Project Officer Needed at Mental Health Uganda

Organisation: Mental Health Uganda

Position: Project Officer

Deadline: 28th December 2018, 5pm

Duty Station: Uganda , East Africa , 256
Date Posted: 17th December 2018 

Employment Type: Full-Time


Overall job purpose

Mental Health Uganda is a non-government disabled peoples organization that works with people with mental health problems. Mental Health Uganda seeks to recruit a project offi cer. His/her core duties will entail fundraising, capacity building of groups of persons living with mental disabilities, and partnership building and collaborations at national and local grassroots groups in a dynamic, creative and committed manner with an emphasis on integration through a rights based approach.

Key Responsibilities

  • Participate in developing a resource mobilization plan highlighting priority areas relating to MHU objectives, grant concept papers and proposals
  • Assess Programme effectiveness and identify opportunities for new projects;
  • Plan, oversee and ensure high quality and timely Programme implementation;
  • Support capacity development initiatives of grassroots groups through training, monitoring of progress, and mentoring;
  • Support network/coalition/alliance-building for joint advocacy at national and grassroots groups and constituents;
  • Attend partners and coalitions meetings;
  • Provide coordination and innovation in managing grassroots groups with a focus on community integration;
  • Support communities to identify priority areas and participate in budgeting processes at the local level;
  • Develop and spearhead periodic advocacy campaigns/ initiatives on the emerging mental health issues;
  • Documentation of success stories, lessons learnt, and sustainability mechanisms to work as benchmarks for future project intervention.
  • Participate in Programme learning, knowledge generation and management;
  • Prepare and submit reports on activities, programs and as directed by the supervisor;
  • Carry out any other assignment given by the supervisor.

Person specification

  • Degree in social work, Development Studies, Community development Community psychology or project management with a minimum of 5 years relevant working experience in a civil society organisation. A post graduate education in any of the related fields will be an advantage.
  • A good understanding of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and substantive knowledge of disability rights.
  • Demonstrated experience volunteering or work with people with mental disabilities
  • Demonstrated knowledge on mental health rights (desirable).
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills in English.
  • Experience in working with community-based groups in Uganda.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment.
  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills.
  • Integrity, team work, diplomacy and professionalism.
  • Willingness to travel frequently within the country.

Job application procedure
Suitably qualified candidates should email a one page motivation letter and resume as one document and addressed to the Human Resources and Administration Manager, Mental Health Uganda subject line “Project Officer”. The deadline for applications is 28th December 2018, 5pm – late applications will not be considered. Please do not attach your academic documents to the application. The Motivation letter must include a description of how the candidate fulfills the criteria under the person specification. The Letter must also include your salary expectations and the details of 2 suitable referees who can comment on the candidate’s ability. Interviews are expected to take place in January. He/ she should be ready to start 1st February. The successful candidate will receive a two year contract subject to renewal upon a satisfactory performance and availability of funds. Persons with disabilities are highly encouraged to apply including those with a living experience of mental disability. If you don’t hear from us by 14th January 2019, consider your self unsucceful. The deadline for applications is 28th December 2018, 5pm – late applications will not be considered. Please do not attach your academic documents to the application.

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