Program Assistant USAID Project Jobs – Mercy Corps

 Program Assistant
Organization: Mercy
Duty Station: Uganda
Reports to:
Program Manager
About US:
Mercy Corps is an
International NGO that exists to alleviate poverty and oppression by helping
people build secure, productive and just communities. Mercy Corps has been fully
registered in Uganda as an operational NGO. Currently Mercy Corps has an office
in Kampala and is implementing Food Security programs which comprise of Water
and Sanitation, Livelihood and Agriculture and Conflict Mitigation Management
Program in North and North Eastern Uganda. 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:
The USAID’s Securing
Peace and Promoting Prosperity in Karamoja is a two-year Conflict Management
and Mitigation Project that will apply a people-to-people peace building
approach to enhance the capacity of institutional structures to address
underlying social, economic, ecological, and governance issues at risk of
fueling conflict in Karamoja Sub-region. The project will be implemented in
Kaabong, Kotido, Abim, and Moroto. The Program Assistant will directly work
with the program staff based in Moroto and will work with both management and
Program staff in Karamoja to ensure activities are implemented according to
schedule, budget and required quality.
Job Summary: The
Program Assistant will be responsible for supporting in the implementation of
the Project at the community level. S/he will be in constant contact with stake
holders and targeted communities to ensure full participation and
implementation. The Program Assistant will keep informed of conflict and
political dynamics on management on appropriate strategic positioning. S/he
will regularly represent Mercy Corps at coordination meetings and play a role
in donor outreach.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
  • Prepare paper work for trainings and workshops related to the
  • Submit reports as specific events, field trips and meetings attended
    on behalf of Mercy Corps;
  • Participate in the partners’ community meetings/activities and
    report to the Manager;
  • In coordination with the Program Manager conduct regular field
    visits to ensure that all stakeholders fully understand and utilize the
    project approaches and methodologies.
  • Prepare weekly movement plans and submit to Logistics team; Support
    the team in filing program documents;
  • Write reports and project documents and submit to Program Manager as
  • Conduct himself/herself both professionally and personally in such a
    manner as to positively acknowledge Mercy Corps and to support its
    humanitarian mission Visit project sites regularly to provide appropriate
    technical assistance, monitor and oversee activities
  • Actively participate in peace and conflict-related coordination
    meetings and professionally represent Mercy Corps in these meetings.
As part of our
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 Mercy Corps as well as themselves.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

  • The ideal candidate for the Mercy Corps Program Assistant job
    opportunity should hold a Diploma in conflict management, peace building,
    social sciences or a closely related field.
  • A minimum of three years’ experience managing conflict management or
    other capacity building related projects preferably with NGOS.
  • Work experience with stakeholders including the private sector,
    government, youth and women groups.
  • Work experience in conflict or post conflict settings and conflict
    sensitive programming.
  • Skills to successfully communicate and initiate and maintain
    positive relationships with beneficiary’s community.
  • Ability to communicate effectively in English both verbally and in
  • Experience or working in Karamoja region, with strong contextual knowledge
    of Karamoja cultures.
  • Excellent computer skills, including all Microsoft applications.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Demonstrated cultural sensitivity and appropriate flexibility.
  • Demonstrated attention to detail, ability to meet deadlines, and
    work independently and cooperatively with team members.
  • Willingness to travel frequently to remote locations.
  • Ability to quickly learn and implement new information/concepts
How to Apply:
All suitably
qualified and interested candidates should send their online applications to
the Senior HR and Legal Manager by clicking the link below. Please clearly
state your salary requirements on the cover letter, attach your CV (with 3
referees), and copies of academic qualifications/certificates.
Deadline:  25th May 2018
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