2 Fresher Diploma Jobs – Program Officers – Mercy Corps


Job Title:    Program Officer (2 Fresher
Job Opportunities)

Organization: Mercy Corps

Duty Station: Uganda


About US:

Mercy 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. In 2017, 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
community engagement, inclusive development, gender, and working in partnership
with local government, the private sector and civil society actors.


Job Summary:  The primary focus of the Program Officer will
be to support the community level team in adapting and scaling integrated activities
in respective Districts in collaboration with local government and private
sector structures. The Program Officer will be responsible for oversight of
quality activities in the assigned District, supervising the Program
Assistants. The Program Officer will ensure the day to day implementation of
the diverse Apolou i.e. Governance, WASH, MCHN, Livelihoods, gender and SBCC in
consultation with the District Team Leader, and working closely with the
Technical Team. He/she will provide technical and operational support to the
Program Assistants ensuring that activities are implemented according to scope
and timeline.


Key Duties and Responsibilities:  

Program Implementation

Provide leadership and daily oversight for
planning and implementation of Apolou Activities including; mentorship, support
supervision and managerial support to program assistants in the respective

Support the District Implementation Team Leader
in the development of activity plans, budgeting and reporting format for the implementing

Support the District Implementation Team Leader
in advocacy and maintenance of partnership with the relevant departments of the
Local Government at Sub County and District level.

Support the District Implementation Team Leader
in the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the program
activities, in accordance with Mercy Corps Apolou objectives.

Contribute in the development of training
curriculum, project tools, and IEC materials; facilitate nutrition related
trainings for community level staff as well as support with staff capacity
building process.

Supervise the activities and performance of
Program Assistants; conduct routine team meetings, adhere to performance
reviews timelines, troubleshoot challenges and standardize implementation

Identify and document best practices and
failures in Apolou Activity programming and provide timely feedback to the
District Implementation Team Leader.

Collaborate with the MEL team

Ensure timely and consistent submission of
project reports, success stories and other relevant data to the District
Implementation Team Leader (i.e. weekly, monthly and quarterly reports)

Provide oversight to the program assistants in
regards to adhering to procurement, finance and security policy and procedures,
ensuring proper documentation of processes.

Work closely with the implementation and
technical overall teams to coordinate day to day operations and logistics to
maximize use of resources and ensure complementary programming.

Provide oversight trainings to governance
structures under the different thematic areas e.g. RACs, LEGs, FEGs, Silk
Agents, Natural Leaders, VHTs, lead mothers and ultimately, neighbor women to
mitigate losses in the cascade of information and ensure quality control
through clear documentation processes.

Gender and Youth Integration

Ensure that program activities apply gender
equity and youth empowerment principles, and meet the varying needs of men and
boys; women and girls; and other vulnerable groups.

Monitoring and Evaluation

Provide ongoing mentorship to Program Assistants
on data collection processes for completeness, accuracy and timely submission.

Oversee the Governance structures filling system
in the assigned District/Sub-County and ensure that information is organized
according to the reporting and auditing needs of the program.

Responsible for the assigned District data
collection including gender and age disaggregated data, data validation,
assuring quality control measures, timely data submission and communicating to
MEL sector focal person.

Through the field staff, support and mentor
community partners on data collection and use.

Supervise the Program Assistants in data
collection and entry to regularly update the Activity Tracker

Influence and Representation

Support and coordinate visits from district and
sub-county government, regional and HQ based staff and external visitors, such
as donors and media, in collaboration with purpose leaders i.e. Governance,
MCHN, WASH, Livelihoods, gender and Implementation Director.

Support the District Implementation Team Leader
in coordination and communication of field activities with other NGO and local
government partners to avoid duplication of services and support an enabling
environment for health promotion.

Establish and maintain a productive working
relationship with the local Government and Sub Counties, working in unison to
develop complementary joint monitoring, evaluation and adaptive management
structures where possible.

Ethics and Integrity

All Mercy Corps staff are expected to behave
ethically and demonstrate highest integrity in their professional and personal
life. Mercy Corps has zero tolerance to any form of fraud, corruption, abuse,
harassment or exploitation. Any breach of our policies or misconduct will lead to
disciplinary action or may lead to termination.


Ensure data protection policies are adhered to,
establishing security controls for software, hardware and archive beneficiary

Ensure compliance with security procedures and
policies as determined by country leadership

Proactively ensure that team members operate in
a secure environment and are aware of policies


Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

The ideal candidate must hold a Diploma or
Degree in a related field

At least 3 years of related professional

Demonstrated skills in data collection,
verification and documentation

Proven skills in networking, team-building,
community consultations and organizational development;

Excellent reporting, communication and
representation skills

Willingness to consider new perspectives,
promote gender equality and engage in advanced gender training.

Ability to ride a motorcycle and he/she should
be in possession of a valid driving/riding license.

Proven knowledge and capacity in using computer
basic applications MS word, Excel and internet.

In-depth knowledge of the social, cultural and
economic context of Karamoja a plus.

Fluency in local languages prevalent within the
operational district where assigned (highly desired).

The ability to communicate effectively,
respectfully and enthusiastically with community structures will be one of the
position’s three success factors. The second will be the degree to which the
Program Officer drives results, producing scheduled outputs at deadline and to
expected quality. The third success factor will be the degree to which the
officer effectively gathers activity monitoring and evaluation data and
utilizes data to inform activity implementation and program learning.


How to Apply:

All suitably qualified candidates are encouraged to apply
online at the link below




Deadline: 9th September 2020


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