2 Program Officer Non-profit Job Opportunities – Mercy Corps

Organization: Mercy
Duty Station: 
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, ECHO and Nike Foundation.
About CFPA Program:
Mercy Corps is starting a new program in consortium with China
Foundation for Poverty Alleviation (CFPA) to pilot the market systems
development approach to refugee response. The project aims to support 5,000
beneficiaries, including 3,500 refugees and 1,500 host community members, while
indirectly benefiting the households of each of these beneficiaries to reach at
least 20,000 South Sudanese and Ugandans in the Palabek settlement in Lamwo
through the adaptation of agricultural practices that improve productivity and
production. Given the reality that refugees arriving in Uganda have few to no
assets and lack means for income generation, this kind of program supports
immediate food security needs while providing refugees with the tools and
experience to forge a sustainable future for themselves in Uganda. The program
further acknowledges that economic resilience of the host community will help
them better cope with negative effects of the refugee influx. By facilitating
private business expansion among host communities, the program will support
expanding consumer markets and access to employment among refugees and host
community. The project will adopt a market systems development approach,
working to leverage the private sector to provide inputs to farmers; offtake
goods from production; as well as provide agricultural and post-harvest
handling training so farmers can use agricultural land effectively and earn an
Job Summary:  The Program Officer will support
implementation of the livelihoods/market development component which will
include support for farmers and farmer groups; evouchers or cash for
agricultural inputs; formation and support for income generating activities and
market linkages to ensure sustainable incomes are developed. Additional support
will also be needed on entrepreneurship, trade and Innovation Centre
development. 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 evouchers or other
platform for access to agricultural inputs; implementation of evoucher and
input distributions; post-distribution monitoring; overseeing agriculture
extension trainers and other mentorship for IGAs. S/he will be a creative,
action-oriented problem solver with strong experience in partnership
Key Duties and Responsibilities:
Tasked with the planning, developing and implementing humanitarian cash
transfer activities
  • Work in liaison with the 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 livelihoods activities in the Palabek Refugee
    Settlement. Identify specific topic areas of information needed and develop
    clear communications plans to effectively disseminate information.
  • Support development of platform to
    implement evouchers or other platform to distribute agricultural inputs
    with linkages to local traders.
  • Support identification and development of
    IGA groups and entrepreneurs/traders; support development of specific IGA
    and business plan; cash grants and ongoing support.
  • Support development of strategy and
    implementation of capital grants to IGA groups, traders and enterprises
    for livelihood activities along with ongoing support.
  • Coordinate with other field teams as
    needed to ensure continuity in the programs.
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.
  • Support 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.

Qualifications, Skills and
  • The
    ideal candidate for the Mercy Corps Program Officer job placement should hold a Bachelor’s Degree
    in relevant field
  • Three to four years of related work experience.
  • Background EITHER in humanitarian response
    activities, preferably in livelihoods OR Market Systems Development/M4P/market
    facilitation a MUST.
  • Strong community mobilization experience a
  • 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.
  • Excellent attention to detail and ability
    to complete tasks in a timely manner.
  • Excellent teamwork abilities and
    interpersonal skills.
  • Demonstrated flexibility, creativity and
    enthusiasm as well as a willingness to learn and to be continually
    adaptive within a dynamic and often self-directed working environment
  • Proactive, problem-solving action
    orientation is essential.
  • Organization will prioritize candidates
    from Acholi or with extensive experience in Acholi.
  • The ideal candidate will have the ability
    and curiosity to work comfortably and effectively in the cultural,
    relatively poor infrastructure of West Nile.
  • S/he will be an excellent communicator,
    have a strong sense of humor, multi-tasker, and able to work difficult and
    often stressful environments.
  • S/he will be committed to the work of
    Mercy Corps and the objectives of this program.
  • They will demonstrate their dedication
    with a strong work ethic, attention to detail and creative problem solving
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:
Deadline:  24th January 2018

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