Private Sector Engagement Officer USAID Project Jobs - Mercy Corps


Organization: Mercy Corps
Duty Station:  Kampala, 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 USAID Project:
Mercy Corps is implementing the USAID funded 5-year program on Better Outcomes for Children and Youth in Eastern and Northern Uganda ending in 2020. The program goal is to improve the wellbeing of children and youth orphaned by HIV and other adversities in Uganda. It mainly focuses on orphaned and vulnerable children, youth and their caregivers to have improved access and utilization of health, nutrition, education, and psychosocial wellbeing and reducing abuse, exploitation and neglect.

Job Summary: The Private Sector Engagement Officer will responsible for the overall management of private sector partnerships from identification of opportunities, development of concept notes, development of SOW with private sector input, negotiation of deals with private sector partners in line with Mercy Corps policies of procurement and subaward management, development of specific milestones and deliverables, signing of deals, and monitoring of activities. The Private Sector Engagement Officer will also support learning around these activities in partnership with the MEL Officer on the team. The Private Sector Engagement Officer is expected to have a high level understanding of shared value partnerships (understanding how meeting the needs of OVCs can improve the productivity of businesses) as well as experience managing and developing such partnerships.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Provide leadership and strategic vision of implementation, development and management of shared value partnerships with private sector partners, in a way that also meets the needs of OVCs and the households that support them.
  • Conduct analyses of how to strengthen economic opportunities for OVCs and the households that support them, understanding what key barriers to market exist.
  • Be able to develop creative shared value partnerships of how private sector partners can support/employ or otherwise engage OVCs and the households that support them and increase their economic stability and resilience.
  • Pitch, negotiate ideas to the private sector to encourage them to expand their business models and engage OVCs and households that support them.
  • Oversee the identification, selection and sub-awarding/procurement of private sector partnerships in line with either our subaward or procurement procedures.
  • Develop strong milestones and deliverables for the private sector partnerships with corresponding monitoring strategies to ensure that the program gets the most of the private sector partnerships.
  • Monitor all private sector partners at the HQ level as well as in the field to ensure that all milestones and deliverables agreed to are implemented.
  • Submit payment requests for any payments to private sector partnerships with all required documentation as per the contracts and agreements signed with the private sector partners.
  • Build and maintain productive working relationships with Local Government officials and line departments, soliciting their participation in all activities where appropriate.
  • Make on-site field visits regularly to provide technical back stopping and/or design suggestions to private sector partners.
  • Ensure proper logistics, administration, human resources and transport needs of the program are conducted within Mercy Corps /WEI policy and with the maximum benefit to the program.
  • Support other team members to better understand private sector partnerships and how they can be integrated into the program.
  • Prepare and submit written reports on activities to supervisor.
  • Ensure establishment and maintenance of relationships with consortium partners, CSOs, communities, village councils and local government in target operation areas.


Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The ideal candidate for the Mercy Corps Private Sector Engagement Officer job placement should hold a Bachelor’s Degree in agribusiness, development, economic development, business management or a closely related field.
  • A minimum of five years of experience designing, implementing and managing similar initiatives (private sector partnership, economic strengthening, market systems development).
  • Experience in leveraging private sector partnerships is a must.
  • Excellent interpersonal, writing and oral presentation skills in English are also required.
  • Experience in building and maintaining strong/productive relations with implementing and strategic partner agencies is required.
  • Strong leadership and proven team building experience is a must.
  • Excellent negotiation skills required.
  • Demonstrated attention to detail, ability to follow procedures, meet deadlines and work independently and cooperatively with team members.
  • Ability to travel (30%) to field locations.

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: 6th March 2018

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