2 Mercy Corps International NGO Job Opportunities – Program Officer

Organisation: Mercy Corps
Girls Improving Resilience with Livestock (GIRL)
Nike Foundation
  Program Manager
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),
the European Commission (EC), United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Swiss
Development Cooperation (SDC), Walmart Foundation, SDC, DFID as well as other
private donations.
Nike Foundation GIRL Program:
The project is a livelihoods-focused
3-year Nike Foundation program working in the Karamoja (Uganda) and West Pokot
and Turkana (Kenya) regions. The project, called Girls Improving Resilience
with Livestock (GIRL) aims to empower pastoralist girls in the Karamoja region
to improve their livelihoods and personal agency, as well as increase the food
security and adaptive capacity of their households and the resilience of their
Job Summary:  The
Program Officer will be responsible for community engagement, including the
identification, recruitment and retention of training participants; the
establishment of partnerships with key community members (elders, religious
leaders, government officials) and the execution of livelihood development
activities. He/she will be locally hired and based in the Moroto area. He/she
will be responsible for day-to-day field-work in implementation of activities,
mobilization, formation and monitoring of girls livelihoods/education cohorts.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Work
    in liaison with all the program staff in implementation of the program.
  • Actively
    engage community members (community representatives, teachers, religious
    leaders, government officials and gatekeepers) to form an Advisory
    Committee to support and inform program activities
  • Organize
    community events to sensitize communities on the GIRL program
  • Render
    support in the creation of technical curricula, basic education (numeracy
    & literacy) and financial literacy
  • In
    charge of recruiting and training mentors to deliver technical curricula
    to girls
  • Play
    a role in the identification and recruiting of girls in the community to
    participate in livestock/producer groups
  • Identify
    and engage local animal health workers to provide training and technical
    assistance to livestock/producer groups
  • Actively
    monitor and track the success and failures of livestock/producer groups
  • In
    charge of collecting program data accurately and forward the same to the
    office timely.
  • Technically
    support community mapping activities, market assessments and
    base-line/end-line evaluation activities
  • Prepare
    accurate and timely monitoring and field reports and other project
    documentation as required.
  • Maintain
    proper project/program files.
  • Represent
    the organization in meetings at the grass root level.
  • Conduct
    himself/herself both professionally and personally in such a manner as to
    bring credit to Mercy Corps and to not jeopardize its humanitarian
  • Perform
    any other duties as assigned by his/her supervisor or representatives.
Qualifications, Skills and
  • The
    ideal candidate for the Program Officer should hold a Degree in Community
    Development, Economic Development or related field;
  • At
    least three years’ experience working with NGOs/CBO’s in civic engagement,
    livelihoods and education
  • Exhibit
    commitment to working with youth and vulnerable groups in need, regardless
    of race, tribe, religion or gender;
  • Detailed
    knowledge and understanding of working with local partners;
  • Excellent
    problem solving, written and oral communication skills;
  • Ability
    to work without constant supervision and as part of a mixed team;
  • Computer
    literacy skills i.e. working knowledge of MS Office software such as
    Excel, Word, and Access;
  • Possess
    the ability and curiosity to work comfortably and effectively in the
    cultural, relatively poor infrastructure of Karamoja sub region.
  • Be
    an excellent communicator, have a strong sense of humor, multi-tasker
  • Be
    able to work difficult and often stressful environments.
  • Strong
    written and spoken English
  • Local
    language skills required
to Apply:
All suitably
qualified and interested Ugandan candidates should send their applications
including a cover letter clearly stating the salary requirements, updated CV
(with three professional referees), and copies of academic
qualifications/certificates to the HR/Admin Manager, Kampala Head Office on 4th
Floor Embassy Plaza, Plot 1188-1190 Ggaba Road. The E-mail applications with
cover letter should be sent to: mcjobs@ug.mercycorps.org
Deadline:  30th June 2015
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