Catholic Relief Services, Uganda Program
Job Title : Senior Project Officer – Land Rights
Department : Emergency Response Program
Supervisor : Homes and Communities Program Manager
Job Type : Full Time
Grade : 8
About Catholic Relief Services:
Catholic Relief Services (CRS) is an international non-governmental organization (NGO) supporting relief
and development work in over 100 countries around the world. CRS carries out the commitment of the Bishops
of the United States to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas. CRS’ Catholic identity is at the heart of our
mission and operations; serving people on the basis of need, regardless of creed, ethnicity or nationality. CRS
works through local church and non-church partners to implement its programs.
CRS has worked in Uganda since 1965, initially providing emergency assistance to Sudanese refugees living
in the north. Over the years, CRS has expanded its programming to also address development needs in western,
central and eastern Uganda. CRS’ projects in Uganda currently include agriculture, health, microfinance,
peacebuilding and youth. CRS Uganda implements its programs through partnerships with local organizations,
including the Catholic Church, other faith-based organizations and community entities for maximum impact
CRS recognizes that Home and Community are the foundations of family life. But, when disaster strikes, lives
are shattered in the blink of an eye. The loss of a home can have a grave impact on a family’s well-being, their
identity, their security and safety. CRS recognizes that safe homes are the first step for families to rebuild their
Through direct implementation, CRS plans to demonstrate how the owner-driven shelter approach increases
the participation of families, is more cost-effective, and supports local markets. Using shelter as an entry point,
CRS will also demonstrate how empowering communities through the Community Conversation
methodology, Community Centers, and a household-level case management system can lead to a more holistic,
community-centered approach that will increase the effectiveness of shelter interventions and improve the
quality of the response.
Land Rights Senior Project Officer – Homes, Land and Property (HLP) is required to support CRS’ programs
to ensure the legal rights of refugees and landowners are protected and help the project team address challenges
with ensuring women, the elderly, child headed households and persons with disabilities, who may not be able
to travel to find work, or face protection risks or greater problems accessing homes, land and property, have
appropriate access to all project activities.
General Job Summary:
Under the supervision of the Homes and Communities Program Manager, the Land Rights Senior Project
Officer – HLP will:
1. 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;
2. Prepare documentation for securing agricultural land access and rental agreements whilst ensuring
rights of refugees and landowners are protected;
3. Lead identification of landowners and liaise with them with regard to access arrangements;
4. Lead discussions on Natural Resource Management with the community and local authorities;
5. Monitor compliance with existing tenancy/land agreements;
6. Manage landowner/access database;
7. Produce regular reporting updates on the status of land access/tenancy related to CRS operations
and the wider community;
8. Compile and submit timely weekly activity reports and monthly progress reports
9. Advise management about issues affecting project implementation, or key local issues affecting
future project developments;
10. 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;
11. Elaborate, compile and maintain key protection and gender resources library;
12. Form and build relationships to maximize the potential for collaborative programming with Local
13. Support Accountability staff to ensure Feedback Response Mechanisms (FRM) are in place and
are accessible to all members of the community;
14. 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;
15. As required, lead trainings on HLP and awareness raising campaigns within target communities.
16. Contribute in collecting good practices, case studies for documentation, evidence-building and
demonstration. alternative solutions and designs that can reach scale;
17. Pilot alternative HLP related solutions and processes for families to attain safe dignified home and
Typical Background, Experience & Requirements:
Education and Experience:
1. Bachelor’s degree or higher in law, agriculture, agroforestry, economic, business or social sciences from
a recognized academic institution.
2. Experience with HLP and land negotiation in refugee and host communities in West Nile.
3. 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.
4. Must have experience working in Housing, Land and Property and a demonstrated understanding of
regulatory environment within the context of Ugandan refugee settlements.
5. Good knowledge and experience of working with local partners.
6. Proven experience in liaison with all levels of Local Government.
7. Fluent English language (speaking and writing)
1. 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.
2. 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
• The position will be based in Yumbe with regular travel to Kyangwali Refugee settlement. Occasional
travel to Kampala for training and workshops.
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
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
This job description is not an exhaustive list of skills, effort, duties and responsibilities associated with
Our Catholic identity is at the heart of our mission and operations. Catholic Relief Services carries out the
commitment of the Bishops of the United States to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas. We welcome as a
part of our staff people of all faiths and secular traditions who share our values and our commitment to
serving those in need. CRS’ processes and policies reflect our commitment to protecting children and
vulnerable adults from abuse and exploitation
By applying to this job, I understand and acknowledge that CRS requires its staff to treat all people with
dignity and respect and to actively prevent harassment, abuse, exploitation, and human trafficking. Further, I
understand that if I am a successful candidate, I will be subject to a comprehensive background check, and
my personal/professional references will be asked to evaluate my behaviors related to the above safeguardingrelated topics.
CRS is an Equal Opportunity Employer
NOTE: To apply, please follow these instructions exactly otherwise your application will NOT be
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