Walmart Foundation BUILD Program Manager Vacancy – Mercy Corps

Job Title:      Program Manager  
Organisation: Mercy Corps
Project Name: Walmart
Foundation-funded Building Women’s Income through Agricultural Training (BUILD)
Duty Station: Uganda
About US:
Mercy Corps is
an international non-profit organization which been operating in Uganda since
2006 and works to catalyze change makers within the private sector, civil
society and government to create economically dynamic, healthy and secure
communities. Our works focus on building resilience and enable economic growth,
improve opportunities to attain better health and nutrition, and improved
governance and conflict management. We implement programs in the districts of
Pader, Kitgum, Gulu, Agago, and Lamwo in Acholi and entire Karamoja as well as
eastern Uganda with funding from USAID, USDA, Walmart Foundation, SDC, DFID as
well as other private donations. Mercy Corps’ programs in Acholi Sub-region
currently focus on economic and market development, agriculture, financial
services, and women’s empowerment.
About Walmart Foundation BUILD Program:
Foundation is funding the Building Women’s Income through Agricultural Training
(BUILD) Program whose main purpose is to train 60,000 farmers (50% female) on
agronomy; post-harvest handling and business skills, in addition to
facilitating women’s economic empowerment. The program seeks to achieve these
goals in close partnership with key local and national private sector actors
and community-based organizations.
Job Summary: The Program
Manager will oversee the Walmart Foundation-funded Building Women’s Income
through Agricultural Training (BUILD) Program activities to fulfill the
objectives in Lamwo, Pader, Agago, and Kitgum districts. The Program Manager
will have the support of a team of agriculture extension officers, a gender
officer, and financial services officer to better address and improve the
performance various sectors in achieving the program overall goals. The Program
Manager should work closely with the monitoring, evaluation and learning team
to ensure that interventions are rigorous and evidence-based.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
Program Management:
The incumbent will coordinate, manage and motivate
program teams through ensuring that they have clear objectives/individual work
plans as part of performance management) and receive meaningful feedback on
their performance.
Ensure an integrated approach to program
implementation in order to maximize resource utilization and synergy between
the staff and different MC programs.
Ensure that BUILD meets the minimum standards of
program management at Mercy Corps.
Partnership Management:
Build and strengthen working relationships with the
private sector, including businesses and community-based organizations for
potential private sector, civil society and government partners.
Explore new relationships with other private sector
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.
Office Management:
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.
The incumbent will oversee the recruitment and
training of program staff to ensure staffs are of the quality and capacity to
successfully implement activities. Monitor and advise on staffing needs
throughout the program. Ensure evaluations and disciplinary measures are made,
as necessary according to Mercy Corps policy.
Exercise sound judgment to ensure project expenses
are reasonable, allocable and prudent. Ensure all project funds are spent in
accordance with donor rules and regulations. Work with the Deputy Director of
Programs to forecast expenditure surpluses and deficits to enable adjustments
to be made to the program in a timely fashion.
Manage the program filing system and ensure that
information is organized according to the reporting and auditing needs of the
program. Ensure required levels of confidentiality.
Provide direct and ongoing supervision and
managerial support to all staff on the program.
Work closely with the country team’s security focal
point to develop and maintain systems that ensure the safety and security of
the team in all aspects of its work.
Monitoring and Evaluation:
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. Coordinate data gathering and
management with all office-based program staff and take overall responsibility
for monitoring and evaluation.
Ensure that team leaders are paying sufficient
attention to the continual gathering and digestion of operating environment and
activity reports, and that teams are holding frequent activity review sessions
to continually re-examine the relevance and impact of the program.
Prepare and submit quality written reports on the
program activities capturing impacts related to all activities.
Ensure close coordination and sharing of information
with other stakeholders such as other donors, other NGOs, and local
Conduct himself/herself both professionally and
personally in such a manner as to bring positive recognition to Mercy Corps and
to not endanger mercy Corps’ humanitarian mission.
Perform any other duties as assigned by your
Qualifications, Skills and
The ideal candidate should preferably hold a Master’s
Degree in business, economic development or other relevant field is preferred.
A minimum of five years of relevant international
experience with positions of progressively greater responsibilities.
Management and demonstrated success building,
managing and leading a team of professionals.
Strong writing, communication, organization,
prioritization and negotiating skills.
Excellent (English) verbal and written communication
skills with proven financial management skills.
Past experience with gender mainstreaming and
managing partnerships with entities such as companies and community-based
organizations highly desired.
Excellent quantitative skills required.
Financial accounting experience preferred.
Previous experience in building and maintaining
strong/productive relations with implementing and strategic partner agencies is
preferred. This includes coordinating with government authorities and
Prior experience working in conflict environments is
Computer literacy skills i.e. knowledge of office
The successful candidate will possess strong
leadership skills, with the ability to maintain a broad perspective. He/she
will undertake innovative approaches, be agile in the conceptualization of new
program ideas, and will be well versed in strategic thinking and planning.
Possess the ability and desire to grow individually
and professionally in a difficult environment is important.
The successful candidate will have the ability to live
and work successfully in remote, insecure, and challenging setting with limited
An even temperament and good sense of humor is a
Furthermore, appreciations of a consultative, team
approach to decision-making and the ability to lead a team, including an
ability to work with limited supervision.
How to Apply:
All suitably
qualified and interested Ugandan 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:
9th November 2015

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