Policy Officer – Resource Rights

  • Post Date: February 13, 2017
Job Description

Job Description –Trócaire Uganda

Job Title:              Policy Officer – Resource Rights

Location:              Kampala, Uganda

Date:                     January 2017

Description of the unit / department: Trócaire is one of Ireland’s leading INGO’s, with over 40 years’ of experience in international development. Trócaire works through a partnership approach and is a member of worldwide networks such as Caritas and CIDSE. This is an exciting time in the history of the organisation as we embark on our new strategic plan for 2016-2020. In Uganda Trócaire is working to deliver the new strategic plan focusing on resource rights and gender based violence. The resource rights programme has four main strands – agro-ecology, resource rights, ADR for land disputes and economic resources for women. The programme has a strong rights based approach and women’s empowerment approach.

To deliver on this strategy Trocaire Uganda has a team of 20 staff based in Kampala and Gulu. The Resource Rights team consists of 3 Kampala staff – the Programme officer: Livelihoods, the Project Officer: Livelihoods and the Policy Officer – Resource Rights and a team of 6 based in Gulu.

Reporting to: Programme Manager. There will be a matrix management with the programme officer – Livelihoods.
Duration of contract and location: This is a fixed contract for 1 year with the possibility of extension and is based in Kampala Uganda.
Safeguarding Children Policy: Trócaire is committed to Safeguarding Programme Participants from exploitation and Abuse.  The successful candidate will be expected to sign and adhere to Trócaire Safeguarding Policies.  In addition the successful candidate will be expected to complete a Self-Declaration Form.
Key Duties & Responsibilities

1.     Policy Analysis (20%)

·       Develop a thorough understanding of the resource rights, especially land, context including the Uganda law and policy environment, and other relevant policies as they relate to land/natural resources

·       Keep abreast of the role of external actors such as the World Bank, ILA, GIZ, IJM, ZOA, LEMU, Landnet and MLHUD amongst others.

·       Read and digest relevant land policy reports and media coverage of specific issues and provide summary analysis on content and tone;

·       Production of timely, relevant policy documents including briefs and reports, on land issues with clear and accurate information.

·       Production of evidence-based policy messages on land issues for staff and partners to use/adapt for advocacy targets.

·       Identify land trends and issues for Country Management Team that may require further analysis.

2.    Advocacy (20%)

·       Elaborate and coordinate a coherent policy influencing strategy on resource rights including land for Trócaire Uganda based on sound analysis and a thorough understanding of the collective knowledge and views of Trócaire, our partners and the operational context

·       In collaboration with advocacy partners, engaging in advocacy influencing activities to develop and deliver the resource rights advocacy strategy.

·       Identify opportunities in relation to key resources rights advocacy issues and draft position papers for review and publishing.

·       Support the design and management of resources rights research projects, including TOR development, management of research teams, review of research reports and dissemination.

·       Learn from Trócaire Head Office and other organisational and external documented on rolling out new approaches and methods in relation to advocacy (e.g. digital advocacy, social media and online fora) and explore how to apply these in the Ugandan context.

3.     Technical Support and Capacity Building (15%)

·       Provide technical support to partners and the country team on resource rights including the VGGT Guidelines, customary land tenure, the Uganda Land Law and Ugandan Land Policy and processes.

·       Train programme staff and partners on policy and advocacy concepts and methodologies and generate training materials and resources for this.

·       Train programme staff and partners on Trócaire’s approach to resource rights and generate training materials and resources for this.

·       Provide technical support to the programme team and partners to develop and implement donor and programme specific resources rights advocacy strategies ensuring coherence to the overall Trócaire Uganda approach.

·       Review and critically assess project and programme proposals and processes, collectively with partner organisations and the programme team

·       Ensure the mainstreaming of a rights-based approach in our resource rights policy work through capacity building, materials development, oversight and follow-through activities.

·       Ensure the mainstreaming of a women’s empowerment and where appropriate disability in our resource rights policy work through capacity building, materials development, oversight and follow-through activities.

4.     Institutional Funding (15%)

·       Lead in the development of institutional funding applications on resource rights policy issues (concept notes and full proposals) in close coordination with Uganda programme team, Regional Business Development Manager and partners, including:

–        Preparing action plans outlining tasks, schedules, and responsibilities for the proposal development process

–        Facilitating the convening of proposal design workshops

–        Contributing to the proposal content, particularly narrative and budget design.

–        Lead inception workshops and support the development of M&E framework of newly acquired funding proposals.

–        Lead in the development of donor reports in close coordination with programme team.

