2 USAID Mercy Corps NGO Jobs – Learning and Information Officers

Organisation: Mercy
Project Name: Growth,
Health and Governance (GHG) Program
Funding Source: USAID
Duty Station: Uganda
About US:
Mercy Corps is an international
non-profit organization which implements high-quality, analytical development
work in very difficult places. We have been operating in Uganda since 2006 and
currently implement development programs in the Acholi and Karamoja sub-regions
of Uganda with funding from USAID, EC, SDC, and USDA. We were recently awarded
a market-development focused 5-year USAID/Food for Peace-funded program working
in the northern half of Karamoja.
About USAID GHG Program:
The project, called the
Northern Karamoja Growth, Health and Governance (GHG) program, aims to support
the immediate needs of program beneficiaries while promoting long-term development
by spurring systemic improvements in key economic sectors of northern Karamoja.
Job Summary: The Mercy
Corps Learning and Information Officer (LIO) will support staff in using a
facilitative approach, build data gathering and analytical tools, maintain a
set of data on results and behavior change, and conduct research into specific
areas of data need. The LIO will ask staff tough questions on their approach,
forcing them to consider whether or not their approaches maximize leverage and
lead to behavior changes that catalyze systemic changes that grow and last
beyond the project’s direct intervention. S/he will hold staff accountable for
gathering data and keep a system where it is easily accessible when needed. The
LIO will also develop and support processes for integrating that information
into program design (and re-design). S/he will work with teams to identify
critical knowledge gaps and carry out targeted research on those areas,
engaging external assistance, when necessary.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:
1. Market Facilitation
  • Coach
    and mentor program staff in use of market facilitation techniques;
  • Find,
    organize and share market facilitation resources with program staff;
  • Challenge
    program staff to think critically about strategy decisions and reflect on
    what they are      observing.
2. Monitoring and Evaluation:
  • Create
    a dynamic program environment that promotes inquiry;
  • Develop
    tools to simplify data gathering and reporting and ensure teams gather and
    report necessary data, including maintaining Podio entries for mapping
    progress with partners;
  • Support
    program staff in monitoring and evaluating the progress and impact of work
    including setting and measuring benchmarks along results chains;
3. Research:
  • Carry
    out research projects on specific subjects critical to team success and
    recommend hiring of external support, where necessary;
  • Where
    needed, support external evaluations by research partner Feinstein
    International Center and other organizations;
4. Communication and
  • Significantly
    contribute data, analysis and write-ups to regular organizational
    publications and reports;
  • Work
    in liaison with the Monitoring, Evaluation, Learning and Communication
    Manager to develop publishable communication material about GHG;
  • Author
    occasional papers for wider distribution;
5. Other:
  • Conduct
    himself/herself both professionally and personally in such a manner as to
    bring credit to Mercy Corps and to not jeopardize its humanitarian
  • Perform
    any other duties as assigned
Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
  • The
    ideal candidate for the aforementioned USAID GHG Program should have three
    years of related professional experience
  • Demonstrable
    quantitative skills, including familiarity with database management and
  • Superior
    writing and analytical skills
  • Proven
    skills in networking, assessing information needs and developing
    appropriate tools
  • Excellent
    reporting, communication and representation skills
  • Working
    knowledge of Uganda’s economy and business environment, particularly in
    the context of rural development and Karamoja.
  • A
    sense of humor on par with one’s level of curiosity.
  • Good
    skills to plot and generate good maps using GPS coordinates
  • Ability
    to speak Ngakarimojong is added advantage
  • Promotes
    and captures learning across the project, institutionalizing activity
    reviews, identifying and evaluating preconceptions and promoting a culture
    of inquisitiveness.
  • Possess
    the ability to manage a large quantity of data and deliver timely analysis
    to staff and to management.
How to Apply:  
All qualified and interested
candidates who desire to join Mercy Corps should send their application
including a cover letter clearly stating your salary requirements, CV (with 3
referees), and copies of academic qualifications/certificates to the HR/Admin
Manager, Kampala Head Office 4th Floor, Embassy Plaza Plot 1188,1189&1190
Ggaba Road, Kampala or via E-mail to: mcuganda@ug.mercycorps.org
Female Candidates are encouraged to apply.
Deadline: Friday, 9th January, 2015
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