Ms Irene Oluka

Representative United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Uganda Country Office

She is a Child protection officer, UNICEF – Uganda Country Office. A social development
practitioner with 23 years of experience in child protection programing and coordination of
humanitarian assistance. She has worked with key child protection organizations such as UNICEF,
Save the Children International, Red Barnet, Juveniles Welfare Services and the United Nations
Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Assistance (UNOCHA) where she coordinated emergency
and humanitarian response.
She works closely with the Ministry of Gender Labour and Social Development and other key
ministries like the Ministry of Local Government and Ministry of Public Service to support delivery of
social services. This includes spearheading advocacy for developing and implementing the National
Framework for strengthening the social service workforce which hopefully will set a clear roadmap
for ensuring that Uganda has in place a system of supervision, licensing or accreditation of social
work and a nation-wide data collection system on social service workforce. She has 6 years of
experience in supporting the Justice Law and Order institutions at the national level to ensure that
child protection is an integral part of the justice system. She provided support to Justice Law and
Order Sectors (JLOS) Secretariat, Uganda Police Force (UPF), Directorate of Public Prosecution (DPP)
and the Judiciary to ensure access to justice for children.

3:20 - 03:25 PM

Thursday 24th June

Strengthening the social service workforce

Representative of United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Uganda Country Office