Diploma Program Assistant Job Placements – Mercy Corps

Job Title:    Program Assistant
Mercy Corps
Duty Station:
Reports to: Program
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.
Job Summary:   The
Program Assistant will support implementation activities in Bidibidi
implemented at the Innovation Centers that are linked to this project.
Specific activities
will include strengthening relationships with existing community structures,
sensitization of community groups, monitor partners’ activities at the
innovation centre, work planning, assist in creating activity reports and any
other activity as needed. S/he will be a creative, action-oriented problem
solver with strong experience in partnership management. As most of the work
will happen in the field it’s required to travel at least 70% to the field.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
Essential functions
·       In coordination with Project Officer,
organize and support inception and sensitization meetings
·       Mobilize community members and identify those
who fit the selection criteria for registration of the several program
·       Work closely with the partner organizations
and other stakeholder like UNHCR, OPM and the District Local Government.
·       Support community sensitization activities
different skill training and employment events that are organized in and around
the Innovation Centers.
·       Registration and profiling of interested
program participants.
·       Build relationship with implementing partners
and monitor their activities closely in coordination with the other team
members at the innovation centre.
·       Attend weekly/monthly meetings with partners
to ensure high quality program implementation.
·       Make daily field visits to settlements to
ensure good implementation of activities as well as partners’ activities.
Documentation, Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting
·       Under guidance of Program Officer,
participate in any market assessment, price monitoring and baseline/endline
data gathering needs.
·       Support the development of participant
registration tool.
·       Support data collection activities including
post-training monitoring and post distribution monitoring. Continuous
improvement of activities will be expected based on this information.
·       Prepare and submit weekly, monthly, and
quarterly reports that will be indicative of program progress during
implementation. Respond to queries if and when necessary.
·       Support in maintaining a proper filing system
with activity reports, attendance lists and pictures.
·       Conduct himself/herself both professionally
and personally in such a manner as to bring credit to Mercy Corps Uganda and to
not jeopardize its humanitarian mission.
·       Accountability
to Beneficiaries
: Al Mercy Corps
team members are expected to support all efforts towards accountability,
specifically to direct program participants, engaging them as equal partners in
the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of our field activities.
·       Organizational
As part of Mercy Corps
Uganda’s 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 the program as well as
·        Any
other related duties assigned

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
·       The ideal applicant must hold a Diploma in
relevant field: social sciences, economics, business administration or in any
other related field.
·       Experience in humanitarian response
activities and implementing and managing similar initiatives (employment,
economic strengthening, entrepreneurship, IT skilling) is preferred.
·       Strong community mobilization skills a must.
·       Good writing, communication, organization,
prioritization skills.
·       Good (English) verbal and written
communication skills preferred.
·       Computer literacy with a full knowledge of
office applications.
·       Excellent attention to detail and ability to
complete tasks in a timely manner.
·       Excellent teamwork abilities and
interpersonal skills.
·       Demonstrated flexibility, creativity and
enthusiasm as well as a willingness to learn and to be continually adaptive
within a dynamic and often self-directed working environment mandatory.
·       Proactive, problem-solving action orientation
is essential.
·       Able and willing to drive a motorbike safely
on a daily basis (Having a valid license is required).
·       Speaking a local language is preferable: e.g.
Lugbara, Kakwa, Arabic etc.
·        The
ideal candidate will have the ability and curiosity to work comfortably and
effectively in the cultural, relatively poor infrastructure of West Nile.
·       S/he will be an excellent communicator, have
a strong sense of humor, multi-tasker, and able to work difficult and often
stressful environments.
·       S/he will be committed to the work of Mercy
Corps and the objectives of this program. They will demonstrate their
dedication with a strong work ethic, attention to detail and creative problem
How to Apply:
All candidates who
wish to join Mercy Corps in this capacity should apply online at the link
Deadline: 3rd July 2020
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