Program Manager – TRAIL Employment Opportunity – Mercy Corps

Organisation: Mercy Corps
Duty Station:  Uganda
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).
Job Summary: The Program
Manager will offer support to multiple programs, including the USDA-funded
Revitalizing Agricultural Incomes and New Markets (RAIN), Walmart
Foundation-funded Building Women’s Income through Agricultural Training (BUILD)
and the Sweden-funded Transforming Agriculture for Improved Livelihood (TRAIL) programs,
as well as the MasterCard Foundation-funded Driving Youth-led New Agribusiness
and Microenterprise (DYNAMIC). Working in consortia with GOAL, VSO and Restless
Development, DYNAMIC will strengthen systems and facilitate creation of
economic opportunities for disadvantaged youth. DYNAMIC’s goal is to increase
the number of young people who are in secure employment or self-employment and
to promote agricultural market systems for youth, reaching 125,000
out-of-school youth aged 15–24 in eight districts over five years. Through a
market facilitation approach, youth already engaged in on-farm activities will
move to more productive and profitable farming. DYNAMIC will increase
facilitate access to technical skills, knowledge and market information, as well
as link agribusinesses and microenterprises to market opportunities, and ensure
they can utilize financial services. The Program Manager – TRAIL is a key
position in program quality assurance, accountability, documentation and
learning unit, which exists to support program design and implementation. The
position holder will support planning and execution of monitoring and
evaluation, ensuring quality in accordance with accepted standards, providing
essential feedback for learning, accountability and decision making. S/he will
be responsible for providing internal capacity building for program staff on
monitoring and evaluation activities as well as review and development of
necessary tools that feed into needs of Mercy Corps and donor reporting requirements.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
MEL Strategy and Design:
Ensure that Acholi program MEL systems are in
compliance with Mercy Corps global, regional and country policies, procedures,
standards and strategic initiatives
The incumbent will assist in program strategy
design, planning and implementation to ensure adherence to Mercy Corps’ Minimum
Standards, including the use of standardized indicators and documentation
Oversee the design and implementation of assessments
and other pre, ex-ante and post data collection and analysis.
Technically support learning-to-action events,
reflection session to analyze data for programmatic use and to document and
incorporate lessons learned into program design, planning and implementation.
Management of Data and Information System:
Support program teams to develop and maintain
knowledge and Information management system to support data collection,
reflection, analysis and reporting needs.
Ensure quality control procedures and accuracy of
entered data and comparing it with the existing filing system to make sure all
records are consistent and aligned.
Offer technical support in the development of MEL
Plans, tools, survey design, methodology, data analysis, and other services as
may be required for program monitoring and evaluation.
Technical Support and Capacity Building:
Play a key role in the development and leading in
the review of result chains, sector intervention strategies and M&E
frameworks and document changes to generate learnings and ideas for programs.
Maintain an up to date database that reflects
progress on mission (including disaggregated beneficiary counts) and donor
Build capacity of all relevant team members to
develop and maintain MEL.
Remain updated with developments among the Mercy
Corps Uganda MEL community and agency-wide MEL trends and resources.
Leverage lessons learned, best practices, program
data, evaluations and provide evidence based information, proposal annexes,
success stories, case studies and other high quality, results-based
Work closely with MEL and IT staff to maximize the
value and utility of ICT4MEL initiatives.
Qualifications, Skills and
The ideal candidate for the Mercy Corps Program
Manager – TRAIL should hold a bachelor’s degree in Economics, Agriculture,
Demography, Statistics, Business administration or relevant field.
A minimum of three years of program management,
monitoring and evaluation experience (experience with INGO is preferred).
Broad knowledge and understanding of the concepts
and demonstrate skills in monitoring and evaluation, project cycle, results
chain and frameworks, and participatory monitoring.
Previous experience with both quantitative and
qualitative data collection, reporting techniques. S/he should understand and
be able to apply basic measures of central tendency and spread, with excellent
writing and analytical skills.
Ability to design and implement surveys, have
knowledge of commonly used probability and purposive sampling techniques.
Significant experience in leading learning
extraction, development and sharing as part of the monitoring and evaluation
feedback process.
Previous exposure and experience using appreciative
inquiry and conflict sensitivity techniques and dynamism in working with
multi-cultural team environment.
Past experience with facilitation, capacity
building, formal and informal knowledge transfer, partnership strengthening and
empowering staff through opportunities for growth and development.
Computer literacy i.e. proficiency in Microsoft
Excel and at least one data management software including Ms Access, SPSS, and
Must be fluent both spoken and written English. Luo
language skills highly valued.
How to Apply:
All suitably
qualified and interested candidates should send their E-mail 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:
11th December 2015
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