Feed the Minds UK Project Careers – Field Officer: Advocacy at Voluntary Action for Development (VAD)

Organisation: Voluntary Action for Development (VAD)
Funding Source: Big Lottery Fund
Duty Station: Soroti, Uganda
Salary: UGX 1,320,000 Uganda Shillings per month
About US:
Voluntary Action for Development (VAD) is
a nongovernmental organization founded in 1996 to improve the livelihoods of
the poor and disadvantaged communities, primarily targeting the most vulnerable
groups including children, women, youth, people with disabilities, and people
with HIV/AIDS and the elderly in Wakiso, Mpigi and Amuria districts through
empowering and facilitating communities to effectively participate in their
socio-economic development. VAD achieves this goal through implementing food
security, income security, agribusiness, peace building, family economic
empowerment, child rights, health and advocacy programs. In order to ensure
effectiveness, ownership and sustainability of the programs, VAD cherishes
community participation in the planning, management, implementation and
monitoring of programmes.
About Feed the Minds UK Project:
In partnership with Feed the Minds, a
charity based in United Kingdom (UK), VAD has received support from BIG LOTTERY
FUND, a UK based donor agency, to implement a three years livelihoods
development project in Amuria District, starting on 17th August 2015 and ending
on 16th August 2018. This project will focus on vocational skills development,
business and financial literacy for women and youth, and advocacy. VAD will
work hand in hand with St. Kizito Vocational Institute located in Madera,
Soroti, to equip women and youth with vocational, business and financial
literacy skills.
Job Summary: The Field Officer: Advocacy will oversee
the mobilisation and sensitisation of communities in Atiira, Amemia and Nyada
parishes on human rights with particular inclination to children, youth and
women rights
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
·        
Mobilise
and train 51 community based human rights advocates and mentor them on
surveillance of human rights protection and abuses, and build their capacities
in arbitration of human rights abuses and referral procedures;
·        
Oversee
the development of human rights and advocacy materials; work jointly with
community advocacy structures to design appropriate advocacy plans, and
technical backstopping and mentorship for community advocacy structures in the
implementation of the advocacy plans;
·        
The
incumbent will engage cultural leaders and men in the target area to redress
traditional norms and stereotypes that discriminate women, youth and the girl
child.
Qualifications, Skills and
Experience: 
·        
The
VAD Project Field Officer Advocacy should possess a Bachelor’s Degree in
Development Studies, Social Work, or any other relevant field. Applicants with
qualifications in Human Rights will have an added advantage.
·        
The
applicants must have Functional Adult Literacy (FAL), human rights and advocacy
skills;
·        
A
minimum of three years’ experience of working with similar projects from a
reputable institution;
·        
Excellent
report writing, communication and interpersonal skills
·        
Ability
to work with minimal supervision and beat tight deadlines;
·        
The
incumbent should have good motorcycle riding skills with a valid Class A
driving permit;
·        
Proven
knowledge and skills in project planning, management, monitoring and
evaluation.
·        
Fluency
in Ateso and English
How to Apply: 
All suitably qualified and interested
applicants should hand deliver their expressions of interest to VAD offices in
Amuria along with a detailed curriculum vitae, copies of academic certificates,
three (3) recent passport photograph, copy of a valid driving permit, contacts
of three (3) reputable referees and any other useful information as the
applicant deems appropriate.  Send to:
Human Resources Manager Voluntary Action
for Development (VAD)
Plot 330, Block 10, House No.15 Bukesa,
Kiyindi Zone, Hoima Road,
P.O. Box 22281, Kampala, Uganda.
Email to: vaduganda@yahoo.co.uk
OR
Project Coordinator
Voluntary Action for Development (VAD)
Amuria Field Office Approx. 1Km, Orungo
Road Mobile: 0782656561
NB:
Only shortlisted candidates shall be contacted.
Deadline: Friday, 17th July 2015 by 12:00
Noon
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