COVID – Protection Officer Job Vacancies – International Rescue Committee (IRC)

International Rescue Committee (IRC)
Duty Station:
Kampala, Uganda
About US:
The International
Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and
helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. Founded in 1933 at the request
of Albert Einstein, the IRC offers lifesaving care and life-changing assistance
to refugees forced to flee from war or disaster. At work today in over 40
countries and 22 U.S. cities, we restore safety, dignity and hope to millions
who are uprooted and struggling to endure. The IRC leads the way from harm to
The IRC has been
working in Uganda since 1998 supporting IDPs, refugees and various institutions
in the country notably the government, community-based organizations, the civil
society and the private sector. The current program portfolio in Uganda
includes health and nutrition, economic recovery and development, protection,
and prevention and response to gender-based violence (GBV). IRC has its country
office in Kampala and regional offices in Yumbe, Arua, Moroto, Kitgum, Lamwo,
Amudat, Kyegegwa and Isingiro districts. IRC is currently expanding to
Kiryandongo in the health sector.
Job Summary:  Under the supervision of the Urban Program
Manager, she/he will be directly responsible for providing essential protection
and information services to minimize the negative impact of the pandemic
through; supporting initiatives to strengthen refuge associations, develop and
disseminate easy-to-understand messages on protection, legal frameworks,
undertake protection case management for individuals in the communities.
Facilitate referrals for protection services and for legal representation to
bona fide legal practices who offer pro bono services. Working with Young
African Refugee for Integral Development (YARID) and other refugee
associations, the Police and other stakeholders in the urban environment to
disseminate information in various languages and responding to needs and
concerns of refugees in the urban context heightened by COVID pandemic.
She/he will be part
of an integrated protection team and working in a consortium with other actors.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
·       Provide technical support and mentoring to
community-based structures to increase access to protection information and
·       In close collaboration with YARID and other
key refugee associations, co-create an Information Packet customized for
different audiences and purposes and translated into various languages spoken
by refugee populations.
·       Develop visual service maps (UNHCR referral
pathways), Government service points, toll free e.t.c to facilitate referrals
and case management
·       Support development of easy-to-understand
information messages on community based protection and legal remedies i.e.
protection orders, legal documentation, HLP civil remedies, family justice and
determine how to access them.
·       Plan and facilitate trainings and capacity
building sessions for Refugee associations on national and international
protection frameworks to targeted audiences.
·       Support implementation of solutions Fund to
support low-cost, scalable protection solutions
·       Work with refugee associations, Community
leaders, the Police and other stakeholders in the legal sphere to identify
issues impacting on urban refugees needing legal and protection interventions
as a result of COVID-19.
·       Provide clients for emergency protection
cases among refugees and other vulnerable individuals.
·       Participate in Protection Task force meeting.
·       Submit daily and weekly datareports,
including narrative of high risk cases to inform appropriate actions.
·        Analyze data, highlight trends and protection
needs of refugees and other persons of concern.
·       Undertake other administrative duties as
directed by the Urban Program Manager, required for the functioning of
programmer and implementation that are consistent with the role of Access to
Justice Officer.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
·       The ideal applicant must hold a Bachelor
Degree in any humanity courses, bachelors of Law from a recognized university.
·       At least three (3) years of prior
professional experience in a similar post, preferably with an international
Organization and significant experience of working with refugee communities and
demonstrate an awareness of the challenges in this role may be considered
·       Strong understanding of human rights
including gender equality, child friendly and juvenile justice and working with
vulnerable individuals
·       Experience in working on emergency projects
·       Demonstrate a strong understanding of
Protection, Access to Justice and JLOS frameworks
·       Strong training and capacity building
skills  and report writing
·       Strong communication skills including ability
to gain trust and build relationships with new communities especially Refugee
leaders and government institutions.
·       Good understanding of International Human
Rights, Refugee Law, Ugandan national laws and policies relating to refugees.
·       Basic computer skills including Microsoft
Word Excel, Power point and Outlook.
·       Strong interpersonal skills and ability to
work as part of a team, as well as independently.
·       Flexible and able to work in a dynamic and
diverse environment.
·       Good standard of spoken and written English
language skills essential
·       Strong command of Kiswahili is an added
How to Apply:
All suitably qualified and
interested candidates are encouraged to apply online
We are committed to
narrowing the gender gap in leadership positions. We offer generous benefits
that provide an enabling environment for women to participate in our workforce
including parental leave, gender-sensitive security protocols and other
supportive benefits and allowances. We welcome and strongly encourage qualified
female professionals to apply.
IRC is an Equal
Opportunity Employer. IRC considers all applicants on the basis of merit
without regard to race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation,
age, marital status, veteran status, and disability.
Deadline: 31st July 2020
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