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Disaster Law Program Officer

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Uganda Red Cross Society (URCS) is the leading National Humanitarian Organization in Uganda and a member of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. Applications from suitable persons to be considered for appointment in the outlined positions are hereby invited. All applicants should adhere to the Red Cross Principles. URCS is an equal opportunities employer mindful of gender balance in its establishment. Please download application template from here

Please send your filled application form and attach your academic transcripts and certificates. The filled application forms and academic transcripts and certificates can be e-mailed to; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or hand delivered, and or by post to:

The Secretary General,

Uganda Red Cross Society,

Plot 551/555 Rubaga Road,

P.O. Box 494, Kampala, Uganda.

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Closing date for receipt of the applications is 4th March 2019at 5.00 p.m.

Due to large volumes of applications; only short listed candidates shall be contacted. Canvassing shall lead to automatic disqualification.

Title Disaster Law Program Officer
Grade UR 5
Reports Aadministratively to the HR Coordinator and strategically to the Secretary General
Location Headquarters
Duration 1year renewable
Date February 2019

Job Purpose:

The Disaster Law Program Officerwill be responsible for leading the Disaster Law Program (DLP) work at URCS to promote more effective regulation of international disaster response and the Revision of the Red Cross Act. This will include consultations and coordination on the potential strengthening of the global legal framework, and the development of new tools, research projects and informational products.

Specific duties and responsibilities:

  • Coordinate and consult  with governmental representatives and other stakeholders on the potential for strengthening the global legal framework for international disaster response cooperation;
  • Coordinate and consult with diplomatic, humanitarian and other stakeholders with regard to the regulation of international disaster response (IDRL);
  • Support the National Society in understanding and developing legal advocacy strategies and the implementation thereof in the field of Disaster Law;
  • In close collaboration with the Office of the Prime Minister, IFRC and other relevant stakeholders, lead and support the revision of the Red Cross Act and the development of the disaster law;
  • Undertake capacity building of URCS and its stakeholders on legal issues in disaster response through the facilitation of trainings and workshops on disaster law and legislative advocacy;
  • Provide technical assistance to relevant stakeholders on strengthening disaster law 
  • Support the development and implementation of Uganda advocacy and dissemination strategies on disaster law; 
  • Represent URCS in relevant meetings and conferences;
  • Identify and build partnerships with experts on disaster law within Uganda and aboard;
  • Disseminate and support the use of the IDRL guidelines and other relevant disaster law products;

 

PERSONS SPECIFICATIONS

Education Qualifications
  1. Minimum Bachelor’s Degree in law (preferably Ugandan law);
  2. Post Graduate qualifications in international humanitarian, law and legislative draftmanship will be of added advantage; 
  3. Advanced qualification or equivalent experience in a relevant area ( Humanitarian Policy, Disaster Management)
Working  Experience
  1. Minimum 3 years’ experience in legal/academic writing and drafting;
  2. Experience in providing technical assistance in the development of legislation, including in developing countries;
  3. Experience with networking and communicating with different stakeholders such as Government, Red Cross / Red Crescent, UN, NGOs and other organizations.
Core Competencies and knowledge 

 

    1. Sound knowledge and understanding of international and national law and policy-making processes;
    2. Good understanding of disaster preparedness and management concepts;
    3. Good understanding of the global humanitarian legal system;
    4. Excellent communications skills, both verbal and written
    5. High level of integrity.

Please download application template from here

URCS Contacts

Plot 551/555 Rubaga Road.
P.O. Box 494, Kampala Uganda.
Tel:     (256) 414 258701
Tel:     (256) 414 258702
Email: sgurcs@redcrossug.org

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