Income Generating Activity Officer Non-profit Jobs - Mercy Corps


Organization: Mercy Corps
Duty Station:  Uganda
Reports to: Senior Program Manager

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.

Job Summary: The Income Generating Activity Officer will be responsible for implementing IGA related activities in districts of Arua (Rhino Camp), Yumbe (Bidibidi) and Moyo (Palorinya), including the monitoring of the IGA groups developed.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:  
Planning, developing and implementing income generating activities
  • The Officer will provide technical assistance to local populations in designing profitable income generating activities and alternative/complementary business activities.
  • Assist groups to identify and develop market links for their products
  • Gather and collect relevant data for socio-economic monitoring and studies for best IGA development among refugees and host communities;
  • In collaboration with the monitoring, evaluation and learning specialist proactively participate in baseline/mid¬term/end line data collection and any other related program assessments
  • Support identification and development of IGA groups and entrepreneurs/traders; support development of specific IGA and business plan; cash grants and ongoing support. Support development of strategy and implementation of capital grants to IGA groups, traders and enterprises for livelihood activities along with ongoing support.
  • Documentation, Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting
  • Under guidance of Program Officer and M&E Officer, participate in any market assessment and baseline/end line data gathering needs.
  • Work closely with supervisor to capture data for measuring output and impact of the program; and to ensure accurate and timely flow of information from the field. Specific data collection would include post-distribution monitoring and after action reviews for key activities. Continuous improvement of activities will be expected based on this information.
  • Prepare and submit timely weekly, monthly, and quarterly reports that will be indicative of program progress during implementation. Respond to queries if and when necessary.
Collaboration/Networking
  • Establish and maintain good coordination and working relationships with Office of the Prime Minister, UNHCR local government officials, and other NGOs/CBOs, representing Mercy Corps and soliciting participation in activities where appropriate and as directed.
  • Conduct himself/herself both professionally and personally in such a manner as to bring credit to Mercy Corps Uganda and to not jeopardize its humanitarian mission.
Organizational Learning: As part of Mercy Corps Uganda’s 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 the program as well as themselves.


Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The ideal candidate for the Mercy Corps Income Generating Activity Officer job placement should hold a Bachelor’s Degree in relevant field
  • At least four years of work experience with a focus on IGA, business and enterprise development or related interventions is a MUST
  • Strong community mobilization experience is a MUST
  • Excellent writing, communication, organization, prioritization and negotiating skills.
  • Candidates with a background EITHER in humanitarian response activities, preferably in livelihoods OR Market Systems Development/M4P/market preferred
  • Ability to synthesize large amounts of information in order to identify key messages and clearly communicate those messages to other people.
  • The ideal candidate will have the ability and curiosity to work comfortably and effectively in the cultural, relatively poor infrastructure of West Nile.
  • S/he will be an excellent communicator, have a strong sense of humor, multi-tasker, and able to work difficult and often stressful environments.
  • S/he will be committed to the work of Mercy Corps and the objectives of this program. They will demonstrate their dedication with a strong work ethic, attention to detail and creative problem solving

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

Deadline:  30th March 2018

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