Governance Manager Apolou USAID Project Careers – Mercy Corps

Organization: Mercy
Duty Station: Uganda
Reports to: Animal health Manager – Apolou Activity
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 Governance Manager plays a key role in the
implementation of a five-year, $46 million USAID funded Food for Peace Activity
to support agriculturalists, agro-pastoralists, and pastoral households living
across the districts of Amudat, Kotido, Kaabong and Moroto in the Karamoja
sub-region of Uganda. The program has four strategic objectives, and the
Governance Manager will oversee strategic objective one:
and effective governance contributes to improved food and nutrition security
health and nutritional status of pregnant and lactating women, children under
five, and adolescent girls in targeted districts
WASH conditions among targeted households
girls, adolescent boys, women and men access diverse and secure livelihoods,
through improved capacities and strengthened market systems.
The Governance
Manager position focuses on providing capacity building, expert technical
support, oversight and direction of the Governance thematic area of the
Karamoja Food Security and Nutrition Activity. The Governance Manager will be
responsible for developing and implementing the Governance Sector work plan and
ensuring the Governance team in each of the four field offices are implementing
their respective activities on-scope, on-time and on-budget. Activities will
include developing and rolling-out a comprehensive program strategy to build
the operational, technical and financial capacity of local civil society,
engage government and increase coordination among formal and informal
stakeholders, and mobilize communities to undertake collective action. The
position will based in Moroto with operational oversight in Districts of
Key Duties and Responsibilities:  
Implementation and Quality
with local CSOs to develop inclusive capacity building strategies and plans
focusing on technical and networking capacities
the organizational development of local partner organizations using Mercy Corps
Organizational Capacity Index and Capacity Development Planning process.
joint mapping of formal and informal governance structures for development and
peace building in Karamoja in collaboration with key stakeholders.
coordination and integration of governance into other thematic sector
activities and planning. The governance component of the program is
foundational to many of the activities implemented in the other sectors.
curricula to strengthen the capacity of government and traditional leaders in
community engagement skills, including facilitation, consultation, negotiation,
and participatory planning and budgeting.
and facilitate meetings between governance structures at different levels and
across geographies, as well as between parallel government and traditional
non-state structures in order to promote communication and collaboration within
government as well as between government and traditional non-state authorities.
the capacity of Mercy Corps staff to implement governance activities.
collaboration with the M&E team, monitor and evaluate governance
with local and regional government officials, traditional leaders, local NGOs
and civil society organizations, and other relevant stakeholders to ensure
support for and acceptance of Mercy Corps’ programs, coordination with actors
working on related issues, and cross-learning.
data and complete assessments to determine community needs and priorities
with programs, country/regional teams, and technical support units on
development of strategies.
technical guidance and support the development of activities to increase
women’s participation and youth civic engagement.
Provide technical
support and develop program activities to strengthen social accountability,
grievance redress and feedback mechanisms.
required by the Technical Director, liaise with and represent the program’s
Governance components to regional, district and local government officials,
civil society/community leaders, political parties and other key stakeholders.
close coordination and information sharing with consortium partners,
sub-grantees, local government and other implementers, as well as with other
Mercy Corps programs.
and maintain professional and productive relationships with communities and
local government.
Serve as
key focal point for Apolou problem solving at regional and district levels as
Team management
the capacity of the team, deepen understanding of their roles and assist with
career development.
team members with information, tools and resources to improve performance &
reach objectives.
accountability, communicate expectations and provide constructive feedback
informally and formally via regular one on ones and performance reviews.
and sustain a work environment of mutual respect where team members strive to
achieve excellence.
orient and lead team members as necessary.
Finance, Compliance
and Operations Management
the smooth flow of routine program support functions (e.g., finance,
administration, logistics) in the field office and compliance with Mercy Corps
and donor policies and procedures.
With the
support of the Sn Operation Manager ensure adequate operational systems are in
place to provide for program.
program budget(s) as Primary budget holder.
follow Mercy Corps Fraud and Corruption Prevention guidelines.
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
in the agency-wide governance practitioners cohort and engage in learning and
sharing events facilitated by the Governance and Partnerships Technical Support
to Beneficiaries
Corps team members are expected to support all efforts toward accountability,
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.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
ideal candidate must hold a Bachelor’s degree required. M.A, M.S., M.Sc., or
equivalent in a field related to Governance or International Development
10 years
of experience providing increasingly proficient technical support in the
Governance field of expertise that includes:
writing and analysis on program development.
strong theoretical and applied knowledge of the field of expertise.
integrated approaches and applying systems thinking.
field experience, typically over the course of 2 years, that includes:
and implementing successful programs in the field.
Capacity Building curriculum or other processes for field teams
staff and developing work-plans
and ability to travel frequently to Mercy Corps project sites and field
locations, including traveling to insecure environments, is required.
with USAID.
in English is required.
How to Apply:
All candidates who
wish to join Mercy Corps in this capacity should apply online at the link
Deadline: 10th August 2020
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