Job Title: Private Sector Engagement Officer
Organization: Mercy Corps
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda
About Mercy Corps:
Mercy Corps is an International NGO that exists to alleviate poverty and oppression by helping people build secure, productive and just communities. Mercy Corps has been fully registered in Uganda as an operational NGO. Currently Mercy Corps has an office in Kampala and is implementing Food Security programs which comprise of Water and Sanitation, Livelihood and Agriculture and Conflict Mitigation Management Program in North and North Eastern Uganda. We implement programs in the northern districts of Pader, Kitgum, Agago, Lamwo, Kaabong, Abim and Kotido with funding from USAID, USDA, Walmart Foundation, SDC, DFID as well as other private donations.
Job Summary: The Private Sector Engagement Officer will mainly focus on private sector partnerships, engaging employers, financial institutions, social microenterprises, multinational corporations, business groups and other businesses with youth where private sector incentives overlap with the goals of the program.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:
· With support from the Senior Program Manager, conduct different assessments in the target geographic areas to assess current situation, economic opportunities, needs and challenges
· Identify, assess partnerships with potential private sector actors for possible linkages to young people
· The incumbent will ensure that young people in the program are linked to suitable economic opportunities
· Build strong partnerships with private sector actors with an incentive to provide training to youth in transferable; financial management; business and employability skills, with the support of external trainers and entrepreneurs-in-residence.
· Manage relationships and monitor work on private sector partnerships to ensure positive impact for young people
· Advise Mercy Corps on ways to enhance reach and impact
· Introduce the program to relevant stakeholders including local business owners, local representatives and community members. Foster ongoing positive cooperation with these stakeholders
· Ensure close coordination and sharing of information with relevant stakeholders such as local government departments, NGO’s and local authorities, as appropriate and advised by the line manager;
· Build connections with senior partnership staff to keep up to date on new projects and developments as change in their environment is fast paced and the potential for collaboration can arise at any time.
· Proactively engage with private businesses support providers and stakeholders to promote engagement with, and links to, the business navigator service
· Identify and profile potential new sources of partnerships and secure new business development meetings with potential partners, supporters, or sponsors
· Planning and delivery of quality events for our partners, including reviewing event formats and processes and programmes, identifying and approaching relevant high quality entrepreneurial opportunities, and working with the events team to ensure the successful delivery of the events (training, opportunity meetings, exposure visits etc).
· Providing technical supports and mentorship to identified partnerships in areas of business development, contextual analysis, modifying business strategies tailored to the needs of youths.
3. Documentation, Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting:
· Comply to M&E systems that will be established to measure program impacts and desired results
· Analyse project implementation strategies to identify constraints to program success and provide timely recommendations;
· Prepare and submit timely weekly, monthly, and quarterly report that will be indicative of program progress during implementation.
· Ensure that all approaches to the private sector partnerships are profiled, tracked consistently, through effective use of stakeholder management plan
· Work closely with the MEL Officer to ensure accurate and timely flow of information from the field for entry in the database.
· Maintain constructive dialogue and technical exchange with field counterparts and technical staff of implementing partners.
· As requested, support the on-going monitoring of Mercy Corps’ supported work in coordination with M&E and operations colleagues
· Identify potential research areas and document key learnings (case stories, learning papers etc) within different partnerships that explores different models for scaling
· Develop and test specific private sector engagement evaluation tools that are relevant to the program to generate knowledge and share learning across Mercy Corps’ programs
Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
· The ideal candidate for the Mercy Corps Private Sector Engagement Officer job opportunity should hold a Bachelor’s Degree in business, agribusiness, economic development or other relevant field required
· A minimum of three years’ experience in the private sector engagement and development;
· Ability to interact effectively with a wide variety of people
· Willingness to work in the field and ability to ride motor cycle
· Skills in networking, team-working, and community consultations
· Good reporting, communication and representation skills
· Good spoken and written English.
How to Apply:
All prospective Ugandans who wish to join Mercy Corps are encouraged to send their applications via email including a cover letter clearly stating your salary requirements, CV (with 3 referees), and copies of academic qualifications/certificates to firstname.lastname@example.org addressed to the Senior HR and Legal Manager, Kampala Head Office on 4th Floor Embassy Plaza, Plot 1188-1190 Ggaba Road.
Deadline: 29th August, 2016
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