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GBV Technical Lead

Kampala, Uganda

Job Type

Full Time


Alight [Formerly known as American Refugee Committee]

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Job Description

The GBV Technical Lead will provide overall strategic technical direction, management and programmatic leadership to Alight Uganda’s GBV programme response and ensuring a streamlined, fit-for-context Emergency program initiatives. Specifically, the GBV Technical Lead will play a dual mandate of providing GBV technical guidance to GBV sector leads and support on a day-to-day basis to Emergency activities across ALIGHT Uganda. Working closely with the Protection Technical Lead, Area Coordinator and HoP, S/He will also have a strong focus on capacity-building of ALIGHT GBV staff through training and on-the-job coaching. The role reports to the Protection Technical Lead with dotted lines to Head of Programme (HoP).

S/he will Effectively Plan, and manage talent and supervise emergency teams provide coaching, strategically tailor individual development plans, contribute to the recruitment process of emergency staff, and complete performance management for direct reports. As GBV Technical Lead with support from the Protection Technical Lead will also work to expand and strengthen protection programming by ensuring protection is mainstreamed in all sectors. They will be responsible for the overall quality implementation of all aspects of ALIGHT GBV response and planning.

Duties and Responsibilities


GBV Technical Support and Leadership

• Ensure the technical quality of all ALIGHT GBV programming, and that women and girl survivors’ violence have safe, timely access to basic case management and referral services in emergencie.

• Design creative context responsive GBV programme responses and strategies in line with the ALIGHT GBV programme models

• Provide technical and management leadership to the GBV program in accordance with best practice and ALIGHT SOPs.

• Guide the development of a strategic vision and direction for the GBV Sector and programmes, ensuring a process that incorporates input from GBV field teams, other ALIGHT sectors and key external stakeholders.

• Foster a collaborative and positive work environment – one that encourages learning and professional growth for GBV teams.

• Ensure that ethical and sound data collection and information management systems are in place for appropriate VAWG analysis, planning, evaluation, and advocacy.

• Actively develop and maintain effective working relationships with key stakeholders, including donors, government actors, UN agencies, international and local NGOs, and other relevant actors.

• Monitor ALIGHT’s relevant field programs through regular telephone calls, field visits, report reviews, email communications, and other methods to ensure that they adhere to best practices and guidelines.

• Work with other members of the programme team to define and strengthen the strategic direction of ALIGHT’s Protection interventions. Meaningfully engage local partners and community members, particularly women and girls, in all aspects of design. program development and technical teams, draft concept notes and proposals.

• Ensure that ALIGHT field programs have appropriate, relevant, and up-to-date materials, tools, resources, and templates for documenting and monitoring field activities.

Emergency Response Leadership

• In close collaboration with the Protection Lead., Programme coordinator, Protection Technical Lead and HoP Lead on planning, strategy and implementation of all emergency response and recovery activities in line with ALIGHT quality standards, donor requirements, and national and international standards and ensuring staff safety and security.

• Ensure timely and quality delivery of all ALIGHT emergency response activities, including immediate needs component and capacity building component.

• Develop and monitor detailed operational plans for all Emergency project activities in accordance with the overall emergency response framework

• Track and monitor expenditure of emergency programming on a monthly basis and ensure burn-rates remain on track and that expenditure is compliant with relevant SOPs and ALIGHT & donor requirements.

• Oversee the planning, coordination and implementation of a multi-sector assessment of Emergency response Opportunities to inform ALIGHT strategic positioning

• Coordinator with Sector leads to ensure linkages with settlement level activities and opportunities are leveraged

• Ensure informative sessions are conducted in a timely manner, and ensure the project team is recording feedback (comments, suggestions) and report results back on issues of concern with recommended areas of intervention.

• Working closely with the hosting district leadership; align departments and ensuring coordination and information sharing.

• Sharing emergency response plans in specific situations with Protection lead for guidance and decision making by management.

• Developing contingency plan for emergency.

Program Delivery

• Overall implementation and quality of the Alight’s Protection activities and staff. This includes coaching, ensuring co-ordination between staff, in various geographical areas, recruiting, and developing staff capacity.

• Advocate for adequate resources to be allocated to the program to conduct an efficient and effective implementation of protections activities.

