Within Uganda, Kampala, East Africa
Sector: Economic Recovery & Livelihood
Employment Category: Volunteer
Location: Kampala, Uganda
The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the IRC offers lifesaving care and life-changing assistance to refugees forced to flee from war or disaster. At work today in over 40 countries and 22 U.S. cities, we restore safety, dignity, and hope to millions who are uprooted and struggling to endure. The IRC leads the way from harm to home. The IRC has been working in Uganda since 1998 supporting nationals and refugees and various institutions in the country notably the government, community-based organizations, civil society, and the private sector. The current program portfolio in Uganda includes health, peacebuilding, gender-based violence, economic recovery and agribusiness, and children & youth. IRC has a country office in Kampala, and field offices in Moroto, Kiryandongo, Kyaka II, Yumbe and Imvepi
The IRC is seeking 3 Community-Based facilitators for the forthcoming 5 years REBUILD Project. With IKEA Foundation funding, IRC plans to develop a model to leverage our established network of Community-Based Trainers (CBFs) to connect entrepreneur VSLA members to formal financial services and Private Service Actors. Currently, CBFs activities are supported by IRC funding only during project implementation, creating a transitory position that is not able to ensure long-term fidelity to best practices. Part of the strategy is to ensure that CBTs are formalized and connected to local financial services providers and Private Service Providers. CBFs will be better equipped to ensure VSLAs are sustainable, replicable, and that members continue to have access to expanded service offerings beyond IRC programming. Ultimately, our aim is to discover if increased capacity, purview, and analysis of the CBT role can help entrepreneurs develop advanced financial literacy skills and access formalized financing to grow their businesses.
Reporting to the Bank linkage Officer, the CBF will be responsible for assisting in the oversight of the day-to-day program through Clients registration, interpretation, and linkage activities of the urban refugee economic empowerment project interventions in Kampala
Duties and Responsibilities
• Mobilizes community members for VSLA group formation and training them on VSLA principles and methodologies.
• Attends all the group saving meetings and offers technical support to the groups during their saving meetings.
• Collects weekly/monthly data from the respective groups that he/ she is supporting and submits to the Bank linkage Officer.
• Mobilizes group members in case of any group engagement activities such as pieces of training and visits.
• Prepares weekly monitoring work plans and shares them with the groups on a weekly or monthly basis.
• Attends capacity-building pieces of training organized by the IRC in relation to the area of context.
• Identifies mature VSLA groups for financial linkages and trains them in bank linkage processes.
• Supports VSLA groups with documentation for financial linkages and work in relation to the identified bank.
• Support mature groups to formalize their operations through registration with Kampala City Authority
• Prepare and submit monthly activity completion reports every 1st Friday of the new month.
• Support the identification and verification of beneficiaries for livelihood support and training at the livelihood center for different services to be offered.
• Participate in the M&E data collection and documentation of success stories as required.
• Participate in quarterly program review and planning meetings hosted by IRC and raise related concerns where need be.
• Ensure that local leaders are correctly informed of the IRC Project activities and keep them updated when needed.
• Be professional as per the IRC Professional Code of Conduct standards IRC and always look towards not jeopardizing the IRC humanitarian mission.
• Support any other official duties that may be assigned from time to time in accordance with IRC policies.
• Minimum of an O-level certificate. Specialized training in Business or Skills Development approaches for rural/urban poor is an added advantage.
• He/She should have some practical field experience in training or work with women saving groups and/or small-scale business people.
• Should have excellent writing skills including report writing
• Should have excellent networking and liaison skills
• Should have good communication and presentation skills
• Should be keen and pay attention to details.
Please note: The deadline for receiving applications is August 20th, 2021.
The IRC and IRC staff must adhere to the values and principles outlined in IRC Way - Standards for Professional Conduct. These are Integrity, Service, and Accountability. In accordance with these values, the IRC operates and enforces policies on Beneficiary Protection from Exploitation and Abuse, Child Safeguarding, Anti Workplace Harassment, Fiscal Integrity, and Anti-Retaliation.
We are committed to narrowing the gender gap in leadership positions. We offer generous benefits that provide an enabling environment for women to participate in our workforce including parental leave, gender-sensitive security protocols, and other supportive benefits and allowances. We welcome and strongly encourage qualified female professionals to apply.
All staff, regardless of role, are required to create a culture of client responsiveness by requesting and using client feedback data to make decisions. In addition, all staff is expected to demonstrate inclusiveness when making programmatic decisions and working with clients, partners, and colleagues from diverse backgrounds. You can read more about the IRC’s commitment to client responsiveness here: https://www.rescue.org/resource/client-responsiveness-introduction-and-faq
IRC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. IRC considers all applicants on the basis of merit without regard to race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, disability, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.
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