Financial Inclusion Team Lead – Apolou NGO Careers – Mercy Corps


Job Title:    Financial Inclusion Team
Lead – Apolou

Organization:  Mercy

Duty Station:  Uganda

Reports to: Livelihoods Manager 


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 Financial Inclusion Team Leader will be
responsible for the overall management and coordination of a Market Systems
based pro-poor economic initiatives program that is primarily focusing on
strengthen service and product delivery across all the Purpose 4 sectors of
financial inclusion, business enabling environment, livestock inputs and
marketing, and ag-input and commodity marketing. The MSD Manager will lead,
coordinate and manage all activities related to the implementation of the
program and operations in Karamoja, Apolou operational districts. The Financial
Inclusion Team leader provides technical leadership, supervises program staff,
and coordinates the implementation of all program activities ensuring the programs
are on time, on scope and on budget. The MSD Manager promotes a culture of
constant program improvement, mentor the program team, integrate monitoring and
evaluation into program activities and ensure the delivery of high-quality
program that delivers impact. She/he also identifies opportunities to
operationalize recommendations from ongoing context analyses.


Financial Inclusion Team Leader is responsible for: 1) implementation,
sustainability and potential scale up program activities 2) management of
operations and logistics, 3) security management, 4) team management, 5)
reporting, and 6) coordination. The success of the Financial Inclusion Team
Leader will be measured on the degree to which he/she shall promote pro-poor
private sector growth in Karamoja using a light touch approach designed to
encourage sustainability and reduce dependency, both of business partners and
community beneficiaries. The second success factor will be the degree to which
the MSD manager is able to effectively integrate with other sectors in order to
maximize impact.


Key Duties and Responsibilities:  

& Vision

Develop the strategy for and subsequently implement
innovative actions for market systems development, both in building the
capacity of local business actors, crowding in additional actors, and ensuring
an enabling environment for pro-poor business growth in Karamoja

Actively advance Mercy Corp’s connections to market actors
at local, regional and national level, seeking avenues for partnership,
collaboration and coordination of activities.

Provide strategic and technical MSD leadership across the
consortium, in further developing and refining the project strategy; provide
guidance for the program leadership, team members and partners on
implementation of the MSD related intervention strategies;

Lead research and monitoring of market systems analyses,
business cases and intervention plans in the selected sectors to improve
impact, particularly for the scale up of livestock value chains, agriculture
value chains and financial inclusion.


Identify and analyze systemic constraints and
opportunities within and between the value chains, and design appropriate
market driven interventions to address the gaps and barriers in market systems
using MSD approach.

Participate in designing and conducting market
awareness-raising campaigns and undertake market assessments and research that
will inform the scale-up strategy in Karamoja.

Use an adaptive management approach to continuously
reflect on MSD progress and MSD integration with overall consortium, ensuring
active learning and course correction where strategies and coordination are
falling short.

Establish and oversee the effective monitoring and
evaluation of MSD activities, developing monthly and quarterly reports and
contributing to required indicator tracking

Ensure MSD activities are gender and youth sensitive with
a focus on building resilience in vulnerable populations

Ensure coordination of consortium and external partners
around the MSD approach, contributing to MSD advocacy with district, regional
and national partners


Directly supervise team of MSD Officers, mentoring the
team in order to build technical capacity and ensure best practice in
implementation as well as adherence to Mercy Corps’ internal policies and

Promote accountability, communicate expectations and
provide constructive feedback informally and formally via regular one on ones
and performance reviews.

Create and sustain a work environment of mutual respect
where team members strive to achieve excellence

Lead capacity development initiatives for project team
members through trainings, mentoring and coaching to ensure there is a cohesive
understanding of market systems and project implementation approaches

Liaise with other Managers and Team Leaders to ensure
consortium is integrated in approach, on-scope, on-time and on-budget.

Guide program team and work with M&E staff to develop,
document and implement adaptive management practices that lead to improved
quality and responsive implementation

Work with program and M&E staff to ensure high quality
measurement on key performance indicators for MSD

& Compliance Management

Ensure compliance with donor and Mercy Corps regulations
related to MSD Activities

Develop MSD team budgets, ensure adherence to MC Uganda
Field Finance Manual and Field Procurement Manual for all MSD activities, and
oversee implementation of key budget lines

& Representation

Represent Mercy Corps’ approach at key government,
coordination and advocacy platforms.

Identify and engage with technical, private and public
sector partnerships needed to execute program strategies and support the growth
and formalization of partnership arrangements as necessary

Conduct himself/herself both professionally and personally
in such a manner as to bring credit to Mercy Corps and to not jeopardize its
humanitarian mission.


Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

applicant for the Mercy Corps Project Officer – GIRL job
must hold a BA/S or equivalent in economics, agri-business, rural
development and a relevant field; an advanced degree is preferred

Five to seven years of agriculture/livelihoods program
implementation and management experience in a market-based approaches

Five years of practical field experience managing related
market system projects; preferably in Northern Uganda

Demonstrated strong theoretical and applied knowledge of
livelihood and market systems development programming and familiarity designing

Previous experience of working in insecure environments
and applying market based approaches in fragile contexts (ideally including
experience in an emergency response).

Strong writing and report development skills

Experience coordinating and leading partners and stakeholders

Prior experience in developing partnership with both
private and public actors as part of program implementation in achieving
projects desired goals

Experience managing staff and ability to work with a
consortium programming staff

Must be able to work independently while being a strong
team player

History of working effectively with private sectors, INGO
and NGO partners;

Demonstrated ability to work in complex programming and
volatile environments;

Oral and written English skills required.

Success Factors: Define the specific behavior and
attitudes critical to success in the position at time of hire and as it
develops over time in paragraph form (soft skills).


Mercy Corps is an
equal opportunity employer; Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged
to apply.


How to Apply:

All candidates
should apply online at the link below.




Deadline: 22nd January 2021


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