Project Officer / Social Worker Jobs – Refugee Law Project (RLP)

 Project Officer / Social Worker
Organization: Refugee
Law Project (RLP)
Duty Station:
About US:
The Refugee Law
Project (RLP) is an outreach project of the School of Law, Makerere University.
Our Mission is to empower asylum seekers, refugees, deportees, IDPs and host
communities to enjoy their human rights and lead dignified lives. Refugee Law
Project’s work is currently structured in five thematic areas: Access to
Justice; Conflict, Transitional Justice & Governance (CTJ&G), Gender
& Sexuality; Mental Health & Psychosocial Wellbeing; and Media for
Social Change.
Job Summary: The
Project Officer / Social Worker provides directly and indirectly a range of
violence related screenings, psychosocial assessments, diagnostic, therapeutic,
and/or case management services for individuals, groups, and/or families, as
appropriate to the Gulu clients.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
Direct Client
  • Plan and execute systematic screening of
    recently arrived refugees for experiences of violence and resultant
    medical/psychosocial/legal needs
  • Provide psychosocial support,
    counseling, referrals and advice to clients exposed to sexual and
    gender-based violence, trauma and torture
  • Support in management of the emergency
    medical funds and coordinate emergency medical referrals to approved medical
    service providers and the home-based medical care scheme for persons
    unable to access public services (e.g. disabled, sexual minority clients)
  • Conduct field visits and follow-up with
    clients in the different refugee settlements across the region
  • Provide technical support to refugee
    support groups
  • Plan, develop and implement client care
    and communication strategies including establishing close working ties
    with relevant partner organisations
  • Support the legal team, as necessary, in
    provision of legal representation to refugee clients on cases involving
    sexual and gender-based violence.
capacity building
  • Facilitate in trainings, workshops,
    conferences and seminars on refugee related aspects
  • Conduct trainings and information
    sessions organised by RLP and for RLP
  • Participate in coordinating annual
    events related to project
  • Participate in the planning and
    provision of training activities on other psychosocial issues
  • Undertake psychosocial and SGBV related
    social research with the bid to publish findings on identified issues
    among refugees and forced migrants
  • Participate in data collection processes
    and activities through interviews and focus group discussions or using any
    other adopted data selection technique
  • Identify and prepare research training
    materials and tools as necessary for the execution of specific research
Networking and
  • Represent the organization at different
    fora that address forced migration issues related to gender and other
    cross-cutting issues such as HIV/AIDS and SRHR issues.
  • Participate in advocacy on psychosocial
  • Advocate for the mainstreaming of a
    range of gender and sexuality issues in refugee protection and assistance
    programmes, such as sexual and gender minorities, sex workers/survival sex
    work; male survivors of sexual violence, etc.
  • Consult with related professional and
    paraprofessional staff, as appropriate, in the performance of therapeutic
    and/or casework; refer clients to appropriate service agencies as
  • Follow-ups to determine reliability and
    validity of treatment used; make recommendations regarding modification to
    services and service delivery
  • Participate in the review of
    psychosocial issues and program policies and procedures
  • Participate in, lead, and/or coordinate
    training sessions and workshops to enhance psychosocial skills of staff
    and/or client groups
Project Specific
Job Duties
Objective One: To Build the Capacities of Uganda Police
Force and Host Authorities
  • Participate in the capacity building of
    Police officer, Prisons Officers, UPDF officers placed in or providing
    security to the settlements, local leaders and Refugee Welfare councils
  • Carryout the distribution of User guide
    on Refugee rights and protection for field officers
  • Carry out regular community policing is
    carried on for the refugees in the settlement and host communities around
    the settlement
  • Carryout the training of Community
  • Participate in the Training of
    immigration officers
  • Participate in the periodic monitoring
    of Police in settlement for impact
Objective Two: To build the confidence of South Sudanese
Refugees through addressing profound harms
  • In the Absence of the Field Coordinator,
    oversee the management of the field office
  • Carryout proactive community-based
    screening for experiences of violence amongst refugees in the settlement.
  • Carry out individual & Household
    preparatory counselling & follow-up visits prior to and after repair
    is conducted
  • Make referrals and transport clients
    seeking medical rehabilitation after seeking proper authorization from RDO
    and/or Camp commandant
  • Provide post rehabilitation support,
    document and profile rehabilitated victims
  • Assist in the organizing and participate
    in training of Medical workers from throughout refugee hosting areas to
    upgrade capacities to respond to conflict related injuries
  • Assist in the organizing and participate
    in training of Medical Students from Gulu University Medical School
  • Make referrals to the legal assistant
    any refugee clients within the settlement with cases in court requiring
    representation and follow ups at police posts
  • Assist during Mediations in which the
    Refugee Law Project is involved in the settlement
  • Carryout monitoring of detention palaces
    in which refugees from the settlement are held
  • Carryout training of paralegals &
    Peer counsellors in the settlement is carried out.
  • Assist in the Mobilisation of key
    stakeholders and Key informants for the Access to Justice Research amongst
    South Sudanese refugees
  • Provide support to law students assigned
    to the settlement on Experiential Learning
Objective Three: To Empower Refugees to Speak for Themselves
  • Carryout awareness raising sessions as
  • Assist the Video Advocacy Manager, to
    identify Refugee and Host Youth who are to be trained on Videography
  • Provide mentorship and capacity Building
    Support Groups in the settlement
  • On behalf of RLP participate in
    commemoration of International Events in the settlement
  • Participate in designing and development
    and carryout dissemination of IEC Materials
  • Participate in Media Engagement on
    Refugee issues affecting the settlement
Objective Four: To engage the host communities in reversing
the impacts of sudden overpopulation and resultant environmental degradation
  • Assist during the Stakeholder Dialogues
    in the district
  • Assist in the various tree Planting

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
  • The ideal candidate for the Refugee Law
    Project (RLP) Project Officer / Social Worker job opportunity must hold a
    Degree in Social Work, Psychology, Development Studies, Community Education
    or related human services field
  • At least three years of proven and
    relevant work experience with vulnerable communities (e.g. community
    mobilisation, social work, counselling working with SGBV survivors,
    research in war-affected communities etc.)
  • Previous experience of empirical
    research, data analysis, and evidence based reports and evidence based
  • Has worked with an NGO or can understand
    the way NGO’s operate
  • Practical and theoretical understanding
    of sexuality, sexual and gender based violence
  • Excellent written and spoken English and
    communication skills
  • Excellent networking and communication
  • Good computer skills (standard office
    and PowerPoint software) are necessary
  • Amicable interpersonal appearance and
  • Proactive and self-driven
  • Comfortable working in environments with
    little basic infrastructure
  • Ability to work under pressure; Team
    player and organized personality
  • Result oriented and quick at
    implementing plans
  • Analytical skills, self-motivation and
    ability to motivate others and high level of integrity
  • Knowledge of any language spoken in
    refugee communities will be an added advantage
How to Apply:
All candidates who
wish to join the Refugee Law Project (RLP) in this capacity are encouraged to
send a motivation letter and curriculum vitae electronically to:
NB: The
position applied for MUST be indicated in the subject line of the email. Copies
of certificates should not be attached, but will be requested for from
short-listed candidates only.
Deadline: 1st June 2018 by 5.00pm
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