USAID GHG Financial Services and Business Enterprise Officer Careers – Mercy Corps

Organization: Mercy Corps
USAID Growth
Health and Governance (GHG) Project
Duty Station: Uganda
About Mercy Corps:
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.
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.  Mercy Corps plans to expand
its GHG livestock activities to identify and pilot key interventions that have
the potential to improve the productivity and competitiveness of Karamoja’s
livestock producers – including cattle for meat and dairy, goats and sheep.
The Financial
Services and Business Enterprise Officer will participate in the daily
implementation of the development programming through support to key business
partners including commercial banks, MFIs, SACCOs, Business Forums, agro
processors, traders, transporters, input sellers, pharmacies, animal and human
healthcare providers, consumer goods retailers, and a host of other actors. The
Financial Services and Business Enterprise Officer is also responsible for
assisting in the implementation and facilitation of projects that make
beneficial products and services accessible to households within northern
Karamoja. These activities will work almost exclusively through private sector
actors, seeking to crowd in provisions rather than displace or replicate
private actors with donor-funded services. Facilitation projects support the
creation of an enabling financial inclusion and business environment and will
include, but are not limited to, building the capacity of community level
financial service providers such as SACCOs and VSLAs and building the capacity
of Business Forums and their members to provide services and products.
Duties and Responsibilities: 
1. Program:
  • Work
    closely with Business Forums and financial service providers to identify
    equitable solutions for financial inclusion and economic growth.
  • Build
    the capacity of Village Savings and Loans Associations (VSLAs) and
    financial institutions operating in Kaabong.
  • Offer
    support the development of business development services and a sustainable
    BDS delivery system.
  • Recommend
    program priorities and explore, evaluate and present new opportunities
    with high potential for impact.
  • With
    support from the team leader, carry out financial market assessments and
  • Introduce
    the program to relevant stakeholders including local business owners,
    local representatives and community members. Foster ongoing positive
    cooperation with these stakeholders.
  • Ensure
    an integrated approach to program implementation in order to maximize
    resource utilization and synergy between the staff and different MC
    programs, if any.
2. Partnership Management:
  • Identify,
    assess and develop partnership strategies for potential private sector GHG
  • Build
    and maintain productive working relationships with, District Commercial
    Officer, sub-county and district leaders and production and marketing
    departments, soliciting their participation in all activities where
  • Make
    on-site field visits regularly to provide technical review and/or design
  • Work
    closely with team leader(s) and Mercy Corps technical staff in order to
    develop potential projects, implement and closely monitor selected
    economic development projects including detailed work plans and business
3. Monitoring and
  • Create
    a dynamic program environment that promotes inquiry.
  • Take
    primary responsibility for sector-focused data gathering.
  • Establish
    procedures and guidelines to monitor and evaluate the progress and impact
    of economic development support work including setting and measuring
    benchmarks along results chains.
  • Keenly
    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
  • Where
    needed, support external evaluations by research partner Feinstein
    International Centre and other organizations.
  • Work
    closely with the Chief Learning Officer to ensure accurate and timely flow
    of information from the field for entry in the database and for
    preparation of PR materials.
4. Other:
  • Conduct
    himself/herself both professionally and personally in such a manner as to
    bring credit to Mercy Corps and to not jeopardize its humanitarian
  • Other
    duties as assigned by the line manager.
Skills and Experience:
  • The
    ideal candidate for the Mercy Corps Financial Services and Business
    Enterprise Officer job placement should hold a University degree in
    business, economics or a related field
  • A
    minimum of three years of professional experience
  • Previous
    experience working in micro finance
  • Willingness
    to work in the field
  • Ability
    to interact effectively with a wide variety of people
  • Ability
    to evaluate businesses and business plans and support business growth
  • Skills
    in networking, team-working, and community consultations
  • Good
    reporting, communication and representation skills
  • Good
    spoken and written English. Fluency in Ngakarimojong and Ethurr is an
How to Apply:
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: 16th August, 2016

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