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Protection and Rule of Law Coordinator

Salary rangeConfidential | Contract type: Fixed term

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Job Summary

IRC Uganda is currently looking for a strategic and versatile leader to oversee and manage a complex multi-donor, multi-year Protection and Rule of Law (PRoL) and Child Protection portfolio composed of humanitarian protection, youth peace and security, access to justice, and protection and justice system strengthening programming being implemented in Yumbe, Lamwo, Kyegegwa and greater Kampala. The ideal candidate has excellent technical capacity in systems strengthening at national and sub-national levels, with versatile humanitarian and development experience vis-a-vis protection, crisis prevention and recovery, peace justice and security. S/he has practical experience working in a protracted displacement context; strong diplomacy, coordination and networking skills; solutions oriented and pragmatic with the capacity to solve problems efficiently; and previous change management experience preferred. S/he has strong leadership abilities to create an environment that cultivates innovative thinking and new approaches firmly anchored in the realities of the local context and aligned to national systems.
The Protection and Rule of Law Coordinator will work to oversee the quality and timely implementation of all aspects of the Protection and Rule of Law portfolio, providing cohesion and strategic direction to PRoL field teams operating in different geographic locations. S/he will work closely with IRC staff and key partners ensuring the interventions are context appropriate, coherent along the humanitarian and development nexus, leverage cross-programmer synergies and complementarities and align to national systems and international standards. Focus is on data-driven program quality, with progress being monitored and evaluated against quantifiable benchmarks and systems strengthening milestones, providing technical oversight across all sites of implementation as well as supporting and mentoring senior PRoL staff. S/he will forge strategic partnerships with the government, UN agencies, INGOs, NGOs, CSOs, the private sector, donors and civil society to successfully implement PRoL programs.
The PRoL Coordinator reports to the Deputy Director of Programs (DDP) and is based in Kampala, with regular travel to the field sites. This position supervises and mentors the Deputy PRoL Coordinator and the Senior National Protection and Rule of Law Manager who are based in Kampala.


Portfolio Management
• Provide strategic direction and vision for the IRC’s PRoL programming in Uganda, while observing high program quality and ensuring alignment with IRC’s best practices
• Oversee the technical aspects of the implementation and coordination of PRoL programs
• Support senior managers and field teams in the implementation and monitoring of work plans ensuring that activities reflect commitments IRC made to donors and communities
• Develop and/or adapt technical and managerial tools to support program implementation
• Work collaboratively with the MEAL coordinator to ensure that monitoring and evaluation systems are effectively designed and integrated into all stages of the project; that output and impact data are captured and that data is used to optimize program quality
• Participate in cross-departmental collaboration and coordination with economic recovery and development (ERD), health and women’s protection and empowerment (WPE) colleagues to ensure synergies are leveraged
• Promote strategic collaboration with key national partners to deliver greater impact
• Participate in grant opening, midterm review and grant closing meetings for all PRoL grants and ensure that the same process is implemented in the field
• In collaboration with program and grants staff, set up a budget tracking system and review budget vs. actual expenditure for PRoL programs on a monthly basis with staff
• Review all reports prepared by the field staff and provide appropriate feedback to the concerned staff and ensure that reports are written and submitted to concerned bodies in a timely manner
• Liaise regularly with the relevant HQ technical units
Staff Support
• Provide technical guidance, on-the-job mentoring and coaching for the deputy coordinator, senior manager and managers.
• Ensure ongoing training and targeted capacity building of PRoL staff. This includes staff training in program management areas such as reporting, budgeting, monitoring, evaluation, and supervision
• Support field coordinators to ensure that the deputy coordinator and senior manager put capacity development plans in place for the national protection teams based on documented capacity needs assessments exercise
• Provide continuous support to and ensure targeted capacity building of staff
• Review performance of PRoL staff in the field and provide supportive approaches to address issues identified
New Business Development
• Ensure PRoL strategy is updated as required in close collaboration with the PRoL team, DDP and PRoL and other Technical Advisors
• Identify opportunities for, design and develop concept notes and proposals to grow the PRoL portfolio
• Ensure all designed protection projects use the IRC theories of change and that outcomes are evidence-driven and evidence-generated
• Coordinate and participate in the development of budgets for program proposals in conjunction with the grants and finance departments

Job Requirements

Required education: Bachelor's degree
Required relevant work experience: 10 years
Required languages: English (Spoken: fluent | Written: fluent)
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