Program Manager – USAID PEACE III Jobs – Mercy Corps

Organisation: Mercy Corps
Funding Source: USAID
Duty Station: Uganda
Reports to: Program
Director
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.
About PEACE III Program:
PEACE III
Program is designed to strengthen cross border Conflict Management in the Horn
of Africa. It will strengthen horizontal and vertical linkages within and
between local, national, and regional conflict management actors. In Uganda,
PEACE III will be implemented in Karamoja region with an operational office in
Moroto.
Job Summary:  The Program Manager will be in charge of the overall
planning and implementation of PEACE III activities in the designated corridors
in Karamoja. The Program Manager will directly manage the program staff based
in Moroto and will work with both management and Program staff in Kampala to
ensure activities are implemented according to schedule, budget and required
quality.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
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Oversee all the activities related to the PEACE III
Program in Karamoja Cluster area as agreed with the Program Director and the
Chief of Party, and in accordance with approved proposal, budget and timelines;
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Manage and share information with the Program
Director to ensure overall program targets and donor obligations are being
achieved;
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In charge of providing direct and ongoing
supervision and managerial support to PEACE III staff in Karamoja Region to
ensure effective implementation of program activities;
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Manage the development of program and staff work
plans, and ensure regular one-to-one sessions and performance reviews to review
progress and resolve any concerns or issues;
·        
Routinely recommend promotions, improvement plans,
dismissals/terminations in accordance to the Mercy Corps Uganda Personnel
Policy and Procedures and the Ugandan Labor Law;
·        
Technically support and facilitate PEACE III team
development, encouraging active participation of team members and supporting
positive relationships between members.
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Identify training needs and opportunities for PEACE
III staff to ensure that they have adequate resources to complete program
objectives, and to enable learning and growth;
·        
The Manager will ensure that all program staff have
the necessary facilities and office equipment for the smooth functioning of the
program;
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Visit project sites regularly to provide appropriate
technical assistance, monitor and oversee activities;
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Ensure full application of participatory
methodologies like PLA and Appreciative Inquiry in facilitation of community
dialogue meetings, and trainings and workshops;
·        
Assist the Project officers to establish a system to
monitor and evaluate program activities and impact on an ongoing basis. Ensure
that program monitoring is being done on a regular basis and that adequate
monitoring reports are prepared;
·        
Serve as the key liaison with relevant District government
officials and institutions, stakeholders and community members relevant to
PEACE III Program;
·        
Actively participate in peace and conflict-related
coordination meetings and professionally represent Mercy Corps in these
meetings;
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Build and strengthen working partnerships with
national and international NGOs, CBOs and other agencies involved in Conflict
Management initiatives and other Mercy Corps activities.
·        
Maintain close cooperation with the Finance and
Administration departments and other staff to ensure that the program is in
full compliance with all the established operational, administrative and
financial procedures;
·        
Regularly meet with the Program Director, Country
Director and the D/and Chief of Party to discuss program achievements,
especially when they deviate from the original plan;
·        
Take part in PEACE III Team meetings as required;
·        
Work in consultation with the Program Director to
organize and facilitate field visits for donors and Mercy Corps staff;
·        
Work in liaison with the Program Director, monitor
security developments and report to Mercy Corps Senior Management as per the
Mercy Corps Uganda security procedures and protocols;
·        
Jointly prepare donor reports with the Program
Director and other staff to capture program impact.
·        
Carry him or herself both professionally and
personally in such a manner as to bring credit to Mercy Corps and to not
jeopardize its humanitarian mission.
·        
Perform any other duties as assigned.
Qualifications, Skills and
Experience: 
·        
The ideal candidate for the Mercy Corps PEACE III
Program Manager vacancy must hold a Master’s degree in conflict
management/peace building or another social science.
·        
At least six years’ experience managing conflict
management or other capacity building related projects preferably with NGOS.
·        
Past experience in managing teams and facilitating
planning and program development processes
·        
Financial and personnel management experience and
knowledge
·        
Prior experience in both community level programming
and government focused capacity building.
·        
Leadership skills, and proven experience in
developing effective teams
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Proven problem solving skills.
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Demonstrated experience in coaching, conducting
workshops and community meeting facilitation.
·        
Excellent report writing skills and speaking skills
and an excellent communicator.
·        
Excellent organizational and managerial skills.
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Excellent computer skills, including all Microsoft
applications.
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Proven skills to successfully communicate and
initiate and maintain positive relationships with beneficiary’s community.
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Excellent relationship management skills.
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Ability to communicate effectively in English both
verbally and in writing
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Experience or working in Karamoja region, with
strong contextual knowledge of Karamoja cultures.
·        
Excellent written and oral communication skills.
·        
Demonstrated cultural sensitivity and appropriate
flexibility.
·        
Ability to effectively communicate with Mercy Corps
target populations and partners.
·        
Demonstrated attention to detail, ability to meet
deadlines, and work independently and cooperatively with team members.
·        
Willingness to travel frequently to remote
locations.
·        
Ability to quickly learn and implement new
information/concepts.
How to Apply:
All suitably
qualified and interested candidates should send their applications including a
cover letter clearly stating their salary requirements, updated CV (with three
referees), and copies of academic qualifications/certificates to the HR/Admin
Manager, Kampala Head Office on 4thFloor Embassy Plaza, Plot 1188-1190 Ggaba
Road. The E-mail applications with cover letter should be sent to:
mcjobs@ug.mercycorps.org.
Deadline: Friday, 14th August,
2015

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