Program Manager – Ekisil Job Careers – Mercy Corps

 

Job Title:    Program Manager – Ekisil

Organisation: Mercy
Corps

Duty Station: 
Uganda

 

About US:

Mercy Corps is a
leading global organization powered by the belief that a better world is
possible. In conflict, 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. Now, and for
the future.

 

About USAID EKISIL Project:

USAID funded
Securing Peace and Promoting Prosperity in Karamoja (EKISIL) which Mercycorps and
Partners       Riamiriam Civil Society
Network, DADO and AWOTID  have been
implementing since November 15 2017 to April 15, 2021.  We anticipate a 2 year extension for this
program.  EKISIL is a Conflict Mitigation
and Management Project that uses people-to-people approach (P2P) that brings
groups together across divisions to address underlying social, economic,
ecological, and governance issues at risk of fueling conflict in Karamoja
region. This is achieved through three interlinked objectives that address root
causes of inter-ethnic conflict and promote reconciliation, empower local
capacities to prevent and manage conflicts, and address emerging conflicts
related to land.

 

Job Summary:  The Program Manager will be responsible for
providing overall technical guidance, coordination, planning, designing and
implementing the project in line with the donor guidelines. The incumbent will
play key roles in  day to day management
of the program oversight, organizing capacity building training, program
quality assurance and documentation of all events leading to the successful
implementation of the project. The Program Manager will oversee specialized
training on conflict sensitivity, collaborative negotiation and mediation,
EWER, and advocacy and influence. He/she will focus on strengthening the
collaboration, learning and adaptation horizontally across the four districts
and bolstering vertical linkages between districts and the national CEWERU.
Working and building the capacity of the partners, supporting in developing
institutional development plans for the local partners.

 

Key Duties and Responsibilities:  

·       
Oversee
the development of program and staff work plans; Lead the development of
detailed implementation plans, flowing from annual strategic work-plans, and
ensure program implementation is on time, target and budget, using effective
M&E systems and adaptive management principles to reach desired impacts.

·       
Oversee
the implementation of the Karamoja Regional Initiatives including the
investments plans and strategic plan.

·       
Act as
the main liaison with relevant District government officials and institutions,
stakeholders and community members relevant to the Activity;

·       
Over the
implementation of the Karamoja Regional Initiatives including the investments
plans and strategic plan.

·       
Participate
in peace and conflict-related coordination meetings and represent Mercy Corps
in these meetings;

·       
Manage
all initiatives related to the Activity in Karamoja area as agreed with the
Chief of Party and in accordance with approved proposal, budget and timelines;

·       
Coordinate
and share information with the Chief of Party to ensure overall program targets
and donor obligations are being achieved;

·       
Manage
and approve activity budgets as per the AAM in line with Finance and
procurement policies.

·       
Prepare
Partners requests budgets, work plans and submit to the CoP for approval.

·       
Provide
direct and ongoing supervision and managerial support to the Activity staff to
ensure effective implementation of program activities;

·       
Support
and facilitate Activity team encouraging active participation relationships
between members.

·       
Recommend
promotions, improvement plans, dismissals/terminations in accordance to the
Mercy Corps Uganda Personnel Policy and Procedures and the Ugandan Labor Law;

·       
Identify
training needs and opportunities for Karamoja staff to ensure that they have
adequate resources to complete program objectives, and to enable learning and
growth;

·       
Visit
project sites regularly to provide appropriate technical assistance, monitor
and oversee activities;

·       
Support
the Project officers to establish a system to monitor and evaluate program
activities and impact on an ongoing basis. Ensure that program monitoring is
being done on a regular basis and that adequate monitoring reports are
prepared;

·       
Support
the development of partnerships with national and international NGOs, CBOs and
other agencies involved in Conflict Management initiatives and other Mercy
Corps activities.

·       
Keep in
communication and working relationship between the Activity and other USAID and
other doors funded projects;

·       
Regularly
meet with the Chief of Party to discuss program achievements, especially when
they deviate from the original plan;

·       
Work
with the Chief of Party to organize and facilitate field visits for donors and
Mercy Corps staff;

·       
In
collaboration with the Chief of Party, monitor security developments and report
to Mercy Corps Senior Management as per the Mercy Corps Uganda security
procedures and protocols;

·       
Jointly
prepare donor reports with the Chief of Party and other staff to capture
program impact;

·       
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;

·       
Other
duties as assigned.

Partnerships and
Management

·       
Build
the capacity of our local partner organizations through ongoing training and
mentorship on the day to day program management

·       
Initiate
and oversee all interactions and support to the local implementing partners
identified to work with Mercy Corps Karamoja.

·       
Organize
and maintain information on partners, sectors, programs, and individual
projects which involves keeping documents up-to-date on Karamoja office
partnership portfolio, ending and beginning grants.

·       
Coordinate
reporting with local partners, specifically tracking deadlines, ensuring
adherence to formats and requirements, ensuring reporting quality and accuracy,
and periodic report writing, editing, and submission.

Finance &
Compliance Management

·       
In
collaboration with the country program’s operations and finance departments,
ensure proper financial management, procurement, administration, human
resources and logistics needs of the program are conducted within Mercy Corps’
policy and with the maximum benefit to the program.

Security

·       
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.

Organizational
Learning

·       
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
themselves.

 


Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

·       
The
ideal candidate for the Mercy Corps Program Manager-Ekisil job opportunity
should hold a Bachelor’s degree in Social works and social administration,
Development studies conflict management/peace building or any social science.

·       
Six
years’ experience managing conflict management or other capacity building
related projects preferably with NGOS.

·       
Experience
in managing teams and facilitating planning and program development processes

·       
Financial
and personnel management experience and knowledge

·       
Experience
in both community level programming and government focused capacity building.

·       
Leadership
skills, and proven experience in developing effective teams

·       
Demonstrated
problem solving skills.

·       
Demonstrated
experience in coaching, conducting workshops and community meeting
facilitation.

·       
Excellent
report writing skills and speaking skills and an excellent communicator.

·       
Strong
organizational and managerial skills.

·       
Excellent
computer skills, including all Microsoft applications.

·       
Demonstrated
skills to successfully communicate and initiate and maintain positive
relationships with beneficiary’s community.

·       
Excellent
relationship management skills.

·       
Ability
to communicate effectively in English both verbally and in writing

·       
Experience
or working in Karamoja region, with strong contextual knowledge of Karamoja
cultures

·       
Excellent
written and oral communication skills.

·       
Demonstrated
cultural sensitivity and appropriate flexibility.

·       
Ability
to effectively communicate with Mercy Corps target populations and partners.

·       
Demonstrated
attention to detail, ability to meet deadlines, and work independently and
cooperatively with team members.

·       
Willingness
to travel frequently to remote locations.

·       
Ability
to quickly learn and implement new information/concepts.

 

How to Apply:

All candidates
should send their application with an updated CV and cover letter online at the
link below.

 

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Here

 

Deadline: 21st March 2021

 

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