MasterCard Foundation Programme Jobs – Deputy Director at Mercy Corps

Job Title:      Deputy Director  
Organisation: Mercy Corps
Project Name: MasterCard
Foundation Driving Youth-led New Agribusiness and Microenterprise (DYNAMIC)
Duty Station: Lira, 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
among others.
About MasterCard Foundation DYNAMIC
Working in
consortia with GOAL, VSO and Restless Development, the Driving Youth-led New
Agribusiness and Microenterprise (DYNAMIC) program which will strengthen
systems and facilitate creation of sustainable economic opportunities for
disadvantaged youth. The goal is to increase the number of youth in secure
employment/self-employment and to promote agricultural market systems for
youth. DYNAMIC will reach 125,000 out-of-school youth aged 15–24 in eight
districts of northern Uganda over five years.
Job Summary: The Deputy
Program Director will render support in leading the coordination, strategy,
compliance, M&E and reporting of a consortium of implementing partners. The
Deputy Program Director will engender a collaborative team spirit focused on
achievement of program goals. The program offers the right candidate an
exciting opportunity to influence the start up, research and design of a large,
innovative program. The position is based in Lira, where the program management
unit (PMU) will sit. The Deputy Program Director will also manage District
Implementation Teams in Lira, Kaabong, Gulu and Kitgum.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
Provide strategic leadership and vision to guide the
District Implementation and Advisor Teams (Market Development; Financial
Services; Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning; Youth Engagement and Skills and
Learning Advisors) making up a team of 40 staff. The incumbent will support the
Program Director in providing strategic leadership to the full program team to
attain program goal and objectives.
Oversee the day to day DYNAMIC program
implementation management ensuring program objectives and deadlines are met.
Manage all operations related to the program
according to the program work plan, program budget and implementation strategy,
which fall under District Implementation Teams.
Troubleshoot, as needed, to prevent disruptions in
program activities and liaise with management and staff.
Actively monitor program implementation, measure
impact and calibrate program strategy and implementation accordingly.
Work closely with the Program Director to forecast
expenditure surpluses and deficits.
Directly responsible for the performance management
of the DYNAMIC District Implementation Teams.
Provide direct and ongoing supervision.
The incumbent will also ensure accountability to
project participants and to international standards.
Work closely in partnership with the DYNAMIC Program
Director to represent the program to the Uganda government at national and
district levels.
As well as the program Steering Committee,
Consortium Coordination Group, and National Advisory Committee.
Conduct himself/herself both professionally and
personally in such a manner as to bring credit to Mercy Corps and not
jeopardize its mission.
Perform any other duties as assigned.
Qualifications, Skills and
The ideal candidate must hold a Master’s Degree in
economic development or other relevant field is preferred.
A minimum of seven years of development experience
including three years in senior management position.
Proven technical experience in market facilitation,
youth development, livelihoods and/or agriculture and value chain programming.
Significant experience in building and maintaining
effective partnerships with implementing and strategic partner agencies and government
Past exposure and experience in Uganda or East
Hands-on experience managing or working within
consortium-led grants involving international NGO partners highly preferred.
Complex program management and demonstrated success
building, managing and leading a team of professionals.
Strong writing, communication, organization,
prioritization and negotiating skills.
Excellent (English) verbal and written communication
skills with proven financial management skills.
How 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:
16th October 2015

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