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Defending Human Rights Defenders


Job Title: Senior Programmes Officer – Research and Training

Department: Programmes                                              

Reports To: Head Programmes

 Organisational Background:

The Human Rights Centre Uganda (HRCU) is a non-profit, non-partisan and non-governmental organisation that was established in November 2008 with the main aim of contributing to the protection and promotion of the rights of human rights defenders in Uganda. It works towards improving the environment in which human rights defenders operate in Uganda. HRCU carries out its mandate throughout Uganda through regional networks and coalitions. From the time of its formation, the Centre has had steady growth and registered success at different levels.

 Broad Function:

The officer will be responsible for the development and implementation of all the research and training initiatives in support of the vision and mission of HRCU including its strategic objectives. The work will generally include fact-finding; legal research at the local, national, regional and international level while providing expertise in training.

 Specific Duties and Responsibilities:

1.       Research, drafting and data analysis

a.       Take the lead in coordinating research projects on identified issues regarding the environment in which HRDs operate, while identifying project goals, research methods, variables, choose how to collect data, review and analyse it and make research schedules to monitor the activities of research teams.

b.      Develop written materials (literature reviews, position papers, concise reports) which will be made available in both print and electronic formats on different thematic areas as shall be advised

c.       Work with the Programmes team to develop winning proposals, including conceptual, methodological, operational, and evaluative aspects for any related project;

2.       Plan, design and implementation

a.       Work with Head of Programmes in planning and designing HRCU’s research strategies for any given research project

b.      Lead the given fieldwork activities for training from the planning stage through to the evaluation stage

c.       Coordinate and facilitate trainings, workshops, consultative meetings, public and community dialogues while ensuring that all training program deliverables are met

d.      Prepare reports on completed activities as outlined in the work plans within the approved funding timelines by the different donors.

e.      In collaboration with the M&E Officer, ensure that documentation of activity results including outcomes and best practices are maintained and communicated accordingly to support management in evidence based decision making and learning purposes.                                                   

3.       Representation, Networking and Partnership

a.       Represent HRCU at different fora, workshops, seminars, conferences and events nationally, regional and internationally as may be assigned from time to time and prepare reports accordingly;

b.      Develop and maintain good working relations with key stakeholders  (government agencies, local authorities, policy makers, and relevant organisations) to promote a better understanding of HRCU’s mandate;

c.       Develop and remain up-to-date on partnership with various stakeholders to mobilize their support for HRCU activities.

4.       Other duties

a.       Undertake other duties as reasonably assigned by the Head of Programmes or Executive Director from time to time.

Skills and Competencies

a.       Bachelors’ degree in law or equivalent;

b.      Possession of a Masters’ degree will be an added advantage

c.       Minimum of four years progressive professional experience in capacity building, advocacy, human rights, research and/or communications and networking;

d.      Fluent written and spoken English;

·         Excellent communication and follow up skills including the ability to develop and present effective presentations to partners and other key stakeholders.

·         Excellent writing, copy editing, and proofreading skills.

e.      Excellent computer literacy (primarily in Microsoft Office packages) and ability to apply in assignments;

f.        Knowledge of qualitative, quantitative and participatory research methodologies, Understanding of methodologies for synthesis and meta-analysis of qualitative and quantitative data

g.       Experience conducting desk-based reviews, synthesizing information NGOs and communicating key messages clearly

h.      Experience of working with diverse forms of data, including qualitative and quantitative material

i.         Excellent interpersonal and team working skills; and ability to work independently with minimal supervision;

j.        Excellent time and project management skills with proven ability to  work under pressure and meet deadlines;

k.       Strong problem-solving skills, capacity to analyze information and recommend necessary recourse for maximizing project progress and impact;

l.         Strong capacity building and facilitation skills

m.    Strong and demonstrated communication skills, including web-based communication, writing research reports, writing donor reports.

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