USAID GHG Program Jobs – Economic Development Officer at Mercy Corps

Organisation: Mercy Corps
Growth, Health and Governance (GHG) Program
Mercy Corps
is an international non-profit organization which implements high-quality,
analytical development work in very difficult places. We have been operating in
Uganda since 2006 and currently implement development programs in the Acholi
and Karamoja sub-regions of Uganda with funding from USAID, EC, SDC, and USDA.
We were recently awarded a market-development focused 5-year USAID/Food for
Peace-funded program working in the northern half of Karamoja.
USAID GHG Program:
The project,
called the Northern Karamoja Growth, Health and Governance (GHG) program, aims
to support the immediate needs of program beneficiaries while promoting
long-term development by spurring systemic improvements in key economic sectors
of northern Karamoja.
Job Summary: The Mercy Corps Economic Development
Officer will work to improve the economic future and quality of life of program
beneficiaries. The ability of the Economic Development Officer to push forward
market-driven approaches at all stages of programming will be one of the
position’s three success factors. The second will be the degree to which the
person promotes and captures learning with her/his team, institutionalizing
activity reviews, identifying and evaluating preconceptions and promoting a
culture of inquisition. The third success factor will be the degree to which
that person drives results, making critical decisions and producing scheduled
outputs at deadline and to the expected quality.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
1. Program:
  • Work
    in consultation with the Mercy Corps livestock health services and
    Marketing teams, national drug companies, district veterinary officers and
    other key partners in planning and implementation of veterinary service
    extension activities of GHG program according to the approved work plans
    and budgets;
  • Work
    closely with agrovet shops and livestock traders to identify capacity gaps
    of CAHWs and farmers’ challenges and provide technical support, design
    tools and activities for improvement and follow up the implementation;
  • Work
    in liaison with the district veterinary officers and agrovets shops, the
    EDO will design and implement a supervisory plan for CAHWs to ensure
    quality service delivery to farmers;
  • Build
    and maintain close coordination and co-operation with district veterinary
    department, ministry of agriculture, research institutions, sector working
    groups and development agencies to ensure synergy and improved
    coordination among programs/interventions;
  • Work
    closely with NDA to oversee the work to control the illegal sale of animal
    drugs in the markets;
  • Work
    with DVOs to plan and support disease surveillance activities and
    vaccination campaigns – including poultry and Newcastle disease, foot and
    mouth disease etc;
  • Offer
    technical support to national drug companies, agrovets shops and CAHWs to
    promote herd health programme at kraal and household levels
2. Partnership Management:
  • Identify,
    assess and develop partnership strategies for potential private sector
    partners with GHG
  • Establish
    and maintain productive working relationships with sub-county and district
    leaders and DVOs and soliciting their participation in all activities
    where appropriate
  • Carry
    out on-site field visits regularly to monitor progress of activities and
    provide strategic measures for progress to maximize the programmes’
    economic and social impacts to the community
  • Work
    with team leader(s) and Mercy Corps technical staff in order to bring
    synergy among different components of the project
3. Monitoring and Evaluation:
  • Create
    a dynamic program environment that promotes inquiry;
  • Take
    primary responsibility for sector-focused data gathering;
  • Establish
    procedures and guidelines to monitor and evaluate the progress and impact
    of economic development support work including setting and measuring
    benchmarks along results chains;
  • Keenly
    analyze project implementation strategies to identify constraints to
    program success and provide timely recommendations;
  • Provide
    data in support of team’s submission of timely weekly, monthly and quarterly
    reports that will be indicative of program progress during implementation.
4. Other:
  • Conduct
    himself/herself both professionally and personally in such a manner that
    brings credit to Mercy Corps and to not jeopardize its humanitarian
  • Perform
    any other duties as assigned by the line manager.
Qualifications, Skills and
  • The
    ideal candidate should preferably hold a degree in Agriculture (animal
    husbandry; production and marketing) or its equivalent;
  • At
    least three years of relevant experience with proven technical experience
    in the field;
  • Willingness
    to work in the field with agrovets shops, Community animal health workers,
    kraal leaders and communities;
  • Possess
    the ability to interact effectively with a wide range of partners; private
    sector, government and civil society;
  • Skills
    in team work, holding community consultations and organizational
  • Excellent
    reporting, communication and representation skills
  • Skills
    in networking, team-working, and community consultations
  • Good
    spoken and written English. Fluency in Ngakarimojong and Ethurr is an
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:
Deadline:  30th June 2015

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