Economic Resilience Officer USAID Project Jobs – Mercy Corps

Organization: Mercy
Corps
Duty Station: Uganda
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 is
implementing a five year USAID funded food and nutrition security Activity
called Apolou in Karenga, Kaabong, Kotido, Amudat and Moroto Districts. In
addition to this funding, Mercy Corps was awarded funding for an Animal Health
for Resilience Activity on Animal Health interventions and policy in the
Karamoja sub-region through USAID’s Resilience Challenge Fund. Activities will
be focused on Kaabong and Amudat Districts. The overall goal of the Animal
Health for Resilience Activity is to increase veterinary governance and
increase public and private investment in disease prevention, surveillance,
control, and response systems to strengthen productive assets for improved
resilience in Karamoja.
Job Summary:  The Economic resilience officer will support
the development and roll-out of sound implementation plans to Identify the best
alternatives and advise producers on how to improve profitability by conducting
cost benefit analysis of possible interventions 
and collection and documenting the evidence base for cost-effective
approaches to disease control, surveillance for increased livestock production
and productivity, and restoration of the adaptive and absorptive capacity
livestock provide to vulnerable households.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:  
·       
The
Economic resilience officer will actively participate in the daily
implementation of the development programming through supporting key
stakeholders to ensure the desired outcomes and targeted behaviors are achieved
at household level.
·       
The
Economic resilience officer will support livestock producers to improve their
household incomes through improved livestock health and production with clearly
defined cost benefit analysis.
·       
The
Economic resilience officer will provide training and assistance directly to
targeted livestock farmers and entrepreneurs to help them assess the
profitability of new potential activities, including agro-vets models, CAHWs
services and livestock farmers
·       
The
Economic resilience officer will also work with these farmers/entrepreneurs to
track their actual profitability using standard cost/benefit modelling.
·       
He/she
is responsible to participate in conducting feasibility studies and preparing
the economic or cost benefit analysis for the proposed measures
·       
The
intermediate goals are to examine the effectiveness of interventions to improve
animal health systems in two districts in Karamoja, Amudat and Kaabong. To
achieve this, the Economic Resilience officer will focus on collection and
documenting the evidence base for cost-effective approaches to disease control,
surveillance for increased livestock production and productivity, and
restoration of the adaptive and absorptive capacity livestock provide to
vulnerable households.



Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
·       
The
ideal candidate, should hold a degree in Agricultural Economics, Economics with
major focus on resilience and livestock
·       
At least
three years of experience in livestock production or marketing activities
especially in a rural or pastoral community.
·       
Working
knowledge of Uganda’s economy and business environment, particularly in the
context of rural development and Karamoja.
·       
Proven ability
to interact effectively with a wide range of partners; private sector, banks,
government and civil society;
·       
Demonstrable
quantitative skills, including familiarity with database management and
analysis
·       
Proven
skills in networking, assessing information needs and developing appropriate
tools
·       
Proven
skills in team work, holding community consultations and organizational
development
·       
Excellent
reporting, communication and representation skills
·       
This
opportunity requires a result oriented and self-motivated individual capable of
taking on complex challenges that can make a real difference in people’s lives.
·       
Willingness
to work in the field with livestock producers, community animal health workers,
kraal leaders, businesses in the value chain and communities;
·       
Good
spoken and written English. Fluency in Ngakarimojong and Pokot is an advantage.
How to Apply:
All candidates who
wish to join Mercy Corps in this capacity should apply online at the link
below.
Deadline: 30th June 2020
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