Fresher Recreation Officer Job Opportunities – African Prisons Project (APP)

Job Title:      Recreation Officer
Organisation: African
Prisons Project (APP)
Duty Station: Kampala,
Reports to: Health Manager
About US:
The African Prisons Project (APP) is a community of people passionately
committed to bringing dignity, hope and justice to men, women and children in
African prisons ensuring equitable access to justice, health and education. Our
2020 strategy focuses on developing change makers amongst prison staff and
inmates who use the law to bring justice to the most vulnerable in society; to
begin assembling world-class law teachers, law makers and practitioners to aid
the training and development of our people; and to plan our expansion as we
look to establish ourselves as a social enterprise, offering legal education
and legal services in Africa and beyond.
Job Summary: The Project Recreation
Officer will be responsible for ensuring operation and timely implementation of
planned project activities, and fulfil the necessary project administrative
Key Duties and Responsibilities:
Project Management:
Work closely with the project implementation
team in developing, scheduling and delivering a varied range of health
education, sporting and recreational activities including but not limited to
indoor and outdoor sports events as well as Music, Dance and Drama events.
Schedule tournaments and events in line with
different project health education and APP programme themes.
Provide support in the preparation of
educational materials and help to conduct necessary training in recreation
activities including but not limited to health related physical activity,
coaching for several indoor and outdoor sports activities, as and when required
in the process of implementation of the projects.
Participate in producing educational,
promotional material and displays for the recreation and sporting events.
Undertake regular visits to the project sites to
understand the ground situation and take necessary actions for improvement in
project implementation.
Work with the rest of the on-ground project
implementation team to oversee all sports and recreation project activities.
Ensure project activities and expenditures
comply with the policies and regulations of the African Prisons Project and the
donor organisation.
Monitoring, Documentation and Reporting:
Ensure timely preparation of weekly and monthly
progress updates and reports.
Ensure that regular reports (monthly, quarterly
and annual) are provided in a timely manner, in line with the organisational
and funding requirements.
Promote and undertake the documentation of good
practices and synthesis of lessons learned, and ensure that these are reflected
in improved implementation of project activities.
Lead in obtaining and documenting success
stories, news articles and inputs to newsletters, websites and social media
Ensure weekly updates of the project database
with data collected from project beneficiaries.
Enable and support the appropriate dissemination
of accurate results and findings to beneficiaries, partners and policy makers
at various levels and in close collaboration with other project staff.
Closely monitor project implementation by
stakeholders, partners and beneficiaries, as well as recreation task force
Monitor and report on any and all developments
in areas of operation that have a bearing on the results of the project.
Collect data and keep records for monitoring and
reporting purposes.
Planning and Implementation:
Prepare coordinated plans with the teams of
various departments including finance and procurement to support the
implementation of the project in a timely manner.
Actively participate in preparation of work
plans and operation plans for various elements/ components of the project on a
monthly and quarterly basis.
Monitor project activity progress on regular
basis and give timely suggestions for corrective actions.
Coordination with the Partners:
Support the project implementation team in
establishing and nurturing Networks and Linkages with the key actors who play a
role in the promotion and protection of prisoners’ rights to access to
Liaise and work with relevant organisations or
agencies including youth services, schools, clubs, sports councils, sports and
entertainment personalities.
Prepare, organise, coordinate and attend
meetings and interactions with key stakeholders and ensure transparent
Work as a liaison between the African Prisons
Project and the beneficiaries and project taskforce at the prisons within the
project site(s).
Comply with the Uganda Prisons Service rules and
regulations in carrying out their work.
Other: Perform any other duties as reasonably requested by the
Health Programme Lead and other project staff.

Qualifications, Skills and
The ideal candidate should preferably hold a Bachelor’s
Degree in Sport Science and management, Music, Dance and Drama, Public health
or Social Work and Social Administration.                             
Proven experience in project planning and
management and M&E.                  
Broad knowledge and understanding or experience
in planning and managing sports and recreation projects.         
Proven experience working with projects
involving special needs groups.                    
Experience working in the field and overseeing
field based activities.   
Experience in cultivating relationships with
stakeholders on the ground.         
Basic skills and knowledge in financial and
grants management.                      
Excellent interpersonal and communication
Excellent organisational skills, rank
priorities, organise work efficiently, and deliver assignments in a timely
manner often under time constraints.        
Demonstrated ability to work independently and
handle a variety of concurrent project activities.    
Ability to establish and maintain positive
relationships with a wide range of people.    
Ability to conduct basic physical activity
training sessions.          
Ability to communicate effectively, in writing
and orally, in English.      
Ability to produce reports or publicity
materials to a high standard of presentation requiring excellent skills in
written communication and accuracy.                  
An articulate and confident manner,
demonstrating sensitivity and diplomacy in order to develop good relationships
and solicit support.    
Strong analytical and practical problem-solving
Excellent IT skills, including components of
Microsoft Office software, with good working knowledge of using online
Excellent time management skills with the
ability to prioritise a varied and diverse workload and to work independently
with minimum supervision, calmly under pressure and to meet deadlines.       
Highly motivated and goals orientated.
Interest and willingness to work with children
and young adults.          
Proactive and positive approach, a willingness
to take the lead in ensuring the goals and objectives of the project are
Ability to deal with confidential matters and
act with discretion.
Flexible approach to work with willingness to
travel and occasionally work evenings or weekends    
Ability to adapt their knowledge and skills to
the cultural environment of the Uganda Prisons Service.           
Ability to speak the local language
(Luganda/Kiswahilli) will be an added advantage.
Flexible approach to the diverse nature of APP’s
goals and objectives and willingness to adopt more skills related to
healthcare, life skills and access to justice.         
How to Apply:
All suitably qualified and interested candidates are encouraged to send
their updated CVs and covering letters to: This
role will be popular and we will only be reviewing applications that send their
CV and Covering Letter which are no more 3 pages long. We do not need to see
Deadline: 30th November 2017

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