Partnership and Capacity Building Officer USAID Project Jobs – Mercy Corps

Organization: Mercy
Duty Station: 
Reports to: Partnerships
and Governance Team Leader
About US:
Mercy Corps is a
leading global organization powered by the belief that a better world is
possible. In disaster, in hardship, in more than 40 countries around the world,
we partner to put bold solutions into action — helping people triumph over
adversity and build stronger communities from within. Working in Uganda since
2006, Mercy Corps has applied market-driven solutions to communities across the
country, equipping individuals and households with the knowledge, skills and
confidence to generate improvements in their access to markets, livelihoods,
health, nutrition, and security, in order to improve their overall resilience.
About USAID Project
Mercy Corps does
high-quality, analytical work in very difficult places. We have been operating
in Uganda since 2006 and currently implement development programs in the
Acholi, West Nile and Karamoja sub-regions of Uganda with funding from USAID,
DFID and ECHO, among others. Apolou (“Growth” in Nga’karimojong) is a 5-year
USAID funded DFSA activity operating in the four districts of Moroto, Kotido,
Kaabong and Amudat. Apolou has four objectives grounded in social behaviour
change and supports gender-transformative and resilience outcomes.
Job Summary:  The primary focus of the Partnerships and
Capacity Building Officer will be to provide strategic guidance, build local
partner technical, financial and operational capacity, and serve as a key
adviser to one of Apolou’s local partners: KAPDA, RIAM RIAM or AIDI.  The position will be embedded within the
local partner organization. The position will support the development and
implementation of strategies to develop local partner capacity and networks
across all four districts.  
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
Monitoring &
In close
coordination with the M&E team implement M&E protocols and procedures
to ensure accurate reporting of data against program indicators for Mercy Corps
and the local partner.
that the local partner is fully aware of and understands the data reporting
requirements, the M&E system which they are required to follow and the
indicators that they are tracking.
standard operating procedures when it comes to documenting monitoring of
partners (reports, meeting minutes, spot checks etc.)
the compliance of local partners to their subgrant agreements, and monitor that
they are meeting the agreed upon milestones on time, on scope and on budget.
and organize the necessary paperwork to ensure timely payment of all local
partners in line with their sub grant agreement.
Documentation &
Knowledge Management
a document management system in partnership with local partners to regularly
document activities, success stories and administrative issues (e.g.
distributions or transfer documentation) in soft and hard copy.
to reports as required by Mercy Corps and its donor.
Management and Strategy
organize and execute strategic trainings and capacity development opportunities
for local partners.
that capacity building strategies are implemented and updated for all local
and support team members to implement the Organizational Capacity Index on an
annual basis with all local partners. Track, oversee and document their
capacity development progress.
with local partners to integrate social behavior change and gender initiatives
into their everyday work and activities.
and develop networking opportunities for Apolou local partners within Karamoja
and beyond to strengthen their capacity and further engage civil society.
position will have primary responsibility for management, leadership and
support to the local partner.
position will provide advice on technical aspects of the training and
implementation of good governance, community mobilization and engagement
strategies for the local partner.
key support to the local partner for technical, financial and operational
capacity building to ensure that they meet their objectives on time, on scope
and on budget while building a platform for sustainability.
Representation and
with local government officials, local CSOs and NGOs, local religious leaders
and others to ensure support for and acceptance of Mercy Corps.
close working relationships with donors, other humanitarian and development
organizations, and local partners, including representing Mercy Corps at local
coordination meetings as required.
himself/herself both professionally and personally in such a manner as to bring
credit to Mercy Corps and to not jeopardize its humanitarian mission.
Act as a
point of coordination between local partners and other CBOs working in the same
District and/or technical sector. Similarly, act as a focal point for
coordination with other Mercy Corps programs that also work with local partners
in Karamoja (e.g. SP3, PEACE III, BRACED etc.)

Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
ideal candidate for the Mercy Corps Partnership and Capacity Building Officer job
placement hold a Bachelor’s degree in Social Science, Governance, Development
Studies or related field.
Three years
of experience focused on governance programs at both community and official
supporting the development of local partner internal management systems.
skills are a strong asset.
to provide relevant, timely, and focused capacity building support to their
respective local partner.
building networks across civil society in Karamoja while integrating the work
of Apolou’s local partners into mainstream Apolou activities, for example,
Community Mobilization, social behavior change and advocacy for improved
service delivery.
degree to which the position drives results, making critical decisions and
producing scheduled outputs on time, on scope and on budget for Mercy Corps and
the associated local partner.
negotiation and representation skills and the ability to work comfortably with
an ethnically diverse staff in a sensitive environment.
verbal and written communication; strong skills in organization and
knowledge on Microsoft Office applications (Word, excel, PowerPoint and
Outlook) are a requirement
English language skills essential (verbal and written), with N’Karamojong
skills preferred.
How to Apply:
All candidates
should send their applications online through the Mercy Corps recruitment
portal at the link below.
Deadline: 29th November 2019
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