Livelihoods Officer DfID Program Jobs – Mercy Corps

Job Title:     Livelihoods Officer
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 BRACED Program:
BRACED is being implemented in the Karamoja Region of Uganda, as well
as Wajir County Kenya. The BRACED Mercy Corps programme is designed around
three integrated thematic focus areas – Lands/NRM, Market Systems Development
and Governance. Mercy Corps recently received an 18-month extension operating
from January 2018-June 2019.
Job Summary: The Livelihoods
Officer will be responsible for enterprise and grants implementation and
management. S/he will lead activities to create livelihood opportunities for
program beneficiaries through conducting market and business assessments so as
to advice on identification and selection of successful business
enterprises/income generating projects for the program target beneficiaries as
well as grants disbursement and management. S/he will ensure BRACED program’s
objectives and results are fully accomplished, documented and meet expected
Key Duties and Responsibilities:
General Management:
  • The Livelihoods Officer will conduct Sub
    County program inception meetings; undertake participatory consultative
    and selection meetings to identify program beneficiaries in the BRACED sub
  • The Livelihoods Officer will take lead in
    conducting contextual analysis to analyze business and market
    opportunities in order to identify and advice on enterprises that can
    thrive in BRACED program areas.
  • Work closely with the technical sub county
    stakeholders, take lead in organizing and coordinating trainings of
    program beneficiaries on group dynamics and enterprise/IGA selection and
  • The Livelihoods Officer will offer
    technical guidance to program beneficiaries on enterprise/IGA proposal
    development; putting into account gender sensitive and environmental
    friendly business proposals for financial and technical support are
    properly drafted, reviewed and supported to transform community ideas into
    successfully running more self-reliant enterprises.
  • He/she will effectively monitor and manage
    enterprise start-up grants disbursement for program beneficiaries and
    perform monthly spot-checks on established business initiatives.
  • In collaboration with the Project Manager
    and M&E officer, he/she will be responsible for writing and
    documenting enterprise success stories, documenting lessons learned and
    best practices of the different enterprise aspects to inform roll out of
    the strategies on a wider scale.
  • The Livelihoods Officer will ensure that
    the approved detailed implementation plan is properly implemented as well
    as planning and preparation of weekly and monthly work plans as agreed by
    the Projects Manager.
  • Plan, implement, evaluate and ensure that
    reports on field activities are properly drafted and timely submitted to
    the Projects Manager.
  • He/she will take part in periodic BRACED
    monthly and quarterly review meetings to share successes, challenges and
    lessons learnt to inform overall program objectives.
  • Actively promote Mercy Corps Uganda
    visibility; and provide technical support to Field Agents, program
    beneficiaries and stakeholders in line with the Organizational Mission and

Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The
    ideal candidate for the Mercy Corps Livelihoods Officer job placement should hold a Bachelor’s
    degree in Economics, Entrepreneurship, Agribusiness, Business
    Management, Social Sciences, Development Studies, or related
  • Possession of a post graduate
    qualification in Entrepreneurship or Project Planning & Management,
    rural development and Agri-enterprise is an added advantage.
  • Three years’ experience and hands on
    skills in implementation of livelihoods or income generating projects,
    managing Economic Empowerment projects with ability to deliver sustainable
    community-based business entrepreneurships preferably with an INGO in
    Karamoja setting;
  • Ability to network, build relationships
    and establish collaboration with different partners most especially local
    government staff, agencies local and international networks.
  • Experience and proven track record in
    rural development and participatory methods (including participatory
    integrated development plans)
  • Ability to ride a motorcycle is required.
  • Good team player, with good communication
    and diplomatic skills.
  • Proven ability to work independently as
    part of a national team and with international professionals.
  • Excellent analytical and information
    management skills.
  • Good organizational skills and ability to
    work under stress and in austere contexts of remote locations.
  • Highly flexible and creative in planning
    and problem solving.
  • Keen attention to detail, ability to
    follow procedures and meet deadlines and work independently and
    cooperatively with team members.
  • Proven excellence maintaining professional
    internal and external relationships.
  • A focus on building other staff capacity
  • Fluency in N’Karamojong preferred
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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