USAID OVC Project Vacancy – Household Economic Strengthening Specialist at ACODEV

Organization: Action for
Community Development (ACODEV)
Funding Source: U.S. Agency
for International Development (USAID)
Project Name: Sustainable
Outcomes for Children and Youth in Central and Western Uganda
Duty Station: Uganda
Reports to: Regional
Coordinator
About US:
Action for Community Development (ACODEV) is a Non-Governmental
Organization that serves and empowers individuals, families and communities in
East and Southern African region through promotion of innovative solutions in
the areas of Human Rights, Health Promotions and Institutional Capacity
Strengthening.
About Project:
ACODEV will be implementing Sustainable Outcomes for Children and Youth
in Central and Western Uganda over the next five years. The Project will
improve the health, nutrition, education and psychosocial wellbeing of
vulnerable populations, as well as reduce abuse, exploitation and neglect to a
minimum of 625,000 children and 101,500 households in 17 districts in central
and western Uganda.  The Project is being
implemented by a consortium of partner consisting of CRS being the lead,
Futures Group, ANPPCAN and TPO.
Job Summary: The Household
Economic Strengthening Specialist (HES Specialist) will technically support the
roll out of the SILC program, train SILC agents and eventually lead the PSP
training with support from the Household Economic Strengthening Director. S/he
will train PSPs using CRS’ Financial Education curriculum. In addition, the HES
specialist will be responsible for ensuring qualifying households are matched
with cash transfer programs and other temporary consumption support, trained in
SMART skills and receive marketing skills, as appropriate. S/he will work
closely with the Early Childhood Development and Youth Specialist to ensure
that youth are participating in life skills including financial education and
income generating livelihoods activities.
Key Duties and
Responsibilities: 
1. Technical Assistance:
  • Leading the livelihoods needs assessments
    within project’s target groups and areas of operation.
  • Providing leadership in developing
    innovative livelihood strengthening programmes an interventions that are
    consistent with project’s child protection mandate.
  • Managing and ensuring the effective
    implementation of livelihood interventions across the organisation’s
    programmes through proper targeting and result oriented approaches.
  • Building the capacity of district staff in
    managing and supporting livelihood interventions.
  • In charge of developing, disseminating and
    orienting staff on livelihood programme management and monitoring tools.
  • Coordinate with Project Team to provide
    technical support in OVC Household Economic Strengthening programming.
  • Support in the development of the project
    strategy and monitor implementation.
  • Coordinate with staff to assure full
    community participation and visit each project activities at least on a
    semi-annual basis to monitor or provide technical assistance
  • Maintain oversight of relationships and
    compliance with donor regulations and grant requirements.
  • Actively promote best practices and a
    shared , vision of quality assurance of monitoring and evaluation through
    an improved standard of OVC Household Economic Strengthening programming.
  • Ensure the application of “Do no Harm
    Principles” in OVC Household Economic Strengthening programming while
    strengthening community mobilization strategies to reduce stigmatization.
  • Maintain and avail appropriate technical
    resources.
2. Represent:
  • Build and maintain productive
    relationships with the livelihood support systems and programmes at
    national and community level so as to leverage livelihood support
    opportunities for the target groups and communication key relevant
    contact  people at the Department of
    Social Welfare – MoHSW, and other OVC Implementing Partners Group members
    including: OVC Teams, Most Vulnerable Children Committees, and NGOs at
    district and community levels.
  • Actively communicate and publicise the
    project’s livelihoods strengthening interventions among relevant
    stakeholders
  • Serve as the primary Representative in
    technical meetings, coordination bodies and working groups.
3. Monitoring and Evaluation:
  • In charge of supporting the M&E Team
    in ensuring that livelihood interventions are properly monitored and
    evaluated
  • Provide written feedback to supervisor’s
    questions and concerns on reports for them to monitor progress using
    indicators and the standardized program tools and formats.
4. M&E Technical Assistance:
  • Ensure the use of the Project Implementation
    Tracking Table (PITT), monitor projed progress in reaching its targets.
  • Actively coordinate with the M&E team
    to ensure timely quality reports.
  • Support in the development and
    implementation of periodic project evaluation support (i.e. monitoring visits,
    midterm and final evaluation).
5. Finance and Budgeting:
  • As budget manager, assure proper
    coordination with the Grants and Compliance Specialists for the
    development and maintenance of the annual budget
  • Provide financial oversight of the project
    expenses and maintain an updated budget status report and report the same
    to the Household Economic Strengthening Director. Work closely with other
    partners to develop an estimate of cash needs for funds on quarterly basis
    to be approved by supervisor.
  • Support in the planning and ultimately
    support the annual budgeting and loading process.
6. Program Management:
  • Lead the OVC Household Economic
    Strengthening project activities planning process and ensure adherence to
    technical standards, best practices and donor guidelines.
  • Use appropriate project management toots
    to plan, review and track progress on project implementation as well as on
    the utilization of
  • Actively collaborate with other
    departments to ensure effective program coordination.
  • Ensure compliance and/or utilization of
    tools such as the Project Tracking System. ,
  • Notify the supervisor on any assessed or
    requested technical assistance needs.
  • Responsible for promoting and ensuring
    that the program makes optimal use of economic development models and
    frameworks to support vulnerable communities to improve their household
    incomes, and contribute to the wellbeing of children and, transformation
    of families and communities.
Qualifications, Skills and
Experience: 
  • The applicant for the HES Specialist
    should preferably hold a Bachelor’s Degree in economics, international
    development, gender in development, or related field of study.
  • Additional training in income
    generation/entrepreneurship, monitoring and evaluation, HIV/AIDS, gender
    analysis mainstreaming, micro-finance/micro insurance is an added
    advantage.
  • Four or more years’ consistent experience
    in -household economic strengthening technical advisory/ support role with
    a large scale NGO.
  • Past experience in leveraging private
    public partnerships is preferred.
  • Past experience in building and
    maintaining productive relations, institutional linkages required with
    implementing and strategic partner agencies.
  • Supportive, attitude towards processes of
    strengthening staff capacity;
  • Leadership qualities, personnel and team
    management including mediation and conflict resolution;
  • Proven skills in critical thinking,
    assessment and analysis; strong-competency in conceptualizing and
    designing strategic frameworks;
  • Excellent communication, team building and
    training skills with the ability to establish and maintain effective
    working relations in and outside the organization;
  • Proven ability in report writing and
    presentation to ACODEV Management and other stake holders
  • Keen attention to detail, ability to
    follow procedures, meet deadlines and work independently and cooperatively
    with team members.
  • Demonstrated personal accountability;
    respect for others, and a drive to serve.
  • Strong English language oral and written
    communication skills required, along with strong
  • Computer literacy skills i.e. Knowledge of
    Microsoft Office software (Word, Excel, Outlook, and Internet) required.
  • Desire to work effectively in a team
    oriented environment.
  • Ability to travel within rural Uganda.
ACODEV’s recruitment and selection procedures reflect our commitment to
protecting children and vulnerable adults from abuse and exploitation. It is
ACODEV’s policy not to solicit money for the entire recruitment process.
How to Apply: 
All suitably qualified and interested candidates should send a cover letter,
updated CV and three work references (names and contact information only) to:
Plot 98/99 Masoli Road 600M off Gayaza Road. Kampala. Uganda.
Deadline: Wednesday, 6th
May 2015

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