Senior Program Officer US NGO Job Placements – Mercy Corps

Job Title:     Senior Program Officer
Organization: Mercy Corps
Duty Station: Uganda
Reports to: STA/DCOP, EKISIL
About US:
Corps has been operating in Uganda since 2006 and works to catalyze change
through the Ugandan private sector, civil society and government to create
resilient, economically inclusive, healthy, and secure communities. Our work
focuses on building resilience and enabling economic growth, improving
opportunities to attain better health and nutrition, improving governance and
conflict management, and bridging humanitarian response with longer term
development outcomes. We implement programs in Acholi, Karamoja and West Nile
Sub-regions, as well as eastern Uganda and the greater Kampala area with
funding from USAID, Sida, US State Department, SDC, DFID as well as other
private donations.
USAID’s Securing Peace and Promoting Prosperity in Karamoja (EKISIL) is a
Conflict Management and Mitigation Project that applies a people-to-people
approach to address underlying social, economic, ecological, and governance
issues at risk of fueling conflict in Karamoja Sub-region. The project is
implemented in Kaabong, Kotido, Abim, and Moroto.
Job Summary:  The Mercy Corps Senior Program Officer will support
the Steering Committee in the implementation of the Karamoja Regional
Development Initiative under EKISIL . He / she will lead the planning and
execution of the Regional Initiative activities ensuring quality in accordance
with accepted standards, providing essential feedback for learning,
accountability and decision making. S/he will be responsible for providing
support towards the development of the Karamoja strategic  and investments plan based on the local community
priorities as well as supporting Research initiatives across the region. He/she
will also support in implementation of institutional development plans for the
local partners.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
Essential functions
·       Oversee the day to day
implementation of the Karamoja Regional Development Initiative, provide overall
planning, coordination and leadership of the activities in line with the
approved work-plan.
·       Maintain relations with
local authorities, development agencies, community organisations, sector heads,
and Steering Committee and any other stakeholders relevant to the
implementation of Karamoja Regional Initiatives.
·       Lead in the development
of materials and concept notes that detail the Karamoja Regional Development
initiatives activity plans
·       Plan and facilitate stakeholder
sessions and workshops for different actors and socialite ideas on Karamoja
Regional development strategy
·       Engage with different
local government and planning units on gathering inputs for Karamoja Regional
·       Work with consultants on
development of regional development strategy and investment plan for Karamoja
·       Work closely with local
partners to ensure effective monitoring, evaluation and reporting of program
activities and results.
·       Coordinate reporting
with local partners, specifically tracking deadlines, ensuring adherence to
formats and requirements, ensuring reporting quality and accuracy, and periodic
report writing, editing, and submission.
·       In collaboration with
the M&E team, build the capacity of partners and team members on program monitoring
tools, program data management and enable them to develop quality reports and
other documents.
·       Ensure close
coordination and sharing of information with relevant stakeholders such as
local government, NGOs and local authorities, as appropriate and advised by the
line manager.
·       Finance & Compliance
·       Ensure compliance with
donor and Mercy Corps regulations related to program implementation
·       Security
·       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.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
·       The ideal applicant must
hold a Bachelor’s degree in Development Studies, management, statistics,
economics, social science or related field.
·       At least 3 years’
experience in leading community and district level activities .
·       Good understanding of
Karamoja region.
·       Strong computer literacy
with a full knowledge of MS Office applications.
·       Strong team
coordination, listening, and consensus building skills.
·       Fluent in both spoken
and written English. Fluency in spoken N’Karamojong is an advantage 
·       Able to drive a
motorbike safely, valid license. Preferred but not required.
·       Success Factors
·       The successful Senior
Program Officer will combine exceptional management skills and experience in
building and maintaining partner relationships.
·       S/he will have an
ability to think creatively about operationalizing and improving the
regional  program.
·       S/he will have proven
experience with cross-cultural team and capacity building, individual staff
development and leadership 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:
candidates should send their applications online through the Mercy Corps
recruitment portal at the link below.
Deadline: 19th
February 2020
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