Project Officer Jobs – Refugee Law Project (RLP)

 Project Officer
Organization: Refugee
Law Project (RLP)
Duty Station:
Reports to: Field
Office Coordinator
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
Job Summary:   The Project Officer 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 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
    the emergency medical referral 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 projects
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 issues;
  • 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 required.
  • Follow-ups to determine reliability and validity of treatment used;
    make recommendations regarding modification to services and service
  • 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

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
  • The ideal candidate for the Refugee Law Project (RLP) Project
    Officer job opportunity must hold a Bachelor’s 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.)
  • Experience of empirical research, data analysis, and evidence based
    reports and evidence based reports
  • 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 skills
  • Good computer skills (standard office and PowerPoint software) are
  • Amicable interpersonal appearance and behavior
  • Proactive and self-driven
  • Comfortable working in environments with little basic infrastructure
  • Ability to work under pressure; Team player and organized
  • 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 vita in one file not exceeding 2MBs
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: 10th May 2019
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