International NGO Jobs – Conflict and Governance Officer at Mercy Corps

Organisation: Mercy Corps
Duty Station:  Uganda
About Mercy
Corps is an International NGO that exists to alleviate poverty and oppression
by helping people build secure, productive and just communities. Mercy Corps
has been fully registered in Uganda as an operational NGO. Currently Mercy
Corps has an office in Kampala and is implementing Food Security programs which
comprise of Water and Sanitation, Livelihood and Agriculture and Conflict
Mitigation Management Program in North and North Eastern Uganda. 
We implement programs in the northern
districts of Pader, Kitgum, Agago, Lamwo, Kaabong, Abim and Kotido with funding
from USAID, USDA, Walmart Foundation, SDC, DFID as well as other private
Job Summary: The
Conflict and Governance Officer for Mercy Corps will be responsible for
building local partner capacity and serve as key advisors to Youth CSOs/CBOs as
those organizations may to governance efforts. The incumbent will work to
improve private-sector performance through, among other interventions, the
fostering of a Karamoja private sector body that can unite the concerns and
aspirations of local business people as they relate to governance and
conflict-related issues. Lastly, the Conflict and Governance officer will work
in coordination with the other sector teams to enhance sector efforts to
achieve its desired objectives/goals.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
  • Manage
    all governance, conflict and community mobilization/engagement and
    institutional capacity building activities of identified civil society
    organizations (CSOs) within the program, ensuring these CSOs are able to
    mobilize themselves and community members, mitigate crime/conflict and
    engage with government.
  • Guide
    on the development of CSO, youth-led groups, mobilization strategies,
    capacity building programs and government engagement strategy
  • S/he
    will provide assistance on technical aspects of the training and
    implementation of good governance, community mobilization and engagement
    strategies for the CSOs so that they represent their community within the
    government structures hence promoting participatory governance mechanisms
    in target areas, reinforcing their community needs and delivery of service
    In addition, s/he will advise in developing and implementing training
    programs for members of the CSO (Youth Groups, traditional leaders and
    other stakeholders), including local government officials involved in
    conflict management, prevention of crime and sexual and gender-based
    violence, dispute resolution and multi-stakeholder dialogues.
  • S/he
    will further support CSOs to develop a conflict prevention plan over
    resource use, including livestock (depending on the possible areas of
    tension) and facilitate local response and management of conflicts as they
  • Provide
    key technical support to CSO management system development for local
    partners, including financial and internal governance standards and
  • Enhance
    capacity building/support to CSOs (Youth groups) to strengthen their
    internal systems( Documentation, reporting and communication) in a timely
  • He/
    she will also implement activities of the program, implementing work plans
    in collaboration with other staff, monitoring implementation and impact,
    training staff in all relevant technical areas, including providing
    training for trainers.
  • Work
    closely with the gender officers to ensure that youth programs are gender
    sensitive and responsive to the needs of different beneficiary groups.
  • Liaise
    with local government officials, local NGOs and civil society
    organizations, local religious leaders and other notables to ensure
    support for and acceptance of Mercy Corps’ programs.
  • Build
    and maintain close working relationships with other humanitarian and
    development organizations, and local partners, including representing
    Mercy Corps at local coordination meetings as may be assigned.
  • Conduct
    himself/herself both professionally and personally in such a manner as to
    bring credit to Mercy Corps and to not jeopardize its humanitarian
  • Communicate
    the organization’s commitment to gender equity, and the rationale for it,
    to staff and stakeholders.
  • Perform
    any other duties as assigned.
Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The
    Conflict and Governance Officer should preferably Bachelor Degree in
    appropriate subject, Social Science, Peace Studies, Community
    Development/Mobilization or related field.
  • At
    least three years’ experience focused on governance programs at both
    community and official levels.
  • Past
    experience supporting the development of CSO internal management systems.
  • Team
    management, report writing and training skills are strong assets.
  • Good
    knowledge and understanding of complex emergencies, related security
    concerns and appropriate responses.
  • Excellent
    negotiation and representation skills and the ability to work comfortably
    with an ethnically diverse staff in a sensitive environment.
  • Effective
    verbal and written communication, organizational and prioritization
  • Computer
    literacy skills i.e. working knowledge on Microsoft Office applications
    (Word, excel, PowerPoint and Outlook) are a requirement
  • Excellent
    English language skills essential (verbal and written), with Ngakarimojong
    skills preferred.
  • Past
    experience working with youths is desirable
  • Possess
    the ability to ride a motor bike with a valid riding permit is preferable
  • Ability
    to provide relevant, timely, and focused support to CBOs
  • Degree
    to which one promotes and captures learning by her/his partners,
    institutionalizing activity reviews, identifying and evaluating
    preconceptions and promoting a culture of inquiry and urgency.
  • Degree
    to which one drives results, making critical decisions and producing
    scheduled outputs at deadline and to expected quality.
This Position is open to Ugandan Nationals only.
How to Apply:
All suitably qualified and
interested candidates should send their applications including a cover letter
clearly stating your salary requirements, CV (with three professional
referees), and copies of academic qualifications/certificates to the HR/Admin
Manager, Kampala Head Office on 4th Floor Embassy Plaza, Plot
1188-1190 Ggaba Road or to Mercy Corps Field Offices in Kotido and Kaabong. The
e-mailed applications with cover letter should be sent to:
NB: Only
short-listed candidates will be contacted by Mercy Corps. Female Candidates are
encouraged to apply.
Deadline: 25th March, 2015
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