USAID Project Economic Strengthening Officer Jobs – Mercy Corps

Job Title:          Economic Strengthening Officer
Organization: Mercy Corps
Duty Station: Uganda
Reports to: Economic
Strengthening Technical Lead
About Us:
Mercy Corps is an International non-profit organization that has been
operating in Uganda since 2006 and works to catalyze change makers within the
Ugandan private sector, civil society and government to create economically
dynamic, healthy and secure communities. Our works focus on building resilience
and enable economic growth, improve opportunities to attain better health and
nutrition, and improved governance and conflict management. 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 Project:
Mercy Corps is implementing the USAID-funded five year program on
Better Outcomes for Children and Youth in Eastern and Northern Uganda whose
program goal is to improve the wellbeing of children and youth orphaned by HIV
and other adversities in Uganda. It mainly focuses on orphaned and vulnerable
children, youth and their caregivers to have improved access and utilization of
health, nutrition, education, and psychosocial wellbeing and reducing abuse,
exploitation and neglect. The sector priorities include meeting immediate
economic needs of the most vulnerable target groups though temporary
interventions to uplift and integrate them in to market systems; increased
savings and access to credit opportunities; increased opportunities for income
growth and building assets; and better access to group based education and
support programming.
Job Summary: The Economic
Strengthening Officer will responsible for the implementation of the economic
empowerment component of the program in northern Uganda. The incumbent will be
responsible for activity planning and implementation to improve the economic
conditions of target groups through improved access and utilization of services
and products and better access to markets. Reporting to the Economic
Strengthening Technical Lead, the Officer will work with a consortium of
agencies under the prime lead of World Education.
Key Duties and
Responsibilities: 
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With guidance from the technical lead, the
officer will be responsible for program planning and implementation in the
areas of economic strengthening.
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Work in liaison with other component field teams
in the consortium to ensure integrated approach to program implementation
·        
Build and maintain productive working
relationships with local government officials and line departments, soliciting
their participation in all activities where appropriate.
·        
Responsible for the day to day implementation of
activities at field level.
·        
Ensure proper logistics, administration, human
resources and transport needs of the program are conducted within Mercy Corps
policy and with the maximum benefit to the program.
·        
Work with the economic strengthening team for
the development of and continual revision of a dynamic, program-wide monitoring
and evaluation system linked to program strategies, indicators, and information
management tools, which supports program management, accountability and
learning.
·        
Continual gathering and sharing of data specific
to the sector
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Prepare and submit written reports on the
program capturing impacts related to all activities.
·        
Ensure establishment and maintenance of
relationships with communities, consortium partners and other CSOs in target
operation areas.
Qualifications, Skills and
Experience: 
·        
The ideal candidate for the Mercy Corps Economic
Strengthening Officer job opportunity should a Bachelor’s degree, preferably
graduate level, in economics development, development studies, social sciences
or social work, or a closely related field is required.
·        
A minimum of three years’ experience in economic
strengthening initiatives that target vulnerable communities mainly orphan and
vulnerable children and households.
·        
Previous exposure and experience in working with
private sector partners
·        
Solid experience on market based solutions to
addressing poverty
·        
Excellent interpersonal, writing and oral
presentation skills in English are also required.
·        
Keen attention to detail, ability to follow
procedures, meet deadlines and work independently and cooperatively with team
members.
·        
Strong computer literacy with a full knowledge
of office applications.
·        
Ability to focus on day-to-day tasks at hand
while also working towards longer-term objectives with an understanding that
these will change continuously;
·        
Proven ability and curiosity to work effectively
with local government, civil society and community based organizations.
·        
Solid background in economic and market
development.
·        
Willingness to spend much time in the field and
work closely with program target groups and partners.
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: 17th
November, 2016
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