Job Title: Project Manager – GIRL
Duty Station: Uganda
Reports to: Gender & Young People Advisor
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 Project Manager will provide leadership,
management and strategic vision to the implementation of the GIRL program in
Karamoja. The Project Manager is
responsible for ensuring that the project meet targets and deliverables on-time
and within budget, in compliance with donor and Mercy Corps rules and
regulations. The Project Manager will
provide oversight to all GIRL program officers while working closely with
APOLOU Adolescents, Livelihoods, and Health Teams, District Implementation Team
Leads, MEL, and Chief of Party to ensure that GIRL program is implemented to
the highest standards possible with strong community engagement. S/he will
coordinate closely with the MEL Leads at Mercy Corps to ensure appropriate MEL
activities are planned, and supervise the management of MEL activities on the
ground, ensuring that analysis of data coming from the ground feeds into the
learning agenda for the programs, and ensures higher level impact for program
beneficiaries. The Project Manager will
work under Mercy Corps-led APOLOU Activity in Karamoja, Uganda and will
coordinate implementation of the GIRL program.
S/he will manage and enhance essential relationships with key
stakeholders, including District Local Government officials, partners, and
CSOs. Under the leadership of APOLOU
Gender & Young People Advisor and the GIRL Program Director, s/he will also
promote GIRL model and its approaches to peers and relevant bodies, and ensure
effective communication and coordination between stakeholders and partners.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:
Leadership & Management
Oversight of all staff members on the project, coordinate
and implement GIRL program activities across Apolou’s 5 districts in Karamoja
(Amudat, Kaabong, Karenga, Kotido, and Moroto) in line with approved project
proposal, budget and within the agreed time frames.
Coordinate closely with GIRL Director and Technical team
to ensure activities implemented in Uganda are contributing to global learning
on MC adolescent girl approach
Work with POs, to ensure the GIRL programming reflects
Mercy Corps’ signature technical approaches, including meaningful youth
engagement, resilience, and gender equality outcomes.
Provide supervision, support and mentoring to POs to
ensure that all GIRL program activities are being implemented as per the agreed
Foster a collaborative team atmosphere which engages and
supports all team members;
Development, Implementation and Reporting
Work closely with the GIRL Program Team and DITLs to
review monthly budget versus actual financial management information to ensure
that all program expenditure is on track and does not exceed approved budget
Ensure harmonization in program implementation approaches
and harmonization of tools across MC Karamoja field offices;
Ensure project deadlines, quality standards and targets
Ensure compliance to all Mercy Corps, Donor and Government
of Uganda policies, procedures and guidelines that relate to the implementation
of the program with limited supervision.
Develop all reports, both internal and external to the
donor, with a high level of quality with limited need for revision, and that
these are are submitted on time and to the highest possible standard;
Ensure all interventions adhere to Mercy Corps’ Gender
Policy, Do No Harm principles, and participant accountability standards.
Establish, maintain and grow productive working
relationships with Local Government officials and line departments, soliciting
their participation in all activities where appropriate, in close coordination
with other programs in the same operating areas.
Ensure effective communication with implementing partners,
ensure that they are implementing as per workplans and budget, and assist with
troubleshooting any challenges they may encounter
Review partner reports and provide feedback, and work
closely with the sub-award team to ensure partners receive sufficient support
to report financially.
Evaluation and Learning (MEL)
Take a leadership role in working with MEL team to develop
and revise the MEL system linked to indicators, and information management,
ensuring that all essential program and organizational metrics are being
Coordinate data gathering and management with project
staff as per the monitoring plan for the project
Make on-site field visits regularly to provide technical
back stopping and/or design recommendations.
Support in development of GIRL learning documents and
facilitate the dissemination of promising practices and lessons learned with
Ensure that program lessons learned are documented and
shared for decision making;
Foster and maintain proper conditions for learning within
GIRL program team. Establish a safe environment for sharing of ideas,
solutions, and difficulties and the capacity to detect, analyze and respond
quickly to challenges.
Represent MC at all relevant GIRL program coordination
meetings at field and national levels to highlight the work of GIRL program and
share evolving evidence to support the model;
In coordination with the Gender & Youth, Adolescents,
& Livelihoods Teams, and the Implementing partners, lead donor visits in
Demonstrate flexibility, resilience and ability to
maintain positive relationships and composure.
Maintain high ethical standards and treat people with
respect and dignity;
Create and sustain a work environment of mutual respect
where team members strive to achieve excellence.
Promote accountability, communicate expectations and
provide constructive feedback via performance reviews.
Provide team members with information, tools and other
resources to improve performance & reach objectives.
In coordination with the G&Y Advisor, identify
performance gaps and training opportunities for GIRL team
Supervise and regularly coordinate with project staff and
support departments to ensure smooth planning, preparation, implementation, and
monitoring and evaluation of program activities.
Provide leadership to a broad team of program and MEL
staff ensuring synergy, sharing of best practices and resources.
Work closely with the country team’s security focal point
to ensure that the program is contributing to and responding to safety and
security plans and procedures;
Ensure that the program is designed and implemented with a
clear analysis and understanding of security management priorities;
Ensure that GIRL program team members in all field offices
strictly abide by security standards in each office location.
Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
applicant for the Mercy Corps Project Manager-GIRL job
must hold a BA/S or equivalent in development management or
related fields required,
At least three to five years’ experience in Adolescent
Girls and Young Women programming, preferably in Karamoja and knowledge in
Ng’akarimojong language is an advantage
Technical knowledge related to adolescent girls, youth
and/or gender and experience supporting program teams to achieve technical
excellence in youth and gender programming.
Experience with monitoring and evaluation and report
writing, and being involved in M&E
History of working effectively and respectfully with
district local government, INGO and local CSO/NGO partners
Ability to effectively represent Mercy Corps and its
interests to key stakeholders
Demonstrated ability to work in complex programming and
Fluency in English written and oral communication
Ability to effectively manage a team and apply relevant
Mercy Corps’ procedures and approaches.
Experience supporting technical capacity and skill
development amongst diverse teams.
Success Factors: This position requires someone with
the ability to effectively carry out duties as outlined in the position
description. One should be willing to learn and work in accordance with Mercy
Corps policy. The successful candidate will have demonstrated the ability to
multitask, meet deadlines and process information in support of changing
program activities if necessary. A high professional standard of activity
implementation, strong interpersonal and intellectual skills are necessary.
Mercy Corps is an
equal opportunity employer; Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged
How to Apply:
should apply online at the link below.
Deadline: 22nd January 2021
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