Job Title: Regional Program Officer (RPO)
Organization: U.S. Peace Corps
Duty Station: Mbarara, Uganda
Report to: Director of Programming and Training (DPT)
Vacancy Announcement No.: 2016-016
About Peace Corps:
The U.S. Peace Corps is an international autonomous agency of the US Government with operations in over 65 countries. It operates in Uganda by the invitation of the Government of Uganda. Peace Corps Uganda has a memorandum of understanding with government ministries that outline broad areas of agreement of cooperation regarding the work of Peace Corps Volunteers in Uganda. Volunteers are assigned to government and non-government agencies and organizations, community based organizations, universities, colleges and schools who partner to enable Volunteers to provide capacity building in Education, Health and Community Agribusiness. Peace Corps also aims to build cultural understanding between Americans and Ugandans.
Job Summary: The Regional Program Officer (RPO) works as part of an interdisciplinary Programming and Training Team and provides support to ensure that PC – Uganda’s Training, Health, Agriculture and Education Programs are performing optimally. The RPO also provides assistance to project coordinators on an as needed basis. The RPO is assigned to a specific region of operation where they perform the majority of their duties.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:
Programmatic Support and Volunteer Safety: 70%
- Coordinates with PMs, PCVLs and the DPT in order to effectively:
- The jobholder will motivate and support Peace Corps Volunteers (PCVs);
- Carry out thorough site identification, development, and visits in coordination with PMs and Champions following the standard process and correctly completing required documentation;
- Manage the preparation of PCV housing to ensure that housing is ready for PCTs when they arrive in country,
- Provide weekly updates to the DPT on travel plans and major tasks to address,
- Communicate regularly with all PCVs in their region and provide updates to the appropriate PM and / or Champion for noting in PCVs communication records in VIDA;
- Significantly contribute programmatic input to IPBS and Ops Plan development; and
- Support PMs and Champions in collecting, compiling, and reporting program data.
- Provides program support and ensures that PCVs are safe, engaged in meaningful work, and living safely in their communities;
- Supports PC staff in planning travel schedules;
- Builds and maintains healthy relationships with local political and law enforcement authorities
- Builds and maintains healthy relationships PCVs, Peace Corps staff, and partners;
- Assists in compiling Project Status Reports (PSRs), writing periodic and annual reports, and participates in project plan reviews;
- Promotes Peace Corps’ programs within the context of the Government of Uganda’s development priorities;
- Responds to PCV field reports and issues concerning their sites and housing in their region;
- Supports PCVs in project implementation and development, including development of secondary activities;
- Promotes to PCVs and their counterparts to monitor and complete reporting documentation to Peace Corps on their activities.
- Counsels PCVs on technical and cross-cultural issues;
- Maintains liaisons with the local police and other authorities to ensure Volunteers’ safety and security and that of staff and property at main office, regional sub offices and Volunteers’ sites,
- Participates in the implementation of the Emergency Action Plan.
- Responds timely to additional assignments from the Country Director.
- Builds effective working relationships with the training team;
- Offers support to the training team to design, organize, facilitate, and plan logistics for training events (PST, IST, COS conference, other Volunteer trainings) especially within the geographical region, for PCVs and/or counterparts;
- Identifies training sites, especially within the geographical region;
General Services: 10%
- The Regional Program Officer (RPO) coordinates with the General Services Manager (GSM). Peace Corps Medical Officer (PCMO) and Deputy Director of Management Operations (DDMO) as necessary;
- Deliver mail to PCVs in particular regions;
- Builds relationships with vendors to facilitate purchasing of necessary supplies and services, and
- Perform any other duties as assigned by the CD or DPT.
Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
- The ideal candidate for the Unites States Peace Corps Regional Program Officer (RPO) job opportunity must hold a University degree– Bachelor’s and Master’s degree or Bachelor’s and some post-Bachelor’s degree studies.
- A minimum of five years of management and supervision with increasing responsibilities.
- Previous exposure and experience working in development with NGOs, community organizations, international USAID-implementing agencies, government in one or more of the following fields: health, community/public health, agribusiness, entrepreneurship, education and training.
- Demonstrates high professional standards in the ability to:
- Serve on a team;
- Be analytical, well organized and creative;
- Ability to compile and write reports;
- Communicate effectively with Americans, staff, and NGOs, schools, government agencies;
- Use computer systems;
- Broad knowledge and understanding of PC Uganda policies and procedures, especially those relevant to area of specialization;
- Respect different cultures and divergent viewpoints
- Excellent command of English, both spoken and written; native ability in spoken and written at least one Ugandan language.
- Ability to work on a regular Monday through Friday schedule with occasional evening and weekend hours when necessary.
- Ability to travel extensively at least 40% of the time
- Ability and willingness to live and work in the Mbarara area.
- Must be legally able to work in Uganda.
How to Apply:
All suitably qualified and interested candidates are encouraged to send their electronic applications with a Word formatted letter of interest, resume, names and contact information for three references to firstname.lastname@example.org
Please clearly indicate your name and the position applied for on the subject line of the cover email as well as on all the attachments: For example “Katungu Bonita_RPO” for the Regional Program Officer Position. Do not write any other words in the subject line of your mail. Submitted documents become the property of the Peace Corps and will not be returned.
NB: If called for an interview, you will be expected to bring a reference letter from your area Local Council (LC1) as well as your academic credentials.
Deadline: 10th October 2016
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