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Community Engagement Officer

at IRC - International Rescue Commiittee
Location Kampala, Uganda
Date Posted October 9, 2019
Category Social Services & Nonprofit
Currency UGX


Job Title: Community Engagement Officer

Sector: Health

Employment Category: Regular

Employment Type: Full-Time

Open to Expatriates: Yes

Location: Uganda

Job Description


Founded in 1933, the International Rescue Committee is a world leader in relief, rehabilitation and post-conflict development services for those uprooted or affected by violent conflict and oppression. The IRC is currently working in over 25 countries around the world, addressing both the immediate and lifesaving needs of conflict affected people in emergencies and the reconstruction needs of post-conflict societies.

The IRC has been working in Uganda since 1998 supporting refugees and vulnerable host communities. IRC Uganda has it country office in Kampala and regional offices in Amudat, Imvepi, Isingiro, Kitgum, Kyegegwa, Lamwo, Moroto and Yumbe. The current program portfolio includes health, protection and rule of law, women’s protection and empowerment, and economic recovery and development programming. Since June 2019, IRC Uganda has been implementing Ebola virus disease (EVD) preparedness activities in Kyegegwa, Kasese and Kagadi districts.


Reporting to the Community Engagement Manager, the Community Engagement Officer will, directly and through technical support to health and protection teams, support implementation of community engagement activities in Ebola preparedness and response activities. The Community Engagement Officer will be actively present in IRC-supported facilities and surrounding communities, facilitating community dialogues, participatory feedback mechanisms, and providing mentorship to field teams. In addition, the Community Engagement Officer will be responsible for maintaining contact and coordinating with other partners delivering community engagement activities, including the Ministry of Health, UN agencies, and other NGOs


Good knowledge of M&E approaches and integration of this in development and implementation of activities
Strong leadership, management, planning, analytical, interpersonal, and communication skills;
Ability to deliver work in stressful and sometimes insecure environment;
Excellent initiator, able to manage multiple tasks.
Able to work under pressure and good at timely decision making.
Excellent professional approach and strong team building skills.
Strong coordination and representation skills and well versed in Proven fluency in English.

Experience Requirements

· Previous experience working in community engagement with demonstrated experience in community engagement

· Previous experience supervising and managing staff

· Experience developing technical guidance and SOPs supporting implementation
· Experience in coordinating, implementing and managing community engagement activities in emergency contexts.


Education Requirements

A Degree in a relevant fields such as; Sociology, Social Work, Law, Education and the Humanities is essential. A master’s degree is highly desired.