USAID OVC Project Jobs – Economic Strengthening Officer at Mercy Corps

Organisation: Mercy Corps 
Project: USAID Better Outcomes for Children and Youth in Eastern
and Northern Uganda.
Duty Station:  Gulu,
Uganda
Reports to:  Economic
Strengthening Technical Lead
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 Officer 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.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
·        
With
support from the supervisor i.e. the technical lead, the officer will be
responsible for program planning and implementation in the areas of economic
strengthening.
·        
Work
in liaison with other component field teams in the consortium to ensure
integrated approach to program implementation
·        
Establish
and maintain productive working relationships with local government officials
and line departments, soliciting their participation in all activities where
appropriate.
·        
Responsible
for the day to day implementation of activities at field level.
·        
Make
sure that there are 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.
·        
Work
in liaison with the economic strengthening team for the development of 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.
·        
Continual
gathering and sharing of data specific to the sector
·        
Compile
and submit written reports on the program capturing impacts related to all
activities.
·        
Ensure
establishment and maintenance of relationships with communities, consortium
partners and other CSOs in target operation areas.
Qualifications, Skills and
Experience: 
·        
The
ideal candidate for this Mercy Corps Economic Strengthening Officer opportunity
should preferably hold a degree, 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
·        
Proven
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.
·        
Solid
background in economic and 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.
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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