Project Officer (Sexual & Reproductive Health Rights) – VSO International

Type of role Advocacy policy and research
Location Uganda
Salary VSO Uganda Band 2
Contract type Fixed Term
Full Time 37 hours per week
Application Closing Date
Interview date 30/11/2021
Start date 4/01/2022
Mode of delivery Working at project location

VSO is the world’s leading international development charity that works through volunteers to create a fair world for everyone. At VSO we pride ourselves on doing development differently. We fight poverty not by sending aid, but by working through volunteers and partners to create long-lasting change in some of the world’s poorest regions. We bring key stakeholders together to co-ordinate collective action, from local organisations to national governments. Our programmes in Africa and Asia focus on health, education and livelihoods, with an increasing emphasis on resilience, peace building, social accountability, gender and social inclusion. We’re not about delivering quick fixes, but instead we focus on long-lasting, sustainable change that will improve the lives of generations to come.

Role overview

Working at project location – In this role, you will provide on-site support in the project location and/or VSO office, (full-time unless otherwise specified) for a set period of time.

To provide support in the implementation of VSO Uganda’s Make Way SRHR Intersectionality project

Skills, qualifications and experience

Responsibilities
• Together with the Project Implementation Managers ensure the project goals and milestones are met efficiently and effectively.
• Plan and implement capacity building initiatives on lobby and advocacy, social inclusion and gender, Intersectionality in SRHR for youth networks, organizations for persons with disabilities, and the health workforce.
• Work with partners, youth networks, civil society organizations, organizations of persons with disabilities and stakeholders in developing and implementing advocacy and social accountability initiatives.
• Provide technical input to the government and other stakeholders in mainstreaming inclusive strategies in national and county SRHR policies, strategies, and frameworks.
• Contribute to the development and yearly adaptation of the country-specific Theory of Change, workplans, M&E plans, lobby & advocacy plans
• Conduct regular program support and monitoring field visits
• Contribute to the development of annual work plans and budgets, training plans, quarterly and annual reports
• Organize and create platforms for developing and sharing best practices on inclusive SRHR in demand creation and service delivery for youth, women, and persons with disabilities.
• Monitoring progress of partners and stakeholders in applying inclusive strategies in SRHR.
• Convene and lead quarterly project working group meetings with partners
• Participate in country sector specific forums and county/regional levels as will be appropriate.
• Participate in financial planning and phasing, administer and maintain budget tracking records for the project.

Knowledge, Qualifications and Experience:
• Degree in Human Rights, Public Health, social development, or Social Sciences.
• At least 5 years and in-depth knowledge and experience in Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights specifically for marginalized groups including youth, women, and persons with disabilities.
• Experience in Advocacy and communications of sexual reproductive health rights issues – Highly desired
• Previous experience in advocacy, social behaviour change and social accountability in sexual reproductive health programmes
• Knowledge and experience in Meaningful Youth Engagements and lived experiences of Meaningful Youth Participation and SRHR is a bonus.
• Experience in developing and using monitoring and evaluation tools and participatory methodologies
• Knowledge and experience on disability inclusive practices in sexual reproductive health rights programmes and initiatives.
• Strong partnership and stakeholder engagement
• Extensive knowledge on policies and national guidelines on reproductive health
• Possession of strong written and communication skills needed for writing reports, publicity materials and corresponding with a wide range of stakeholders
• Sufficient experience of working with and managing volunteers
• Able to develop clear and realistic plans to deliver agreed objectives within deadlines, involving key individuals in the planning process.
• Experience and skills in managing budgets and undertaking accounting procedures.

Skills/Abilities:
• Strong IT skills and outstanding experience and knowledge in use of MS Excel
• Excellent written verbal, communication, report writing and facilitation skills
• Good organisation and planning skills
• Able to work independently and as part of a multidisciplinary team
• Strong presentation and training facilitation skills
• Conversant with current trends in Advocacy, Communication, monitoring, evaluation, and research
• Excellent relationship management skills and experience working with people in different context
• Evidence of professionalism and high integrity
• Evidence of effective problem solving and organizational skills
• Evidence of openness to learning to improve own performance

Competencies and Behaviour
At VSO we believe progress is only possible by working together. Whether you want to join us as an employee, or as a volunteer working in your own country, overseas or online, our selection process includes an assessment based on these core competencies:
• Ability to be open minded and respectful
• Ability to be resilient and adaptive to new situations
• Ability to facilitate positive change and build sustainable working relationships
• Ability to seek and share knowledge

Equal Opportunities
VSO promotes equal opportunities and values a diverse workforce.

Allowance

As a VSO volunteer, you will be sharing your skills with local communities on a full time basis. VSO will cover your travel, vaccinations, accommodation, and medical insurance costs, along with a local living allowance which will be paid in local currency. This allowance meets reasonable living expenses in country, but will not be enough to send money home. You will also receive some financial support to contribute to your on-going expenses at home.

Accommodation

VSO works with some of the poorest communities in the world which means accommodation varies and will be basic.

Some background about VSO

Much has changed since VSO started 60 years ago. We’ve gone from being a UK charity to a truly global development organisation. In 2016/2017 alone, we worked with over 7,000 volunteers from all over the world and from all backgrounds to deliver services that had an impact on the lives of almost 2.6 million people in the 24 countries where we work. Our programmes focus on the areas of health, education and livelihoods, with an increasing emphasis on resilience building, social accountability, gender and social inclusion. We believe progress is only possible when we work together and that strong partnerships are crucial to delivering positive change. That’s why we work with over 500 partner organisations, from local and national governments, to businesses, NGOs, funders, charities and community groups. Currently, over 30% of our people are recruited from within the country in which they work, and we continue to grow the share of community and national volunteers involved in our programmes. We also send increasing numbers of volunteers from one developing country to another. However, our vision has remained the same; to build a world without poverty.

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