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Job Title:  Capacity Building Project Manager
Location:  Kampala, Uganda
Reporting to:  Head of Programmes
Contract duration:  12 months, extension subject to funding
Terms and Conditions:  Basic salary commensurate with experience plus benefits including comprehensive health insurance. 22 days leave a year

Job Outline:
The Capacity Building Project Manager will be responsible for providing support to, and building the capacity, of local human rights teams to carry out effective monitoring, documentation, reporting and awareness-raising of human rights abuses being committed. The role also entails providing a link between these teams, the international community, and the public in the region and internationally.

Reporting to and working with the Head of Programmes, the Capacity Building Project Manager will work with IRRI’s local partners working in human rights in order to maximize their effectiveness and to develop their abilities to achieve their short and long-term organizational development, monitoring and advocacy goals. This position will require frequent travel to the field and occasional international travel.

Key areas of responsibility:
1. Plan and implement human rights capacity-building activities for local NGO partners.
2. Undertake regular field missions to provide direct mentoring and support.
3. Lead on developing project strategy and priorities.
4. Work to conduct regional and international advocacy and awareness-raising activities and represent IRRI externally.
5. Work with local NGO partners to establish and develop internal organizational structures of management and governance.
6. Work with local NGO partners to establish and develop skills related to monitoring, information gathering, research writing and advocacy skills.
7. Build and maintain effective external partnerships.
8. Draft regular monthly periodic and thematic human rights reports in coordination with local NGO partners.
9. Coordinate technical and logistical support to field teams.
10. Ensures effective project and financial management.
11. Source and contribute to fundraising activities on behalf of IRRI and this project and ensure timely and accurate reporting to funders and IRRI management.

Person Specification:
• An advanced degree in law, human rights, international relations/politics, conflict studies or a related field, ideally in international humanitarian or human rights law.
• Minimum seven years professional experience in human rights, preferably at international level and including experience in conflict and post conflict environments.
• Experience in coaching/mentoring others and a strong ability to work with diverse teams.
• Experience conducting international advocacy.
• Excellent interpersonal and communications skills.
• Team and/or project management experience.

• Knowledge of regional languages, e.g. Arabic.

We encourage all qualified and interested applicants to submit an up-to-date CV and covering letter, a writing sample and three professional references.
To Apply:
Submit via email to

IRRI provides equal opportunity and fair and equitable treatment in employment to all people without regard to race, colour, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, political affiliation, marital status, or sexual orientation.

Application deadline: This will be a rolling recruitment, with a cut off on 12:00 Eastern Standard Time, September 6, 2014.

Only candidates who have been selected for an interview will be contacted.