Position Title: Protection Officer – BRIDGE PROJECT
Number of positions: 02
Duty Station: Arua , Kamwenge
Contract Terms: 2 years renewable
Reporting to: Gender and Inclusion Advisor
Background: War Child Canada is an internationally recognized charity organization registered in Toronto, Canada, dedicated to helping children and their communities overcome the devastating effects of war. Its vision is “Accelerating Peace By Disrupting The Cycle Of Violence” and its mission is “Driving Generational Change For The Hardest Hit By Investing In The Power Of Local Communities”
Since being founded in 1999, War Child Canada has worked in 20 countries across the world and we are currently operational in Afghanistan, Yemen, Sudan, South Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), and Uganda.
During the past five years, War Child Canada reached over 2,500,000 conflict-afflicted children and adults, 985,000 people benefitted from War Child’s educational initiatives, 480,000 people were helped to climb out of poverty and 1,075,000 people learned more about their rights and had better access to justice systems
War Child Canada in Uganda: Since 2014, War Child Canada has worked in 10 districts (mainly Refugee hosting) implementing integrated education, access to justice (incudes peacebuilding), opportunities/livelihoods, and programs. Our current districts of operation include; in Adjumani, Obongi, Yumbe, Arua, Koboko, Isingiro, Lamwo, Kikuube, Koboko and Kamwenge districts.
Context: The BRIDGE PROJECT: War Child Canada in partnership with Mastercard Foundation, Community Empowerment for Rural Development – CEFORD, Education Local Expertise Uganda (ELECU) and eight Refugee Led Community based organizations, will be implementing the BRIDGE: From Secondary Education and Skills Development to Job Opportunities for Refugee and Host Community Youth in Uganda’ Project.
The BRIDGE project that will be implemented from 2022 to 2026 is designed to further the Mastercard Foundation’ Young Africa Works Strategy (2018 to 2030) and address the youth unemployment challenge focusing on refugee and host communities in Uganda’s refugee settlements in Adjumani, Obongi, Isingiro, Kamwenge, Kikuube, Yumbe, Arua and Koboko districts.
War Child Canada and project implementing partners will employ a gender sensitive and inclusive approach to programming, empower young people and recognize their potential as agents of change to ensure effective implementation and sustainability of the interventions. This will be achieved through two outcomes.
- Increased access to market relevant secondary and tertiary education and skills for refugee and host community youth
- Improved capacity of education institutions and teachers to offer quality and relevant education and skills for refugee and host community youth
The program will help to increase demand for education through a strong community engagement and strengthen education supply by strengthening the capacity of Alternative Education Program (AEP) host schools and BTVETs on gender and age sensitivity education and enroll 20,400 Lower Secondary AEP learners (14,280 female) and 2,168 (,518 female) Advanced level learners into 34 lower secondary AEP centers, 2,003 learners (1,402 female) in 15 Business, Technical, Vocational Education and Training (BTVET) schools and 136 learners in different universities across the country.
The proposed program aims to improve the quality and relevance of education by placing a strong focus on teacher capacity and formal, non-formal and alternative education and learning opportunities.
The program will further support young people in their transition to dignified work and throughout the life of the project, to thrive in their chosen form of employment or livelihood. Activities to support their success will include conducting market analysis annually to tailor interventions to the business context at the refugee settlement, implementing an adopted UPSHIFT – https://www.unicef.org/innovation/upshift business incubation “boot camps”, strengthening youth business support centres and BTVET institutions through training and infrastructure improvements, providing financial support to young people to access training programs and set up businesses and pairing young people with mentors from the business community.
Finally, the program approach promotes continuous learning and development to ensure project sustainability.
 For more information Mastercard Foundations Young Africa Works Strategy, please refer to this link – https://mastercardfdn.org/research/young-africa-works/
Position Summary: This position will lead and coordinate the implementation of protection activities in War Child Canada operational areas. Develop trend analysis, information dissemination and referrals according to Donor standards in Protection work. Ensure qualitative and timely planning, implementation, and monitoring/evaluation of WCC protection monitoring activities in compliance with Sphere standards and Uganda protection cluster.
- Act as focal point for the identification and referral of Vulnerable Individuals and People with Specific Protection Needs for adequate assistance according to WCC pre-defined criteria and protection cluster referral criteria.
- Led preparation of weekly and monthly work plans – protection monitoring, field assessments, community-based activities, especially life-skills, socio-recreational and awareness raising activities, are carried out in a timely, effective, and technically sound manner.
- Supervise and coordinate the organization and implementation of community-based activities, especially socio-recreational, life-skills and awareness raising activities, with special emphasis on extremely vulnerable individuals and people with specific needs, with the aim of improving their psychosocial well-being.
- Manage individual protection cases, including maintaining strict protocols for confidentiality and consent.
- Update case files on individual developments, following WCC’s SOPs and ensuring beneficiaries’ data are protected.
- Conduct follow-up monitoring visits to ensure that needs have been met in an appropriate manner and beneficiary can provide feedback on the assistance received.
- Contribute to the establishment/maintenance of a referral pathway, respectful of the confidentiality principle and WCC‘s SOPs.
- Contribute to building the capacities of local actors through involvement in their capacity-building planning, localized protection network meetings and co-facilitating their training sessions.
- Either a degree in Law, Human rights, Political Sciences, or relevant field. Post-graduate Diploma in Law and Human rights preferred.
- Understanding of protection, human rights, international law, refugee law and humanitarian principles
- Understanding of project design, management, and implementation of field-based protection programs