Community Services Assistant UNHCR Project Jobs – Humanitarian Initiative Just Relief Aid (HIJRA)

Job Title:        Community Services Assistant
Organisation: Humanitarian Initiative Just Relief Aid
(HIJRA)
Funding Source: UNHCR
Duty Station: Uganda
Reports to: Community Services and Development Officer
About US:
Humanitarian Initiative Just Relief Aid (HIJRA) is an international
African humanitarian and development organization that positively contributes
towards improving the living standards and conditions of those adversely
affected by disasters and conflict in the Horn, East & Central Africa by
implementing WASH, Health, Education, Livelihoods, Community service &
development and Protection programs in the region for a period of more than 20
years.
About UNHCR Project:
HIJRA with funding from the UNHCR in Uganda is implementing a
multi-sectoral Program for refugees in Oruchinga settlement (Isingiro
district), Nakivale settlement (Isingiro district) and Nyakabande Transit
Center (Kisoro district).
Job Summary: The Community
Services Assistant is to act as a critical interface between HIJRA and
communities of concern, providing an AGD sensitive analysis of community risks
and capacities that form the essential foundations to all HIJRA work. Under the
overall direction of the Protection Unit, and in coordination with other HIJRA
staff, government, NGO partners and other stakeholders, Community Services
staff work directly with communities to leverage their capacities for community
based protection. To fulfil this role, the Community Services Assistant, will
be responsible for building and maintaining networks within communities of
persons of concern.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Keep abreast with political and social,
    economic and cultural developments that impact on the protection
    environment.
  • Actively participate in consultative
    processes with government counterparts, partners and persons of concern to
    develop and implement community-based protection strategies.
  • Establish links with inter-agency capacity
    building initiatives which promote participatory, community-based and AGD
    approaches.
  • Establish systems, including those managed
    by communities, to ensure that individual cases identified at the field
    level are assessed, referred as appropriate, and followed up using ProGres
    or other established case management systems.
  • Guide the program/protection unit, country
    offices and partners, in order to integrate participatory, community-based
    and AGD approaches in the overall protection delivery strategy.
  • Map and provide analyses on protection
    risks to communities of concern as well as their capacities and resources
    for community-based protection and self-protection initiatives.
  • Work closely with implementing and
    operational partners as well as with displaced and local communities to
    develop community-owned activities to address, where applicable, the
    social, educational, psycho-social, cultural, health, organizational and
    livelihood concerns as well as child protection and prevention and
    response to GBV.
  • Implement regular participatory
    assessments and maintain on-going consultation with persons of concern
    using multifunctional teams.
  • Provide support in the planning and
    monitoring of programs and budgets through an AGD perspective.
  • Assist in building Office capacity for
    community-based protection through training and establishing systems for
    community mobilization and participation of persons of concern.
  • Contribute to HIJRA communication
    strategies by emphasizing the participatory, community-based and AGD
    approaches.
  • Monitor community services budgets and
    expenditures and advocate with senior management for (re)allocation of
    resources within the country envelope to meet new and/or outstanding
    needs.



Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
  • The ideal candidate for the HIJRA Community
    Services Assistant job placement should hold a Bachelor’s Degree in
    Development studies, Social Sciences or related field.
  • Three years of working experience in the
    areas of community services, social work (e.g., gender, GBV programs,
    women’s empowerment and protection, work with refugees) and/or human
    rights or related tasks in government, NGO or international organization.
  • Previous experience working overseas in a
    humanitarian context
How to Apply:
All suitably qualified and interested candidates should send an
application letter and Curriculum Vitae including telephone and email contacts
of three referees including your current/most recent employer.
Application should be addressed to the:
Country Program Manager,
Humanitarian Initiative Just Relief Aid (HIJRA),
P.O. Box 37703, Kampala, Uganda.
Email to: vacancies.ug@hijra.or.ke. The subject line should read: “Community
Services Assistant.”
Deadline: 24th January 2018
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