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We are Young African Refugees for Integral Development (YARID). For the last 15 years, our work remains centered on community-driven solutions to build up our fellow refugees on a resilient path.

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Mbarara, Uganda



February 14, 2024 at 2:00:00 PM

About the Organisation

How it started.
Sedrick Murhula and Kefa Mayange lived as refugees from the Democratic Republic of Congo in the urban neighborhood of Nsambya in Kampala, Uganda. After living the everyday struggle and observing the same of their peers, they decided to rise up and make a change in their community.

In 2007, YARID was founded with the hope that young refugees living in Kampala can make a great impact in their communities and live successful lives despite the challenges of being refugees. With only one soccer ball and a passion to “be the change,” Sedrick and Kefa hosted their first event uniting refugees from Congo, Rwanda, and Burundi on the soccer field in Nsambya. This is where they started discussing issues related to their lives, offering motivational speeches, and communicating hope to improve the lives of refugees in Kampala.

The soccer program grew quickly, and many refugees expressed their challenges with communicating in English. Next, Sedrick and Kefa opened free English classes in a space offered by the J.O.S Church, where hundreds of young men and women joined. YARID programs grew rapidly as community needs arose.

In 2008, Robert Hakiza, also a refugee from the Democratic Republic of Congo, joined Sedrick and Kefa’s efforts and helped bring the vision of YARID to life. Kefa and Sedrick invited Robert to join them as a co-founder and together they built one of the first refugee-led organizations in Uganda. The team grew with committed volunteers, including local Ugandans and other refugees, who joined YARID to contribute to the mission to serve refugees.

At the end of 2009, Kefa moved to join international humanitarian responses in the DRC, Sierra Leone, and Niger to develop his expertise in the context of conflicts, natural disasters, and epidemics with a focus on protection and humanitarian response management.

In 2012, Sedrick was granted refugee resettlement and moved to the United States where he continued his career in refugee advocacy and social innovation. Sedrick remained involved with YARID overseas organizing fundraisers, sharing the story of YARID, and supporting staff and programs from afar.

Since 2012, Robert has faithfully served as the Executive Director for YARID Uganda growing the organization and expanding partnerships through research and public speaking engagements.

Today, 15 years later, YARID is one of the best-known refugee-run organizations in Uganda with 130 employees (60% Refugees and 40% Nationals and 50% men & 50% women on staff). In 2022, we directly served over 8,000 refugees across three field offices in Kampala, Kyaka II, and Palabek refugee settlements addressing access to education, sustainable livelihoods, refugee protection, and continually advocating for the rights and opportunities for refugees.


Job Title

Project Officer job at Young African Refugees For Integral Development (YARID)

Job Description

About YARID and RETI Consortium
Young African Refugees for Integral Development (YARID) is a registered NGO based in Kampala, founded in 2007 by young Congolese refugees living in Uganda. Our mission is to empower refugees, orphans and Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) around Africa to overcome the burdens of deprivation and vulnerability to become healthy, educated, selfsustaining and contributing members of society. YARID unites refugees in urban and settlement settings through avenues like sports, English classes, and vocational skills training in order to address social issues like ethnic conflicts, unemployment, public health, and lack of access to education. Refugees that YARID serves mainly come from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda Burundi, South Sudan, Eritrea, Somalia and Ethiopia.

Muni University in collaboration with eight partners are implementing the Refugee and Host Community Youth Empowerment and Transformation Initiative (RETI) program with support from the Mastercard Foundation to address unemployment challenges faced by young people aged 15 –35 years in twelve refugee hosting districts and three cities in Uganda. The program will directly reach 100,000 young people through skilling, financial inclusion and transition to self and wage employment. The program is being implemented through a RETI Consortium consisting of nine partners, including three universities namely, Muni, Gulu and Bishop Stuart; and six non-university partners, namely, Finn Church Aid, DanChurchAid, Community Empowerment for Rural Development, PALM Corps, Meeting Point Kitgum, and Young African Refugees for Integral Development. The RETI Consortium is led by Muni University.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Engage with the local community and maintain strong relationships with refugee and host communities including young people, parents, community leaders, and relevant stakeholders to identify skill gaps and training needs.

  • Participate in participant selection recruitment, screening, and selection, ensuring inclusivity and diversity.

  • Identify and engage with participants, assessing their needs and aspirations and jointly design strategies to help them relegalize dreams.

  • Collaborate with other program staff and partners to develop and implement

  • operational plans and strategies for the effective implementation of RETI interventions.

  • Conduct regular outreach activities, and closely work with stakeholders to identify and mobilize potential participants for the program.

  • Organize community meetings and awareness sessions to promote the program’s objectives and opportunities.

  • Collect and maintain accurate records of participant profiles, progress, and achievements.

  • Monitor the progress and performance of the participants, providing feedback and assistance as needed to ensure their successful completion of the program.

  • Prepare monthly and quarterly reports on project activities, including success stories, document achievements, challenges, and lessons learned.

Qualifications and Competencies

  • A Bachelor’s degree from a reorganised institution in Social Sciences, Development studies, Social Work and Social Administration and Project planning and management.

  • A minimum of 3 years’ working experience in a similar position in project planning and management or related field in a reputable organisation.

  • Working knowledge of languages spoken by refugees such as French, Swahili, etc.will be considered an added advantage.

  • Excellent digital literacy competencies conversant with the ecommerce platforms.

  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills

  • Service oriented with good interpersonal and facilitation skills.

  • Experience in skilling young people, especially refugees will be an added advantage.

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to engage and build relationships with diverse stakeholders, including youth, community leaders, and employers.

  • Familiarity with work in refugee host-community settings is an added advantage.

  • Proficiency in English, both written and spoken.

    Equality and Diversity

  • YARID Ambulance Service is committed to the fair treatment of all people, regardless of their gender, race, colour, ethnicity, ethnic or national origin, citizenship, religion, disability, mental health needs, age, domestic circumstances, social class, sexuality, beliefs, political allegiance or trades union membership.

  • Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults

  • In accordance with YARID Safeguarding policies. YARID Ambulance Service is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of Children, Young People and Adults. All staff working with these groups are expected to share a commitment to this. You will be expected to promptly report any concerns relating to the safeguarding, sexual harassment of children, young people and / or adults in accordance with agreed policy and procedures. If your own conduct in relation to the safeguarding of children, young people or adults gives cause for concern the YARID agreed Public Protection Procedures will be followed, alongside implementation of the Disciplinary Procedure where appropriate.

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How to Apply

If you meet the above qualifications and specifications, and are interested in this opportunity, please submit your application before the 14th of February 2024. Only shortlisted candidates shall be contacted.

Send your application letter, CV, and copies of your ID and academic documents to with the title of the position in the email subject line.

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