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Project Officer- Emergency Preparedness, Response and Safer Access (1 position)

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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.

Full job descriptions is below and you can get the 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 24th May 2021 by 5:00 p.m.

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

Title Project Officer- Emergency Preparedness, Response and Safer Access (1 position)
Grade UR 5
Reports Director Disaster Risk Management
Location URCS Headquarters
Duration One (1) year renewable (subject to annual funding)
Date May 2021

Job Purpose:

The Project Officer- Emergency Preparedness Response and Safer Access will be responsible to support emergency preparedness and response programmes and safer access while ensuring high quality implementation, building and maintaining sound relationships with key stakeholders and Red Cross Action Teams. The post-holder shall work with Uganda Red Cross branches to ensure emergency preparedness and response is coordinated effectively in line with Uganda Red Cross Disaster Risk Management strategy 2021-2025.

Specific Duties and Responsbilities

  1. To support the operationalization of Uganda Red Cross Society Disaster Risk Management strategy and related SOPs;
  2. To be representing strategically Uganda Red Cross at approved emergency preparedness and response platforms;
  3. To be responsible for supporting the capacity development of Uganda Red Cross, local and national partners to respond to emerging and re-emerging humanitarian crises;
  4. Work with relevant departments, programmes and partners to strengthen Emergency Response and Preparedness skills for Red Cross Action Teams in priority branches, IDP/Refugee Camps;
  5. Contribute significantly to the development of humanitarian and emergency proposals, concept papers, and public relations material. Provide detailed technical input to program designs and assist with preparation of needs assessment reports to inform program response priorities.
  6. Backstop humanitarian programs, field assessment teams, or emergency response teams from headquarters, including coordination of logistics for the team, assistance with donor and NGO coordination at the headquarters level, and technical support to the team on assessments, reports, proposals, etc.
  7. Develop and support the National Society's activities to disseminate about and implement, at the national, sub-national and local levels, the Safer Access Framework, based-'on the model and tools produced for the Movement by the ICRC
  8. Work to ensure that relevant SAF elements are included in the URCS programmes and activities such as Health, DM, Branch capacity Development and or contingency planning and conflict response tools;
  9. Design an appropriate Red Cross Action Team Quality Standards, Scale down to Red Cross Action Teams the best practices in evidence, documentation and innovation initiatives of the department including the U-Report, and Communication for Development (C4D);
  10. Initiate and support the department in financing mechanisms from proposal development, mapping out donors and key linkages locally, nationally and internationally;
  11. Develop and maintain new relationships with individuals and organisations, academic institutions to further Uganda Red Cross aims;
  12. Recognise and value differences in people; be ready to challenge assumptions, beliefs or attitudes in self or others;
  13. Manage expectations and adhere to what’s agreed, by doing what you say you’re going to do;
  14. Reflect the needs of different humanitarian audiences, adapting style, media, timing and pace to communicate effectively with field staff and volunteers;
  15. Accept accountability for the effective use of Uganda Red Cross resources;
  16. Manage resources and workloads to ensure your own programme and others’ goals are achieved.

Persons Specifications

Education Qualifications
  1. Minimum Bachelor’s Degree in Social Sciences, SWASA, Health Emergencies, Disaster Management or a related field from a reputable institution.
  2. Post Graduate Degree in Public Health, Humanitarian Emergencies, Disaster Management or a related field from a reputable institution is an added advantage.
  3. Training in emergencies and Relief operations/ Disaster Risk Reduction, Safer Access Framework (SAF) as well as Participatory approaches and methodologies is essential.
Working experience
  1. Minimum 3 years’ experience responding to disasters, relief, rehabilitation and recovery programmes;
  2. Proven experience in the management of multi-donor funded projects;
  3. Experience of advocacy on development and humanitarian issues.
Essential Knowledge
  1. Knowledge of global development issues, including policy and advocacy topics, community resilience and familiarity with emergency problems relevant humanitarian effectiveness.
  2. Knowledge and experience of capacity building tools and techniques.
  3. Knowledge of SPHERE and Core Humanitarian Standards
Core Competencies
  1. High level of integrity;
  2. Pro-active in responding to changes in context and in communicating with internal colleagues and external stakeholders
  3. Strong skills in team/institutional capacity building, facilitation and collaborative problem solving approaches;
  4. Excellent diplomatic and relationship building skills;
  5. Very good interpersonal skills and cultural and politico-social sensitivity is preferable;
  6. Good organizational, administrative and logistical skills;
  7. Good leadership skills and ability to work on own initiative and to solve problems;
  8. Able to manage both HQ and field teams dispersed across multiple locations
  9. Innovative thinking and analytical ability;
  10. Strong demonstrated skills working with external partners and bringing several stakeholders together for a common goal;
  11. Working, at times, under tight deadlines;
  12. Proven ability to coach and mentor others to develop specific knowledge and skills, with a positive attitude towards learning & sharing

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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