Fresher Database Assistant US Non-profit Job Vacancies – Mercy Corps

Job Title:         Database Assistant
Mercy Corps
Duty Station:  Uganda
Reports to: Database
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.
Program / Department
Mercy Corps implements high quality- analytical work in
tough environments. We’ve been operating in Uganda since 2006 and currently
manage a range of programs in Acholi, West Nile and Karamoja sub-regions with
funding from a host of donors. In October 2017, Mercy Corps was awarded a 5
year USAID/ Food for Peace- funded program working in 4 districts in Karamoja
(Amudat, Moroto, Kotido and Kaabong), the Apolou Activity. The Activity goal
“improved food and nutrition security” has four purposes with cross cutting
themes of gender and youth and resilience:
Inclusive and effective governance contributes
to food and nutrition security
Improved health and nutritional status of
pregnant and lactating women, children under five, and adolescent girls
Improved WASH conditions
Adolescent girls, adolescent boys, women and men
access diverse and secure livelihoods through improved capacities and
strengthened market systems
Apolou is implemented by a consortium of actors led by Mercy
Corps, including Save the Children, Whave Solutions, four local partners
(KAPDA, AIDI, NARWOA and Riam Riam) and Tufts University’s Feinstein
International Centre (FIC).
Job Summary:
The Database Assistant will work with the Mercy Corps Apolou
Activity team as well as our local partner organizations to oversee and ensure
the collection of quality M&E data for the program.  The Database Assistant will be responsible
for supporting the Database Officer to oversee the monitoring and data
collection of the project, lead regular and annual field based household and
group interviews, analyze data to provide insight to project team, and
contribute to report writing. S/he will ensure that performance monitoring and
results reporting tools and processes across the entire program are in place,
effectively implemented and well synchronized between the Activity sites. The
Database Assistant may supervise teams of enumerators in data collection, data
analysis, and reporting according to the needs of the Activity. The Database
Assistant will be an integral member of the Activity team learning and
reflection processes, leading discussion on beneficiary feedback.  
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
Essential functions
Work closely with the Apolou team and local
partners, to ensure effective monitoring, evaluation and reporting of program
activities and results.
Work on maintaining participant tracking
systems, with a primary focus on providing high quality data to program teams.
Proactively work to contribute in the
development and improvement of the system’s functionality, enhancing data
quality, and identifying areas of improvement well in time
Work closely with program teams in devising new
ways, and processes to improve efficiency of data collection processes, and
quality of collected data.
Generate quality data analysis for reporting and
learning purposes
Maintain confidentiality and observe data
protection and associated guidelines at all times.
Develop data collection tools
Provide database reports for team leads
Perform spot checks on the team’s data collected
and reports each month.
Provide participant numbers to supervisors as
need arises.
Other duties as assigned. 
Finance &
Compliance Management
Ensure compliance with donor and Mercy Corps
regulations related to food security programming.
Ensure compliance with security procedures and
policies as determined by country 
Proactively ensure that team members operate in
a secure environment and are aware of policies.
Organizational Learning
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.
Accountability to
Mercy Corps team members are expected to support
all efforts toward accountability, specifically to our beneficiaries and to
international standards guiding international relief and development work,
while actively engaging beneficiary communities as equal partners in the
design, monitoring and evaluation of our field projects.
Ethics and Integrity:
All Mercy Corps staff member are expected to
behave ethically and demonstrate highest integrity in their professional and
personal life. Mercy Corps has zero tolerance to any form of fraud, corruption,
abuse, harassment or exploitation. Any breach of our policies or misconduct
will lead to disciplinary action or may lead to termination.
Supervisory Responsibility
Supervision of
enumerators collecting field data as needs arise.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
The ideal applicant must hold a Bachelor’s
degree in management, statistics, economics, social science or related field.
Good understanding and skills at data
management, data flow and case management
Strong knowledge of XLS form development and the
use of Commcare, Ona, ODK and other mobile data collection platforms. Case
management platforms are preferred
Experience in data visualization and dashboard
Strong computer literacy with a full knowledge
of MS Office applications expert knowledge of Excel is required, SQL is
Demonstrated attention to detail, ability to
follow procedures, meet deadlines and work independently and cooperatively with
team members.
Strong team coordination, listening, and
consensus building skills.
Fluent in both spoken and written English. Fluency
in spoken N’Karamojong preferred.
Able to ride a motorbike safely, valid license.
Preferred but not required.
Success Factors
The successful Database Assistant will combine
exceptional management skills and keen attention to detail.
S/he will have an ability to think creatively
about operationalizing and improving the M&E system of the program.
S/he will have proven experience with
cross-cultural team and capacity building, individual staff development and
strong mentoring skills.
Multi-tasking, prioritizing, problem solving and
simultaneous attention to detail as well as strategic vision are essential.
The most successful Mercy Corps staff members
have a strong commitment to teamwork and accountability, thrive in evolving and
changing environments and make effective written and verbal communication a
priority in all situations.
A good sense of humor and the ability to learn
from mistakes also goes a long way!
How to Apply:
All candidates should send their applications online through
the Mercy Corps recruitment portal at the link below.
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