Julius Kansiime works with Panos Eastern Africa as a child protection officer. He is an accredited professional social worker with a Master’s of Science degree in International Social Work and Human Rights from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. He holds a Bachelor’s degree with a First class honors in Social Work and Social Administration from Makerere University, Kampala-Uganda. He is an alumni fellow of the 2016 USA spring professional fellowship program.
Previously, he worked as a research associate at the Department of Social Work, Makerere University where he participated in conducting research studies that has long term impact on improving social welfare that included child and youth development, HIV/AIDs, poverty reduction, social entrepreneurship, social protection, reproductive health, refugee resettlement, peace and conflict management, human rights and governance. He possesses long term professional project and management experience from Non-Governmental Organizations and Multi-National agencies both as an employee and a volunteer.
He has volunteered with the International Red Cross- Gothenburg, Sweden as well as UNHCR Gothenburg in assisting the resettlement of unaccompanied minors. Julius has also worked as a child protection specialist at Africa Social Development and Health Initiatives where he was the focal person for the USAID funded project that aimed at reducing levels of vulnerability of children and their families through access of critical social services like education, social security and health in rural fishing communities.
Currently in his docket as a child protection officer, Julius brings a wealth of experience on child issues to Panos in relation to strengthening media for child protection. He is well versed with the dynamics and operations of the child protection systems both at local, regional and national levels. He is also a child rights activist due to his background in human rights and this has provided him an edge to follow-up on the relevance of different child policies and laws in Uganda.