USAID GHG Urban Development Officer Non-profit Careers – Mercy Corps

 Urban Development Officer
Mercy Corps
Project Name: USAID Growth
Health and Governance (GHG) Project
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.
About 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.
Job Summary: The Urban
Development Officer will design, implement and support facilitation projects
that improve the performance of sectors that are key to sustainable urban
development in the semi-arid environment of Karamoja. At the start, this will
include water access, energy access, sanitation and hygiene, but may expand to
new sectors as the urban project progresses. These activities will work almost
exclusively through private sector actors, seeking to crowd in provision rather
than displace or replicate private actors with donor-funded services. It will
also require a high degree of fruitful coordination with civil society and
local government.
Key Duties and
With support from the team leader, carry out
market assessments and develop sector-focused strategies;
The incumbent will introduce the program to
relevant stakeholders including local business owners, local representatives
and community members. Foster ongoing positive cooperation with these
Ensure an integrated approach to program
implementation in order to maximize resource utilization and synergy between
the staff and different MC programs, if any;
Actively participate in the periodic program
planning, review and reflection meetings and sessions
Partnership Management:
Identify, assess and develop partnership
strategies for potential private sector GHG partners;
Build and maintain productive working
relationships with town council, sub-county and district leaders and line departments,
soliciting their participation in all activities where appropriate;
Make on-site field visits regularly to provide
technical review and/or design suggestions;
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 plans.
Monitoring and Evaluation:
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 implementation.
Where needed support external evaluations by
research partner Feinstein International Centre and other organizations;
Work closely with the Chief Learning Officers to
ensure accurate and timely flow of information from the field for entry in the
database and for preparation of PR materials.
Promote a learning culture through documenting
impact and lessons learnt during implementation
Conduct himself/herself both professionally and
personally in such a manner as to bring credit to Mercy Corps and to not jeopardize
its humanitarian mission;
Other duties as assigned by the line manager.
Skills and Experience: 
The ideal candidate for the Mercy Corps Urban
Development Officer job opportunity should hold a University degree in
business, economics or a related field, preferable in a related field
A minimum of three years of professional
Ability and willingness to ride a motor cycle.
Ability to interact effectively with a wide
variety of people
Ability to evaluate businesses and business
Skills in networking, team-working, and
community consultations
Good reporting, communication and representation
Good spoken and written English. Fluency in
Ngakarimojong and Ethurr is an advantage
Willingness to work on the field
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
For more of the latest jobs, please visit or
find us on our facebook page

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *