2 USAID OVC Project Job Opportunities – Economic Strengthening Technical Lead at Mercy Corps (MC)

Organisation: Mercy Corps
(MC)
Project: USAID Better
Outcomes for Children and Youth in Eastern and Northern Uganda.
Duty Station:  Jinja and Gulu, Uganda
Reports to:  Economic Strengthening Technical Director
About US:
Mercy Corps is an international
non-profit organization which implements high-quality, analytical development
programmes in very difficult places. Mercy Corps has been operating in Uganda
since 2006. It has and continues to implement programs in Acholi and Karamoja
sub regions. Mercy Corps is taking a community-led, market driven approach to
address poverty and food insecurity needs through interventions that get to the
root causes and contributing factors of economic vulnerability. Donors include
the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the European
Commission (EC), United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Swiss
Development Cooperation (SDC).
About
USAID Project:
Mercy Corps is implementing the USAID
funded five years program on Better Outcomes for Children and Youth in Eastern
and Northern Uganda. The program goal is to improve the wellbeing of children
and youth orphaned by HIV and other adversities in Uganda. It mainly focuses on
orphaned and vulnerable children, youth and their caregivers to have improved
access and utilization of health, nutrition, education, and psychosocial
wellbeing and reducing abuse, exploitation and neglect. The sector priorities
include meeting immediate economic needs of the most vulnerable target groups
though temporary interventions to uplift and integrate them in to market
systems; increased savings and access to credit opportunities; increased
opportunities for income growth and building assets; and better access to group
based education and support programming. The program will be implemented in
Northern and Eastern Uganda.
Job
Summary:
The Economic
Strengthening Technical Lead will be responsible for the day to day
implementation of the economic strengthening component of the program in the
respective region (northern and eastern Uganda). The incumbent will be
responsible for activity planning and implementation to improve the economic
conditions of target groups through improved access and utilization of services
and products and better access to markets. The Technical Lead will have supervisory
responsibility of project officer and works with a consortium of agencies under
the prime lead of World Education.
Key
Duties and Responsibilities: 
·        
Offer
technical lead and guidance to the consortium for program implementation,
development and management in the areas of economic strengthening.
·        
Actively
coordinate and work closely with the other component leaders in the consortium
to ensure integrated approach to program implementation
·        
Work
in liaison with the technical director to identify, assess and develop
partnership strategies for potential private sector, civil society and
government partners.
·        
Establish
and maintain productive working relationships with Local Government officials
and line departments, soliciting their participation in all activities where
appropriate.
·        
Make
on-site field visits regularly to provide technical back stopping and/or design
suggestions
·        
Ensure
proper logistics, administration, human resources and transport needs of the
program are conducted within Mercy Corps policy and with the maximum benefit to
the program.
·        
Technically
support the development and continual revision of a dynamic, program-wide
monitoring and evaluation system linked to program strategies, indicators, and
information management tools, which supports program management, accountability
and learning.
·        
In
charge of continual gathering and sharing of information pertinent to the
operating environment and hold frequent activity review sessions to continually
re-examine the relevance and impact of the program.
·        
Produce
and send written reports on the program capturing impacts related to all
activities.
·        
Ensure
establishment and maintenance of relationships with communities, consortium
partners, other CSOs and local government in target operation areas.
Qualifications,
Skills and Experience: 
·        
The
ideal candidates for the Mercy Corps Economic Strengthening Technical Lead  Job Opportunities should preferably hold degrees,
preferably graduate level, in economics development, development studies,
social sciences or social work, or a closely related field is required.
·        
A
minimum of five years’ experience in economic strengthening initiatives that
target vulnerable communities mainly orphan and vulnerable children and
households.
·        
Past
exposure and experience in working with private sector partners
·        
Significant
experience on market based solutions to addressing poverty
·        
Possess
the ability and curiosity to work effectively with local government, civil
society and community based organizations.
·        
Broad
knowledge and understanding of economic market development.
·        
Excellent
interpersonal, writing and oral presentation skills in English are also
required.
·        
Keen
attention to detail, ability to follow procedures, meet deadlines and work
independently and cooperatively with team members.
·        
Strong
computer literacy with a full knowledge of office applications.
·        
Possess
the ability to focus on day-to-day tasks at hand while also working towards
longer-term objectives with an understanding that these will change
continuously;
·        
Willingness
to spend much time in the field and work closely with program target groups and
partners.
·        
Possess
the ability to juggle multiple priorities under tight deadlines, and to calmly
and diplomatically deal with unexpected events impacting program operations.
How to Apply: 
All suitably qualified and interested candidates should send their
applications including a cover letter clearly stating the salary requirements,
updated 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. The E-mail applications with
cover letter should be sent to: tomcuganda@ug.mercycorps.org.
Deadline:  18th May 2015

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