Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP) – Mercy Corps

The Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP)
will play a key leadership role in the implementation of a proposed five-year
$50 million program to support agriculturalists, agro-pastoralists, and
pastoralist households living across the target districts of Abim, Kotido and
Kaabong (Karamoja). 
General Position Summary:
The DCOP will assist the COP in
projects oversight, technical, administrative, operational, and logistical
management of the project. In absence of the COP; the D/COP will undertake some
of the responsibilities. The D/COP with the assistance of other personnel will
primarily provide support and technical assistance in livelihood development through
improved productivity, market access and business opportunity. Beyond
livelihood strengthening, the D/CoP will also support Health/Nutrition and
Governance objectives. The DCoP will also assist in the management of the
sub-grantees under the award.
Essential Job Functions:
Program Implementation:
Provide leadership and strategic
vision to the Economic Development a component of the MYAP program including
workplan, market analysis, Arid Land management, pastoral/agro-pastoral
development, partnership selection and management, and overall sector strategy.
Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E) and Reporting:
Facilitate the achievement of
program targets and objectives and lead efforts to design effective M&E
systems. Oversee the scheduling and production of formal and informal reports
on all aspects of the program in a timely and efficient manner. Ensure that
M&E staff focus on assisting programs to generate practical information
that can be used for ongoing program decision-making while also capturing
results at the impact level.
Staff Management, Professional Development and Team building:
In close partnership with the
COP, create a work atmosphere conducive to professional growth and development
of excellent personnel at all levels. Implement, and ensure all staff are
effectively using, the performance planning and management system, establishing
performance expectations and regularly providing constructive feedback. Promote
accountability by conducting staff annual performance reviews with direct supervisees,
and ensuring that supervisory staff do the same.
Organizational Learning
As part of Mercy Corps’
agency-wide Organizational Learning Initiative, all team members are
responsible for spending 5% of their work time in formal and/or non-formal professional
learning activities.
Accountability 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.
Supervisory Responsibility:
Direct supervision of: Econ
Development program team
Reports Directly To: Chief of Party
Works Directly With: Partners, program staff, support staff in
Karamoja and Kampala.
Knowledge and Experience:
  • MA/S in international development, livestock,
    agriculture, economics, or related field of study
  • 5-10 years of overseas experience.
  • Strong understanding of U.S. government compliance
  • Strong written and oral communication skills in
    English, including report development, writing and editing.
  • Strong management skills, with good understanding of
    relevant cross-cultural issues.
  • Experience in value chain development, facilitation
    and agribusiness is added advantage
  • Previous experience with Food for Peace Title II
    programming, required.
  • Previous experience in Africa and East Africa
Success factors:
Excellent verbal and written communication
skills, M&E skills and experiences. Good inter-personal relationships and
networking; and established relationship with and/or substantive knowledge of
key players in pastoralists and livestock sectors.
conditions/environmental conditions:
The Deputy Chief of Party will be
based in Kotido and manage activities in the Kotido, Kaabong and Abim
Districts. This is an unaccompanied post in an insecure environment.
How to apply: 

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