Conflict and Governance Officer International NGO Jobs – Mercy Corps

 Conflict and Governance Officer
Mercy Corps
About Mercy
Mercy Corps is an International NGO that exists to alleviate poverty
and oppression by helping people build secure, productive and just communities.
Mercy Corps has been fully registered in Uganda as an operational NGO.
Currently Mercy Corps has an office in Kampala and is implementing Food
Security programs which comprise of Water and Sanitation, Livelihood and
Agriculture and Conflict Mitigation Management Program in North and North Eastern
Uganda. We implement programs in the northern districts of Pader, Kitgum,
Agago, Lamwo, Kaabong, Abim and Kotido with funding from USAID, USDA, Walmart
Foundation, SDC, DFID as well as other private donations.
Job Summary: The Conflict
and Governance Officer will build local partner capacity and serve as contact
person/adviser to AWOTID as the organizations is leading the GHG’s land
conflict Mitigation and governance efforts. The CMG team leader will also
inform the work of GHG Economic Development Team, which will work to improve
private-sector performance through, among other interventions, the fostering of
a Karamojong private sector body that can unite the concerns and aspirations of
local business people as they relate to governance and conflict-related issues.
Lastly, the CGO will work with other sector teams to enhance sector efforts to
achieve its desired objectives/goals.
Key Duties and
Oversee Abim-focused governance, conflict and
community mobilization/engagement and institutional capacity building
activities of identified civil society organizations (CSOs) within the program,
ensuring these CSOs are able to mobilize themselves and community members,
mitigate crime/conflict and engage with government.
This staff member will have primary
responsibility for management, leadership and support to local partner AWOTID.
Enhance capacity building/support to AWOTID and
other SO3 partners to strengthen their internal systems (Documentation,
reporting and communication) in a timely manner.
Advise on the development of CSO, youth-led
groups, mobilization strategies, capacity building programs and government
engagement strategy with or in the absence of other team members
In addition s/he will advise in developing and
implementing training programs for members of the CSO (Youth Groups,
traditional leaders and other stakeholders), including local government
officials involved in conflict management, prevention of crime and sexual and
gender-based violence, dispute resolution and multi-stakeholder dialogues.
S/he will further support CSOs to develop a
conflict prevention plan over resource use, including livestock (depending on
the possible areas of tension) and facilitate local response and management of
conflicts as they emerge.
Provide key support to CSO management system
development for local partners, including financial and internal governance
standards and adherence.
Partnership Management:
Work closely with local government officials,
local NGOs and civil society organizations, local religious leaders and other
notables to ensure support for and acceptance of Mercy Corps’ programs.
Build and maintain close working relationships
with other humanitarian and development organizations, and local partners,
including representing Mercy Corps at local coordination meetings as may be
Communicate the organization’s commitment to
gender equity, and the rationale for it, to staff and stakeholders.
Monitoring and Evaluation:
Create a dynamic program environment that
promotes inquiry;
Establish procedures and guidelines to monitor
and evaluate the progress and impact of AWOTID development support work
including setting and measuring benchmarks along results chains;
Analyze project implementation strategies to
identify constraints to program success and provide timely recommendations;
Provide data in support of team submission of
timely weekly, monthly, and quarterly reports that will be indicative of
program progress during implementation.
Skills and Experience: 
The ideal candidate for the Mercy Corps Conflict
and Governance Officer job opportunity should hold a Bachelor’s Degree in
appropriate subject i.e Social Science, Peace Studies, Development
Studies/Mobilization or related field.
Three or more years of experience focused on
governance programs at both community and official levels.
Previous experience supporting the development
of CSO internal management systems.
Good team management, report writing and
training skills are strong assets.
Broad knowledge and understanding of complex
emergencies, related security concerns and appropriate responses.
Excellent negotiation and representation skills
and the ability to work comfortably with an ethnically diverse staff in a
sensitive environment.
Computer literacy i.e. working knowledge of
Microsoft Office applications (Word, excel, PowerPoint and Outlook) are a
Excellent English language skills essential
(verbal and written), with Ethurr skills preferred.
Experience working with youths is desirable
Ability to ride a motor bike with a valid riding
permit is preferable
How to
All prospective Ugandans who wish to join Mercy Corps are encouraged to
send their applications via email including a cover letter clearly stating your
salary requirements, CV (with 3 referees), and copies of academic
qualifications/certificates to addressed to the Senior
HR and Legal Manager, Kampala Head Office on 4th Floor Embassy Plaza, Plot
1188-1190 Ggaba Road.
Deadline: 25th
August, 2016
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