Program Officer Non-profit Jobs – Mercy Corps

Organisation: Mercy Corps
Project Name: Project Name: Yes Empowered for Success (YES!)
Funding Source: Coca-Cola Africa Foundation
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda
Reports to: Senior Program Manager
About US:
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 Coca-Cola Africa Foundation YES! Project:
Corps is implementing the Kampala-focused YES! (Yes Empowered for Success)
program, funded by The Coca-Cola Africa Foundation. YES! believes that if youth
(aged 18-35) acquire market-driven and transferable skills, are empowered to
identify and access market opportunities, and are supported to thrive within an
inclusive enabling environment, then they will increase their employment and
entrepreneurship and drive their economies forward.
Job Summary: The Program Officer will support the implementation
of YES! activities which will focus on increasing youth employment at private
employers and supporting youth entrepreneurs. The specifics of these activities
will include: engaging youth in the program design and implementation;
identifying market actors interested in training youth in skills relevant for
youth and the market; and working closely with entrepreneurs-in-residence to
provide ongoing support to youth entrepreneurs.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
1. In charge of planning,
developing and implementing youth employment and entrepreneurship activities:
  • Actively participate in assessments in the
    target geographic areas to assess current situation, economic
    opportunities and resources, needs and potential programs as well as
  • Introduce program to relevant stakeholders
    including local business owners, local representatives and community
  • Work closely with the Senior Program Manager,
    develop partnerships with private sector partners to train youth in key
    skills (financial management; transferable; business and employability).
  • Manage trainers responsible for components of
    the youth skills trainings.
  • Manage and monitor work on private sector
    partnerships to ensure positive impact for key beneficiaries.
  • Mobilize targeted youth to fully participate
    in the program (from design to implementation) for sustainability.
  • Assist the Senior Program Manager in
    recruitment of entrepreneurs-in-residence and monitoring of their work.
  • Build and maintain good coordination and
    working relationships with local government officials, representing Mercy
    Corps and soliciting participation in activities where appropriate and as
  • Ensure close coordination and sharing of
    information with relevant stakeholders such as local government, NGOs and
    local authorities, as appropriate and advised by the line manager.
3. Documentation,
Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting:
  • Work in liaison with supervisor to capture
    data for measuring output and impact of the program; and to ensure
    accurate and timely flow of information from the field.
  • Prepare and submit timely weekly, monthly,
    and quarterly reports that will be indicative of program progress during
    implementation. Respond to queries if and when necessary.
  • Update and maintain proper filing system.
4. Organizational
  • As part of Mercy Corps Uganda’s commitment to
    organizational learning and in support of our understanding that learning
    organizations are more effective, efficient and relevant to the
    communities they serve – we expect all team members to commit 5% of their
    time to learning activities that benefit the program as well as
  • Conduct himself/herself both professionally
    and personally in such a manner as to bring credit to Mercy Corps Uganda
    and to not jeopardize its humanitarian mission.
  • Perform any other related duties assigned
Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The ideal candidate for the Mercy Corps
    Program Officer should hold a Bachelor’s Degree in business, agribusiness,
    economic development or other relevant field is preferred.
  • At least three years’ experience in business
    or market/economic development, preferably in the private sector or
    development industry.
  • Strong practical experience working with
    private sector and financial institution partners ideal.
  • The incumbent should be a creative,
    action-oriented problem solver with strong experience in partnership
  • Strong writing, communication, organization,
    prioritization and negotiating skills.
  • Excellent (English) verbal and written
    communication skills.
  • Strong computer literacy with a full
    knowledge of office applications.
  • Keen attention to detail and ability to complete
    tasks in a timely manner.
  • Excellent teamwork abilities and
    interpersonal skills.
  • Demonstrated flexibility, creativity and
    enthusiasm as well as a willingness to learn and to be continually
    adaptive within a dynamic and often self-directed working environment
  • Willingness to spend much time in the field
    and work closely with program target groups.
How to Apply:
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:
Deadline:  29th
February 2016
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