• Design a systematic referral mechanism for actors providing assistance to vulnerable populations;

• Undertake protection monitoring activities; including conducting interviews and visits to the field;

• Monitor, analyse and report the protection conditions for refugees and other persons of concern;

• Enhance the quality of protection programming throughout the project cycle.

• Provide overall budget monitoring, financial review and control including compliance with Alight and donor requirements.

• Guided by the inter-agency protection guideline, the Sphere Handbook and ALIGHT protection tools continuously monitor and develop relevant accountability initiatives in the field as well as strengthen efforts to document the impact of the protection activities and Alight’s presence.

• Provide linkages with protection counterparts in other humanitarian organizations, local actors and within government structures.

• Working in close consultation with HR Coordinator, ensure Alight staff adheres to the humanitarian and Alight principles, Code of Conduct, child safeguarding, PSEA.

Donor Relations/Program Development/Advocacy

• Develop and maintain relationships with key institutional donors and potential partners, including the UN agencies, and NGO representatives, specifically focusing on Protection, among others. Cultivate new potential donors and support field staff in developing their donor outreach capacity.

• Expand ALIGHT’s recognition among donors by finding opportunities to raise awareness of ALIGHT’s work.

• Respond to donor inquiries, facilitate donor contacts, and provide country Office and the fields with timely and relevant donor information related to ALIGHT’s Protection programs.

• Share any donor-related information regarding program development opportunities and recommend areas for ALIGHT interventions.

• Support the collection and development of appropriate ALIGHT Protection-related program/activity information, advocacy backgrounders, and reports for donors, and the public.

• Participate and actively and lead ALIGHT’s engagement in relevant working groups, advocacy initiatives, task forces, coordination activities, and committees convened by the Inter-Agency Standing Committee, donors, coalitions, and others concerning GBV and those working to strengthen action related to SEA, Protection, GBV, and GBV Coordination.

• Participate in other relevant meetings, representing ALIGHT’s programs, and giving presentations about ALIGHT’s work


Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning and program coordination support

• Support the Programs to write protection related periodic reports and/or updates for donors, internal and external use.

• Ensure sharing of information and lessons learned among ALIGHT’s Protection and other program staff.

• Help to mainstream Protection into all ALIGHT programs through technical guidance, trainings, and sharing update tools and resources.

• Lead the development of the Monitoring, Evaluation and Research Framework for the thematic area; develops quality TORs for evaluations, baselines and research.

• Keep track, in collaboration with MEAL team, on the outcomes, indicators, milestones and targets of all protection related programs and consolidate the progress for the Quarterly and Annual Reports.

• Evaluate the implementation of Alight protection activities and draft recommendations for improved program design and implementation

• Disseminate learning as appropriate among Alight staff, partners and other stakeholders

• Monitor the timely implementation, financial management and reporting of all protection related programs and in compliance with donor requirements.

• Ensure timely submission of all Protection program reports, quality of data and proper archival of information.

• Maintain updated budget and indicator tracking tools to monitor progress of Protection implementation in Alight Uganda Program.

Qualifications and Experience


Education, Technical Skills & Knowledge:

• Demonstrated 5 – 7 years’ professional experience in humanitarian settings, including at least 3 years of direct program management of Protection/GBV programs in the field. Experience with Protection, Child Protection and GBV programming and implementation is required.

• Master’s degree in relevant field (public health, social work, development studies, humanitarian affairs, or related social sciences disciplines).

• Knowledge, skills, and experience in providing/leading direct services to survivors of gender-based violence using a survivor-centered and multi-sectoral approach.

• Knowledge, skills, and experience in implementing primary prevention of Gender Based Violence

• Proven experience in proposal development including proposal writing and donors relations

• Skills and experience in report writing

• Experience in managing teams including remote management, capacity needs assessment and mentorship / building skills

• Experience managing budgets and finances.

• Strong skills in Microsoft Office.

Key behaviours & abilities:

• Individual and group training skills in Protection issues, including GBV and SEA.

• Ability to take initiative, work independently and foster a team environment.

• Strong organizational, oral and written communication and coordination skills.

• Excellent project design and proposal development skills and developing tools for cross-organizational sharing of best practices.

• Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills.

• Good sense of diplomacy and understanding of international global political issues.

• Ability to travel 50%.

How to Apply

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Closing Date

24 August 2023

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