Technical Advisor I - Gender and Protection
Jobs at:Catholic Relief Services (CRS)
Deadline of this Job:
08 September 2021
Within Uganda , Kampala , East Africa
Date Posted: Thursday, August 26, 2021 , Base Salary: Not Disclosed
Job Title : Technical Advisor I - Gender and Protection
Department : Emergency Program
Supervisor : Program Manager - Homes and Communities
Job Type : Full Time
Grade : 9
About Catholic Relief Services:
Catholic Relief Services (CRS) is an international non-governmental organization (NGO) supporting relief and development work in over 100 countries around the world. CRS carries out the commitment of the Bishops of the United States to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas. CRS’ Catholic identity is at the heart of our mission and operations, serving people on the basis of need, regardless of creed, ethnicity or nationality. CRS works through local church and non-church partners to implement its programs.
CRS has worked in Uganda since 1965, initially providing emergency assistance to Sudanese refugees living in the north. Over the years, CRS has expanded its programming to also address development needs in western, central, and eastern Uganda. CRS' projects in Uganda currently include agriculture, health, microfinance, peacebuilding, and youth. CRS Uganda implements its programs through partnerships with local organizations, including the Catholic Church, other faith-based organizations and community entities for maximum impact and sustainability. CRS Uganda employs around 180 staff and has its main office in Kampala, with sub-offices in Moroto, Yumbe, and Kikuube. With our more than 30 partners, we served over
1.2m Ugandans in 2020.
CRS recognizes that Homes and Communities are the foundations of family life. But, when disaster strikes, lives are shattered in the blink of an eye. The loss of a home has a grave impact on a family’s well-being, their identity, their security and safety. CRS recognizes that safe homes are the first step for families to rebuild their lives.
Using shelter as an entry point, CRS will also demonstrate how empowering communities through the Community Conversation methodology, Community Center, promotion of social cohesion and livelihood skills-building can lead to a more holistic, community-centered approach that will increase the effectiveness of shelter interventions and improve the quality of the response.
Considering the high vulnerabilities of CRS’ targeted populations in the refugee and host communities, the Technical Advisor - Gender and Protection is required to lead the development and implementation of strategies to address gender and protection issues throughout the Homes and Communities platform development and other related CRS emergency programs.
The Technical Advisor - Gender and Protection will be responsible for managing and contributing to the high- quality gender integration and protection mainstreaming primarily in the Homes and Communities Program, as well as the wider Emergency Program as needed. S/He will also be responsible for the development of tools and curricula, roll out of trainings, technical representation on relevant fora, and advocacy. Additionally, s/he will ensure harmonisation and coordination of all gender integration and protection mainstreaming approaches within the emergency team.
S/he will model CRS's core values and particularly CRS's commitment to Gender Equity and Diversity and ensure CRS’ Safeguarding policies are upheld by all team members and stakeholders engaging with the project.
Job Roles and Responsibilities:
Under the supervision and guidance of the Program Manager for Homes and Communities and supported by the country programs’ PQL Manager, project’s sector leads, and MEAL Manager, s/he will be responsible for:
• Providing technical analysis, guidance, and training in gender integration to CRS and partner staff, including coaching and accompaniment, in line with CRS’ Global Gender strategy as well as the IASC Gender for Humanitarian Action and SGBV integration into Humanitarian Action Handbooks.
• Providing technical analysis, guidance, and training in protection mainstreaming to CRS and partner staff, including coaching and accompaniment, in line with CRS’s Protection Mainstreaming Framework
• Leading the implementation and evaluation of the Community Conversation approach, in collaboration with partner staff, providing technical leadership, mentorship, and training at the community level, ensuring progressive of documentation of learning.
• Strengthening program quality, learning, and accountability with respect to protection and gender, through community engagement and feedback mechanisms, development and monitoring of specific protection and gender indicators, and documenting and sharing feedback, successes, lessons learned and best practices to facilitate improvements in decision-making
• Undertake protection and gender analysis and assessment as needed to reinforce CRS’s understanding of its participants’ different needs and gender dynamics within HHs and settlements to inform and influence programming and accountability approaches
• Providing training and capacity building in Code of Conduct and Safeguarding policies to community groups engaged by CRS such as incentive workers, construction crews, and Community Conversation facilitators
• Strengthening CRS and partners’ use of the settlement specific GBV referral systems to make safe, ethical referrals when needed
• Enhance networking and collaboration with peer agencies, UNHCR, OPM, and District, including representing CRS on relevant zonal and settlement-level Technical Working Groups
• Elaborate, compile, and maintain key protection and gender resources library and act as focal point for gender and protection knowledge management
Typical Background, Experience & Requirements:
Education and Experience:
• Master’s Degree or at least a first degree in Social Sciences, Development, or related similar field or undergraduate degree with a combination of multiple years of experience in the same field is required.
