USAID GHG Program Jobs – Financial Access – Enterprise Development Advisor at Mercy Corps

Organisation: Mercy Corps
Project Name: Growth, Health
and Governance (GHG) Program
Funding Source: USAID
Duty Station: Uganda
About US:
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. The program has three strategic objectives
  • Pro-poor
    market development (SO1)
  • Improved
    health for children under five years of age (SO2)
  • Improved
    security and governance (SO3)
About 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. Mercy Corps is the prime grantee, leading the
implementation of SO1 and supporting SO2 and SO3, with accountability for all
project interventions. World Vision Inc. is the technical lead for SO2, while
Karamoja Peace and Development Agency (KAPDA) plus other local civil society
agencies lead the implementation of SO3. A research partner, Tufts University’s
Feinstein International Centre (FIC), performs annual impact evaluations to
inform ongoing programming.
Job Summary:  The Mercy Corps Financial Access-Enterprise
Development Advisor will mainly steer program initiatives aimed at building an
Inclusive Financial Environment and a Business Enabling Environment. The incumbent
will provide direct technical support and assistance to pro-poor economic
initiatives developing innovative business models to strengthen service and
product delivery across all the SO1 sectors of Financial Inclusion, Business
Enabling environment, Animal Livestock Health and Marketing, and Ag-input and
commodity marketing.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
1. General Management:
  • Technically
    support the design and acceleration of innovative interventions to crowd
    in formal financial institutions into GHG’s economic development
  • Work
    in liaison with the Financial Inclusion team and all other GHG teams in
    planning and implementation of financial inclusion/ business enabling
    environment components of the project according to the approved work plan
    and budgets, project document and implementation strategies.
  • Work
    closely with all other program teams at the local level to identify
    clients for financial services and to support service extension as well as
    to ensure synergy and to maximize program impact.
  • Take
    part in the periodic program planning, review and reflection meetings and
2. Technical Advisory:
  • Work
    with the Financial Inclusion technical team to capture learning from the
    field and to support strategy and tactic adjustment as needed.
  • Write
    and edit reports, assessments, analytical reports/ stories for learning
    and to articulate GHG’s work in building an inclusive economic
  • Oversee
    the planning, monitoring, technical advisory and delivery of all
    components of the GHG Project that focus on Financial Inclusion.
  • Work
    closely with the Deputy Chief of Party and Chief of Party, counterparts
    with other donor funded programs, private and public sector actors to
    design and implement innovative, and predominantly systems-level,
    interventions in these areas.
  • Carry
    out assessments, project design and strategy of the Financial Inclusion
    and Business Enabling environments.
  • Technically
    support and facilitate the Business Forums in Karamoja to become
  • Identify
    the capacity gaps of financial services and GHG Micro Small and Medium
    Enterprise (MSME) partner actors, design and implement most feasible
    capacity building activities based on identified gaps.
  • Carry
    out light due-diligence on potential partners and support the negotiation
    process, as requested, in finalizing teaming and partnership agreements.
  • Ensure
    consistent quality and effectiveness of all Financial Inclusion activities
    in the project; and
  • Lead
    thinking and practice in innovative approaches to NGO-Private sector
    partnership models, and ensure that experience is well-documented and
    contributing to thinking of the country program.
3. Monitoring &
  • Technically
    support the development and implementation of project monitoring and
    evaluation processes that meet the basic monitoring and outcome reporting
    requirements of the GHG program.
  • Work
    in liaison with MEL team ensure that lessons learned are built into future
  • Prepare
    periodic work plans and progress reports.
  • In
    charge of preparing accurate and timely reports and other project
    documentation and communication that contribute to a learning organization;
    good understanding of DPMELC is essential.
4. Administrative
  • Coordinate
    with other Mercy Corps programs and local government bodies to ensure
    coherent program implementation and to capitalize on business
    opportunities in Mercy Corps’ target communities.
  • Carry
    himself/herself both professionally and personally in such a manner as to
    bring credit to Mercy Corps and to not jeopardize its mission.
  • Assists
    in all other tasks and duties as assigned.
Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The
    applicant should preferably hold a Master’s Degree in Economics, Business
    Administration, International Development or relevant field.
  • A
    minimum of three years’ experience providing technical support to
    agribusinesses, preferably in developing countries.
  • Prior
    exposure and experience in MSME finance, value chain finance, access to
    finance and technical assistance in inclusive finance.
  • Past
    experience in Business Development Services, Business Strengthening and
    Enterprise Development
  • The
    successful candidate must have excellent technical and leadership
    experience in areas such as; financial inclusion, business development
    services, capacity building, creative and innovative solutions in
    expanding access to finance, enterprise development, and market systems
  • Prior
    experience building public-private partnerships
  • Proven
    project management skills.
  • Significant
    experience in Value chain Analysis and Market systems Market development
  • Excellent
    analytical and quantitative skills as well as familiarity with financial
    accounting required;
  • Demonstrated
    flexibility, creativity and enthusiasm as well as a willingness to learn
    and to be continually adaptive within a dynamic and often self-directed
    working environment
  • Demonstrated
    capacity to generate and to translate innovative ideas into practical
    development approaches as well as marketable investment proposals and
  • Team
    Management and excellent interpersonal skills (communication and ability
    to work in multi culture teams)
  • Prior
    experience working with USAID program
  • Excellent
    written and oral communication skills.
Personal Competencies:
  • Organizational
    As part of our
    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 Mercy Corps as well as
  • Accountability
    to Beneficiaries:
    Corps team members are expected to support all efforts towards
    accountability, specifically to our beneficiaries and to international
    standards guiding international relief and development work, while
    actively engaging beneficiary communities as equal partners in the design,
    monitoring and evaluation of our field projects.
How to Apply:
All suitably
qualified and interested candidates who wish to join USAID’s Mercy Corps GHG
Program should apply online by visiting the web link below.
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