Technical Guidance

  • Provide direct and indirect supervision to the legal officer, protection officers, assistants and volunteers.
  • Provide technical guidance to ensure staff adherence to industry best practice in the approach and response to protection issues including provision of legal services.
  • Serve as a primary resource to the PRoL team on relevant provisions of national and international laws and as they relate to refugees and asylum seekers.
  • Discuss job expectations, set objectives and provide appropriate and timely feedback regarding performance, including timely implementation of the annual staff performance management system.
  • Clearly define the training needs of direct reports and ensure they are able to access training and professional development resources appropriate to their skill gaps/needs.
  • Maintain open and professional relations with team members, promoting a strong team spirit and providing oversight and guidance to enable staff to successfully perform in their positions including staff development plans.
  • Provide leadership support for the successful implementation of and adherence to the IRC Global HR Operating Policies and Procedures.
  • Lead with commitment, integrity and accountability to the “IRC Way” – Global Standards for Professional Conduct.

*Representation, coordination and advocacy *

  • Forge connections with counterparts including INGO, Local NGO, governmental and other non-governmental stakeholders.
  • Maintain close collaboration with IRC’s community services team, women’s protection and empowerment team and the health team.
  • Collaborate closely with other program departments in order to ensure that linkages between programs are made and programs gain from training best practice.
  • All other duties as assigned.

*Key Working Relationships: *

  • Position Reports to: Protection and Rule of Law Manager
  • Position directly supervises: Protection Officers, Legal Officer

Other Internal and/or external contacts: * *Internal: Community Services deputy manager, WPE Manager, health manager, health team leader External: Protection Cluster, UNHCR, government counterparts, and other relevant protection and other actors

Job Requirements: *Education: *

  • Degree in Law is strongly preferred

*Work Experience: *

  • At least three years of prior professional experience in protection programming and as a practicing lawyer or in a position where legal advice, counseling and assistance was frequently provided to vulnerable clients.
  • Experience providing legal counseling and assistance on issues including HLP, employment law, and refugee and asylum seekers issues.
  • Experience implementing protection interventions including protection monitoring, information counselling, protection incident case management, support to Persons with Specific Needs
  • Experience interacting with judicial, security and administrative authorities as well UNHCR and INGOs.
  • Good protection background and knowledge of refugee context, as well as demonstrated ability to identify and refer vulnerable cases, is desirable.
  • Experience managing and working with a diverse team
  • Experience writing reports, proposals, managing budgets, developing procurement plans and developing program development strategies

*Demonstrated Skills and Competencies: *

  • Strong management and organizational skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work as part of a team, as well as independently.
  • Excellent ability to interpret, analyze and synthesize information in a fast-paced environment.
  • Excellent knowledge of the Ugandan legal system, its stakeholders and processes is strongly preferred.
  • Excellent organizational skills, timeliness, ability to determine priorities and great attention to detail.
  • Proactive, flexible, team spirited and willing to learn.
  • Good computer skills including MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

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