• At least 5 years hands-on professional experience in a Gender and/or Protection role, including experience working within a recovery and/or development context, preferably with an INGO
• Strong understanding of the humanitarian refugee context in Uganda
• Demonstrated application experience of international Gender and Protection Mainstreaming standards and their application
• Demonstrated skills in training and capacity building through technical assistance and mentoring
• Strong understanding of safeguarding and Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (PSEA) principles and good practices
• Strong inter-personal communication skills, sound judgment and decision-making skills, and ability to work cross-culturally with multiple stakeholders successfully.
• Good knowledge and experience in networking, building relationships and establishing collaboration with different partners, agencies local and international networks.
• Fluent in written and spoken English language, with demonstratable experience in report writing
• A capacity and desire to pass on skills and information, a confident communicator and willing to work in a collaborative and respectful way with target multi-cultural communities
• Flexibility and ability to work under pressure and meeting deadlines in changing situations
• Knowledge of the local languages in northern or western Uganda.
The position will be based in Yumbe with regular travel to other emergency programming locations, e.g., Kyangwali refugee settlement. Occasional travel to Kampala for training and workshops as needed.
Key Working Relationships: Supervisory: None
Internal: Program Manager - Homes and Communities, Program Quality Manager, Head of Office – Yumbe, Emergency Coordinator – Kyangwali, Homes and Communities CRS and partner team, Emergency MEAL team, Sr. Program Manager for Emergencies, Emergency operational support team
External: Caritas Arua and Caritas Hoima staff, OPM, UNHCR, Local Government, Refugee community leadership, implementing local and international NGO staff.
Agency-Wide Competencies (for all CRS staff)
These are rooted in the mission, values, and principles of CRS and used by each staff member to fulfill his or her responsibilities and to achieve the desired results.
• Serves with Integrity
• Models Stewardship
• Cultivates Constructive Relationships
• Promotes Learning
Each staff member working in emergencies is expected to use the following competencies to fulfill his or her responsibilities and to achieve the desired results.
• Communicates strategically under pressure.
• Manages stress and complexity.
• Actively promotes safety and security.
• Manages and implements high-quality emergency programs.
Influence Competencies (for all Homes and Communities Staff)
• Effectively communicates the agency’s priorities and leverages local relationships to bring stakeholders perspective to decision-makers, based on job-specific responsibilities
• Understand, recognize and facilitate opportunities for influence at the project/program level
• Strategically represents the technical sector for influence
• Transmits feedback and local perspectives to project manager to reflect/adjust the Homes and
• Communities strategy and related influence hypothesis
This job description is not an exhaustive list of skills, effort, duties and responsibilities associated with the position.
Our Catholic identity is at the heart of our mission and operations. Catholic Relief Services carries out the commitment of the Bishops of the United States to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas. We welcome as a part of our staff people of all faiths and secular traditions who share our values and our commitment to serving those in need. CRS’ processes and policies reflect our commitment to protecting children and vulnerable adults from abuse and exploitation
By applying to this job, I understand and acknowledge that CRS requires its staff to treat all people with dignity and respect and to actively prevent harassment, abuse, exploitation, and human trafficking. Further,
I understand that if I am a successful candidate, I will be subject to a comprehensive background check, and my personal/professional references will be asked to evaluate my behaviors related to the above safeguarding-related topics.
CRS is an Equal Opportunity Employer
Work Hours: 8
Experience in Months: 60
Level of Education: Bachelor Degree
Job application procedure
NOTE: To apply, please follow these instructions exactly otherwise your application will NOT be considered:
• Email a cover letter and CV only to [email protected] by September 8th, 2021 at
• Large files and/or scans of documents will lead to rejection of your application, in the subject line of the email, copy and paste – TECHNICALADVISORIGENDERANDPROTECTION only
• All applications that do not contain this exact subject line will be rejected and not read
ONLY SELECTED CANDIDATES THAT MEET THE REQUIREMENTS WILL BE NOTIFIED. EOE/M/F/D/V