·       Assist in the development of institutional funding applications on resource rights and agriculture (concept notes and full proposals) in close coordination with Uganda programme team, Regional Business Development Manager and partners

·       When necessary, attendance at strategic meetings with donors or key stakeholders in Uganda in relation to programming.

5.     Networking (15%)

·       Maintain a dynamic relationship with Trócaire’s Head Office teams, including advisers, and mainstream relevant policy papers and ensure ongoing sharing of information.

·       Network with relevant NGOs and institutions nationally to ensure that Trócaire is abreast of emerging issues and is adding its voice to critical debates.

·       Represent Trócaire in spaces that reflect on resource rights policy issues.

·       Take a leading role in coordination of civil society actors involved in resource rights issues especially the Northern Uganda Land Platform.

6.    Communications (10%)

·       Ensure the documentation of learning on resource rights in a way that can be easily communicated to internal and external audiences.

·       Proactively seek out interesting stories on resource rights suitable for use in media and communications work

·       Produce leaflets, briefings, brochures and case studies on resource rights work of Trocaire and her partners.

·       Copy-edit key work on resource rights from partners and programme staff within the office.

7.     Other (5%)

·       Support the programme team in working towards programme integration

·       Participate in wider organisational planning and review work, as and where appropriate.

·       Any other reasonable duty as may be assigned by the line manager that is consistent with the nature of the job and its level of responsibility.

Person Specification – Essential Requirements (E)
(E) Qualification ·       Third level qualification in: Social Science, Development Studies, or a related area.
(E) Experience ·       Minimum five years of working in an international or local organisation in Uganda or abroad.

·       Minimum three years of working in resources or land policy issues

·       Significant experience in advocacy and policy, particularly in managing/implementing advocacy-related programming in relation to natural resources or land.

(E) Skills ·       Excellent writing skills with proven experience in policy writing.

·       Proven results-based management skills.

·       Excellent interpersonal, communication and facilitation skills, particularly in promoting organisational learning.

·       Excellent communications skills

·       Highly organised, with excellent planning, prioritisation and problem-solving skills.

·       Good financial skills, particularly in designing and managing budgets.

·       Excellent report writing skills and an aptitude for designing projects and proposals.

·       Competent in Microsoft packages (Word, Excel and PowerPoint) and with internet/email.

·       Demonstrate a commitment to gender equality and an ability to influence and engage others to support gender issues.

·       Capable of working efficiently under tight deadlines.

·       Spoken and written fluency in English.

(E) Qualities ·       Commitment to Trócaire’s Vision, Mission and Values and an understanding of a partnership approach to development.

·       Sympathetic understanding of the Catholic Church’s role in relief and development.

·       Ability to work with women and men from diverse backgrounds

·       Demonstrated and active commitment to gender equality and Women’s Empowerment.

·       Ability to work to deadlines with accuracy and attention to detail.

·       Ability to learn on-the-job, and an interest in learning about the context, issues and strategies of Trócaire’s programming in Uganda

·       Willingness to travel frequently in country.

·       Able to work irregular hours on an occasional basis.

·       Self-motivated with proven ability to take initiative.

·       Strong team player who is able to establish solid working relationships with colleagues in country as well as in Head Office.

(E) Knowledge


·       Clear understanding of policy issues impacting land tenure especially customary land tenure in Uganda

·       Understanding of the rights-based approach and its application in development programming.

·       General understanding of development issues and contexts, preferably in the areas of Sustainable Livelihoods, Resource Rights, Human Rights, Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment.

(E) Other


·       The job description above is not prescriptive; it simply outlines the key tasks and areas of responsibilities and priorities. These key tasks are subject to change when necessary. Any changes will be made in consultation with the post holder in the interest of Trócaire’s mission in Uganda.
Person Specification – Desirable Requirements (D)
(D) Qualification ·       Post-graduate qualification in a relevant area is desirable, or significant experience beyond that outlined below.
(D) Experience ·       Experience in gender analysis/gender mainstreaming.

·       Experience of strategy development and proposal writing.

·       Experience of managing institutional funding

·       Experience of working in a partnership arrangement with civil society organisations and the use of participatory approaches to development.


(D) Skills ·       Excellent research, analytical and critical evaluation skills.

·       Gender analysis/mainstreaming skills.

·       Understanding of programme cycle management and Programme Quality theories, including M&E systems and Results Based Management and impact assessment.

Interested applicants should download the application form from this link, fill it and send it to recruitmentuganda@trocaire.org

The closing date for applications should be 22nd February.


Interested applicants should download the application form from THIS LINK , fill it and send it to recruitmentuganda@trocaire.org

The salary is negotiable based on experience/skill set but is based on a 12 step grade that begins at approx. 46 million per annum.