3 PEPFAR-Grant Program Officer Job Opportunities – Mercy Corps

Job Title:          Program Officer (3 Job Opportunities)
Organization: Mercy Corps
Project Name: PEPFAR Safe
Work, Life Skills and Market Connections to Decrease HIV Risk for Young Women
(SKY) Project
Duty Station: Lira, Gulu and
Oyam, Uganda
Reports to: Senior Program
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.
About PEPFAR DREAMS Project:
Mercy Corps was recently awarded funding for a 2-year PEPFAR DREAMS
program, Cultivating Safe Work, Life Skills and Market Connections to Decrease
HIV Risk for Young Women (SKY) seeking to address the growing rate of HIV/AIDS
among young women (ages 19 -24) who engage in transactional sex in the Gulu,
Lira and Oyam Districts. SKY will reduce 4,500 young women’s reliance on
transactional sex by providing them the skills, confidence and connections
needed to achieve steady employment.
Job Summary:  The Program Officer will be responsible for community
engagement, including the identification, recruitment and retention of young
women (creation of safe space groups); the execution of livelihood development
and health related activities (enrollment in vocational training institutes and
referrals to health facilities), market facilitation activities including
private sector engagement and subsidies. He/she will be locally hired and based
in the Lira, Gulu and Oyam area. The incumbent will be responsible for
day-to-day field-work in implementation of activities, mobilization, formation
and monitoring of groups of young women and related education and livelihoods
Key Duties and
  • Work closely with all the program staff in
    implementation of the program.
  • Engage community members (community
    representatives, teachers, religious leaders, government officials and
  • Coordinate directly with CBOs to implement
  • Organize community events to sensitize
    communities on the SKY Program
  • Offer support to partnerships in relation
    to market facilitation activities and vocational training
  • Keenly monitor and track the success and
    failures of young women and groups
  • Collect program data accurately and
    forward the same to the office timely.
  • Offer support community mapping
    activities, market assessments and base-line/end-line evaluation
  • Prepare accurate and timely monitoring and
    field reports and other project documentation as required.
  • Maintain proper project/program files.
  • Represent the organization in meetings at
    the grass root level.
  • 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.
  • Perform any other duties as assigned by
    his/her supervisor or representatives
Qualifications, Skills and
  • The ideal candidate for the Mercy Corps Program
    Officer career opportunity should a Bachelor’s Degree in Community
    Development, Economic Development or related field or diploma with over
    three years experience;
  • At least three years’ experience working
    with NGOs/CBO’s in civic engagement, livelihoods and education
  • Show commitment to working with youth and
    vulnerable groups in need, regardless of race, tribe, religion or gender;
  • Broad knowledge and understanding of
    working with local partners;
  • Good problem solving, written and oral
    communication skills;
  • Strong written and spoken English
  • Local language skills required
  • Ability to work without constant
    supervision and as part of a mixed team;
  • Computer literacy skills i.e. Good
    knowledge of MS Office software such as Excel, Word, and Access;
  • Proven ability and curiosity to work
    comfortably and effectively in this region.
  • S/he will be an excellent communicator,
    have a strong sense of humor, multi-tasker, and able to work difficult and
    often stressful environments.
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 ug-mcjobs@mercycorps.org addressed to the Senior
HR and Legal Manager, Kampala Head Office on 4th Floor Embassy Plaza, Plot
1188-1190 Ggaba Road.
Deadline: 29th
September, 2016

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