Environmental Compliance Officer USAID Project Job Vacancies – Mercy Corps

Organization: Mercy Corps
Duty Station: Uganda
Reports to: MEL Advisor – Apolou
About US:
Corps has been present in Uganda since 2006, focusing its interventions on
economic and agricultural development, maternal child health and nutrition,
governance, conflict management and humanitarian response. With funding from
USAID, DFID, BPRM, Master Card Foundation and other donors Mercy Corps has been
able to work together with communities in Uganda to respond to the needs of our
target population, which is focused on women, youth and more specifically
adolescent girls. In 2018, Mercy Corps had an impact on almost 1 million
beneficiaries in Uganda through our work focusing on building resilience and
enabling economic growth, improving opportunities to attain better health and
nutrition, and improving governance and conflict management. Common themes
include social behavior change, inclusive development, gender, and working in
partnership with local government, the private sector and civil society actors.
Corps Uganda is implementing a five year USAID funded Activity named ‘Apolou’
in the Eastern Districts of the Karamoja sub-region of Uganda. The Activity
operates in accordance with US Government environmental regulations and
guidance, including Initial Environmental Examination (IEE), Pest Management
Plan (PMP), Water Quality Assurance Plan (WQAP), Environmental Status Reports
(ESR), Safe User Action Plan (SUAP), and Environment Management and Mitigation
Plan (EMMP) among others. The Activity is implemented in five Districts of
Karamoja: Karenga, Kotido, Kaabong, Moroto and Amudat. It covers programmatic
areas including: crop production, agricultural input sales, livestock
production, veterinary pharmaceuticals, construction of household latrines,
construction of small market infrastructure, WASH infrastructure repair,
storing of commodities among other areas.
Job Summary:  The Environmental Compliance Officer will lead
and be accountable to ensure full compliance to USAID environmental regulations
and associated deliverables under the Apolou Activity, as well as GoU
environmental regulations. This includes being comfortable with these
regulations and deliverables and understanding their operationalization within
the Karamoja context. The position will also be expected to generate and
regularly update Apolou’s environmental deliverables as required. As environmental
compliance is not the sole responsibility of one person, staff capacity
building and orientation is essential across a large and diverse team. On site
monitoring of activities and tracking of associated indicators in Apolou
Districts must be implemented in close partnership with the broader monitoring,
evaluation and learning team. When necessary, the team member will coordinate
with external stakeholders.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
·       Conduct regular
monitoring of Apolou consortium activities to ensure full compliance with USAID
environmental compliance regulations. Share the results of this monitoring in a
timely manner and follow-up on recommendations given.
·       Conduct climate risk
screening on program activities.
·       Lead on the development,
updating and review of all environmental compliance deliverables for the Apolou
·       Work closely with team
members, partners and local government to build their capacity on environmental
compliance, environmental safeguarding and climate adaptation.
·       Work in close
collaboration with the MEL team to track indicators as part of the
Environmental Monitoring and Mitigation Plan.
·       Conduct assessments and
advise teams on the environmental implications of planned activities.
·       Coordinate with external
stakeholders and contractors.
·       Participate in relevant
technical working groups or meetings, as required.
·       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.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
·       The ideal candidate
should have 3-5 years of experience working in Uganda on environmental
compliance related issues
·       Demonstrated experience
and knowledge of GoU environmental regulations, USAID environmental compliance
experience is a big advantage
·       Demonstrated experience
working in some or all of the following: environmental safeguarding, climate
screening, conservation, biodiversity management, capacity building.
·       Knowledge of and
experience working with complex MEL systems, tool development and indicator
·       Experience working on
technical sectors covered under the Apolou Activity
·       Experience working with
USAID as a donor preferred
·       Experience working in
Karamoja sub-region a plus
·       Good self-management and
interpersonal skills
·       Excellent written and
oral communications skills in the English language
How to Apply:
candidates should send their applications online through the Mercy Corps
recruitment portal at the link below.
Deadline: 18th
February 2020
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