Entry Level Community Engagement Officer Job Vacancies – International Justice Mission (IJM)

 

Job Title:    Community Engagement Officer
(Amudat & Moroto)

Organisation: International
Justice Mission (IJM)

Duty Station:  
Uganda

Reports to:
Project Coordinator – Karamoja Region

 

About US:

International
Justice Mission (IJM) is an international human rights organization that works
to ensure that all, especially the most vulnerable, have proper and appropriate
access to justice. IJM has been delivering ground-breaking partnerships with
justice sector actors and governments globally for over 20 years, offering
collaborative casework, mentoring and system reform to ensure that justice
systems work for all, especially the vulnerable and marginalized.

 

About Irish Aid Project:

Through the Irish
Aid project, IJM will work with different Stakeholders that include JLOS
institutions, Civil Society Organisations, Health Service providers, Community
leaders and Survivors to respond to violence against women and girls (VAWG) in
Uganda by bolstering protection mechanisms within the justice sector and local
community structures for Women, girls and communities at risk of VAWG.

 

Job Summary:  The Community engagement officer will among
other responsibilities be the main liaison between IJM and the community in the
project districts. The officer will be at the forefront of contributing to and
implementing engagement plans and strategies for community engagement in fulfillment
of the project goals and objectives. In addition, the officer will develop and
maintain positive working relationship between the IJM team and various
stakeholders in the community and the district.

 

Key Duties and Responsibilities:  This role will facilitate dialogue between
the stakeholders and the project, promotion of trust and confidence between the
communities and the project in the following aspects: –

·       
Ensure
appropriate consultation of community stakeholders before the implementation of
activities and feedback concerns, suggestions to the project for them to be
considered.

·       
Ensure
that the community level dialogue is inclusive by supporting the mapping of key
stakeholders in the districts.

·       
Integrate
Community engagement into IJM strategies, operational frameworks, policies, and
plans, setting out how community engagement activities and approaches will be
implemented in the context of Karamoja.

·       
Ensure
programme staff have a full understanding of the communities they are working
with, including the community dynamics, culture, and power relations between
different groups.

·       
Develop
strong and open relationships with key community stakeholders and establish
community committees or representatives if needed, ensuring they fairly
represent the full cross-section of the community, including men, women, boys,
girls, and vulnerable groups.

·       
Based on
community feedback and assessment data, identify, and utilise the best
communication approaches to provide communities with relevant and actionable
interventions for the mitigation and response to VAWG in the region.

·       
Produce
and disseminate internal and external reports, evaluations, brochures, case
studies and web stories that demonstrate the impact of Community Engagement,
promote it to new audiences, and raise the profile of IJMs operations in
Karamoja.

·       
Support
programmes and operations to adopt innovative approaches and evidence-based
advocacy to better understand and engage with communities in Karamoja on VAWG
and behaviour change issues.

·       
Carry
out regular checks as part of monitoring to ensure behaviour and social change
approaches are appropriate and are having an impact on communities and adapted
as and when needed.

·       
Support
the Knowledge and Awareness community outreach campaigns (IEC Materials , Door
to door campaigns, use of megaphones, Radio Talk shows, Billboards, Community
Drives using PA System, Community Drama groups, Community Radios) which seek to
address prevalent VAWG issues in the community.

Strategy activities

·       
Participate
in the formulation and the implementation of a stakeholder engagement strategy
at community level in Uganda.

·       
Participate
in the formulation of tools, procedures and policies for stakeholder engagement
and documentation of activities.

·       
Take
part in the risk management for Irish Aid project for issues related to
stakeholders’ acceptance of the project and reporting activities in the
district.

·       
Participate
in the monitoring and evaluation of the engagement and stakeholder’s acceptance
level for the project.

 


Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

·       
The
ideal candidate for the Community Engagement Officer job must hold a bachelor’s
degree or its International Equivalent in Community psychology, Adult &
Community Education, Development Studies, Social Work, communications, Social
Sciences or Related Field.

·       
At least
two to three years of community engagement work and technical assistance
experience in addressing issues to deal with Gender Bases Violence.

·       
Has
sensitivity to cultural diversity and understanding of the political,
contextual, and ethical issues in assigned areas.

·       
Articulate
and professional and able to communicate in a clear, positive fashion with
clients, communities, and staff.

·       
Must be
able to read, write, and speak fluent English.

·       
Knowledge
of Nga’karimojong and other locally spoken languages is a requirement.

·       
Must
reside in either Amudat or Moroto.

·       
Prior
work experience in a non-governmental organization (NGO), or government agency
implementing related interventions.

·       
Excellent
oral and written communication skills.

·       
Excellent
organizational and analytical skills.

·       
Demonstrated
proficiency with using Microsoft Office Suite required.

·       
Ability
to analyze and interpret data, identify errors, and prepare reports.

 

How to Apply:

All interested
candidates should email their Application, CV and statement of faith to
[email protected]

 

Deadline: 18th March 2021 by 5:00pm

 

Only shortlisted
Individuals shall be contacted.

 

**What is a
statement of faith? A statement of faith should describe your Christian faith
and how you see it as relevant to your involvement with IJM. The statement can
either be incorporated into the cover letter or submitted as a separate
document and should include, at a minimum, a description of your spiritual
disciplines (prayer, study, etc.) and your current fellowship or place of
worship.

 

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