Position: Project Officer – Information Counselling and Legal Assistance- ICLA
Reports to: ICLA Team Leader
Duty station: Leer, Unity State-South Sudan
Project number: SSFM2406
Duration and type of contract: Months/ Definite Contract extension depending on availability of funding
All NRC employees are expected to work in accordance with the organization’s core values: dedication, innovation, inclusivity and accountability. These attitudes and believes shall guide our actions and relationships.
- Role and responsibilities
The Project Officer is responsible for coordination and implementation of the Information, Counseling and Legal Assistance (ICLA) activities in Mayom/Mankien and Leer Counties Unity State, South Sudan.
The responsibilities depend to some degree on the existing organizational chart of the Country Office and the size and complexity of the operations. If these responsibilities do not reflect the reality of the field operations, the COs can adapt the content as long as the structure and style are the same. Details shall be incorporated in the Work- and Professional Development Plan and not be included in the JD.
- Ensure adherence to NRC policies, tool, handbooks, guidelines and donor requirements;
- Implement the ICLA activities according to strategy, proposals, budgets and plans;
- Prepare periodic status reports and other documents as required by management;
- Ensure proper filing of documents;
- Break down the annual operational plans into weekly, monthly and quarterly implementation plans;
- Coordinate with relevant partners;
- Ensure that procurement, development and distribution of materials and equipment are timely and according to procedures;
- Train and develop team;
- Promote and share ideas for technical improvement in order to improve the quality of the activities;
- Ensure that projects target beneficiaries most in need, and explore and asses new and better ways to assist;
- Provide information, counselling and legal assistance to the NRC’s beneficiaries as per the sub-component in the project on HLP rights/CDR, LCD and Employment Law and Procedures-ELP
- Conduct assessments and regular monitoring in IDP and host communities related to different aspects of ICLA programming;
- Plan, implement and evaluate community sensitization campaigns on available services, increment of security of tenure, promotion of HLP rights, civil documentation, peaceful coexistence and human rights, and Collaborative Dispute Resolution (CDR) trainings and coaching;
- Contribute to monitoring & evaluation of the ICLA project, and offer suggestions for improvement where warranted;
- Compile Activity reports and enter data into GORS Online System
- Coordinate with relevant authorities such as traditional leaders, county, payam and boma authorities at the county level and liaise with humanitarian partners on the issues of HLP/CDR, LCD and ELP programmes respectively
- Upon technical direction from the ICLA Specialist, ICLA Project Officer, represent NRC in a professional manner in meetings with government authorities, humanitarian partners and beneficiary communities;
- Regularly supervise, coach/mentor and build the capacities of ICLA Project Assistant (S)/Paralegals on ICLA technical skills and knowledge.
- Conduct the Work and Development Plan for Project Assistant (S) under his or her supervision.
- Perform other relevant tasks as assigned by ICLA Team Leader in Unity State
By interfaces, NRC means processes and projects that are interlinked with other departments/units or persons. Relevant interfaces for this position are:
• Other ICLA staff including ICLA Project Manager and ICLA core competency specialists and other Core Competencies such as LFS, Education and Shelter/NFI and WASH
Competencies are important in order for the employee and the organisation to deliver desired results. Details about NRC’s competencies are to be found in the Competency Framework. Competencies are relevant for all staff and are divided into the following three categories:
1. Value driven competencies
Values are aspirational attitudes and beliefs that influence the way people conduct themselves. NRC’s values are: Dedicated, Innovated, Inclusive and Accountable.
2. Behavioral competencies
These are personal qualities that influence how successful people are in their job. Of the 12 behavioral competencies, the following are essential for this position:
- Managing resources and achieving results
- Handling insecure environments
- Working with people
- Coping with change
3. Professional competencies
These are skills, knowledge and experience that are important for effective performance.
Generic professional competencies for this position:
- Holder of bachelor degree in Law or Humanities from a recognized University;
- Experience working as a Legal aid/access to Justice Project Officer in a humanitarian/recovery context;
- Previous experience working in complex and volatile contexts;
- Documented results related to the position’s responsibilities;
- Knowledge about own manager skills/profile;
- Fluency in English, both written and verbal.
Context related skills, knowledge and experience (shall be adapted to the specific position):
- Knowledge of the SS context;
- Knowledge of Juba Arabic and other local languages an advantage;
- Good-level competency in computer skills (common Microsoft Windows and Office applications);
- Proven skills and experience in report writing;
- Strong organizational and logistical skills and the ability to work with little infrastructure and to function in difficult situations including limited transport options.
Note: All applicants must have a valid South Sudanese Nationality Certificate and Passport.
DUTY STATION AND LIVING CONDITIONS
The positions will be based in Mayom/Mankien and Leer Counties Unity State and will require the staff to travel inside within different areas of Jonglei State. As the position is for a South Sudanese national, the employee will be responsible for finding his or her own accommodation within the county.
The employee will be accountable for and evaluated on the responsibilities and the competencies, based on NRC’s Performance Management System. The following documents will be used for performance reviews:
- The Job Description.
- The individual Work- and Professional Development Plan.
- The Competency Framework.