USAID GHG Program Maternal/Child Health & Nutrition Advisor Job Placement – Mercy Corps

Organisation: Mercy Corps
Project Name: Growth, Health and Governance (GHG) Program
Funding Source: USAID
Duty Station: Uganda
Reports to: Chief of Party
Tracking Code: 220200-927
About US:
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.
We were recently awarded a market-development focused 5-year USAID/Food for
Peace-funded program working in the northern half of Karamoja. The program has
three strategic objectives (SO):
  • Pro-poor market development (SO1)
  • Improved health for children under five years
    of age (SO2)
  • Improved security and governance (SO3)
About USAID GHG Program:
project, called the Northern Karamoja Growth, Health and Governance (GHG)
program, 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. Mercy Corps is the prime grantee,
leading the implementation of SO1 and supporting SO2 and SO3, with
accountability for all project interventions. World Vision Inc. is the
technical lead for SO2, while Karamoja Peace and Development Agency (KAPDA)
plus other local civil society agencies lead the implementation of SO3. A
research partner, Tufts University’s Feinstein International Centre (FIC),
performs annual impact evaluations to inform ongoing programming.
Job Summary: The Maternal/Child Health & Nutrition Advisor will
offer technical support in the delivery of GHG’s high quality MCHN activities.
These include behaviour change programming through mother care groups,
community dialogues, interventions to improve health system accountability, gender
equality programming focused on engaging male role models and building life
skills of women and sanitation promotion activities. The MCHN Officer will also
support coordination between sectors and among partners, including World Vision
as well as overall technical competency of Mercy Corps implemented activities.
The MCHN Officer will work with staff to capture learning from the field and to
support strategy and make tactic adjustments as needed. The jobholder will also
support all SO2 M&E related activities, including report writing, rapid
assessments (as needed), analyses, stories and other learning to articulate the
work of GHG in the health and nutrition sector.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:  
1. Program:
  • Render support in the implementation of
    health system governance activities and behavior change interventions
    across the three districts of Northern Karamoja, with a focus on high
    quality program delivery
  • Provide staff training in key technical areas
    with follow up support through on-site field mentorship
  • Design and implement standardized monitoring
    and periodic research activities to inform program quality reviews and
    strategy adjustments in coordination with other staff
  • Ensure an integrated approach to program
    implementation in order to maximize resource utilization and synergy between
    the staff and different MC partners
  • Offer strategic support to team members to
    help them deliver their activities as per agreed work plan and achieve
  • Recommend program priorities and explore,
    evaluate and present new opportunities with high potential for impact in
    the areas of health, nutrition and gender
  • Advocate for health priorities in line with
    GHG strategy at key district, regional and national events, working with
    partners and team leaders
2. Partnership Management:
  • Support partnership oversight ensuring
    complementarity, compliance and integration of GHG partners, esp. World
    Vision and WHAVE
  • Build and strengthen productive working
    relationships with sub-county and district leaders, soliciting their
    participation in all activities where appropriate
3. Team Leadership:
  • Actively participate in the recruitment of
    new staff, establish effective supervision structures, identify and meet
    training needs and ensure adherence to Mercy Corps’ performance management
    system within the team;
  • Encourage an adaptive management learning
    culture in which evidence is continuously generated and lessons learned
    are actively shared across the consortium for maximum impact
  • Work closely with HQ and national office
    staff to strengthen operations, identify and pursue complementary
4. Monitoring and
  • Support a dynamic program environment that
    promotes inquiry, together with the MCHN Manager and SO2 team leaders;
  • Support external evaluations by research
    partner Feinstein International Center and other organizations where
  • Keenly analyze project implementation
    strategies to identify constraints to program success and provide timely
  • Support coordinated data collection systems
    and reporting formats between partners, with integrated communications to
    ensure sharing of lessons learned and foster an supportive environment
    driven by achievement
5. External
Representation and Coordination:
  • Build and strengthen working relationships
    with communities, village councils and local government in Abim, Kotido
    and Kaabong, Karamoja target areas.
  • Offer technical support and coordinate visits
    from regional and HQ based staff and external visitors, such as donors and
    media, in collaboration with CoP and MCHN Manager.
  • Support coordination of key actors as
    relevant for program implementation –government ministries, UN agencies,
    NGOs, private sector partners – and establish mechanisms for contacting
    local community organizations and partners and other local NGOs/CBOs in
    line with key GHG areas of work
  • Advocate at local, regional, and where possible
    national platforms for GHG supported strategies for health and nutrition.
Qualifications, Skills and Experience:  
  • The ideal candidate for the USAID Maternal/Child
    Health & Nutrition Advisor career opportunity should hold a Master’s
    Degree or equivalent in public health, with advanced training and/or
    experience in nutrition, maternal and child health and Behavior Change
  • A minimum of three years’ experience,
    preferably with experience in developing countries and living in a
    difficult environment
  • Prior experience with Mother Care Groups and
    community dialogues is an added advantage
  • Significant experience in managing MCHN
    related program activities
  • Broad knowledge and understanding of health
    systems strengthening, preferably with an understanding of the
    facilitative approach to development
  • Superb English verbal and written
    communication and presentation skills required
  • Broad understanding of data analysis and
  • Proven ability to communicate with donors,
    private sector and civil society partners and host government
  • Demonstrated flexibility, creativity and
    enthusiasm as well as a willingness to learn and to be continually
    adaptive within a dynamic working environment
  • Self-starter, with strong capacity for
    critical thinking and problem solving
  • Demonstrated ability to focus on day-to-day
    tasks at hand while also working towards longer-term objectives with an
    understanding that these will change continuously
  • Willingness to travel frequently and
    extensively in remote areas with basic services
Personal Competencies:
  • Organizational Learning: As part of our 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 Mercy Corps as well as
  • Accountability to Beneficiaries: Mercy
    Corps team members are expected to support all efforts towards
    accountability, specifically to our beneficiaries and to international
    standards guiding international relief and development work, while
    actively engaging beneficiary communities as equal partners in the design,
    monitoring and evaluation of our field projects.
How to Apply:
suitably qualified and interested candidates who wish to join USAID’s Mercy
Corps GHG Program should apply online by visiting the web link below.

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