Private Sector Engagement Officer NGO Career Jobs – Mercy Corps

 Private Sector Engagement Officer
Mercy Corps
Kampala, Uganda
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 Private
Sector Engagement Officer will mainly focus on private sector partnerships,
engaging employers, financial institutions, social microenterprises,
multinational corporations, business groups and other businesses with youth
where private sector incentives overlap with the goals of the program.
Key Duties and
1. Program:
With support from the Senior Program Manager,
conduct different assessments in the target geographic areas to assess current
situation, economic opportunities, needs and challenges
Identify, assess partnerships with potential
private sector actors for possible linkages to young people
The incumbent will ensure that young people in
the program are linked to suitable economic opportunities
Build strong partnerships with private sector
actors with an incentive to provide training to youth in transferable;
financial management; business and employability skills, with the support of
external trainers and entrepreneurs-in-residence.
Manage relationships and monitor work on private
sector partnerships to ensure positive impact for young people
Advise Mercy Corps on ways to enhance reach and
2. Collaboration/Networking:
Introduce the program to relevant stakeholders
including local business owners, local representatives and community members.
Foster ongoing positive cooperation with these stakeholders
Ensure close coordination and sharing of
information with relevant stakeholders such as local government departments,
NGO’s and local authorities, as appropriate and advised by the line manager;
Build connections with senior partnership staff
to keep up to date on new projects and developments as change in their
environment is fast paced and the potential for collaboration can arise at any
Proactively engage with private businesses
support providers and stakeholders to promote engagement with, and links to,
the business navigator service
Identify and profile potential new sources of
partnerships and secure new business development meetings with potential
partners, supporters, or sponsors
Planning and delivery of quality events for our
partners, including reviewing event formats and processes and programmes,
identifying and approaching relevant high quality entrepreneurial
opportunities, and working with the events team to ensure the successful
delivery of the events (training, opportunity meetings, exposure visits etc).
Providing technical supports and mentorship to
identified partnerships in areas of business development, contextual analysis,
modifying business strategies tailored to the needs of youths.
3. Documentation, Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting:
Comply to M&E systems that will be
established to measure program impacts and desired results
Analyse project implementation strategies to
identify constraints to program success and provide timely recommendations;
Prepare and submit timely weekly, monthly, and
quarterly report that will be indicative of program progress during
Ensure that all approaches to the private sector
partnerships are profiled, tracked consistently, through effective use of
stakeholder management plan
Work closely with the MEL Officer to ensure
accurate and timely flow of information from the field for entry in the
Maintain constructive dialogue and technical
exchange with field counterparts and technical staff of implementing partners.
As requested, support the on-going monitoring of
Mercy Corps’ supported work in coordination with M&E and operations
Identify potential research areas and document
key learnings (case stories, learning papers etc) within different partnerships
that explores different models for scaling
Develop and test specific private sector
engagement evaluation tools that are relevant to the program to generate
knowledge and share learning across Mercy Corps’ programs
Skills and Experience: 
The ideal candidate for the Mercy Corps Private
Sector Engagement Officer job opportunity should hold a Bachelor’s Degree in
business, agribusiness, economic development or other relevant field required
A minimum of three years’ experience in the
private sector engagement and development;
Ability to interact effectively with a wide
variety of people
Willingness to work in the field and ability to
ride motor cycle
Skills in networking, team-working, and
community consultations
Good reporting, communication and representation
Good spoken and written English.
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: 29th
August, 2016
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