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Advocacy and Legal Officer Job at Uganda Episcopal Conference - Career Opportunity in Uganda

Vacancy title:
Advocacy and Legal Officer

Jobs at:
Uganda Episcopal Conference

Deadline of this Job:
May 26th, 2017

Duty Station:
Kampala, Uganda

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Job details:
DEPARTMENT: CARITAS UGANDA
PROGRAMME: UGANDA GOVERNMANCE AND POVERTY ALLEVIATION PROGRAMME
POSITION: ADVOCACY AND LEGAL OFFICER
REPORTS TO: NATIONAL DIRECTOR – CARITAS UGANDA
Caritas Uganda is the Social Services and Development Commission of the Uganda Episcopal Conference, a corporate body under the Trustees incorporation Act. Founded in 1970, Caritas Uganda's main function is in the areas of social services and development, research and advocacy and organization coordination and development with the main goal of poverty eradication, peace building, good governance, and empowerment of the marginalized.
Caritas Uganda seeks to employ a dynamic, focused, experienced and highly motivated professional to spearhead the function of Advocacy and Legal officer (under Uganda Governance and Poverty Alleviation Programme) to help the organization realize its objectives of poverty reduction among communities in Uganda.
Job Summary and Responsibilities
The post holder will be responsible for feeding into and help implement Caritas Uganda/Uganda Farmers Common Voice Platform (UFCOVP) Advocacy Strategy, and will specifically do the following; provide research and analysis on key policy and legal related debates, produce briefing notes and other materials on key Caritas Uganda focus Advocacy areas, represent Caritas Uganda in high level profile policy-making platform/Forums, think- tanks, academic partners, the media and the public. The officer will also work closely with other Caritas Uganda/Uganda Farmers Common Voice Platform Members to support the development of Caritas Uganda/UFCOVP advocacy strategies and activities for Advocacy priority areas, Work closely with Caritas Uganda! UFCOVP national steering Committee to develop coordinated advocacy and public campaigns themes. He/she shall work with the other Caritas Uganda Staff to organize advocacy forum both at National and Local levels, Provide content for Caritas Ugandal UFCOVP key communications material including website, quarterly and annual reports, Provide legal and policy advice to both Caritas Uganda and the Uganda Farmers Common Voice Platform (both at National and the regional levels) on key policy and other emerging issues.
Support programme partners and the Uganda Farmers common voice advocacy platform members in their advocacy and lobby initiatives including training them in appropriate legal matters, Collaborate with networks within the Catholic Church and other like-minded civil society organizations for the good of small holder Farmers in Uganda, Document and share success stories and lessons learned and build capacity of Uganda Episcopal Conference, CU and partner organisations to influence change in obstacles for the attainment of smallholder farmer rights.
Qualifications skills and experience
The ideal candidate should preferably hold a Bachelors degree(s) in Law; with a post-graduate Diploma in Legal practice, a Bachelor's degree(s) in Development Studies, Social Science, International Development, Mass Communication, and Public Policy. interested candidate should possess at least 4 years of demonstrated working experience in designing and implementing advocacy related activities; a position holder should in addition to the above have experience in policy design, analysis and interpretation, writing and production of reports, prior experience in production of policy briefs, publications, and providing legal guidance, The position holder should have experience in policy campaigns and dialogues with Governments and other stakeholders at both at local, National and international levels, have a proven capacity to influence decision makers, develop and manage strategic relationships to achieve common goals and objectives in a consortium setting, familiarity with National and Global Development goals and programmes especially those geared towards improving Agriculture in Uganda.
Other Qualities
Knowledge of the Uganda National Development Plan, Government Programs and decision making levels; a good working knowledge of NGOs and other development agencies will be an added advantage; Good communication and social skills; Good analytical and computer skills (MS Word, Excel, Access, Power Point etc.); Must be hard working, trust-worthy and having a high level of integrity and respect.
Job application procedure
Interested persons should apply to the Secretary General at Uganda Catholic Secretariat (UCS), Plot 672, Hanlon Road- Nsambya Hill. P.O. Box 2886, KAMPALA, Uganda. A full CV and copies of academic transcripts and certificates should be provided; and three professional referees, one of whom should be a former employer. Candidates with incomplete information will not be short-listed for interview.
Closing date: May 26th, 2017. Only hand delivered applications shall be considered