Program Officer – Social Cohesion NGO Jobs – Mercy Corps

Job Title:    Program Officer – Social Cohesion (Entry Level NGO Jobs)

Organisation: Mercy Corps

Duty Station:  Kampala, Uganda


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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.


Job Summary:  The Program Officer – Social Cohesion will be responsible for assisting in the implementation of activities to ensure participants including refugees and host communities have a smooth pathway to livelihoods. He/She will work directly with the Team Leader to identify new opportunities for peace building, conflict mitigation and re-integration activities under the Hilton program. The officer is to ensure close interactions with host community members and local governance structures to promote awareness and facilitate the establishment of sustained community based schemes for promoting social cohesion.


Key Duties and Responsibilities: 

Planning, developing and implementing activities

  • Design proper strategies, detailed work plan and approaches to effective implementation of social cohesion initiatives in informal settlements in Kampala.
  • Build effective working relationships with relevant stakeholders including; KCCA, refugee led associations, faith-based institutions, grass root community structures (LCs) with regard to peace building and social cohesion initiatives.
  • Participate in relevant coordination platforms and forums to share learnings and leverage on proven approaches to inform implementation.
  • Facilitate participatory needs assessments/situation analysis, problem analysis and planning exercises to enhance the participation of women and other marginalised groups (including refugees) in the target locations.
  • Engage and conduct community stakeholders’ sensitization on the program activities and approaches. Mobilize targeted beneficiaries/participants to fully engage in the program to realize the intended objectives.
  • Participate in all strategic planning meetings and activities, gathering and sharing relevant information in relation to peacebuilding and social cohesion with all relevant actors.
  • Make routine field visits within the program areas across the five divisions of Kampala to ensure effective implementation of program activities.
  • Promote and contribute to the integration and mainstreaming of gender and other pertinent cross-cutting issues into programme implementation.

Documentation, Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting

  • Prepare and submit timely weekly, monthly, and quarterly reports and work plans that will be indicative of program progress during implementation.
  • Maintain a proper filing system of all social cohesion initiatives implemented in the program.
  • Liaise with partners to identify human impact stories of program participants, contribute the research and learning agenda activities of the program and develop these into success stories.
  • Work closely with the M&E Officer to capture accurate data for measuring output and impact of the program; and to ensure accurate and timely flow of information from the field.
  • Keenly analyze implementation approaches to identify constraints to program success and provide timely recommendations to inform decision-making processes.
  • Ensure data protection policies are adhered to at all times.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

  • The ideal candidate for the Mercy Corps Program Officer – Social Cohesion job opportunity should hold a Bachelor’s degree in social sciences, community based development, public administration, development studies or other relevant fields from a recognized university.
  • At least three years of work experience with a local or international NGO working with marginalized communities preferably in peri urban or urban settings with focus on peacebuilding, conflict mediation, or working with ethnically and religiously diverse communities.
  • Proven experience in capacity building, coordinating activities, developing plans and drafting reports.
  • Strong interpersonal, communication and presentation skills and capacity to maintain relations with community leaders. Experience in building and maintaining strong/productive relations is required.
  • Proficiency in computer use particularly Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint) is preferred.
  • Strong interpersonal, writing and oral presentation skills in English is a requirement. Knowledge of other languages including Swahili, Arabic and French is an added advantage.
  • Demonstrated attention to detail, ability to follow procedures, strong leadership and proven team building experience, ability to meet deadlines and work independently is required.
  • Willingness to spend much time in the field and work closely with program target groups.
  • Possession of a valid driving permit class A and willingness to ride is an added advantage.
  • The successful Program Officer will take a deep personal interest in humanitarian and development assistance.
  • S/he will be creative and flexible; contributing to developing and encouraging new and innovative solutions, but at the same time will not have any difficulty in adhering to systems and procedures.
  • S/he will strictly follow all protocols related to safety and security, and holds self-accountable for making decisions, managing resources efficiently, achieving and role modelling Mercy Corps’ values.


How to Apply:

All candidates who wish to join Mercy Corps in this capacity should apply online at the link below.


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Deadline: 16th July 2021


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