Research and Advocacy Officer Job Opportunities – Refugee Law Project (RLP)

 Research and Advocacy Officer
Organization: Refugee
Law Project (RLP)
Duty Station:
Kampala, Uganda
Reports to:
Programme Manager – Conflict Transitional Justice and Governance
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
Research and Advocacy Officer will maintain a consistent relationship with
targeted communities and community leaders, conduct presentations and conduct
various types of social and legal related research as well as internal capacity
building of the staff and provide technical input and support on day-to-day
research-related work.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
  • Conduct various types of research
    (quantitative and qualitative) as thematically defined;
  • Design / prepare research plans, data
    collection instruments, reports and, tabulations;
  • Participate in data collection processes
    and activities through interviews and focus group discussion or other data
    gathering techniques;
  • Identify and prepare research training
    materials and tools as necessary for execution of specific research
  • Coordinate field research
  • Supervise some research activities as
  • Participate in the analysis of data and
    writing final reports for publications
Communication and
  • Spearhead and participate in community
    outreach events including sharing information, making public presentations
    to various groups and providing feedback;
  • Design and review community outreach
    strategy and ensure its effectiveness at all times;
  • Develop community outreach plans and
    coordinate outreach activities;
  • Report on the progress of community
    outreach plans and make recommendations for improving outcomes;
  • Develop thematised educational materials
    including factsheets, posters, radio and TV ads, in appropriate languages,
    to increase awareness on the organisations work;
  • Conduct monitoring and evaluation on the
    impact of the community outreach processes;
Networking and
  • Conduct a stakeholder mapping and
    stakeholder analysis at the local level;
  • Map the NGOs, CBOs and religious,
    cultural and traditional institutions supporting community organization
    and participation at the local level;
  • Organize and arrange meetings with
    relevant stakeholders to build relationships and gain support for NMPDC
  • Maintain regular contact with related
    institutions and network of target stakeholders;
  • Design and recommend relevant advocacy
    platforms for dissemination of information;
  • Document the implementation of all
    community outreach activities to aid in multi-layer advocacy.
  • Profile and securely archive the research
    outputs both in text, pictorial and video as necessary;
Training: Conduct orientation sessions on communication
and outreach Guidelines (Manual and Toolkit) when required;

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
  • The ideal candidate for the Refugee Law
    Project (RLP) Research and Advocacy Officer job opportunity must hold a
    Degree in a relevant field: (Social Sciences/Law/Arts/Development
    Studies/International Development).
  • Post graduate level qualification in any
    the above fields and specific training in programme and project management
    could be an added advantage.
  • Three years of active Research and
    Advocacy engagement in same or similar context
  • Ability to travel to travel and work in
    research areas with little infrastructure
  • Proven competence in empirical research,
    data analysis and in writing evidence-based reports and advocacy materials
    with practical and targeted recommendations
  • Experience in conflict analysis, and a
    clear understanding of Transitional Justice in relation to peacebuilding
    and post conflict environments.
  • Practical and theoretical understanding
    of peace and conflict, including how gender is integrated into conflict,
    peacebuilding and post conflict recovery
  • Excellent written and spoken English
  • Excellent oral presentation,
    communication and networking skills and inter-personal ability
  • Familiarity with policy-making at multi-
    and international institutions such as IGAD, EAC, UN, EU and Government
    (Local and National) etc
  • Ability to learn quickly and work well
    under pressure, both independently and as a member of a team.
  • Willingness and ability to frequently
    travel within Uganda and abroad.
  • Willingness to work beyond ordinary
    hours of work and in situations that require quick response.
  • Good team player, comfortable in
    multi-cultural settings, committed to anti-discriminatory policy and
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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