Communication Trainees (Several Fresh Graduate Jobs) - Mercy Corps


Organization: Mercy Corps
Duty Station:  Uganda

About US:
Mercy Corps is an international non-profit organization which implements high-quality, analytical development programmes in very difficult places. Mercy Corps has been operating in Uganda since 2006. It has and continues to implement programs in Acholi and Karamoja sub regions. Mercy Corps is taking a community-led, market driven approach to address poverty and food insecurity needs through interventions that get to the root causes and contributing factors of economic vulnerability. Donors include the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), DFID, Mastercard Foundation, WALMART Foundation, Coca Cola Africa Foundation, US Depart of State (DOS) /PEPFAR, ECHO and Nike Foundation.

About MasterCard Foundation DYNAMIC Program:
Mercy Corps is part of The MasterCard Foundation’s Youth Forward Initiative, the DYNAMIC (Driving Youth-led New Agribusiness and Microenterprise) program works to strengthen systems and facilitate creation of sustainable economic opportunities for disadvantaged youth. DYNAMIC’s goal is to increase the number of young people in secure employment or self-employment and to promote agricultural market systems for youth. Through a market facilitation approach, youth already engaged in on-farm activities will move from subsistence to more productive and profitable farming. DYNAMIC will increase the employability of youth by facilitating access to demand driven technical skills, knowledge and market information. In parallel, DYNAMIC will link agribusinesses and microenterprises to market opportunities and diverse stakeholders, and ensure they can utilize financial services. DYNAMIC is one of the programs being implemented by Mercy Corps Uganda in Kitgum, Lamwo, Pader, Omoro and Gulu districts. The program engages an array of public and private sector actors to increase access to goods, services, markets, information, productive & social assets to increase the productivity of Ugandan agribusinesses and non-farm enterprises involving youth.

Job Summary: The primary aim of the graduate trainee program is to ensure mutual benefit for the trainee and the organization. The position holders will work closely with the Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning team to ensure program quality in accordance with accepted standards, providing essential feedback for learning, accountability and decision making. They will be equipped to provide internal capacity building for program staff on monitoring and evaluation activities/standards as well as review and develop necessary tools that feed into the needs of the DYNAMIC program. The Communication Trainees will mainly document and draft case studies highlighting some of the impacts of the DYNAMIC program; these case stories will provide essential feedback for learning, accountability and decision making.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Conduct monthly longitudinal studies with selected youth across Kitgum, Lamwo, Pader and Omoro depending on the field office that s/he will be attached
  • Document case stories from the different interventions implemented by both the DYNAMIC team and its partners
  • Provide support in the design and implementation of assessments and other pre and post data collection actions and analysis.
  • Assist the DYNAMIC team to develop and maintain knowledge and Information management systems to support data collection, reflection, analysis and reporting needs.
  • Capture photographs that will accompany the case stories and other program documentations


Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The applicants for the Mercy Corps Communication trainee jobs must hold a bachelor’s degrees in Mass communication, Psychology, Journalism, Linguistics, Literature or any other related field
  • Outstanding writing skills in particular case studies/success stories;
  • Excellent ability to collect and document case studies, success stories etc
  • Excellent written and spoken English language skills;
  • Willingness to ride a motorbike; have a valid permit
  • Acholi language skills will be highly valued

How to Apply:
All suitably qualified and interested candidates should send their E-mail applications including a cover letter clearly stating the salary requirements, updated CV (with three professional referees), and copies of academic qualifications/certificates addressed to the Senior HR and Legal Manager, Mercy Corps Uganda to: ug-mcjobs@mercycorps.org. Communication Trainee applicants are required to submit an article, story or write up that they have written.

Deadline:  15th March 2018

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