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USAID GHG Program Jobs – MCHN Officer – Mother Care Group Team at Mercy Corps

Organisation: Mercy
Corps
Project Name: USAID Growth
Health and Governance (GHG) Project
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).
About USAID GHG Program:
Mercy Corps implements a market-development
focused 5-year USAID/Food for Peace-funded program working in the northern
half of Karamoja, and are in search of Health Facility Support Officers for
Abim District with support to Kaabong District. The project, called Growth
Health and Governance (GHG) 2012-2017, aims to support the immediate needs
of program beneficiaries while promoting long-term development by spurring
systemic improvements in key economic sectors of northern Karamoja.
Job Summary: The
MCHN Officer – Mother Care Group Team will offer support in the roll out of
a women’s empowerment curriculum to the community-based mother care groups.
MCGs are a community platform of mothers that gather to share health and
nutrition information with their neighbors. Those in the MCG+ model also
benefit from additional training that focused on increasing their access
and control over resources through life skills and economic empowerment trainings.
The incumbent will be responsible for the quality of program delivery, from
training of mentors to support supervision and coordination with other
teams. Trainings will cover life skills, basic numeracy and savings, as
well as business development skills. These topics will be introduced
concurrently with the ongoing health and nutrition information that is the
focus of the traditional mother care groups. The ability of the officer to
effectively provide training and support supervision to the network of
mentors responsible for implementation of the curriculum will be one of the
position’s three success factors. The second will be the ability of the
officer to effectively build evidence of program coverage and quality,
documenting activity roll out and lessons learned through shared
communications platforms across the SO2 sector and with partner World
Vision. The third success factor will be the degree to which the officer
effectively collaborates with MCHN partners, and the other GHG teams, driving
integrated programming through mutual learning and programmatic support
that ultimately benefits pregnant and lactating mothers and children under
two.
Key Duties and
Responsibilities: 
1. Program:
  • Deliver MCG+ trainings on life
    skills, numeracy, savings, business development, and other topics as
    needed in a timely and coordinated manner
  • Identify and document best
    practices to share with the team, GHG partner World Vision and other
    relevant stakeholders
  • Offer support supervision and
    quality control checks to mentors to troubleshooting challenges,
    standardize implementation approaches, ensure high quality delivery of
    MCG+ messages
  • Work closely with the MCHN Teams,
    World Vision and Mercy Corps, on program implementation to leverage
    resources and maximize impac
  • Provide technical support to
    other MCHN programing areas as needed such as support on
    implementation of MCHN modules to care groups or support to community
    behaviour change activities.
  • Collaboratively represent the
    health activities of GHG together with partners World Vision and Whave
    at relevant local government and civil society fora
  • Provide technical contribution to
    the development of core IEC materials
  • Work in liaison with team leaders
    of MC SO2 activities to coordinate day-to-day operations and logistics
    to maximize use of resources and ensure complementary programming
2. Monitoring and Evaluation:
  • Ensure feedback loops between
    community, MCGs, mentors and staff are active, with responsive changes
    implemented
  • Offer ongoing support to mentors
    in monitoring, evaluation and learning
  • Take primary responsibility for
    data gathering, quality control and communicating to MELC focal person
    on MCG+ activities
  • Manage the MCG+ filing system and
    ensure that information is organized according to the reporting and
    auditing needs of the program
3. Partnership Management:
  • Build and maintain productive
    working relationship with World Vision and Whave, working together to
    develop complementary monitoring, evaluation, and adaptive management
    structures wherever possible
  • Work closely with partners to
    coordinate and maximize influence at local and regional forums
  • Establish and maintain productive
    working relationships with sub-county and district leaders, soliciting
    their participation in all activities where appropriate;
4. External Representation and Coordination:
  • Ensure establishment and
    maintenance of relationships with communities, village councils and
    local government
  • Support visits from regional and
    HQ based staff and external visitors, such as donors and media, in collaboration
    with the team leader when necessary
Qualifications, Skills and
Experience: 
  • The ideal candidate for the Mercy
    Corps MCHN Officer job opportunity should hold a minimum of three
    years of related work experience
  • Previous exposure and experience
    in savings, financial empowerment or functional adult learning a plus
  • Significant experience with
    private sector financial institutions or income generating activity
    experience a plus
  • Proven skills in data collection,
    verification and documentation
  • Proven skills in networking,
    team-building, community consultations and organizational development;
  • Excellent reporting, communication
    and representation skills
  • Willingness to consider new
    perspectives, promote gender equality and engage in advanced gender
    training
  • Possession of a valid Motorbike
    riding permit 
  • Fluency in Nga’Karamojong
    required
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 Human Resource 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: mcjobs@ug.mercycorps.org
Deadline:  1st February 2016
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