Fresher Non-profit Jobs – Project Officer – Family Strengthening at AVSI Foundation

Organization: AVSI
Foundation
Project Name: Sustainable,
Comprehensive Responses for vulnerable children and their families (SCORE) Project
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda
Reports to: SCORE Area
Manager – Central
About US:
AVSI Foundation
is an international not-for-profit, non-governmental organization (NGO) founded
in Italy in 1972. Its mission is to promote the dignity of the person through
development cooperation activities, with special attention to education,
according to the social teaching of the Catholic Church. AVSI has been present
in Uganda since 1984, first supporting hospitals and agriculture projects in
Gulu and Kitgum districts, and later expanding around 1990 to establish the
present-day headquarters in Kampala, offices in Pader, Gulu and Kitgum, and
project activities in 12 other districts. AVSI staff has remained through the
long periods of instability in northern Uganda caused both by anti-government
rebellions led by Lord’s Resistance Army, and by conflict across the northern
border in Sudan, which caused displacement in both countries.
About SCORE Programme:
AVSI is leading
a consortium of partners including CARE, TPO and FHI360 is implementing a USAID
funded project titled “Sustainable, Comprehensive Responses for vulnerable
children and their families – SCORE” in 23 districts in Uganda.
Job Summary: The Project
Officer – Family Strengthening will support the SCORE Project by contributing to
the implementation of activities, in particular, focusing on strengthening the
capacity of vulnerable households to access, acquire and provide critical
services for vulnerable children and their household members for all households
enrolled in the SCORE project.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
·        
Work closely with Implementing Partners (IPs) in the
identification of beneficiaries for the project, specifically through training
on different tools including the VAT, NAT, and follow up of SCORE vulnerable
children and their household members as well as actual on field mentorship and
guidance in the area of family strengthening and access to critical services
·        
Work in liaison with the relevant staff to support
the IPs conduct dialogues and workshops for vulnerable households on the
importance of creating and providing a supportive and protective family
environment and education for their children
·        
Train and mentor implementing partners to increase
the capacity of vulnerable women and children and their households to access,
acquire or provide critical services
·        
Conduct regular mapping of critical service points
in collaboration with the other project officers and the supervisor as well as IPs
and other service actors in the region of operation and ensure the consistent
use of district level inventories for referral as well as a regular
coordination platform for all service partners
·        
Deliver both in-school and out of school age
specific psychosocial services including life skills that ensure that all
children, youth and their household members in need of psychosocial support
receive a quality and holistic package of care at individual, family, and group
level
·        
Collaborate with the TA in the development of
relevant linkages with service level actors including private sectors firms in
order to enable vulnerable children households’ access and utilize these
linkages
·        
Render support in the development of reports,
standards, protocols, manuals, tools and dedicated reports related to the
family strengthening objective, success stories, and other reports related to
implementing partners
·        
Support the reporting and documentation both for the
internal AVSI SCORE (quarterly reports) as well as consistency checks for the
IPs reports directly designated to you and for all IPs for the family
strengthening objective as required by the supervisor
·        
Under the direction of the supervisor and with other
AVSI POs and the TA, monitor and support the implementation of project
activities and carry out needed capacity building at implementing partner and
beneficiary level.
·        
Perform other duties within the area of
responsibility as requested by the SCORE Area Manager – Central.
Qualifications, Skills and
Experience: 
·        
The ideal candidate for the Project Officer – Family
Strengthening vacancy must hold a University Degree in Social Work, Social
Sciences, Development Studies,  or a
related field of study from a recognized institution
·        
A minimum of two years’ experience delivering child
focused interventions at community level
·        
Prior exposure and experience in delivering services
that target OVC and their households is an added advantage.
·        
Ability to work with both formal and informal
community organizations in a rural setting.
·        
Ability to interact with community groups and
communicate in the local language
·        
People management skills – team building initiatives
·        
Effective interpersonal skills – oral and written
communication skills
·        
Computer literacy skills
How to Apply:   
All suitably qualified
candidates should send their application letters, accompanied with updated
Curriculum Vitae indicating three professional referees and copies of relevant
certificates via E-mail with the subject line indicating ‘Application for
Project Officer – Family Strengthening’ addressed to:
The Human
Resource Manager,
AVSI
Foundation,
P.O. Box 6785,
Kampala, Uganda.
E-mail to: hr.kampala@avsi.org
Deadline: 26th November 2015
by 5.00 pm

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