3 Program Officer Non-profit Job Placements – Mercy Corps

Organisation: Mercy Corps
Duty Station: Uganda
Reports to: Program Manager
About US:
Mercy Corps is an international non-profit organization which
implements high-quality, analytical development programmes in very difficult
places. Mercy Corps has been operating in Uganda since 2006. It has and
continues to implement programs in Acholi and Karamoja sub regions. Mercy Corps
is taking a community-led, market driven approach to address poverty and food
insecurity needs through interventions that get to the root causes and
contributing factors of economic vulnerability. Donors include the United
States Agency for International Development (USAID), DFID, Mastercard
Foundation, WALMART Foundation, Coca Cola Africa Foundation, US Depart of State
(DOS) /PEPFAR, and Nike Foundation.
About ECHO Project:
Mercy Corps is implementing an 8-month Directorate-General for European
Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO) funded program around
Multi-Purpose Cash and Protection for South Sudanese refugees in Bidibidi
Settlement in Yumbe District, Uganda. The program will be led by DanChurchAid
with Mercy Corps as an implementing partner. The program will focus on
unconditional cash transfers to Persons with Special Needs that will be defined
through specific vulnerability criteria as well as a cash for work component
for youth. The program’s protection activities will be conducted by TPO Uganda.
Job Summary: The Program
Officer will support implementation of cash transfer and cash-for-work
activities in two zones in the Bidibidi Settlement of Yumbe District. Two
Program Officers will focus on Cash Transfer activities while a third will
focus on Cash-for-Work. As needed, program officers will be expected to support
all interventions of the program. Specific activities will include
strengthening relationships with existing community structures, assessing
beneficiaries based on vulnerability criteria; mobilizing community members for
assessments and registration of beneficiaries; development of platform for cash
transfers and payment; implementation of cash distributions; post-distribution
monitoring and after-action-reviews and any other activity as needed. S/he will
be a creative, action-oriented problem solver with strong experience in
partnership management.
Key Duties and
Responsibilities:  
Planning, developing and implementing humanitarian cash transfer
activities
  • Work in close coordination with Program
    Manager, mobilize community members, taking care to identify those who fit
    the pre-established vulnerability criteria, for registration and other
    activities.
  • Support and lead community sensitization
    activities around cash transfer and cash-for-work activities in two zones
    of focus in Bidibidi Settlement. Identify specific topic areas of
    information needed and develop clear communications plans to effectively
    disseminate information.
  • Coordinate closely with lead agency,
    DanChurchAid, to ensure activities are in line with each other.
  • Support development of platform to
    distribute cash and its implementation in the field.
  • Plan and implement cash distributions on a
    monthly basis to Persons with Special Needs.
Documentation, Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting:
  • Under guidance of Program Manager and
    M&E Officer, participate in any market assessment and baseline/endline
    data gathering needs.
  • Offer support in the development of
    vulnerability criteria and beneficiary registration tool.
  • Work closely with supervisor to capture
    data for measuring output and impact of the program; and to ensure
    accurate and timely flow of information from the field. Specific data
    collection would include post-distribution monitoring and after action
    reviews for key activities. Continuous improvement of activities will be
    expected based on this information.
  • Prepare and submit timely weekly, monthly,
    and quarterly reports that will be indicative of program progress during
    implementation. Respond to queries if and when necessary.
  • Update and maintain proper filing system.
Collaboration/Networking:
  • Establish and maintain good coordination
    and working relationships with Office of the Prime Minister, UNHCR local
    government officials, and other NGOs/CBOs, representing Mercy Corps and
    soliciting participation in activities where appropriate and as directed.
  • Carry out himself/herself both
    professionally and personally in such a manner as to bring credit to Mercy
    Corps Uganda and to not jeopardize its humanitarian mission.
Organizational Learning: As part of Mercy Corps Uganda’s
commitment to organizational learning and in support of our understanding that
learning organizations are more effective, efficient and relevant to the
communities they serve – we expect all team members to commit 5% of their time
to learning activities that benefit the program as well as themselves.
Qualifications, Skills and
Experience:
  • The ideal candidate for the Mercy Corps Program
    Officer career opportunity should preferably hold a Bachelor’s Degree in
    relevant field is preferred.
  • A minimum of three years related
    professional experience
  • Background in humanitarian response
    activities, preferably in cash transfer and/or cash for work programming.
    Ideally candidate will have experience working on electronic methods of payment.
  • Strong community mobilization experience is
    mandatory
  • Strong writing, communication,
    organization, prioritization and negotiating skills.
  • Excellent (English) verbal and written
    communication skills.
  • Strong computer literacy with a full
    knowledge of office applications.
How to Apply:
All suitably qualified and interested candidates should send their
E-mail applications including a cover letter clearly stating the salary
requirements, updated CV (with three professional referees), and copies of
academic qualifications/certificates addressed to the Senior HR and Legal
Manager, Mercy Corps Uganda to: ug-mcjobs@mercycorps.org
Deadline:  2nd January 2017

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