CRS Senior Project Officer - Land Rights Jobs in Uganda

CRS Senior Project Officer - Land Rights Jobs in Uganda

General Job Summary:

Under the supervision of the Homes and Communities Program Manager, the Land Rights Senior Project Officer – HLP will:

• Carry out an assessment of the context in Bidibidi refugee settlement and surrounding host communities to determine
the current legal framework related to HLP. If one does not exist, in

• consultation with camp management, local government, NGO actors and refugee welfare committees lead the development of a legal framework for HLP;

• Prepare documentation for securing agricultural land access and rental agreements whilst ensuring rights of refugees and landowners are protected;

• Lead identification of landowners and liaise with them with regard to access arrangements;

• Lead discussions on Natural Resource Management with the community and local authorities;

• Monitor compliance with existing tenancy/land agreements;

• Manage landowner/access database;

• Produce regular reporting updates on the status of land access/tenancy related to CRS operations and the wider community;

• Compile and submit timely weekly activity reports and monthly progress reports

• Advise management about issues affecting project implementation, or key local issues affecting future project developments;

• Elaborate, compile and maintain database of protection referrals and support in the follow-up of referred cases as appropriate, including cases that are referred through the Community Centers;

• Elaborate, compile and maintain key protection and gender resources library;

• Form and build relationships to maximize the potential for collaborative programming with Local Government;

• Support Accountability staff to ensure Feedback Response Mechanisms (FRM) are in place and are accessible to all members of the community;

• Ensure protection and environmental issues are fully considered throughout the project cycle with women, elderly, most vulnerable being included in decision-making for all project activities;

• As required, lead trainings on HLP and awareness raising campaigns within target communities.

• Contribute in collecting good practices, case studies for documentation, evidence-building and demonstration. alternative solutions and designs that can reach scale;

• Pilot alternative HLP related solutions and processes for families to attain safe dignified home and community.

Education and Experience:

• Bachelor's degree or higher in law, agriculture, agroforestry, economic, business or social sciences from a recognized academic institution.

• Experience with HLP and land negotiation in refugee and host communities in West Nile.

• Minimum 5 years’ professional experience. Appropriate relevant and comprehensive experience in the field of humanitarian response/early recovery with markets-based cash/voucher programming, agricultural livelihoods, or shelter/WASH experience a plus.

• Must have experience working in Housing, Land and Property and a demonstrated understanding of regulatory environment within the context of Ugandan refugee settlements.

• Good knowledge and experience of working with local partners.

• Proven experience in liaison with all levels of Local Government.

• Fluent English language
(speaking and writing)

Desirable Attributes:

• 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 communities.

• Flexibility and ability to work under pressure and meeting deadlines in changing situations

Required/Desired Foreign Language:

• Knowledge of the local languages spoken by South Sudanese and host communities living on or near Bidibidi settlement


• The position will be based in Yumbe with regular travel to Kyangwali Refugee settlement. Occasional travel to Kampala for training and workshops.

Work Relationships:

  • Internal: Homes and Communities Program Manager, Head of Office – Yumbe, Emergency Coordinator – Kyangwali, Operations Manager – Yumbe, Gender and Protection Mainstreaming Sr. Project Officer, Community Engagement Project Manager, Shelter Project Manager, Community Engagement Officers, Sr. Program Manager for Emergencies, MEAL staff, Yumbe-based office staff

  • External: Caritas Arua, Local Government, 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

    Emergency Competencies:

    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

    How to Apply

  • To apply, please follow these instructions exactly otherwise your application will NOT be considered: Email a cover letter and CV only to

  • by July 3rd, 2020 at 5:00pm.

    • Large files and/or scans of documents will lead to rejection of your application, in the subject line of the email, copy and paste – SENIORPROJECTOFFICERLANDRIGHTS only

    • All applications that do not contain this exact subject line will be rejected and not read

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