Senior GBV Technical Specialist – American Refugee Committee – Uganda

Position Title: Senior GBV Technical Specialist (National Position)
Country Program: American Refugee Committee – Uganda
Responsible to: Senior Program Coordinator
Status: Full Time
Supervisory Capacity: GBV Program Coordinators in Gulu and Kyangwali; other field sites when opened
Country Program Vision & Mission
Vision: A Uganda where challenges to living life with dignity and self-sufficiency are overcome and people are enabled to live healthy and productive lives Mission: We will build individual and collective capacity to overcome the obstacles of displacement and develop sustainable livelihoods while supporting access to services when
Primary Purpose of The Position
The Senior GBV Technical Specialist will ensure the principles of effective and high quality GBV programming are applied by providing technical support and supervision consistent with international and national standards and ensure that program design and implementation creates no harm in the communities, promotes human rights and has positive impact. The Senior GBV Technical Specialist will be responsible for strategy development, program design, implementation, standardization, and evaluation of all GBV-related activities in ARC Uganda GBV program. The Senior GBV Technical Specialist will be based in Kampala with 50% travel to field sites in northern and western Uganda.
Major Areas of Responsibility (% Of Time)
1.      Program Quality and Impact (45%)
  • Promote excellence in ARC Uganda’s GBV programs through ongoing technical program support for field based program-staff with technical support from HQ.
  • Provide overall leadership for the GBV programs, ensuring quality of activities and targeted impact, and compliance with ARC and donor regulations.
  • Develop and support collection, analysis and use of data to improve GBV program implementation and promote effective monitoring and evaluation systems.
  • Ensure that programs are designed with this strategy incorporated and according to ARC and industry best practices and ARC program framework.
  • Support all GBV Program Coordinators to fulfill their budget-holder expectations.
  • Ensure expenditure within program supplies costs of each project is monitored and that well-structured corrective action is initiated and tracked where required.
  • Provide leadership to GBV Program Coordinators to ensure the timely and high-quality activity and narrative reporting per ARC and donor guidelines.
2.     Program Design and Strategy (25%)
  • Ensure that new proposals promote high quality programming by responding to identified needs, taking into account recognized best practices, minimum standards and lessons learned from earlier programs.
  • Lead and participate in the development of program budgets.
  • Lead and participate in proposal development to sustain GBV program activities.
  • In collaboration with the Senior Program Coordinator and HQ technical staff, provide leadership to the development of an integrated GBV program strategy for Uganda.
3.     Capacity Building and Human Resources Management (15%)
  • Support capacity building activities for local partners, and staff to design, implement and monitor high quality programming through mentoring, training and evaluations.
  • Set performance objectives with all supervisees, and conduct scheduled performance evaluations.
  • Ensure that all supervisees complete the performance management cycle with their own supervisees.
  • Participate in hiring, selection and training of new staff as needed.
4.     Representation / Coordination (15%)
  • Ensure that ARC’s contribution to the GBV sector in Uganda is recognized and valued by stakeholders, through proactive representation in meetings and coordination activities.
  • Engage regularly with potential local and international partners to coordinate GBV activities and explore possible partnerships.
  • Provide proper representation in cluster, reference group meetings and ad hoc working groups.
Education, Technical Skills & Knowledge Required
  • Masters degree, MPH, MSW, or similar degree or experience required.
  • Minimum 7 years GBV program management experience for an international NGO, with internally displaced populations or refugees.
  • Minimum 2 years experience with capacity building of local organizations – technical and program development.
  • Thorough awareness and knowledge of reproductive health and gender issues as well as GBV.
  • Commitment to gender equality.
  • Interest and experience in supervising, guiding and training staff, individually or in groups.
  • Interest and experience in community-based approaches.
  • Thorough understanding of the principles of counseling and ability to adapt psychosocial knowledge and skills to cultural context; some counseling experience preferred.
  • Experience planning/collaborating with government officials, other health profession staff, and organizations.
  • Demonstrated experience of monitoring and evaluating projects.
  • Experience managing budgets.
  • International experience highly preferred.
  • Proposal and grant writing experience.
  • Excellent report writing, research documentation and presentation skills.
  • Excellent computer, writing, and communication skills. 
  • Fluent in English, working knowledge of Kiswahili and/or French preferred.
Key Behaviours & Abilities
  • Must be able to work independently while being a strong team player with proven supervisory skills.
  • Ability to identify potential conflicts and conflict resolution skills.
  • Ability to build positive relationships with donors, government officials, and other stakeholders.
  • Willingness to work in multicultural teams, in a post-conflict/transitional environment with basic/limited resources and infrastructure.
Additional qualities: ability to multitask, ability to handle pressure well, ability to improvise, flexibility, cultural and environmental sensitivity.
How to apply: 
Interested applicants should submit an application letter together with CV (4 pages maximum) no later than June 15th 2012. Applications should be sent to Attention Human Resource Officer, American Refugee Committee International ( Please indicate in the email subject line: Application Senior GBV Technical Specialist
NB: Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

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