Country Director – Mercy Corps

position summary:
The Mercy Corps Uganda Country Director is an innovative and
visionary leader responsible for resourcefully managing all programming in
Uganda, resulting in lasting improvement in the lives of over a half a million
Ugandans. S/He has held senior roles in formulating strategic direction within
an international development context. The CD has supervisory responsibility for
the country team and implementation of all security protocols. The Country
Program enjoys a budget of approximately 40 million with the generous support
from the United States Government, the European Commission, and the Swiss. The
CD develops sustainable, multi-sector programming and is accountable to beneficiaries
and donors, placing a high value on innovative solutions to development issues
and creative partnerships in tough environments.
department summary:
Since the Country Office opened in 2005, Mercy Corps Uganda
has experienced significant growth that has resulted in geographic expansion
and the development of new sub-grant alliances with international and national
NGOs. Working in transitional environments, Mercy Corps is integrating
well-targeted assistance with a large focus on market facilitation that is
embedding a mindset of sustainability among all programmatic staff and unifying
Mercy Corps approach across all programs. By addressing a number of overlapping
and associated needs within a wide range of activities (livelihoods, peace building,
agriculture, water and sanitation, health and nutrition, and economic
development) Mercy Corps is taking a very integrated approach to ensure the
greatest possible impact. The Districts in which Mercy Corps works are
generally the most marginalized, poverty stricken, and conflict prone.
job functions:
Strategy and Vision
* Communicate a clear vision of present and future program
goals and strategies to team members and stakeholders that translates into
concrete programs and work plans.
* Lead the annual country planning process and provide strategic updates.
* Use technical support teams collaboratively.
Personal Leadership
* Demonstrate flexibility, resilience and ability to
maintain positive relationships and composure.
* Maintain high ethical standards and treat people with respect and dignity.
* Demonstrate awareness of his/her own strengths and development needs.
* Represent Mercy Corps programs with national and
international media and participate in community activities as appropriate.
* Maintain productive relationships with internal and external constituents
such as private partners, local governments, foundations, the private sector,
* Anticipate needs, understand donor pool and contribute to shaping donor’s
views on development.
* Explore, evaluate and present innovative funding opportunities that support
the objectives for the country as a whole.
Team Management
* Create a sustainable work environment of mutual respect
that attracts motivated, skilled and effective team members and enables them
individually and collectively to strive to achieve excellence.
* Supervise and provide leadership to a diverse team of direct and indirect
reports in field offices.
* Contribute to country team-building efforts, help team members identify
problem-solving options and ensure the integration of all team members into
relevant decision-making processes.
Operations Management
* Apply Mercy Corps’ Design M&E principles and framework
to programs and ensure the country’s overall strategy includes effective,
timely reporting systems for all donors.
* Ensure effective, transparent use of resources in compliance with Mercy Corps
and donor policies/procedures.
* Oversee budget management of sub-grantees/sub-contractors, if applicable.
* Build and maintain operational systems that ensure proper administrative
support for programs, as well as segregation of duties between finance and
* Liaise with the VP of Operations and Regional Program
Director on crucial events, high-risk periods, incident reporting and security
policy changes.
: As part of our commitment to organizational learning and
in support of our understanding that learning organizations are more effective,
efficient and relevant to the communities they serve – we expect all team
members to commit 5% of their time to learning activities that benefit Mercy
Corps as well as themselves.
to Beneficiaries:
Mercy Corps team members are
expected to support all efforts towards accountability, specifically to our
beneficiaries and to international standards guiding international relief and
development work, while actively engaging beneficiary communities as equal
partners in the design, monitoring and evaluation of our field projects.
Program Director (1), Chief of
Party (2), Program Manager 
(1) Finance Director, (1), Deputy Director (1)
(Total of 6 direct and 187 indirect staff).
Directly To:
Regional Program Director
Directly With
: Senior Program Officer, Assistant Program Officer, TSU,
Regional Finance Officer and Africa Security Advisor.
and Experience:
* BA/S or equivalent in relevant field required; MA/S
* 7-10 years of field experience in international relief and development
programs, including demonstrable success in managing large complex development
* 5 years of senior-level leadership, capacity building and field management
* Demonstrated success working effectively and respectfully with host country
government, private sector, INGO, NGO partners and other stakeholders in
complex environments.
* Proven skills in financial and grants management; prior experience with USAID
and experience with EC funding desirable.
* Successful and proven negotiation, communication and organization skills.
* Excellent oral and written English skills required.
* Ability to work effectively with an ethnically diverse team in a sensitive
* Previous working experience in Africa, with Multi-Year Assistance Programs
(MYAPs), and in insecure environments preferred.
The successful Uganda CD will skillfully represent
programmatic priorities of the agency to donors and regional partners while
providing effective leadership to the Mercy Corps program team. S/he will have
high emotional intelligence, constructive mentoring skills and proven
experience with capacity building and will be committed to long-term program
sustainability and the delivery of high-impact activities at the community
level. Successful Mercy Corps team members have a strong commitment to teamwork
and accountability, thrive in evolving and challenging environments, and make
effective written and verbal communication a priority.
/environmental conditions:
The CD is based in Kampala. The location is accompanied and
secure. Housing is individual accommodation with unlimited freedom of movement
beyond the house/office. There are three main International schools in Uganda.
Staff have access to services – medical, electricity, water, etc. This position
requires thirty-five percent travel by road and air to field offices in secure
and insecure environments.
Mercy Corps Team members represent the agency both during and
outside of work hours when deployed in a field posting or on a visit/TDY to a
field posting. Team members are expected to conduct themselves in a
professional manner and respect local laws, customs and MC’s policies,
procedures, and values at all times and in all in-country venues.
How to Apply
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