Senior Program Lead NGO Job Opportunities – Mercy Corps

Job Title:     Senior Program Lead
Organization: Mercy Corps
Duty Station:  Uganda
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.
Job Summary: The Senior
Program Lead will be a senior position in small field offices located in either
Palorinya or Rhino Camp. The Senior Program Lead will support the West Nile
Team Leader in implementing the workplan and activity streams in the specific
geography of focus. The Senior Program Lead will be expected to support
coordination with consortium partners as well as implementing agencies, OPM and
UNHCR. Reporting to the West Nile Team Leader, the Senior Program Lead will
lead implementation of the livelihoods and economic development component which
will include support for farmers; evouchers or cash for agricultural inputs;
formation and support for VSLAs; formation and support for income generating
activities and market linkages to ensure sustainable incomes are developed.
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 management.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:
Planning, developing and implementing humanitarian cash transfer
  • Work in close coordination with Team
    Leader, mobilize community members, taking care to identify those who fit
    the pre-established vulnerability criteria, for registration and other
  • Lead field level community sensitization
    activities around livelihoods activities in zones of focus in Rhino Camp
    or Palorinya. Identify specific topic areas of information needed and
    develop clear communications plans to effectively disseminate information.
  • Provide support in the development of
    platform to implement evouchers or other platform to distribute
    agricultural inputs with linkages to local traders. Lead implementation of
    platform in the geography of focus.
  • Lead development of groups for VSLA
    activities; support initial training and provide ongoing monitoring
  • Lead identification and development of IGA
    groups; support development of specific IGA and business plan; and ongoing
  • Support development of strategy and lead
    implementation of capital grants to IGA groups 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 Team Leader and M&E
    Specialist, participate in and potentially lead any market assessment and
    baseline/endline data gathering needs.
  • Render 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.
  • 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.
  • Conduct 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.
  • Perform any other duties assigned 

Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The ideal candidate for the Mercy Corps Senior
    Program Lead job placement
    should hold a Bachelor’s Degree in relevant field required. Master’s
    Degree preferred.
  • Background in humanitarian and/or market
    development response activities, preferably in livelihoods and cash
    transfer programming. Ideally candidate will have experience working on
    electronic methods of payment.
  • Five years of progressive experience
  • Ideal candidate will demonstrate
    progressive levels of responsibility including some staff management
  • Previous community mobilization experience
    is mandatory
  • Experience in leading M&E processes
  • 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.
  • 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:  12th January 2018
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