6 No Experience Graduate Trainee Job Opportunities – Mercy Corps

Organization: Mercy
Corps
Duty Station: 
Uganda
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 APOLOU Project:
USAID’s APOLOU
[Growth] activity implemented by Mercy Corps with Save the Children, Whave,
Tufts University, Riam Riam, KAPDA, AIDI and NARWOA envisions a resilient,
well-nourished, and empowered Karamoja, equipped to navigate the shifting
dynamics within society, overcome gender and age related systemic inequalities,
and withstand shocks and stresses. The overall objective of APOLOU is to
improve food and nutrition security for vulnerable households in the four
districts of Kotido, Moroto, Amudat and Kaabong. To accomplish this, activities
are structured under four interwoven purposes: Governance: inclusive and
effective governance contributes to improved nutrition and food security
through Community Mobilization, Community Based Organization capacity building,
conflict monitoring, and advocacy activities. Improved maternal and child
health nutrition: improve nutritional status of pregnant and lactating women,
children under 5, and adolescent girls in targeted Districts through Mother
Care Groups, Male Change Agents, Adolescent Safe Spaces and strengthened Health
Governance. Water, Sanitation and Hygiene: improved WASH conditions through the
Clean Household Approach, Private sector led borehole maintenance, and
sustainable WASH Governance. Livelihoods: adolescent girls, boys, women and men
access diverse and secure livelihoods through improved capacities and
strengthened market systems through increased skills in off and on farm
livelihoods and improved market systems for livestock, crops and non-ag
sectors.
Job Summary:  The trainees will have a unique opportunity to
work with an energetic and entrepreneurial team to experience a market systems
approach to development with high visibility in Uganda with different value
chains. In the course of the internship program, the graduate trainee will gain
practical knowledge and skill on a private service providers approach of the
Saving and Internal Lending Communities (SILC) model. The Graduate Trainee will
gain new and practical skill on private sector engagement tools. The trainee
will have the opportunity to engage deeply in the discussions and debates
around innovation and technologies to improve livelihoods of vulnerable
households through life skills, on farm and off farm opportunities focusing on
livestock and crop agriculture value chains. In the internship programing,
trainees will enhance her/his knowledge and skill on work plan development,
report writing and primary data collection
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
                    
The
market systems trainee will take part in analyzing markets trends and
suggesting activities towards access to new markets and business development
opportunities for value chains in Karamoja region.
                    
The
trainee will gain a strong understanding of the market systems approach and
he/she is expected to use the knowledge to analyze the key growth and revenue
drivers across the existing value chains.
                    
Provide
daily support to the MSD officers and manager, including the preparation of
background documents, research pieces, and presentations as needed.
                    
The
trainee will be involved in field-level implementation, demonstrations on
improved practices and technologies in collaboration with MSD Officers and
other key stakeholders in the intervention areas. This will improve his/her
ability to create and maintain functional partnerships based on mutual benefit
and respect to achieve win – win outcomes.
                    
The
trainee will work directly with the MSD officers to develop agent input/output
and aggregator networks intended to increase local partners’ access to market
information and financial services.
                    
The
market systems trainee will gain hands on experience in strengthening private
sector interventions in livestock and agriculture value chains, as well as scaling
up financial inclusion and other products/services as relevant.
                    
The
trainee will have a chance to experience how private sector led and
project-support development is tailored to the unique needs, opportunities and
constraints of women and youth in the intervention areas.
                    
Actively
contribute to writing weekly and monthly program reports based on field inputs
for review by the Market Systems Development officers.
Key Performance Indicators:
                    
Actively
participate in Apolou private sector engagement tool development,
implementation and lesson learning
                    
Mobilize
and facilitate the engagements of stakeholders during planning and development
meetings, workshops and other fora
                    
Write up
accurate and timely reports pertaining to all planned activities in the required
format and submit to the Market System Development Manager
                    
Document
and maintain records pertaining to training, production activities forward
issues to management for decisions and appropriate action in line with Mercy
Corps policies



Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
                    
The
ideal candidate for the Mercy Corps Graduate Trainee job opportunity should
hold a Bachelor’s degree in Microfinance, Agribusiness, Economics, Statistics,
Business Studies and any other related field
                    
Previous
experience in relationship building, data collection and reporting techniques
                    
The
candidate must be results oriented with the ability to think creatively and
adapt to tense moments with minimal supervision.
                    
He/She
must be willing to work in rural settings in Karamoja region and interact
freely with the program clients.
                    
Excellent
communication skills
                    
Self-starter
and able to work under minimal supervision.
                    
Energetic
and eager to tackle new projects and ideas.
                    
Flexibility
and desirous to take on additional roles and responsibilities as opportunities
and needs arise
                    
Knowledge
of the local environment and fluency in languages like Pokot, Kiswahili and
Ngarikaramajong will be an added advantage.
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: ug-mcjobs@mercycorps.org
Deadline: 30th April 2019
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