Economic Empowerment Manager US Non-profit Careers – Mercy Corps

Empowerment Manager
Organization: Mercy
Duty Station: 
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.
Job Summary:  The Economic Empowerment Manager will support
the roll out of economic empowerment training at individual level. Activities
will focus on two populations: Groups of pregnant and lactating women and male
change agents building life skills, access to finance, and business development
skills. The second population will be a cohort of youth. Youth will be
initially engaged by Save the Children in intensive life skills and general
economic development curricula. The Manager will be expected to provide
technical input to the Save curriculum business development and financial
inclusion components and then to work with a sub set of the youth to more
directly advance technical skills through employment platforms (apprentices,
technical training etc). Over the course of the program the Manager is
responsible for ensuring the program transitions from service delivery to
market based sustainable approaches.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
Strategy &
  • Develop and oversee the effective implementation of Economic
    Empowerment and Livelihoods strategy and implementation work plan, moving
    from a direct service delivery model to an integrated approach embedded in
    local private sector/government delivery mechanisms
  • Coordinate with the MSD, Livestock, Agriculture, Gender and Youth,
    MCHN and Adolescent team on program implementation to leverage synergy and
    maximize impact
Program Management
  • Coordinate the activities of Senior Officers and service contractors
    to ensure training and mentorships are delivered on a timely basis and in
    line with best practice across all districts
  • Offer technical support and quality control checks for skills building
    trainings, troubleshooting challenges, and standardizing implementation
    approaches in delivery of Livelihoods messages
  • Provide technical contribution to the development of core IEC
  • Support the cultivation of PLW/CU2 and adolescent micro scale
    businesses as a means to sustainable economic empowerment and poverty
  • Prepare MCG+ movement plans, cash projections, and other
    administrative and management duties as required
  • Ensure team follows PM@MC best practice in reporting, contributing to
    a culture of adaptive management and effective monitoring and evaluation
Team Management
  • Directly supervise team of Senior Officers, with accountability for
    entire Livelihoods training team (inclusive of Officers and service
    contractors), mentoring the team in order to build technical capacity and
    ensure best practice in implementation as well as adherence to Mercy
    Corps’ internal policies and procedures.
  • Promote accountability, communicate expectations and provide
    constructive feedback informally and formally via regular one on ones and
    performance reviews.
  • Create and sustain a work environment of mutual respect where team
    members strive to achieve excellence.
  • Work closely with other Managers and Team Leaders to ensure
    consortium is integrated in approach, on-scope, on-time and on-budget.
Finance &
Compliance Management:
  • Ensure compliance with donor and Mercy Corps regulations related to
    Economic Empowerment Training Activities
  • Develop Economic Empowerment team budgets, ensure adherence to MC
    Uganda Field Finance Manual and Field Procurement Manual for all Economic
    Empowerment activities, and oversee implementation of key budget lines

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
  • The ideal candidate for the Mercy Corps Economic Empowerment Manager
    job opportunity should a post graduate diploma in Agribusiness, Rural
    Development and Agricultural Extension, Agriculture Economics, Community
    Development, Project planning and Management or any other Business related
    fields. Postgraduate degree on earlier mentioned disciplines is a plus
  • A minimum of six years’ experience in managing and delivering
    livelihoods development programs and/or gender empowerment programs,
    previous experience in Karamoja a plus
  • Previous experience coaching or mentoring of women and youth groups
  • Previous experience developing curricula and leading trainings
    related to gender, savings or business development
  • Experience in implementing effective savings, financial empowerment
    or functional adult learning programing
  • Experience with private sector business or income generating
    activity experience a plus
  • Demonstrated skills in data collection, verification and
  • Proven skills in networking, team-building, community consultations
    and organizational development;
  • Excellent reporting, communication and representation skills
  • Fluency in English required, fluency in Ngakarimojong a plus
  • Motorbike riding permit required
  • Knowledge and skills in Microsoft packages
  • The ability of the Economic Empowerment Manager to ensure
    standardize, market based life skills and livelihoods training will be the
    positions first success factor.
  • The second will be the ability of the Economic Empowerment Manager
    to effectively build evidence of program coverage and quality, documenting
    activity roll out and lessons learned through shared communications
    platforms across the program.
  • The third success factor will be the degree to which the Manager
    effectively collaborates with MCHN, MSD and Gender and Youth teams, and
    Save teams driving integrated programming through mutual learning and
    programmatic support that ultimately benefits pregnant and lactating
    mothers and children under two as well as adolescents.
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: 31st July 2018
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