Position: Project Officer (field based)
Station: Mbale District
Uganda Youth and Adolescents Health Forum is looking for one proactive, strategic and
open-minded team member who has strong organisational sensitivity and believes in the
potential of young people as a generation that holds the power to shape social economic
development, challenge, social norms and values, and build a foundation for country’s future.
The Project Officer will be responsible for; ensuring effective and timely planning and
execution of the project work plan, delivering and documentation of project results and
sharing of lessons learnt with relevant partners and in relevant advocacy spaces. Additionally,
the officer will also coordinate and lead on efforts to strengthen of UYAHF’s Mbale office
which is also the Eastern Region filed office
The Project Officer will work within UYAHF’s programming mandate and goal of reaching
the most vulnerable adolescent girls and young women and supporting them with
opportunities to realise their full potential.
The Ideal candidate for this position will use their passion for youth empowerment, their
innovation, program management skills, their knowledge of advocacy and communications
adequately coordinate our Mbale based Eastern Region field office and our partners including
working directly with and collaborating with the district authorities, CSOs, youth
organisations, schools, health centres among others.
Additionally, the role will entail supporting youth led organisations in Mbale, Tororo and
Butalejja to enrich our advocacy work and bring out the realities of young people and ensure
these are taken into account by duty bearers policy- and decision-makers at local, national
and international level.
Performance Areas /Accountabilities
Program and campaigning
Work closely with the Programme Manager and the Advocacy and campaigning
officer to develop and implement innovative advocacy and accountability approaches
that amplify the voices of young people in policy and decision making, including hard
to reach populations of adolescents and youth.
Implement innovative advocacy campaigns at the grassroots that can enhance
demand, access and utilisation of SRHR and gender equality services among young
Provide technical support and lead coordination of partner organisations in the 3
Convene district leaders, CSOs, the private sector and youth led organisations to
advocate for investments in young people as a development priority.
Build capacity and leadership of young people and youth led organisations to
advocate for their rights and development priorities, through UYAHF’s policy
advocacy and accountability programs.
As part of the advocacy and communications strategy, develop and share annual
structured work plans, highlighting; key advocacy moments, products and resources
to be developed and published, target population. Specific field activities shall
include: (i) coordinating all the work of the UYAHF partners in the 3 target districts,
being the contact person for UYAHF in Mbale, Tororo and Butalejja. ii) regular
activity blogs, profiling of advocacy wins from UYAHF works, regular updates on
the progress of the project; (ii) collection of audio visual Information, designing
content for Information, Education and Communication (IEC) material on different
SRHR topics, including; family planning, comprehensive sexuality education, gender
equality, menstruation hygiene and management etc.
Participate in field activities to collect content including taking pictures/videos,
writing stories, developing media press briefs/content, and updating the organisational
social media spaces.
Liaise with stakeholders on the design, implementation and monitoring of the
advocacy strategy including with UYAHF partners, young people and other target
groups, consultants and donors amongst others.
Plan and manage program and activities at the regional office and in the field
Participate in budgeting, work plan development, implementation and regular reviews
to monitor and evaluate progress
Ensure regular and effective communication and coordination with UYAHF’s
regional partners and regularly liase with the Kampala office.
Lead on all advocacy, research and training activities at the regional office and take
lead on timely data collection and reporting.
Come up with new and creative programming approaches and activities to promote
organisational goals and ensure that young people are at the centre.
Establish new funding opportunities for organisational sustainability through creating
strategic partnerships and actively participating in resource mobilisation efforts.
Promote organisational publicity and visibility
Represent the organisation at various strategic meetings, conferences and workshops
both at regional and national level.
Prepare weekly and monthly reports on all activities conducted
Internal advocacy functions
In coordination with the program team, manage the information flow between
UYAHF and her partners including; establishing systems and processes and
promoting knowledge management.
Act as a grassroots point of contact for all advocacy issues for UYAHF in the 3
Consult and network with relevant stakeholders as needed to ensure that their key
advocacy needs are met, in compliance with agreed standards, policies and priorities.
Provide support to UYAHF partners and beneficiaries to design and implement their
advocacy activities in line with agreed program standards (i.e. branding guidelines
Liaise with UYAHF partners and stakeholders to collect information and document
program activities and achievements.
Assist the program team in compiling monthly, quarterly and annual program and
donor reports by providing relevant documentation, i.e; stories and photographs
amongst other communication material.
Respond to enquiries from external stakeholders including media, individuals and
other organisations, usually via telephone and email, in a timely manner.
Responsibility for assigned adhoc duties
Perform any other duties that may be assigned by the immediate supervisor
Qualifications, Skills, Education, and Knowledge:
• Bachelor’s degree required in the fields of community psychology, social sciences,
public health, gender studies or any course in the development or human rights field.
• You have at least 3 years of relevant work experience in the field of advocacy,
programming, communication and campaigning with relevant knowledge around sexual
and reproductive health and rights, gender equality and youth empowerment
• You believe in the power of young people as change makers.
• Strong understanding of advocacy and campaign tactics for policy change at local,
national, and regional levels.
• Demonstrated experience in use of Microsoft package i.e Word, Excel, power point
and other computer programs & software. Knowledge in illustrator and video editing
software will be an added advantage.
• Sound social media experience including experience in developing and implementing
social media strategies, designing newsletters and campaigns using mail chimp
software and word-press among others
• Exceptional verbal and written communications skills in English, additional ability to
speak any of the local languages in Mbale, Butalejja and Tororo would be a great
• Ability to multi-task effectively work in a fast-paced environment under tight
deadlines and conduct work independently
• Pro-active and Excellent interpersonal skills, flexibility, resourcefulness in solving
problems and independent and strong leadership skills.
• You are a critical and analytical thinker and you enjoy establishing and maintaining
• You have experience with co-creation and training facilitation.
• Able to travel in Uganda and international and deal with both communication and
• Women and young people are highly encouraged to apply for this role.
What we offer
The position is for working 40 hour a week from Monday to Friday
A formal, friendly and supportive working space in Mbale. With prompt support
from the UYAHF headquarters in Bukoto, Kampala.
A valid working permit and/or Uganda Passport is required in order to be considered for the position.
The organisation Uganda Youth and Adolescents Health Forum is a dynamic and leading youth led and youth serving health and human rights organisation that works to advance and promote sexual and reproductive health and right for young people, enhance gender equality and economic empowerment and promote meaningful youth participation.
UYAHF’s envisions a generation where young people pro-active and meaningfully
participate in national development processes and our overall goal is to empower adolescent girls and young women to live quality lives with equity, dignity and opportunities to realise their full potential.
For more information check out our website: www.uyahf.com
Please submit your resume/CV (3 pages Max) with a motivation/cover letter (2 pages Max)
and two reference letters, to: firstname.lastname@example.org and Cc email@example.com and
firstname.lastname@example.org before February 28th 2020. Only successful candidates will be